Family Programs Archive

  • By Olivia Burton, Kentucky National Guard Family Programs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Each year the President signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Month. This month, the Kentucky National Guard aimed to honor and celebrate the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of Kentucky Guardsmen. With the support of local communities joining forces across the commonwealth, Kentucky truly leads the way in providing care for their military families. Families of the 1163rd Area Medical Support Company, currently deployed to the Middle East, gathered in Louisville Nov. 7,  to hear about services offered in their area. Community leaders, veterans’ organizations, the local […]

    Kentucky Celebrates Military Family Appreciation Month

    By Olivia Burton, Kentucky National Guard Family Programs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Each year the President signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Month. This month, the Kentucky National Guard aimed to honor and celebrate the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of Kentucky Guardsmen. With the support of local communities joining forces across the commonwealth, Kentucky truly leads the way in providing care for their military families. Families of the 1163rd Area Medical Support Company, currently deployed to the Middle East, gathered in Louisville Nov. 7,  to hear about services offered in their area. Community leaders, veterans’ organizations, the local […]

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  • Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — “Sometimes you do things not looking for someone to say thank you,” said Jennifer Hatfield, Family Readiness Leader for Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry. But recently, the National Guard Bureau did say thank you to Hatfield, presenting her with the Youth Development Volunteer Award. Hatfield received the award during the unit’s family day in Middlesboro, Kentucky, Aug. 23. “If we had more Jennifer Hatfields in the world, the world would be a better place,” said Maj. Bryan Combs, Kentucky’s Family Programs director. The award is given to those who have positively impacted Guard Family Readiness […]

    Kentucky volunteer honored by NGB

    Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — “Sometimes you do things not looking for someone to say thank you,” said Jennifer Hatfield, Family Readiness Leader for Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry. But recently, the National Guard Bureau did say thank you to Hatfield, presenting her with the Youth Development Volunteer Award. Hatfield received the award during the unit’s family day in Middlesboro, Kentucky, Aug. 23. “If we had more Jennifer Hatfields in the world, the world would be a better place,” said Maj. Bryan Combs, Kentucky’s Family Programs director. The award is given to those who have positively impacted Guard Family Readiness […]

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  • Story by Ted Sloan, Kentucky Department of Agriculture FRANKFORT, Ky. – Guests at the unveiling of the Kentucky National Guard Memorial on Memorial Day were treated to a luncheon of Kentucky Proud products prior to the ceremony at the Boone National Guard Center. Click here for more photos. “We are honored and humbled that Kentucky Proud could play a small role in this solemn occasion,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a statement. “Kentucky’s heritage of military service and agricultural achievement go hand in hand. Thanks to the Kentucky National Guard for allowing Kentucky food producers to be a part […]

    Memorial guests enjoy luncheon of Kentucky Proud Products

    Story by Ted Sloan, Kentucky Department of Agriculture FRANKFORT, Ky. – Guests at the unveiling of the Kentucky National Guard Memorial on Memorial Day were treated to a luncheon of Kentucky Proud products prior to the ceremony at the Boone National Guard Center. Click here for more photos. “We are honored and humbled that Kentucky Proud could play a small role in this solemn occasion,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a statement. “Kentucky’s heritage of military service and agricultural achievement go hand in hand. Thanks to the Kentucky National Guard for allowing Kentucky food producers to be a part […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Another proud but tragic chapter of Kentucky National Guard history has now been written. We collectively bid farewell to one of our adopted sons and his family. A member of the Guam National Guard, Capt. Noel Espino was seriously injured by a drunk driver 11:03 p.m., Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 while visiting Kentucky for military training. He has since undergone several surgeries and weeks of grueling physical therapy in recovery. Members of the Kentucky National Guard joined University of Kentucky Hospital staff, health care providers, the Lexington Fire […]

    Kentucky says farewell to Capt. Noel Espino, a resilient soldier whose story touched so many lives

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Another proud but tragic chapter of Kentucky National Guard history has now been written. We collectively bid farewell to one of our adopted sons and his family. A member of the Guam National Guard, Capt. Noel Espino was seriously injured by a drunk driver 11:03 p.m., Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 while visiting Kentucky for military training. He has since undergone several surgeries and weeks of grueling physical therapy in recovery. Members of the Kentucky National Guard joined University of Kentucky Hospital staff, health care providers, the Lexington Fire […]

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  • By Senior Airman Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Amy K. Quimby was appointed the 123rd Airlift Wing’s new Airmen and Family Readiness Program manager Aug. 24. She has been involved with Air National Guard family programs for 21 years as both a volunteer and as the Airmen and Family Readiness Program manager for the Illinois Air National Guard in Peoria.   Quimby, whose office provides a broad range of services to assist Airmen and their family members, said she is excited to begin her work in Kentucky. “I want to […]

    Quimby named Airmen and Family Readiness Program manager

    By Senior Airman Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Amy K. Quimby was appointed the 123rd Airlift Wing’s new Airmen and Family Readiness Program manager Aug. 24. She has been involved with Air National Guard family programs for 21 years as both a volunteer and as the Airmen and Family Readiness Program manager for the Illinois Air National Guard in Peoria.   Quimby, whose office provides a broad range of services to assist Airmen and their family members, said she is excited to begin her work in Kentucky. “I want to […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — Nearly 4oo military children and parents were treated to an afternoon of fun and excitement at the annual Military Child Appreciation Day held at the Healing Fields in Lawrenceburg, Ky on  Saturday April 26. Under the watchful eye of more than 80 staff and community volunteers, participants were treated to a wide range of fun activities to include face painting, making wax hands, gardening, pony rides and dressing up for family photos.   Local vendors donated food and snacks. Click here for more photos of this event. According to […]

    Military Child Appreciation Day big hit with kids of all ages

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — Nearly 4oo military children and parents were treated to an afternoon of fun and excitement at the annual Military Child Appreciation Day held at the Healing Fields in Lawrenceburg, Ky on  Saturday April 26. Under the watchful eye of more than 80 staff and community volunteers, participants were treated to a wide range of fun activities to include face painting, making wax hands, gardening, pony rides and dressing up for family photos.   Local vendors donated food and snacks. Click here for more photos of this event. According to […]

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  • Military families making Christmas work from miles away Courtesy The State Journal http://state-journal.com/ Story by Kevin Wheatley FRANKFORT, Ky. — Christmas is a time most spend with family and friends, but sharing the holiday can be difficult when loved ones in the military are on foreign soil thousands of miles from home. Some in the Kentucky National Guard’s 2nd Battalion 238th Aviation Medical Evacuation unit have been in Kuwait since July, participating in a 9-month tour of evacuation and training missions. Two of those deployed soldiers, Sgt. First Class Nathan Keach and Sgt. Austin Lynn, left behind wives and children at […]

    Apart for the holidays

    Military families making Christmas work from miles away Courtesy The State Journal http://state-journal.com/ Story by Kevin Wheatley FRANKFORT, Ky. — Christmas is a time most spend with family and friends, but sharing the holiday can be difficult when loved ones in the military are on foreign soil thousands of miles from home. Some in the Kentucky National Guard’s 2nd Battalion 238th Aviation Medical Evacuation unit have been in Kuwait since July, participating in a 9-month tour of evacuation and training missions. Two of those deployed soldiers, Sgt. First Class Nathan Keach and Sgt. Austin Lynn, left behind wives and children at […]

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  • Program will provide gifts for 454 kids in 168 families Story courtesy The State Journal http://state-journal.com/ By Kevin Wheatley, Published: December 18, 2013 (Editor’s note: This story has updated numbers of children and families supported by the program) FRANKFORT, Ky. — A sign outside a room at the Boone National Guard Center stocked with toys intended for underprivileged military families lets visitors know they’re stepping into the North Pole. The nondescript room might as well be Santa’s workshop during the holidays as Kentucky National Guard staff sort through gifts, some of which will be the only presents nestled beneath the […]

    Making Christmas merry for military families in need

    Program will provide gifts for 454 kids in 168 families Story courtesy The State Journal http://state-journal.com/ By Kevin Wheatley, Published: December 18, 2013 (Editor’s note: This story has updated numbers of children and families supported by the program) FRANKFORT, Ky. — A sign outside a room at the Boone National Guard Center stocked with toys intended for underprivileged military families lets visitors know they’re stepping into the North Pole. The nondescript room might as well be Santa’s workshop during the holidays as Kentucky National Guard staff sort through gifts, some of which will be the only presents nestled beneath the […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LEXINGTON, Ky. — Santa and his helpers were out in full force during the handoff of donated Christmas presents from the Home Builders Association of Lexington to members of the Kentucky National Guard last week.   The toy drive was part of Operation Military Cheer, an effort by the Kentucky National Guard’s Family Assistance Center to ensure that the children of Kentucky’s military families across all of the uniform services – active duty and reserve, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard – have a memorable holiday season. Don Sullivan represents Home […]

    Operation Military Cheer gets huge boost from Lexington Home Builders

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LEXINGTON, Ky. — Santa and his helpers were out in full force during the handoff of donated Christmas presents from the Home Builders Association of Lexington to members of the Kentucky National Guard last week.   The toy drive was part of Operation Military Cheer, an effort by the Kentucky National Guard’s Family Assistance Center to ensure that the children of Kentucky’s military families across all of the uniform services – active duty and reserve, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard – have a memorable holiday season. Don Sullivan represents Home […]

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  • Story by Shelia Brookins, Kentucky National Guard Family Readiness Support Assistant November is Military Family Appreciation Month, a celebration of the Military Family in which the Department of Defense and the nation honors the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation’s service members. We offer the following to raise awareness on matters of importance among Kentucky’s unsung heroes. RAVENNA, Ky. – It takes a special kind of person to take on the task of Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader/volunteer.  In addition to balancing their own obligations between family and job, the FRG leader serves as a lifeline […]

    Spotlight on: The Family Readiness Group Leader

    Story by Shelia Brookins, Kentucky National Guard Family Readiness Support Assistant November is Military Family Appreciation Month, a celebration of the Military Family in which the Department of Defense and the nation honors the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation’s service members. We offer the following to raise awareness on matters of importance among Kentucky’s unsung heroes. RAVENNA, Ky. – It takes a special kind of person to take on the task of Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader/volunteer.  In addition to balancing their own obligations between family and job, the FRG leader serves as a lifeline […]

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