Kentucky Air National Guard Archive

  • By Master Sgt. Charles Delano, 165th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Click here to see the unedited photos. GARDERMOEN, Norway — Airmen from the Georgia Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Wing and the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing transported 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers to an airfield outside of Oslo, Norway, Sept. 23 as part of Operation Noble Ledger. A total of three C-130H Hercules aircraft airdropped 110 paratroopers and performed an engine-running offload of an additional 20 Soldiers to a drop zone in Rena, Norway. Noble Ledger tested the cohesiveness of about 6,500 U.S., German, Norwegian, Danish and Dutch […]

    Kentucky and Georgia Air Guard drop 82nd Airborne for NATO exercise Noble Ledger

    By Master Sgt. Charles Delano, 165th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Click here to see the unedited photos. GARDERMOEN, Norway — Airmen from the Georgia Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Wing and the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing transported 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers to an airfield outside of Oslo, Norway, Sept. 23 as part of Operation Noble Ledger. A total of three C-130H Hercules aircraft airdropped 110 paratroopers and performed an engine-running offload of an additional 20 Soldiers to a drop zone in Rena, Norway. Noble Ledger tested the cohesiveness of about 6,500 U.S., German, Norwegian, Danish and Dutch […]

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  • By Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky. — Airmen and Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard were featured in a national television spot last week, presenting the state colors during CBS Sports’ coverage of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 4-10. Click here for more photos from this story. The spot, which was pre-recorded in Frankfort Aug. 5, shows a joint Kentucky Army and Air National Guard team performing the posting the colors with a Kentucky state flag. Paul Kramer, a videographer for CBS Sports, said […]

    Joint-Service Color Guard represents Kentucky Guard during national TV coverage of PGA Championship

    By Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky. — Airmen and Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard were featured in a national television spot last week, presenting the state colors during CBS Sports’ coverage of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 4-10. Click here for more photos from this story. The spot, which was pre-recorded in Frankfort Aug. 5, shows a joint Kentucky Army and Air National Guard team performing the posting the colors with a Kentucky state flag. Paul Kramer, a videographer for CBS Sports, said […]

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  • By Senior Airman Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – About 80 youths from the Louisville area spent June 20 touring the 123rd Airlift Wing to learn more about aviation-related careers at the Kentucky Air National Guard. The tour, which included a static display of C-130 Hercules aircraft and simulations that allowed participants to operate an explosive ordnance disposal robot, was part of a week-long Summer Aviation Career Education Academy sponsored by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals. “The 123rd Airlift Wing pulled out the red carpet and exposed not only the […]

    Local youths learn about aviation careers at Kentucky Air National Guard Base

    By Senior Airman Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – About 80 youths from the Louisville area spent June 20 touring the 123rd Airlift Wing to learn more about aviation-related careers at the Kentucky Air National Guard. The tour, which included a static display of C-130 Hercules aircraft and simulations that allowed participants to operate an explosive ordnance disposal robot, was part of a week-long Summer Aviation Career Education Academy sponsored by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals. “The 123rd Airlift Wing pulled out the red carpet and exposed not only the […]

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  • Story by Capt. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT KNOX, Ky. — Thirty-six competitors from the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard competed at Ft. Knox July 26-27 in the annual Adjutant General’s Kentucky National Guard Rifle and Pistol State Training Event. Participants were competing for a chance to represent Kentucky at regional and national shooting matches as well as the distinction of becoming one of the state’s Governor’s Twenty. Click here for more photos of this event. Spc. Brian Levine of Alpha Company 149th BSB is in his third year of competition in the event. “The Governors […]

    Soldiers, Airmen compete for “Governor’s Twenty”

    Story by Capt. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT KNOX, Ky. — Thirty-six competitors from the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard competed at Ft. Knox July 26-27 in the annual Adjutant General’s Kentucky National Guard Rifle and Pistol State Training Event. Participants were competing for a chance to represent Kentucky at regional and national shooting matches as well as the distinction of becoming one of the state’s Governor’s Twenty. Click here for more photos of this event. Spc. Brian Levine of Alpha Company 149th BSB is in his third year of competition in the event. “The Governors […]

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  • By Master Sgt. Diane Stinnett, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – Kentucky’s assistant adjutant general for Air, Warren H. Hurst, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general during a ceremony here July 12. Hurst’s new rank insignia were pinned on by his wife and daughter before an audience of family, friends and coworkers in the Base Annex. “Unbridled Service is the standard by which we define the National Guard, and I believe Warren’s career fits that definition to perfection,” said Kentucky’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, who officiated the ceremony. […]

    Hurst promoted to rank of brigadier general

    By Master Sgt. Diane Stinnett, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – Kentucky’s assistant adjutant general for Air, Warren H. Hurst, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general during a ceremony here July 12. Hurst’s new rank insignia were pinned on by his wife and daughter before an audience of family, friends and coworkers in the Base Annex. “Unbridled Service is the standard by which we define the National Guard, and I believe Warren’s career fits that definition to perfection,” said Kentucky’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, who officiated the ceremony. […]

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  • Honor recognizes achievements from 2011 to 2013 Unit now the most decorated airlift wing in the Air National Guard By Maj. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 123rd Airlift received its 16th Air Force Outstanding Unit Award during a ceremony here yesterday, continuing a long tradition of excellence that has made it the most decorated airlift wing in the Air National Guard. The achievement is nearly unprecedented in the history of the entire U.S. Air Force, noted Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky’s adjutant general, who observed that only a handful of Air Force units […]

    123rd Airlift Wing earns 16th Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

    Honor recognizes achievements from 2011 to 2013 Unit now the most decorated airlift wing in the Air National Guard By Maj. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 123rd Airlift received its 16th Air Force Outstanding Unit Award during a ceremony here yesterday, continuing a long tradition of excellence that has made it the most decorated airlift wing in the Air National Guard. The achievement is nearly unprecedented in the history of the entire U.S. Air Force, noted Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky’s adjutant general, who observed that only a handful of Air Force units […]

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  • By Senior Airman Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Chief Master Sgt. James Smith struggles to collect his thoughts as he gazes at thousands of military patches lining the walls of the 123rd Airlift Wing Operations Building. “There are a lot of memories in here,” he finally says, looking over a collection that covers every inch of wall space in one room of the Aircrew Flight Equipment Section and spills into another. “It isn’t so much the patch, but the people who gave us these patches. There are a lot of people […]

    Military patch collection a labor of love for Smith, Aircrew Life Support

    By Senior Airman Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Chief Master Sgt. James Smith struggles to collect his thoughts as he gazes at thousands of military patches lining the walls of the 123rd Airlift Wing Operations Building. “There are a lot of memories in here,” he finally says, looking over a collection that covers every inch of wall space in one room of the Aircrew Flight Equipment Section and spills into another. “It isn’t so much the patch, but the people who gave us these patches. There are a lot of people […]

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  • By 2nd Lt. James W. Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Natural disasters are an unavoidable fact of life, but that doesn’t mean the nation can’t be prepared for them. Architects can design more resilient buildings and strengthen existing ones, disaster-management officials can pre-stage recovery equipment and supplies, and the men and women who respond can hone their training to ensure rapid assistance. The Airmen of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group are those men and women, and they successfully demonstrated their disaster-response capabilities here June 16-19 during a simulated-earthquake exercise called CAPSTONE […]

    123rd Contingency Response Group completes successful earthquake-response exercise

    By 2nd Lt. James W. Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Natural disasters are an unavoidable fact of life, but that doesn’t mean the nation can’t be prepared for them. Architects can design more resilient buildings and strengthen existing ones, disaster-management officials can pre-stage recovery equipment and supplies, and the men and women who respond can hone their training to ensure rapid assistance. The Airmen of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group are those men and women, and they successfully demonstrated their disaster-response capabilities here June 16-19 during a simulated-earthquake exercise called CAPSTONE […]

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  • By Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing provided essential mission support to Red Flag – Alaska from May 7 to 23, serving as the lead unit during the Pacific Command exercise here. Though Red Flag is primary an operations-driven exercise designed to test the skills of aircrews in a simulated combat environment, dozens of Kentucky Airmen from a broad range of career fields provided key support, according to Lt. Col. Matthew Stone, commander of the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Mission Support Group. Those Airmen […]

    Kentucky Air Guard provides mission support as lead unit at Red Flag – Alaska

    By Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing provided essential mission support to Red Flag – Alaska from May 7 to 23, serving as the lead unit during the Pacific Command exercise here. Though Red Flag is primary an operations-driven exercise designed to test the skills of aircrews in a simulated combat environment, dozens of Kentucky Airmen from a broad range of career fields provided key support, according to Lt. Col. Matthew Stone, commander of the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Mission Support Group. Those Airmen […]

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  • By Maj. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the Air National Guard, toured the Kentucky Air Guard Base here April 11-13, meeting Airmen from units across the 123rd Airlift Wing and kicking off Thunder Over Louisville, one of the largest air show and fireworks displays in North America. Clarke also inspected the wing’s unique mission capabilities, including the only fully operational contingency response group in the Air National Guard and a special tactics squadron that combines both combat control and pararescue functions, according to Col. Barry Gorter, commander […]

    Director of Air National Guard visits 123rd Airlift Wing, kicks off Thunder air show

    By Maj. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the Air National Guard, toured the Kentucky Air Guard Base here April 11-13, meeting Airmen from units across the 123rd Airlift Wing and kicking off Thunder Over Louisville, one of the largest air show and fireworks displays in North America. Clarke also inspected the wing’s unique mission capabilities, including the only fully operational contingency response group in the Air National Guard and a special tactics squadron that combines both combat control and pararescue functions, according to Col. Barry Gorter, commander […]

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