Kentucky Army National Guard Archive

  • By SrA Vicky Spesard 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 300 family, friends and co-wrokers packed into the Annex at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base Jan. 13 to pay tribute to Brig. Gen. Michael Dornbush as he completed his last official act — a formal retirement ceremony. Dornbush, the outgoing director of Joint Staff for Joint Forces Headquarters—Kentucky, served in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Kentucky Air National Guard for more than 40 years, rising from the rank of Airman Basic to Brigadier General. Along the way, he helped shape the future […]

    Departing General Receives Distinguished Service Medal

    By SrA Vicky Spesard 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 300 family, friends and co-wrokers packed into the Annex at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base Jan. 13 to pay tribute to Brig. Gen. Michael Dornbush as he completed his last official act — a formal retirement ceremony. Dornbush, the outgoing director of Joint Staff for Joint Forces Headquarters—Kentucky, served in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Kentucky Air National Guard for more than 40 years, rising from the rank of Airman Basic to Brigadier General. Along the way, he helped shape the future […]

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  • By Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.–Col. Scott Campbell, former commander of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade headquartered out of Louisville, Ky., was presented the Legion of Merit during an award ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 11. The award was presented by Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General of Kentucky, for Campbell’s meritorious service as commander while deployed in support of Operation New Dawn in 2011. The award highlighted Campbell’s leadership, dedication and devotion to his Soldiers across the 2,500 strong brigade.   His hard work in planning, resourcing […]

    Former Brigade Commander presented with Prestigious Award

    By Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.–Col. Scott Campbell, former commander of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade headquartered out of Louisville, Ky., was presented the Legion of Merit during an award ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 11. The award was presented by Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General of Kentucky, for Campbell’s meritorious service as commander while deployed in support of Operation New Dawn in 2011. The award highlighted Campbell’s leadership, dedication and devotion to his Soldiers across the 2,500 strong brigade.   His hard work in planning, resourcing […]

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  • By Capt. Andi Hahn, Public Affairs Office To view all the photos from this event, please click HERE. FRANKFORT, Ky.—Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and wife Jane, joined Kentucky Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini and wife Carol, to visit with families and troops from the Kentucky National Guard as part of an annual Christmas tradition Dec 1. Beshear and Tonini spent the morning at a Christmas breakfast with members of the 138th Fires Brigade and their Families in Lexington, Ky. Soldiers currently stationed in the Horn of Africa joined the festivities via a Skype connection broadcast into the unit’s […]

    Christmas in the Commonwealth

    By Capt. Andi Hahn, Public Affairs Office To view all the photos from this event, please click HERE. FRANKFORT, Ky.—Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and wife Jane, joined Kentucky Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini and wife Carol, to visit with families and troops from the Kentucky National Guard as part of an annual Christmas tradition Dec 1. Beshear and Tonini spent the morning at a Christmas breakfast with members of the 138th Fires Brigade and their Families in Lexington, Ky. Soldiers currently stationed in the Horn of Africa joined the festivities via a Skype connection broadcast into the unit’s […]

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  • Staff report Photos by 1st Lt. Mark Slaughter, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Click here for more photos. OWENSBORO, Ky. – On May 30 Gov. Steve Beshear joined Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky’s Adjutant General, along with state legislators and local officials in dedicating the new Kentucky National Guard Readiness Center in Owensboro, Ky. Built on land adjacent to the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport, the $14 million facility is the Kentucky Guard’s flagship readiness center in the region.  It has more than 35,000 square feet of offices, classrooms, drill halls and storage and will function as home for the […]

    Gov. Beshear cuts ribbon to new Owensboro National Guard Readiness Center

    Staff report Photos by 1st Lt. Mark Slaughter, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Click here for more photos. OWENSBORO, Ky. – On May 30 Gov. Steve Beshear joined Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky’s Adjutant General, along with state legislators and local officials in dedicating the new Kentucky National Guard Readiness Center in Owensboro, Ky. Built on land adjacent to the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport, the $14 million facility is the Kentucky Guard’s flagship readiness center in the region.  It has more than 35,000 square feet of offices, classrooms, drill halls and storage and will function as home for the […]

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  • Story by Spc. David Bolton, Public Affairs Specialist, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Click here for more Derby photos. Click here for photos from the Oaks. LOUISVILLE, Ky.—  Louisville’s legendary Churchill Downs hosted the Kentucky Derby May 6 for the 138th time – but for 19-year-old Pfc. Kara Denise Bucklew, a Military Policeman assigned to the 223rd Military Police Company, this was her first Run for the Roses. “The experience has been quite enjoyable,” said Bucklew.  “I had the chance to meet a lot of different people and see a lot of different things that I would not normally get […]

    Derby experience first for Soldier

    Story by Spc. David Bolton, Public Affairs Specialist, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Click here for more Derby photos. Click here for photos from the Oaks. LOUISVILLE, Ky.—  Louisville’s legendary Churchill Downs hosted the Kentucky Derby May 6 for the 138th time – but for 19-year-old Pfc. Kara Denise Bucklew, a Military Policeman assigned to the 223rd Military Police Company, this was her first Run for the Roses. “The experience has been quite enjoyable,” said Bucklew.  “I had the chance to meet a lot of different people and see a lot of different things that I would not normally get […]

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  • Story by 1st Lt. Mark Slaughter, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Click here to see more photos. RICHMOND, Ky. – Kentucky Guardsmen and Family Members of the 1/149th Infantry Battalion attended the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration event at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. April 20-21. This “ReBlue” was the final chapter of their deployment in Iraq supporting Operation New Dawn. “This was the largest event ever conducted by the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program,” said 1stLt. Oscar Ortiz, Kentucky National Guard Yellow Ribbon Event Coordinator. “We pulled resources from all over the state to ensure we were able to provide a […]

    “ReBlue” event helps troops, families readjust after Iraq mission

    Story by 1st Lt. Mark Slaughter, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Click here to see more photos. RICHMOND, Ky. – Kentucky Guardsmen and Family Members of the 1/149th Infantry Battalion attended the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration event at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. April 20-21. This “ReBlue” was the final chapter of their deployment in Iraq supporting Operation New Dawn. “This was the largest event ever conducted by the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program,” said 1stLt. Oscar Ortiz, Kentucky National Guard Yellow Ribbon Event Coordinator. “We pulled resources from all over the state to ensure we were able to provide a […]

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  • Click here to see the complete photo essay. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard played an important role in support of the biggest airshow in the nation last week.  Thunder Over Louisville had an estimated crowd of more than 400,000 and was broadcast to service member stationed in 176 countries and aboard 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea. In case you’re one of the few who didn’t see the show, we thought you’d like a behind the scenes look at our troops in action as well as a glimpse of the great and wonderful aircraft that took  party in […]

    Photo essay: Kentucky National Guard support of 2012 Thunder Over Louisville

    Click here to see the complete photo essay. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard played an important role in support of the biggest airshow in the nation last week.  Thunder Over Louisville had an estimated crowd of more than 400,000 and was broadcast to service member stationed in 176 countries and aboard 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea. In case you’re one of the few who didn’t see the show, we thought you’d like a behind the scenes look at our troops in action as well as a glimpse of the great and wonderful aircraft that took  party in […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office. NOTE:  Each week kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story.  This is one such story …. Click here to view all the photos on this story. FORT KNOX, Ky. – As a human resource specialist for the Kentucky National Guard, Spc. Christina Riddle has a passion for helping Soldiers with personnel issues and problems that affect their career and welfare. Riddle […]

    Aviation Soldier phones in her work to make fellow troops famous

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office. NOTE:  Each week kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story.  This is one such story …. Click here to view all the photos on this story. FORT KNOX, Ky. – As a human resource specialist for the Kentucky National Guard, Spc. Christina Riddle has a passion for helping Soldiers with personnel issues and problems that affect their career and welfare. Riddle […]

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  • Staff Report Camp Butner Training Site in Stem, North Carolina – The Kentucky National Guard State Marksmanship Team was a force to be reckoned with during its performance at the National Guard Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) Region III Competition last March at Camp Butner Training Site in Stem, North Carolina. The MAC III region consists of:  Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, and Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico did not participate in the match). “The competition consisted of two individual rifle matches, two individual pistol matches, one rifle team match; and one pistol team match,” said Lt. Col. […]

    State Marksmanship Team kicks brass at MAC III Region Match

    Staff Report Camp Butner Training Site in Stem, North Carolina – The Kentucky National Guard State Marksmanship Team was a force to be reckoned with during its performance at the National Guard Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) Region III Competition last March at Camp Butner Training Site in Stem, North Carolina. The MAC III region consists of:  Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, and Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico did not participate in the match). “The competition consisted of two individual rifle matches, two individual pistol matches, one rifle team match; and one pistol team match,” said Lt. Col. […]

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  • Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. – She exemplifies the seven Army Values. She holds true to the first line of the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer – that “no one is more professional than I.” Pat Copas spent the last 30 years proving her leadership and professional capabilities while assigned to numerous positions with the Kentucky Guard. On Feb. 11, 2011, she joined the ranks of an elite group of five women who all share the same title – sergeant major. Working as the J3 Operations sergeant major this last year, she reflects on her ascension to the top of the […]

    Female sergeant major reflects on three decades of service

    Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. – She exemplifies the seven Army Values. She holds true to the first line of the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer – that “no one is more professional than I.” Pat Copas spent the last 30 years proving her leadership and professional capabilities while assigned to numerous positions with the Kentucky Guard. On Feb. 11, 2011, she joined the ranks of an elite group of five women who all share the same title – sergeant major. Working as the J3 Operations sergeant major this last year, she reflects on her ascension to the top of the […]

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