Kentucky National Guard Archive

  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. – Ten Warrant Officer Candidates are continuing their training program with Kentucky’s Warrant Officer Candidate School at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky. The candidates are scheduled to graduate Sept. 21, 2019, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana and will proceed down to the 238th’s Annual Commissioning Ball to be recognized during that event as the newest warrant officers in the Kentucky National Guard and United States Army. Nine of the candidates are from the Kentucky National Guard and one is from the U.S. Army Reserves. Phase one training […]

    Warrant Officer Candidates nearing home stretch to graduation

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. – Ten Warrant Officer Candidates are continuing their training program with Kentucky’s Warrant Officer Candidate School at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky. The candidates are scheduled to graduate Sept. 21, 2019, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana and will proceed down to the 238th’s Annual Commissioning Ball to be recognized during that event as the newest warrant officers in the Kentucky National Guard and United States Army. Nine of the candidates are from the Kentucky National Guard and one is from the U.S. Army Reserves. Phase one training […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   WALTON, Ky. – Soldiers of the 940th Military Police Company gathered for the final time as a unit for an inactivation ceremony at the National Guard Armory Aug. 11, 2019. Due to realignment within the Kentucky National Guard’s force structure, military police units across the state were re-organized. The Casing of the Colors ceremony is held to commemorate the unit’s service and history, signifying the end of the command. “They’re divesting the company,” said Capt. Cory Lane, commander of the 940th. “What that means is they are restructuring the […]

    Soldiers say goodbye, MP Company inactivated

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   WALTON, Ky. – Soldiers of the 940th Military Police Company gathered for the final time as a unit for an inactivation ceremony at the National Guard Armory Aug. 11, 2019. Due to realignment within the Kentucky National Guard’s force structure, military police units across the state were re-organized. The Casing of the Colors ceremony is held to commemorate the unit’s service and history, signifying the end of the command. “They’re divesting the company,” said Capt. Cory Lane, commander of the 940th. “What that means is they are restructuring the […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard July 29th marks the 244th anniversary of the U. S. Army’s Chaplain Corps, one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army, dating back to 1775.  As long as there have been armies, military chaplains have served, providing for soldiers’ spiritual needs, improving moral, and aiding the wounded. The Bible tells of the early Israelites bringing their priests into battle with them.  Pagan priests accompanied the Roman legions during their conquests; as Christianity became the predominant religion of the Roman Empire, Christian chaplains administered to Roman soldiers. In the United States, during the […]

    244 years of Army Chaplains

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard July 29th marks the 244th anniversary of the U. S. Army’s Chaplain Corps, one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army, dating back to 1775.  As long as there have been armies, military chaplains have served, providing for soldiers’ spiritual needs, improving moral, and aiding the wounded. The Bible tells of the early Israelites bringing their priests into battle with them.  Pagan priests accompanied the Roman legions during their conquests; as Christianity became the predominant religion of the Roman Empire, Christian chaplains administered to Roman soldiers. In the United States, during the […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment OWENSBORO, Ky. — Hundreds of family and friends joined Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Kentucky National Guard leadership in a departure ceremony at the Owensboro Convention Center to say farewell to the 206th Engineer Battalion today who are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East for the next year. “I am extremely confident in the abilities of each Soldier to accomplish our mission. We have worked hard over the last 20 months to prepare for this deployment and the dedication to mission accomplishment these Soldiers have shown is noteworthy,” said Lt. Col. Michael Lawson, […]

    206th Engineers deploy overseas

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment OWENSBORO, Ky. — Hundreds of family and friends joined Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Kentucky National Guard leadership in a departure ceremony at the Owensboro Convention Center to say farewell to the 206th Engineer Battalion today who are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East for the next year. “I am extremely confident in the abilities of each Soldier to accomplish our mission. We have worked hard over the last 20 months to prepare for this deployment and the dedication to mission accomplishment these Soldiers have shown is noteworthy,” said Lt. Col. Michael Lawson, […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs JACKSON, Ky. – U.S. Marine Pvt. Carl Strong died March 14, 1945 in the Battle of Iwo Jima fighting for his country. On July 13, 2019, some 74 years after giving his life, Strong received full military honors surrounded by relatives, friends and fellow Marines during a memorial service held in Jackson, Ky. Kentucky National Guard Chaplain (Capt.) Tyler Shields of the 103rd Chemical Battalion had the privilege to preside over the service.   “This memorial was significant because it shows that it’s never too late to do the right thing. It hits at […]

    Never too late to honor the fallen

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs JACKSON, Ky. – U.S. Marine Pvt. Carl Strong died March 14, 1945 in the Battle of Iwo Jima fighting for his country. On July 13, 2019, some 74 years after giving his life, Strong received full military honors surrounded by relatives, friends and fellow Marines during a memorial service held in Jackson, Ky. Kentucky National Guard Chaplain (Capt.) Tyler Shields of the 103rd Chemical Battalion had the privilege to preside over the service.   “This memorial was significant because it shows that it’s never too late to do the right thing. It hits at […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – What was expected to be a normal drill weekend in May of 2018, turned interesting for Sgt. Raychel Pete and her supervisor, Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, as they headed to lunch and came across a three car accident. Next thing Pete knew, she was out directing traffic, calling police and making sure everyone involved was okay while Vaile-Nelson provided first aid to the victims.  The accident took place at the intersection of U.S. 60 and Carson Place in Frankfort, in which the vehicles partially blocked both U.S. 60 and Carson Place roadways from […]

    Honored for going above and beyond

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – What was expected to be a normal drill weekend in May of 2018, turned interesting for Sgt. Raychel Pete and her supervisor, Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, as they headed to lunch and came across a three car accident. Next thing Pete knew, she was out directing traffic, calling police and making sure everyone involved was okay while Vaile-Nelson provided first aid to the victims.  The accident took place at the intersection of U.S. 60 and Carson Place in Frankfort, in which the vehicles partially blocked both U.S. 60 and Carson Place roadways from […]

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  • Story by Maj. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — The U.S. Army is transitioning to a new physical fitness test, the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT), to better prepare Soldiers in readiness and lethality. To date, no Soldier yet has achieved a perfect score. On June 18, Spc. Ryan Sowder from the 2112th Transportation Company out of Burlington, Kentucky scored 597 out of a possible 600 points. This is the highest score recorded in all of the U.S. Army so far – Active, Guard or Reserve. “I didn’t think I would do as well (on the […]

    Kentucky Guard Soldier posts highest ACFT score yet.

    Story by Maj. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — The U.S. Army is transitioning to a new physical fitness test, the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT), to better prepare Soldiers in readiness and lethality. To date, no Soldier yet has achieved a perfect score. On June 18, Spc. Ryan Sowder from the 2112th Transportation Company out of Burlington, Kentucky scored 597 out of a possible 600 points. This is the highest score recorded in all of the U.S. Army so far – Active, Guard or Reserve. “I didn’t think I would do as well (on the […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The need for an effective military establishment in frontier Kentucky, then a part of Virginia, was first voiced in the commonwealth’s first constitution.  In 1792, Kentuckians living on the American frontier faced attacks from Native American tribes and the framers of the state’s constitution, many of whom were veterans of the American Revolutionary War, realized the necessity of having an effective militia organization to protect the inhabitants of the new state. A Constitution, or Form of Government, For the State of Kentucky, done in Convention at Danville, April 19, 1792. Article II, section 7, […]

    The history of Kentucky Guard Day

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The need for an effective military establishment in frontier Kentucky, then a part of Virginia, was first voiced in the commonwealth’s first constitution.  In 1792, Kentuckians living on the American frontier faced attacks from Native American tribes and the framers of the state’s constitution, many of whom were veterans of the American Revolutionary War, realized the necessity of having an effective militia organization to protect the inhabitants of the new state. A Constitution, or Form of Government, For the State of Kentucky, done in Convention at Danville, April 19, 1792. Article II, section 7, […]

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  • Story & photos by Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Greenville, Ky. – The Kentucky State Officer Candidate School (OCS) hosted four Officer Cadets and two English language instructors from Kentucky’s Partnership Nation of Djibouti, during a Joint Field Training Exercise (JFTX) April 11-14, 2019 at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, Greenville, Kentucky. The skies were grey and the ground was soggy from early morning storms as students of OCS Class 61-19 prepared their weapons and equipment before embarking upon their 48 hour assignment, ‘Operation Athena.’ There are eight students assigned to Class 61-19, but for the […]

    Training Together: Djiboutian and Kentucky Officer Candidates

    Story & photos by Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Greenville, Ky. – The Kentucky State Officer Candidate School (OCS) hosted four Officer Cadets and two English language instructors from Kentucky’s Partnership Nation of Djibouti, during a Joint Field Training Exercise (JFTX) April 11-14, 2019 at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, Greenville, Kentucky. The skies were grey and the ground was soggy from early morning storms as students of OCS Class 61-19 prepared their weapons and equipment before embarking upon their 48 hour assignment, ‘Operation Athena.’ There are eight students assigned to Class 61-19, but for the […]

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  • Commentary by Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   GREENVILLE, Ky. — Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center is a busy place. Everyone trains here, from Marines to civilian agencies, all taking full advantage of Kentucky’s training facilities. While walking on post it isn’t uncommon to hear the rumble of military vehicles or the occasional inbound UH–60 Blackhawk Helicopter. However, the most attention grabbing sounds are the roaring chants of motivation from Building 302, the Officer Candidate School (OCS) building. Despite other distractions, it is the voices of the OCS candidates that reign supreme. This, however, was not […]

    Annual Dining In – Officer/Warrant Officer Candidate School

    Commentary by Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   GREENVILLE, Ky. — Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center is a busy place. Everyone trains here, from Marines to civilian agencies, all taking full advantage of Kentucky’s training facilities. While walking on post it isn’t uncommon to hear the rumble of military vehicles or the occasional inbound UH–60 Blackhawk Helicopter. However, the most attention grabbing sounds are the roaring chants of motivation from Building 302, the Officer Candidate School (OCS) building. Despite other distractions, it is the voices of the OCS candidates that reign supreme. This, however, was not […]

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