Kentucky National Guard Archive

  • Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard hosted its annual Memorial Day observance on Memorial Day, May 27, at the Kentucky National Guard Memorial in Frankfort. Three new names were added to the memorial, bringing the total number of names on the Memorial to 272 men and women who have fallen in the line of duty since 1912. Those fallen whose names are being added to the Memorial are: Capt. Samuel Edward Gipe, 39, of Daviess County, (Oct. 24, 1916); Pvt. Ross L. McCord, 18, of Christian County, (Oct. 25, 1922); and Horseshoer Eddie Stafford, 31, of […]

    Kentucky honors Vietnam fallen on Memorial Day

    Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard hosted its annual Memorial Day observance on Memorial Day, May 27, at the Kentucky National Guard Memorial in Frankfort. Three new names were added to the memorial, bringing the total number of names on the Memorial to 272 men and women who have fallen in the line of duty since 1912. Those fallen whose names are being added to the Memorial are: Capt. Samuel Edward Gipe, 39, of Daviess County, (Oct. 24, 1916); Pvt. Ross L. McCord, 18, of Christian County, (Oct. 25, 1922); and Horseshoer Eddie Stafford, 31, of […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard’s Memorial Day program is scheduled for Monday, May 27, beginning at 2 p. m., at the Kentucky National Guard Memorial in Frankfort, Kentucky.  The Kentucky National Guard’s Vietnam War casualties will be highlighted along with the adding of three names to the memorial; Capt. Samuel Edward Gipe, of Daviess County; Pvt. Ross L. McCord, of Christian County; and Horseshoer Eddie Stafford, of Calloway County. Kentucky’s 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, while serving on Federal Active Duty in Southeast Asia, had been in South Vietnam for eight months. […]

    Kentucky remembers Vietnam casualties

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard’s Memorial Day program is scheduled for Monday, May 27, beginning at 2 p. m., at the Kentucky National Guard Memorial in Frankfort, Kentucky.  The Kentucky National Guard’s Vietnam War casualties will be highlighted along with the adding of three names to the memorial; Capt. Samuel Edward Gipe, of Daviess County; Pvt. Ross L. McCord, of Christian County; and Horseshoer Eddie Stafford, of Calloway County. Kentucky’s 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, while serving on Federal Active Duty in Southeast Asia, had been in South Vietnam for eight months. […]

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  • By Maj. Carla Raisler, Team Chief, Joint Forces Headquarters Defensive Cyber Operations Element CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Members of the Kentucky National Guard and civilian partners joined forces at the Cyber Shield ‘19 national level exercise for two weeks of cybersecurity training and simulated incident response, April 5 – 20, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Each year, Cyber Shield brings together cyber forces throughout the military and civilian spectrum to train and exercise together. This year, the event hosted more than 800 Army and Air National Guardsmen, Reservists, private industry partners, federal and state agencies and assessment and support teams from […]

    The commonwealth comes together for Cyber Shield

    By Maj. Carla Raisler, Team Chief, Joint Forces Headquarters Defensive Cyber Operations Element CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Members of the Kentucky National Guard and civilian partners joined forces at the Cyber Shield ‘19 national level exercise for two weeks of cybersecurity training and simulated incident response, April 5 – 20, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Each year, Cyber Shield brings together cyber forces throughout the military and civilian spectrum to train and exercise together. This year, the event hosted more than 800 Army and Air National Guardsmen, Reservists, private industry partners, federal and state agencies and assessment and support teams from […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs   (LEXINGTON, Ky.) – About 50 years ago the Department of Military Affairs first leased the land from Blue Grass Airport to construct the Lexington Armory. And on Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Kentucky National Guard and the Lexington Fayette-Urban County Government Airport Board commemorated the ceremonial lease signing with a 20 year lease. In the time that passed since the first agreement, many legal hoops and obstacles made the event much more than a simple handshake between equal partners. The support from Congressman Andy Barr and his office played a critical role as he […]

    Continuing the partnership in Fayette County

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs   (LEXINGTON, Ky.) – About 50 years ago the Department of Military Affairs first leased the land from Blue Grass Airport to construct the Lexington Armory. And on Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Kentucky National Guard and the Lexington Fayette-Urban County Government Airport Board commemorated the ceremonial lease signing with a 20 year lease. In the time that passed since the first agreement, many legal hoops and obstacles made the event much more than a simple handshake between equal partners. The support from Congressman Andy Barr and his office played a critical role as he […]

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  • By Spc. Alan Royalty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Guardsmen with 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation rescued a hiker suffering a medical emergency at Natural Bridge State Park near Slade, Kentucky, May 18. Guardsmen arrived with a UH-60 Blackhawk and hoisted the hiker to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Kentucky Soldiers worked alongside Wolfe County Search and Rescue (WCSR), Powell County Search and Rescue (PCSR), and Red River Gorge Special Treatment, Access and Rescue (Red STAR) to rescue the hiker. This mission culminated over a year’s worth of training between the Kentucky Guard and WCSR centered on […]

    MEDEVAC Soldiers assist in local rescue

    By Spc. Alan Royalty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Guardsmen with 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation rescued a hiker suffering a medical emergency at Natural Bridge State Park near Slade, Kentucky, May 18. Guardsmen arrived with a UH-60 Blackhawk and hoisted the hiker to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Kentucky Soldiers worked alongside Wolfe County Search and Rescue (WCSR), Powell County Search and Rescue (PCSR), and Red River Gorge Special Treatment, Access and Rescue (Red STAR) to rescue the hiker. This mission culminated over a year’s worth of training between the Kentucky Guard and WCSR centered on […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Three of the newest officers in the Kentucky Army National Guard took their oath at the rotunda in the state Capitol April 26. 2nd Lt. Douglas Frederick, assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, 2nd Lt. Stephanie Lynn Huffman, 623rd Field Artillery and 2nd Lt. Kyle Moore with Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, were each sworn in as commissioned officers and received their first salute. Frederick and Moore took part in the National Guard winter-accelerated program meant to get candidates through the course in […]

    Kentucky Guard welcomes its newest officers

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Three of the newest officers in the Kentucky Army National Guard took their oath at the rotunda in the state Capitol April 26. 2nd Lt. Douglas Frederick, assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, 2nd Lt. Stephanie Lynn Huffman, 623rd Field Artillery and 2nd Lt. Kyle Moore with Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, were each sworn in as commissioned officers and received their first salute. Frederick and Moore took part in the National Guard winter-accelerated program meant to get candidates through the course in […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Kentucky Soldiers escort Derby trophy around Churchill Downs LOUSVILLE, Ky. – A small group of Kentucky National Guardsmen dressed to the nines in their Army Service uniforms snaked through unique areas of Churchill Downs in Louisville, May 4. They were charged with guarding and escorting the most coveted prize in horse racing, the Kentucky Derby trophy. Sgt. 1st Class David Cooper, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Staff Sgt. Tyler Thurman, Sgt. Erin Underwood and Spc. Tyler Kirkman, with the 438th Military Police Company, accompanied the one 24-carat gold trophy and three […]

    Guard guards Derby prize

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Kentucky Soldiers escort Derby trophy around Churchill Downs LOUSVILLE, Ky. – A small group of Kentucky National Guardsmen dressed to the nines in their Army Service uniforms snaked through unique areas of Churchill Downs in Louisville, May 4. They were charged with guarding and escorting the most coveted prize in horse racing, the Kentucky Derby trophy. Sgt. 1st Class David Cooper, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Staff Sgt. Tyler Thurman, Sgt. Erin Underwood and Spc. Tyler Kirkman, with the 438th Military Police Company, accompanied the one 24-carat gold trophy and three […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – Several Soldiers and Airmen from Kentucky National Guard medical units joined together to offer their expertise to the military medical staff at the Ah-Bashir Military Hospital March 29-Apr. 4 as part of the National Guard State Partnership Program. Several times a year Kentucky Guardsmen visit the small African country building rapport and share training opportunities with the local nationals. “Any time you can work with other countries, build meaningful relationships and train together is important,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Brian McMorrow, Medical Plans and Operation […]

    Kentucky medical staff share knowledge with Djiboutian hospital

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – Several Soldiers and Airmen from Kentucky National Guard medical units joined together to offer their expertise to the military medical staff at the Ah-Bashir Military Hospital March 29-Apr. 4 as part of the National Guard State Partnership Program. Several times a year Kentucky Guardsmen visit the small African country building rapport and share training opportunities with the local nationals. “Any time you can work with other countries, build meaningful relationships and train together is important,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Brian McMorrow, Medical Plans and Operation […]

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  • By Spc. Alan Royalty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Louisville, KY – During a historic weekend for horse racing, Kentucky National Guardsmen from around the state augmented First Responders at Churchill Downs in support of the 145th Kentucky Derby in Louisville, May 4, 2019. Soldiers from the 198th Military Police (MP) Battalion, alongside the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and Churchill Downs security ensured the safety of Derby fans and race competitors throughout the day. More than 150 Guardsmen lent their technical and professional expertise in support of the event.  The vast majority of Guardsmen from the 198th MPs worked alongside Louisville […]

    Guard Offers Invaluable Support During Historic Derby

    By Spc. Alan Royalty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Louisville, KY – During a historic weekend for horse racing, Kentucky National Guardsmen from around the state augmented First Responders at Churchill Downs in support of the 145th Kentucky Derby in Louisville, May 4, 2019. Soldiers from the 198th Military Police (MP) Battalion, alongside the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and Churchill Downs security ensured the safety of Derby fans and race competitors throughout the day. More than 150 Guardsmen lent their technical and professional expertise in support of the event.  The vast majority of Guardsmen from the 198th MPs worked alongside Louisville […]

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  • By Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment HOL HOL, Djibouti — Djibouti, a nation I didn’t know much about. Honestly, before traveling here, I couldn’t have placed it on the map. However, I have found its significance far exceeds its relevant size and distance from the United States. With a centuries-old strategic advantage, this country, this land, is vital and many major world powers desire influence here. Long controlled by France, Djibouti is a rather young country having gained its independence in 1977. One can experience a rugged coastline, seemingly endless deserts of volcanic rock, and baboon-inhabited mountains […]

    The Djiboutian Way taking shape

    By Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment HOL HOL, Djibouti — Djibouti, a nation I didn’t know much about. Honestly, before traveling here, I couldn’t have placed it on the map. However, I have found its significance far exceeds its relevant size and distance from the United States. With a centuries-old strategic advantage, this country, this land, is vital and many major world powers desire influence here. Long controlled by France, Djibouti is a rather young country having gained its independence in 1977. One can experience a rugged coastline, seemingly endless deserts of volcanic rock, and baboon-inhabited mountains […]

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