Press Release Archive

  • Staff Report For media inquiries and interview opportunities of Maj. General Tonini, contact Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard at 502-607-1556. FRANKFORT, KY — Kentucky’s Adjutant General, Major General Ed Tonini, was elected the President of the Adjutants General Association of the United States during the mid-June member conference held in Greenville, South Carolina. The Adjutants General Association of the United States is made up of  the 54 Adjutants General of the sovereign states, territories, and the  District of Columbia. The purpose of AGAUS is to ensure that the units within National Guard of the United States […]

    Kentucky Adjutant General to Lead All Nation’s Adjutants General Association

    Staff Report For media inquiries and interview opportunities of Maj. General Tonini, contact Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard at 502-607-1556. FRANKFORT, KY — Kentucky’s Adjutant General, Major General Ed Tonini, was elected the President of the Adjutants General Association of the United States during the mid-June member conference held in Greenville, South Carolina. The Adjutants General Association of the United States is made up of  the 54 Adjutants General of the sovereign states, territories, and the  District of Columbia. The purpose of AGAUS is to ensure that the units within National Guard of the United States […]

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  • Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.–Kentucky National Guardsmen Chief Warrant Officer Ryan T. Thompson, aviation maintenance technician with C Company, 1st Battalion,  376th Security and Support Aviation, was named Kentucky National Guard’s Warrant Officer of the Year at a ceremony held at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Jan 17. The warrant officer of the year nominees are a selection of warrants from each major command in the Kentucky Guard and according to State Command Chief Warrant Officer James W. Simms, they are the best of the best. “Our warrants are […]

    Thompson named Kentucky National Guard Warrant Officer of the Year

    Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.–Kentucky National Guardsmen Chief Warrant Officer Ryan T. Thompson, aviation maintenance technician with C Company, 1st Battalion,  376th Security and Support Aviation, was named Kentucky National Guard’s Warrant Officer of the Year at a ceremony held at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Jan 17. The warrant officer of the year nominees are a selection of warrants from each major command in the Kentucky Guard and according to State Command Chief Warrant Officer James W. Simms, they are the best of the best. “Our warrants are […]

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  • By Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office Click HERE for more  pictures from the bicentennial event on our flickr site! MONROE, Mich.—Re-enactors depicting the War of 1812, select Kentucky Guardsmen and Canadian dignitaries met to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of the River Raisin in Monroe, Mich., Jan. 19. Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, State Command Sgt. Maj. Greg Armstrong, Capt. Jake McKinney and KYNG historian John Trowbridge were invited to take part in the bicentennial celebration and honor the service and sacrifices of the Kentucky Militia. Seven years in the making […]

    Fight as Kentuckians, Remember the Raisin

    By Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office Click HERE for more  pictures from the bicentennial event on our flickr site! MONROE, Mich.—Re-enactors depicting the War of 1812, select Kentucky Guardsmen and Canadian dignitaries met to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of the River Raisin in Monroe, Mich., Jan. 19. Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, State Command Sgt. Maj. Greg Armstrong, Capt. Jake McKinney and KYNG historian John Trowbridge were invited to take part in the bicentennial celebration and honor the service and sacrifices of the Kentucky Militia. Seven years in the making […]

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  • News release courtesy of the Governor’s office Pictures by Capt. Stephen Martin, Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard FRANKFORT, KY. (March 15, 2012) – Governor Steve Beshear today joined lawmakers and veterans’ groups from across the Commonwealth to unveil a bronze plaque listing the names of Kentucky’s 60 Medal of Honor recipients. Three of Kentucky’s five living Medal of Honor recipients attended the event. “It’s a privilege to present this plaque that proudly lists the names of individuals who have selflessly served our country and fought for our freedom,” Gov. Beshear said. “This symbol of their sacrifice and bravery can now be […]

    Gov. Beshear Unveils Medal of Honor Plaque

    News release courtesy of the Governor’s office Pictures by Capt. Stephen Martin, Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard FRANKFORT, KY. (March 15, 2012) – Governor Steve Beshear today joined lawmakers and veterans’ groups from across the Commonwealth to unveil a bronze plaque listing the names of Kentucky’s 60 Medal of Honor recipients. Three of Kentucky’s five living Medal of Honor recipients attended the event. “It’s a privilege to present this plaque that proudly lists the names of individuals who have selflessly served our country and fought for our freedom,” Gov. Beshear said. “This symbol of their sacrifice and bravery can now be […]

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLICK HERE FOR MORE VIDEO AND PICTURES FRANKFORT, Ky.  (March 3, 2012) – After visiting catastrophic damages from Friday’s severe storms and tornadoes, Governor Steve Beshear spoke with both President Barack Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to relay critical emergency information and reaffirm Kentucky’s commitment to get relief to citizens quickly. “The scope and magnitude of devastation in some of our communities is unlike anything I have ever seen,” said Gov. Beshear.  “I’ve been in close contact with President Obama since Thursday to ensure we will have the resources our families will need to recover […]

    Gov. Beshear: Devastation is “unlike anything I have ever seen”

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLICK HERE FOR MORE VIDEO AND PICTURES FRANKFORT, Ky.  (March 3, 2012) – After visiting catastrophic damages from Friday’s severe storms and tornadoes, Governor Steve Beshear spoke with both President Barack Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to relay critical emergency information and reaffirm Kentucky’s commitment to get relief to citizens quickly. “The scope and magnitude of devastation in some of our communities is unlike anything I have ever seen,” said Gov. Beshear.  “I’ve been in close contact with President Obama since Thursday to ensure we will have the resources our families will need to recover […]

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  • For Immediate Release Photos by Capt. Steve Martin and TSgt Jason Ketterer, Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard  CLICK HERE FOR MORE IMAGERY OF KENTUCKY GUARDSMEN IN ACTION FRANKFORT, Ky.  (March 3, 2012) — Governor Steve Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and Kentucky’s Guard leadership are touring devastated areas across the Commonwealth. The powerful storms caused widespread damage in forty Kentucky counties. Gov. Beshear will view damages in West Liberty (Morgan County), Salyersville (Magoffin County), and Piner (Kenton County) today along with Adjutant General Ed Tonini, Senator Damon Thayer, of Georgetown, and Senator Robert Stivers, of Manchester.  Lt. Gov. Abramson will visit East Bernstadt […]

    Gov. Beshear and Kentucky Leadership Tour Devastation from Friday’s Severe Weather

    For Immediate Release Photos by Capt. Steve Martin and TSgt Jason Ketterer, Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard  CLICK HERE FOR MORE IMAGERY OF KENTUCKY GUARDSMEN IN ACTION FRANKFORT, Ky.  (March 3, 2012) — Governor Steve Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and Kentucky’s Guard leadership are touring devastated areas across the Commonwealth. The powerful storms caused widespread damage in forty Kentucky counties. Gov. Beshear will view damages in West Liberty (Morgan County), Salyersville (Magoffin County), and Piner (Kenton County) today along with Adjutant General Ed Tonini, Senator Damon Thayer, of Georgetown, and Senator Robert Stivers, of Manchester.  Lt. Gov. Abramson will visit East Bernstadt […]

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  • Story by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Photos by Maj. Dale Greer, Kentucky Air National Guard Public Affairs CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICTURES OF THE WELCOME HOME CEREMONY LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Fifty-eight members of the Kentucky National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team 3 were honored during a welcome home ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base Tuesday. KYADT 3 was charged with sustaining the relationships built between former KYADTs and Afghan farmers to ensure the country becomes agriculturally self-sufficient through development of the agricultural marketplace. The task force was composed of Army and Air National Guardsmen […]

    Agribusiness Development Team 3 returns from Afghanistan

    Story by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Photos by Maj. Dale Greer, Kentucky Air National Guard Public Affairs CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICTURES OF THE WELCOME HOME CEREMONY LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Fifty-eight members of the Kentucky National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team 3 were honored during a welcome home ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base Tuesday. KYADT 3 was charged with sustaining the relationships built between former KYADTs and Afghan farmers to ensure the country becomes agriculturally self-sufficient through development of the agricultural marketplace. The task force was composed of Army and Air National Guardsmen […]

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  • keh Pictures courtesy of the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 15, 2011) – Beginning Monday, Kentucky and several Central U.S. states, along with federal government agencies, volunteer organizations and the private sector will begin a week-long preparedness exercise based upon a catastrophic earthquake in the New Madrid Earthquake Zone, which is located in the heart of the United States. The National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE 11) is part of the National Exercise Program (NEP).  The NEP provides the opportunity to practice existing capabilities to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from major disasters, man-made or […]

    Kentucky Prepares for a Major Earthquake during National Level Exercise

    keh Pictures courtesy of the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 15, 2011) – Beginning Monday, Kentucky and several Central U.S. states, along with federal government agencies, volunteer organizations and the private sector will begin a week-long preparedness exercise based upon a catastrophic earthquake in the New Madrid Earthquake Zone, which is located in the heart of the United States. The National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE 11) is part of the National Exercise Program (NEP).  The NEP provides the opportunity to practice existing capabilities to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from major disasters, man-made or […]

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  • sdm Story by Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nearly 60 members of the Kentucky National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team 3 and their Families were honored during a farewell ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville today. KYADT3 Task Force Hurricane is charged with sustaining the relationships built between former KYADTs and Afghan farmers. The goal is to ensure Afghanistan becomes agriculturally self-sufficient. The task force is composed of Army and Air National Guardsmen with a variety of skills in agriculture. “I am deeply humbled to be allowed to serve alongside these […]

    Kentucky's Agribusiness Development Team 3 departs for Afghanistan

    sdm Story by Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nearly 60 members of the Kentucky National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team 3 and their Families were honored during a farewell ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville today. KYADT3 Task Force Hurricane is charged with sustaining the relationships built between former KYADTs and Afghan farmers. The goal is to ensure Afghanistan becomes agriculturally self-sufficient. The task force is composed of Army and Air National Guardsmen with a variety of skills in agriculture. “I am deeply humbled to be allowed to serve alongside these […]

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  • sdm Story by Capt. Stephen Martin, Photos by Staff Sgt. Michael Oliver LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2010) — The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron deployed an initial group of Airmen to Afghanistan to conduct various operations, such as emergency management and engineering assistance today. “It’s a difficult time to deploy when it’s around the holidays, but we have an important mission over there,” said Lt. Col. Phillip Howard, 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron Commander. “My heart goes out to the Families this Christmas.” Ten Airmen said their goodbyes at the Louisville International Airport as they leave for the […]

    Kentucky Air National Guard troops deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

    sdm Story by Capt. Stephen Martin, Photos by Staff Sgt. Michael Oliver LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2010) — The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron deployed an initial group of Airmen to Afghanistan to conduct various operations, such as emergency management and engineering assistance today. “It’s a difficult time to deploy when it’s around the holidays, but we have an important mission over there,” said Lt. Col. Phillip Howard, 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron Commander. “My heart goes out to the Families this Christmas.” Ten Airmen said their goodbyes at the Louisville International Airport as they leave for the […]

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