Public Affairs Archive

  • Posted by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Photos courtesy of Drew Franklin, Kentucky Sports Radio, and Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky Guard LEXINGTON, Ky —University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, and Adjutant General Edward Tonini conducted a Skype call with Kentucky Guard Troops deployed overseas for a third year in a row. Kentucky Troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Afghanistan and the Middle East had more than 40 minutes to “Coach” the Coach, while hearing inside-the-locker room strategy from the head coach of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament victors. Below […]

    PHOTO ESSAY: Kentucky Guardsmen Skype with The Coach

    Posted by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Photos courtesy of Drew Franklin, Kentucky Sports Radio, and Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky Guard LEXINGTON, Ky —University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, and Adjutant General Edward Tonini conducted a Skype call with Kentucky Guard Troops deployed overseas for a third year in a row. Kentucky Troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Afghanistan and the Middle East had more than 40 minutes to “Coach” the Coach, while hearing inside-the-locker room strategy from the head coach of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament victors. Below […]

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  • Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.—The Kentucky National Guard’s eight-month journey commemorating the 200th anniversary of Kentucky’s involvement in the War of 1812 and strong partnership with Canada came to an end during Canada week in Kentucky Feb. 10-14. The week began with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kentucky State War Memorial where fallen Kentucky Soldiers were honored at the Frankfort Cemetery, Feb. 9.  Guest speakers included the Adjutant General of Kentucky Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Consulate General of Canada Dr. Roy Norton and Mayor of Frankfort William May. “History […]

    ‘Oh Canada’ Week in Kentucky

    Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.—The Kentucky National Guard’s eight-month journey commemorating the 200th anniversary of Kentucky’s involvement in the War of 1812 and strong partnership with Canada came to an end during Canada week in Kentucky Feb. 10-14. The week began with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kentucky State War Memorial where fallen Kentucky Soldiers were honored at the Frankfort Cemetery, Feb. 9.  Guest speakers included the Adjutant General of Kentucky Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Consulate General of Canada Dr. Roy Norton and Mayor of Frankfort William May. “History […]

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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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  • 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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  • By Sgt. Scott Raper, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — During a brief conversation in his office, his computer beeps with several new emails and his phone rings with more incoming calls than an average person.  But for J.C. Newton, that’s all just fine with him.  As the Marketing Director for the Kentucky National Guard, he says if he were not busy, he would just as soon be home. “I absolutely love this job,” said the Frankfort native.  “It can be tough, but it’s very exciting, there’s something always happening.” His job is to promote the awareness of […]

    Kentucky Guard’s Marketing Guru

    By Sgt. Scott Raper, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — During a brief conversation in his office, his computer beeps with several new emails and his phone rings with more incoming calls than an average person.  But for J.C. Newton, that’s all just fine with him.  As the Marketing Director for the Kentucky National Guard, he says if he were not busy, he would just as soon be home. “I absolutely love this job,” said the Frankfort native.  “It can be tough, but it’s very exciting, there’s something always happening.” His job is to promote the awareness of […]

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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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  • By Sgt. Scott Raper, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – There are those in, and out of uniform, that are dedicated to telling the story of the Kentucky National Guard.  One individual recently was awarded for just such work.  Dave Altom with the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office received the third place prize for civilian commentary for a story he wrote on Wounded Warriors.  The award was given as part of the annual Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Communication Competition, a Department of the Army sponsored event that showcases journalism excellence from military personnel and […]

    Kentucky Guard PAO awarded for work

    By Sgt. Scott Raper, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – There are those in, and out of uniform, that are dedicated to telling the story of the Kentucky National Guard.  One individual recently was awarded for just such work.  Dave Altom with the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office received the third place prize for civilian commentary for a story he wrote on Wounded Warriors.  The award was given as part of the annual Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Communication Competition, a Department of the Army sponsored event that showcases journalism excellence from military personnel and […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Photos by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative Every week for the past year or so kentuckyguard.com has published stories by Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  For those who don’t know, this is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story. Today’s story is different.  Today the story is about a  UPAHR instead of being presented by one. GLASGOW, Ky. — Sgt. Bryan Ploughe is a dynamo.  If you […]

    Artillery UPAHR passionate about his work

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Photos by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative Every week for the past year or so kentuckyguard.com has published stories by Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  For those who don’t know, this is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story. Today’s story is different.  Today the story is about a  UPAHR instead of being presented by one. GLASGOW, Ky. — Sgt. Bryan Ploughe is a dynamo.  If you […]

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  • keh Story by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard Photos by Sgt. Scott Raper, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2011) – Approximately 1200 Kentucky National Guard officers and senior enlisted Soldiers attended the 2011 Adjutant General’s professional development training Feb. 18 at the Galt House in Louisville. Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky’s adjutant general, focused on ‘The National Guard’s Way Ahead’, and said leaders in attendance were the future of Kentucky’s Guard-force during his keynote address. “This isn’t my Guard anymore. What we’re facing now and in the very near future […]

    Kentucky's adjutant general addresses and prepares the leadership of the Kentucky Guard

    keh Story by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard Photos by Sgt. Scott Raper, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2011) – Approximately 1200 Kentucky National Guard officers and senior enlisted Soldiers attended the 2011 Adjutant General’s professional development training Feb. 18 at the Galt House in Louisville. Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky’s adjutant general, focused on ‘The National Guard’s Way Ahead’, and said leaders in attendance were the future of Kentucky’s Guard-force during his keynote address. “This isn’t my Guard anymore. What we’re facing now and in the very near future […]

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  • Story and pictures by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard. KEH BAGRAM, Afghanistan (Dec. 23, 2010) – Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, the adjutant general for Kentucky, and key members of his staff visited Kentucky Guardsmen deployed to Afghanistan during a command and morale trip in early December. Tonini, Chief of Staff Col. Ron Turner, Director of Public Affairs Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Squadron Commander Maj. Shawn Dawley, State Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Armstrong and State Command Chief Master Sgt. James Smith spent two-and-a-half days in Afghanistan, visiting with Kentucky troops from the Agribusiness Development […]

    Kentucky’s Adjutant General spreads holiday cheer to Kentucky Troops serving in Afghanistan

    Story and pictures by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard. KEH BAGRAM, Afghanistan (Dec. 23, 2010) – Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, the adjutant general for Kentucky, and key members of his staff visited Kentucky Guardsmen deployed to Afghanistan during a command and morale trip in early December. Tonini, Chief of Staff Col. Ron Turner, Director of Public Affairs Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Squadron Commander Maj. Shawn Dawley, State Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Armstrong and State Command Chief Master Sgt. James Smith spent two-and-a-half days in Afghanistan, visiting with Kentucky troops from the Agribusiness Development […]

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