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  • By Spc. Alan Royalty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard recognized and awarded several outstanding Guardsmen at the 2019 Soldier & Airman of the Year Banquet at the University of Louisville’s Brown and Williamson Club in Louisville, Ky., March 9. The annual ceremony honors the winners of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition and outstanding enlisted Airmen from the Kentucky Air Guard. Guardsmen and their families enjoyed a banquet, which includes a formal ceremony awarding winners and recognizing their exceptional dedication to their branch of service. Soldier and Airmen winners from […]

    Outstanding Kentucky Guardsmen awarded during banquet

    By Spc. Alan Royalty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard recognized and awarded several outstanding Guardsmen at the 2019 Soldier & Airman of the Year Banquet at the University of Louisville’s Brown and Williamson Club in Louisville, Ky., March 9. The annual ceremony honors the winners of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition and outstanding enlisted Airmen from the Kentucky Air Guard. Guardsmen and their families enjoyed a banquet, which includes a formal ceremony awarding winners and recognizing their exceptional dedication to their branch of service. Soldier and Airmen winners from […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs JERICHO, Vt. – For the fifth straight year, Kentucky Guardsmen competed against the best winter sports athletes in the National Guard. The four-man team skied against more than 130 competitors from 18 states in the Chief, National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vt., Feb. 23-28. Kentuckians are normally not used to snow skis, or so much snow, but the team is proud of how far they have come in a short five years. “Biathlon is one of the hardest things I have […]

    Soldiering on in the snow

    By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs JERICHO, Vt. – For the fifth straight year, Kentucky Guardsmen competed against the best winter sports athletes in the National Guard. The four-man team skied against more than 130 competitors from 18 states in the Chief, National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vt., Feb. 23-28. Kentuckians are normally not used to snow skis, or so much snow, but the team is proud of how far they have come in a short five years. “Biathlon is one of the hardest things I have […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – With the National Guard focus on Soldier fitness, and with the anticipation of the new Army fitness test about to start being implemented, staying in shape is at an all time high. To see more photos from Lt. Col. Jones journey, please click HERE. For the G6 infrastructure manager, using kicks and punches or breaking cinder blocks is his way to keep in shape. But it didn’t start out with fitness being the main motivation. It was his two young daughters who were taking karate classes and […]

    Guardsman uses martial arts to stay fit

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – With the National Guard focus on Soldier fitness, and with the anticipation of the new Army fitness test about to start being implemented, staying in shape is at an all time high. To see more photos from Lt. Col. Jones journey, please click HERE. For the G6 infrastructure manager, using kicks and punches or breaking cinder blocks is his way to keep in shape. But it didn’t start out with fitness being the main motivation. It was his two young daughters who were taking karate classes and […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Shanna Rice, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT KNOX, Ky. — Col. Dennis R. Hawthorne relinquished his command of the 138th Field Artillery Brigade to Lt. Col. Ronnie S. Barnes during a change of command ceremony Feb. 23, 2019 in Fort Knox, Ky. Brig. Gen. Scott Campbell, The Deputy Adjutant General, along with family, friends and fellow Guardsmen filled the Sadowski Center to pay respects to this time-honored tradition. To view all photos from this event, please click HERE. Col. Hawthorne took command of the Brigade on Mar. 12, 2017 and saw the unit through numerous training […]

    138th Fires Brigade conducts change of command

    Story by Staff Sgt. Shanna Rice, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT KNOX, Ky. — Col. Dennis R. Hawthorne relinquished his command of the 138th Field Artillery Brigade to Lt. Col. Ronnie S. Barnes during a change of command ceremony Feb. 23, 2019 in Fort Knox, Ky. Brig. Gen. Scott Campbell, The Deputy Adjutant General, along with family, friends and fellow Guardsmen filled the Sadowski Center to pay respects to this time-honored tradition. To view all photos from this event, please click HERE. Col. Hawthorne took command of the Brigade on Mar. 12, 2017 and saw the unit through numerous training […]

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  • Commentary by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – As I sat down in the classroom in the Emergency Operations Center building on Boone National Guard Center, where I was about to spend the better part of the next three days, I looked around and saw a lot of officers and senior non-commissioned officers around me. We were all there for the Operations Security Level Two class Jan. 29-31. Since I’m a staff sergeant, I felt like I might be out of my depth. I’ve been in the National Guard for thirteen years and thought […]

    Protect your OPSEC

    Commentary by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – As I sat down in the classroom in the Emergency Operations Center building on Boone National Guard Center, where I was about to spend the better part of the next three days, I looked around and saw a lot of officers and senior non-commissioned officers around me. We were all there for the Operations Security Level Two class Jan. 29-31. Since I’m a staff sergeant, I felt like I might be out of my depth. I’ve been in the National Guard for thirteen years and thought […]

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  • Kentucky at the Battle of Buena Vista, February 22-23, 1847 By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The acceptance of Texas into the United States in 1845, was viewed as an intolerable act by Mexico.  The crisis and on-going differences between the two countries led to war the following year.  Although the federal government’s allotment for Kentucky’s portion of the Mexican-American War effort was 2,500 troops, approximately 13,000 Kentuckians answered the call. The Kentuckians found little martial glory in Mexico.  Instead, they suffered from extreme heat, a lack of healthy water and food, and long periods of boredom.  Of the more […]

    “Kentucky has immortalized herself in the fight”

    Kentucky at the Battle of Buena Vista, February 22-23, 1847 By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The acceptance of Texas into the United States in 1845, was viewed as an intolerable act by Mexico.  The crisis and on-going differences between the two countries led to war the following year.  Although the federal government’s allotment for Kentucky’s portion of the Mexican-American War effort was 2,500 troops, approximately 13,000 Kentuckians answered the call. The Kentuckians found little martial glory in Mexico.  Instead, they suffered from extreme heat, a lack of healthy water and food, and long periods of boredom.  Of the more […]

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  • Staff Report   FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2019)– Governor Matt Bevin and leadership from the Kentucky National Guard joined friends and family today to say farewell to nearly 60 members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Air Assault Regiment who are deploying to the Middle East for the next year. To see all photos from this event, please click here. “The level of gratitude I have for the Soldiers in this room is immense,” said Gov. Bevin. “You are serving the men and women of the United States of America and upholding the very […]

    Kentucky National Guard holds departure ceremony for Aviation Soldiers

    Staff Report   FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2019)– Governor Matt Bevin and leadership from the Kentucky National Guard joined friends and family today to say farewell to nearly 60 members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Air Assault Regiment who are deploying to the Middle East for the next year. To see all photos from this event, please click here. “The level of gratitude I have for the Soldiers in this room is immense,” said Gov. Bevin. “You are serving the men and women of the United States of America and upholding the very […]

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  • Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Approximately 40,000 new Soldiers and 7,000 prior service members will enter the formation each year looking for employment within the communities they live and serve and one way to get assistance is through Citizen Soldier for Life (CSFL), a National Guard sponsored program launched in September 2016. CSFL has been established to enhance readiness and boost resilience. CSFL prepares and connects Army National Guard Soldiers and their immediate family, veterans, and retirees with financial and career education plus employment opportunities throughout the Soldiers life cycle in order to maintain a ready […]

    We are here for you – Citizen Soldier for Life

    Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Approximately 40,000 new Soldiers and 7,000 prior service members will enter the formation each year looking for employment within the communities they live and serve and one way to get assistance is through Citizen Soldier for Life (CSFL), a National Guard sponsored program launched in September 2016. CSFL has been established to enhance readiness and boost resilience. CSFL prepares and connects Army National Guard Soldiers and their immediate family, veterans, and retirees with financial and career education plus employment opportunities throughout the Soldiers life cycle in order to maintain a ready […]

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  • By Lt. Col Tim Starke, 75th Troop Command This article ran originally in Maneuver Support Magazine in the Summer of 2009. Lt. Col. Starke served with the 149th MEB in January 2009 and was instrumental in helping to frame the 149th’s response to one of Kentucky’s ‘worst natural disasters’ in recent history. This was his reflection on the unit’s response and lessons learned. We are republishing it during the 10th anniversary of the historic 2009 ice storm. The morning of 26 January 2009 began with rumors of approaching inclement weather as the staff at 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) headquarters […]

    149th MEB gains footing during historic ice storm

    By Lt. Col Tim Starke, 75th Troop Command This article ran originally in Maneuver Support Magazine in the Summer of 2009. Lt. Col. Starke served with the 149th MEB in January 2009 and was instrumental in helping to frame the 149th’s response to one of Kentucky’s ‘worst natural disasters’ in recent history. This was his reflection on the unit’s response and lessons learned. We are republishing it during the 10th anniversary of the historic 2009 ice storm. The morning of 26 January 2009 began with rumors of approaching inclement weather as the staff at 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) headquarters […]

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  • Lessons learned a decade after commonwealth’s biggest disaster By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — A lot can change in a decade but memories of the incredible ice storm that hit Kentucky in January 2009 and crippled the state are still vivid. The storm was declared “The biggest natural disaster in modern Kentucky history” by then Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, who now teaches a course at Harvard’s Department of Health Policy and Management titled, A Governor’s Perspective on Leadership. The arctic blast affected six Midwest states with Kentucky being hit the hardest. Citizens dealt […]

    Deep Freeze Anniversary

    Lessons learned a decade after commonwealth’s biggest disaster By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — A lot can change in a decade but memories of the incredible ice storm that hit Kentucky in January 2009 and crippled the state are still vivid. The storm was declared “The biggest natural disaster in modern Kentucky history” by then Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, who now teaches a course at Harvard’s Department of Health Policy and Management titled, A Governor’s Perspective on Leadership. The arctic blast affected six Midwest states with Kentucky being hit the hardest. Citizens dealt […]

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