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U.S. Air Force pararescuemen execute precision parachute landings at Freeman Municipal Airport in Seymour, Ind., Sept. 4, 2023, as part of the PJ Rodeo. The biennial event, which tests the capabilities of pararescue Airmen across the service, was hosted by the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
Air Force Special Warfare operators compete for title as top pararescuemen
Sept. 7, 2023
Special Warfare operators across the U.S. Air Force are in Louisville, Kentucky, Sept. 3-9 to vie for the title of top pararescuemen during the 2023 PJ Rodeo.

Children sit in the back of a UH-60 Black Hawk at the 2023 Frankfort Aviation Day in Frankfort, Kentucky, Sept. 16, 2023. The Black Hawk is one of the primary aircraft used by the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade in tactical and humanitarian operations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Caleb Sooter)
KYNG Elevates Aviation Day at Capital City Airport
Sept. 17, 2023
Aviation enthusiasts, families, and community members converged in Frankfort on September 16, 2023, to celebrate Aviation Day at Capital City Airport. In addition to the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade (TAB), the event included Kentucky State Police (KSP), Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), DreamFlight Charities, local aviation organizations, local police and fire units and others.

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The MG Robert G. Moorhead National Guard and Army Reserve Breakfast at the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Monday, Oct. 9, 2023. (Carol Guzy for AUSA)
Kentucky Guard wins national award
Nov. 28, 2023
The Kentucky National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry was recently honored with the 2023 General Walter T. Kerwin, Jr. Readiness Award. The unit received the award at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) national meeting and exposition October 9 in Washington, D.C. This is the second time the battalion has received the award. The “Mountain Warriors” first received the award in 2013. The award is presented by the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) and the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) and the Reserve Officers Association (ROA). The battalion was also the recipient of the 2023 Maj. Gen. Milton A. Reckord Trophy which secured their entry for the Kerwin Award.

Christi Cole Pope speaks to attendees at an armory naming ceremony in Middlesboro, Kentucky, on Nov. 17, 2023. During the ceremony, the Kentucky National Guard honored her late husband, Lt. Col. Jeffrey D. Cole, a distinguished former company commander at the armory and later battalion commander of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, by naming the facility after him. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Cody Stagner)
Honoring a legacy: a tribute to LTC Jeffrey D. Cole
Nov. 20, 2023
On Nov. 17, 2023, more than 100 attendees joined leaders of the Kentucky National Guard to pay tribute to Lt. Col. Jeffrey D. Cole by dedicating Middlesboro’s armory in his name.

A parachutists skydives into Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 5, 2023, with a U.S. flag as part of Survivor’s Day at the Races, an annual event to honor family members who've lost loved ones in military service to the United States. Hosted with assistance from the Kentucky National Guard, the event drew more than 700 family members from 18 states. (U.S. Air National Guard photo bay Dale Greer)
Survivor’s Day at the Races honors 700 Gold Star Family members at Churchill Downs
Nov. 16, 2023
More than 700 Gold Star Family members who’ve lost loved ones in military service to the United States gathered at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, Nov. 5, 2023, as part of Survivor’s Day at the Races.

U.S. Air Force operators assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron conduct a casualty evacuation training scenario with the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group, Peru’s Defensa y Operaciones Especiales and other Special Operations Forces assets during exercise Resolute Sentinel 23 in Peru, July 20, 2023. Resolute Sentinel improves readiness of U.S. and partner nation military and interagency personnel through joint defense interoperability training, engineering projects and knowledge exchanges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chris Hibben)
Kentucky Air Guard’s Special Tactics plays key role for Resolute Sentinel in Peru
Nov. 15, 2023
Four members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron played a key role in Resolute Sentinel 23, a multi-national exercise held in Peru to enhance readiness, cooperation and interoperability between partner nations.

Army 1st Sgt. Naarah Stallard (left) receives congratulations from Command Sgt. Maj. John D. Sallee, the retired sergeant major for the 198th Military Police Battalion at her promotion ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky on October 15, 2023. Stallard was pinned to sergeant major by Sallee at the ceremony. (U.S. Army National Guard photo courtesy of Command Sgt. Maj. Naarah Stallard)
Kentucky National Guard MP promoted to Sgt. Maj. through mentorship
Nov. 14, 2023
Kentucky Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Naarah Stallard has been promoted to the rank of sergeant major in Louisville, Kentucky on Oct. 15. Stallard has served 27 years in the military, with the last 22 years in the Kentucky Army National Guard (KYARNG).

Soldiers who competed in Kentucky's Best Warrior Competition received trophies during a ceremony held in Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky, November 5, 2023. From left: Spc. Jackie Zheng, Soldier of the Year; Command Sgt. Maj. Benzie Timberlake, 75th Troop Command; Sgt. Jerry Marksbury III, NCO of the Year Runner-Up; Sgt. Robert Buck, NCO of the Year; Command Sgt. Maj. Aaron Lester, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; and Spc. Stephen Shelton, Soldier of the Year Runner-Up.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Cody Stagner)
Kentucky National Guard selects the Best Warriors of 2024
Nov. 8, 2023
The Kentucky Army National Guard announced the winners of the state-wide Best Warrior Competition at the awards breakfast held at Wendell H. Ford Training Center, Nov 5.

Army Capt. Mitchell Hagen presents the flag to Fran Dankovic, of Lexington, Ohio in honor of her great uncle, U.S. Army Sgt. John F. Rowalt, of Bellville, Ohio Nov.4, 2023. Rowalt had served during the Indian Wars before contracting small-pox and dying around the age of 28 in Cincinnati and buried at the nearby Kentucky cemetery. His grave site was previously unmarked for the last 148 years. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Crane
Kentucky Honor Guard helps put to rest forgotten Medal of Honor recipient
Nov. 6, 2023
Honor Guard Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard were on hand to help honor a Medal of Honor recipient whose grave had gone unmarked and almost forgotten for the past 148 years at Highland Cemetery Nov. 4.

A C-130-J Super Hercules aircraft awaits the next sortie on the flight line of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 14, 2023. The Louisville-based 123rd Airlift Wing was just awarded its 20th Air Force Outstanding Unit Award — a record among C-130 airlift units. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
Kentucky National Guard selected as top command
Oct. 31, 2023
The Kentucky National Guard has been awarded the 2023 Association of the United States Army’s trophy for best National Guard command.