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Members of the Kentucky Derby Festival unveil a banner promoting the 2022 Thunder Over Louisville air show and fireworks display during a press conference held along the Ohio River in downtown Louisville, Ky., March 3, 2022. Thunder will return to the waterfront April 23 after a two-year absence and is expected to feature dozens of aircraft, including the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team and a brand-new C-130J Super Hercules from the Kentucky Air National Guard. This year’s event celebrates the 75th anniversary of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
Thunder air show returns to banks of Ohio River with KYANG aircraft
March 5, 2022
The Thunder Over Louisville air show will return to the banks of the Ohio River April 23 for the first time in three years with a salute to the United States Air Force, organizers announced in Louisville, Kentucky, March 3.

The base newspaper of the 123rd Tactical Airlift Wing provided coverage of a fatal C-130B Hercules crash in Evansville, Ind., on Feb. 6 1992. The mishap claimed 16 lives. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
Kentucky Air Guardsman recalls Evansville crash 30 years later
Feb. 28, 2022
Steve Bullard remembers the morning of Feb. 6, 1992 with perfect clarity. That day, the former Kentucky Air National Guard navigator was pulled off a fatal C-130B Hercules training flight just minutes before takeoff.

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2nd Lt. Ben Gerlach poses after his graduation from the SAPPER course in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo..  
A SAPPER Soldier is responsible for tasks such as building and repairing roads and bridges, laying and clearing mines. (Photo courtesy of 2nd Lt. Ben Gerlach)
My Sapper School Experience
May 18, 2022
Sapper Leader Course is the premier leadership school for the Engineer Regiment. The 28-day training is broken up into two, two-week phases. The first phase -- General Subjects focuses heavily on Engineering tasks from expedient demolitions, engagement area development, obstacle emplacement, obstacle breaching, along with mobility and counter-mobility operations. Additionally, there are physical fitness events, mountaineering, air operations, and land navigation blocks of instruction during this phase.

From left to right, Col. Jason Shepherd, Mrs. Stefania Greene, J. Michael Brown, Ms. Sandra Franzblau, Brig. Gen. Dan Kuwali, Ms. Soreya Lambat, and Col. Joyce Gordon pose for a photo on the Kentucky Capital building steps, on April 22, 2022. Kuwali and Franzblau visited the capital as part of their two-day engagement with the Kentucky National Guard’s Staff Judge Advocates. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jesse Elbouab)
Malawi Defense Force JAG visits Boone Center, Guard Staff Judge Advocates
May 17, 2022
Soldiers with the Kentucky National Guard's legal team hosted Brig. Gen. Dan Kuwali of the Malawi Defense Force, for a 2-day visit that included a tour of Kentucky's Capital building and presentations to Guardsmen Apr. 21-22.

Kentucky National Guard Staff Sgt. Brian Bingham and Maj. Stephen Young pose beside the sign for the Belize Coast Guard (BCG) Forward Operating Base in Calabash Caye, Belize on May 6, 2022. Bingham and Young worked with the BCG to establish communications between all the different training sites involved in SOUTHCOM-sponsored Operations Tradewinds 2022 (U.S. Army photo courtesy of Maj. Stephen Young).
Several countries, ONE TEAM, Tradewinds 22
May 16, 2022
Two Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard’s Directorate of Information Management (DOIM) traveled to Belize to support U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored Operation Tradewinds 2022 in May, 2022. Maj. Stephen Young, the J6 plans and policy officer for DOIM and Staff Sgt. Brian Bingham, the mission command (MC) spectrum manager, conducted many forms of planning, resourcing and installing communications for Combat Net Radios (CNR), AN/PRC-150s (base-station, man-pack and antennae radios), satellite messaging handhelds and satellite phones for use at multiple locations in Belize and Mexico.

Pfc. Steven Hensen, 223rd Military Police Company directs traffic and pedestrians at the 148th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY, May 7, 2022. The Kentucky National Guard has been assisting local security and police every year for the past 116 years. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Destini Keene)
Derby 148 back in full force and so is the Kentucky Guard
May 7, 2022
Soldiers of the 223rd ensured that the return to the first 100% capacity Derby since the COVID-19 pandemic was safe and enjoyable for this year’s attendees.

Airmen from the 123rd Air Wing pose for a photo on April 23, 2022, on the Kentucky Air National Guard Base flight line. The Airmen helped launch and recover over 30 aircraft in support of Kentucky's Thunder over Louisville. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Wilhoit)
Guarding Thunder over Louisville: a Behind the Scenes Look at the Kentucky National Guard's Involvement in one of the State's Most Significant Annual Events
April 30, 2022
On April 23rd the Louisville waterfront hosted the 33rd annual Thunder Over Louisville in coordination with the Kentucky Derby Festival. The Kentucky National Guard supported the event in several capacities from the air and on the ground. This is a behind-the-scenes story of the KYNG Thunder Over Louisville mission.

Ecuadorian leaders visit Kentucky National Guard as a part of the State Partnership Program on March 28, 2022, in Frankfort, Kentucky. The week-long engagement is the first in-person conference the two countries have held together since 2018.
Kentucky Guard hosts first Senior Leader Engagement with Ecuador in over a decade
April 27, 2022
Key leaders from the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard welcomed Ecuadorian military forces and political leaders from March 28 through 31, 2022, for the most significant Ecuadorian delegation visit to the United States in over a decade.

The U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team from the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., performs an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River in downtown Louisville, Ky., April 23, 2022 as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. This year’s event celebrated the 75th anniversary of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
Thunder air show draws large crowds for 75th Air Force celebration
April 25, 2022
Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the banks of the Ohio River on April 23 for the annual Thunder Over Louisville air show, which marked its return with more than 30 aircraft to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Air Force.

U.S. Air Force Gen. David W. Allvin, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, speaks to ROTC cadets at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2022. Allvin was in town for the Thunder Over Louisville air show, which celebrated the 75th anniversary of the United States Air Force. The Kentucky Air Guard served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Horton)
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff inspires next generation of cadets to serve
April 25, 2022
Gen. David W. Allvin, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, encouraged the military’s next generation of leaders to remain flexible and embrace innovation during a reception held at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, April 22.