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Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Security Forces Squadron a conduct riot-control exercise at Camp San Luis Obispo, Calif., May 18, 2022. The event was part of law-and-order training completed by more than 20 unit members over six days in central California. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Phil Speck)
Security Forces conduct specialized law-enforcement training
Sept. 10, 2022
Twenty-two Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Security Forces Squadron recently conducted a week of training San Luis Obispo, California, focused on supporting law enforcement.

A team of Kentucky National Guard signal leaders, who were handpicked based on their expertise, pose for a photo Aug. 15 outside Bataillon d’Intervention Rapide, a quick reaction military unit in Djibouti. The Kentucky team assisted Djiboutian service members with programming and validating tactical radio communications, assisted in setting up and configuring new computer monitors and talked through big picture power generation and network management with a senior Djiboutian signal leader. From left to right are Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Reno, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB), 138th Field Artillery Brigade; Sgt. Corey Davis, Joint Force Headquarters, wireless communications; Staff Sgt. Michael Kaiser, Joint Force Headquarters, wireless communications; and Maj. Stephen Young, the J6 plans/policy officer for the Kentucky National Guard’s Directorate of Information Management. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Cassandra Mullins)
Kentucky Guard signal leaders swap knowledge, build relationships with counterparts in partner nation Djibouti
Sept. 12, 2022
Although the early-morning sun was still low in the sky, temperatures were already hovering near 100 degrees, as a small group of Kentucky National Guard signal leaders made their way in utility vehicles across the rugged, barren terrain of sunbaked Djibouti, a small country in East Africa.

Army Maj. Jack Rachau introduces the newly commissioned officers in a ceremony at the Kentucky State Capitol Rotundra in Frankfort, Ky. on Sept. 24, 2022. The new officers will be pinned by family and friends at the ceremony as part of commissioning tradition. (U.S. Army photo by Andy Dickson)
Kentucky National Guard celebrates its newest officers
Sept. 26, 2022
Seven Kentucky National Guard Soldiers were commissioned to second lieutenant in a ceremony in the rotunda at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. on Sept. 24, 2022. Officer Candidate class 64-22 received their commissions with family and friends present after attending the 18-month Officer Candidate School held by the 238th Regional Training Institute (RTI) in Greenville, Ky.

Chief Warrant Officer Charles Harris (left) thanks his wife, Megan, for her support at his retirement lunch on Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky. on Sept. 30, 2022. Harris is retiring after 39 years of military service as a military intelligence officer. (U.S. Army photo by Andy Dickson)
Chief Warrant Officer retires after 39 years
Oct. 11, 2022
Chief Warrant Officer Charles Harris is retiring from the Kentucky National Guard after 39 years of military service and service as an intelligence officer and state security manager. During his career, Harris earned many titles, from being promoted to a colonel, joining the warrant officer corps, and then doctor when he earned his Ph.D. in strategic intelligence.

The Flemingsburg Police Department is awarded the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. on Sept. 29, 2022. The Freedom Award is given to civilian employers of the Guard and Reserves by the ESGR for exceptional commitment to servicemembers' military careers. (U.S. Army photo by Andy Dickson)
Flemingsburg Police Department Honored by Department of Defense
Oct. 12, 2022
The Flemingsburg Police Department today received the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition of employers for their support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. The award was made to Police Department Chief Brian Bowling by Governor Andy Beshear on behalf of the Department of Defense in a ceremony at the state Capitol.

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Warrant Officer 2 Creed shares a laugh with his wife and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kevin Keith after the departure ceremony held at the Army Aviation Support Facility Hanger on Boone National Guard Center Nov. 16, 2022. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Crane)
Kentucky Aviators set to deploy to Africa
Nov. 16, 2022
Soldiers with Detachment 4, Charlie Company, 2/245th Aviation Regiment, 63rd Theater Aviation Battalion will be charged with flying C-12 King Air fixed wing aircraft in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During their deployment they will be providing air movement support throughout the Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) area of responsibility.

The winners of the Kentucky National Guard's Best Warrior Competition were: Soldier of the Year: (Center) Spc. Garner Offutt with the Bravo Battery, 1-623rd Field Artillery, 138th Field Artillery Brigade; Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year: (Left) Staff Sgt. Jared Zerhusen from the 617th Military Police Company, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year: (right) Sgt. 1st. Class Jonathan Senters from Charlie Company, 1-149th Infantry Battalion. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andy Dickson)
Soldiers compete in Kentucky Best Warrior
Nov. 14, 2022
This year’s format included some of the new technology that was implemented this year. Moving targets were used during the weapons skills portion and night vision goggles were implemented for a portion of the competition.

Three generations watch the one of the races that honored of the fallen during the Survivors Day at the Races event at Churchill Downs in Louisville Nov.6, 2022. Family members and loved ones of fallen service members gathered from fourteen different states to witness the fifth race of the day which is dedicated to the heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to United States. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Brett Hornback)
Gold Star Families watch the races at Churchill Downs
Nov. 10, 2022
Family members and loved ones of fallen service members gathered from fourteen different states to witness the fifth race of the day which is dedicated to the heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to United States.

Airman 1st Class Brandon Porter, left, and Master Sgt. Kevin Woodard from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s Fatality Search and Recovery Team inspect a generator used in recovery operations during training at the 123rd Airlift Wing in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 8, 2022. The FSRT, part of the 123rd Force Support Squadron, assisted local coroners during historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky this summer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Phil Speck)
Fatality search and recovery mission helps bring closure to disaster
Nov. 1, 2022
Never before had Airman 1st Class Brandon Porter seen the kind of destruction left by a tornado after it ripped through a candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky, in December 2021, starting a fire that killed eight people.

Lt. Col. Jerry Zollman, right, accepts the 123rd Maintenance Group guidon from Col. Bruce Bancroft, 123rd Airlift Wing commander, during the group's change-of-command ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 11, 2022. Zollman assumed command from Col. Ash Groves, who has been named director of staff at Headquarters, Kentucky Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Clayton Wear)
Zollman assumes command of 123rd Maintenance Group
Oct. 31, 2022
Lt. Col. Jerry Zollman took charge of the 123rd Maintenance Group during a change-of-command ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Kentucky, Sept. 11, 2022.

Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 Warrant Officer 5 Ricky L. Skelton receives the saber signifying his assumption of command from Maj. Gen. Haldane B. Lamberton during a Change of Responsibility ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort Oct. 28, 2022. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Benjamin Crane)
Command Chief Warrant Officers change over
Oct. 28, 2022
Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 Dwight D. Harlan relinquished the responsibility over Kentucky’s warrant officer corps to the new Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ricky L. Skelton.

Army Lt. Col. Steve Mattingly was promoted to the rank of colonel in a ceremony at the Federal Hill Mansion at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown Ky. on Oct 6, 2022. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Carla Raisler)
Thunder Six promoted to colonel
Oct. 27, 2022
Army Lt. Col. Steve Mattingly, 138thField Artillery Brigade commander (Thunder Six) was promoted to the rank of colonel in a ceremony at the Federal Hill Mansion at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, Ky. on Oct 6, 2022. Mattingly knows his way around the 138th FAB. He began his military career as an enlisted Soldier in 1998 as a Forward Observer. Since then, he has served as the Bravo Battery 2/238th Field Artillery Battalion commander and 1-623 Field Artillery Battalion commander, among multiple other positions throughout the brigade. In 2021, Mattingly took command of the 138th Field Artillery Brigade. He has been serving in the brigade for 24 years. While more common in the National Guard than active duty or any other branch of service, it’s still quite notable.

Lt. Col. June Oldman, who serves as the Chief Nurse of the 137th Special Operations Wing's Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, explains the process of providing patient care during an aeromedical evacuation on a military aircraft on Aug. 9, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Members of the Guatemalan Air Force participated in a three-day patient movement tour with the Arkansas National Guard as part of the State Partnership Program. Photo by Senior Airman Kayla Edwards
Central America militaries grow stronger through Guard relationships
Oct. 24, 2022
Generally, the SPP improves the readiness, recruitment and retention of National Guard units, according to Lt. Col. Dan Cooper, of the Kentucky National Guard. The Bluegrass State’s unit first connected with Ecuador’s army in 1996. Since then, he said, Kentucky and Ecuadorian forces have assisted each other to gain practical experience in military skills or disaster preparations.