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Kentucky Army National Guard Col. Natalie Lewellen, the State Judge Advocate for the Kentucky Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, is promoted by her husband, George McMakin, during a promotion ceremony in Frankfort, Ky. Nov. 13, 2021. The event took place with family, friends and colleagues in attendance. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Matt Damon)
Kentucky JAG officers promote to colonel on same day
Nov. 17, 2021
“To my awareness, there’s never been an occasion in the Kentucky Army National Guard that we have promoted two JAG officers on the same day to full Colonel,” remarked Maj. Gen. Haldane Lamberton, The Adjutant General.

Sgt. Israel Tabigue of the 307th Service Maintenance Company tactically moves across the Military Operations and Urban Terrain site at while conducting the building clearing lane of the Best Warrior Competition at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky. on November 13, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Danielle Sturgill)
Kentucky Soldiers compete in 2021 Best Warrior Competition
Nov. 19, 2021
Kentucky's Best Warrior Competition is a series of events held over four days to test a Soldier's fitness, technical knowledge, and combat skills. The winners are awarded the opportunity to compete in Spring 2022 at the regional level.

Members of Bravo Company 1/149th Infantry Battalion, “Mountain Warriors”, depart at a ceremony held at the Lexington’s Bluegrass Airport in Lexington, Ky. Nov. 27, 2021. B-Co. will be deploying overseas for the first time in 10 years. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Matt Damon)
Kentucky infantry company deploys to Horn of Africa with Virginia National Guard
Nov. 28, 2021
Kentucky National Guard senior leaders and honored guests joined family and friends at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky, Nov. 27, 2021, to honor approximately 150 Soldiers of Somerset-based Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment as they left Kentucky and entered federal active duty.

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Members of Bravo Company 1/149th Infantry Battalion, “Mountain Warriors”, depart at a ceremony held at the Lexington’s Bluegrass Airport in Lexington, Ky. Nov. 27, 2021. B-Co. will be deploying overseas for the first time in 10 years. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Matt Damon)
Kentucky infantry company deploys to Horn of Africa with Virginia National Guard
Nov. 28, 2021
Kentucky National Guard senior leaders and honored guests joined family and friends at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky, Nov. 27, 2021, to honor approximately 150 Soldiers of Somerset-based Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment as they left Kentucky and entered federal active duty.

B/W image of planting of the flag on Lookout Mountain.
The Eighth Kentucky and the Battle Above the Clouds
Nov. 24, 2021
Every war has its iconic images or photographs, capturing for posterity, depicting a moment defining a battle or conflict. During the Second World War, one such moment was captured on February 23, 1945, with the Stars and Stripes being raised over Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima, by five Marines. Just over eighty years before this event, six Union Soldiers from Kentucky, were captured in a photograph accomplishing a similar mission atop Lookout Mountain, located near Chattanooga, Tennessee, during what would become known as the “Battle Above the Clouds.”

James R. Southard, a photographer for the Kentucky Documentary Photography Project, stands for a portrait at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky. on November 12th, 2021.  Southard is documenting members of the Kentucky National Guard to be a part of the visual history of Kentuckians (U.S. Army photo by Andrew Dickson).
Kentucky National Guard documented in Kentucky visual history series
Nov. 23, 2021
Soldiers and Airmen of the Kentucky National Guard will be featured in a photo series documenting Kentuckians, to include Soldiers training at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., in November 2021. James Southard, a fine arts photographer with the Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project (KDPP), wanted to include the Kentucky National Guard in the visual history series after conducting his own research on his father’s military career.

Chaplain (Capt.) Gregory Granderson
Kentucky Chaplain uses comics to further his message to troops
Nov. 22, 2021
Chaplain (Capt.) Gregory Christopher Granderson is the state support chaplain full-time and drills with the 206th Engineer Battalion, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

Sgt. Israel Tabigue of the 307th Service Maintenance Company tactically moves across the Military Operations and Urban Terrain site at while conducting the building clearing lane of the Best Warrior Competition at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky. on November 13, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Danielle Sturgill)
Kentucky Soldiers compete in 2021 Best Warrior Competition
Nov. 19, 2021
Kentucky's Best Warrior Competition is a series of events held over four days to test a Soldier's fitness, technical knowledge, and combat skills. The winners are awarded the opportunity to compete in Spring 2022 at the regional level.

Kentucky Army National Guard Col. Natalie Lewellen, the State Judge Advocate for the Kentucky Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, is promoted by her husband, George McMakin, during a promotion ceremony in Frankfort, Ky. Nov. 13, 2021. The event took place with family, friends and colleagues in attendance. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Matt Damon)
Kentucky JAG officers promote to colonel on same day
Nov. 17, 2021
“To my awareness, there’s never been an occasion in the Kentucky Army National Guard that we have promoted two JAG officers on the same day to full Colonel,” remarked Maj. Gen. Haldane Lamberton, The Adjutant General.

Kentucky Army National Guard Sgt. Roberto Gorostieta, a combat medic with the 130th Engineer Support Company and vaccination team non-commissioned officer, administers COVID-19 vaccination at the Boone National Guard Center, in Frankfort, Ky., November 6, 2021. Soldiers and airmen received the vaccine as part of Operation Fortified Guardian for the Kentucky National Guard. (Kentucky Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Matt Damon/cropped)
Ky. Guard achieves COVID vaccination milestone
Nov. 10, 2021
More than 250 vaccines were administered to Army and Air Guardsmen over the weekend. As of Wednesday, Nov. 10, approximately 91 percent of the force have received their first vaccination, and 73 percent received their second vaccination.

Kathy Boyle, branch manager and Walter Bowman, archivist, pose for a photo surrounded by all the files at the Military records Branch in Frankfort, Ky., Nov. 2, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Crane)
Kentucky military records made available for free
Nov. 9, 2021
Kentucky Soldiers can get access to their records with a simple phone call to the Department of the Army Military Records.