Kentucky National Guard History

The Kentucky National Guard, like other state National Guards, has been known under various names such as state militia or state guard. It has the distinction of being one of the oldest military forces in the United States. Its history dates back to 1775 when Kentucky was known as Fincastle County, a part of western Virginia. The fundamental concept of a state or local military organization has existed since 1636, when the Colony of Massachusetts formed a regiment of “Trained Bands.”

Throughout her history, Kentucky has cherished the tradition of rendering military duty with zeal when called upon. Kentucky’s history teams with incidents of self-sacrifice unsurpassed in daring and achievement. Kentuckians have answered the call to arms in all wars of our country.

Since its inception, the Kentucky National Guard has not only stood ready as an alert fighting force ready to defend Kentucky and the United States against those who would destroy our democratic way of life but this voluntary citizens Army has also served in times of national disaster. The skill and proficiency with which the Guard has served Kentucky further contributes to the fact that it is, and will continue to be, a necessary and indispensable organization for the continuing existence of the Commonwealth.

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Three U.S. Air Force North American F-51D Mustang fighters from the 165th Fighter Squadron, 123rd Fighter Group, Kentucky Air National Guard, in flight. The 123rd FG flew the F-51 from 1946 to 1952.
 
 

KyNG History Articles

The Eighth Kentucky and the Battle Above the Clouds
November 24, 2021

Kentucky National Guard documented in Kentucky visual history series
November 23, 2021

Kentucky National Guard Veteran restores howitzer
October 20, 2021

Charge of the Forlorn Hope
October 6, 2021

Remembering 9/11
September 11, 2021

“To Meet the Enemy on Any Element”
September 10, 2021

Bee Rife Osborne: Kentucky National Guard’s First Military Aviator
May 27, 2021

Happy Birthday, Bluegrass Marchers!
April 6, 2021

Kentucky State Guard 1917 - 1920
March 25, 2021

The Kentucky National Guard and the William Floyd Collins Tragedy at Sand Cave
February 10, 2021