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

Kentucky National Guard celebrates 230th birthday
June 27, 2022

A letter to the troops about Juneteenth
June 19, 2022

Operation HERoes Hosts Kentucky’s First All-Female Honor Flight
June 14, 2022

Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the death of Lieutenant Hugh Wilson McKee.
June 11, 2022

KY Native Charles Young Posthumously Promoted to BG by U.S. Army
February 3, 2022

Brigadier General Jackson Morris, 29th Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky, 1920-1923.
February 1, 2022

George Lee McClain, Adjutant General of Kentucky 1935-1939
January 23, 2022

Isaac Shelby – Placing the Commonwealth and the Kentucky Militia on a Strong Footing
January 4, 2022

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

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