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Kentucky Legion Brigade hosts Army 10-Miler Virtual Run
November 4, 2020
— Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they dispersed the annual Army 10-Miler (ATM) competition--traditionally held in Washington, D.C.--to different hosting sites worldwide. Participants registered for the event online and submitted their scores using a phone application once they completed the run...
The extraordinary life of James Arthur Kehoe, Kentucky’s 31st Adjutant General
November 2, 2020
— In 1912 and at the age of 16, Kehoe believed he was destined to study law. On his way to Harvard University, he happened to visit his brother, William, who at the time was a Cadet at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He became enamored with the Army and soon changed his vocation...
Kentucky Army National Guard graduates four from Officer Candidate School
October 26, 2020
— Graduates of Officer Candidate School Class 62-20 included Larry Zuniga of Bowling Green, Dustin McKie-Miller of Lexington, and David Mutuse and Seth Weddle, both from Richmond, Ky. ...
Kentucky National Guard, Blue Grass Airport crash for emergency response training
October 20, 2020
— On Sept. 10, the KYNG emergency response team met with Blue Grass Airport’s first responders and practiced preparedness by answering the call to a fake accident staged on the WestLex runway at the Lexington airport. With many possible what-if scenarios, this training focused on how the team would respond to a collision involving civilian and military aircraft...
Diverse skill sets hold key to success for 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade staff at warfighter
October 15, 2020
— The 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade worked alongside multiple active duty and National Guard units at the XVIII Airborne Corps (ABC) Warfighter Exercise (WFX) 21-1, conducted Oct. 1-15, at Fort Bragg, N.C...
John Brown's raid and the establishment of the Kentucky State Guard
October 14, 2020
— John Brown's raid was an effort by abolitionist John Brown and his compatriots to initiate an armed slave revolt in October 1859, by taking over the United States Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Va...
Defying the odds: How one Soldier rose up from humble beginnings to owning her own dentistry practice
October 3, 2020
— Today, that frightened child is gone. In her place stands a leader who is described by those who know her as “fierce” and an “inspiration”. While she faced obstacles from a young age, Mitisha credits the Kentucky Guard for helping her reach her life-long dream of becoming a dentist, and co-owner of her own dentistry practice in Louisville. Martin, who has served in the Kentucky Guard for 24 years, is currently in Poland on her second deployment. She is deployed with her unit, the 1163rd Area Support Medical Company, and is doing what she loves, working as a dentist...
Task Force Thunder returns to Louisville to support local law enforcement
September 28, 2020
— From Sept. 23-28, the Kentucky Guard formed a National Guard Response Force. Their mission was to augment LMPD and protect critical infrastructure sites, provide an official presence of support within the commonwealth, and enhance the safety of citizens in and around Louisville...
Cyber Shield 2020 tests readiness of Kentucky Guard cyber teams with nationwide exercise
September 27, 2020
— Cyber Shield 2020 ran from Sept. 12-27 and aimed at mitigating these threats by cybercriminals with a defensively focused tactical cyber exercise. Other than from the Guard, they chose participants from law enforcement and the cyber protection industry to ensure the training met the requirements of our nation’s defense information infrastructure...
Mountain Warriors, Kentucky State Police, Louisville Metro Police Department work joint operation in Louisville
September 26, 2020
— Kentucky National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, also known as the “Mountain Warriors,” augmented units from the KSP and Louisville Metro Police Department Saturday, Sept. 26, in an effort that may have saved lives by deterring an unlawful standoff at Jefferson Square Park. ...
Col. Bates takes command of the 138th Field Artillery Brigade
September 19, 2020
— The 138th Field Artillery Brigade honored Col. Ronnie Barnes as he relinquished command to Col. Andrew J. Bates during a change of command ceremony Sept. 19, at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky...
Heroism at home in India for Kentucky Guardsman
September 15, 2020
— For Spc. Jayendra Patel, learning this military occupational specialty became an opportunity to do more than feed his fellow Guardsmen...
Governor Beshear visits Kentucky Guard, tours COVID-19 protective equipment warehouse
September 14, 2020
— In March 2020, the state experienced its first spike in positive COVID-19 cases sparking the need for sterile and disposable personal protective equipment (PPE). On Sept. 14, along with First Lady Britainy Beshear and several staff members, Governor Andy Beshear visited troops and toured the PPE storage warehouse in Frankfort...
Historic Kentucky Guard unit to be redesignated
September 12, 2020
— The Kentucky National Guard’s 149th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB) cased its colors for the final time during a redesignation ceremony, Sept. 12 at the Wendell. H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky...
Never Forgotten: Honors for fallen Soldier brings family closure after 70 years
August 29, 2020
— After missing in action for 70 years, Aug. 26 marked the day they finally brought the Soldier home. In a bevy of flags, surrounded by family, friends, and veterans from several generations, they gave Cpl. Hash a hero’s welcome. Then, on Aug. 29, they laid him to rest at the Worley Cemetery, near his hometown of Corbin, Ky...
My View: How the Women's Suffrage Movement impacts women in military today
August 26, 2020
— (commentary by Sgt. Jesse Elbouab) As I reflected on this moment in history, I tried to imagine the young women of the era and the hopelessness they must have felt. Now, I am thankful for these women. They fought for their rights and the rights of the generations to come. They are the pioneers that gave girls like me the guts to just go for anything...
Welcome Home 223rd Military Police
August 22, 2020
— ue to COVID-19 concerns, there was no formal ceremony. Soldiers arrived via bus to the armory where their families were waiting to greet them. ...
Infantry receive Civil Response Training
August 19, 2020
— Soldiers from the 1st Battalion 149th Infantry, participated in Civil Disturbance Response Training as part of their unit’s annual training at Harold L. Disney Training Center July 25- 28...
Kentucky Guard members participate in joint force HIRAIN mission
August 17, 2020
— Two M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher crews from 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery successfully completed the joint force HIMARS rapid infiltration (HI RAIN) mission as a coordinated effort with the 123rd Airlift Wing in Louisville, Kentucky, Aug. 6, 2020...
Withers Becomes Tenth State Sergeant Major
August 15, 2020
— Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Withers became Kentucky’s tenth state command sergeant major during an assumption of responsibility ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, Ky., Aug. 16. He takes over for Command Sgt. Maj. David Munden who retires this month...
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