Bates takes command of Kentucky Army National Guard recruiting battalion

June 13, 2011 | By kentuckyguard
dwa Story by Spc. Adrian D. Wallace, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment [caption id="attachment_7843" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Maj. Fred Bates takes the flag of command from outgoing commander Lt. Col. Tamara Hurst during a ceremony conducted on the grounds of the old Kentucky state capitol building. (Photo by Spc. Adrian Wallace, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)"] FRANKFORT, Ky.  (May 5, 2011) — Maj. Fred W. Bates V accepted command of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 75th Recruiting and Retention on May 5 in a ceremony at the old capitol building in Frankfort. Bates takes over for Lt. Col. Tamara Hurst, who commanded the unit since October 2008. A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Bates returned home from deployment just in time to assume command of the nationally recognized and successful recruiting battalion. The 2/75th is approaching its eighth straight year of achieving and surpassing its assigned end strength mission, a mission that Bates takes very seriously. [caption id="attachment_7846" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Maj. Fred Bates is the new commander of the Kentucky Army National Guard's 2/75th Recruiting and Retention Battalion. (Photo by Spc. Adrian Wallace, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)"] “I am excited to serve and lead the more than 800 Soldiers, contractors, and personnel in our battalion,” he said in his remarks. “This is an important job and I have complete faith in the ability of this great team and their desire to succeed.” “Regardless of challenges that face us, we will not stop recruiting, " he added.  "We will continue to recruit and retain the best and brightest in Kentucky.”

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