NEWS | March 12, 2021

Kentucky Guard recognized for efforts at Nation's capitol

By Sgt. Jesse Elbouab Kentucky National Guard

Governor Andy Beshear visited Kentucky's Boone National Guard Center March 12 to present an Acclamation Award to the Kentucky Guard Service Members who supported the Inauguration.

All photos from event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kentuckyguard/albums/72157718623325697

The award is to honor the more than 350 Soldiers and Airmen that mobilized to assist federal agencies in securing the Nation's Capital during the 59th Presidential Inauguration as well as the mission to provide support to the state capitol during the same time frame.

"If we think back to January, just this far into 2021, you all have reacted to snowstorms, ice storms, flooding that took the homes of so many Kentuckians," said Beshear. "You always answer to call to help your neighbors, and you do it without hesitation."

The request for Kentucky Guardsmen came with little notice. Men and women from the Guard assembled quickly, not knowing how long the nation's capital would need additional military presence. At the same time, the majority of Soldiers and Airmen have returned. Some are still serving in Washington, D.C., today.

"It is a privilege to be able to call myself a Kentucky Guardsman alongside all of you," said the Adjudicate General, Brig. Gen. Hal Lamberton. "I cannot thank you or your families enough for all you do."

As a part of the ceremony, six Service members were awarded coins as a token of gratitude for going above and beyond the mission at hand.

Sgt First Class Trenton Dalton, 198th Military Police Battalion. Staff Sgt. Andy Barbour, CERFP, Master Sgt. Greg Terry, CST, 2nd Lt. Omar Cham, 1-149th Infantry Battalion, and Sgt. Jeremiah Tewsley, 138th Field Artillery.

These Soldiers have worked tirelessly on missions from D.C. to operations around Kentucky throughout the year.

Approximately 70 Soldiers were in attendance for the ceremony to represent the many that came forward at a moment's notice.

"None of this would be possible without the support of your families," said State Command Sergeant Major Jesse Withers. "Please know that this award is dedicated to them as well."

The Acclamation Award States:

WHEREAS, 315 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen answered the call of our nation on short notice to assist federal agencies in securing the National Capitol Region during the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., January 16-24, 2021, deterring potential violence as part of the National Guard’s unique homeland security role; and

WHEREAS, These National Capitol Region missions included augmenting police security within the U.S. Capitol Building grounds, providing administrative support and chaplain’s services, supporting U.S. Department of Energy inauguration event screening, and preparing for mass casualty event and emergency trauma care operations; and

WHEREAS, Additional Soldiers and Airmen augmented the Kentucky State Police in support of law enforcement functions to support the safety and security of the Kentucky State Capitol Complex by providing Entry Control Point operations, roving patrol and a quick reaction team; and

WHEREAS, The Soldiers and Airmen of the Kentucky National Guard merit our tremendous respect and admiration for their selfless service to our communities, our Commonwealth and our nation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ANDY BESHEAR, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, do hereby pay tribute to the

KENTUCKY NATIONAL GUARD

for providing exceptional service and protection for all citizens.


DONE AT THE CAPITOL, in the City of Frankfort the 26th day of February, in the year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty-One and in the 229th year of the Commonwealth.