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Kentucky Guard honors late pilot held prisoner during World War II
December 22, 2023
A ceremony to present a posthumous Prisoner of War Medal to the family of U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jack Henry Owen was held at this historic home in Cynthiana, Ky., Nov. 13, 2023. The structure, erected in 1858 and now operated as a bed and breakfast, was Owen’s home until his death in 2013. Owen, who served in the Kentucky Air National Guard for more than 24 years, rising to become assistant adjutant general for Air, was piloting a B-17 Flying Fortress over Hamburg, Germany, on July 25, 1943, when the aircraft was shot down, and he remained a POW for the duration of World War II. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Air Guard Civil Engineer team takes second place in Air Force competition
December 18, 2023
A team of Airmen representing the Air National Guard took second place in the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Readiness Challenge held April 24-28, 2023, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. One component of the team, a group of Airmen specializing in water and fuel systems maintenance, included two members from the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron: Staff Sgt. Tristen Baxter, far left, and Staff Sgt. Cathy Chasteen, second from left. (U.S. Air Force photo by Francois Wood)

Survivor’s Day at the Races honors 700 Gold Star Family members at Churchill Downs
November 16, 2023
Family members who've lost loved ones in military service to the United States stand in the winner’s circle with a trophy for the victor of the 5th race at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 5, 2023. The 5 1/2-furlong maiden contest, named the Race for Survivors of the Fallen Military Heroes, was won by Halina’s Forte, a 2-year-old filly, with jockey Martin Garcia aboard. The event, hosted with assistance from the Kentucky National Guard, was part of Survivor’s Day at the Races and drew more than 700 family members from 18 states. (U.S. Air National Guard photo bay Dale Greer)

Kentucky Air Guard’s Special Tactics plays key role for Resolute Sentinel in Peru
November 15, 2023
U.S. Air Force operators assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron conduct a casualty evacuation training scenario with the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group, Peru’s Defensa y Operaciones Especiales and other Special Operations Forces assets during exercise Resolute Sentinel 23 in Peru, July 20, 2023. Resolute Sentinel improves readiness of U.S. and partner nation military and interagency personnel through joint defense interoperability training, engineering projects and knowledge exchanges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chris Hibben)

Kentucky National Guard selected as top command
October 31, 2023
A C-130-J Super Hercules aircraft awaits the next sortie on the flight line of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 14, 2023. The Louisville-based 123rd Airlift Wing was just awarded its 20th Air Force Outstanding Unit Award — a record among C-130 airlift units. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Gov. Beshear honors Ky. Air Guard as 123rd Airlift Wing earns 20th Outstanding Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award
October 16, 2023
Col. Bruce Bancroft, 123rd Airlift Wing commander, pins a streamer to the unit colors during a ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 14, 2023. The streamer signifies the unit’s selection for its 20th Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, continuing its legacy as one of the most decorated organizations in U.S. Air Force history. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Kentucky and Puerto Rico National Guard detachments execute joint training exercise
September 22, 2023
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 123rd Medical Group, Detachment 1, assemble an inflatable tent during a collective training exercise at Camp Santiago Joint Training Center, Salinas, Puerto Rico, Aug. 10, 2023. The exercise allowed service members assigned to the 156th Medical Group, 123rd Medical Group and the Puerto Rico Army National Guard to exchange knowledge and implement the National Guard CBRN Response Enterprise Information Management System, which assists with accelerating data collection from search and extraction teams in emergency events. (U.S. Air National Guard courtesy photo by Lt. Col. Geoffrey S Ball)

Kentucky Air Guard fosters multi-capable Airmen with training for engineers
September 15, 2023
Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron utilize defensive fighting positions during a training exercise in Shepherdsville, Ky., June 2, 2023. The purpose of the training was to promote multi-capable Airmen by training them on skills outside of their primary jobs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Special Warfare operators compete for title as top pararescuemen
September 7, 2023
A U.S. Air Force pararescueman executes an urban high-angle ropes scenario to reach a simulated injured service member, render medical care, and lower him to safety during the 2023 PJ Rodeo competition in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 6, 2023. The biennial event, which tests the capabilities of pararescue Airmen across the service, was hosted by the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Dierfeldt named top field-grade physician in Air Guard
August 31, 2023
Lt. Col. Daniel Dierfeldt, chief of aerospace medicine for the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Medical Group, has been named field-grade physician of the year for the Air National Guard. Dierfeldt was instrumental in maintaining readiness across the 123rd Airlift Wing, based in Louisville, Ky. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Flynn concludes 28 years of service to Air Force, Air National Guard
July 21, 2023
Col. David Flynn, outgoing director of air operations for Joint Force Headquarters—Kentucky, speaks during his retirement ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., May 20, 2023. Flynn is retiring after 28 years of military service. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Defender 23 provides joint training for 123rd Contingency Response, German Luftwaffe
July 6, 2023
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 123rd Airlift Wing, Kentucky National Guard practice refueling operations in an austere environment, transferring fuel directly from one aircraft to another at Lechfeld Air Base, Germany, during exercise Air Defender (AD23), June 19, 2023. Exercise AD23 integrates both U.S. and allied air-power to defend shared values, while leveraging and strengthening vital partnerships to deter aggression around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph R. Morgan)

Kentucky Air Guard strengthens ties with NATO allies in Air Defender
June 24, 2023
Airmen from the 123rd Airlift Wing, Kentucky National Guard, marshal a German aircraft tug towing a C-130J Super Hercules at Wunstorf Air Base, Wunstorf, Germany, June 12, 2023.  Exercise Air Defender integrates both U.S. and allied air-power to defend shared values, while leveraging and strengthening vital partnerships to deter aggression around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Hartman retires after 23 years of service
June 23, 2023
Chief Master Sgt. Donald Hartman, right, outgoing senior enlisted leader for the 123rd Force Support Squadron, receives a certificate of retirement from Lt. Col. Kevin Krauss, 123rd Contingency Response Support Squadron commander, during Hartman’s retirement ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., May 21, 2023. Hartman is retiring after 23 years of military service. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Kentucky Air Guardsman continues grandfather's WWII legacy
June 14, 2023
Maj. Matthew Skeens, a logistics readiness officer with the 123rd Contingency Response Element from Louisville, Kentucky, stands by a memorial on Wunstorf Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2023. The stone commemorates those who served in the famous Berlin Airlift. Skeens, who is deployed here in support of Exercise Air Defender 23, holds a picture of his grandfather, U.S. Air Force pilot Kenneth Skeens, who flew in that mission 75 years ago from this base. Exercise Air Defender integrates both U.S. and Allied air power to defend shared values, while leveraging and strengthening vital partnerships to deter aggression around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Richards retires, concluding 30 years of service
June 7, 2023
Chief Master Sgt. Kenneth Richards, senior enlisted leader of the 123rd Medical Group, addresses an audience of friends, family and fellow Airmen during his retirement ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., May 20, 2023. Richards is retiring after 30 years of service. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Chloe Ochs)

Kentucky Air Guard recognizes 2022 retirees
May 19, 2023
The names of 51 Airmen have been added to a monument at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., recognizing service members who retired from the organization in 2022. The names, inscribed on a black granite plaque in front of the 123rd Airlift Wing’s Lt. Gen. John B. Conaway Headquarters Building, were announced during a ceremony at the base April 22, 2023. (U.S. Air National Guard photo illustration by Dale Greer)

123rd Contingency Response Group trains on sling loads with 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade
May 16, 2023
Airmen assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Group train on hot-refueling techniques and prepare cargo for a helicopter-borne sling load carry at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., March 23, 2023. The training, conducted jointly with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, enhances the Air Guard unit’s ability to employ UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in domestic and wartime environments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Clayton Wear)

Andrews concludes 35 years of service to Guard, Reserves
May 16, 2023
Chief Master Sgt. Scott Andrews, right, material management chief enlisted manager for the 123rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, receives the Kentucky Distinguished Service Medal from Lt. Col. Leslie Brooks, 123rd LRS commander, during Andrews’ retirement ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., April 29, 2023. Andrews is retiring after 35 years of military service. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Horton)

123rd Special Tactics facilitates aircraft operations on Wyoming highways
May 9, 2023
An MC-130J Commando II from the 1st Special Operations Wing takes off from Highway 287 in Wyoming during Exercise Agile Chariot on April 30, 2023, honing capabilities linked to Agile Combat Employment. Instead of relying on large, fixed bases and infrastructure, ACE employs smaller, more dispersed locations and teams to rapidly move aircraft, pilots and other personnel as needed. Under ACE, millions of miles of public roads can serve as functional runways with Forward Arming and Refueling Points when necessary. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

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