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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)

Kentucky Guard Recruiters awarded for hard work
December 19, 2023
Sgt. 1st Class Heather York, this year’s Directors 54/Recruiter of the Year received her Meritorious Service Medal during the Mission Maker award ceremony held at the Galt House hotel Dec. 16, 2023. As Kentucky’s selection for Directors 54, she went on to compete in the regional competition. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Crane)

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)

Kentucky aviators take part in simulated post-nuclear response exercise
December 14, 2023
Kentucky Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is loaded with radiological detection equipment during Prominent Hunt 24-1 interagency exercise in Frankfort, Kentucky, Oct. 8, 2023.

Drerup recognized by Supreme Allied Commander Europe for leadership
December 8, 2023
Capt. Sarah Drerup receives the Supreme Allied Commander Europe's Recognition Award

Kentucky Guardsman completes Ranger school on first go 
December 6, 2023
McKie-Miller aced every challenge of the Ranger training on his first attempt and finished the course in 62 days, the shortest time possible for training, crediting both luck and skill.

Kentucky Guard combat medic trains with MREP exercise
December 6, 2023
U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Peter Fleming (left) talks with service members of the United Kingdom's 7th Rifle Regiment during Operation Baltic Fist in Tapa, Estonia between June 27 and July 17, 2023. Operation Baltic Fist is part of the Department of Defense's Military Reserves Exchange Program in which U.S. reserve forces train with joint NATO partners to share tactics and procedures in different joint environments. (U.S. Army National Guard photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Peter Fleming)

Kentucky infantry wins national award for readiness
November 28, 2023
The MG Robert G. Moorhead National Guard and Army Reserve Breakfast at the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Monday, Oct. 9, 2023. (Carol Guzy for AUSA)

Gregory concludes four decades of military service
November 22, 2023
Lt. Col Randall Hood, left, deputy commander of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Operations Group, presents a Kentucky Distinguished Service Medal to Chief Master Sgt. Danny Gregory, senior enlisted leader of the 165th Airlift Squadron’s Flight Engineer Section, during Gregory’s retirement ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 9, 2023. Gregory retired from the 123rd Airlift Wing after more than 40 years in the military. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Phil Speck)

Honoring a legacy: a tribute to LTC Jeff Cole
November 20, 2023
LTC Jeffrey D Cole National Guard Armory, Middlesboro, Kentucky, Nov. 17, 2023.

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 MP promoted to Sgt. Maj. through mentorship
November 14, 2023
Army 1st Sgt. Naarah Stallard (left) receives congratulations from Command Sgt. Maj. John D. Sallee, the retired sergeant major for the 198th Military Police Battalion at her promotion ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky on October 15, 2023. Stallard was pinned to sergeant major by Sallee at the ceremony. (U.S. Army National Guard photo courtesy of Command Sgt. Maj. Naarah Stallard)

Kentucky National Guard selects the Best Warriors of 2024
November 8, 2023
Soldiers who competed in Kentucky's Best Warrior Competition received trophies during a ceremony held in Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky, November 5, 2023. From left: Spc. Jackie Zheng, Soldier of the Year; Command Sgt. Maj. Benzie Timberlake, 75th Troop Command; Sgt. Jerry Marksbury III, NCO of the Year Runner-Up; Sgt. Robert Buck, NCO of the Year; Command Sgt. Maj. Aaron Lester, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; and Spc. Stephen Shelton, Soldier of the Year Runner-Up.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Cody Stagner)

Kentucky Honor Guard helps put to rest forgotten Medal of Honor recipient
November 6, 2023
Rowalt had served during the American Indian War before contracting smallpox and dying around the age of 28 in Cincinnati and buried at the nearby Kentucky cemetery. His grave site was previously unmarked for the last 148 years.

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)

Guard Soldiers honored with Governor’s Outstanding Unit citation for Southwest Border support
October 27, 2023
Governor Andy Beshear honored Soldiers from seven Kentucky National Guard units who served along the southwest border since 2020 at the Capitol Rotunda, Oct 26.

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)

Adoption benefits through Kentucky's Military Family Assistance Trust (MFAST)
October 16, 2023

Recruiters Sign commitments
September 29, 2023
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