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Patch collection a labor of love

A collection of military unit patches at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., is believed to be the largest such display in the world. Started more than 30 years ago, the collection includes examples from every branch of the armed services, the U.S. Space Program and several foreign military units. Curators added the 3001st patch in the summer of 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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Posted: 7/12/2014

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The Kentucky Air National Guard’s outgoing state command chief master sergeant, Chief Master Sgt. James Smith, started collecting a wide-ranging assortment of military unit patches more than 30 years ago. The collection, which is displayed in the 123rd Airlift Wing Operations Building in Louisville, Ky., has grown to 3001 patches and is believed to be the largest such display in the world. Smith is retiring from military service in ceremony to be held July 12, 2014, at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Joshua Horton)
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Posted: 7/12/2014

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Kentucky Air Guardsmen test survival skills at Taylorsville Lake

Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron conduct water survival training in a 20-person life raft at Taylorsville Lake in Taylorsville, Ky., June 5, 2014. The day’s training also covered land survival techniques and orienteering. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer)
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Posted: 7/2/2014

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Kentucky Air Guardsmen test survival skills at Taylorsville Lake

Maj. Todd Franks, a pilot in the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron, is pulled across Taylorsville Lake in Taylorsville, Ky., by a personal watercraft June 5, 2014, as part of routine survival training. The exercise is designed to simulate what could happen to aircrew members who’ve parachuted into water when the wind catches their open chutes and drags them across the surface, posing the risk of drowning. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer)
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Posted: 7/2/2014

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Kentucky Air Guardsmen test survival skills at Taylorsville Lake

Tech. Sgt. Jerry Passafiume, a loadmaster in the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron, extricates himself from underneath a floating parachute during water survival training at Taylorsville Lake in Taylorsville, Ky., on June 5, 2014. The training also covered land survival techniques and orienteering. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer)
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Posted: 7/2/2014

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Kentucky Air Guardsmen test survival skills at Taylorsville Lake

Master Sgt. Brad Simms (left), a loadmaster in the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron, helps fellow loadmaster Tech. Sgt. Jerry Passafiume strap on a parachute harness prior to water survival training at Taylorsville Lake in Taylorsville, Ky., on June 5, 2014. The training also covered land survival techniques and orienteering. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer)
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Posted: 7/2/2014

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Kentucky Air Guardsmen test survival skills at Taylorsville Lake

Master Sgt. Brad Simms, a loadmaster in the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron, works to lower himself from a training apparatus during survival training at Taylorsville Lake in Taylorsville, Ky., on June 5, 2014. The exercise is designed to train pilots on proper procedures should they become caught in a tree while parachuting to the ground. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer)
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Posted: 7/2/2014

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Kentucky Air Guardsmen test survival skills at Taylorsville Lake

Tech. Sgt. David Clark, an aircrew flight equipment specialist from the Kentucky Air National Guard, pulls Capt. Nick James across Taylorsville Lake in Taylorsville, Ky., using a personal watercraft June 5, 2014, as part of routine survival training. James, a pilot in the 165th Airlift Squadron, is attached to the watercraft by parachute straps and must release the straps to free himself. The exercise is designed to simulate what could happen to aircrew members who’ve parachuted into water when the wind catches their open chutes and drags them across the surface, posing the risk of drowning. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer)
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Posted: 7/2/2014

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Kentucky Air Guardsmen test survival skills at Taylorsville Lake

Master Sgt. Clint Stinnett, a loadmaster in the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron, trains with a MK-124 signal flare during survival training at Taylorsville Lake in Taylorsville, Ky., on June 5, 2014. More than 120 aircrew members from the Kentucky Air Guard completed land- and water-survival training here June 5 through 7. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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Posted: 7/2/2014

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Kentucky Air Guardsmen test survival skills at Taylorsville Lake

Col. Ken Dale, commander of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Maintenance Group, trains with a pen gun flare during survival training at Taylorsville Lake in Taylorsville, Ky., on June 5, 2014. More than 120 aircrew members from the Kentucky Air Guard completed land- and water-survival training here June 5 through 7. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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Posted: 7/2/2014

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Kentucky Air Guardsmen test survival skills at Taylorsville Lake

Col. Christan Stewart, a flight surgeon in the Kentucky Air National Guard, uses a Personnel Lowering Device while suspended from a Hanging Harness Trainer during survival training at Taylorsville Lake in Taylorsville, Ky., on June 5, 2014. More than 120 aircrew members from the Kentucky Air Guard completed land- and water-survival training here June 5 through 7. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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Posted: 7/2/2014

123rd Contingency Response Group establishes key earthquake-repsonse hub123rd  ...
123rd Contingency Response Group establishes key earthquake-repsonse hub

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group use a forklift to load cargo onto a flatbed truck during Capstone '14, a homeland earthquake-response exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., on June 18, 2014. The 123rd CRG joined forces with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening here from June 16 to 19, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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Posted: 6/25/2014

    

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