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  • Kentucky Airmen deploy to Afghanistan

    The first 34 of more than 210 Kentucky Air National Guardsmen deployed to Baghram Air Base, Afghanistan, on July 5 to provide airlift services in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Airmen, assigned to the unit's 123rd Airlift Wing, included pilots, navigators, loadmasters, maintenance personnel and various support troops. Additional
  • 123rd celebrates 60th anniversary

    The Kentucky Air Guard celebrated its 60th anniversary last month with two ceremonies that paid tribute to the unit's storied past. During the first event, held Feb. 3 in the base Maintenance Hangar, 123rd Airlift Wing Commander Col. Mark Kraus reminded hundreds of drilling Airmen about the wing's Latin motto: Fortes Fortuna Juvat. Loosely
  • Engineers test skills at Silver Flag exercise

    More than 60 members of the 123rd Civil Engineering Squadron deployed to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., in October for Silver Flag, a recurring training event designed to educate CE troops about the newest equipment and latest lessons learned in the Global War on Terror. The unit last attended a Silver Flag exercise in 2003, just before being
  • Deployments enhance U.S. border security

    More than 100 members of the Kentucky Air Guard have played a critical role in the nation's defense by deploying to multiple locations along the U.S.-Mexican border since July. The deployments are part of Operation Jump Start, the National Guard-led mission to help U.S. Border Patrol agents gain tighter control of the Mexican border. Additional
  • Kentucky Air Guard responds to flooding

    Almost 100 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard stepped forward Sept. 23 to volunteer for disaster-recovery missions after a series of violent storms drenched the state with near-record rainfall. The rains began pelting the commonwealth on the evening of Sept. 22 and didn't let up until the following afternoon, soaking Louisville with eight
  • Wing completes historic Red Flag exercise

    The Kentucky Air National Guard made history this summer when 31 of its members deployed to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, to provide the expeditionary group command for a multinational training exercise called Cooperative Cope Thunder 06-03. The exercise, also known as Red Flag Alaska, marked the first time that a Guard unit had taken such a
  • Chaplain praised during deployment to UAE

    It may have been his first deployment to Southwest Asia, but Lt. Col. Tom Curry'soutstanding performance made the mission seem like old hat. During a 67-day deployment to Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, the Kentucky Air Guard's top chaplain earned accolades from seemingly everyone in his chain of command -- including the chairman of the
  • Kentucky Airmen complete Coronet Oak mission

    More than 120 members of the Kentucky Air Guard's 123rd Airlift Wing deployed to Muniz Air National Guard Base here this summer to support Operation Coronet Oak, a mission that provides vital airlift capabilities throughout the Southern Command Area of Responsibility.By ensuring the readiness of aircraft and resupplying U.S. government and military
  • Colonels receive Bronze Stars for combat service

    Two Kentucky Air Guard colonels have been awarded the Bronze Star for combat service in Afghanistan. Col. Mark Kraus, 123rd Airlift Wing commander, and Col. Steven P. Bullard, Kentucky Joint Force Headquarters director of joint doctrine and training, were recognized for their leadership in the face of the enemy during a ceremony held on base July
  • Wing recalls 'Pueblo Crisis' activation in 1960s

    More than 100 veterans, civilians and wing members gathered in the base Annex June 24 to observe Kentucky National Guard Day and mark the 40th anniversary of the Kentucky Air Guard's deployment in support of the "Pueblo Crisis."The historic Pueblo Crisis began on Jan. 23, 1968, when the USS Pueblo, a spy ship, was captured by the Democratic