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Air Guard director briefs Airmen, tours 123rd Airlift Wing

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, speaks with members of the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice also conducted a town hall meeting and answered questions posed by Kentucky Air Guardsmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, speaks with members of the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice also conducted a town hall meeting and answered questions posed by Kentucky Air Guardsmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, speaks with Chief Master Sgt. Andrea Mizzell of the 123rd Communications Squadron during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice also conducted a town hall meeting and answered questions posed by Kentucky Air Guardsmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, speaks with Chief Master Sgt. Andrea Mizzell of the 123rd Communications Squadron during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice also conducted a town hall meeting and answered questions posed by Kentucky Air Guardsmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice (right), director of the Air National Guard, meets Callie, the only search-and-rescue dog in the Department of Defense, and her handler, Master Sgt. Rudy Parsons, a pararescueman in the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, during a visit to the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice (right), director of the Air National Guard, meets Callie, the only search-and-rescue dog in the Department of Defense, and her handler, Master Sgt. Rudy Parsons, a pararescueman in the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, during a visit to the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, greets Chief Master Sgt. Shane Lagrone, 123rd Airlift Wing command chief, upon arrival at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice held a town hall meeting and met with Airmen from various duty sections to learn about the wing’s unique mission sets, which include special tactics and the only contingency response group in the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, greets Chief Master Sgt. Shane Lagrone, 123rd Airlift Wing command chief, upon arrival at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice held a town hall meeting and met with Airmen from various duty sections to learn about the wing’s unique mission sets, which include special tactics and the only contingency response group in the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, speaks to members of the 123rd Airlift Wing during a town hall meeting at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice also toured the base and meet with Airmen in various duty sections to learn more about the wing’s unique mission sets, which include special tactics and the only contingency response group in the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, speaks to members of the 123rd Airlift Wing during a town hall meeting at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice also toured the base and meet with Airmen in various duty sections to learn more about the wing’s unique mission sets, which include special tactics and the only contingency response group in the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Members of the 123rd Airlift Wing listen to Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, during a town hall meeting at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice took questions from the audience and discussed a variety of topics, including C-130 aircraft modernization, expansion of the Active Guard and Reserve program, and potential drawdowns in the medical service corps. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Members of the 123rd Airlift Wing listen to Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, during a town hall meeting at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice took questions from the audience and discussed a variety of topics, including C-130 aircraft modernization, expansion of the Active Guard and Reserve program, and potential drawdowns in the medical service corps. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, speaks with members of the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron and 165th Airlift Squadron during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice also conducted a town hall meeting and answered questions posed by Kentucky Air Guardsmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, speaks with members of the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron and 165th Airlift Squadron during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice also conducted a town hall meeting and answered questions posed by Kentucky Air Guardsmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice (right), director of the Air National Guard, meets Callie, the only search-and-rescue dog in the Department of Defense, and her handler, Master Sgt. Rudy Parsons, a pararescueman in the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, during a visit to the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice (right), director of the Air National Guard, meets Callie, the only search-and-rescue dog in the Department of Defense, and her handler, Master Sgt. Rudy Parsons, a pararescueman in the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, during a visit to the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, speaks to members of the 123rd Airlift Wing during a town hall meeting at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice also toured the base and meet with Airmen in various duty sections to learn more about the wing’s unique mission sets, which include special tactics and the only contingency response group in the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, speaks to members of the 123rd Airlift Wing during a town hall meeting at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice also toured the base and meet with Airmen in various duty sections to learn more about the wing’s unique mission sets, which include special tactics and the only contingency response group in the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Col. David Mounkes, commander of the 123rd Airlift Wing, listens to Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, during a town hall meeting at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice took questions from the audience and discussed a variety of topics, including C-130 aircraft modernization, expansion of the Active Guard and Reserve program, and potential drawdowns in the medical service corps. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Col. David Mounkes, commander of the 123rd Airlift Wing, listens to Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, during a town hall meeting at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 10, 2019. Rice took questions from the audience and discussed a variety of topics, including C-130 aircraft modernization, expansion of the Active Guard and Reserve program, and potential drawdowns in the medical service corps. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, signs a plaque in the shape of Kentucky during a tour of the 123rd Contingency Response Group while visiting the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. The unit is the only contingency response group in the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, signs a plaque in the shape of Kentucky during a tour of the 123rd Contingency Response Group while visiting the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. The unit is the only contingency response group in the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, met with Airmen from the 123rd Airlift Wing and toured the Kentucky Air National Guard Base during a visit here Saturday.

Rice held a town hall meeting to answer questions and discuss issues currently affecting the Air Guard, including C-130 aircraft modernization, expansion of the Active Guard and Reserve program, and potential drawdowns in the medical service corps.

Rice also visited numerous duty sections to learn more about the wing’s unique mission sets. In addition to providing tactical C-130 airlift and aircraft maintenance, the wing is home to the only contingency response group in the Air National Guard; a special tactics squadron with combat control, pararescue and special reconnaissance Airmen; two Critical Care Air Transport Teams; an Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight; a fatality search and recovery team; and a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package.

A full third of the wing was deployed around the world in 2018, supporting combat operations from multiple theaters. The wing also has been heavily engaged in disaster response, deploying nearly 200 personnel for hurricane rescue and recovery operations in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean in 2017 and 2018.