123rd Airlift Wing unveils newest plaque honoring retirees

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  • By Airman Joshua Horton
  • 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Fifty former members of the Kentucky Air National Guard were honored here June 22 when a plaque bearing their names was unveiled during a ceremony held in front of the 123rd Airlift Wing's Lt. Gen. John B. Conaway Headquarters Building.

The black granite slab joins six others commemorating hundreds of Airmen who have served 20 or more years in the military and were retired or transferred from the Kentucky Air National Guard, dating all the way back to the unit's inception in 1947.

The ceremony honored 49 Airmen who retired in 2012 and one who retired during 2011, according to Ed Hornung, a retired Kentucky Air Guard colonel who sits on the board of the Kentucky Air National Guard Retiree Group Inc., a non-profit organization that funds the plaques through golf scrambles and the sale of items like T-shirts and ball caps.

Col. Warren Hurst, commander of the 123rd Airlift Wing, addressed the crowd, which consisted of dozens of current and former Kentucky Air Guardsmen, by recognizing the commitment required to earn a spot on the monument.

"Some people have put their careers, and in some cases, the better part of their entire lives into this organization," Hurst said. "That's commendable. I think seeing these plaques continue on down this row just means the continuation of our legacy of the individuals that made the Kentucky Air National Guard what it is. I know at some point, I look forward to seeing my name on a plaque."