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Kentucky National Guardsman Sgt. Daniel Keller receives Air Force Cross for valor in Afghanistan

Kentucky Today A special operations Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard received the Air Force Cross for combat valor during a ceremony here Friday in recognition of his actions on a battlefield in Afghanistan. Gen. David L. Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, presented the Air Force Cross to Staff Sgt. Daniel P. Keller, a combat controller in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics...

Grimes leads Election Integrity Task Force post-election meeting to evaluate Ky’s voting process

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday led the Election Integrity Task Force (“EITF”) in post-election discussions concerning Kentucky’s Primary Election that occurred on May 21. Created by Grimes in 2012, the Task Force meets prior to election day and after to discuss any irregularities and continues to coordinate efforts to protect the elections. The Task Force is...

Guardsmen who fell during Vietnam era to highlight Memorial Day ceremony at Frankfort monument

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky National Guard will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at the Guard Memorial on the grounds of the Boone National Guard Center here. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the return to the Bluegrass from Vietnam following a 12-month tour of duty for the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery. This year’s ceremony will highlight Guardsmen who...

Action of Kentucky units in 138th Field Artillery to be remembered at Vietnam Veterans Day event on March 29

The action of Bardstown and other Kentucky National Guard members at Firebase Tomahawk in Vietnam 50 years ago will be a highlight of the Vietnam Veterans Day/Vietnam Commemoration event at the State Capitol on March 29. After Gov. Matt Bevin delivers the keynote address, BG Thomas R. Ice, who served with the Second Battalion, 138th Field Artillery in Vietnam, will address the importance of the deployment...

Governor activates Kentucky National Guard to aid victims of flooding from heavy rains across the state

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky National Guard troops have been activated in response to continued flooding conditions resulting from heavy rain throughout Kentucky. Since Feb. 6, the state has experienced prolonged episodes of storms which have produced heavy rain, strong and gusting wind, flooding and flash flooding, landslides and mudslides across the state, according to Kentucky Emergency...

Brig. General Benjamin Adams, an aviator, retires from Kentucky National Guard after 40-year career

Kentucky Today A 40-year veteran took his final flight Saturday during a celebration of his retirement from the Army. 
Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Adams arrived via helicopter for his retirement as the assistant adjutant general for the Kentucky National Guard at the Army Aviation Support Facility within Boone National Guard Center, according to the State-Journal. Brigadier General Benjamin Adams speaks...

Special Memorial Day ceremonies planned for Kentucky’s five state veterans cemeteries

Kentucky’s five state veterans cemeteries will hold ceremonies this Memorial Day holiday honoring those who have died for our country. • Kentucky’s newest veterans cemetery, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Hyden, will hold its Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 28. It will feature the “Soldiers of the Clouds” ceremony performed by the Perry County Central High School Junior...

Benjamin F. Adams III appointed as commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Adams III as the new Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. He will replace retired Brig. Gen. Norman E. Arflack who has been confirmed to serve as a U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “Brig. Gen. Adams’ military service and exemplary record make him an ideal fit to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs,”...

KY National Guard unit, 613th Engineer Facility Detachment, departs for Middle East for year

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A small Kentucky National Guard unit was joined by family, friends and Guard leadership last week as they departed for a year-long deployment to the Middle East. Around 20 members of the Springfield-based 613th Engineer Facility Detachment heard from Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan, Kentucky’s adjutant general. 
“The infrastructure you will build up will help stabilize the...

Mitch McConnell: Kentuckians’ generosity eases burden in wake of devastating hurricanes

Several powerful hurricanes have recently devastated the southeastern United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Already, Congress has responded by providing funding to begin the recovery. We also passed legislation authorizing federal agencies that are critical to the relief efforts. Recently, the Trump administration requested a new round of supplemental funding, and the Senate remains...

Commentary: Tweeting is no way to communicate policy; discussion needed about gender issues

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward President Trump’s tweet barring transgendered persons from serving in the military caught everyone off guard, including policy makers who are still trying to figure out exactly what it means. As we navigate the minefields of this highly charged issue there’s middle ground that nearly everyone can agree on: policy by tweet is no way to run a government....

Rural Blog: Rural areas, small towns bracing for major influx of solar-eclipse viewers in three weeks

As the historic Aug. 21 solar eclipse draws near, towns along the path of totality are bracing for tens of thousands of visitors. “Whatever the biggest event in town is, they are going to get at least twice as many people — and usually more than that,”eclipse chaser and crowd consultant Kate Russo told Deborah Netburn of the Los Angeles Times. “This is not just a science event....

Most of Kentucky now under Level I drought declaration; wildfires continue to rage in E. Kentucky

The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, are issuing a Level I drought declaration for 117 counties in Kentucky. A Level I drought indicates moderate to severe drought conditions have developed, primarily affecting soil moisture and vegetative health. Increasing incidents of wildfires and adverse...

Commentary: Commemoration of Vietnam War offers broader scope for appreciation of vets

By Norman E. Arflack Special to KyForward The 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War offers a broader scope for appreciating the service and sacrifice of all Kentuckians who served. It’s a persistent myth that National Guard members never served on foreign soil in support of their active duty counterparts. In fact, there have been multiple Kentucky National Guard units that served not only honorably,...

State Emergency Management officials offer respiratory tips as wildfires continue to burn

As of Monday afternoon, there were 33 active wildfires being managed or monitored throughout Kentucky. Approximately 14,800 acres have burned through wildfires in the Commonwealth since Oct. 29. Fifty six counties have issued burn bans: Adair, Ballard, Barren, Bath, Bell, Bourbon, Boyd, Breathitt, Butler, Calloway, Carlisle, Carter, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Fleming, Floyd,...

After 25 years of service, Lexington veteran embarks on a new mission: teaching middle schoolers

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward In the military, once you learn and become proficient at something you teach it to the people below you, according to retired Sgt. First Class David Gentry. That’s what Gentry did — among many other duties — while serving in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserves and Kentucky National Guard. And that experience led him to his next calling as an educator,...

Beshear issues executive order to increase security for National Guard members

  Gov. Steve Beshear has issued an executive order directing Adjutant General Edward Tonini to take “any additional steps necessary” to increase security for National Guard members. The order comes after last Thursday’s shooting of four Marines and a Navy petty officer in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Following is Beshear’s statement regarding the executive order:   “As...

Governor declares state of emergency to expedite assistance to storm-ravaged counties

Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts after severe storms swept through Kentucky Monday, causing widespread damage. Another severe storm is expected to hit the state later today.   According to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, numerous counties were impacted...

Lexington’s numerous Fourth of July festivities will pay tribute to local heroes

Fireworks will light up the night sky over downtown Lexington as part of the city’s Fourth of July Festival. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   With a “Celebrating Heroes” theme, Lexington will salute military personnel, veterans and first responders during this year’s Fourth of July Festival.   “As America celebrates Independence Day, it’s important we honor the...

Massive police operation in Covington nets multiple arrests for suspected heroin dealing

Covington police arrested 10 of 60 suspected heroin dealers in yesterday’s operation. (Photo from RCN)   The River City News   Covington Police launched a massive operation on Thursday afternoon, March 27, in pursuit of 60 suspected drug traffickers mostly dealing in heroin.   In conjunction with the Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, Kentucky Probation and Parole,...