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EKU’s Jackie Alexander: A unique journey from Army officer in Iraq to college basketball coach

Jackie Alexander was raised 30 miles south of Eastern Kentucky University’s campus, along the Dix River in a small, close-knit community called Brodhead. Population at the last census: 1,211. “There’s something special about growing up where everyone knows everyone,” she said. Alexander became a basketball star at nearby Rockcastle County High School. As a senior in 2010, she led...

U of L earns $848,000 grant to expand military program at Fort Knox

The University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development has been awarded an $848,000 grant from the U.S. Department for Defense for a Fort Knox-based training program aimed at boosting the skills of college-level educators who train soldiers. A total of 366 educators—mostly military science instructors for ROTC programs—will complete the program this summer. Solider from the...

Army ROTC cadet d’Arge becomes the third UK student selected as Marshall Scholar

History senior and Army ROTC cadet Dahlia d’Arge, of Paris, Kentucky, has been named a 2015 Marshall Scholar, becoming just the third UK student to receive the honor from the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, the University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards announced.   The scholarship will finance two years of graduate study for at an institution of her choice in...

JROTC training helps students to prepare
for a future career, not just military life

Sophomore Cameron Kinman inspects JROTC cadets' uniforms at McLean County High School. (Photo by Amy Wallot)   By Matthew Tungate Special to KyForward   When 1st Sgt. Sonny Long became Army instructor at Harlan County High School five years ago, he had a freshman in the JROTC program who was in trouble from the first month of school. He skipped classes, argued with everybody, used tobacco...

Exploring Lexington, what it has to offer gives teens insight into what they can offer as well

When they toured the Division of Police, students in Leadership Lexington Youth heard about how a Segway helps an officer's mobility. (Photo from FCPS)   By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward   Juniors in this year’s Leadership Lexington Youth class got the opportunity to crawl into an armored tactical vehicle, meet a drug-sniffing German shepherd and check out a mobile crime lab in their...