Kentucky Army National Guard
The Kentucky Army National Guard maintains 61 armories, and is present in 53 communities.
Meeting the challenge of a 270-day federal mobilization, soldiers of the Kentucky Army National Guard's 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment deployed to Bosnia for NATO's Operation Joint Forge. The unit provided Public Affairs support to the commander of Task Force Eagle and Multi-National Division. Kentucky's State Partnership Program relationship with Ecuador flourished in the areas of trauma medicine, criminal investigation, forensics science, aircraft maintenance and disaster planning.
Training activity at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center climbed during FY99 with more than 90,000 mandays of troop usage by both Active and Reserve Component units representing a 178% usage increase over FY98.
The KYARNG lived up to their reputation as the Commonwealth's premier 911 force by rescuing the minicipal water system in Russellville. Led by members of the 217th Quartermaster Detachment, soldiers ran a water purification, bottling and distribution operation while expediting the delivery of construction materials to repair the ailing water plant.
In FY99 Kentucky launched the Bluegrass ChalleNGE Academy at Ft. Knox with 36 students slated for graduation in December. The 22-week residential program includes a rigorous schedule of academic studies and leadership training for high school dropouts.
Kentucky's Army and Air National Guard joingtly conducted from April 29 to Sept. 5 1998 the exercise "Neuvos Horizontes '98" for United States Southern Command. Kentucky citizen-soldiers deployed to the Esmereldas province along Ecuador's northern coast as part of the exercise, during which active Army and Air Force participants came under control of National Guard forces. The exercise was the first overseas training exercise of its kind conducted jointly by Kentucky's Army and Air National Guard, and involved personnel from engineering, medical, aviation, water purification and maintenance units.
Five Kentucky Army National Guard units were placed on alert on December 12, 2001, to prepare for deployment to Europe for security duty, helping protect key military installations there. While deployed, the units are to be assigned to U.S. Army Europe command. The alerted units were: HHC, 1-149th Infantry in Barbourville; Company B, 1-149th Infantry in London; Company E, 1-149th Infantry in Somerset; Company B, 2-123rd Armor in Marion/Madisonville; and Company C, 2-123rd Armor in Benton.
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