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Kentucky Air Guard to Fly at D-Day Observance in France
June 4, 2024
A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 123rd Airlift Wing takes off from the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., May 22, 2024, bearing the distinctive livery displayed on U.S. aircraft during World War II. The plane will fly over France June 6 as part of observances for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces invaded Normandy to turn the tide of the war in Europe.

Kentucky Guard Airlifts Materials for Arctic Circle Housing
May 15, 2024
Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing unload pallets of cargo under blizzard conditions during an engine-running offload from a Kentucky C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in Deadhorse, Alaska, April 26, 2024. The cargo consists of construction materials to build homes for civilians as part of Innovative Readiness Training, a Defense Department program that provides service members with real-world deployment experience while offering lasting benefits to civilian populations.

Ecuadorian Military Leaders Visit Kentucky Air National Guard
February 2, 2024
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Elija Lamastus, center right, a medic assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Medical Group Detachment 1, demonstrates the use of a combat application tourniquet to Ecuadorian Navy Adm. Jaime Patricio Vela Erazo, chief of staff of the Ecuadorian military, at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Jan. 31, 2024. Vela Erazo was one of several Ecuadorian military leaders who visited the Kentucky Air Guard to exchange information as part of the State Partnership Program.

Kentucky National Guard Posthumously Honors World War II POW
December 22, 2023
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jack Henry Owen served in the Kentucky Air National Guard for more than 24 years after his time as a prisoner of war during World War II. He is shown in the cockpit of a Kentucky Air National Guard RF-101 Voodoo aircraft in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

Kentucky Air Guard Training Fosters Multicapable Airmen
September 15, 2023
Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron use defensive fighting positions during a training exercise in Shepherdsville, Ky., June 2, 2023. The purpose of the training was to promote multicapable Airmen by training them on skills outside their primary jobs.

Special Warfare Operators Compete for Title as Top Pararescuemen
September 8, 2023
U.S. Air Force pararescuemen execute precision parachute landings at Freeman Municipal Airport in Seymour, Ind., Sept. 4, 2023, as part of the PJ Rodeo. The biennial event, which tests the capabilities of pararescue Airmen across the service, was hosted by the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Missouri Air Guard C-130H Maintainers Learn J-model Systems
August 1, 2023
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tristan Grigsby, center, a C-130H Hercules maintainer assigned to the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center, Missouri Air National Guard, is trained on C-130J systems by Airmen with the 123rd Airlift Wing, Kentucky Air National Guard, at Louisville Air National Guard Base, Kentucky, May 3, 2023. During the two-week training, Grigsby and Senior Master Sgt. Ryan Breyfogle, aircraft maintenance superintendent with the AATTC, learned J-model fundamentals such as power on checklists, fueling operations, aircraft towing, operating radios, and general troubleshooting.

New York Air Guard Supports European, Pacific Exercises
July 31, 2023
A C-17 Globemaster III from the 105th Airlift Wing sits on the ramp at Kuwait International Airport June 30, 2023. Seventeen Airmen from Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, N.Y., flew around the world carrying the 123rd Contingency Response Team in support of exercises Air Defender 23 and Mobility Guardian 23.

182nd AW Leads C-130 Hercules Operations at Air Defender 23
June 15, 2023
U.S. Airmen with the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois National Guard, deplane a C-130 Hercules aircraft to prepare for exercise Air Defender 2023 at Wunstorf Air Base, Wunstorf, Germany, May 31, 2023. Exercise AD23 integrates U.S. and Allied air power to defend shared values, while leveraging and strengthening vital partnerships to deter aggression around the world.

123rd Special Tactics Facilitates Aircraft Highway Landing
May 9, 2023
An MQ-9 Reaper prepares to take off from Highway 287 in Wyoming during Exercise Agile Chariot April 30, 2023, honing capabilities linked to Agile Combat Employment. Instead of relying on large, fixed bases and infrastructure, ACE employs smaller, more dispersed locations and teams to rapidly move aircraft, pilots and other personnel as needed.

Kentucky Guard Airmen Support South Pacific Exercise
February 14, 2023
Members of the 123rd Logistics Readiness Squadron load a pallet of cargo onto a North Carolina Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 10, 2023. The gear was transported to the Northern Mariana Islands for Cope North, a multinational exercise designed to enhance combat readiness in the South Pacific.

Airmen From 3 States Repair LC-130 Stranded at South Pole
December 20, 2022
From left, Staff Sgt. Grant Santese, Tech Sgt. Daniel Craig and Staff Sgt. Jonathan Hooker worked tirelessly for two days in extreme weather at the South Pole to get an LC-130 Skibird airborne after a mechanical malfunction at the end of November 2022.

Kentucky Air Guard Upgrades to C-130J Super Hercules
September 12, 2022
A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft arrives at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., from Lockheed-Martin Corp. In Marietta, Ga., Aug. 25, 2022. The plane is the eighth J-model to be delivered to the 123rd Airlift Wing since November, completing the unit’s transition from legacy-model C-130H transports.

Kentucky Air Guard Provides Training for Ecuadorian Air Force
August 9, 2022
Three members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Maintenance Group visited Latacunga, Ecuador, May 3 to 8, 2021, to provide aircraft maintenance training to the Ecuadorian Air Force as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program. The team focused on hydraulics, electronics, avionics, propulsion, and structural and fuel-system maintenance. (Courtesy photo)

Kentucky Air National Guard Rescues Flood Victims
August 1, 2022
An Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron searches for flood victims from a helicopter in Eastern Kentucky July 30, 2022. In response to devastating flooding, the unit coordinated 29 rotary-wing relief missions, rescued 19 people and two dogs, and recovered four bodies.

Kentucky, New Jersey Guard aid Ecuador demining operation
April 12, 2022
Tech Sgt. Oscar Morales, 7th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, provides field training to Ecuadorian Army soldiers to use new demining equipment Feb. 23, 2022, in Sangolquí, Ecuador. The equipment, from U.S. Southern Command, will be used to help clear the last remaining part of the country's southern border so it can be returned to the local population for farming and other activities.

Kentucky Air Guardsmen rescue drowning infant
April 7, 2022
Three pararescuemen from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Special Tactics Squadron rescued a drowning child at a pool in Louisville, Ky., March 15, 2022. Master Sgt. Elmer Quijada, left; Tech. Sgt. Ryan Penne, center; and Master Sgt. Devin Butcher, who were conducting unrelated training at the pool and are certified paramedics, administered life-saving aid to the child, who had stopped breathing.

Kentucky Air Guard trains in Sweden for arctic warfare
March 29, 2022
Airmen with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron fire their M4 rifles while on skis at a range in Grubbnäsudden, Sweden, Jan. 13, 2022. Fifteen members from the 123rd STS came to Sweden to build on their relationship with European partners during an arctic warfare training course.

Air Guard director meets Airmen at 123rd Airlift Wing
January 13, 2022
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. A. Michael Loh, center, director of the Air National Guard, is briefed on the recent tornado-response operations of the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron during a tour at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Kentucky, Jan. 8, 2022. Loh also held a town hall-style meeting and fielded questions from Kentucky Airmen.

Kentucky Air Guard completes tornado response mission
December 23, 2021
Senior Airman Tristan Willis, with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Security Forces Squadron, monitors the Mayfield Police Department radio feed during a presence patrol in Mayfield, Ky., Dec. 18, 2021. Willis and 16 other security forces Airmen mobilized from Louisville, Ky., to augment the Mayfield Police Department following a Category 5 tornado that leveled much of the town.