Kentucky National Guard

The University of Kentucky entered into an official partnership with the Kentucky National Guard Wednesday.

Gov. Beshear has accepted a recommendation to allow spouses of gay National Guard members to apply for federal marriage benefits.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- An eastern Kentucky public hunting area owned by the Kentucky National Guard will be closed to public access on several dates while the guard uses the site for training.

Hidden Valley Training Site in Powell County opened Saturday under statewide regulations for archery and crossbow deer hunting and is also open for small game hunting under statewide seasons. It's closed to the public at the end of archery deer season, which is Jan. 20.

Ky. National Guard To Break Ground On Facility

Jul 12, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky National Guard is set to break ground on a new $25 million Army Aviation Support facility in Frankfort.

The new hangars and offices space will replace an older facility built in 1958.

With more than 92,000 square feet of combined space, the new complex will provide protection for the Kentucky Guard's UH-60 Blackhawk and OH-58 helicopter fleet, along with maintenance and training space for the crews that fly and work on them.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A plan to relocate and expand hangar space to house Kentucky National Guard helicopters is meeting some resistance from neighbors.

The State Journal reports the Boone National Guard Center plans to move its Army Aviation Support Facility closer to the Capital City Airport runway and triple its size from about 39,000 square feet to about 120,000 square feet.

Guard spokesman David Altom says the project will begin in July and take about 18 months to finish.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Kentucky Air National Guard is adding to its fleet of C-130 planes as part of an ongoing realignment across the Air Force.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Airlift Wing are heading to the Persian Gulf region.

The National Guard says 70 airmen and two C-130 aircraft leave Monday, including air crew members, maintenance troops and support staff. About half will remain overseas for four months, with the other half returning home in two months and being replaced by a second rotation of about 30.

The deploying airmen will operate from an undisclosed air base in southwest Asia, flying troops and cargo missions as part of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing.

SPRINGFIELD, Ky. - Friends and family members will gather at a central Kentucky church Wednesday to say goodbye to 15 Kentucky National Guard members leaving for Afghanistan.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  - Several dozen Kentucky National Guard members will be welcomed back to the state on Tuesday in Louisville.

More than 60 members of the Agribusiness Development Team 3 are returning to Kentucky. The team worked to sustain relationships built between previous teams and Afghan farmers. The guard says it's all part of an effort to help the country become agriculturally self-sufficient by developing the agricultural marketplace.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Across the U.S., the unemployment rate sits at 9.1 percent. In Kentucky, it's 9.6 percent.

But among Kentucky's National Guard members, the amount of people without a full-time civilian job is 15-20 percent, depending on how many units are on active duty deployment. Brenna Angel reports on why it's hard for citizen soldiers to find and keep a job, and what the military is doing to help.