Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Welcomes Home Kentucky Air National Guard 123rd Airlift Wing
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes continued
her active support of Kentucky’s military members and families today,
participating in a homecoming ceremony for 30 Airmen in the Kentucky Air
National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing who are returning home from the Persian
Gulf where they were on a mission in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
“These Airmen and their families represent the best
of Kentucky,” said Grimes. “One of the most decorated units in U.S. Air Force
history, the 123rd Airlift Wing exemplifies honor, courage, and love of our
country. I thank them for their selfless service and am honored to welcome them
back to Kentucky.”
Over the past four months, the unit, along with
Airmen from the Missouri Air National Guard, flew more than 1,000 combat
sorties, delivering more than 3,500 short tons of cargo and nearly 4,000
personnel to destinations across the theater. The deployment was the sixth time
in 12 years that the Kentucky Air National Guard has provided support to U.S.
military operations in U.S. Central Command.
Supporting Kentucky’s military members and families and
advocating on their behalves with respect to issues ranging from jobs and training
to treatment to voting has been a top priority for Grimes since she took
office. In 2012,
she visited Kentucky troops in the Middle East to discuss overseas voting
procedures. Her discussions led to the passage of bipartisan legislation
improving military voting in the Commonwealth.
first-ever Military Heroes Voting Initiative, passed by the General Assembly in
2013, created Grimes’ military and overseas voter
portal launched in 2014 and has been widely praised by county clerks and its
users. More than 700 voters have utilized its features, which include
registering to vote, updating voter registration, and requesting and receiving
absentee ballots electronically.
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