Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Welcomes Home Kentucky Air National Guard 123rd Airlift Wing

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 08, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

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.


Kentucky’s first-ever Military Heroes Voting Initiative, passed by the General Assembly in 2013, created Grimes’ military and overseas voter portal. The 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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