Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Kentucky Army National Guard MP Company returning from Iraq

Press Release Date:  Saturday, October 29, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611
 


Governor Fletcher, General Storm to participate in welcome ceremony Monday

FRANKFORT - Governor Ernie Fletcher and Major General Donald C. Storm, Adjutant General for Kentucky, will be among the hundreds of friends and family to await the arrival of the 617th (pronounced "six seventeenth") Military Police Company on Monday, October 31, at the Air National Guard Base on Grade Lane in Louisville.  With nearly 180 soldiers on its roster, the 617th will arrive in two separate flights scheduled to arrive at the air base 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. The welcome-home ceremony is expected to take place at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Headquartered in Richmond with a detachment based in Bowling Green, the 617th MP Company deployed to Southwest Asia in November of 2004 and was tasked with providing convoy escorts, security on main supply routes and Iraqi highways in addition to protective services details.  

The 617th MP Company made international news last March when its soldiers thwarted a massive ambush near Salman Pak, Iraq, saving numerous lives and inflicting one of the largest defeats to the insurgency since the beginning of the war. 

Two soldiers from the 617th, Specialist Michael Hayes of Morgantown and Staff Sergeant William Allers of Leitchfield, lost their lives during the year-long deployment. 

There are more than 7,600 soldiers and airmen in the Kentucky National Guard, with more than 1,600 currently mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Noble Eagle (the domestic homeland security mission).

More than 1,300 Kentucky National Guard troops have also deployed in support of the hurricane relief effort in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Florida. 

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EDITOR'S NOTE:  Interested members of the press are invited to attend this event.  It is recommended that you arrive at 1:30 p.m. to meet with family members and set up your equipment.

Please note that the time of this event is subject to change. Additional information will be distributed should a time change occur.

ACCESS:  Please provide a photo ID when entering the Kentucky Air National Guard Base.  You will be directed to an area of the parking lot adjacent to the hangar where the event will take place.  This will ensure close proximity to those wanting to lay cable and do live shots.

Point of contact for this event is David Altom, 502-607-1562/cell 502-229-3227.