Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher announces Kentucky National Guard meets 2005 recruiting goals
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that the Kentucky National Guard met its recruiting goal for fiscal year 2005.
The National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. set an annual strength goal for Kentucky of 6,425. The Kentucky Guard reached 6,457, making it one of only six states across the nation to meet this objective.
“Kentuckians have always answered the call to military service, and there are many Kentuckians who have made our country proud,” said Governor Fletcher. “Whether it's providing assistance during an ice storm like the one we experienced in 2003, or being mobilized in the war on terror, our soldiers prove time and time again that they can be counted on. Meeting this recruiting goal will ensure that Kentucky will have a robust and responsive National Guard.”
Major General Donald C. Storm, Adjutant General for Kentucky, stressed the role the Kentucky Guard has played in both the national defense and in supporting disasters here at home: “This is a great day to be in the Kentucky National Guard. It has been a busy year for the Kentucky National Guard. We’ve made history, we’ve fought a war on two fronts, and we’ve helped bring hope and opportunity to 50 million people in two countries. And just when we thought things couldn’t get more complicated, our airmen and soldiers were called upon to support the rescue and recovery mission during one of the worst disasters in our nation’s history.”
Storm added, “But in the midst of all this, today we are so happy to share with you this great recruiting success story! It was no small task bringing our strength up to 6,457. But with the help of every single man and woman in the Kentucky Guard … we are on the road to success!”
In addition to the 1,600 soldiers and airmen currently mobilized in support of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, an additional 1,300 were sent to aid the hurricane relief mission in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. An additional 52 soldiers were sent to Munfordville to help with the recent tornado recovery effort.