Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kentucky Guard still supporting storm response mission

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 08, 2008  
Contact Information:  1LT Andi Hahn
Asst. Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Kentucky National Guard

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky National Guard continues to support local and state agencies in the relief efforts currently taking place in Western and South Central Kentucky.

By the direction of Gov. Steve Beshear and under the command of Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General for Kentucky, 139 troops have been mobilized in response to the severe weather that moved across the state in the late evening hours of Feb. 5 and early morning of Feb. 6.

"I want to assure everyone that, despite fighting the Global War against Terrorism, we are well equipped and, most important, extremely experienced at handling these situations," said Tonini on Tuesday. "More than 7,000 Citizen Soldiers and Airmen stand ready to support the needs of Kentuckians across the Commonwealth during a wide range of disasters such as this"

The total Kentucky Guard resources mobilized to date include 139 personnel, 32 humvees, two UH-60 Black Hawks, one wrecker, one fuel tanker and a bus. 

The Kentucky National Guard currently has more than 8,300 members, approximately 500 of which are currently deployed overseas.  The largest deployment in-state for the Kentucky Guard was the 1997 flood, with about 1,600 troops on state duty during that crisis. 

Currently the Kentucky National Guard is providing support in Muhlenberg and Monroe Counties.

In Muhlenberg County the 307th Maintenance Company has 59 Soldiers assisting local and state law enforcement with providing security details in the cities of Powderly and Central City, Ky.

In Monroe County, Alpha Battery 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery is providing 26 Soldiers to assist local and state law enforcement with providing security details in and around the cities of Gamaliel and Tompkinsville, Ky.

The Frankort-based 63rd Aviation Brigade provided 10 Aviators and two UH-60 Black Hawks that traveled from Frankfort to Monroe, Allen, Muhlenberg, Hardin and Meade Counties yesterday, allowing the governor and other Kentucky Guard and Emergency Management officials to survey damage.

The 149th Brigade Support Battalion has six Soldiers available for potential response and to provide a relief force for those Soldiers currently in the field.

The Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office will put forth more information on this Web site as it becomes available.