Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
Carrollton based National Guard unit to return home from Afghanistan
WHO: Governor Steve Beshear, Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini
WHAT: Welcome home ceremony for the Kentucky Army National Guard's "Alpha Battery," 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery
WHEN: 6:30 a.m. EST, Thursday, March 6, 2008
WHERE: Kentucky Air National Guard Base, 1101 Grade Lane, Louisville, Ky.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Governor Steve Beshear will join hundreds of friends and family welcoming home more than 150 Kentucky Army National Guard Soldiers returning home from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.
The Kentucky Army National Guard's Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery is currently scheduled to arrive at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 6 at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base at 1101 Old Grade Lane in Louisville.
Based in Carrollton, Ky., "Alpha Battery" arrived in Afghanistan on March 4, 2007, where they supported military police operations for the coalition forces. The Kentucky Soldiers took part in more than 500 combat missions while conducting long range patrols, border security patrols and training with the Afghan National Police.
More than 8,400 men and women serve as Soldiers and Airmen in the Kentucky National Guard. Currently there are nearly 1,500 Kentucky Guard members mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), as well as contingency airlift operations worldwide. Since September 11, 2001 the Kentucky National Guard has mobilized more than 12,000 Soldiers and Airmen for the Global War on Terror.
MEDIA ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE AT LEAST 45 MINUTES EARLY TO PROCESS THROUGH SECURITY.
YOUR CONTACT AT THE AIR BASE IS LT. COL. KIRK HILBRECHT, 302-314-2783.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT AIRCRAFT ARRIVALS CAN VARY BY AS MUCH AS HALF AN HOUR. WE WILL KEEP YOU UP TO DATE TO ANY CHANGES.