Kentucky Army National Guard Public Affairs Office
Unbridled Aviators return from Kuwait

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 18, 2006  
Contact Information:  Sgt. Gina Vaile 502-607-1186; cell 502-229-3288  


LEXINGTON, KY – Ten Kentucky Army National Guard Aviators will arrive at Lexington’s Bluegrass Field at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday July 19 after serving more than one year in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 10 members of the Frankfort-based 63rd Aviation Group voluntarily deployed to Kuwait last summer, and were stationed at Udairi Army Airfield (UAAF) on Camp Buehring.  Among their many tasks, the Kentucky aviators trained all US and Coalition Forces Aviators entering Iraq. The group also monitored and organized all helicopter activity within the Kuwait airspace as well as cross-border operations.

The group gained attention this spring after Spec. Chris Vaught, of Versailles, painted the Unbridled Spirit Brand on a concrete barrier at Camp Buehring. The barrier became a centerpiece for conversation and morale booster among Kentuckians of all branches stationed in the area.

A welcome home ceremony will take place at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky (located on Hangar Drive on Airport Road) following the unit’s arrival.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Media are encouraged to bring proper identification and arrive at the Aviation Museum at least 30 minutes early in case of a change in the flight schedule.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

1.  FOR ACCURACY, THE PROPER NAMES OF THE AFFECTED UNITS ARE INDICATED ABOVE IN BOLD PRINT AND UNDERLINED.

2.  The term "weekend warrior" is considered archaic and inappropriate when describing the soldiers and airmen of the National Guard. Proper terminology (per the Associated Press Stylebook) includes: "National Guard," "Air National Guard," "Army National Guard," "Kentucky National Guard," the "Guard," "National Guard troops," "National Guardsman," or when alone, "guardsman." Also accurate are "soldier" and "troops."

3.  Please note that while this is an aviation mission, it is an ARMY National Guard unit.