Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kentucky Army National Guard hosts change of command ceremony

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 08, 2006  
Contact Information:  Contact: Maj. Don Peters 805-801-3682  

Ashland-based combat engineer unit commands 345 troops spread across Kentucky

Frankfort, Ky. - The Kentucky Army National Guard will host a change of command ceremony for the 201st Engineer Battalion at 11 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 9 at the National Guard Armory at 2519 Lexington Ave. in Ashland.

Taking command of the 201st Engineer Battalion is Lt. Col. Michael Ferguson of Versailles, taking over from the current commander, Lt. Col Steven King of Lexington.

The 201st Engineer Battalion coordinates and supports the training and operation of 345 soldiers assigned to units in Olive Hill, Cynthiana and Madisonville. Most recently, the battalion deployed to Arizona from July 29 through August 19 in support of the Border Patrol Mission to protect the borders between the United States and Mexico.  Also, the 130th Engineer Company - a subordinate unit of the battalion - is serving in Iraq with 56 soldiers.



EDITORS NOTE: 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," "airman," and "troops."