Kentucky Army National Guard Public Affairs Office
21 Soldier Salute

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 04, 2006  
Contact Information:  Dave Altom 502-607-1562
Second Lt. Kyle J. Key 502-472-9068

Frankfort, Ky. — Twenty-one soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard will compete in the 21st Annual Army Ten-Miler race in Washington, DC on Sunday, Oct.  8, 2006. 

Representing the 21-gun salute, the nation’s highest honor rendered to fallen soldiers, the team from Kentucky is dedicated to the memories and sacrifices of 12 Kentucky Army National Guardsmen who gave their lives to advance the cause of liberty and freedom throughout Iraq and Afghanistan.

Maj. Gen. Donald C. Storm, Adjutant General for Kentucky, said this team effort is a testament to Kentucky’s sacrifice while fighting the Global War on Terror. 

“The Kentucky National Guard has paid a high price in defending our way of life,” said Storm.  “This group of fine soldiers represents the steeped tradition of honoring and remembering the ultimate sacrifice of the men and women in our armed forces.  We must keep alive the memory of those who have paid the ultimate price, so that future generations will remember and appreciate their legacy of freedom.” 

Lt. Col. Rondal L. Turner, Director of Personnel for the Kentucky Army National Guard is among the group of soldiers running in the Army Ten-Miler.  “We are dedicating this race to honor those who have given their lives and those who place themselves in harm’s way every day to make the world a better place,” said Turner.  “We must never forget the sacrifices that these soldiers have made and the unmentionable hardship that their families and loved ones face.” 

Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Wolpert, Readiness Sergeant with the 198th Military Police Battalion in Louisville, says he’s participating in the race to stay in shape as well.  “We honor our fallen soldiers by staying fit, both physically and mentally,” Wolpert said.  “In this way, we remain prepared to do our best and accomplish the mission.  Running the Army Ten-Miler is a great way to honor Kentucky’s fallen heroes.”

The team members will read the names of the fallen soldiers, conduct a moment of silence and render a salute at the at the Army National Guard Tent #C33 at 7:20 a.m. prior to the race.

The 2006 Army Ten-Miler is expected to attract 24,000 military and civilian runners from around the world to compete for top honors. Starting and finishing at the Pentagon, runners will pass such national landmarks as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Capitol.