Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kentucky National Guard honors Frankfort, Harrodsburg units with Freedom Salute Ceremonies
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2006
FRANKFORT, KY – The Kentucky Army National Guard will host "Freedom Salute" ceremonies this weekend for the following units:
SATURDAY, APRIL 8
Detachment 1, Company B, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation
TIME: 9 a.m. EDT
LOCATION: Army Aviation Support Facility, Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort.
MISSION: The 26 men and women of the Frankfort based unit was mobilized on September 7, 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following several weeks of training they served 10 months in Al Balad, Iraq, operating five UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters while supporting the aviation combat operation for the United States Army. The Frankfort-based unit flew more than 3,700 combat hours – an extremely high amount for a unit of this size. The detachment returned to Bluegrass Field on November 20, 2005.
SUNDAY, APRIL 9
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 206th Engineer Battalion (Rear Operations Center)
TIME: 1:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Lyons Park Harrodsburg, KY (see attached map)
MISSION: These 49 Kentucky Army Guard soldiers were mobilized in the October 24, 2004 and deployed as a Rear Operations Center based in Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From their base camps in Kuwait, these Kentucky Guard men and women provided a wide array of support to include commanding base camps, managing installation infrastructure, training customs procedures and providing base defense and force protection oversight. The unit received awards and accolades for its service from the Area Support Group Kuwait, the 377th Theater Support Command and the Coalition Forces Land Component Command. The unit returned home on November 11, 2005.
FREEDOM SALUTE HISTORY: In December of 2003, the Army National Guard launched the "Freedom Salute Campaign," an unprecedented program designed to recognize Army National Guard Soldiers as well as their families and others who have supported them as they answered the call to duty both at home and abroad.
Each Soldier who mobilized will receive an encased American Flag; a sequentially numbered commemorative coin; a "Defender of Freedom" certificate signed by Lt. Gen. Roger Schultz, Director of the Army National Guard, and Command Sgt. Maj. A. Frank Lever, III, Command Sergeant Major, Army National Guard; and a lapel insignia. The Soldier's spouse and children also will receive items recognizing their support and contribution.
In addition, each deployed Soldier is given the opportunity to recognize one individual or organization for outstanding support during the Soldier's mobilization. This recognition will be in the form of a commemorative lapel insignia and a medallion with ribbon. Two individuals will be surprised with these awards during the ceremony.