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Kentucky National Guard History

Air National Guardsman with planeThe Kentucky National Guard, like other state National Guards, has been known under various names such as state militia, state guard. It has the distinction of being one of the oldest military forces in the United States. Its history dates back to 1775, when Kentucky was known as Fincastle County, a part of western Virginia. The fundamental concept of a state or local Military organization has existed since 1636, when the Colony of Massachusetts formed a regiment of "Trained Bands."

Throughout her history, Kentucky has cherished the tradition of rendering military duty with zeal when called upon. Kentucky's history teems with incidents of self-sacrifice unsurpassed in daring and achievement. Kentuckians have answered the call to arms in all wars of our country.

Since its inception, the Kentucky National Guard has not only stood ready as an alert fighting force ready to defend Kentucky and America against those who would destroy our Democratic way of life but this voluntary citizens Army has also served in times of national disaster. The skill and proficiency with which the Guard has served Kentucky further contributes to the fact that it is, and will continue to be, a necessary and indispensable organization for the continuing existence of the Commonwealth.

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Former Adjutant General JJB Williams

 

JJB Williams the former Adjutant General

A Bird Dog resting in the hangar

 

An old plane in a hangar

The old KYNG headquarters dedication

 

The dedication of the old National Guard headquarters

Flag ceremony for dedication of the Frankfort Armory in 1957

 

Man walking towards flag for dedication of the Frankfort Armory in 1957

Air Guardsman marching in formation

 

Air Gaurdsmen marching in formation

 

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Last Updated 11/25/2013
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