Kentucky National Guard

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Hopkinsville is getting ready for more than 50,000 visitors expected for the total solar eclipse on August 21st. The city is one of the points of longest duration of the eclipse - two minutes and 40 seconds.

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Nearly 300 members of the Kentucky National Guard are heading to Washington D.C. to assist in the Presidential Inauguration. 

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The Kentucky National Guard is holding a departure ceremony for a unit of about 150 soldiers who are deploying to the Middle East.

A statement from the National Guard says friends and family are gathering Wednesday at Perry County Central High School in Hazard to send off soldiers with the 207th Horizontal Construction Company. They are expected to return in about a year.

The statement says soldiers will execute complex construction projects in austere environments with a focus on repairing roads and runways, base maintenance and culvert installation.

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Dry conditions and unseasonably warm temperatures have caused a rash of wildfires across Kentucky. Nearly 30,000 acres of forest and grassland have burned in the eastern half of the state.

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Some Kentucky National Guard soldiers are deploying to the Middle East. 

Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office

The Kentucky National Guard plans to host its first Memorial Day event in Frankfort.

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More than 700 Kentucky Guard members denied tuition assistance due to an unforeseen funding shortfall will see their tuition fronted by the state.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says Kentucky university and community college presidents have agreed to admit National Guard members until the state can reimburse schools for tuition. 

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Gov. Steve Beshear says state law already allows Kentucky National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty.  

The issue is at the forefront following last week’s shooting deaths of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tenn.  

In an executive order issued Wednesday, Beshear re-iterated the state’s current policy.

Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office

A state lawmaker is asking Governor Steve Beshear to issue an executive order allowing Kentucky National Guard members to be armed while on duty.  

Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office

The Kentucky National Guard is beginning a new partnership with Djibouti to support defense security cooperation goals. The National Guard State Partnership Program works to develop military and civilian relationships with a variety of state partners. Spokesman Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht said this could include training and assistance with things like security, emergency management and building schools.

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