Kentucky guardsmen recognized nationally for efforts following hurricanes

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The Kentucky National Guard has spent the past several weeks helping in areas dealing with natural disasters.

"We are a supporting state," said Lt Col John Cline who is the Director of Military Support for the Kentucky National Guard.

They've had individuals assisting in the Virgin Islands with medical evacuations and re-supply operation. They also helped Americans get home. Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Airlift Wing is credited with rescuing more than 1,000 U.S. citizens from Saint Maarten evacuating them to Puerto Rico.

"That's why most of the Kentucky guardsmen joined the guard, is to help our fellow citizens and for Kentucky... I don't know if it's good or bad... but we get to help a lot," Cline said.

It's a responsibility that Cline said the soldiers are happy to have.

"It's a real world mission. They are happy to be there, and they feel like they are making a difference."

Their work is getting recognition. Several national news outlets have featured the work of the Kentucky soldiers over the past few days.

"We are very proud of it, shows our professionalism, shows that we are a go-to resource from all the states," Cline said. "The capabilities that we have, the preparations with our personnel and our equipment are noticed. We are often first in the chute to be called to assist and we are glad that we are able to and glad that we can in such a professional manner."

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