State Active Duty Missions
The Governor, in accordance with Section 75 of the Kentucky Constitution, is the Commander-in-Chief of the Kentucky National Guard. Under provisions of the Kentucky Constitution and KRS 38.030, the Governor can order the National Guard to State Active Duty in order to: protect the lives and property of our citizens; assist in disaster and humanitarian relief; restore civil order; enforce the laws of the Commonwealth and provide support to the civil authorities of our cities and counties.
This section will begin an effort to compile a list of the State Active Duty Missions the Kentucky National Guard has performed in its history and where possible provide summaries of those missions.
If you can provide information on a KYNG SAD mission listed here, on one not listed, please contact us.
||KYNG In Support of the Run for the Roses
NEW ADDITION: KYNG In Support of the Run for the Roses KYNG In Support of the Run for the Roses (PDF 5.8 MB)
||Highlighted State Acitve Duty Missions
1981 FEB 13 - Mysterious Friday the 13th Explosion Shreds Streets Kentucky Guard on Duty in Old Louisville Louisville Sewer Explosion 13 Feb 1981 (PDF 364 K)
1958 28 FEB – 10 MAY The Prestonsburg School Bus Disaster The Prestonsburg School Bus Disaster (1958)
Governor Goebel's Assassination
In January of 1900 nearly 1,000 men from Eastern Kentucky arrived in Frankfort which added further confusion to the tempestuous political situation surrounding the election of William Goebel. On January 30 William Goebel was shot and the Frankfort Militia was immediately ordered to take over police duty in the city. A few days later Governor Goebel died and a highly irregular situation arose in which one part of the Kentucky National Guard assumed themselves to be under the command of the new Governor while the rest of the Guardsmen on duty ascended to the commands of the former Governor.
A Distressing Accident
(1895) An Accidental Explosion Kills Five From Battery A, 1st Regiment (Louisville Legion) of the Kentucky State Guard 1895. A cannon crew dispatched from the downtown Louisville armory to Phoenix Hill Park to fire salute at sunrise reached 4th and Broadway at 5:30 a.m. and an explosion occurred. Sixty-six pounds of of black powder mysteriously ignited killing five men and two horses.
What in Sam Hill?
...started the Hatfield and McCoy Feud? Read the report of Sam Hill, Adjutant General of Kentucky 1887 - 1891, who was ordered by the Governor to investigate the border warfare between the Hatfields, of Logan County, of West Virginia, and the McCoys, of Pike County.
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