Beshear activates KY National Guard


FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2020 file photo Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks to the press at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Beshear says protesters who hung an effigy of him were trying to use “fear and terror” to force their will on others. The Democratic governor on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 referred to the protesters as a mob. He said he won’t back down as he condemned the rally that spread to where his children play at the Governor’s Mansion. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) — Gov. Andy Beshear activated the Kentucky National Guard today to “help provide safety and protection to the citizens of Louisville and the surrounding communities, and to augment the Louisville Metro Police Department.”

Brig. Gen. Hal Lamberton, Adjutant General of the Kentucky National Guard says the guard is “fully prepared” to help protect lives and preserve property.

“We will help ensure that our Kentucky citizens have the right to demonstrate peacefully and safely,” he says.

Approximately 350 Kentucky Guardsmen will immediately report for State Active Duty support. They are expected to be sent to Louisville this afternoon.

According to a statement sent to 13 News, soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery in Lexington, 198th Military Police Battalion in Louisville, 761st Firefighting Team out of Greenville and Air Guardsmen from the 123rd Airlift Wing in Louisville will assist the LMPD in and around the greater Louisville region.

“They will be prepared to assist the police in maintaining peace and protect critical infrastructure, according to Kentucky Army National Guard’s G3 Operations officer, Col. J.B. Richmond,” the release says.

The Kentucky Guard will provide support as necessary to civil authorities as long as directed in order to ensure the safety of people and property.

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