Kentucky Guard promotes newest General

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FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – The Kentucky National Guard promoted from its ranks the newest General in the U.S. Army!

On Sunday, The Kentucky National Guard promoted from its ranks Brigadier General Robert J. Larkin.

Brig. Gen. Larkin was pinned by his wife, Tracy and his son, Aidan, in a small ceremony in The Adjutant General’s office on Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort.

“Normally when we get the opportunity to promote our service members to the rank of general, it’s a grand occasion,” said Brig. Gen. Hal Lamberton, Kentucky’s adjutant general. “But under the current circumstances, we felt that it was necessary to keep the ceremony small. I also need to put my new general to work immediately for the COVID response, so we couldn’t wait.”

A civilian firefighter by trade, and currently the Battalion Chief for the Lexington Fire Department, Larkin is very familiar with service to the country and to the commonwealth.

“The citizens of Lexington are served by some incredible leaders in our Fire Department, and that certainly includes Battalion Chief of Special Operations Robert Larkin,” said Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton. “Chief Larkin has accomplishments at some of the highest levels of service in the City, and for our country. Congratulations, General Larkin, and on behalf on the City of Lexington, thank you for your service.”

Larkin will serve as the Kentucky National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General – Army and will be directly responsible for the Kentucky Army National Guard’s posture and continued development answering directly to The Adjutant General.

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