The Adjutant General sends Derby Message
Photos by Capt. Andi Hahn/Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
The Kentucky National Guard has served in a state active duty roll for security at the Kentucky Derby for the last 75+ years.
One of the great traditions in thoroughbred racing is for the Kentucky National Guard to provide a very visible circle of security around the winners circle — in which — the KY Derby winning horse receives the blanket of roses.
In 2010 we will have a truly joint detail that will appear on live television around the world. You notice that every third soldier in the circle will be wearing blue.
We have, in fact, integrated the full security force that includes 299 soldiers and airmen. Our Air Security Forces are working shoulder to shoulder with their Army Guard MP counterparts in a seamless group of Kentuckians. I spent the afternoon today (on Kentucky Oaks Day) visiting them at most of their posts. I have to relate my intense pride in what we call “Unbridled Service” to the Commonwealth.
I think this is one of the instances of state active duty — that stands along side the KyNG duty during the 2009 Ice Storm as a great tradition in the National Guard.
I thought you guys would like to know wherever you are watching the 2010 Run for the Roses.
–Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, The Adjutant General for Kentucky