Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team 2 arrives home from Afghanistan
story by Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard public affairs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – - The Kentucky National Guard welcomed home more than 60 Soldiers and Airmen today at the Kentucky Air Guard Base from the Agribusiness Development Team 2,
which recently returned from their deployment for Operation Enduring Freedom.
“The Ag-mission for these Soldiers and Airmen was so very unique,” said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky’s adjutant general. “This team put Kentucky on the world map for the outstanding job they did.”
The KY ADT deployed to Afghanistan last July to help Afghani farmers become agriculturally self-sufficient, create business opportunities through a women’s empowerment initiative and provide force protection.
1st Lt. Travis Riley led the security forces attached to the team and is glad to have every one of his fellow troops home safe.
“It’s such a relief to have made it home,” said Riley. “I know each and everyone of us couldn’t wait to see our Families as we got off that bus.”
The Soldiers and Airmen also got the opportunity to work alongside French, New Zealand and Korean coalition forces covering the largest area in Afghanistan for any of the ADT’s.
Congressman John Yarmuth, 3rd District of Kentucky representative, was in attendance as well to greet the troops and their Families after the yearlong deployment.
“I congratulate you on a job well done,” said Congressman Yarmuth. “You’ve made us all so proud and we’re so glad you’ve made it home safe.”
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Please check out the Louisville Courier-Journal’s story on today’s event: Louisville Courier-Journal