Kentucky Army National Guard Exceeds Recruitment Goals

For seventh straight year, the Kentucky Army National Guard has exceeded its recruitment goals. The Guard now has troop strength of just over 73-hundred men and women. That’s up from less than six thousand in 2003.

Adjutant General Edward Tonini says the recruiting successes could lead to new responsibilities.

“As the economic times change, we anticipate that some states are going to have a more difficult time making their mission and as a result, missions will fall to the stations that are robust and that can prove, time and time again, are able to meet their mission, like Kentucky,” he says.

Tonini says the Kentucky Air National Guard, for the second straight year, also exceeded its recruitment goals. During ceremonies on the steps of the State Capitol, Tonini praised the efforts of more than 100 Guard recruiters from across the commonwealth.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.