Civilians Get Glimpse of National Guard Life

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio

Several civilian employers recently got a taste of military life at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, where some of their workers are preparing for Deployment with the National Guard.

They took a flight aboard a C-130 Hercules, had a Meal Ready to Eat for lunch, and watched a live fire training session.

Dave Robinson, a resource manager for the Army Corps of Engineers in Harlan County, Kentucky, visited the Kentucky National Guard’s 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. One of his employees, John Lundy, is a brigade member.

“Knowing that they’re going overseas, that’s a really big honor just to come up and get to be able to see John and see what he’s doing, see what they’re getting ready to go do over in Iraq,” he says.

Specialist John Lundy left his regular job with the Corps to go on active duty with the Guard.

A Department of Defense agency coordinated the employer visit. About 13,000 Kentucky soldiers will soon wrap up training and deploy to Iraq to assist with the military drawdown.