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Kentucky Guard Chaplain Tapped For U.S. Army Post

The Kentucky National Guard’s top chaplain has been selected for a high-ranking U.S. Army post.

Colonel Patrick Dolan began serving last month as the Guard’s Assistant to the Chief of Chaplains for the United States Army.

He’s also up for promotion to Brigadier General, pending U.S. Senate approval.

“It took about a year and a half to get to the Senate, because it has to go through all kinds of bureaucratic hurdles,” he said.

Dolan is the first Roman Catholic priest to serve in the position and would also be the first to achieve the rank of Brigadier General.

He’ll continue to lead two parishes in Casey County, Kentucky.

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WKU Service Set For Slain Army Soldier

A memorial service will be held Thursday on the campus of Western Kentucky University for Army 1st Lieutenant Eric Yates.

The 26 year old Yates, a native of Rineyville, Kentucky, died Saturday when his unit was attacked by insurgents in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Yates was a 2008 graduate of Western’s ROTC program.

He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

(Photo Courtesy of Western Kentucky University)

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Soldier From Bullitt County Killed In Iraq

A soldier from Lebanon Junction, Kentucky has been killed in Iraq.

The Department of Defense says 24 year old Army Staff Sergeant Gary Woods, Junior and four other soldiers died April 10 when their military vehicle was struck by an explosives-laden vehicle in a suicide bombing.

Funeral arrangements for Staff Sergeant Woods are pending.

Governor Steve Beshear has ordered that flags on all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on the day of Woods’ funeral.