By Genevieve Long for The Epoch Times
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear made the unprecedented move of activating the entire Kentucky National Guard to help with cleanup and relief efforts after a snow and ice storm caused an estimated 23 deaths. On Saturday, Gov. Beshear directed Kentucky’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini to call up all Kentucky Army National Guard units, along with selected portions of the Kentucky Air National Guard.
“This is the largest state call up of Kentucky National Guard forces in the history of the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear in a statement on Jan. 31. “It represents the strongest possible effort to relieve human suffering and ensure the safety and well-being of our citizens.”
According to the Kentucky National Guard, the total number of troops on duty is 4,600.