This week, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes continued her active support of Kentucky’s men and women in uniform, participating in a change of command at Fort Knox and addressing National Guard troops preparing to deploy to Kuwait.

On July 9, Grimes helped welcome Col. Thomas J. Edwards, Jr., as the new garrison commander at Fort Knox. Grimes previously met Col. Edwards at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait last September during her trip to the Middle East to assess and improve military voting procedures.

“From Kuwait to Kentucky, Col. Edwards represents the best of the Commonwealth,” said Grimes. “It’s an honor to help welcome him home and thank him for his continued service to our state and nation.”

On July 10, Grimes participated in a deployment ceremony for Kentucky National Guard Detachment 1, Company C, 2/238th MEDEVAC. Twenty-three soldiers are deploying to Kuwait to perform medical evacuation operations for coalition forces in the Middle East. The unit previously deployed to Kosovo in 2009-10 and has provided assistance in Kentucky during recent natural disasters and emergencies.

Grimes is passionate about supporting Kentucky’s active-duty and veteran military members and their families. Following her mission to the Middle East, Grimes’ made numerous recommendations to improve Kentucky’s military voting procedures. Her recommendations were passed into law, allowing military and overseas citizens to register to vote and update their registration online, ensuring that military and overseas voters have sufficient time to vote in special elections and extending existing protections to state and local elections.

In addition, since taking office, she has participated in several deployment ceremonies, including addressing 565 National Guard members deploying to Africa in August 2012. Last month she helped celebrate the Kentucky National Guard’s 221st anniversary and took part in several veterans’ events.

“I’m honored to show my appreciation for our military and the sacrifices they and their families make,” said Grimes, “and I am proud to continue to work to ensure their rights are protected.”

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