A Kentucky Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk prepares to take off from Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center Wednesday following a 50th anniversary observance at the training site in Central City.

In 1969, the Kentucky National Guard realized there was a great need for a training center for its soldiers to conduct mission-focused weekend training. At the same time, Peabody Coal Company saw itself in possession of thousands of acres of strip-mining lands in Muhlenberg County that it no longer had a use for at the former River Queen Mine.

Thus was born the idea for the “wet site,” or as it is known today, the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center.

*For more information, see the October 1 edition of The Leader-News.

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