Kentucky Soldiers awarded for their work during pandemic
1 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sayre Christian Village resident Paul Frederick talks with 63rd TAB Soldiers before the award ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility hanger-on Boone National Guard Center Dec. 2. The Soldiers were awarded the LeadingAge Kentucky Distinguished Service Award and the Guardian Angel Award for their work completed during the pandemic. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jessica Elbouab) VIEW ORIGINAL
Kentucky Soldiers awarded for their work during pandemic
2 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Karen L. Venis, Chief Executive Officer for Sayre Christian Village speaks about the six service members from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade stand while receiving the LeadingAge Kentucky Distinguished Service Award and the Guardian Angel Award during a ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility hanger-on Boone National Guard Center Dec. 2. The Soldiers are awarded honors because of the assistance they provided during the pandemic. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jessica Elbouab) VIEW ORIGINAL
Kentucky Soldiers awarded for their work during pandemic
3 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sayre Christian Village resident Paul Frederick and Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Rezac, 63rd TAB, look at the Guardian Angel Award at the Army Aviation Support Facility hanger-on Boone National Guard Center Dec. 2. Six service members from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade were given the award because of the assistance they provided during the pandemic. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jessica Elbouab) VIEW ORIGINAL
Kentucky Soldiers awarded for their work during pandemic
4 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Karen L. Venis, Chief Executive Officer for Sayre Christian Village, resident Paul Frederick and Tim Veno, LeadingAge Kentucky President, pose for a photo with six service members from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade after an award ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility hanger-on Boone National Guard Center Dec. 2. The Soldiers are awarded honors because of the assistance they provided during the pandemic. (US Army National Guard Photo by Mrs. Jesse Elbouab) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jessica Elbouab) VIEW ORIGINAL
Kentucky Soldiers awarded for their work during pandemic
5 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Kentucky National Guard leadership watches as six service members from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade received the LeadingAge Kentucky Distinguished Service Award and the Guardian Angel Award during a ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility hanger-on Boone National Guard Center Dec. 2. The Soldiers are awarded honors because of the assistance they provided during the pandemic. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jessica Elbouab) VIEW ORIGINAL
Kentucky Soldiers awarded for their work during pandemic
6 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sayre Christian Village resident Paul Frederick and Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Rezac, 63rd TAB, smiles as Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Hal Lamberton presents Fredrick and Soldiers with a military coin for appreciation following a ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility hanger-on Boone National Guard Center on Dec. 2. The Soldiers are awarded honors because of the assistance they provided during the pandemic. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jessica Elbouab) VIEW ORIGINAL

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Representatives of Sayre Christian Village senior living community presented six service members from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade the Leading Age Kentucky Distinguished Service Award and the Guardian Angel Award Dec. 2.

“The Leading Age Kentucky award honor those who embody excellence in leadership, care and service innovation and who are making outstanding contributions to their communities,” said Capt. Drew Myers, during the award ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility hangar at Boone National Guard Center. “This award recognizes the achievements of members, nonmembers or institutions in making outstanding contributions toward the welfare of older persons in areas such as research education communication, media, philanthropy, public policy or innovative programs.”

The Kentucky National Guard’s Facility Assistance Support Team (F.A.S.T) was assigned to the facility for two weeks, but the mission was extended there and at sister locations.

“They spent two weeks there doing things that most people would walk away from doing,” said Karen L. Venis, chief executive officer for Sayre Christian Village. “They made sure that they kept us safe and helped us take care of the things that may seem insignificant, but for us, at that moment, were critical for our operation to continue.”

As a result of the Guard members’ dedication not only to the facility and staff but also to the residents of Sayre Christian Village, the Guardian Angel Award was handed to the Soldiers by a dear friend, Sayre resident, and World War II and Korean War veteran, Paul Frederick.

“This award is specifically from Sayre Christian village, and it’s a token of our appreciation for our guardian angels,” said Venis. “In our time of need. In our worst, darkest hour, this team was here, not only to provide a sense of hope and faith to us as staff but to our residents as well.”

This is not the first time the Soldiers and Frederick have made headlines. The team became fast friends with the veteran in a bond that has proven more substantial than the length of the given mission.

What began as delivering mail within the facility became conversational huddles exchanging photos and war stories. The son of a War World II vet, Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Rezac, felt immediately connected to Frederick and other veteran residents.

“There is just that instant connection you have with people in uniform,” said Rezac. “Even though they served 40, 50 years before us being there, they felt that instant bond.”

The 63rd TAB members invited Frederick and a few of his friends to tour the AASF and gave each resident a coin to remember their time together.

Though the mission is complete, Rezac and the other service members have made it clear they will be frequent visitors to the facility.

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