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ACTC hosting Veterans Day program

November 2, 2021

ASHLAND, Ky. – Ashland Community and Technical College will be holding a special Veterans Day program on Thursday, November 11. The event will be open to ACTC employees, students, and the community. 

The program will be held from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M. in the College Drive Teleconference Room, with Chief Warrant Officer Jennifer Maggard being the keynote speaker at the event. 

“I had the privilege of hearing Chief Warrant Officer Maggard speak before,” said Craig Pleasant, Veterans Services Coordinator.  “She provides some unique insights from her experience serving during the War on Terror.  The audience comes away with a greater appreciation for the acrifices of our Servicemen and Servicewomen.  She is a wonderful role model for our young ladies across the state of Kentucky.”

CW4 Jennifer A. Maggard reported to the University of Kentucky ROTC program on 1 July 2019.

CW4 Maggard is a native of Versailles, Kentucky, and enlisted in the KY Army National Guard as a junior in high school in 1997. She enlisted into the JFHQ as a 92A and completed Basic at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and AIT at Fort Lee, Virginia in Jan of 2000. 

She soon started working fulltime as a GS5 technician in the G1 as an administrative assistant. She volunteered to deploy with the 223rd Military Police Company to Bosnia in 2001 for Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning she continued her technician career until the 223rd MP Company was called to deploy again in 2003 for Operation Iraq Freedom. After returning home she accepted an Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) position with the 2/75th Recruiting and Retention Battalion in Frankfort where she earned her senior recruiter badge. 

While recruiting for the Aviation Brigade in 2008 she decided to resign from the AGR program and attend Warrant Officer Candidate School and Initial Entry Rotary Wing becoming the 3rd female pilot to fly in the state of KY. In 2010 she and her now former husband adopted their daughter Ellie and worked with state legislator to get a bill passed to grant National Guard Soldiers an adoption benefit that is equal to what active duty and state employees were receiving. 

In 2013 she returned to the AG branch where she served as the State Family Programs manager. She later served as the State Education Officer and then returned to recruiting and retention as the Budget Officer. While serving as the Budget officer she volunteered to instruct at the Regional Training Institute (RTI) for Warrant Officer Candidate School where she was and is to this day the only female to instruct and Train Advise and Counsel (TAC) at the KY RTI and later became the Commander at the school house. Her next assignment was to the G1 as the Enlisted Personnel Manager for about a year and a half when she was selected to be assigned to the University of Kentucky ROTC program. She is the first Warrant Officer to be associated with an ROTC program known to date. She currently has helped start and is the first Director for the Warrant Officer Accession Program. She is the honored mom of 10 year old Ellie.