Kentucky guardsman protects Capitol while teaching remotely
Added 04-17-21 11:35:02am EST - “Kentucky Army National Guard Lt. Sam Whitehead is on assignment in Washington D.C., where, since the January attack on the U.S. Capitol, he has been on duty nearly round the clock.” - Washingtontimes.com
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MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Army National Guard Lt. Sam Whitehead is on assignment in Washington D.C., where, since the January attack on the U.S. Capitol, he has been on duty nearly round the clock.
With the permission of his commanders, platoon leader Whitehead said he periodically steps away from protecting “lives and property” to remotely teach his math students at Morehead’s Rowan County High School.
The simultaneous roles put him in a unique position. Whitehead and Kentucky Guard officials aren’t aware of any other public school educator in the state teaching virtually while on active duty in the National Guard in Washington. Whitehead said the National Guard is supportive of public education and Rowan County Schools supports his mission with the National Guard.
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“I’m available 24-7 for both,” he said. “I’ll take late emails from students or I’ll get calls from soldiers or from my chain of command. Things just need my attention from both and it’s around the clock.”
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