COL (R) Armando "Al" Jesus Alfaro
Colonel (Ret.) Armando "Al" Alfaro was drafted into the Army in April 1946. After basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama he volunteered to become a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division in Japan. His next assignment was with the 45th Medical Battalion at Fort Knox and later reassigned as a Troop Information and Education Specialist for the Post. When the 11th Airborne Division returned to Fort Campbell, Ky., Alfaro transferred to the unit and was assigned to their Military Police Company. Alfaro left active duty in 1950 shortly later joined HHC 149th Infantry Regimental Combat Team, Kentucky National Guard in St. Matthews. He also became a full time for the KyNG as an Administrative Specialist and was later promoted to Warrant Officer.
In 1952 he transferred to the Office of the Adjutant General in Frankfort with assignment to HHD KyARNG and a promotion to Second Lieutenant. In November 1953 2LT Alfaro transferred to the newly organized HHB XXIII Corps Artillery located in Lexington where he worked full-time as Staff Administrative Assistant while assigned as Liaison Officer. In October 1959 he moved to the 138th FA Group headquarters was moved to Lexington. In 1971 LTC Alfaro was selected to become the first Recruiting and Retention Officer for the Kentucky National Guard and served in this capacity until September 1978. Alfaro was then selected to be the Director of Personnel for the KyNG and promoted to Colonel he served in this capacity until his retirement in March 1980.
Colonel Alfaro was also very active with the National Guard Association of Kentucky (NGAKy),and served on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky National Guard Historical Foundation (KNGHF). Colonel Alfaro was the author of several books on genealogy and the Kentucky Guard. Alfaro was active in community civic organizations including Optimist; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Frankfort Tourist and Convention Commission; Ky Genealogical Society; Ky Historical Society; Military Order of World Wars; VFW Post #4075 and American Legion Post #7.
He was designated as a Ky National Guard military Historian Emeritus . He was owner of Alfaro Enterprise & Assoc. From 1980-1993, at which time he sold the company, specializing in marketing military emblems and supplies nationwide. Alfaro was honored with the inaugural Brig. Gen. William R. Buster Award by the Kentucky Historical Society to an individual who has sustained significant contributions to Kentucky's military history though work, activities or support of museums or history organizations within the Commonwealth. Alfaro was one of the founding members of the Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund and served on the board until his death in 2009.