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Karlas Owens received the silver eagles representing the rank of colonel in a Nov. 7 ceremony at the National Guard Association of Kentucky building in Frankfort, according to a news release.
On hand to pin on his rank were his wife, Lisa, and Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, adjutant general of Kentucky.
Owens, a member of the military for nearly 34 years, is the commander of the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Muhlenberg County.
A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle, he is also the deputy counterdrug coordinator for the Kentucky National Guard and is a former commander of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry.
He is a native of Laurel County where his mother, Dorothy Owens, and his four brothers still reside.
Owens and his wife currently live in Lawrenceburg.