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Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-4456
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Heath Dolen
(502) 782-6160
Operation Immersion Logo Kentucky's Operation Immersion

May 16–19, 2017
Wendell H. Ford
Regional Training Center
Greenville, Kentucky

This is your opportunity to support Kentucky's Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF) by attending this event. Thank you in advance for your commitment to serving our nation’s heroes.

This innovative four-day training event engages behavioral health and other healthcare providers and college students in the respective areas of study by exploring issues unique to Service Members, Veterans and their Families.

The focus of this program is to allow professionals who work with or have an interest in the military population a chance to experience a modified "Mobilization Training" experience and learn how to address some of the challenges faced by our military today.

Operation Immersion will be held on May 16-19, 2017, at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. This event is sponsored by the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) and the Kentucky National Guard.

The cost for this all-inclusive event is $65 per participant (a $1,200 value). This fee includes on-site lodging, meals, equipment use, a participant T-shirt and 28.0 CEUs (approval pending).

Please note: Per military regulations, we must collect personal information in order for you to gain security clearance and access onto the military installation. This information is for Operation Immersion purposes only (for the registration team and military vetting office), and will remain confidential. DBHDID will contact you directly for additional security clarification. Please DO NOT contact the Kentucky National Guard or the training site directly.

Additional Training Information

We will begin at 11 a.m. CST on May 16 and will depart by 1:00 p.m. CST on May 19. Lodging will be provided in the barracks on the nights of May 16, 17 and 18. Barracks are furnished with bunk beds and military linen (two sheets, pillow and a pillowcase). Showers are bay style and open.

Clothing for the event is casual (jeans, T-shirt, etc., as appropriate for Kentucky weather). You will be exposed to the outdoor elements, just as you would if you went out for a hike in the woods. Be prepared to experience dirt, grass and insects. A letter outlining more specific packing instructions will be sent to registrants at a later date.

A typical day begins in the classroom during the morning, with leadership training from military experts in the afternoon. In addition, you will have the unique opportunity to experience some of the following: team building exercises, virtual combat simulators and combat missions training (including paintball). One year, participants were surprised with a training flight on a Blackhawk helicopter.

Note: Regarding physical training participation, staff and trainers will encourage you to do your personal best. It is not about what others can do, but what you can do. If at any point in time you feel unable to complete a task, please feel free to step aside and encourage others.

Please note that by registering you agree to the following:

  • Photographs and videos will be taken during the event. Your photograph, image, or likeness may be utilized for future publicity and training opportunities by DBHDID and the Kentucky National Guard.
  • Your professional contact information, including: name, title, organization, email, and contact number will be shared with Operation Immersion participants, staff and presenters.

If you have general questions, please contact the Program Administrator listed in the Contact Information box.


OI is not just beneficial to us and our soldiers, but also to any veterans who receive services from providers who go through our program.
–Brigadier General Charles Jones, Kentucky National Guard
When I left Operation Immersion I truly believe I left a different person than when I came. I understand it was only four days, but it has been one of the most beneficial trainings in my career, I feel it will truly help me in the future.
–Participant
Last Updated 5/16/2017 7:14:58 AM
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