Special Report

April 20, 2017


Fort Knox, Pentagon Honor Holt Friends,

Susan Dyer for Development of Home

Fort Knox JAGS and Friends of the Holt Home


  The Fort Knox Judge Advocate General (JAG) unit and the Judge Advocate Generalís Legal Center and School (TJAG) at the Pentagon have honored the Friends of the Holt Home and its president.

     The Friends received a plaque of appreciation and its president, Susan Dyer, received a medal for outstanding selfless service.  The awards took place April 20 at the Breckinridge County historic mansion of Joseph Holt, Lincolnís judge advocate general.

     The award to Dyer was presented on behalf of Brig. Gen. Flora D. Darpino, Judge Advocate General for the U.S. Army.  The Friends president was cited for 20 years of dedicated service and duty to Holtís legacy and restoration of his home.  She also was given a certificate of appreciation.

     COL James Bagwell, Fort Knox Staff Judge Advocate, brought his entire JAG team to the event along with the legal community from the Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox for a historical professional development/field trip exercise.

     The colonel, in his remarks, praised Holt for his tireless energy and work ďduring a crucial time in our nationís historyĒ as the top legal advisor and lawyer for the U.S. Army during the Civil War.  PFC Christian Arbec and Specialist Caroline Bedoy reviewed Holtís career under President Abraham Lincoln.

     Breckinridge County Judge Executive Maurice Lucas welcomed the team of  JAGS and briefly shared how Holt is remembered as the Prosecuting Judge of the Lincoln Conspiracy Trial. 

     Efforts continue to develop the Holt Home into a national meeting place for the JAG corps.


Ft. Knox JAGS US Army Cadet Command at the Judge Holt Home April 20,2017
Photo by Tiffany Cashman, The Breckinridge Herald-News


COL James Bagwell, Fort Knox Staff Judge Advocate addressing the JAGS team and Friends of the Holt Home.

Photo by Tiffany Cashman, The Breckinridge Herald-News


COL Bagwell encouraging his JAG team to visualize how todayís Army was compared to Judge Holtís era.


SG Love standing by Judge Maurice Lucas came and toured the historical facility of national significance prior to the JAGS visit and planned the day. Master Sergeant Konrad Nikolao standing by the picnic table gave a brief talk of appreciation for the work of the Holt Home and presented Certificates of Appreciation and a medal.


Ft. Knox JAGS US Army Cadet Command & Friends of the Holt Home.
Photo by Tiffany Cashman, The Breckinridge Herald-News


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The Holt Home is located at 6205 Highway 144 in Hardinsburg.
 Additional information is available at www.jholt-houseky.org
or by calling 270-756-2269, 270-756-0268 or 270-756-2573.

Visit the www.jholt-houseky.org website and see how todayís historians, volunteers, and advocates are striving to make Judge Holtís home again ďThe showplace of Breckinridge County.Ē

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