This monthly article spotlights Lincoln County graduates and talks about what they are doing for a living now. The alumnus highlighted this month is Ken Chambers.
Chambers graduated in 1982 from Lincoln County High School. After high school, he attended Kentucky State University on a football scholarship (#68 in team photo below) and joined the Marine Corps Reserve.
Upon graduation, Ken was commissioned as a second lieutenant and assigned as the Surface Air Weapons Officer and in charge of 40 Marines who operated the Stinger Missile System in Okinawa, Japan. Chambers has also participated in exercises in the Philippines, Korea, Australia, Japan and many other places around the world.
After his posting in Japan, Chambers was deployed to the Gulf War as part of Operation Desert Storm. He spent time leading hundreds of Marines on different missions and was even able to earn his master’s degree at EKU while still on active duty. His last active duty assignment with the Marine Corps was in Orlando, Florida, where he led the development of software for a simulation project valued at over $800 million. He then worked for a few defense companies and then took a job at Ft. Knox working for the Department of the Army running the simulation programs on Ft. Knox. Chambers retired from that job last year.
Ken said playing football for LCHS was his biggest memory from his youth. “My wife might not agree since I met her there too,” Chambers joked. “But we are still making memories together and my time playing football is over. I really cherished those days.
Chambers said Mrs. Anna Hunley (teacher for Lincoln County Schools) taught her to think critically and write effectively. He used these skills throughout his career. “All of my basketball and football coaches helped prepare me for life’s challenges,” Chambers said. “We learned to work as a team, to sacrifice for the greater good, to show leadership and to know that nothing could replace hard work.”
Ken is now enjoying his retirement with his wife Mary Ann. “I try to stay focused on my health and fitness. I coach my granddaughter’s soccer team, I play basketball twice a week with soldiers who are half my age at Ft. Knox and also plays in some pool leagues,” Chambers said. “I encourage all students to enjoy their time at Lincoln County High School and make the most of the opportunities available to them in the classroom. to learn. Many people in the countries where I have spent time would give anything to have the same opportunities that our students have here in America.
Lincoln Schools is very proud of Ken, his sacrifice for our country and all of his accomplishments in life.