KREM 2's Ashley Korslien, who was the weekend anchor and reporter for KXLH and KRTV until she moved on to Spokane several months ago, was "recalled" to Great Falls on Friday by the Montana Air National Guard.
Ashley was presented with the Montana National Guard's Distinguished Patriot Medal by Brigadier General Bradley Livingston, the Commander of the Montana Air National Guard.
The award was presented to Ashley for her dedication to and coverage of the Montana National Guard, including traveling with Air National Guard members to file reports during a training exercise in Florida, and also for spearheading the "Angels In Camo" program to help provide Montana veterans with holiday cheer and gifts during the Christmas season.
BG Livingston noted, "We developed it several years ago for an opportunity to recognize non-military members who have done great work on behalf of the Montana National Guard, and so Ashley today was recognized for the coverage she did not only for the Air National Guard but also the Army National Guard."
Ashley was quite surprised by the award, and said, "Getting this award it means more than I can even say in words. These people up here, these men and women have been a family to me. When I started I viewed it as the Air National Guard, and by the time I was done telling these stories they truly were like parents, brothers, and sisters ... and I'm just so honored to have told their story."