2017

Kansas engineers hard at work in Puerto Rico

Soldiers of the Kansas National Guard’s 242nd Engineer Company have kept busy over the past several weeks assisting authorities in Puerto Rico with recovery operations from Hurricane Maria. The unit’s first mission tasked 16 soldiers skilled in heavy hauling to support operations in Aguadilla on the western coast. Heavy rains during the hurricane caused water to overflow Guajataca Lake Dam …

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Federal disaster assistance approved for July storm damages

President Donald Trump has approved federal disaster assistance to Johnson and Wyandotte Counties to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding from July 22 to July 27. “We appreciate the assistance and support from President Trump and the administration,” said Gov. Sam Brownback. “We look forward to full recovery from the …

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Kansas National Guard engineers going to Puerto Rico

Approximately 60 soldiers of the Kansas National Guard’s 242nd Engineer Company, augmented by soldiers from other engineer units, will depart Tuesday, Nov. 7, on a humanitarian mission to Puerto Rico to assist local authorities with debris removal and damage assessments in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The soldiers will be relieving a National Guard unit from another state and are …

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Adjutant general announces new state command senior enlisted leader

Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general, announced the selection of Chief Master Sgt. Maurice L. Williams as the state command senior enlisted leader for Joint Forces Headquarters, Kansas National Guard, Topeka. Williams replaces Command Chief Master Sgt. James Brown, who is leaving the position to become the command senior enlisted leader for Joint Force Civil Support, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, …

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Kansas National Guard entering into educational partnership with Salina Area Technical College

The Kansas National Guard’s Regional Training Institute and Salina Area Technical College are entering into an agreement that will allow Kansas Guardsmen to earn dual credits toward a technical associate degree. Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general, and Brig. Gen. Anthony Mohatt, commander of the Kansas Army National Guard, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from Salina …

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Kansas National Guard hosts annual fitness, marksmanship competitions

To be of service to their state and nation, members of the Kansas National Guard are required to keep themselves physically fit. They also have to demonstrate a proficiency with military handguns and rifles. Soldiers and Airmen of the Kansas National Guard will be testing those physical and marksmanship skills Sept. 16-17 during the Army Physical Fitness Training competition and …

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Command of 235th Regiment changes hands Sept. 16 in Salina

Lt. Col. Thomas Powers will receive command of the 235th Regiment from Col. Carla Hale in a change of command ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16, at the 235th Regiment parade field, 1901 Sutherland Road, Salina. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. Hale has commanded the unit since September 2015. In a follow on ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky Matticks will …

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Kanas National Guard to unveil live fire range in Salina Sept. 15

The Kansas National Guard Training Center in Salina will host a grand opening ceremony Sept. 15 for two new live-fire ranges that will provide additional firearms training space for Guardsmen and law enforcement agencies. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the Kansas Training Center Live Fire Range Complex at the Great Plains Joint Training Center southwest of Salina. …

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Deployed Kansas Guardsmen safe as Hurricane Irma approaches

Soldiers of the Kansas National Guard’s 35th Military Police Company posted a message on their Facebook page to let family and friends know they are safe and well, despite being in the path of Hurricane Irma as it approaches Cuba, where the unit is deployed. “Right now, the current trajectory of Hurricane Irma has her passing to our north. This …

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Aug. 18 departure ceremony set for Kansas National Guard artillery battery

Soldiers of Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, Kansas National Guard, will be honored at a departure ceremony Friday, Aug. 18. The ceremony will take place at St. James Academy, 24505 Prairie Star Parkway, Lenexa. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. “This is a great opportunity …

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