National Guard News

Kansas leadership team reviews Air Force graduates

Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, Kansas adjutant general, and Chief Master Sgt. Maurice Williams, Kansas National Guard command senior enlisted leader, made history when they became the first National Guard joint reviewing team for an Air Force Basic Military Training graduation at Lackland Air Force Base on Sept. 28, 2018. Tafanelli, whose son Nicholas was among the graduates, was contacted by …

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Retired Sgt. Daniel M. Jenks

Retired Sgt. Daniel M. “Dan” Jenks, 68, of Topeka, passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. He was born Feb. 8, 1950, in Topeka, the son of Lester Martin and Erma Irene (Redenbaugh) Jenks. He was a 1969 graduate of Silver Lake High School and served in the Kansas Army National Guard for more than 20 years. Daniel was employed by …

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Retired Master Sgt. Mike Prebula

Retired Master Sgt. Mike Prebula passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at his home. He was born to Josephine Peele Prebula  and Andrew P. Prebula, Jr. Nov. 3, 1951, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Michael was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Janet Moore Prebula, and second wife, Sheila Perkins Prebula. He is survived by his son, Nicholas …

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Adjutant General’s Department Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-2024

Members of the Adjutant General’s Department, I am pleased to announce the release of the Adjutant General’s Department Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-2024. This Strategic Plan emerged from a holistic evaluation of the Adjutant General’s Department roles and responsibilities that are essential to its service to the citizens of Kansas, the state of Kansas, and the nation. The plan …

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Kansas National Guard supports Veterans Day events

Soldiers and units of the Kansas National Guard will be supporting a number of Veterans Day events across the state. Events scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 7 Kansas City, Missouri — Lt. Col. Brian Budden, commander of the 190th Air Refueling Wing Maintenance Squadron, will be the guest speaker for a Veterans Day ceremony at the Federal Aviation Administration office, 901 …

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Blended Retirement System Opt-in window closes Dec. 31

Because fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act provided a change to the military force with a change in the retirement plan, current eligible members of the National Guard have a choice to make. The change in the retirement system provides a portable retirement plan with the Thrift Savings Plan. Soldiers have been able to sign up to use the …

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Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame induction set for Nov. 4

The Kansas National Guard will be adding three new names to its roster of distinguished Guardsmen during an induction ceremony for the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame Nov. 4. The ceremony will take place at Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, beginning at 2 p.m. This year’s inductees are retired Col. Wayne L. Cline, the late retired Col. James E. …

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Retired Col. David Joe Wheeler

Retired Col. David Joe Wheeler, 62, passed away, surrounded by family October 13, 2018. Joe was born Dec. 10, 1955, in Wichita. He joined the Kansas Army National Guard on Feb. 28, 1974, retiring as colonel on June 30, 2010. Joe enjoyed golfing, water skiing, hiking, camping, riding his dirt bike with his son, doing various projects with his son/daughter, …

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Retired Master Sgt. Ray Earl Switzer

Retired Master Sgt. Ray Earl Switzer, age 54, of Dwight, Kansas, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Manhattan, surrounded by his family. Ray was born on Feb. 8, 1964, in Mountain View, California, the son of Guy and Peggy (Kellogg) Switzer. He was the youngest of three boys. He graduated in 1982 from Council Grove High School. he later …

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