National Guard News

Death of Col (R) Al Raia

Al Raia was a navigator in the 190th ARW for several years before transferring to the Air Force Reserve. Col Al Raia, USAF Ret., died of cancer at McLeod Regional Hospital on January 1, 2019.  He spent the last 11 years of his life in Florence, South Carolina. He was born December 8, 1939 in the Bronx, New York, to …

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Death of Dr. Wesley Robert Clark

Dr. Wesley Robert Clark, 71, of Sevierville, TN, formerly of Holton, KS, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2018 at his daughter’s home in Fletcher, NC. Dr. Clark was born January 1, 1947 in Amarillo, TX, the son of William Henry and Muriel E. (Rabourn) Clark. Dr. Clark graduated from Topeka High School in 1965. He attended Washburn University and graduated …

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Retired Staff Sgt. Kenneth Adam Harred

Retired Staff Sgt. Kenneth Adam Harred died Nov. 26, 2018, at KU Medical Center, Kansas City, surrounded by his children. He was 52. He was born Dec. 13, 1965, at Topeka. He dedicated more than 20 years to the National Guard, both as a reservist and later as a full-time Guardsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, creating duck/goose calls, hand-carved decoys …

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Fort Leavenworth breaks ground for new training facilities

By 2nd Lt. Briell Zweygardt Kansas Adjutant General Public Affairs “Three, two, one, break ground.” Eight golden shovels broke the ground at Fort Leavenworth Nov. 30, marking the start of construction for the new training barracks for the mission training complex-Leavenworth and readiness center for the 35th Infantry Division. The official party at the ceremony hosted by the Kansas Army …

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Nov. 30 groundbreaking ceremony set for new Fort Leavenworth facilities

The Kansas Army National Guard Facilities Management Office will host a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, Nov. 30, for the construction of two new facilities near Fort Leavenworth and the Mission Training Complex. The projects include a transient training barracks for MTC-Leavenworth and a readiness center for the 35th Infantry Division headquarters. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. in the Division …

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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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