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Volunteering: An investment in our organization's future

May 31, 2017 | By slarson

By Chief Master Sgt. James L. Brown Command Senior Enlisted Leader As part of supporting the adjutant general's priorities, this office is heavily invested in building partnerships within local communities around the

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] state. Reaching out and finding ways to add value to the communities in which we serve will help tell our story and raise awareness of the Kanas National Guard. One of the focal points and opportunities that we have in strengthening our ties to the community is within youth organizations. Our enlisted members have the capabilities to provide a positive influence and make a difference in the youth of our communities. Our youth represent the future. They are who we will rely on in order to carry our organization forward. Today's youth have a real-world need for mentors and role models. The Kansas National Guard possesses the exact type of individuals that can fulfill that need. We owe it to future generations and communities to start making a difference today. Where would some of us be if we weren't able to find direction and guidance when we were growing up' A majority of us were lucky to find purpose and guidance that we so desperately needed upon making the decision to join the military. The military has provided us with tremendous opportunity. To ensure those same opportunities are available for others, it's important to communicate what it is that the Kansas National Guard can provide. Volunteering is a selfless act and something we value within our ranks. Working and assisting those in need throughout our community should not be viewed as an obligation, but as a tremendous opportunity. We have the ability to positively contribute to those around us. Multiple partnerships around the state have already provided a benefit for all parties involved. I have no doubt that building partnerships with today's youth will be another step in the right direction as we continue to strengthen our organization. Currently, we are working with the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. There are additional plans to support the OK Program and the Special Olympics. We are looking for Soldiers and Airmen who want to get involved and make a difference in their communities. If you would like more information about the programs or to discuss ways in which you can help, please email Sgt. 1st Class 'Chip' Cunningham at