The Adjutant General’s Department Summary
The Adjutant General’s Department has the responsibility for the operations of the Kansas Army and Air National Guard, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, Kansas Homeland Security and the administrative support of the Kansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
The department’s mission is to protect life and property, provide a ready military capability for our state and nation and be a valued part of our communities.
The adjutant general is appointed by the governor and serves as commander of the Kansas National Guard, director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and director of Kansas Homeland Security.
Kansas National Guard
The adjutant general administers the joint federal-state program that is the Kansas Army and Air National Guard. Approximately 7,300 Guardsmen currently serve the state of Kansas. Military equipment for the Kansas Guard is furnished by the U.S. Department of Defense through the National Guard Bureau. Federal control is exercised over military strength and mobilization of the Kansas Guard. Federal personnel are employed in both administrative and maintenance jobs in armories and maintenance shops. The Kansas Army National Guard is made up of the Joint Forces Headquarters, Topeka; 35th Infantry Division, Fort Leavenworth; 130th Field Artillery Brigade, Manhattan; 69th Troop Command, Topeka; 635th Regional Support Group, Topeka; and 235th Regiment, Salina and their subordinate units. The Kansas Air National Guard is organized into two wings: the 184th Intelligence Wing, based at McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, and the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, Topeka.
Kansas Division of Emergency Management
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is the branch of the Adjutant General’s Department that provides mitigation advocacy, planning requirements and guidance, training and exercises, response coordination and administration of recovery programs for the civil sector of the state, regardless of the type of hazards. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management’s organizational structure mirrors the functions that take place in the life cycle of emergency management: mitigation, prevention, preparedness, and response and recovery.
Kansas Homeland Security
Kansas Homeland Security coordinates statewide activities pertaining to the prevention of and protection from terrorist-related events. This involves all aspects of prevention/mitigation, protection/preparedness and response and recovery. While Homeland Security addresses threats aimed at citizens, threats to agriculture and food supply are also monitored and addressed along with outbreaks of illness. Homeland Security serves as a liaison between federal, state and local agencies and the private sector on matters relating to the security of the state and its citizens.