2018

18-021 KSARNG Black Hawks receive additional firefighting missions

As wildfires continue to crop up across the state, two Kansas Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, which had been at work in Greenwood County, have been pulled back to Salina to prepare for a possible deployment to Hamilton County on the Colorado border. Two additional Black Hawks are currently in Wabaunsee County to assist firefighting operations near I-70 …

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18-020 Update to Kansas fires

Fires continue to burn in Kansas. Most are in some level of containment. Greenwood County is currently fighting a wildfire near the town of Hamilton. The Kansas Army National Guard is providing aerial firefighting support for local firefighters. Approximately 50 fires were reported to the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka since Monday, burning more than 25,000 acres. Aerial and …

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18-019 More Kansas Army National Guard Black Hawks heading to Greenwood County

Four Black Hawk helicopters from the 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation, Kansas Army National Guard, have been retasked to join two other Black Hawks en route from Topeka to assist ground crews battling a fire mile WNW of Hamilton in Greenwood County. The helicopters had been assisting with firefighting operations in Ellis County. Those fires are now under control. Two additional …

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18-017 Firefighting operations continue across the state

Several counties across Kansas experienced wildland fires this morning through the afternoon. Most of the wildland fires reported occurred in Southwest, North Central, Southeast and South Central regions of the state. The National Weather Service forecast this area as a critical to catastrophic risk for fires with high winds, high wind gusts and low relative humidity. Fires began around 10 …

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Governor signs Severe Weather Awareness proclamation March 1

March 1, 2018 — Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a proclamation today marking the week of March 5-9 as “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas. The proclamation highlights the need for awareness of approaching severe weather and the value of emergency preparedness.  Although there were 60 documented tornadoes in the state last year, no deaths were attributed to those events and …

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Spiritual, mental, physical fitness increase Soldier stability

By Staff Sgt. Jennifer Milnes 35th Infantry Division Public Affairs CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – “When you’re spiritually and emotionally fit, you’ll take care of yourself because you love yourself,” said Sgt. First Class David Mundy, chaplain assistant, 35th Infantry Division. Sitting on a bench outside the main chapel at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Mundy said being spiritual is not necessarily the …

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