National Guard News

19-058 OCS Hall of Fame induction ceremony set for Aug. 24

Retired Brig. Gen. Robert E. Windham will be inducted into the Kansas National Guard Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame in a ceremony set for Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Kansas Highway Patrol Academy, 2019 E. Iron Ave., Salina. The 1 p.m. ceremony will be held in conjunction with the graduation and commissioning ceremony for Officer Candidate School Class 63, …

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Retired Sgt. 1st Class Carl K. Horttor

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Carl K. Horttor, 79, of Paola, Kansas, passed away peacefully at the University of Kansas Medical Center the morning of July 26, 2019. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May. He passed knowing he was going to be in the presence of the Lord with family at his side. Carl was born on Dec. …

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Retired Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Wayne Hall

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Wayne Hall, age 68, of Reeds Spring, Missouri, passed away Monday, July 1, 2019. He entered this life Sept. 9, 1950, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Elton and Kathleen (Raftery) Hall. His father has preceded him in death. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks. Steve proudly served …

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Kansas Army National Guard Awards — July 2019

Distinguished Service Medal Maj. Gen. Victor Braden, 35th Infantry Division. Fort Leavenworth, with oak leaf cluster Legion of Merit Chief Warrant Officer 5 Hector A. Vasquez, Headquarters Det, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, with oak leaf cluster Meritorious Service Medal 1st Sgt. Brewster S. Sherraden, 250th Forward Support Company, Ottawa, with oak leaf cluster Sgt. 1st Class Charles L. Craig, 1st Battalion, …

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Promotions announced — July 2019

Private — Malachi Dominick Abbott, Cooper James Adams, Payden Taylor Addis, Jeffery Ryan Allen, Preston Scott Allen, Tymber John Allen, Christian Angelbalde Avitia, Muhammad Mahir Badar, Dylan Marcus Baetz, Zachary Bryan Baugher, Kenneth Michael Bentley, Nathanal Cole Boyd, Makenzie Shanee Braun, Cameron Alisa Brenes, James Daniel Bridwell, Joel Michael Brown, Seth Blane Brown, Ryan Keith Buckley, Faith Barbara Burrell, Joshua …

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Janice Marie Elder

Janice Marie Elder, 61, Topeka, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019. She was born December 24, 1957, in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Ronald and Ione (Herr) Williams. She graduated from Seaman High School in 1975. Janice was a supply technician for the Kansas National Guard for 28 years, working in the Consolidated Property Book Office. She was a member of …

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Retired Master Sgt. William Bobby Gunnells

Retired Master Sgt. William Bobby Gunnells, 76,  Carbondale, Kansas, passed away peacefully at his home June 27, 201 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Bobby was born in Olar, South Carolina, April 12, 1943, the son of Shelley Gunnells and Judith Hair Gunnells. Bobby married his high school sweetheart, Margaret “Maggie” Sheddan,  Aug. 21, 1965, in a church at …

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Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ronald E. Mullinax

Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ronald E. Mullinax, 72,  Manhattan, Kansas, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019. Ron was born Aug. 25, 1946, in Norton, Kansas, to Earl and Mary Posson and was later adopted by John and Ada Mullinax. He grew up in Lenora, Kansas, graduating from Lenora Rural High School in 1964. After completing a Denver Automotive Institute …

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Thomas R. Cox

Thomas R. Cox, 72, of Topeka, passed away June 15, 2019, in Lenexa, Kansas. Cox enlisted in the Air Force  October of 1963 and was first deployed as a photo systems technician with the 20th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, supporting missions flown over North Vietnam. After returning for a brief stint with Strategic Air Command at Turner Air Force Base, he was …

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Robert Leland Grosfield

Robert Leland Grosfield, 74, of Eskridge,  passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019. He was born Sept. 24, 1944, to  Oscar and Eleanor Grosfield. He lived and farmed in Brown County, Kansas, until the early 1980s. Grosfield had a 32 year military career before retiring in 2000. He spent his remaining years on his hobby farm. He married Sandy Dunnaway Grosfield …

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