National Guard News

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Brian Eugene Sollers

Brian Eugene Sollers, 52, passed from this life on June 1, 2019. He was born Nov. 25, 1966, in Salina, the son of Albert E. ‘Gene’ and Marjorie L. (Johnson) Sollers. Brian graduated from Hutchinson High School and worked as a welder for Agco Corporation, Hesston, for over 30 years. He served in the Kansas Army National Guard for 32 …

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Kansas Army National Guard engineers support 116th CBCT

By Capt. Robert Taylor Idaho Army National Guard Two companies from the Kansas Army National Guard’s 891st Engineer Battalion are currently completing a rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, to prepare to conduct future real-world missions during unit deployments. The 242nd Engineer Company, based in Coffeyville, and the 772nd Engineer Mobility Augmentation Company, based in Pittsburgh, are …

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Kansas Army National Guard medic serves Jefferson County, country

By Capt. Robert Taylor Idaho Army National Guard If Kansas Army National Guard Sgt. Christopher Rectenwald is at work, he’s likely saving someone’s life or standing by ready to do so. As a civilian, he works as a paramedic for the Jefferson County Ambulance Service, located about an hour outside of Kansas City. As a member of the Kansas Army …

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Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Lee Meyer

Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Lee Meyer, 58, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at his home in Hutchinson, Kansas. Kevin was born July 23, 1960, in Smith Center, Kansas, to Donald and LaVern (Lehmann) Meyer. He attended Gaylord Elementary School and Smith Center High School, graduating with the class of 1978. Following high school, he enrolled in carpentry classes at …

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James Franklin  “Jim” Russell

James Franklin  “Jim” Russell, 71, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at his home in Topeka.  He was born Sept. 23, 1947, in Ashland, Kentucky, the son of Charles and Myrtle Creech Russell. Jim attended Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia, and graduated with the Class of 1967. Following high school, Jim enlisted in the United States Air Force on …

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Retired Chief Master Sgt. Elton Decker

Elton Decker, 86, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at his home near Lyndon, Kansas.  He was born Jan. 27, 1933, in Vermontville Township, Michigan, the son of Ard and Ina Hamilton Decker. Elton grew up in Michigan and had lived in Haven, Kansas, before moving to rural Lyndon in 1967. Elton served four years in the United States …

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Kansas Army National Guard Awards May 2019

  Legion of Merit Col. Thomas Barnett Jr., Co. A (-), 35th ID, Fort Leavenworth Col. Frederick Good, 1st Bn, 108th Avn, Topeka Col. Scott Henry, Co. A (-), 35th ID, Fort Leavenworth Col. John Johnson, 69th TC, Topeka, with oak leaf cluster Lt. Col. Eric Ford, HSC, 35th ID, Fort Leavenworth CW3 Joseph Walsh, Co. A (-), 35th ID, …

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Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Larry Heim

Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Larry Heim was born in Goessel, Kansas, May 12, 1944, the son of Andrew and Edna (Moddelmog) Heim and brother to Jerry Heim. He graduated from Canton High School in 1962. June 20, 1965, began a 53-year marriage to Lana Rassmussen. They were married at the Methodist Church in Canton. This union was blessed with …

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Retired Sgt. Maj. Joseph T. “Jody” Muller Sr.

Retired Sgt. Maj. Joseph T. “Jody” Muller Sr., 83, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Brookdale of Topeka. He was born Sept. 17, 1935, at St. Marys, the son of Frank and Catherine Bennett Muller. Shortly after, his family moved to Delia, moving back to St. Marys when he was in the eighth grade. He graduated from Immaculate Conception …

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Retired 1st Sgt. Richard Paul “Pappy” Johnson

Retired 1st Sgt. Richard Paul “Pappy” Johnson, 83, died on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Garden Valley Retirement Village in Garden City. He was born July 21, 1935, on the family farm near Fellsburg, the son of Clarence “Shorty” and Ruth ( Lindsay) Johnson. He married Carol Sparke in 1957. He later married Betty Schlereth Davidson Nov. 2, 1985, at …

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