Kansas Air National Guard

Military Appreciation Day set for March 21 at the Kansas Statehouse

The Kansas National Guard will showcase its Soldiers, Airmen and their equipment at the annual Military Appreciation Day at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka Thursday, March 21. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. and will include informational booths in the Capitol rotunda and outside static equipment displays that highlight the missions and capabilities of the Kansas …

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Kansas National Guard 2019 Joint Conference set for April 26-27 in Manhattan

The National Guard Association of Kansas invites you and your family to the Kansas National Guard 2019 Joint Conference, April 26-27 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Manhattan, Kansas. Join us for exceptional guest speakers, great breakout sessions, networking, golf tournament, spouse & youth programs and more! Full conference agenda and registration www.NGAKS.org or www.EANGKS.org To see information flyer, …

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Airman’s innovative training simulator saves time, promotes safety

By Airman Emily Amyotte 190th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs With a high deployment tempo and limited aircraft, finding an available aircraft for boom operators to practice tying down cargo was almost always a problem. Master Sgt. Nathan Neidhardt, aircrew training NCOIC, 190th Operations Group, solved this problem by creating a fully-functioning cargo loading training simulator which checks all the …

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Kansas leadership team reviews Air Force graduates

Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, Kansas adjutant general, and Chief Master Sgt. Maurice Williams, Kansas National Guard command senior enlisted leader, made history when they became the first National Guard joint reviewing team for an Air Force Basic Military Training graduation at Lackland Air Force Base on Sept. 28, 2018. Tafanelli, whose son Nicholas was among the graduates, was contacted by …

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Kansas National Guard supports Veterans Day events

Soldiers and units of the Kansas National Guard will be supporting a number of Veterans Day events across the state. Events scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 7 Kansas City, Missouri — Lt. Col. Brian Budden, commander of the 190th Air Refueling Wing Maintenance Squadron, will be the guest speaker for a Veterans Day ceremony at the Federal Aviation Administration office, 901 …

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Blended Retirement System Opt-in window closes Dec. 31

Because fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act provided a change to the military force with a change in the retirement plan, current eligible members of the National Guard have a choice to make. The change in the retirement system provides a portable retirement plan with the Thrift Savings Plan. Soldiers have been able to sign up to use the …

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Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame induction set for Nov. 4

The Kansas National Guard will be adding three new names to its roster of distinguished Guardsmen during an induction ceremony for the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame Nov. 4. The ceremony will take place at Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, beginning at 2 p.m. This year’s inductees are retired Col. Wayne L. Cline, the late retired Col. James E. …

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Kansas receives request for hurricane support to North Carolina

The Kansas National Guard’s Joint Operations Center has received a tasking call from the North Carolina National Guard seeking support for an Emergency Management Assistance Compact request. Four Kansas Army National Guard and eight Kansas Air National Guard nurses will provide support to North Carolina Public Health at local shelters in the Brunswick, North Carolina, area. The mission duration will …

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Keep moving forward

By Command Chief Master Sgt. Maurice L. Williams State Command Senior Enlisted Leader There’s one thing about being a leader that is a must: you have to keep moving forward. Otherwise, you soon find yourself behind the people you’re supposed to lead. This is true not just in a physical sense. If you are going to be a leader in …

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Kansas National Guard makes investments in education

By Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli The Adjutant General Benjamin Franklin wrote “An investment in knowledge pays the best dividends.” This is a fact that the leaders of our state and nation have long recognized. This is why way back in 1944 the U.S. Congress passed the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act, aka the GI Bill, which included stipends to cover college or …

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