Kansas Army National Guard

18-025 Armed Forces Appreciation Day is March 22 at the Kansas Statehouse

The men and women who serve our state in the nation’s armed forces will be honored during the annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day Thursday, March 22, at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka. “No matter what branch they serve in, these people have one common mission: to protect the health and safety of the people of Kansas and our nation,” said …

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18-024 Kansas National Guard to conduct orientation flight March 28

Community leaders from Topeka and the surrounding area will be flying out of Highland Community College, 606 W Main Street, Highland, on Wednesday, March 28, aboard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters flown by the Kansas National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation. The flights are part of the Kansas National Guard’s Community Connect program to increase awareness of the Guard, its people …

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18-023 635th Regional Support Group will be welcomed home March 15

Soldiers of the 635th Regional Support Group, Kansas National Guard, will be welcomed home in a brief ceremony Thursday, March 15. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in Hangar 680, Forbes Field, Gary Ormsby Drive and “J” Street, Topeka. “These soldiers performed their mission just as expected – with professionalism, dedication and pride,” said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the …

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18-022 SEOC returns to normal operations following wildfire response

Since March 4, emergency responders in multiple Kansas counties battled more than 50 wildfires that burned more than 27,000 acres. Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D., issued a State of Disaster Emergency proclamation for Barber, Clark, Ellis, Greenwood, Harper, Kingman, Logan, Reno, Smith, Stevens and Wabaunsee Counties. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka on …

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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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Pillars of support paramount to 35th Infantry Division’s mission success

Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos 35th Infantry Division CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — Currently deployed to the Arabian Gulf and greater Levant region for more than six months in support of Operation Spartan Shield, the 35th Infantry Division continues to take its mission seriously and remain focused. One of the important elements of the division’s ability to maintain its mission readiness and …

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Command sergeant major’s 5-S focus is the cornerstone of a successful safety program

Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos 35th Infantry Division CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait—The 35th Infantry Division, Task Force Spartan, safety team attends to the safety of 10,000 Soldiers across 10 countries spanning the Gulf Region and the greater Levant. The team established their safety program through meticulous efforts in setting, teaching, and enforcing safety standards and developing a strong safety culture. “Our safety …

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