Kansas Army National Guard

Team effort restores polluted beach to pristine condition

By Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos 35th Infantry Division CAMP PATRIOT, Kuwait—Beautiful blue water, just the right amount of sun, and a gentle sea breeze brought a team of more than 40 people together Jan. 25 to clean a 300-meter stretch of beach. Soldiers from the 35th Infantry Division worked alongside members of the U.S. and Kuwaiti Navy, as well as …

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Operation Diamond Torrent enhances interoperability

By Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos 35th Infantry Division CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait—In the chill, pre-dawn hours of Jan. 21, Kansas National Guard troops of Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, 75th Field Artillery Brigade, 35th Infantry Division worked alongside a team of U.S. Airmen to load two M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and one humvee aboard a C-17 aircraft …

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Kansas National Guard artillery battery to hold change of command Feb. 9

Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, will conduct a change of command ceremony Friday, Feb. 9. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at the Kansas National Guard armory, 108 N. 1st St., in Hiawatha. During the ceremony, Capt. Nicholas Carlson will relinquish command of the battery to Capt. Tyson Winingham. For information, contact Capt. Matthew Nordquist …

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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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Mission made possible: Operation Proper Exit

By Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos 35th Infantry Division CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait—Operation Proper Exit, an initiative of the Troops First Foundation, was facilitated by the 35th Infantry Division along with U.S. Army Central Command during its journey through Camps Arifjan and Buehring, while en route through the Middle East in early December. Operation Proper Exit is a driving force for wounded …

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Santa Fe Trail continues throughout the Levant

By Staff Sgt. Jeremy Miller 35th Infantry Division Public Affairs AMMAN, Jordan– A lot can happen over the course of several months. For the Soldiers of the 35th Infantry Division currently serving in the Levant region of the Middle East their overseas rotation has allowed them opportunities to build on the ever-expanding relationship between the U.S. and the Hashemite Kingdom …

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Task Force Broncbuster hosts Real Men, Real Leaders event

Task Force Broncbuster hosted a Real Men, Real Leaders event Jan. 9 at the Kansas National Guard Readiness Center in Garden City. Real Men, Real Leaders is a mentor program for fifth and sixth graders designed to instill good values and teach life skills to future leaders of the community. The children arrived at 4 p.m. and participated in 10 …

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Field Artillery Retirees have 103 combined years of service

By 1st Lt. Thomas Herron, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, Unit Public Affairs Representative The tradition of serving our State and Nation is alive and well in the Kansas National Guard. The 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, headquartered in Hiawatha, recognized three of its members: Sgt. Maj. Randy J. Rice, Madison; Master Sgt. Scott D. Baruth, Wamego; and Sgt. 1st …

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Kansas engineers hard at work in Puerto Rico

Soldiers of the Kansas National Guard’s 242nd Engineer Company have kept busy over the past several weeks assisting authorities in Puerto Rico with recovery operations from Hurricane Maria. The unit’s first mission tasked 16 soldiers skilled in heavy hauling to support operations in Aguadilla on the western coast. Heavy rains during the hurricane caused water to overflow Guajataca Lake Dam …

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Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, Kansas adjutant general, hosts Inclusion, Innovation and Diversity Conference

Maj. Gen. Lee E. Tafanelli, Kansas adjutant general, held the annual Inclusion, Innovation and Diversity Conference at the Kansas National Guard Armory November 5, 2017. Joint leaders gathered to participate in discussions with Major Gary Richardson from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, and LTC Traci Earls, from Cargill, about advancing the Kansas National Guard’s efforts to creating an inclusive …

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