Kansas Army National Guard

Washburn Tech, Kansas National Guard partner in Back to School Bash

By Steve Larson Public Affairs Office Back to school. Three words that strike “the summer is over blues” into many a student across the country. However, Washburn Tech University did what it could Aug. 18 to take away a little of the back to school sting this year. “This is our ‘Back to School Bash,’” said Clayton Tatro, associate dean …

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Aug. 18 departure ceremony set for Kansas National Guard artillery battery

Soldiers of Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, Kansas National Guard, will be honored at a departure ceremony Friday, Aug. 18. The ceremony will take place at St. James Academy, 24505 Prairie Star Parkway, Lenexa. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. “This is a great opportunity …

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Kansas National Guard supports military appreciation event

By Steve Larson Public Affairs Office The Sporting KC soccer team hosted “Sporting Salutes,” a military appreciation night, Aug. 6, at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, to express thanks and support for all past and present U.S. service members. More than 14,000 people turned out for the event, including approximately 500 military members, Gold Star families, veterans and …

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Kansas adjutant general visits multinational training team, MES firefighters

Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general of Kansas, was among the dignitaries to visit the Shirak Province of Armenia recently. Tafanelli, who commands the Kansas National Guard, met with the joint, multinational team of medical and hazmat experts who have been training with Armenian firefighters since July 18. The instruction is led by Kansas Army National Guard Soldiers and …

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Applications being accepted for $500 scholarships

Applications will be accepted until Sept. 30 for one of four $500 education scholarships to be awarded by the 635th Armor Regiment and 137th Infantry Regiment Scholarship fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarship grants to assist direct descendants, legally adopted children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of those who served honorably to attend accredited schools of higher learning. …

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35th Infantry Division assumes authority for Task Force Spartan

By Staff Sgt. Jeremy Miller Maj. Gen. Victor J. Braden, commanding general, 35th Infantry Division, assumed command of Task Force Spartan from Maj. Gen. Blake Ortner, commanding general, 29th Infantry Division, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, July 13. The transfer of authority ceremony was presided over by Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett, commanding general, U.S. Army Central. TF Spartan’s mission in the …

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Gillock takes command of 997th Brigade Support Battalion

By Steve Larson Public Affairs Office Lt. Col. Erica Christie relinquished command of the Kansas National Guard’s 997th Brigade Support Battalion to Lt. Col. Molly Gillock during a change of command ceremony June 16 at the Kansas National Guard armory in Manhattan. Christie had been commander of the battalion since it was activated in July 2016. Standing up the battalion …

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Local Kansas Guardsmen visit National Training Center

A select few Kansas National Guard Soldiers from the Recruit Sustainment Battalion were invited to visit the U.S. Army’s National Training Center in the desert of California June 3. The Soldiers invited to attend were: Spc. Hector R. Perez Cortes, Salina; Pfc. Colby Casaus, Holcomb; Pfc. Brian Coughlin, St. George; Pfc. Matthew Dickerson, Topeka; Pfc. Fernando Fernandez, Wichita; Pfc. Jaison …

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