National Guard News

Retired Sgt. Maj. Donald Lavern Keazer

Retired Sgt. Maj. Donald Lavern Keazer passed away on Dec. 2, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Marion. He is preceded in death by his parents. Don’s life began on May 4, 1947, in Marion, Kansas. He was the son of Curtis W. and Violet Mae ( Weber) Keazer. Don was a 1966 graduate of Wichita North High School and …

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Ronald Foster Tyler

Ronald Foster Tyler, 76, Topeka, Kansas, passed away Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. Ronald was born in Tulare, California, in October 1943, the son of John and Edith Foster Tyler. He left California to join the United States Army in 1964. Ron worked on tanks and was a decorated marksman. He served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter crew chief …

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19-073 Kansas National Guard supports Veterans Day events across Kansas

Soldiers and Airmen of the Kansas National Guard will be supporting a number of Veterans Day events across the state.Events scheduled for Nov. 6Emporia – Command Sgt. Maj. Steve Harmon will visit classes at Sacred Heart Catholic School, 102 Cottonwood St.Events scheduled for Nov. 7Overland Park – Soldiers of Detachment 3, 731st Composite Truck Company will have a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected …

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Donald Lee Keith

Donald Lee Keith, 77, Topeka, passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at home. He was born March 3, 1942, in Elizabeth Town, Kentucky, the son of Erroll and Opal (Whittington) Keith. Keith graduated from Alma High School and honorably served his country for 20 years in Armed Forces as a member of the U.S. Navy and the Kansas Air National …

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19-071 Nov 2 activation ceremony set for KSARNG medical company

The 169th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Kansas Army National Guard, will host an activation ceremony for the 117th Medical Company, Area Support on Saturday, Nov. 2. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the Heartland Preparedness Center, 2808 North New York St., Wichita. “This is the first unit of its kind in the state of Kansas,” said Maj. Judee Cordell, …

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19-072 Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame induction set for Nov. 3

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. 3. The ceremony will take place at Nickell Armory, 2722 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS beginning at 2 p.m.  This year’s inductees are the late Capt. James A. Naismith, the late …

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Departure ceremony set for deploying soldiers of the 169th CSSB

Soldiers and families of the Kansas National Guard’s 169th Combat Sustainment Support Brigade will be honored in a departure ceremony Saturday, Oct. 20. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Dr. Thomas Burke’s Technical Education Center, Kansas City Kansas Community College, 6565 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. A social hour will begin at 8 …

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19-068 Adjutant General’s Army Physical Fitness Competition set for Oct. 20

The Adjutant General’s Department will host its annual Army Physical Fitness Competition Sunday, Oct. 20, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Officer Candidate School, 1901 Sutherland Road in Salina. This is the last such competition before the Army transitions to the Army Combat Fitness Test, which, in addition to push-ups and a two-mile run, will incorporate a three-repetition dead-weight lift, …

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Retired 1st Sgt. Roy T. “Tom” Hess

Roy T. Hess (Tom), 77, passed peacefully October 4, 2019, at St. Joseph Hospital – Wichita. He was born June 18, 1942, at St. Francis Hospital – Wichita, the son of Webster Neal Hess and Nellie (Peggy) Perilla (McDannald). Tom graduated Caldwell High School, Class of 1960.  Following graduation, he attended and graduated Cowley County Community College.  Tom joined the …

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