National Guard News

Promotions announced — July 2019

Private — Malachi Dominick Abbott, Cooper James Adams, Payden Taylor Addis, Jeffery Ryan Allen, Preston Scott Allen, Tymber John Allen, Christian Angelbalde Avitia, Muhammad Mahir Badar, Dylan Marcus Baetz, Zachary Bryan Baugher, Kenneth Michael Bentley, Nathanal Cole Boyd, Makenzie Shanee Braun, Cameron Alisa Brenes, James Daniel Bridwell, Joel Michael Brown, Seth Blane Brown, Ryan Keith Buckley, Faith Barbara Burrell, Joshua …

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Janice Marie Elder

Janice Marie Elder, 61, Topeka, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019. She was born December 24, 1957, in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Ronald and Ione (Herr) Williams. She graduated from Seaman High School in 1975. Janice was a supply technician for the Kansas National Guard for 28 years, working in the Consolidated Property Book Office. She was a member of …

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Retired Master Sgt. William Bobby Gunnells

Retired Master Sgt. William Bobby Gunnells, 76,  Carbondale, Kansas, passed away peacefully at his home June 27, 201 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Bobby was born in Olar, South Carolina, April 12, 1943, the son of Shelley Gunnells and Judith Hair Gunnells. Bobby married his high school sweetheart, Margaret “Maggie” Sheddan,  Aug. 21, 1965, in a church at …

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Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ronald E. Mullinax

Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ronald E. Mullinax, 72,  Manhattan, Kansas, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019. Ron was born Aug. 25, 1946, in Norton, Kansas, to Earl and Mary Posson and was later adopted by John and Ada Mullinax. He grew up in Lenora, Kansas, graduating from Lenora Rural High School in 1964. After completing a Denver Automotive Institute …

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Thomas R. Cox

Thomas R. Cox, 72, of Topeka, passed away June 15, 2019, in Lenexa, Kansas. Cox enlisted in the Air Force  October of 1963 and was first deployed as a photo systems technician with the 20th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, supporting missions flown over North Vietnam. After returning for a brief stint with Strategic Air Command at Turner Air Force Base, he was …

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Robert Leland Grosfield

Robert Leland Grosfield, 74, of Eskridge,  passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019. He was born Sept. 24, 1944, to  Oscar and Eleanor Grosfield. He lived and farmed in Brown County, Kansas, until the early 1980s. Grosfield had a 32 year military career before retiring in 2000. He spent his remaining years on his hobby farm. He married Sandy Dunnaway Grosfield …

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Guard opens the doors of opportunity

By Pfc. Victoria Williams 105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment The Kansas National Guard Heartland Preparedness Center in Wichita opened its doors to local high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps students April 11. Display tables set up by local colleges, service members and law enforcement lined the walls of the armory. Some of the colleges that were represented included Wichita …

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Memorial Day concert honors the fallen

By Capt. Lauren Orr 105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Kansas Army National Guard Public Affairs There was an atmosphere of patriotic camaraderie in Leavenworth High School the evening of May 25: kids with small American flags, many older attendees sporting shirts, vests, or hats displaying reminders of their military service. The occasion was the 35th Infantry Division Band’s Memorial Day …

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Reinvigorated Guardsmen reenlist

By Maj. Benjamin Gruver No one wants bad things to happen, especially in their own communities. However, for two Kansas National Guardsmen, the devastation of recent floods was a rejuvenating experience. Torrential rains and thunderstorms hit Kansas in late May, and flooding became an imminent danger for several communities downstream from levees and dams that were close to overflowing. With …

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Retired Sgt. 1st Class Richard C. “Dick” Polgreen

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Richard C. “Dick” Polgreen, 79, of Junction City, Kansas, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Geary Community Hospital. Richard was born Jan. 26, 1940, in Albany, New York. He was the oldest child of Waldron and Frances Polgreen. He attended high school in Schoharie, New York. Richard’s father was killed in World War II on …

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