National Guard News

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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18-017 Firefighting operations continue across the state

Several counties across Kansas experienced wildland fires this morning through the afternoon. Most of the wildland fires reported occurred in Southwest, North Central, Southeast and South Central regions of the state. The National Weather Service forecast this area as a critical to catastrophic risk for fires with high winds, high wind gusts and low relative humidity. Fires began around 10 …

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Retired Lt. Col. John M. McAuley

Retired Lt. Col. John Michael “Mike” McAuley, age 66 of Wellsville, Kansas passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa, Kansas. Funeral services will be 10AM, Friday, February 23, 2018 at Wilson’s Funeral Home in Wellsville. Visitation will be 6-8 PM, Thursday evening, also at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will follow services at …

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Death of SSG (R) Earl Richard Castleberry

  SSG (R) Earl Richard Castleberry was born on December 20, 1931 and passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Earl was a resident of Kansas at the time of passing.  He was born December 20, 1931, at Osawatomie, the son of Clarence Edgar and Beulah Malease (Cole) Castleberry Earl graduated from Osawatomie High School in 1951. He served in …

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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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Walter M. Johnson III

Walter Johnson III, 66, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 in Topeka, KS. A public visitation was held on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Funeral services were held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Shiloh Baptist Church. Visit Mr. Johnson’s celebration page at www.PeacefulRestFuneralChapel.com

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