National Guard News

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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CW4 (R) Thomas E. “Tom” Cellers

CW4 (R) Cellers was the first shop chief for Organizational Maintenance Shop 2, now Field Maintenance Shop 2 in Iola, Kansas. CW4 (R) Thomas E. “Tom” Cellers, Sr., 94, of Iola passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017 in Iola following a brief illness. Tom was born April 23, 1923 in Lebo, Kansas to Everett and Nola (Doherty) Cellers. He married …

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SGT (R) Kenneth Cramer

SGT (R) Cramer was a member of the 778th Transportation Company before his retirement. SGT (R) Kenneth “Papa Kenny” Cramer, age 60 of Leonardville, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Clay County Medical Center. He was born on July 11, 1957 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Larry Dale and Dorothy Mae (Lanning) Cramer.  He was married …

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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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Veterans Day reflections of family service and commitment

By Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos 35th Infantry Division CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait—Although World War I officially ended June 28, 1919, the fighting stopped several months earlier when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. President Woodrow Wilson originally declared Nov. 11 as Armistice Day. Legislation …

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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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Kansas National Guard engineers going to Puerto Rico

Approximately 60 soldiers of the Kansas National Guard’s 242nd Engineer Company, augmented by soldiers from other engineer units, will depart Tuesday, Nov. 7, on a humanitarian mission to Puerto Rico to assist local authorities with debris removal and damage assessments in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The soldiers will be relieving a National Guard unit from another state and are …

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