National Guard News

18-030 Wildland fire update

Three Kansas Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation have deployed to assist with two active fires north of the Northern Natural Gas Plant in Kiowa County.  One trooper from the Kansas Highway Patrol has also been deployed to assist with traffic.  There are an additional five helicopters on standby to assist with the …

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18-027 State continues response to wildland fires in central Kansas

  The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is deploying a Communication On Wheels unit to rural Rice County to facilitate communication between first responders fighting the wildland fires in Rice, Reno and McPherson counties. The FAA has restricted the airspace to an altitude of 3,000 feet over a three-mile radius around the Rice County fires. Additional Emergency Support Function partners …

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18-026 Governor issues disaster declaration for wildland fire

Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D., has issued a disaster declaration for wildland fires currently burning in Rice County. County officials say they have exhausted all mutual aid resources and requested assistance from the Kansas National Guard with fire suppression efforts. “The people of Rice County need our help,” said Colyer, “and, like good Kansas neighbors, we will give them whatever assistance …

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18-025 Armed Forces Appreciation Day is March 22 at the Kansas Statehouse

The men and women who serve our state in the nation’s armed forces will be honored during the annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day Thursday, March 22, at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka. “No matter what branch they serve in, these people have one common mission: to protect the health and safety of the people of Kansas and our nation,” said …

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18-024 Kansas National Guard to conduct orientation flight March 28

Community leaders from Topeka and the surrounding area will be flying out of Highland Community College, 606 W Main Street, Highland, on Wednesday, March 28, aboard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters flown by the Kansas National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation. The flights are part of the Kansas National Guard’s Community Connect program to increase awareness of the Guard, its people …

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18-023 635th Regional Support Group will be welcomed home March 15

Soldiers of the 635th Regional Support Group, Kansas National Guard, will be welcomed home in a brief ceremony Thursday, March 15. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in Hangar 680, Forbes Field, Gary Ormsby Drive and “J” Street, Topeka. “These soldiers performed their mission just as expected – with professionalism, dedication and pride,” said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the …

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Retired Sgt. Maj. Richard L. Kelley

Retired Sgt. Maj. Richard L. Kelley, age 69, of Sunrise Beach, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach. He is survived by his family. Wife, children, grandsons, step-sons, step-grandsons, sister, brother and nephews. He was veteran of the United States Marine Corps and retired from the Army Reserves. He served in Vietnam, Desert …

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Retired Sgt. 1st Class Richard G. Longberg

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Richard Gale “Ben” Longberg, 91 died peacefully March 3. He was born Sept. 9, 1926 on the family farm in Soldier, KS, and graduated from Sabetha High School in 1944. He married Shirley Leta Fiske on Jan. 14, 1950. They raised their children in Sabetha, KS and later moved to Wichita to be closer to their …

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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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