National Guard News

Civil engineer Airman builds civilian and military career

By Tech. Sgt. Erich B. Smith National Guard Bureau Though Senior Airman Samantha Ghareeb’s Air Force occupation involves excavators and bulldozers, one of her more memorable experiences in uniform – helping to renovate an orphanage in Latvia – required only hand tools. “I was tasked with putting what felt like 50 layers of stucco on the outside of the building,” …

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35th Infantry Division assumes authority for Task Force Spartan

By Staff Sgt. Jeremy Miller Maj. Gen. Victor J. Braden, commanding general, 35th Infantry Division, assumed command of Task Force Spartan from Maj. Gen. Blake Ortner, commanding general, 29th Infantry Division, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, July 13. The transfer of authority ceremony was presided over by Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett, commanding general, U.S. Army Central. TF Spartan’s mission in the …

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Gillock takes command of 997th Brigade Support Battalion

By Steve Larson Public Affairs Office Lt. Col. Erica Christie relinquished command of the Kansas National Guard’s 997th Brigade Support Battalion to Lt. Col. Molly Gillock during a change of command ceremony June 16 at the Kansas National Guard armory in Manhattan. Christie had been commander of the battalion since it was activated in July 2016. Standing up the battalion …

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Kansas Guardsmen greet Honor Flight veterans

Thirty-seven Kansas veterans of World War II and the Korean War, bound for Washington D.C. as part of an Honor Flight, were greeted by members of the Kansas National Guard and Governor Sam Brownback during a visit to the state Capitol on June 15. Honor flights are conducted by non-profit organizations to transport as many United States military veterans as …

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Local Kansas Guardsmen visit National Training Center

A select few Kansas National Guard Soldiers from the Recruit Sustainment Battalion were invited to visit the U.S. Army’s National Training Center in the desert of California June 3. The Soldiers invited to attend were: Spc. Hector R. Perez Cortes, Salina; Pfc. Colby Casaus, Holcomb; Pfc. Brian Coughlin, St. George; Pfc. Matthew Dickerson, Topeka; Pfc. Fernando Fernandez, Wichita; Pfc. Jaison …

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Maj. Gen. lee tafanelli and a member of the Ashland, Kansas, fire department

Emergency Management 101: The Adjutant General

By Steve Larson Public Affairs Office This article is the first in a series about the roles and responsibilities of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. Tornadoes. Floods. Blizzards. Wildfires. These are just a few of the natural or man-made disasters that have plagued the people of Kansas since the days the pioneers first pushed west across the prairie. Back …

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Capt. Andrew Webster, commander of Company G, 1st Battalion, 111th Aviation, accepts a Kansas flag from Gov. Sam Brownback. The flag, which had flown over the Kansas statehouse, will go with the unit on its deployment to the Middle East in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. (Photo by Sgt. Zach Sheely, Public Affairs Office)

Family and friends give aviation Soldiers a warm send off

By Sgt. Zach Sheely Public Affairs Office Family, friends, and colleagues gathered at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Topeka April 21 to honor Soldiers of Company G, 1st Battalion, 111th Aviation, Kansas National Guard. The Topeka-based helicopter unit is deploying in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military intervention against the Islamic State …

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ATEAM hosts VIP visits

By Staff Sgt. Mark Nussbaumer 105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment The Kansas National Guard’s Advanced Turbine Engine Army Maintenance facility at Marshall Army Air Field, Fort Riley, played host to two groups of VIPS in recent months. Representatives from the National Guard Bureau, the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Honeywell and the Kansas Army National Guard paid a site …

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