Plains Guardian

Governor proclaims October is Zombie Preparedness Month

Zombies. Seems like they’re everywhere these days –movies, books, television (including commercials). So, the best thing to do is be prepared for them. And if you are, you’ll be better prepared for any other emergency that life sends your way. During October, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management places a special emphasis on reminding the public, with tongue firmly in …

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President grants federal disaster proclamation for September storms

President Donald Trump has granted a request from Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D. for a federal disaster declaration for several Kansas counties affected by severe thunderstorms, straight-line winds, and flooding from Sept. 1 through Sept. 8, 2018. “I want to thank President Trump on behalf of the people of Kansas for this federal disaster declaration,” said Colyer. “We will continue to …

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Morgan named to Emergency Management Accreditation Program commission

The National Emergency Management Association has appointed Angee Morgan, deputy director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, to the Emergency Management Accreditation Program commission. “I’m extremely honored to represent NEMA as an EMAP commissioner,” said Morgan, who has been deputy director of KDEM since 2008. “Meeting EMAP standards not only provides evidence of government’s best efforts to comply with …

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69th Troop Command welcomes incoming commander

By 1st Lt. Lauren Orr 105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Col. Dave Johnson relinquished command of the Kansas Army National Guard’s 69th Troop Command to Lt. Col. Michelle Hannah during a change of command ceremony Sept. 8 at the Museum of the Kansas National Guard in Topeka. During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Anthony Mohatt, commander of the Kansas Army National …

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Secretary of Defense Freedom Award

Nominations will open October 1 for the annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, sponsored by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The Freedom Award is the highest award that can be bestowed on an employer and the Secretary of Defense will personally present the award in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Nominations for the Freedom Award must …

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Emergency Management 101: Planning and Mitigation

By Steve Larson Public Affairs Office Planning and mitigation. Two sides of the same coin in the pocket of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. On one side, analyzing the threats faced by the state and making plans to address them. On the other side, taking action to head off or reduce the damages those threats can cause. “Emergency management …

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Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Corps

By Chief Warrant Officer 5 Michael Smith Command Chief Warrant Officer I hope everyone has had a safe and enjoyable summer thus far. I would also like to wish happy birthday to the Warrant Officer Cohort. 100 Years! We will be celebrating our centennial on July 14 at the Museum of the Kansas National Guard in Topeka. Events will include …

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Keep moving forward

By Command Chief Master Sgt. Maurice L. Williams State Command Senior Enlisted Leader There’s one thing about being a leader that is a must: you have to keep moving forward. Otherwise, you soon find yourself behind the people you’re supposed to lead. This is true not just in a physical sense. If you are going to be a leader in …

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Kansas National Guard makes investments in education

By Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli The Adjutant General Benjamin Franklin wrote “An investment in knowledge pays the best dividends.” This is a fact that the leaders of our state and nation have long recognized. This is why way back in 1944 the U.S. Congress passed the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act, aka the GI Bill, which included stipends to cover college or …

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Kansas Guardsman brings home kettlebell gold

By Staff Sgt. Mark Nussbaumer Public Affairs Office Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly Fox went to Seoul, South, Korea, in November 2017 and came home with something no other woman had ever received: a gold medal in women’s long cycle kettlebell competition from the International Union of Kettlebell Lifting. “The IUKL is basically the major leagues of the kettlebell world,” said …

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