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Kansas National Guard opened many doors for one Soldier

By Steve LarsonPublic Affairs OfficeKansas Adjutant General’s Department Spc. Xochilt Gough is one of many Kansas National Guardsmen serving the citizens of Kansas in the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting with COVID-19 vaccinations. And like all of her fellow Guardsmen, she has a story that is uniquely her own. Spc. Xochilt Gough, a combat medic with the 1st …

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Kansas team places first for National Guard maintenance award

By Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Milnes105th Mobile Public Affairs DetachmentKansas Army National Guard HAYS, Kan. – The Kansas Army National Guard’s Field Maintenance Shop 1 in Hays placed first at the National Guard Bureau in the Tables of Distribution and Allowances category for the 2020 Army Award for Maintenance Excellence after facing months of challenges and preparation. The AAME program …

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Retired 1st Sgt. Thomas Lee Nelson

Retired 1st Sgt. Thomas (Tom) Lee Nelson deployed for his final mission to the Great Beyond from his home in Page, Arizona, Feb. 11, 2021, at the age of 61 years. Tom was born the son of Alred Nelson and Patricia Twigg in Concord, California. He eventually made his way to Fort Riley after joining the United States Army and …

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Kansas Guardsmen support presidential inauguration

By Maj. Margaret Ziffer105th Mobile Public Affairs DetachmentKansas Army National Guard TOPEKA, Kan. – More than 270 Kansas National Guard Soldiers and Airmen travelled to Washington, D.C., ahead of the 59th U.S. presidential inauguration Jan. 17 to assist civilian law enforcement agencies in providing security to the capital region. Lt. Col. Tom Warth of Valley Falls, deputy officer in charge …

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Kansas hero receives Purple Heart

By Capt. Lauren Orr105th Mobile Public Affairs DetachmentKansas Army National Guard HIAWATHA, Kan. – Members of the Kansas National Guard gathered at the Hiawatha armory to honor retired Spc. Daniel Horner during a Purple Heart presentation ceremony Nov. 8. Horner was injured while serving as a gunner in a combat logistics patrol June 30, 2007. His unit was travelling on …

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Kansas Guard officer candidates learn teamwork, communication

Story by Sgt. Ian Safford105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment SALINA, Kan. – Instead of spending a beautiful Sunday morning in the classroom, candidates of class 65 Officer Candidate School, 1st Battalion, 235th Regiment, sharpened their communication and teamwork skills while traversing through an obstacle course at the Webster Conference Center in Salina, Kansas, Sept. 13. Class 65 has just begun …

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Kansas Guard expands wildland firefighting capabilities

By Maj. Margaret Ziffer105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment SALINA, Kan. – For the third year, the state of Kansas has expanded its capability to respond to wildland fires, thanks to a partnership between the Kansas National Guard and the Kansas Forest Service. Together, the agencies conducted the Wildland Firefighting Red Card Certification Course, certifying additional Guardsmen across the state to …

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Kansas National Guard battery recognized as best in nation with Hamilton Award

By Patrick Montandon NEWTON, KS – The Kansas National Guard’s Battery C, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery Regiment, 130th Field Artillery Brigade received the Alexander Hamilton Award for 2019 during a ceremony at the National Guard armory in Newton Sept. 12. This annual award recognizes the most outstanding National Guard field artillery unit in the country. Col. Paul Schneider, 130th …

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Retired Master Sgt. Donald R. Elersic

Retired Master Sgt. Donald Robert Elersic, 72, of Topeka, Kansas, died at his home on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. He was born May 11, 1948, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the son of Edward Joseph and Betty Mae (Rogers) Elersic Sr. Donald served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 until retirement in 2002 earning the rank of master sergeant. He was …

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Father, daughter share an early Father’s Day in Kuwait

Kansas National Guard members Master Sgt. David Carron, 169th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and his daughter, Tech. Sgt. April Carron, 184th Wing, had the opportunity to come together for an early Father’s Day celebration in Kuwait on June 15, 2020. Tech. Sgt. April Carron (left) and her father, Master Sgt. David Carron, got to spend a few hours together in …

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