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Kansas Guardsmen train with Armenian soldiers

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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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