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WWII Veterans Appreciation

If you have family members or friends of the family that are WWII veterans, please invite them to join us!

WWII Veterans Appreciation

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Join us at the Museum of the Kansas National Guard, home of the “35th Infantry Division Hall of Fame” (125 SE Airport Drive, Topeka, KS 66619)

The 35th Division Association is providing a free meal for all WWII Veterans. Family and guests are $10 each for a catered meal by BARTz BarnBQ.

Please RSVP by Aug. 30 to the 35th Division Association (PO Box 5004, Topeka KS 66605), call or text 785.969.7548 or email  (Send no money!  Pay at the door)

Download the flyer here = WW II Veteran Appreciation

Heroes on the Water

There is still time to register for this event.

Heroes on the Water – Kansas Chapter is hosting a kayaking and fishing event on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clinton Lake, Clinton Lake Marina, 1329 E 800 Road, Lawrence, KS 66049.

This event is FREE to Veterans (all military branches), First Responders and family members of both. It is a great way to spend the day with your family and your only expense will be getting to the lake.

Everything you will need to enjoy a day of kayaking and fishing will be provided to include kayaks, life jackets, fishing gear, bait, fishing license, food, drinks, and sunscreen. Lunch will be served and snacks and drinks will be provided during the day.

Registration information needs to be completed for each individual that will be participating in the event. If you are bringing five family members – each member should be registered individually.

Register for the event at

For more information on Heroes on the Water – Kansas Chapter visit their Facebook page at

Email questions regarding event to:


June 23, 2018
Museum of the Kansas National Guard
125 SE Airport Forbes Field
Topeka, KS

Hello Korean War Veteran, You are invited to join fellow veterans, friends and patriots to honor Korean war Veterans at the Museum of the Kansas National Guard, 125 SE Airport Dr, Topeka, KS on June 23, 2018 at 9am.

Bring family and friends if you wish, to share the remembrance.
Also, bring any items of remembrance to share.

Lunch is free but need an RSVP. Contact me for questions or suggestions!

Sheli Sweeney, MOAA, VFW

Note: Our Special Guest Speaker, LTC Jung, is not able to participate, and sends his regrets.

ALL Veterans and Families Welcome

*0900 Coffee & Rolls
*1000-1215 Program:
*Overview of the War
*Veterans Share
*MIA/POW/KIA Remembered

Lunch is free, just RSVP to: /785.213.9053 or /785.640.8751

Sponsored by:
• VFW Post 1650
• Military Order of the Purple Heart-KS-5
• MOAA Kaw Valley Chapter
• Museum of the Kansas National Guard

EANGKS President Elect to be Recognized

The next Military Relations Luncheon put on by the Topeka Chamber of Commerce will be on March 28 at the Ramada Topeka Downtown, doors open at 11 a.m., luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m.

The keynote address will be delivered by Maj. Gen. Victor Braden. He will discuss the 35ID’s recent mission as well as the challenges many veterans face during deployment and as they reintegrate back into the civilian workforce.

The Topeka area Armed Forces Personnel of the Year will also be recognized. They include: Master Sgt. Willie F. Carter, Kansas Army National Guard; Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jamie Tuttle, United States Navy; Staff Sgt. Anthony Miller, United States Marine Corps; Yeoman Third Class Chloe L. Boatman, United States Coast Guard; and Chief Master Sgt. Troy C. Abel, Kansas Air National Guard.

If you would like to attend the luncheon to hear MG Braden and/or support MSG Carter and CMSgt Abel, you can register for the luncheon at:

Uniform can be either Class A or B for uniform personnel, business casual for civilian.   Cost of the luncheon is $30 for military personnel and veterans, $40 for non-military attendee.


2018 Joint Conference hosted by 69th Troop Command

DoubleTree Hotel, 200 McDonald Drive, Lawrence

March 22-23, 2018

Theme: Kansas National Guard “One Team- Many Strengths”


This year’s conference theme is more relevant than ever, our operational environment has shifted from a nation at war for over the last 16 years to a nation reshaping its forces to meet future threats while reducing the overall Department of Defense budget. Come gain insight on the future of the Guard.

Conference Agenda:


Company Grade Officer Mixer/R Bar and Patio/610 Florida Street, Lawrence/6:00 p.m.

Partners in Patriotism (Invite Only)/ The Oread/ 1200 Oread Avenue, Lawrence/6:30 p.m.


Fun Run, Golf Tournament, Skeet Shoot, Hospitality Rooms and our

Military Family Appreciation Night


Guest Speaker:

COL (Ret) Mike Hadley, Director of Legislative Programs, National Guard Association of the United States.

MG Lee Tafanelli, The Adjutant General, Kansas

NGAKS/EANGKS: Business Sessions, 40 Exhibits, Banquet and Awards, and Professional Development Breakouts:

Retirees: Saturday March 24 0700 to 0800 JOINT RETIREE BREAKFAST – Discuss some of the latest Retiree issues.

Veterans Administration

Noon Retiree Luncheon

2100 Joint Hospitality Room open; 50/50 cash drawing and other prizes!

Spouses: Lawrence Fire Department-Safety Display/Booth Hall of Athletics-lunch & tour

Youth: Lawrence Fire Department Safety Display/ Lawrence Aquatic Center


Uniform: Unit or NGAKS/EANGKS polo’s encouraged for Saturday business, or business casual. Banquet is Civilian – Formal, Business Suit

Military – ASUs, Mess Dress


Deadline for Hotel is March 13, 2018;

Call the DoubleTree to make your reservations today.

1-785-841-7077 Block is National Guard or NGAKS

IF you have trouble getting a reservation or rate call: 785-749-8920

Room is per diem rate or $93.00!

EANGKS Legislative Call to Action **H.B. 2559 – Vehicle Tax Exemption for Drill Status Guardsmen

Burris in the House Veterans and Military Committee introduced a bill to amend K.S.A. 79-5107(e)(1)(C) to extend the motor vehicle tax exemption to every member, in good standing, of both the Kansas Army and Air National Guard and the Kansas unit of the reserve forces of the United States. Download House Bill 2559 here which was introduced. Chairman Osterman brought the committee to order and very quickly allowed for bill introductions. Rep Burris introduced and described the effect of the bill. There were no objections to the bill. Chairman Osterman accepted it for distribution to the House Clerk. The bill has gone through the House Clerk and is back to the Veterans and Military Committee for consideration and debate. Rep Burris’s guess is that the bill will be “worked” in committee the week after next.

What we need is our members to look up legislators via and contact their representatives in supporting H.B. 2559 that is currently in the House Veterans and Military Committee. You may even ask them if they are willing to co-sponsor the bill. This is especially critical for those whose legislators are on either the House Veterans and Military Committee or the House Taxation Committee as that will be the committee it will go through after the veterans committee and could have a hang up.

Below are all the legislators in Manhattan/Topeka/Wichita area for both Committees:

House Veterans and Military Committee

Rep Les Osterman – Wichita

Rep Jesse Burris – Mulvane

Rep Leo Delperdang – Wichita

Rep Dianna Dierks – Salina

Rep Tom Phillips – Manhattan

Rep Lonnie Clark – Junction City

Rep Virgil Weigel – Topeka

Rep Jim Gartner – Topeka

House Taxation Committee

Rep Tom Sawyer – Wichita

Rep Tom Phillips – Manhattan

Rep Jim Gartner – Topeka

Rep John Alcala – Topeka

Rep Daniel Hawkins – Wichita

Rep KC Ohaebosim – Wichita

Rep Kristey Williams – Augusta

Rep Ken Corbet

It would be great if everyone looked up their state House Representative in support of H.B. 2559 especially if their representative is in the House Veterans and Military Committee. Two of special concern are to contact Rep Tom Phillips and Rep Jim Gartner if they are your legislator as they are on BOTH the House Veterans and Military Committee and the House Taxation Committee. If anyone has any questions have them feel free to contact me.


Steve Peyton




On March 3, 2018, at the Museum of the Kansas National Guard, NGAKS and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Kansas will sponsor a Retiree Briefing for all Kansas National Guard Retired/Separated members who wished to attend. It will be a great time to see old friends, make new friends and learn about military retirement.

NGAKS and EANGKS leadership will attend and offer information as will representatives on other topics like Tricare, Prescriptions, Dental, Hospice and Nursing Home Care; Federal Long-Term Care Insurance programming; VA health benefits and eligibility; Assistance from the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs including Kansas Military cemeteries, markers, nursing homes; Military ID cards, military records and inheritance and gift taxes; KPERS; Armed Forces Vacation Club and Space-A Travel 190th ARW (Forbes) & McConnell AFB and more!

The highlight of the event will be a briefing by the Adjutant General s Office on the State of the Kansas Guard, Command Structure & Commanders, Units and Unit Locations, Staff Office Locations & Contacts, Future Plans for the Kansas Guard.

The NGAKS and EANGKS Continuity Committee members are planning the event, and will sponsor a luncheon. If you and/or your spouse would like to attend, please RSVP to Sheli Sweeney at or Ray Rhodd at .

WHERE:   MUSEUM OF THE KANSAS NATIONAL GUARD, 125 SE Airport Drive, Forbes Field, Topeka, KS

WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9 am to Noon, with lunch to follow

LUNCH:      No charge for lunch, but must make a reservation!

Sponsored by NGAKS, EANGKS and Museum of the Kansas National Guard

RSVP to Sheli Sweeney at , 785.213.9053 or Ray Rhodd at , 785.640.8751


Announcement for Annual State Hill Day

EANGKS and NGAKS will be hosting their annual State Hill Day on February 19, 2018 at the Kansas State Capitol.  This year there is a large growing momentum behind fully funding State Tuition Assistance (STA) for both Air and Army Kansas National Guard service members.  While state law calls for a 100% of funding for tuition and fees for qualified KSNG services members, historical increases to tuition and institutional fees has decreased the full funding to approximately only 51% for participants.  This year there are actions to add STA into the state budget at the fully funded rate. 

We need your help on February 19 to encourage our elected official to support this effort.  The recruitment, retention and quality of life of our Guard members will significantly enhanced if this is achieved.      

Come join us for this momentous opportunity–make a difference for our current and future Kansas National Guard members! 

Please register at

A confirmed agenda for the day will be available closer to Hill Day.  Until then, please contact your NGAKS Legislative Chairperson, Jody Cope, at or myself at .

 Thank you for your time

 Steve Peyton


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