Category Archives: Featured

KOREAN WAR VETERANS REMEMBRANCE

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

Lunch is free, just RSVP to:
shelisweeney@hotmail.com /785.213.9053 or
rhoddrl2@gmail.com /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
• USAA

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:

https://topekakscoc.wliinc28.com/events/MRC-Biannual-Luncheon-841/details

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”

REGISTER TODAY AT NGAKS.ORG or EANGKS.ORG

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:

Thursday:

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.

Friday:

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

Military Family Appreciation Night

Saturday:

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

Banquet

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

Military – ASUs, Mess Dress

REGISTER TODAY AT:

www.ngaks.org or www.eangks.org

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 https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/ 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

legislative@eangks.org

EANGKS

 

EANGKS Annual Conference

Introduction to the 47th Annual EANGKS Conference

Dear EANGKS Members,
…The 47th General Conference of the Enlisted National Guard Association of Kansas (EANGKS) will convene in Manhattan, Kansas on 26 April, and will run through 27 April, 2018.  The host unit this year is the 235th Regiment.

Manhattan should be a great location and offers quite a bit of entertainment opportunities.

Activities are being scheduled to include spouse and youth activities.

Check back here often for more information

 

CNGB Support of Professional Organizations

               Great news out of NGB, the long awaited memo supporting Professional Organizations has been published and pushed out for Distro.  Hopefully this document will be helpful to some, opening a door for you to talk with and address your Guardsmen about EANGKS and EANGUS or other similar organizaitons.  This opens up the door for a few things that several have been needing, such as some use of facilities, unit briefings, distribution of publications and flyers, attendance at conferences, and the distribution of information.  Most importantly, it supports the participation in several organizations, specifically naming the Enlisted Association of the National Guard.

CNGB_Spt_for_Mil_Assoc_Signed_Memo

 

EANGKS State Legislative Goals

The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Kansas is an organization comprised of Enlisted men and women of the Army and Air National Guard and their supporters who have banded together to pursue mutual goals in support of the National Guard and the national defense.

EANGKS proudly supports the following Kansas Legislative Priorities:

EANGKS State Legislative Priorities

·      Fix statutory language that excludes more than 90% of Guardsmen from tax breaks available to full-time members

    • KSA 79-5107 provides a two-vehicle tax registration break to AGRs only
    • EANGKS supports changing the language from “full-time AGR member” to “member in good standing”
    • “Member in good standing” is used throughout Kansas law to describe eligible Guard personnel

·     Create a fund separate from State General Fund for Kansas Lottery Veterans Benefit revenue

    • 40% of Kansas Lottery Veterans Benefit revenue goes to our state Tuition Assistance Program
    • However, the money goes through SGF first, making it subject to budget reductions and sweeps
    • Creating a separate fund would ensure ALL of the money goes to TA, as it is intended

·     Protect the TAG’s Budget from further cuts.

  • Allow Kansas National Guard members in state tuition fees at Kansas Regents Institutions–even if they live outside the state.
  • Continued support for Suicide Prevention efforts by Kansas National Guard leadership and in Kansas communities

·     Assign a special identifier for all military children in Kansas public school data systems

    • Every Student Succeeds Act collects data on how military-connected children perform in school
    • However, it does not include children with parents serving in the National Guard
    • Children of Guard members face unique circumstances that affect their education