News: Retirees gather for annual update briefing
Story by Sgt. Jessica Barnett
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas National Guard retirees from Army and Air joined together for a retiree briefing at Nickell Armory, Nov. 6, 2011, hosted by Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general.
During the event, retirees were briefed on the latest actions and initiatives of the Kansas National Guard. To start the briefing, Tafanelli showed a brief video encompassing the Kansas Guard from its beginning to today.
The retirees also heard from Brig. Gen. Erick Peck, assistant adjutant general – Army and commander of the Kansas Army National Guard, and Brig. Gen. Keith Lang, chief of staff of the Kansas Air National Guard, on events what have happened over the past year from each component.
“As General Bunting used to say about retired checks, that it’s just really a retainer,” said Tafanelli. “What I am going to ask each and every one of you to do is be an ambassador and continue to be an ambassador for the Kansas National Guard and, more importantly, tell the National Guard story.
“You run into groups of people frequently who don’t even realize what the Kansas National Guard is, how long we have been around, what we have done, who we are and what we do on a daily basis. That is a constant education that we need to do and I can’t think of anyone better in our communities to be our ambassadors and tell the Guard stories other than our retirees.”
“I have been away for a couple of years, so it was nice to come in and get a short briefing on where the Guard has been over the past year, where it is presently and where they look to be in the next couple of years,” said retired Lt. Col. Craig Fox. “This gives us a feeling when we go out and talk to the community with a better understanding of the current mission and where it is going in the future.”