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COL Lee Tafanelli
COL Lee Tafanelli

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BG John Davoren
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Tafanelli selected assistant adjutant general - Army, Kansas National Guard

Kansas Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, has selected Col. Lee Tafanelli as the next assistant adjutant general – Army and commander of the Kansas Army National Guard. Tafanelli will assume command from Brig. Gen. John Davoren, who is stepping down from that position to take command of the 35th Infantry Division, Fort Leavenworth.

"Colonel Tafanelli has the experience and knowledge necessary to do a superb job in this new role," Bunting said. "He has held many leadership positions in the Kansas Guard, has worked hard on behalf of the soldiers he leads, and has the right skills to lead the Army Guard through the transformations the future will require."

Tafanelli has been submitted for promotion to brigadier general. Confirmation is expected by the U.S. and Kansas Senate later this year.

"General Davoren will do an excellent job leading the 35th Division," Bunting continued. "His experience as assistant division commander has already shown his capability as a leader and we know he will do well in this new position."

A change of command ceremony will take place Saturday, July 10, at 2 p.m. at the Museum of the Kansas National Guard.

Col. Lee Tafanelli

Tafanelli, commander of the 69th Troop Command, also has served as the director of operations for the Kansas Guard. He joined the Kansas Army National Guard in 1980 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers through Pittsburg State University’s ROTC program in 1982.

Tafanelli has served in a wide variety of command and staff positions as a traditional Guardsman, Active Guard and Reserve and Active Duty soldier at the company, battalion, brigade, state headquarters and Department of the Army level. His battalion and brigade level assignments include reconnaissance officer; equipment platoon leader; supply officer; company commander; and training officer in the 891st Engineer Battalion. He also served as the personnel officer and training officer of the 69th Infantry Brigade, 35th Infantry Division. In 2005, as commander of the 891st Engineer Battalion, he led the battalion during a deployment to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Tafanelli served as the executive assistant to the Adjutant General of Kansas, State Recruiting and Retention manager, mobilization planner; Force Integration and Readiness officer; Education Services officer; and Surface Maintenance Manager at state headquarters. At the Department of the Army level, he served as military assistant to the assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs at the Pentagon in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom.

In 1999, Tafanelli received a master’s degree in Environmental Planning and Management from Kansas State University. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course, Army Force Development and Modernization Course, Army Mobilization and Deployment Course and the Air Command and Staff Officer Course. He is also a graduate of the Army's Airborne and Air Assault Courses.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.

In his civilian career, Tafanelli is a state representative for the 47th District in the Kansas Legislature. He is also a program coordinator for the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center at Kansas State University.

Tafanelli and his wife, Tammy, live in Ozawkie with their two children, Nicholas and Francesca.

Brig. Gen. John Davoren

Brig. Gen. John Davoren was commissioned in 1976 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger training he served as a rifle platoon leader, Company A, 503rd Infantry at Fort Campbell, Ky. In July 1979, he was assigned to Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and executive officer, 1st Aviation Battalion at Fort Riley, Kan.

Since joining the Kansas Army National Guard his assignments have included commander, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry; intelligence officer, 69th Brigade; operations officer, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry; commander, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry; commander, 69th Troop Command and, most recently, assistant division commander, 35th Infantry Division.

While serving as the assistant division commander, Davoren lead the Multi-National Task Force-East, KFOR 9 at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, from Nov. 2, 2007, to July 10, 2008, during the division’s deployment to Kosovo.

Davoren’s education includes Infantry Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Accounting from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in Personnel Management from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserves Components Overseas Training Ribbon with oak leaf cluster, Nebraska Meritorious Service Medal, Kansas Emergency Service Ribbon, Expert Infantry Badge, Aviation Badge, Parachute Badge, Air Assault Badge and Ranger Tab.

Davoren and his wife, Debra, reside in Lansing, Kan. Their daughter, Jennifer, resides in Houston, Texas, and their son, Kyle, lives in Manhattan, Kan.






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