The National Guard Association of Kansas will hold their 58th Annual Joint State Conference April 20-22 with featured guest Col. Brett Wyrick, air surgeon, Air National Guard. The conference will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
The Joint State Conference events are a mixture of addresses from key speakers, workshops, awards presentations, memorials and social events involving the State Family Program Training, Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Kansas, and the National Guard Association of Kansas.
Members of the Kansas National Guard will attend professional development training at the Joint State Conference.
On Saturday, April 21, Wyrick will address conference attendees at 8 a.m., followed by the Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. (KS) Lee Tafanelli at 9 a.m.
Breakout sessions for family members will be conducted during the professional development training sessions.
An exhibitor hall will feature displays by companies and organizations that provide support to the Guard and its members. More information about the conference, including the complete schedule of events, may be found at www.ngaks.org. The conference brochure is available at http://www.ngaks.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/2012ConferenceBrochure.pdf .
Col. Brett A Wyrick
Col. Brett A Wyrick, M.D., is the Air Surgeon, National Guard Bureau, Washington D.C. He serves as the Director of the Air National Guard. His responsibilities include coordinating medical policy, plans and programs for the Air National Guard. The Air National Guard medical Service trains personnel to assume a direct role in medical operations in the event of wartime mobilization, natural or manmade disasters and civil emergencies. The Medical Service is comprised of 89 medical groups and 10 aeromedical evacuation squadrons across the Nation’s fifty states and four territories. With an average end-strength of 5,700 personnel, the Medical Service supports more than 170,000 men and women in the Air National Guard.
Wyrick is Board Certified on General Surgery and a graduate of the United States Air Force residency in Aerospace Medicine; he has combat experience as a trauma surgeon at Balad AB, Iraq. He is a member of the Hawaii Air National Guard and was first commissioned in the Oklahoma National Guard in 1990. He received his D.O. degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience in Kansas City, Mo., and completed his surgical training at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa. His previous assignments include Joint Surgeon for the Texas National Guard and Hawaii State Air Surgeon. He has also served as a medical group commander and CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package commander for the Hawaii National Guard with numerous deployments and contingency operations overseas as well as Homeland support operations in the United States. He is a Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.
Maj. Gen. (KS) Lee E. Tafanelli
Maj. Gen. (KS) Lee E. Tafanelli is the adjutant general of Kansas. He was sworn in as adjutant general on Jan. 28, 2011. As the adjutant general, he oversees the activities of the Adjutant General's Department, which includes Kansas Homeland Security, Kansas Division of Emergency Management and the Kansas National Guard. The Kansas National Guard is comprised of approximately 7,700 Soldiers and Airmen.
Prior to his appointment as adjutant general, Tafanelli assumed the position of assistant adjutant general - Army, Kansas Army National Guard, and commander of the Land Component for the Joint Force Headquarters-Kansas on July 19, 2010. Tafanelli 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.
The National Guard Association of Kansas is a not-for-profit corporation made up of past and present officers of the Kansas Army and Air National Guard, numbering over 1,300 members, with a mission to: promote and support adequate state and national security; support and improve the Army and Air National Guard of Kansas; promote and support the National Guard Association of the United States in its efforts to improve the National Guard; promote and undertake activities and programs of benefit to members and their families, insurance programs and any other activity reasonably intended to promote the well being of the membership; and provide the public with pertinent information and assistance to enhance public appreciation of the purpose and value of the National Guard of Kansas and the national security program of the United States of America.
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 Kansas National Guard and the national defense. EANGKS is dedicated to the principles of providing an adequate national defense and promoting the status, welfare and professionalism of the men and women of the Army and Air National Guard. The association is nonprofit and does not engage in partisan politics, nor support any candidate for political office. EANGKS pursues the goal of providing quality, motivated and professional soldiers, airmen and noncommissioned officers to the National Guard.
The Kansas National Guard Family Program provides mobilization training and assistance to Guard families to help them better cope with the pressures of separation and reunion. The Family Program has six operating Family Assistance Centers which serve as a resource and referral. Though the FAC's primary focus is Guard members and their families, they also cater to the needs of military families from all branches of service.