Kansas Adjutant General's Department

Contact: Public Affairs Office
Email: ng.ks.ksarng.list.staff-pao@mail.mil

(785) 646-0090


17-109 Three inducted into Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame

Retired Brig. (Kansas) Gen. Charles M. Baier Jr., Brig. Gen. Wilder S. Metcalf, and retired Brig. Gen. Deborah Rose were inducted into the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame Nov. 5 during a ceremony at the Ramada Inn, Topeka.

Retired Brig. Gen. (Kansas) Charles M. Baier Jr.

Retired Brig. Gen. Charles M. Baier was born in Larned, Kansas, in 1942 and grew up on a farm near Seward. After high school, Baier attended Fort Hays State College.

In early 1963 the Kansas Air National Guard was recruiting pilots for the 190th Tactical Reconnaissance Group at the Hutchinson Air National Guard base. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1963. He trained in the Air Force Undergraduate Pilot training program at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, and received his wings on March 28, 1966.

He returned to Kansas and qualified as a pilot flying the Martin RB-57A. He was hired by TWA in 1967. In 1972, the 190th Tactical Reconnaissance Group received new aircraft, a new mission and a new designation. It gained Martin B-57G aircraft for precision all-weather night bombing and became the 190th Tactical Bombardment Group.

In 1974, the unit saw another transition to the 190th Defense Systems Evaluation Group. In 1977, the unit received a new mission as the 190th Air Refueling Group. Baier was named commander of the 117th Air Refueling Squadron in 1980 and became the director of operations at Kansas State Headquarters in 1984. In this position he provided leadership and advice to the 190th and to the 184th Tactical Fighter Training Group in Wichita.

The 190th was mobilized for Operation Desert Storm in January 1991 and returned home in March During that time, Baier personally flew several refueling missions.

During his time as a group commander, Baier encouraged and expanded community relations and involvement in the Air Guard’s mission and the importance of support of the community. He was involved with the Chamber of Commerce, and the Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority Board of Directors.

He was promoted to brigadier general in the Kansas National Guard on Aug. 2, 1992. Baier retired in 1993 after 30 years of service.

His awards include: Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Ribbon with oak leaf cluster, Combat Readiness Ribbon with six oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal-Kuwait, Kuwait Liberation Medal-Saudi Arabia, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Ribbon-6 oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hour Glass Device, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, and Air Force Training Ribbon.

Brig. Gen. Wilder S. Metcalf

Brig. Gen. Wilder S. Metcalf was born at Milo, Maine, in 1855 and raised in Elyria, Ohio.

He joined the Company G, 5th Ohio National Guard Infantry on May 6, 1884, at the age of 29. He served in his unit until July 1886. In 1887, he came to Kansas and became a partner of Edward Russell in the farm mortgage business in Lawrence. In 1888, he enlisted as a private in Company H, 1st Kansas Infantry at Lawrence, rising in rank to colonel over the next nine years.

He was colonel of the regiment in 1898 when the Spanish American War broke out. He was commissioned a major in the 20th Kansas Infantry under Col. Frederick Funston. The 20th Kansas was mustered for federal service on May 9, 1898, in Topeka and were sent to Camp Merritt, San Francisco, California, three days later.

The 20th was sent to Manila in the Philippines, where they were encamped in the tobacco warehouses. In 1899, the 20th Kansas was ordered to the front. The regiment advanced on and was the first to enter Caloocan on Feb. 10, 1899. In March, the regiment swam the Tuliahan River, captured a blockhouse, and was involved in the engagements of Malinta and Maycuayan three days later. Upon Funston’s promotion to brigadier general, Maj. Metcalf was elected colonel of the 20th Kansas. He was awarded the Order of Purple Heart in recognition of being wounded twice.

Upon his return to Lawrence in 1899, he again became the colonel of the 1st Kansas Infantry, where he served until 1915, when due to the civil war in Mexico, President Woodrow Wilson ordered the mobilization of the National Guard to assist on the border.

Metcalf was appointed a brigadier general of the National Army on Aug. 22, 1917, and honorably discharged on May 24, 1918. He was promoted to brigadier general in the Kansas National Guard on Feb. 24, 1919.

Metcalf was a delegate at large to the Republican National Convention in 1900 when William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt were nominated. In 1901, he was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt as a United States pension agent in Topeka. He was the only person to hold the office for two terms.

In 1909 he was appointed by the Secretary of War as a member of the National Militia Board. In 1916, while serving in the Philippines, he was elected for a seat in the Kansas Senate. For 18 years he served as a member of the Lawrence School Board and for several years as its president.

Retired Brig. Gen. Deborah Rose

Retired Brig. Gen. Deborah Rose entered military service with a direct commission into the United States Air Force Nurse Corps in March 1983, and was assigned to the 184th Tactical Fighter Group. She transferred to the 190th Clinic in December 1985.

In October 1990, Rose deployed to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where she served in an Air Transportable Hospital during Desert Shield. She was activated in February 1991 and deployed to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, assigned to the hospital.

In April 1994, the 190th leadership requested she fill a critical leadership position as the Services Flight Commander, leaving the professional corps for a line position. Rose transferred from her full-time position at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in 1996, where she had served for 14 years, to become the Logistics Squadron commander, serving as a military technician.

In 2000, she became the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander. Rose was selected as the Mission Support Group commander in October 2001, and in April 2002, became the first female colonel in the Kansas National Guard.
Rose was activated in February 2003 to become the deployed Mission Support Group commander for the 171st Expeditionary Wing, leading a team of active duty, National Guard, and civilians into Afyon, Turkey, the only team lead by an Air National Guardsman. Their pre-Operation Iraqi Freedom tasking was to complete the bed down plan for a deployed KC-135 Wing. She remained there until the beginning of the war.

In 2004, Rose became the vice wing commander of the 190th Air Refueling Wing, where she remained until her promotion to brigadier general in 2007, the first woman in the Kansas National Guard to attain that rank, and was named director of the Joint Staff, Joint Forces Headquarters-Kansas.

Rose was assigned in a dual-hat position in November 2010 as the Air National Guard assistant to the commander of the 17th Air Force, the Air Force component of the United States African Command. Rose retired in September 2011, having served more than 28 years.

Rose earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Washburn University in Topeka, and a Master of Science degree in nursing from Wichita State University, Wichita. She also received an honorary doctorate degree in public service from Washburn University. Her military education includes Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.

Rose’s major awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait, Kansas National Guard Commendation Ribbon, Kansas National Guard Achievement Ribbon, and the Kansas National Guard Kansas Emergency Duty Ribbon.

Rose has been an active member of the community, serving on the board of directors and other leadership positions for the Topeka YWCA, Stormont-Vail Foundation, Washburn University Foundation, National Guard Association of Kansas, and Kansas STARBASE. She has been the church accompanist at the Overbrook United Methodist Church for more than 30 years.



Questions/suggestions to: Public Affairs Director