Joy D. Moser
Director, Public Affairs Office
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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan.
FACT SHEET ON KANSAS NATIONAL GUARD'S PARTICIPATION IN INAUGURAL ACTIVITIES
By Joy D. Moser
The Kansas Guard, both Army and Air, has cooperated with many other agencies in planning for and assisting in activities for the inauguration of Governor-elect Kathleen Sebelius as Governor and other elected officials of the State of Kansas.
The Kansas National Guard assists in protocol during all the inaugural activities.
The Adjutant General of Kansas is Maj. Gen. Gregory B. Gardner, the agency head for The Adjutant General's Department.
The Adjutant General's Department provides administrative support to both the Army and Air branches of the Kansas National Guard through its Military Division and assists in planning for and responding to emergencies and disasters through its Division of Emergency Management. It also provides administrative support to the Civil Air Patrol. The Adjutant General is the Director of Homeland Security in Kansas.
The Kansas National Guard has approximately 8,000 Army and Air Guardsmen throughout the state.
Col. Adam King and Col. Dennis Parry are project officers for the entire Kansas National Guard participation in the inauguration.
A resident of Topeka, King is the executive support staff officer for the Kansas Air National Guard, Topeka. He is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College and Air War College. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas.
A resident of Topeka, Parry is the chief of staff for the Kansas Army National Guard. He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College. He was a helicopter pilot and previously served as the State Army Aviation Officer.
THE ADJUTANT GENERAL
The Governor is the commander in chief of the Kansas National Guard and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
The Adjutant General serves as her chief of staff for State military matters.
The Adjutant General is Maj. Gen. Gregory B. Gardner. He became the adjutant general on Feb. 10, 1999.
Maj. Gen. Gardner supervises the activities of both the Kansas Army and Air National Guard. He also serves as the Director of Kansas Emergency Management and Director of Homeland Security for the State. He directs and coordinates state and local government agencies when emergencies and natural disasters strike in the state. In his capacity as Director of Homeland Security, he is responsible for deterring and, if necessary, responding to a terrorist attack.
Gardner is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.
Among his many awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal and Air Force Achievement Medal.
Gardner has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii and a master’s degree from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo.
Gardner, his wife, Kim, and two children, Gary and Rachel, reside in Lawrence, Kan.
OATH OF OFFICE CEREMONY
Outside - On South Steps Of Capitol
INFORMATION ON CEREMONY
The swearing-in ceremony for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and State officers of Kansas will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Jan. 13, 2003.
Dave Taylor, Topeka, is the coordinator for the Oath of Office/Assumption of Command ceremonies. Col. Deborah Rose, Kansas Air National Guard, and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Rosanna Morrow, Kansas Army National Guard, are the military coordinators for the Oath of Office ceremony.
Rose, a Kansas Air National Guard officer from Overbrook, is the very first woman in the Kansas National Guard to be promoted to colonel. She is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Air Force Command and Staff College and Air War College. Currently as the commander of the Support Group of the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard, Topeka, Rose is the first female group commander in the Kansas Air National Guard. She graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She has a master’s degree in Nursing from Wichita State University.
Morrow, Topeka, is the Budget Officer for the United States Property and Fiscal Office for Kansas. She has a bachelor’s degree from Washburn University.
Elected officials are assembled and escorted and attendance of special guests is coordinated by members of the Kansas National Guard.
On the east side of the south apron there are 41 chairs, which are for special campaign supporters of Governor-elect Sebelius. They are represented by firefighters, the sheriff’s department, the area police department and others.
Capitol facilities is placing approximately 500 chairs at the site of the ceremony. Barricades are being used to cordon off the area for inaugural activities.
Security for the ceremonies is provided by the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Kansas National Guard. The National Guard security officer in charge is Lt. Col. Danny Hay. He is the commander of the 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry, Kansas Army National Guard. He is a detective sergeant in the Topeka Police Department. The Kansas National Guard Security Platoon, consisting of Kansas Army and Air National Guardsmen, has in excess of 45 enlisted personnel.
Theresa Richard and Vicki Scales, free-lance interpreters for the Kansas Commission on Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will be the deaf interpreters.
ORDER OF ACTIVITIES FOR OATH OF OFFICE CEREMONY
Bill Kurtis will be the master of ceremonies for the 64th inaugural of the State of Kansas. Kurtis is the well-known anchor of three A & E Network series, including the Emmy Award-winning “Investigative Reports.” Kurtis is an Independence, Kan., native. Kurtis began his broadcast career at WIBW-TV in Topeka as a news reporter after graduating from the University of Kansas. In 1966, Kurtis earned his break covering a 12-minute tornado that ripped through Topeka, leaving 16 dead and hundreds injured. After learning of the dangerous weather, he shouted a warning that became synonymous with the deadly twister: “For God’s sake, take cover.” He remained on the air to cover the destruction for 24 hours straight. One of Kurtis’ current projects is the revitalization of Sedan, Kan.
The pre-ceremony music at 10:50 a.m. is provided by the 35th Infantry Division Band, Kansas Army National Guard, Olathe. The band will play martial music.
The oath of office ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. on the south steps of the Statehouse.
Bill Kurtis will offer a welcome.
The 35th Infantry Division Band, Kansas Army National Guard, will play as Mr. Kurtis introduces members of the platform party, to include congressmen and spouses of elected officials, as they are seated. Expected on the platform are the former 36th governor, Governor John Anderson Jr.; the former 37th governor, Governor Bill Avery; the former 41st governor, Governor Mike Hayden and his wife, Patti; Senator Sam Brownback; Congressman Jerry Moran; Congressman Jim Ryun; and Congressman Dennis Moore and his wife, Stephene. Governor Bill Graves and his wife, Linda, and Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer and his wife, Judy, will be seated on the platform.
The Kansas Highway Patrol Honor Guard will post the colors at the top of the South steps.
The National Anthem is performed by the Baldwin City Junior High School Chanconettes Chorus under the direction of Jodie Eldridge. They are located on the west side of the top steps adjacent to the west column.
The invocation is given by the Reverend C.L. Bachus from the Mount Zion Church in Kansas City, Kan.
Mr. Kurtis will make remarks.
Now the second senior Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, Justice Donald Allegrucci, will administer the oath of office to Chief Justice-elect of the Kansas Supreme Court, the Honorable Kay McFarland.
Chief Justice McFarland, Topeka, became the chief justice on Sept. 1, 1995. She is the first female chief justice in the State of Kansas. She was first appointed as a justice of the Kansas Supreme Court on Sept. 19, 1977. She is a 1964 graduate of Washburn University School of Law.
Justice Donald L. Allegrucci, Topeka, was appointed to the Supreme Court in January 1987. He is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and the Washburn University School of Law.
Now the Chief Justice of Kansas, the Honorable Kay McFarland, will swear in the elected officials.
At this time, the members of the State Board of Education will be sworn in as a group. They are the Honorable Janet Waugh, Kansas City, Kan.; the Honorable John W. Bacon, Olathe; the Honorable Connie Morris, St. Francis; the Honorable Kenneth Willard, Hutchinson; and the Honorable Iris Van Meter, Thayer.
Mrs. Waugh represents District One. She served for more than 15 years on the Turner Board of Education, including eight years as president. She also held state and regional offices for the PTA and the Kansas Association of School Boards. Mrs. Waugh manages a family auto sales business and resides in Kansas City, Kan.
Mr. Bacon represents District Three. He served on the Tomahawk Elementary School Site Council for many years. He was elected to represent the State Board on the Kansas State High School Activities Association Board of Directors from 2001-2003. He is a self-employed certified public accountant in Olathe.
Mrs. Morris represents District Five. She has been an elementary classroom teacher for nine years. She is a member of the Kansas Behavioral Science Regulatory Board appointed by Governor Bill Graves. Mrs. Morris and her husband, Kelly, farm and ranch and own a plumbing business in St. Francis.
Mr. Willard represents District Seven. For the past seven years, he served on the Nickerson-South Hutchinson USD 309 School Board. He is a district sales manager for American Family Insurance, overseeing and providing training for 25 regional agencies. He and his family reside in Hutchinson.
Mrs. Van Meter represents District Nine. She served as a substitute teacher in the USD 101 School District. She has been a Republican precinct committeewoman in Neosho County for several years. She and her husband, Dale, raise fruits and vegetables, which they sell from a market located on their farm near Thayer.
At this time, the members of the Kansas Court of Appeals will be sworn in as a group. The judges of the Kansas Court of Appeals to be sworn in are the Honorable Gary W. Rulon, Emporia; Honorable Jerry Elliott, Wichita; the Honorable Robert J. Lewis Jr., Atwood; the Honorable Henry W. Green Jr., Leavenworth; the Honorable David S. Knudson, Salina; the Honorable Carol Beier, Topeka; and the Honorable Lee Johnson, Caldwell.
The Kansas Court of Appeals was reestablished on Jan. 10, 1977, with seven judges. On July 1, 1987, the court was expanded to 10 judges. Only eight of the 10 positions were elected this year. Each judge is appointed until the second Monday in January following the next general election, which occurs after one year in office. Terms are for four years.
The Honorable Gary W. Rulon, Emporia, was appointed judge of the Court of Appeals on Dec. 18, 1988. He graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 1971.
The Honorable Jerry Elliott is from Wichita. He was appointed judge of the Court of Appeals on Sept. 11, 1987. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1964.
The Honorable Robert J. Lewis Jr., comes from Atwood. He was appointed judge of the Court of Appeals on Dec. 23, 1989. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1963.
The Honorable Henry W. Green Jr., Leavenworth, came to the Court of Appeals in 1993. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1975.
The Honorable David S. Knudson, Salina, came to the Court of Appeals in 1995, following service as an administrative judge. He graduated from the Washburn University School of Law in 1966.
The Honorable Carol Beier, Topeka, came to the Court of Appeals in 2000. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1985.
The Honorable Lee Johnson, Caldwell, came to the Court of Appeals in 2001. He graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 1980.
The Honorable Robert L. Gernon was re-elected for another term with the Court of Appeals but was appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court. His position with the Court of Appeals has not been filled as of yet.
The next officials to be sworn in are the justices of the Kansas Supreme Court.
The Honorable Marla J. Luckert of the Kansas Supreme Court will be sworn in. Luckert, Topeka, previously was the Chief Judge of the 3rd Judicial District in Shawnee County. She replaces Justice Fred N. Six who retired. Luckert is the second female justice in the Court’s history, behind Chief Justice Kay McFarland.
The Honorable Robert L. Gernon of the Kansas Supreme Court will be sworn in. Gernon, Lawrence, previously was the judge of the 22nd District. He also is a former assistant Shawnee County attorney and probation officer and pre-sentence investigator for Shawnee County.
Now the State Commissioner of Insurance-elect, Sandy Praeger, will be sworn in. Commissioner Praeger is a former member of the Kansas Senate. She is the 24th Kansas Commissioner of Insurance. She replaces Governor-elect Kathleen Sebelius as State Commissioner of Insurance.
Now the State Treasurer-elect Lynn Jenkins will be sworn in. She was elected to this position in November. She replaces outgoing State Treasurer Tim Shallenburger. Jenkins is a former member of the Kansas Senate.
The Attorney General-elect Phill Kline will now be sworn in. He is the 41st attorney general of the State of Kansas. He replaces outgoing Attorney General Carla Stovall. He is a former member of the Kansas House of Representatives.
The Honorable Ron Thornburgh, the secretary of state, will be sworn in for his third term. From Topeka, he has been Secretary of State for eight years. He previously served as the assistant secretary of state.
The Lieutenant Governor-elect John Moore, will be sworn in. He was elected for the first time. Moore previously was the Executive Vice President for Wichita's Cessna Aircraft Company.
Now Governor-elect Kathleen Sebelius will be sworn in for her first term as governor. She will be joined by her husband, Gary Sebelius, and sons, Ned and John, who will hold the Bible during the oath. She previously served as the Insurance Commissioner.
Mr. Kurtis introduces the new Governor.
Governor Kathleen Sebelius will give her inaugural address.
This concludes the oath of office ceremony. Next, the assumption of command ceremony will begin.
ASSUMPTION OF COMMAND CEREMONY
Outside - On South Steps of Capitol,
following Oath of Office Ceremony
INFORMATION ON THE ASSUMPTION OF COMMAND CEREMONY
The assumption of command ceremony will be conducted immediately upon the conclusion of the Oath of Office ceremony.
Col. Debbie Rose is the officer in charge of the Assumption of Command ceremony.
The Assumption of Command ceremony provides a formal setting for the governor, as commander in chief of the Kansas National Guard and the Kansas Highway Patrol, to officially take command of these organizations.
An Honor Guard consists of a band, colors (flags), salute battery and a formation of troops.
The Honor Guard will be inspected by the Commander in Chief, Governor Kathleen Sebelius; The Adjutant General, Major General Gregory B. Gardner; and the Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol, Lt. Col. Donald W. Brownlee.
Lt. Col. Donald W. Brownlee was appointed as superintendent by Governor Bill Graves on March 17, 1999.
Brownlee, 47, joined the Patrol in December of 1974 and was assigned Field Trooper duties in Wichita. During his tenure with the Patrol, Brownlee has served as a Field Sergeant, Assistant Troop Commander, Troop Commander and State Operations Commander. Brownlee was also instrumental in the formation of the Kansas Highway Patrol’s Professional Standards Unit.
Prior to his appointment, Brownlee had served as the Patrol’s Assistant Superintendent since May of 1997. He succeeds recently retired Col. Lonnie R. McCollum. Brownlee is the 17th Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol since its creation in 1937.
The Governor, as commander in chief, is entitled to a 19-gun salute and four Ruffles and Flourishes. The number of enlisted personnel in each of the representative elements is appropriate to the number of volleys to be fired.
The commander of troops is located to the north of the Color Guard, which is located north of the flagpole on the South apron.
The commander of troops is Lt. Col. Jane Harris, Lawrence, battalion commander of the 169th Corps Support Battalion, Olathe. She is the first Kansas Army National Guard female to command a battalion. She is a Command and General Staff College graduate and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emporia State University.
She is wearing an Army ceremonial dress saber. The Army saber is curved, while the Air Force, Navy and Marine sabers are straight. The curve goes back to the origin of the Army saber with cavalry and fighting from horseback.
The Color Guard is composed of two Kansas Army National Guard and two Kansas Air National Guard personnel. The noncommissioned officer in charge of the ceremonial platoon is Command Sgt. Maj. Steve Rodina, Topeka, who stands in front of the four members of the Color Guard. Rodina is the State Command Sergeant Major for the Kansas Army National Guard.
The Color Guard from (east) right to left (facing north) is:
Staff Sgt. Terry Ison, Topeka. He is a member of the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard, Topeka. He is carrying a saber.
Next is Sgt. 1st Class Michael Schlingmann, Osage City, a member of the 714th Maintenance Company, Kansas Army National Guard, Topeka. He is carrying the United States flag.
To his left is Staff Sgt. James Fenton, Manhattan, a member of Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard, Topeka, who is carrying the Kansas flag.
To the far left is Senior Airman Jason Mullen, Topeka. He is a member of the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard, Topeka. He is carrying a saber.
Color Guard members positioned on the steps are: on the east side of the blue carpet is Sgt. Christopher Jackson, Belvue, 74th Quartermaster Company, Kansas Army National Guard, Topeka; and to the west of the blue carpet is Chief Master Sgt. Danny Roush, Lyndon, 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard, Topeka.
The Army Guard personnel are wearing the Army Dress Blues uniform. The Air Guard personnel are wearing the Blue Service uniform.
The 35th Infantry Division Band is the official Kansas Army National Guard Band. It is composed of members from across Kansas and from Iowa, Oklahoma and Missouri. It trains at Olathe. Warrant Officer One Stephen Patterson, a resident of Topeka, has been the director of the 35th Infantry Division Band for over a year and a member of the band for over 24 years. He received a doctorate in Music from The University of Kansas in 2000. Patterson is employed as bandmaster and commander of the 35th Infantry Division Band for the Kansas Army National Guard. He also serves as an instructor in music at Washburn University in Topeka. Today’s band is comprised of approximately 40 enlisted members and one warrant officer. It is located just west (to the left) of the flagpole.
The Honor Guard formation of troops is composed of three organizations under the commander of troops. The three elements are lined up, South to North, on the west edge of the apron by the South steps. The first element (on the south) is composed of Kansas Army National Guard personnel (19 enlisted personnel and one officer). They are members of 714th Maintenance Company and the 74th Quartermaster Company, both of Topeka, elements of the 169th Corps Support Battalion, Olathe, of the Kansas Army National Guard.
The Honor Platoon leader is 2nd Lt. Tina Smith, Manhattan. She is a platoon leader with the 714th Maintenance Company and is a weekend Guardsman. They are wearing the Army green uniform.
The Kansas Air National Guard’s element (19 enlisted personnel and one officer) from the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Topeka, is the second organization. They are in the middle of the three organizations in the formation of troops. The Honor Platoon leader is 2nd Lt. Jennifer Kern Jellison, Topeka. She is a traditional Guardsman serving as a budget officer for the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Topeka. They are wearing the Blue Service uniform.
The third element contains 19 troopers and one officer of the Kansas Highway Patrol. It is located at the far north of the troops. The Honor Platoon leader is Maj. Mark Goodloe. He is the East Region Commander in charge of the field operation Troops A, B and H. He has been with the Highway Patrol for 18 years.
The formation of troops is organized south to north based on the oldest service first, i.e., Army National Guard, Air National Guard and Kansas Highway Patrol.
The Salute Battery provides the 19-gun salute to honor the governor as commander in chief. It is located on the west diagonal sidewalk, northwest of the Prairie Mother statue.
The Salute Battery is composed of four, 75-millimeter towed howitzers, 12 enlisted personnel, one officer in charge and one noncommissioned officer in charge from the 1st Battalion, 127th Field Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard, Ottawa. The salute battery commander is 2nd Lt. Adam Krien, Riverside, Mo. He serves as the battalion fire direction officer for 1st Battalion, 127th Field Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard, Ottawa. Sgt, 1st Class Jerry Wilson, Tonganoxie, the noncommissioned officer in charge, is the Readiness Noncommissioned Officer for Battery B, 1st Battalion, 127th Field Artillery, Lenexa.
The howitzers are laid to fire generally to the southwest. Blank ammunition is being used. After the volleys are fired, the Salute Battery will remain in place with their howitzers.
A KC-135 stratotanker from the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard, Topeka, will fly over from north to south. The aircraft commander of the KC-135 is Maj. Lee Grunberger, Lawrence. The co-pilot of the KC-135 is Maj. Chris Gnagi, Topeka. The boom operator is Tech. Sgt. Brian Thomas, Olathe.
ORDER OF ACTIVITIES OF ASSUMPTION OF COMMAND CEREMONY
The inspection party, consisting of Maj. Gen. Gardner, Governor Sebelius and Lt. Col. Brownlee, will stand as the Commander of Troops, Lt. Col. Jane Harris, brings the Honor Guard to Present Arms.
As the commander of troops salutes the inspection party by bringing down her saber, the 35th Division Band will begin playing the four Ruffles and Flourishes. After the fourth Ruffle and Flourish the first round of the 19-gun salute will be fired. The other 18 rounds will be fired at three-second intervals.
At this time, weather permitting, a KC-135 stratotanker from the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard, Topeka, will fly over the Capitol from north to south.
Upon completion of honors, the Governor will pass in review, an inspection of the troops.
During the walking inspection, the 35th Division Band will play the Army song, the Air Force song and appropriate march music.
The inspection is completed when the inspection party returns to the center of the apron north of the Color Guard and the commander of troops provides a saber salute to the commander in chief.
There will be a gift presentation from the Native Americans of Kansas. Representing the four local tribes are: Zachariah Pahmahmie from the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Mayetta; Sandra Keo from the Sac and Fox Nation, Powhattan; Steve Cadue from the Kickapoo Tribe, Horton; and Louie DeRoin from the Iowa Tribe, White Cloud.
"Go Ye Children" will be sung by the Shawnee Mission East Choraliers under the direction of Tracy Resseguie. The choraliers are split into two groups and are located in front of both the east and west columns.
The benediction, by Father Ray Kemp of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., will conclude the ceremony.
Following the benediction, the 35th Division Band will play postlude music of John Phillip Sousa, “Fairest of the Fair.”
Kurtis will provide closing remarks on the receptions to follow.