For Immediate Release Dec. 18, 2003
Nicole Corcoran - 785.368.8500 Communications Director

Governor Sebelius Appoints Colonel Tod Bunting as Adjutant General

Governor Kathleen Sebelius has announced her appointment of Colonel Tod M. Bunting as Kansas' Adjutant General.

Colonel Bunting currently serves as the Air National Guard Director of Diversity, Personnel and Training, Washington DC. In this position he directs all Air National Guard personnel programs and is responsible for Mobilization Programs at the National Guard Bureau, supporting the 54 State Adjutants General and more than 109,000 Air National Guard Members. Since 9/11 he has directly supported the programs affecting over 36,000 mobilized Army National Guard members nation wide, to include Employer and Family Support and readiness programs. With this appointment, Colonel Bunting, a native Kansan, will be returning home, to serve as the Governor's top military officer in the State.

Governor Sebelius said, "Colonel Bunting knows Kansas well and also has worked in key positions around the country. This combination of experiences provides a strong background for this important position with the Kansas National Guard. After a national search, I have selected the person best suited to lead the Kansas Guard into the future."

The Adjutant General guides the preparation of over 7,700 Kansas Army and Air National Guard citizen soldiers and airmen to respond in times of state or national emergency. As Director of Kansas Emergency Management, he is also responsible for directing and coordinating state and local government agencies when emergencies and natural disasters strike in the state.

Colonel Bunting, 45, began his military service in 1979 and has served in the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, in the 184th Tactical Fighter Group (now the 184th Air Refueling Wing), McConnell AFB, in the Adjutant General's Office as an executive support staff officer from 1993 to 1997. He left Kansas in 1997 to serve as ANG advisor to the Commander of the Air Force Personnel Centers in Colorado and Texas. Colonel Bunting has served in his current position in Washington DC since 2002.

He begins his new position as Adjutant General January 2, 2004. Colonel Bunting is filling the position that was vacated by General Greg Gardner who retired in October.

Acting Adjutant General Jonathon Small decided he could not accept the permanent assignment due to prior commitments in the private sector. Governor Sebelius said, "I am very thankful to General Small for his on-going commitment and service. His guidance will be essential as Colonel Bunting transitions into this role vital to our safety and security."

The Adjutant General must be confirmed by the Kansas Senate.

Colonel Bunting was born in Wichita. He earned Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1980, from Washburn University, Topeka. His wife Barbara is an Emporia State University graduate and a high school science teacher. His mother and father (Al and Toni Bunting) live in Burlingame. He has three brothers, (Alan) in New Jersey and (Marc and Kyle) in Topeka.

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