Adjutant General of Kansas

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The Adjutant General of Kansas is the highest-ranking military official in the State of Kansas and is subordinate to the Governor of Kansas. The Adjutant General is a member of the Governor's Cabinet and advises the Governor on military and emergency management matters. The Adjutant General runs the day to day administration of the Kansas Adjutant General's Department, including the Kansas National Guard.


The Governor appoints, subject to confirmation by the Kansas Senate, the Adjutant General with the rank of major general. The person appointed must have served at least five years as a commissioned officer in the Kansas National Guard and have served as an officer in the armed forces of the United States. The Governor may promote, subject to confirmation by the Senate any Adjutant General who has served at least 15 consecutive years to the rank of lieutenant general. The Adjutant General serves at the pleasure of the Governor.[1]


The Adjutant General is the principal military advisor to the Governor and is also responsible for the organization, training and supervision of the Kansas National Guard. In addition, the Adjutant General is the Director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and the head of Kansas Homeland Security. The Office of the Adjutant General also provides administrative services to the Kansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.[2]


The Adjutant General's staff is headquartered in Topeka, Kansas and oversees the operation of many installations throughout the state.

  • The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is responsible for emergency management of all disasters and coordination of recovery and response activities statewide. As a part of the Adjutant General responsibilities as Director of Kansas Homeland Security, KDEM also focuses on preparedness for prevention of acts of terrorism.[2]

Kansas Army National Guard[edit]

The Kansas Army National Guard is the land component of the Kansas National Guard and is manned by approximately 5200 soldiers assigned at installations throughout the state.[2]

  • Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Joint Forces Headquarters, Topeka
  • 287th Sustainment Brigade, Wichita
  • 35th Division Tactical Command Post, Fort Leavenworth
  • 235th Regiment, Salina
  • 69th Troop Command, Topeka
  • 635th Regional Support Group, Hutchinson

Kansas Air National Guard[edit]

The Kansas Air National Guard is the air component of the Kansas National Guard and is composed of a headquarters component located at Topeka, Kansas and two main units: the 184th Intelligence Wing, located at Wichita, Kansas and the 190th Air Refueling Wing located at Topeka. There are approximately 2400 airmen assigned in all locations.[2]

Kansas Division of Emergency Management[edit]

The logo of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management

KDEM is the branch of the Adjutant General's Department that deals with mitigation advocacy, planning requirements and guidance, training and exercising, response coordination, and administration of recovery programs for the civil sector on the State of Kansas regardless of the type of hazard. It was created in 1950 in response to Cold War nuclear threats as the State Civil Defense Agency and was transferred to the Adjutant General's Department in 1955. At that time its role was expanded to include emergency management for all disasters and coordination of recovery and response activities statewide.[2]

Kansas Homeland Security[edit]

This branch coordinates activities in the State of Kansas dealing with the prevention and protection from terrorist related activities including response and recovery from terrorist acts.

Kansas Volunteer Department of the Civil Air Patrol[edit]

The Volunteer Department was created to administer state funds allocated to the Civil Air Patrol and was placed under the control of the Adjutant General's Department by state law in 1997 for the administrative support and control of state resources and funding used by the Kansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.[2]


List of Adjutants General of the State of Kansas[2][edit]

Term Name
August 31, 1855 - January 1858 Adjutant General Hiram J. Strickler
May 2, 1861 - June 20, 1861 Brig. Gen. Robert B. Mitchell
June 23, 1861 - March 22, 1862 Brig. Gen. Lyman Allen
March 22, 1862 - February 26, 1863 Brig. Gen. Charles Chadwick
February 27, 1863 - May 2, 1864 Brig. Gen. Guilford Dudley
May 2, 1864 - March 31, 1865 Col. Cyrus K. Holliday
April 1, 1865 - August 18, 1867 Col. Thomas J. Anderson
August 18, 1867 - March 3, 1869 Col. Josiah B. McAfee
March 4, 1869 - March 4, 1870 Col. William S. Moorhouse
March 5, 1870 - March 5, 1873 Col. David Whittaker
March 6, 1873 - March 2, 1876 Col. Charles A. Morris
March 2, 1876 - March 5, 1878 Col. Hiram T. Beman
April 8, 1878 - January 7, 1883 Col. Peter S. Noble
January 8, 1883 -January 22, 1885 Col. Thomas Moonlight
January 23, 1885 - March 31, 1889 Col. Alexander B. Campbell
April 1, 1889 - January 1, 1893 Col. John N. Roberts
January 10, 1893 - March 31, 1894 Col. Henry H. Artz
April 1, 1894 - February 28, 1895 Col. Albert J. Davis
March 1, 1895 - January 31, 1897 Brig. Gen. Simeon M. Fox
February 1, 1897 - February 21, 1899 Col. Hiram Allen
February 22, 1899 - February 1, 1903 Brig. Gen. Simeon M. Fox
February 1, 1903 - March 31, 1905 Brig. Gen. Samuel H. Kelsey
April 1, 1905 - March 31, 1909 Brig. Gen. James W. F. Hughes
April 1, 1909 - September 30, 1917 Maj. Gen. Charles I. Martin
October 1, 1917 - January 27, 1919 Brig. Gen. Charles S. Huffman
January 27, 1919 - January 11, 1923 Brig. Gen. Charles I. Martin
January 11, 1923 - February 10, 1925 Brig. Gen. R. Neill Rahn
February 10, 1925 - April 27, 1951 Brig. Gen. Milton R. McLean
April 21, 1951 - December 31, 1972 Lt. Gen. Joe Nickell
January 1, 1973 - September 30, 1980 Maj. Gen. Edward R. Fry
October 1, 1980 - October 17, 1987 Maj. Gen. Ralph T. Tice
October 18, 1987 - November 30, 1990 Maj. Gen. Philip B. Finley
December 1, 1990 - February 10, 1999 Maj. Gen. James F. Rueger
February 10, 1999 - October 31, 2003 Maj. Gen. Gregory B. Gardner
January 5, 2004 - January 8, 2011 Maj. Gen. Tod M. Bunting
January 28, 2011 – Present Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli


  1. ^ Article 8, Kansas Constitution
  2. ^ a b c d e f g 2013 Annual Report Kansas Adjutant General's Department
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