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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         April 22, 2004
No. 017, 019-028, 32, 034-050
KANSAS ARMY NATIONAL GUARDSMEN ATTEND UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

BIRK ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

CHAPMAN SOLDIERS ATTEND UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

COLEMAN ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

DUES ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

DUSKIE ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

EGGERS ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

ETHERTON ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

HARMON ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

HARRIS ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

HAYS GUARDSMEN ATTEND UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

HAVNER ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

HENRY ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

HORESKY ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

JAMES ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

JONES ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

LEECH BECOMES MILITARY WRITER

MANHATTAN SOLDIERS ATTEND UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

MARSH ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

MUELLER ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

PAVLIS ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

PHILLIPS ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

SCHWEITZER ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

GUARD JOURNALIST SIMMONS RECEIVES REFRESHER COURSE

SMITH ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

TOPEKA SOLDIERS ATTEND UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

THURLOW ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

WARNER ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

WEEMS ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

WICHITA GUARDSMEN ATTEND UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

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BIRK ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

Sgt. Scott A Birk, Burlington, attended a Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. Birk is a member of Battery A, 1st Battalion, 127 Field Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard, Burlington.

"I've been in the National Guard for 15 years now. I know how to tell the Guard story and provide opportunities to help the local community," said Birk.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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CHAPMAN SOLDIERS ATTEND UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Sgt. 1st Class James Mueller, UPAR

Spc. David Isaacs and Spc. Jason K. DeWitt, both of Chapman, attended the Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7.

Isaacs is a generator mechanic with Detachment 1, 323 Missile Support Company, Kansas Army National Guard located on Fort Riley. DeWitt is a member of Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard.

Isaacs leaped at the opportunity to attend this class. Gleaming pride of his unit was shown with enthusiasm all during the class period.

"I just wanted to tell everyone how proud of my unit I am," said Isaacs.

Coming from a patriotic family of two former generations of military, this 36-year-old Chapman resident wanted to improve his skills as a writer for his units' activities.

Isaacs and his wife, Amie, and their two children reside in Chapman.

DeWitt has served in the Kansas Army National Guard for 10 years. He is the son of Rosie and Kenny DeWitt. Kenny DeWitt, a long time member of the Kansas Army National Guard, is currently deployed in Iraq.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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COLEMAN ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Sgt. First Class Susan J. Brown, UPAR

Pfc. David Coleman, 22, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard, Newton, attended the Kansas Army National Guard Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) Course March 6-7, 2004, in Salina.

Coleman attended the course to learn how to tell the story of the Kansas National Guard. The course consisted of lectures about how to interact with the public and doing practical exercises such as writing news stories about other Guard members attending the course and taking pictures.

Coleman is a cannon crewmember with his artillery unit, which has the M109A5 self-propelled howitzer. Coleman joined the Guard when he was 21 years old, on what he says was a spur of the moment. He loves his job with the howitzer.

"Working on the howitzer is very exciting, especially when I get to go to the field and fire rounds down range. For me, there's nothing else like it," said Coleman.

Coleman graduated from Newton High School in 2000. His parents are David C. Coleman, and Cheire Stephey of Fredonia.

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DUES ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Sgt. William J. Jones, UPAR

Staff Sgt. Sheila D. Dues, Kensington, recently attended the Unit Public Affairs Representative School (UPAR) on March 6-7, 2004, in Salina, Kan. She is assigned to the 995th Maintenance Company, Kansas Army National Guard, in Smith Center, where she has been a cook for the past five years.

Dues was in the active Army for 10 years as an administrative specialist and has been in the Army National Guard for seven years. During her career in the military she has made valuable use of her expertise as a journalist, a recruiter and a guidance counselor. Dues wants citizens of Kansas to know the good things the National Guard does in their communities. With this new assignment she can bring this story to local citizens.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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DUSKIE ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Cpl. John Braden

Maj. Andra Duskie, Beloit, attended the Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. Duskie is a traditional Guardsmen assigned to Headquarters, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

Duskie served four years in the active Army where she was an ordnance officer. After a short break from the military she joined the Kansas Army National Guard. She has been a member of the Guard for 11 years.
Duskie graduated from the University of Denver in 1989 with a Bachelors Degree. She is the final stages finishing up her Masters Degree.

Duskie resides in Beloit with her husband, Russell Buller. Buller is a graphic artist. Duskie's hobbies include history, animals and snow skiing.

Duskie's parents, Andrew and Gladys Duskie, are both veterans. Andrew served during World War II and Gladys served during the Korean War.

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EGGERS ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Spc. Danette Harris, UPAR

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Walt Eggers, Great Bend, attended a Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. Eggers is an allied trades technician with Detachment 1, 170th Maintenance Company, Kansas Army National Guard, in Goodland.

Eggers has been a member of the National Guard for 18 years. He was also in the active duty Army for four years prior, serving in Germany and then in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Eggers, formerly of Bird City, is a graduate of Cheylin High School. He is also a 1996 graduate of Fort Hays State University with a bachelors degree in Finance.

Eggers is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Eggers. He has a son, Darin, age 10.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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ETHERTON ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

Staff Sgt. Thomas Etherton attended a Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. Etherton is a member of Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, Horton.

Etherton, a native of Troy, works as Heavy Equipment Mechanic for Ideker Construction in St. Joseph, Mo.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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HARMON ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

Sgt. Harold Harmon, Chanute, attended the Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. Harmon is a member of Detachment 1, Company C, 891st Engineer Battalion, Kansas Army National Guard.

Recently appointed Unit Public Affairs Representative for his unit, Harmon has already started planning for future annual training sessions and other events, where he might be given an opportunity to tell fellow citizens about the wonderful opportunities the Guard has to offer.

During the two days of the UPAR school, he "learned how to tell the story of the Guard."

In addition to being the Unit Public Affairs Representative he also serves as a Combat Engineer. But, his skills don't end there, he served three years in the active Army, where he was a tank turret mechanic. He also has had the privilege of going to several overseas locations including, Germany, Panama and Belize.

Being a member of the graduating class of 1987 from Chanute High School, Harold enjoys quiet days on the shoreline fishing and watching an occasional movie with his kids.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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HARRIS ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

Spc. Danette Harris, Wichita, attended a Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. Harris is a truck driver assigned to the 242nd Engineer Company, Kansas Army National Guard, Wichita. She has been in the National Guard for 2 ½ years.

Harris attended the course as a learning opportunity in the Guard and to be able to better inform the public on the role of the Kansas Army National Guard. The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

Harris is full time student at Wichita State University majoring in Exercise Science. She plans to graduate in May of 2004. She is the daughter of James Fitzer of Erie, and Pat McCurdy of Mulvane.

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HAVNER ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

Spc. Jon Havner attended a Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. He will take his new skills back to his home unit, Detachment 1, 226th Engineer Company, Kansas Army National Guard, based out of Winfield. He will take on the job of the UPAR as an additional duty to his primary job as Headquarters Squad Leader in charge of the platoon's construction equipment operators.

Havner, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, has seven years in the Kansas Army National Guard, joining for a change of lifestyle. Raised by his parents Lonnie and Gena Havner, Jon is a native of Winfield. Havner is a graduate of Winfield High School, class of 1998. He currently works at the Heartland Stone Company at their limestone rock quarry. His favorite hobby is working on 4x4 trucks and he has entered Figure Eight and demolition derbies.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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HAYS GUARDSMEN ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Spc. Chris Marsh, UPAR

Staff Sgt. Donald G. Johnson and Spc. Dale Harwood, both of Hays, attended the Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7.

Johnson is an assistant target acquisition noncommissioned officer of Battery E, (TA), 161st Field Artillery of Larned.

Harwood is a turbine engine mechanic for Detachment 3, 170th Maintenance Company, Kansas Army National Guard, Russell.

Harwood, 36, who is a tank mechanic in his civilian job, has been a member of the Kansas National Guard for 14 years. Prior to joining the Guard, he served on active duty in the United States Navy as a gunners mate. His tours of duty include the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Harwood has also been on active duty during Desert Storm.

Harwood, a graduate of Natoma High School, joined the Guard to get back to the military life that he missed. He is 2002 graduate of Fort Hays State University.

Harwood is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gorden Harwood of Hays, Kan. He resides in Hays with his wife, Cindy. He also enjoys fishing, model building, wood carving and world history.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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HENRY ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Sgt. Keith I. Smith, UPAR

Maj. Scott T. Henry, Topeka, attended a Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. Henry is the Deputy Commander of the 73rd Civil Support Team, Kansas Army National Guard, whose mission is to support civil authorities in response to terrorist incidents involving chemical, biological and nuclear threats.

"Attending the class will allow me to tell the whole story, in a clear fashion, to the news media in a crisis situation," said Henry.

Henry served eight years in a military police unit, changing military careers to the Civil Support Team following the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Henry and his wife, Michele, have two daughters, Allyson and Hannah.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper. The program was presented by the Public Affairs Office of The Adjutant General's Department.

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HORESKY ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

Spc. James Horesky Jr., Norton, attended the Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. Horesky is a member of the 170th Maintenance, Kansas Army National Guard, Norton.

Horesky attends Fort Hays State University where he is majoring in Musical Education and Performance.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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JAMES ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

Cpl. Robert F. James, Wichita, attended a Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7.

James is a member of Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion 137th Infantry, Kansas Army National Guard, Wichita.

James attended the UPAR school to improve his skills as the Unit Public Affairs Representative.

James and his wife, Melissa, and their two children, Arica, 11, and Ian, 10, reside in Wichita. James is the son of Charles and Connie James, who also reside in Wichita.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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JONES ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Staff Sgt. Sheila Dues, UPAR

Sgt. William J. Jones, McCook, Neb., attended a Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7.
The 30 year-old Guardsman is a Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic with Detachment 2, 170th Maintenance Company, Kansas Army National Guard, in Colby.

Jones originally joined the Guard six years ago because he liked the discipline and professionalism the military offered.

"I joined the Guard when I was 24 years old," he said. "I liked all aspects of the National Guard, and what they represented."

Jones will support his unit as the UPAR by increasing community awareness about the Guard.

"I want to be a representative to the community," he said. "I want people to know why our unit is there and what we can do for them."

Supporting his community is not new to the Guardsman, who supports his community of McCook, Neb., as a volunteer firefighter and National Registry Emergency Medical Technician.

Jones is a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Agronomy. He and fiancée Bobbi Brown recently relocated from Colby to McCook, Neb., where he will work as a Certified Crop Consultant.

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LEECH BECOMES MILITARY WRITER

By Sgt. 1st Class Ray E. Simmons

Spc. Daniel Leech of Minneapolis, Kan., learned some basic journalism skills while attending the Kansas Army National Guard Unit Public Affairs Representative Training Course during weekend training March 6-7. The training, designed to teach citizen-soldiers to tell the Guard's story, was presented to over 60 soldiers from across Kansas at the Kansas Regional Training Center in Salina.

The soldiers, mostly from other military occupational specialties, have been assigned as public affairs representatives for their National Guard units. Leech, age 20, is a communications repairman with Detachment 1, 714th Maintenance Company, Kansas Army National Guard, in Clay Center. He is a student at Cloud County Community College and a football coach at Minneapolis Junior High School.

"I volunteered for the position," Leech said.

Brig. Gen. Jonathan Small, Assistant Adjutant General for Kansas, addressed the students, stressing the importance of their mission. The training provided "good information that I can use," said Leech.

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MANHATTAN SOLDIERS ATTEND UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

Spc. Jason Lane and Pfc. Jesse H. Winn II, both of Manhattan, attended the Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7.

Lane is a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 891st Engineer Battalion, Kansas Army National Guard, Iola.

This course instructed Lane how to write stories, take photos and to be better involved with the news media. Lane received this training to better be able to tell the stories of fellow members of the Kansas Army National Guard.

Lane has been in the Army National Guard for six years, and is a technical engineer specialist.

During his service in the Guard, Lane has been overseas to Germany. He has also served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. A 1999 graduate of Bogalusa High School, Lane enjoys watching movies and playing games.

Winn is a fire direction control crew member with Headquarters and Headquarters Support Battery, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery of Hiawatha.

The class taught Winn how to deal with media and civilian personnel. He also learned how to help his unit to share more with the local community.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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MARSH ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Spc. Dale Harwood

Spc. Chris Marsh, Council Grove, attended the Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7.

Marsh, a third generation soldier, is a member of the 778th Transportation Company, Kansas Army National Guard in Council Grove. He has been a member of the Guard of four years.

Marsh and his wife, Susan, reside in Council Grove with their two children, Logan and Hunter. Marsh is the son of Sylvia and John Riffel.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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MUELLER ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Spc. David Isaacs, UPAR

Sgt. 1st Class Jim Mueller, Greenleaf, of Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard, Marysville, attended the Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) training course on March 6 and 7, 2004, at the Kansas Regional Training Center in Salina.

The UPAR Course is designed to train soldiers to report about their units' happenings by writing articles and taking pictures then sending the finished product to media sources such as local newspapers, radio and television.

With 29 years combined service in the Marine Corps and the Kansas National Guard, Mueller is 1st Platoon's platoon sergeant at Battery A, and enjoys the "brotherhood" of the uniform.

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PAVLIS ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Pfc. William Warner

Sgt. Michael Pavlis attended the Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. Pavlis is a member of the 731st Medium Truck Company (-), Kansas Army National Guard, Dodge City.

Pavlis, a resident of Garden City, enjoys the Guard because it gives him a chance to serve his community and country by transporting supplies and equipment around the nation. Pavlis takes every opportunity to tell his experiences to those he comes in contact with.

"I hope this course will enable me to convey my message better, and to inform others about the Kansas National Guard more efficiently," said Pavlis.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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PHILLIPS ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Sgt. 1st Class S. Blake James, UPAR

Sgt. Douglas S. Phillips attended a Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. Phillips is an ammunition handler with Detachment 1, Battery A, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard, located in Liberal.

"The family oriented atmosphere in the Kansas Guard is why I reenlisted after a 15 year break in service," said Phillips. "Being able to inform my community about my unit and the citizen soldiers that make it great is my motivation for obtaining the title of Public Affairs Representative."

Phillips has been a member of the Kansas Guard for four months. In his civilian job, Phillips works as a millwright, and his wife, Teresa, is employed locally as a bookkeeper with Custom Renovations. They reside in Hugoton, and have five children, Jesse, 19, Dustin, 18, Megan, 17, Shea, 16 and Noble, 7.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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SCHWEITZER ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Sgt. Sheree Hicks, UPAR

Sgt. Raymond D. Schweitzer, Colby, attended a Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. Schweitzer is a member of the Battery B, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard, Dodge City.

"The training was good," said Schweitzer. "I hope to put it to good use."

Schweitzer is a traditional National Guardsman who has eight years of military service as a military policeman with the 35th Military Police Company, Kansas Army National Guard, in Topeka, Kan. He also served six months in Schweinfurt, Germany, in 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

When not performing his weekend drill, Schweitzer is still protecting the citizens of the state of Kansas as a Police Officer in Colby.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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GUARD JOURNALIST RECEIVES REFRESHER COURSE

By Spc. Daniel E. Leech, UPAR

Sgt. 1st Class Ray Simmons, a soldier in Headquarters, 35th Infantry Division at Fort Leavenworth, attended the Kansas Army National Guard Unit Public Affairs Representative Training Course March 6-7 at the Kansas Regional Training Center in Salina. He is a print journalist in the Kansas Army National Guard and carries the position and responsibilities of Chief Public Affairs Noncommissioned Officer in his unit.

The Unit Public Affairs Representative Training Course served as a refresher course with good information that will help him in the future. He felt that the course was great training and was glad to see new Guardsmen receive basic journalism instruction and has hopes that the course will spark a career for someone that went through it.

Simmons says, "The National Guard is a hobby of mine," which he has participated in for almost 20 years, a feat in itself. Although many military personnel retire after 20 years, he is undecided on how much longer he will remain in the Guard.

Simmons lives in Wichita, where he is a lawyer at Ayesh Law Office.

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SMITH ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Maj. Scott Henry, UPAR

Sgt. Keith I. Smith, Bavaria, attended a Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. Keith is a crew member with Company B, 108th Aviation, Kansas Army National Guard (KSARNG) in Salina.

"Attending this course will facilitate the real story of Company B, 108th Aviation and serving the citizens of Kansas," Keith said. "Helping the citizens of Kansas understand is important to me."

Keith has been a member of the KSARNG for 15 years. He joined the National Guard in 1989. He has been a long standing member of Company B, 108th Aviation in Salina. He was selected to be the Unit Public Affairs Representative for his long time membership and previous public relations work within his community. In his civilian employment, Keith is a Biology teacher for Salina High School Central, Salina. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Bavaria, with their two children, Tori and Gavin.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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TOPEKA SOLDIERS ATTEND UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

Sgt. 1st Class S. Blake James, Staff Sgt. Sheree Hicks, Staff Sgt. Roy Taylor and Sgt. Michael Mathewson, all of Topeka, attended the Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7.

James is a member of Detachment 1, 24th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), Kansas Army National Guard, Topeka. He is a 14-year veteran of the Guard.

Among James' responsibilities are Detachment Noncommissioned Officer (NCO), Flight Medic, UH-60 Black Hawk Flight Instructor, Unit Prevention Leader, Readiness NCO and now, Unit Public Affairs Representative.

When asked why he joined the Guard, James said, "I joined to better myself and to support my community and country."

James resides with his wife, Stacie, and his two sons, Cody, 7, and Nicholas, 4, in Topeka. His hobbies include playing with his kids and building computers.

Hicks is with the Recruiting and Retention Command, Kansas Army National Guard, Topeka. She has been with the Kansas National Guard for four years.

Previously Hicks served in the active army for seven years in Hawaii and other locations, as an administrative clerk. With the training that she got as a UPAR she now has another important job for the Kansas National Guard.

"I plan to write news releases on recruiting and retention personnel," said Hicks. "We have several recruiters doing great things in the field."

Taylor, a field artillery targeting noncommissioned officer is currently assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 130th Field Artillery Brigade, Topeka.

Taylor was selected for the position of Unit Public Affairs Representative because of his interest in photography and the joy of meeting people.

Mathewson is a member of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 130th Field Artillery Brigade, Topeka.

Mathewson loves to take pictures and talk to people so he says that he is a natural for the appointment as UPAR. Mathewson spent 18 years on active duty and has been in the Kansas National Guard for 3 years.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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THURLOW ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Sgt. Brent Weems, UPAR

Sgt. Curt M. Thurlow attended the Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. Thurlow, 34, a member of Detachment 2, 935th Aviation Support Company, Kansas Army National Guard, is a technician for Army Aviation Support Facility located in Salina.

Thurlow has been a member of the Kansas National Guard for 16 years.

"I wanted to expand my military education, and this was a great school for that," said Thurlow.

Thurlow graduated from Clay Center Community High School in 1989 and attended the University of Kansas receiving a degree in mechanical engineering.

He has a son, Galen, age 7. Thurlow's hobbies include motorcycles and computers.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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WARNER ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Sgt. Michael Pavlis

Pfc. William Warner, Johnson, attended the Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. Warner is a member of Detachment 1, 731st Medium Truck Company (-), Kansas Army National Guard, Liberal.

Taking the knowledge he learned from attending the course, Warner looks forward to the opportunity to tell the stories of the soldiers in the Kansas Army National Guard.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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WEEMS ATTENDS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

By Sgt. Curt Thurlow, UPAR

Sgt. Brent Weems, 28, attended the Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7. Weems is a member of Detachment 1, 935th Aviation Support Battalion, Kansas Army National Guard, Salina.

"I attended the course to expand my military career and to be a more valuable asset to my Guard unit," said Weems. "I have been fortunate for all the knowledge the Guard has given me."

Weems has been a member of the Kansas Army National Guard for 12 years as a petroleum, oil, and lubrications (P.O.L.) specialist in Salina.

Weems and his wife, Jill, are expecting their first child in the next few months. He has been a truck driver for seven years for the Douglas Bradley trucking company out of Salina.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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WICHITA GUARDSMEN ATTEND UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TRAINING

2nd Lt. Brian Henning, 2nd Lt. Ronda Southall, Sgt. 1st Class Michel Whisler, Sgt. Christopher M. Perry and Spc. Monica Schmidt, all of Wichita, attended the Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) school held at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, 235th Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, in Salina, Kan., on March 6-7.

Henning is the 2nd Platoon Leader in the 226th Engineer Company, Kansas Army National Guard, Augusta.
Henning has been a member of the Kansas Army National Guard for two years.

"I joined the Guard to serve my country," said Henning.

Henning, who is a native of Wichita, graduated from Wichita Collegiate School in 1995. He later attended Kansas State University where he graduated with a degree in Secondary Education/Mathematics in 2002.

Henning's parents are Jim and Susan Boots. Henning's favorite hobby is participating in paintball exercises. In his civilian job he is a substitute teacher at Wichita East High.

Southall is a member of the 74th Combat Support Company, Kansas Army National Guard, Topeka.
Southall has been a member of the Kansas Army National Guard for six years. Her current job is a Petroleum Platoon Leader.

Southall graduated from Doane College in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in Accounting.

Southall and her husband, Jeremey, live in Wichita. She is employed with a local law firm, as an accountant.

Whisler is a member of Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry, Kansas Army National Guard, Wichita.

Whisler attended the course in order to better promote his unit to the local community. Areas of study included writing news releases, news stories and features. Instruction also included photography, interviewing, and electronic media.

Whisler is a full-time technician at the Organizational Maintenance Shop (OMS) #3, Kansas Army National Guard, located in Wichita.

He is married to Kieu Ahn of Hanoi, Vietnam, and has two sons, Michel, age 20, and Robert, age 19.

Perry is a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 137th Infantry, Kansas Army National Guard, Wichita.

"I've been in the National Guard for 12 years and have learned an abundance about the National Guard and now I have an opportunity to share and bring to the community what I have learned," said Perry.

Schmidt is a member of the 323rd Missile Support Company (-), Kansas Army National Guard (KSARNG) in Wichita, Kan.

"I think being the unit's UPAR will be a great opportunity to show our community what our unit does," says Schmidt.

She has been in the KSARNG for two and half years. She joined the Guard in 2001, starting as a private with the 323rd Missile Support Company. She was promoted to specialist in January 2003.

In her civilian life, she is a student at Wichita State University studying biology. She is engaged to be married May 22, 2004 to Benjamin Olson of Houston, Texas.

The UPAR course is designed to help unit UPARs tell the National Guard story, reaching out to many Kansas communities and leaders to provide information and foster positive relationships. UPARs will accomplish this by organizing events, developing relations with local community leaders, contacting local media, writing stories and taking photographs. They will also provide stories and photographs to be published in the Plains Guardian, The Adjutant General's Department newspaper.

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