Kansas National Guard Heading to the Southern Border

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The Kansas National Guard is currently working with National Guard Bureau to identify soldiers and airmen to support the on-going mission requirements to the Southwest Border states. 

Kansas Guardsmen will be screened to ensure that deployment to the border does not conflict with current or upcoming overseas deployments and to ensure they meet the requested skillsets.  Additional screenings will be accomplished at the federal level to ensure background checks and assignments meet established criteria.

“We appreciate the men and women of our Kansas National Guard for the service they give to our state and nation when called upon,” said Gov. Jeff Colyer. “This assignment will be an important one for those who are selected, and we send them on this mission with the full support of our state.”

Kansas Guardsmen will be sent to Arizona to work with the Arizona National Guard currently supporting Customs Border Patrol Southwest Border Operations.  The exact duties that Kansas Guardsmen will be assigned to perform are not known at this time. 

Guardsmen who deploy in support of the SWB could potentially be gone from 60 days up to one year.  Currently, Kansas has one soldier supporting the New Mexico National Guard with its SWB operations.