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Guard Missions

Approximately 7,500 Guardsmen currently serve the state of Kansas The Guard answers the call, at home or abroad. The incredible versatility of the National Guard enables its troops to respond to domestic emergencies, combat missions, counter-drug efforts, reconstruction missions and more-all with equal speed, strength and efficiency.

Whether the call is coming from the state governor or directly from the president of the United States, Guard Soldiers are always ready and always there. Our citizen soldiers serve their community, state and country.

Explore below to learn more about the origins of the Kansas National Guard, their participation in historic conflicts and their unwavering support to civil and domestic response operations.

Kansas Guard Origins

Citizen-soldiers began protecting Kansas homes and families when our state was still a territory, leaving farms, businesses and other work places when called to defend the state and nation.

Combat and Humanitarian Missions

The Kansas National Guard has been involved in the nation’s conflicts since the state’s inception as a territory. Since 1855, the Kansas National Guard has been involved in both combat missions and civil support roles. From the jungles of the Philippines to the mountains of Afghanistan; from the mountains of Tennessee to the deserts in …

Civil and Domestic Response Missions

Kansas citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen have also served our state supporting civil authority in the 1888-89 County Seat Wars, the 1893 Legislative War, labor disputes in 1886 and 1893, and during student unrest over the Vietnam conflict in the 1960s. They continue to train to assist civil authority today. They also serve to protect Kansans in …