Commander’s Comments – Col. Tim Smith

Col. Tim Smith, commander, 184th Regional Support Group, is a Drill Status Guardsman with three large squadrons under his charge. As a private citizen, Smith is a senior certification engineer at Bombardier Learjet in Wichita. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Lauren Penney, 184th Public Affairs)

Col. Tim Smith, commander, 184th Regional Support Group, is a Drill Status Guardsman with three large squadrons under his charge. As a private citizen, Smith is a senior certification engineer at Bombardier Learjet in Wichita. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Lauren Penney, 184th Public Affairs)

By Col. Tim Smith, commander, 184th Regional Support Group

Here we go rolling into the spring season and we are already half way through the 2017 fiscal calendar. Let it be known that a time accelerator is issued to you when you assume command. I think the wing commander initiates the time warp when you are handed the guide-on during the change of command ceremony. It seems like I just walked away from that cushy Inspector General’s office in building 48 with a view of the Wichita skyline only yesterday. Fact is, I actually embarked upon this “suddenly not so new” position eighteen months ago! Continue reading

Airmen contend in Army’s Best Warrior Competition

Airman 1st Class Broderic Peddicord, joint terminal attack controller, 284th Air Support Operations Squadron, participates in the Kansas National Guard's Best Warrior Competion, March 11, 2017. As part of the competition, Peddicord was required to disassemble and reassemble various weapons, and check them for malfunctions as quickly as possible. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt McCoy, 184th Public Affairs)

Airman 1st Class Broderic Peddicord, joint terminal attack controller, 284th Air Support Operations Squadron, participates in the Kansas National Guard’s Best Warrior Competion, March 11, 2017. As part of the competition, Peddicord was required to disassemble and reassemble various weapons, and check them for malfunctions as quickly as possible. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt McCoy, 184th Public Affairs)

By Master Sgt. Matt McCoy, 184th Public Affairs

Airmen assigned to the 284th Air Support Operations Squadron competed with Soldiers from across the state in the Kansas National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition at the Great Plains Joint Training Center near Salina, March 10-12.

Airman 1st Class Broderic Peddicord and Staff Sgt. Jacob Mattern, both joint terminal attack controllers, 284th ASOS, took first place in the Soldier category and second place in the noncommissioned officer category, respectively. Continue reading

134th ACS supports Jaded Thunder

Staff Sgt. Chance Presson, radio frequency specialist, and Staff Sgt. Brock Vizner, data maintencance specialist, both assigned to the 134th Air Control Squadron, check communications equipment for proper functionality during joint exercise Jaded Thunder at Salina Regional Airport, Feb. 21, 2017. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Lauren Penney)

Staff Sgt. Chance Presson, radio frequency specialist, and Staff Sgt. Brock Vizner, data maintencance specialist, both assigned to the 134th Air Control Squadron, check communications equipment for proper functionality during joint exercise Jaded Thunder at Salina Regional Airport, Feb. 21, 2017. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Lauren Penney)

By Master Sgt. Matt McCoy, 184th Public Affairs

Armed forces from around the world gathered once again in Salina for Jaded Thunder in February. The 134th Air Control Squadron, 184th Intelligence Wing, deployed personnel and equipment to Salina Regional Airport to support air operations.

Jaded Thunder is an interoperability and integration exercise that brings together special operations forces and conventional forces from all services, active duty, Guard and reserve, to train in a setting similar to a combat environment. Continue reading