Kansas Guard attends Military Appreciation Day with Kansas City Chiefs

KC Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman signs a football for a Kansas Army National Guard Soldier during Military Appreciation Day at the Chiefs training camp. (Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Justin Jacobs, 184th Public Affairs)

By Tech. Sgt. Justin Jacobs, 184th Public Affairs

August 16, 2017, members of the Kansas Army and Air National Guard were invited to the Kansas City Chiefs training camp at Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Guardsmen from units across Kansas showcased military equipment, used for state and federal missions, to the public and NFL players.

Players from the Chiefs, along with spectators, had a chance to talk with guard members about their jobs and the equipment on display.

“It’s a great way for the Kansas Army and Air National Guard to come out and interact with the community, along with being able to educate them on some of the benefits and the capabilities that the Kansas Guard has to offer,” said Capt. Chris Koochel, commander, Company A, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Kansas Army National Guard.

Rain during the day did not hinder the Airmen and Soldiers from sharing their missions and experiences with the community and Chiefs players. Several players took time before practice to meet and shake hands with the Guardsmen.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to show the members of our military how much we truly respect and appreciate the things that they do for us,” said Anthony Sherman, fullback, Kansas City Chiefs.