TOPEKA, Kan. - Governor Kathleen Sebelius has made several appointments and reappointments to the Governor’s Military Council.
“Supporting our military men and women, as well as their families, has always been a priority for the State of Kansas,” Sebelius said. “The Military Council has a strategic role in ensuring that Kansas will continue to have a strong military presence in the state which preserves thousands of jobs and is an important aspect of our economy.”
Lieutenant Governor Mark Parkinson has been appointed by the Governor as the council’s new chair. The retiring chair, former Lieutenant Governor John Moore, will serve as an honorary member of the council.
George Boyd, Wichita, received his master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and his doctorate from LaSalle University of Louisiana. Boyd was a member of the United States Air Force for more than 28 years and recently received the Congressional Gold Medal for his service as a Tuskegee Airman. Boyd is currently president of Boyd Systems Development, Inc.
Patricia Gallagher, Wichita, attended both William Woods University and the University of Kansas. She currently serves as the government relations manager for the Wichita Chamber of Commerce and is also the chamber’s military liaison. Gallagher serves on the executive committee of the Friends of McConnell and is a charter member of the West Sedgwick County-Sunrise Rotary Club.
Linda Weis, Manhattan, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas before attending the University of Denver for her master’s degree. She currently serves as the broker and owner of Realty Executives Weis Real Estate Company. Weis is chair-elect of the Manhattan area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and an active member of a variety of local organizations, such as the Little Apple Brigade and the Association of the United States Army.
Jerome H. Reilly, Leavenworth, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. He currently serves as a chairman for Reilly and Sons, Inc. and is on the board of directors for the First National Bank and Trust Company; Exchange Bankshares Holding Company; and the Blish Mize Company.
James C. Remsberg, Wichita, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. He is a professional engineer for the State of Kansas and a member of various boards, such as the Society of Petroleum Engineers; the University of Kansas advisory board; and the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists. In addition, he is an honorary squadron commander for McConnell Air Force Base and a member of the Friends of McConnell.
Timothy F. Rogers, Salina, obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas and attended Washburn University School of Law. He has served in the airport and industrial center management industry for more than 28 years. Rogers is currently the executive director for the Salina Airport Authority and manages the Kansas National Guard’s Great Plains Joint Regional Training Center Headquarters.
In addition to the aforementioned appointments, the following individuals have been reappointed to the council:
· Robin Spurrier, Wichita
· Lieutenant General Robert Arter, Ft. Leavenworth
· Lana Oleen, Manhattan
· John G. Montgomery, Junction City
· Major General Tod. M. Bunting, Topeka
· Neil Fisher, Topeka
· Alonzo Harrison, Topeka
· Doug Kinsinger, Topeka
· Mike Shilling, Manhattan
· David S. Stuckey, Junction City
· Colonel Robert R. Ulin, Lansing
· Aaron A. Otto, Roeland Park
· Mark Edwards, Junction City
The Governor’s Military Council was formed by executive order in January 2006 and has been extended by Executive Order 07-05 to continue in operation until May 1, 2009. It’s composed of no more than thirty members, all appointed by the governor. Base and post commanders serve as ex-officio members. John Armbrust serves as the executive director of the Governor’s Military Council.
The council develops and implements strategies to optimize the military presence in Kansas and works to foster close, effective cooperation among the installations, the public and the private sectors. It also aims to enhance the quality of life for all military personnel, both active and retired, while promoting Kansas as a desirable location for all Department of Defense retirees. The council also develops opportunities for individuals retiring from military service to use their talents and skills as members of the Kansas workforce.
Members of the council serve at the pleasure of the governor, receive no compensation, subsistence allowance, mileage or expenses from the State of Kansas and meet upon the call of the chairperson.
To read the executive order in its entirety, please visit: http://www.governor.ks.gov/executive/Orders/exec_order0705.htm.