TOPEKA, Kan. - Col. Matthew Raney, Kansas National Guard, has been named the 35th Infantry Division chief of staff, a position he was appointed to fill temporarily in July 2007 following the deployment of Col. Michael Selby to Kosovo.
The 35th Infantry Division is one of eight divisions of the Army National Guard. It is headquartered at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., with detachments in Missouri and Illinois.
As the chief of staff, Raney is responsible for coordinating all staff functions for the division.
“My job is to bring the staff together to support the commander’s intent,” Raney said. “This is the premier staff training headquarters in the state of Kansas. I am happy and proud to be here.”
Raney brings extensive experience to the division and will add his knowledge and expertise to the staff, said Maj. Gen. M. Wayne Pierson, 35th ID commander.
“Colonel Raney brings a wealth of knowledge from his previous deployment and personnel experience working with the senior staff at the Joint Forces Headquarters [Kansas],” said Pierson. “He also brings experience and a working knowledge of the current issues facing the division.”
“The 35th Division is significant part of our operations and I believe Colonel Raney will provide the right support for Major General Pierson’s vision for the 35th ID,” said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the adjutant general. “I’ve been very pleased with the service Colonel Raney has given to the Kansas National Guard and I have every confidence that he will continue to give his best in this new position.”
Prior to arriving at the 35th Infantry Division, Raney commanded the 1st Battalion, 635th Armor Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard. As commander of battalion, Raney led the unit to the Balkans in support of the peacekeeping mission there.
Raney has served 27 years in the Kansas Army National Guard. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from Kansas State University and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
Raney resides in Delia, Kan., with Gabriela, his wife of 24 years. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.