Air National Guard honors Kansas front line workers

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Air National Guard honored Kansans on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuesday, May 19.

The Kansas Air National Guard’s 190th Air Refueling Wing performed Operation Kansas Strong flyover.

Dr. Lee Norman, was aboard the tanker alongside leaders from the Kansas National Guard.

In Manhattan Ascension Via Christi staff, members of the 190th Air Refueling Wing, and community members gathered for the flyover.

Ascension Via Christi president, Bob Copple, took part in a radio transmission with Colonel Lee Norman, during the flyover.

“You guys are doing a great job keeping people safe, keeping people healthy…Governor Kelly and I can’t thank you enough, so thank you so much for what you’re doing.” Kansas Air National Guard, 190th Air Refueling Wing, Colonel Lee Norman says.

After the flyover, members of the Kansas Air National Guard, who came to Manhattan, went across the street to thank the staff members who had gathered outside Ascension Via Christi.

All arrival times were subject to change based on weather, air traffic and airspace requirements, so flyover times may have been slightly altered:.
1 p.m. – Emporia Police Department
1 p.m. – Newman Reginal Health Hospital
1 p.m. – Downtown Emporia
1:13 p.m. – Riley County Police Department
1:13 p.m. – Manhattan Surgical Hospital
1:13 p.m. – Manhattan Vet Center
1:13 p.m. – Ascension Via Christi Hospital
1:15 p.m. – Downtown Manhattan
1:26 p.m. – Stormont Vail Hospital
1:26 p.m. – St. Francis Campus
1:26 p.m. – State Capitol Building
1:28 p.m. – Topeka Veteran Affairs Hospital
1:29 p.m. – Topeka Police Department
1:34 p.m. – Lawrence Memorial Hospital
1:34 p.m. – Lawrence Police Department
1:34 p.m. – Downtown Lawrence
1:37 p.m. – Lawrence VA Hospital
The public is encouraged to take pictures of the flyover and tag #OperationKansasStrong on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.