Kansas Adjutant General's Department

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11-003 Kansas National Guard to participate in Inauguration Ceremony

The inauguration ceremony is being supported by the Kansas National Guard today at 11 a.m. in the House Chambers.

The Kansas National Guard, both Army and Air, has cooperated with many other agencies in planning for and assisting in activities for the inauguration of Governor-elect Samuel D. Brownback, and other elected officials of the State of Kansas.

The Kansas National Guard assists in protocol during all the inaugural activities.

The Adjutant General of Kansas, Brig. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, will participate in the inauguration.

The Adjutant General's Department includes the Kansas Army and Air National Guard, Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and provides administrative support to the Civil Air Patrol. The Kansas National Guard has approximately 7,700 Army and Air Guardsmen throughout the state.

The Governor is the commander in chief of the Kansas National Guard and Kansas Highway Patrol. The Adjutant General serves as his chief of staff for state military matters.


Inside – In House Chambers of the Capitol

Ben Bauman will be the master of ceremonies for the 66th inaugural. Bauman is the co-anchor for KTKA Channel 49. The pre-ceremony music which starts at 10:30 a.m. is provided by the 35th Infantry Division Band, Kansas Army National Guard, directed by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen Patterson.

The oath of office ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Jan. 10 in the House Chambers of the Statehouse.

Bauman will offer a welcome with brief introduction.

The 35th Infantry Division Band, Kansas Army National Guard, will play as Bauman introduces members of the platform party, to include congressmen and spouses of elected officials, as they are seated.

Introduction of the National Anthem will be performed by the Reverend Cecil T. Washington of the New Beginning Baptist Church of Topeka. The invocation is given by Dr. David Mugler. Bauman will make brief remarks on the history of Kansas. The Senior Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, the Honorable Eric Rosen will administer the oath of office to Chief Justice-elect of the Kansas Supreme Court, the Honorable Lawton Nuss. Then Nuss will swear in the elected officials.

The members of the State Board of Education will be sworn in as a group. Being sworn in are Janet Waugh, District 1; John Bacon, District 3; Sally Cauble, District 5; Kenneth Willard, District 7; and Jana Shaver, District 9.

The judges of the Kansas Court of Appeals will be sworn in as a group. Being sworn in are the Honorable Michael Buser, the Honorable Nancy Caplinger, the Honorable Henry Green, the Honorable Stephen Hill, the Honorable Tom Malone, the Honorable Patrick McAnany and the Honorable Melissa Taylor Standridge.

Justices of the Kansas Supreme Court will be sworn in individually. Being sworn in are the Honorable Carol Beier, the Honorable Dan Biles and the Honorable Marla Luckert.

State Commissioner of Insurance, Sandy Praeger, will be sworn in.

State Treasurer-elect Ron Estes will be sworn in.

Attorney General-elect Derek Schmidt will be sworn in.

Secretary of State-elect, Kris Kobach, will be sworn in.

Lieutenant Governor-elect Dr. Jeff Coyler, will be sworn in.

Governor-elect Samuel D. Brownback will be sworn in for his first term as governor. He will be joined by his wife, Mary and family, Abby, Andy, Liz, Mark and Jenna. Bauman will introduce the governor to give the inaugural address. The assumption of command ceremony will follow the inaugural address.


Inside the House Chambers

The assumption of command ceremony will be conducted immediately upon the conclusion of the Oath of Office ceremony.

Lt. Col. Barry Thomas, Kansas National Guard, is the commander of the troops for the Assumption of Command ceremony.

The Assumption of Command ceremony provides a formal setting for the governor, as commander in chief of the Kansas National Guard and the Kansas Highway Patrol, to officially take command of these organizations.

An Honor Guard consists of a band, colors (flags), salute battery and a formation of troops.

The Honor Guard will be inspected by the Commander in Chief, Governor Samuel D. Brownback; the Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Lee Tafanelli; and the Acting Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol, Maj. Alan Stoeckline.

The Governor, as commander in chief, is presented a 19-gun salute and four Ruffles and Flourishes. The 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, Kansas National Guard, will be providing the cannon salute.

The formation of troops is organized east to west based on the oldest service first, i.e., Army National Guard, Air National Guard and Kansas Highway Patrol.

Order of activities of Assumption of Command Ceremony

Brig. Gen. Tafanelli will escort Governor Brownback from the podium to inspect his command.

The inspection party, consisting of Brig. Gen. Tafanelli, Governor Brownback and Maj. Stoeckline, will stand as the Commander of Troops, Lt. Col. Barry Manley, brings the Honor Guard to Present Arms.

As the commander of troops salutes the inspection party by bringing down his saber, the 35th Infantry Division Band will begin playing the four Ruffles and Flourishes. With the first Ruffle and Flourish, the first round of the 19-gun salute will be fired. The other 18 rounds will be fired at three-second intervals.

After the inspection of troops is the assumption of command ceremony is concluded.

Steve Ortiz, Tribal Chairman of the Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation, will present Governor Brownback with a ceremonial gift.

The 35th Infantry Division Band, Kansas National Guard, will play the state song, "Home on the Range."

The Benediction will be given by Lauren Libby of the Trans World Radio, Cary, N.C.

Postlude music will be provided by the 35th Infantry Division Band.




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