Mission: Provide training oversight, quality assurance, scheduling and accreditation management for aligned units nationally. Provide resource management and other services as required to train soldiers and units. On order, provide support to critical state and civil support missions. Maintain a cadre of ready and relevant role models.
Command Leadership and Unit Structure
The 235th Regiment is commanded by Col. Willy Pegues IV.
The senior noncommissioned officer is Command Sgt. Maj. Christina Escott.
The unit is composed of the following:
- 1st Battalion, 235th, Officer Candidate School and Warrant Officer School
- 2nd Battalion 235th, Modular Training
- Regional Training Site - Maintenance
- 137th Chaplain Detachment, Salina
- Kansas Training Center
2022 Unit Highlights
Officer Candidate School / Warrant Officer Candidate School
The Officer Candidate School Program completed the Consolidated OCS Phase I training from June 11-25 in Salina. One hundred and nine officer candidates from the Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas Army National Guards attended this training along with staff and cadre from all states and Fort Riley. The training included leadership training, land navigation, physical readiness training and a six mile foot march. The OCS Program closed out the training year with the OCS Hall of Fame Ceremony and graduation of OCS Class 66, commissioning eight new officers into the KSARNG.
The OCS Detachment at Fort Hays State University completed its first academic year of classes, with five students completing introductory classes on military studies. The FHSU OCS program is conducted in coordination with the FHSU Department of Leadership Studies and gives students an opportunity to take both military and leadership courses with an option to enter the KSARNG Officer Candidate School program.
The Warrant Officer Candidate School conducted both summer and winter courses, graduating 20 candidates from the Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas Army National Guards between the two classes. The WOCS Program also started the Warrant Officer Accession Program, which is designed to assist prospective warrant officer candidates with the application and accession process.
Modular Training Battalion
The 2-235th instructs Quartermaster Courses for Unit Supply Specialist, Culinary Specialist, and the Culinary Specialist Advanced Leaders Course. In addition to the Quartermaster courses, the MTB is also responsible for teaching the Common Faculty Development- Instructor Course, Combat Lifesaver and Combat Medic Recertification course. These additional courses provide the necessary training for the Kansas Army National Guard to have qualified instructors, combat lifesavers, and certified medics to support the state's missions.
In total, the Modular Training Battalion graduated 853 Soldiers from the Army National Guard and Army Reserve components.
Regional Training Site - Maintenance
RTS-M continued to foster the Synchronous Training and Academic Credit partnership with Salina Area Technical College. Soldiers attending Utilities Equipment Repairer or Allied Trades Specialist courses of instruction are eligible for enrollment, earning college credits for military training performed at RTS-M. This partnership was highlighted during the unit's triennial Army Enterprise Accreditation assessment.
The RTS-M trained 295 ordnance Soldiers from all three U.S. Army components. Training included the Utilities Equipment Repairer, Utilities Equipment Repairer Advanced Leaders Course, Allied Trades Specialist, Allied Trades Specialist ALC and the Additional Skill Identifier H8 Wheeled Vehicle Recovery Course.
In addition to conducting their courses, the RTS-M staff provided support personnel and equipment for various state missions and recruiting events. The RTSM staff also participated in several different Memorial Day and Veterans Day events.
Kansas Training Center
The Kansas Training Center is the garrison command composed of headquarters, operations, engineers and range personnel. The KSTC is charged with operating and maintaining a garrison cantonment area consisting of lodging, billeting, training facilities and instructional classrooms on an urban campus and a 3,600-acre range/training complex, Camp Phillips. Camp Phillips is complete with Soldier billeting, small-arms qualification ranges, a light machine-gun qualification range, an off-road driver's course, multiple domestic disaster response facilities and maneuver training areas.
The KSTC hosted the Marine Corps' Joint Operation Gunslinger 2022 consisting of more than 1,300 Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen from over 13 states. The KSTC also hosted, with the Smoky Hills Air National Guard Range, SOCOM's Jaded Thunder Exercise with more than 500 special operators.
The KSTC hosted premobilization training supporting the Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery and the 35th Infantry Division Headquarters along with the garrison support for numerous training programs. The KSTC continued partnerships with the Kansas Highway Patrol, Salina Police Department, and Kansas Division of Emergency Management. In total, the KSTC facilitated training for over 55,000 personnel from more than 35 separate units across all Combatant Commands and over 25 states.