The Adjutant General’s Department synchronizes multi-agency assets utilizing integrated planning; coordinates local, state and federal resources; and provides equipped, trained and ready Army and Air Forces, rapid emergency management response, and cohesive homeland security capability to protect life and property in our state and protect national interests in Kansas and abroad.
Brigadier General Michael T. Venerdi serves as the adjutant general of Kansas. Venerdi also serves as the director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and director of the Kansas Homeland Security Office. He also has oversight of budget and administration of the Kansas Civil Air Patrol.
The Adjutant General’s Department is responsible for the operations of the Kansas Army and Air National Guard, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, Kansas Homeland Security Office and administrative support of the Kansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
The Kansas National Guard consists of the Kansas Army National Guard and the Kansas Air National Guard.
The Kansas Army National Guard is made of the Joint Forces Headquarters, Topeka; 35th Infantry Division, Fort Leavenworth; 69th Troop Command, Topeka; 635th Regional Support Group, Wichita; 130th Field Artillery Brigade, Manhattan; and 235th Regiment, Salina and their subordinate units.
The Kansas Air National Guard is organized into two wings: the 184th Wing based at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita and the 190th Air Refueling Wing at Forbes Field in Topeka.
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is the branch of the Adjutant General’s Department that provides mitigation advocacy, planning requirements and guidance, training and exercising, response coordination and administration of recovery programs for the civil sector of the state, regardless of the type of hazards. KDEM’s mission is to build sustainable capabilities across all phases of emergency management in Kansas through service.
Established in 1941, Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 555 single-engine aircraft and 2,250 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and performs about 90% of all search and rescue operations within the contiguous United States as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.