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16-028A 287th Sustainment Brigade will conduct inactivation ceremony May 1

After more than 10 years of service to the state and nation, the Kansas National Guard’s 287th Sustainment Brigade will furl and case its flag for the last time during an inactivation ceremony on Sunday, May 1. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the drill hall at the unit’s headquarters in the Heartland Preparedness Center, 2808 N. New York St., Wichita.

The ceremony is open to all current and former members of the unit, retirees, leaders at all levels, families, friends, and interested individuals from the community.

“The Army is in transition and the Kansas Army National Guard had to make decisions on force structure to meet the needs of the total force,” said Col. Thomas J. Foster, brigade commander. “It is unfortunate that a superior organization such as the 287th Sustainment Brigade will case its colors. It has a proud and rich set of accomplishments and will be missed.”

Activated in September 2005, the brigade provided mission control of all assigned, attached and operational control units. It also provided sustainment planning, guidance and support to forces in an area of operation and, on order, conducted stability operations in support of federal missions and provided military assistance to civil authorities for state and local missions. 

The brigade deployed to Iraq in 2008-2009 where they provided logistical support for U.S. and Coalition forces in their assigned area of operations.

At 11:30 a.m., immediately following the inactivation ceremony, there will be a retirement ceremony for Foster.

Foster was commissioned through ROTC at the University of Kansas in 1986. He started his career in the Kansas Army National Guard as a mortar platoon leader in the 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry. In 1988, he transferred to the Michigan Army National Guard, where his assignments included mortar platoon leader, company executive officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment commander for 225th Quartermaster Battalion (Petroleum), company commander and battalion personnel officer. In 1996, he moved back to Kansas and became the transportation officer, supply and services, and operations officer in the 169th Corps Support Battalion.
In 1999, he transferred to Headquarters, 35th Infantry Division, where he served as the assistant logistics officer, deputy logistics officer, and assistant chief of staff logistics officer. Foster deployed as the deputy logistics officer/planner for Multinational Division North, Stabilization Force 13, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He also deployed to Iraq embedded to the 3rd Infantry Division for the Center for the Army Lessons Learned from September 2005 to January 2006. He was the commander of the 169th Combat Sustainment Battalion from July 2008 until December 2010 and was deputy commanding officer of the 287th Sustainment Brigade before receiving command of the brigade in July 2012.

Foster received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Keller School of Management. His military education includes Infantry Officer Basic and Quartermaster Advance Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College and United States Army War College.

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, NATO Non-Article 5 Service Medal, Army Humanitarian Award and Iraq Campaign Medal.

In his civilian job, Foster is employed by General Dynamics Information Technology in Kansas City, Missouri.



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