Governor's Military Council Report

Governor’s Military Council Continues to Build Relationships with Kansas Military Installations


The state of Kansas remains dedicated to doing everything possible to assist them and their families, not only while they are deployed, but also when they return home. As Kansans we have a very strong tradition of supporting the military installations in our state, the members of the Armed Forces and their loved ones.

It has been my pleasure to work with the Governor’s Military Council and local communities to support members of the military stationed in Kansas, promote the important role of the military in the state, protect and grow our military presence in Kansas, and advocate for improved quality of life for the military through establishing programs such as the Kansas Military Bill of Rights. This program contains assistance for tuition, tax benefits, and other services. The Kansas Military Bill of Rights is widely regarded as one of the best sets of benefits in the nation.

Our philosophy is simple. We have and will continue to take care of our own. This is our solemn vow.

Very Respectfully,

Kathleen Sebelius Mark Parkinson
Governor Lieutenant Governor

Leadership


Lieutenant Governor Mark Parkinson serves as chairman, while John Armbrust of Manhattan will serve as executive director. Armbrust retired as a colonel from the Air Force in 1993.

Previously, both served in similar positions on the Governor’s Strategic Military Planning Commission, which spearheaded efforts to protect and grow Kansas bases during the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.

Duties


The Governor’s Military Council has been charged with:
  • Optimizing the military presence in Kansas, including recruitment and retention of new missions and force structure
  • Actively fostering close, effective cooperation among the installations and private and public sectors throughout the state
  • Pursuing initiatives to enhance the quality of life for all military personnel, active and retired
  • Promoting Kansas as a desired location for all Department of Defense retirees
  • Assisting in the transfer of technology between the military and the private sector to enhance the competitive posture of both in the national and global market
  • Exploring and developing outreach opportunities for individuals retiring from military service to use their talents as members of the Kansas workforce
  • Assisting in the development, coordination, and execution of strategy required by any future change in missions proposed by the Department of Defense

Partnerships


As with the earlier commission, the Governor’s Military Council is a partnership between:
  • Administration
  • Key legislators
  • All members of the Kansas congressional delegation
  • Key business and military leaders representing the following Kansas communities:
    • Leavenworth / Lansing
    • Junction City / Manhattan
    • Wichita
    • Topeka

The 26-member council fosters cooperation between the installations and private and public sectors, and pursues initiatives to enhance the quality of life for all military personnel, active and retired. The council also assists in the development, coordination, and execution of strategy required by any future change in missions proposed by the Department of Defense.

Each member serves at the pleasure of the governor and by Executive Order 07-05, the council will continue in operation until May 1, 2009. View a list of current members.