National Guard plans training exercise in Cheney

CHENEY – Approximately 300 airmen from the 184th Intelligence Wing of the Kansas Air National Guard will take part in a first responder exercise June 7-10 in Cheney.

During the exercise, titled “Servant Guardian,” the airmen will deploy assets available to Kansas for response to manmade or natural disasters.

The 184th Intelligence Wing is partnering with the community of Cheney for this exercise. Kansas airmen will demonstrate how they can support local first responders as they react to a simulated chemical spill, debris removal and other disaster training scenarios.

“We are very excited to be working with the city of Cheney and the Sedgwick County Fair Grounds,” said Col. Joe Jabara, wing commander of the 184th Intelligence Wing. “Any time we can partner with communities for disaster exercises such as this, our capabilities and response improve.”

“Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere, when they do, the Kansas Air National Guard will be ready to respond,” said Brig. Gen. David Weishaar, assistant adjutant general and commander of the Kansas Air National Guard. “These types of exercises prepare us to help the citizens of Kansas during those disasters.”

No public events have been announced in conjunction with the training exercise, but look for coverage in next week’s Times-Sentinel.