Local veteran to be featured on TV salute


Area resident Jack L. Weiss will be recognized on KPTS Channel 8’s “Veterans Coming Home: Salute 2020,” which airs this Thursday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m.
Weiss, of Garden Plain, will receive the KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Award. He has been very active in the Garden Plain and Cheney communities.
He was a 27-year active duty veteran Army ranger, commissioned at the age of 21 after completing college at the Wichita State University ROTC program.
His most significant military achievements include:
• Serving as company commander of the Headquarters Company 64th Support Battalion and Charlie Company 3rd Battalion 38th Infantry Regiment 4th Infantry Division in Germany.
• Serving as battalion commander of the 46th Forward Support Battalion in Somalia, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement from July 26, 1993, to Feb. 15, 1994.
• Serving as division logistics officer for G-4 in Haiti, responsible for supplies, services and transportation.
Weiss was awarded the Legion of Merit for his duty at Headquarters, Cascom, Ft. Lee Virginia.
He also was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service at the 19th TAACOM (Theater Army Area Command), where he was responsible for all logistics in Korea as the director of support operations.
Being assigned to Fort Benning in Georgia was his favorite assignment, as not only did he complete his Airborne Ranger training there (during which he lost 40 pounds during the eight weeks of training), but both of his sons were born at Fort Benning.
Weiss served as adjutant of Garden Plain VFW Post 8983. At the time, he was responsible for creating an annual college scholarship fund, guidelines and application for a worthy high school senior. Weiss also served as commander of American Legion Post 295 in Cheney. During that time, he established a scholarship fund to be awarded annually to a Cheney High School senior. Weiss continues to head that scholarship committee.
He is very active with all things military, including but not limited to, planning and executing the annual Memorial Day program in Cheney, funeral services for veterans in Garden Plain and Cheney and beyond (he serves on the flag detail as bugler), raising money for the support and maintenance of the veterans memorial in Cheney, presenting and explaining the missing man table on Veterans Day, helping organize and facilitate the Veterans Day parade and banquet, participating in the annual American Legion soup supper in Cheney, and the annual flag retirement ceremony.
Weiss is an asset to Cheney United Methodist Church, serving on the worship committee. He is chair of the pastor-parish relations committee, and serves on the building committee. He stands in the heat to wash dishes at the church food booth during the Sedgwick County Fair, and helps pass out food at Open Door Ministries in Wichita.
His special interests revolve around his family and church. Every Sunday after church, Weiss helps prepare dinner for his sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and their friends, spouses and grandchildren. Each year, the entire family takes a vacation together.
Weiss belongs to Silver Sneakers at the YMCA, where he attends five days a week. He enjoys working out, lifting weights, gardening and maintaining his 10-acre yard. He is a dedicated worker who as endured many hardships, including rebuilding after his home burned to the ground and rebuilding his body after a series of strokes.