Tafanelli announces retirement

State News

January 14, 2020 - 10:10 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli plans to retire in March, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday.

Tafanelli has been adjutant general since 2011. The office’s responsibilities include overseeing the Kansas Army and Air National Guard. He also directs the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, Kansas Homeland Security and has budgetary and administrative responsibilities for the Civil Air Patrol.

Tafanelli was commander of the 891st Engineer Battalion headquartered in Iola. He led the battalion to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005.

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