Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, Kansas adjutant general, will announce the location of
18 armories closing across the state of Kansas during a 2 p.m. news
conference on Friday, Dec. 11, at the State Defense Building, 2800 S.W.
Topeka Blvd., Topeka, Kan.
The Kansas Adjutant General's Department announced on Nov. 25 it would close
18 of its 56 National Guard armories and consolidate its operations into 38
existing armory facilities. The proposal was part of Gov. Mark Parkinson's
budget reduction announcement earlier that week.
"This decision was a very difficult one and the result of many hours of
careful consideration of the impact to communities and our Guard members,"
"During the past two weeks, we notified a number of staff to begin working on
an implementation plan for the movement of the impacted Army units and
equipment from each of these 18 facilities," said Bunting. "We are working to
ensure each unit has a smooth transition."
All community and armory notifications will occur Thursday afternoon and
Friday morning, prior to the public announcement. Meetings will be scheduled
with each community to discuss the implementation of the closures.
Personnel in these armories will retain their jobs and be transferred to
another location. The number of National Guard units in Kansas will not
change due to these closures.
The decision to close the 18 facilities was the result of a reduced state
budget and the need for long-term sustainment of the existing armories.
"Unfortunately, additional anticipated state budget reductions due to our
challenging financial times are also requiring us to consider additional
armory closures beyond these 18 in the future," said Bunting.