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First Female Commander To Take Over Salina Regiment

Todd Pittenger - July 17, 2013 10:13 am

A Salina based regiment will become the first in the Kansas National Guard to be under the command of a woman.

According to the Kansas Adjutant General’s Office, Lt. Col. Judith D. Martin will take command of the 235th Regiment, Kansas Amy National Guard, in a ceremony this Saturday at the Kansas Regional Training Institute in Salina. She will become the first woman to command a brigade in the Kansas Army National Guard.

“It is my distinct honor to take command of the 235th Regiment,” said Martin. “I am excited for the opportunity to work with the outstanding cadre and staff as we prepare Soldiers for tomorrow’s missions and future challenges. Returning to the 235th Regiment is like returning home.”

Martin is taking over command from Col. Robert E. Windham.

“I will miss the men and women of the 235th Regiment; Soldiers that have covered a lot of ground in the past few years,” said Windham. “Their hard work and dedication have earned a high degree of recognition and accreditation for the regiment. They are, quite simply, the ?varsity team.? They will be in the good hands of Lieutenant Colonel Martin, as someone who can take them to the next level.”

The 235th Regiment, located in Salina, instructs the Officer Candidate and Warrant Officer Candidate Schools (OCS/WOCS), and courses in many military occupational specialties. The regiment provides military training to National Guard members in approximately 30 states including members of the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps.

Red Neck

July 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm

OMG you got to be kidding me.

Bronson Waite

July 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

RED NECK, what’s wrong? You don’t like woman being in command? Misogynism is very outdated.

Iggy p Daily

July 17, 2013 at 11:50 pm

I myself do not believe a woman should be in charge. Very bad for troop morale.

Fuchs Mi

July 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Yo red I here you bro served in the military myself and would not want some woman to command my regiment. We got an old saying in the military but I cannot not say it on here concerning how these promotions come about but she got the promotion probably over some better qualified man. My feeling has always been let the women take care of the women and the men of the men.

Just Me

July 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm

First I would like to thank you for your service, not matter how much of a sexist bigot you are I will always be grateful for the sacrifices you made.
Second, your comments only show how little you know about today’s Army. We have had female commanders in our ranks for years; I recommend you take the time to read these articles. http://www.army.mil/women/profiles.html
Third, I have personally worked with the new commander and I can assure you that she is a true Soldier who accomplishes the mission while taking care of her troops.
Finally, don’t all service members deserve the respect and support of Americans regardless of sex, religion, race, or even sexual orientation? One team, one fight!

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