Surrounded by representatives from Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth, Forbes Field and McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) last week signed a proclamation declaring Feb. 24 Armed Forces Appreciation Day, an act intended to show the state’s gratitude for service members’ sacrifice and to recognize the significant social and economic impact the armed forces has on Kansas.
Brownback also renewed the state’s Army Community Covenant marking the state’s commitment to active and reserve personnel, as well as veterans. “This covenant also celebrates our state’s partnership with the military, and our dedication to provide a quality of life for our soldiers, their families and the communities they live in,” the governor said.
Finally, Brownback signed an executive order extending the Governor’s Military Council, a body that advises him on military issues at the state and federal levels. Military activities in Kansas provide thousands of jobs and more than $7 billion annually for the economy, he said.