Mike Wallace of Augsuta recently received numerous awards and medals for his service in the Kansas Army National Guard. Wallace is a Major in the Kansas Army National Guard and is the commander of the 105th Military Public Affairs Detachment (MPAD), as well as the Special Operations Planner for the State.
Wallace was awarded the Combat Action Badge for his service in support of the Global War on Terrorism. During Wallace's last deployment to Southwest Asia, he traveled extensively throughout Afghanistan and Iraq in performance of his duties and while in Tallil Air Base in Iraq, Wallace and his soldiers were subject to a enemy attack.
He was also awarded two medals by the Adjutant General of Kansas, Major General Tod M. Bunting. The first medal, the Kansas National Guard Commendation Medal was awarded to Wallace for the work he completed on the Kansas response plan for pandemic influenza.
“Major Wallace juggled several other projects while demonstrating his outstanding knowledge and quality leadership in his command while still delivering the most highly professional product with efficient design incorporated into it,” said Joint Force Director, Brig. Gen. Deborah Rose.
Just days later, Wallace was awarded a second medal, the Kansas National Guard Meritorious Service Medal for activities as the Military Public Affairs Detachment (MPAD) commander.
“Maj. Wallace’s exceptional performance as the Commander has brought the Kansas National Guard Public Affairs to a new level of professionalism and pride by incorporating new directives and designs,” said Brig. Gen. John E. Davoren, Commander of the Kansas Army National Guard. His experience and knowledge set the example for his command and enabled soldiers to regain efficiency expected of the 105th MPAD.”
Then during the State's Professional Development Conference held in Wichita, Kan., the National Guard Association of Kansas awarded Wallace the Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding continued service to the Kansas National Guard. He was one of only three people awarded this accolade.
Also, during the Annual Public Affairs Representative school, where Wallace teaches, the Kansas State Public Affairs representative, Sharon Watson, awarded Wallace with the Billie E. Fuqua award in journalism. Only one Soldier or Airman each year is awarded this prestigious journalism award.
Finally, the National Guard Bureau awarded Wallace's command with a first place for news broadcasts his Public Affairs command created last year. Wallace also won second place for sports writing. These national awards will be presented in Washington, D.C. during the Annual Public Affairs Convention.

Wallace has been married for 30 years to Teresa, and they have three children, Heath, Katina and Lenora. His numerous deployments include deployments into Central America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe throughout numerous combat zones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Djibouti, Bosnia and others over the years.