Butler County Times Gazette
  • Top ranking officers to participate in Celebration of Freedom

  • Celebrating 15 years Saluting Veterans, this year’s Celebration of Freedom activities will continue to honor men and women of the Armed Forces with Veteran’s Day activities.
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  • Celebrating 15 years Saluting Veterans, this year’s Celebration of Freedom activities will continue to honor men and women of the Armed Forces with Veteran’s Day activities.
    Two top ranking officers in the Kansas National Guard will be present to participate in this year’s events.  Colonel Roger Murdock, director of operations for the Kansas National Guard, will serve as Parade Marshall at the parade on November 10, and Major David R. Burk, training officer for the 287th Sustainment Brigade, Kansas Army National Guard, Wichita, will deliver the address at the Salute to Veterans program at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day.
    The parade will stage at Gordy Park, pause at the reviewing stand in front of the Butler County Court House, continue West on Central to Taylor, turn North to Second, then East to Main and South back to Gordy Park.
    The Veterans Day Salute to Veterans will be at 11 a.m. at a new location this year—the Clifford Stone Room at the Butler Community College Welcome Center.  A complimentary Continental Breakfast will be held at that location at 10 a.m.
    Murdock earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in engineering management from Wichita State University.  He is a graduate of the army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, the Reserve Component National Security Course, Washington, D.C., and the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced courses, Ft. Belvoir, Va., and Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.
    Prior to his current position, he served as the Commander of the 891st Engineer Battalion in Iola, KS and prior to that, as the Operations Officer for the 287th Sustainment Brigade during its deployment to COB Adder, Iraq in support of OIF.
    Many other assignments and duties earned him military awards that include:  Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, Army Service Medal and the Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon.
     Col Murdock is married to the former Jewel Pearl of Harper, Kan., and they have three children-Jacob, Zachary and Braden, and make their home near Meriden, Kan.
    Major Burk enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard as a Motor Transport Operator in May, 1990, and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Engineer Corps on June 16, 1994.  His Kansas National Guard assignments include Platoon Leader, C. Co. 891st Engineer Battalion, Platoon Leader, 226th Engineer Company, Company executive Officer, 226th Engineer Company, Commander, 226th Engineer Company, Civil Engineer, 891st, Engineer Battalion, Operations Officer 891st Engineer Battalion, Executive Officer and Administrative Officer 81st Engineer Battalion, Brigade Engineer and Training Officer, 287th Sustainment Brigade, Plans Officer, 287th Sustainment Brigade.
    Page 2 of 2 - Burk has deployed overseas twice during his military career, as the Commander of the 226th Engineer Company in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and again in 2005 as the Civil Engineer officer with the Headquarters Company 891st Engineer Battalion.
    His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Unit Commendation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with one Silver Oak Leaf one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star Device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas  Service Ribbon, Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon with #3 device, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” and #2 devices and Silver hourglass, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal.
    He received a bachelor of science degree in administration of criminal justice from WSU, a master certificate in project management from Villanova University, Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Course, Combined Arms Exercise Course and Support Operations Course.
    Burk and his wife Amanda reside in Rosehill with their four children.
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