Memorial Day Weekend with our Troops
Over Memorial Day weekend, I had the tremendous privilege of greeting and observing many of our soldiers at the U.S. Army National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, California. Situated in a protected region of the Mojave Desert, the NTC/Fort Irwin provides an area of nearly 1,000 square miles where thousands of soldiers each year have their skills sharpened and resolve tested as they train for combat readiness. Troops on this particular rotation represented a variety of states, including Kansas. I was profoundly grateful to spend this time with those who so selflessly serve our nation in uniform.

Memorial Day at Home
While I was away at NTC/Fort Irwin, my wife, Susan, and the District Office staff attended several Memorial Day services in Sedgwick and Butler Counties.  I am glad they could join many of you who also gave up a little of your time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend America and preserve liberty. 

Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta

Sunset Lawns Cemetery, El Dorado

Rose Hill Cemetery, Rose Hill

Lakeview Cemetery, Wichita

Resthaven Cemetery, Wichita

Susan Estes and attendees at Veterans Memorial Park, Wichita

Cheney Marina Opens In Time for Memorial Day
Thanks to the good cooperation between the Bureau of Reclamation, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, and the involved operators at Cheney State Park, the new Cheney Marina opened in time for Memorial Day weekend.  I am pleased that my office could lend a hand in securing a temporary contract for the Marina while the long-term agreement is being negotiated. Click the image below for details:

In the Office
It was great to be back in the 4th District last week to visit with many constituents, families and organizations. I was pleased to welcome several to our District Office!  Just to name a few:

Visiting with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Advocacy Team

Discussing the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017
with Dr. Geetha Lakshmikanth (and children) and Mr. Govind Pillai

With Jacob Ruder and his father, Romney

Still Leading Aviation from the Air Capital of the World
Wichita and the surrounding region has always been the leading pioneer in general aviation and aircraft manufacturing.  Touring state-of-the-art aerospace facilities and being on-hand to help celebrate big milestones in our aviation industry only reaffirmed that fact for me.  I am committed to doing whatever I can in Congress to cut through burdensome regulations and make sure that our Kansas aircraft workers can continue to compete and win.

Touring the Airbus Engineering Center at the WSU Innovation Campus
with John O'Leary, Vice President and General Manager

With David Coleal, President of Bombardier Business Aircraft,
to celebrate Learjet's 3,000th buiness jet delivery 

Discussing the Spirit AeroSystems/Northrup Grumman partnership for the B-21 Raider team
with Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, Vice Commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command

Artwork Presented to the District Office
James Covel of the Alzheimer’s Association Central & Western Kansas Office stopped by to present a work of art painted by a resident who struggles with dementia. The human spirit truly is remarkable, and it is inspiring to see talents shared even in the face of illness or adversity. Thank you to the artist in our very own 4th District for sharing yours!

James Covel, Public Policy & Communications Specialist,
Alzheimer’s Association Central & Western Kansas Chapter