Governor Laura Kelly announced today that Brigadier General (Retired) William Turner, of Manhattan, is the new office director of the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs (KCVAO).
“Through his distinguished military service here in Kansas and across the country, General Turner has gained extensive experience in program management, executive leadership and collaboration. Governor Kelly said. “I know he will bring valuable skills and insight to the Commission, and that he will work hard to provide Kansas Veterans and their families with guidance and assistance in receiving the benefits and care they deserve.” so much.”
Currently, General Turner serves as the Senior Mentor for the US Army Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Previously, he served as the Deputy Commander General of Support of the Fort Riley First Infantry Division, as the Field Artillery Chief at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and held several senior positions in the State Department. -Major of the Army in Washington DC.
“I am grateful to Governor Kelly for this opportunity to lead Kansas’ efforts to provide quality care and professionalism to our Veterans and their families,” Brigadier General Turner said. “It is an honor and a privilege to represent and serve our community of Veterans in this capacity. I look forward to working with our federal and state governments, as well as the many Veterans Services organizations and other stakeholders, to provide the best possible service to our Veterans of all ages, races and genders. Ultimately, we want to create an environment that makes Kansas the desired place for Veterans to live, work and raise their families.
Governor Kelly thanked former KCVAO director Gregg Burden, who announced his retirement today, for his years of service with the Kansas veterans.
“I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to Gregg Burden for his service as Director of this Commission and for his diligent work in providing our brave military veterans and their families with support and resources,” Governor Kelly said. “Through his work, Gregg has significantly advanced our mission of making Kansas the best state in the country for our veterans and their families.”
“It has been an honor to serve nearly a quarter of a million veterans of our great state over the past ten years,” said Burden. “The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs (KCVAO) office has continually strived to provide the best service and care to our veterans by ensuring that they receive all of the benefits they have earned. I am proud of the many accomplishments we have achieved during my tenure and I foresee great things from this agency in the future.
Burden was appointed by Governor Sam Brownback in 2011 to be director of the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs.