Two military officials visited the Garden City Community College Campus on February 15. The purpose of the visit was to look at the model of Task Force Broncbuster and to share about the partnership with national level leaders. Task Force Broncbuster is a partnership between Garden City Community College and the Kansas National Guard, which provides an opportunity for soldiers to gain valuable civilian and military education in a contemporary student role.

Chief Master Sergeant Mitchell O. Brush, Senior Enlisted Advisor for the National Guard Bureau, and Chief Master Sergeant James L. Brown, Command Senior Enlisted Leader for the Kansas National Guard, were in Garden City to meet with college officials and tour the campus. The focus of the visit was to promote the newly formed program, which is underpinned nationally by the National Guard Bureau, located in Washington, DC. The partnership between GCCC and the Kansas National Guard is one of a kind.

During a press conference in the GCCC President’s office, Brown expressed that Garden City was and ideal location for the program because of the community’s diversity. Sgt. Brown said, “With Garden City being one of the premier communities in Kansas that thrives with diversity and inclusion, we wanted to be a part of that, and what better place in Kansas to put this program than Garden City, Kansas.” Brown went on to express how fortunate the Kansas Air and National Guard was to have this type of partnership with GCCC, and its president, Dr. Herbert J. Swender. “There are a lot of great things going on here with Garden City and the National Guard,” said Sgt. Brown, “We just need to find a better way to tell our story, and this is part of it with the visit.”