Governor Kelly names new Adjutant General

A new Adjutant General is named for the State of Kansas. That comes as Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Wednesday appointed David Weishaar to the role. 

Weishaar currently serves as Commander of the Kansas Air National Guard and Assistant Adjutant General-Air.  He fills the vacancy created by this month’s resignation of Major General Lee Tafanelli, who held the position since January, 2011.  His resignation becomes effective March 31. 

According to a news release issued Wednesday by Kelly’s office, Weishaar has over 39 years of service with a proven track record of being a driven leader, one focused on achieving exceptional results in high-stress environments. Prior to his role as Assistant Adjutant General-Air, he was Commander of the 184th Intelligence Wing from 2015 to 2018. Weishaar also served as commander and deputy commander of the 184th Mission Support Group, commander of the 299th Network Operations and Security Squadron and commander of the 127th Command and Control Squadron. He received his Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from Friends University.

The Adjutant General is the principal military advisor to the Governor.  As Adjutant General, Weishaar will oversee the activities of the Adjutant General’s Department, which includes the Kansas Army and Air National Guard.  He also will serve as the director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and as director of Kansas Homeland Security.  For budgetary and administrative purposes, he will be responsible for the Civil Air Patrol.

Story by Brian Hagen