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Members of the Kansas Army National Guard's Second  Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment redesignated as the First Battalion, 635th Armor Regiment on Saturday. Members of the Kansas Army National Guard's Second Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment redesignated as the First Battalion, 635th Armor Regiment on Saturday. Kansas Army National Guard screenshot

Members of the Kansas Army National Guard's Second Battalion, 137th Combined Arms Regiment celebrated as they redesignated Saturday.



The Emporia-based unit is taking on a moniker it had back in the 1980s and 1990s: the First Battalion, 635th Armor Regiment. Before the ceremonies in Fort Riley, National Guard Command Sergeant Major Steve Harmon of Emporia said the Army had the unit deploying as a combined force, with infantry, armor and engineering personnel, for around 15 years.

The roughly 30-minute ceremony included unit leaders receiving the meritorious citation and streamer, the official redesignation and a change of responsibility involving outgoing Sgt. Major Paul Purdum and incoming Sgt. Major Lee Gerard.

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