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Venerdi to Receive Adjutant General's Post April 1

Brigadier General Michael Venerdi
Brigadier General Michael Venerdi

Brigadier General Michael Venerdi will be installed as the 38th Kansas Adjutant General in a transfer of authority ceremony on Saturday, April 1 at 2 PM on the south steps of the Kansas Statehouse.

The ceremony will include the traditional exchange of the command flag and a cannon salute.

"As the daughter of a career military officer, I understand the sacrifices made by Major General Weishaar and his family throughout his military career, and I thank him for his dedication and service to Kansas," Governor Laura Kelly said. "I appreciate Brigadier General Michael Venerdi's commitment to our state and to the nation as he takes on the duties of Adjutant General."

"It is a great honor to be chosen by Governor Kelly for duties as the adjutant general," said Venerdi. "I look forward to the opportunity to serve our state and nation alongside the talented individuals and teams who make up the Kansas Adjutant General's Department."

Venerdi succeeds Major General David Weishaar who is retiring.

"Serving as the adjutant general for the state of Kansas has been the highlight of my career," said Weishaar. "I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have served the citizens of Kansas and the thousands of soldiers, airmen and civilians who make up the Adjutant General's Department. Any success I've had over the past 42 years is because of the teams I've been privileged to be a part of. Over the past three years, the agency endured unprecedented taskings and was able to respond to them in remarkable fashion — a true testament to the men and women that comprise the agency."

Immediately after the transfer of authority, Weishaar will be honored in a retirement ceremony on the south steps. Following both ceremonies, a reception will be held on the second floor of the rotunda to honor both generals.

(Information and photo courtesy Kansas Adjutant General's Department.)