Kansas National Guard airmen involved in deadly rollover identified


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Kansas Air National Guard airman died in a rollover Tuesday afternoon during training. He and two other airmen assigned to the 184th Wing, Wichita, were involved.

The airmen were training at the Smoky Hill ANG Range 10 miles southwest of Salina when their vehicle turned over, resulting in all three men being ejected and seriously injured.

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According to Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan, 30-year-old Staff Sgt. Wesley Kubie of Salina was airlifted for emergency treatment but died en route to a Wichita hospital. Staff Sgt. Jaden Johnson, 23, of Salina, and a second passenger, Staff Sgt. Cole Frederick, 28, of Topeka, were both transported to Salina Regional Health Center with multiple injuries.

“I ask that you keep the Airmen, their families, friends and loved ones in your prayers during this time of sorrow,” said Col. Jason Knobbe, commander, 184th Wing. “We’ve initiated support teams who are well-trained and equipped to provide assistance to those affected by this tragedy.”

The Smoky Hill Weapons Range is located 10-miles west of Salina and encompasses 51-square miles of training.

The cause of the rollover is unknown and under investigation.

Gov. Laura Kelly released a statement:

“My thoughts are with the Kansas National Guard and 184th Wing after yesterday’s military vehicle accident near Salina. I am hoping the two injured Airmen a speedy recovery, and share my condolences with the family, loved ones, and fellow Guardsmen of the service member who tragically lost his life. His commitment to our state will not be forgotten.”

Gov. Kelly

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