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On Hays hopes to use career in law, Air Force to help with run for Lawrence City Commission


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 4 months ago

I'm not sure how much carry over there is from the neocon experiment in Iraq, wherein the entire social fabric of the country was ripped to shreds, and a new "democracy" was imposed by the American autocrats in the Green Zone. And given the total chaos that still pervades in most of that country, its level of success is quite questionable. That's not necessarily the fault of Mr. Hays, who was just there doing the job assigned to him, but it doesn't make a convincing campaign platform for the drudgery that dominates city commission business.

Bob Forer 5 years, 4 months ago

Bozo, you have been repeatedly calling for a pubic vote on the rec center, and have provided a link on several occasions for folks interested in signing a petition. I agree with you and I appreciate your efforts to publicize the petition.

Given your position, and given the fact that Mr. Hays is one of the few candidates who have come out in favor of a public vote for the rec center, don't you think it might be more appropriate to mention that, instead of critiquing his military service as not being germane to the job of city commissioner.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 4 months ago

I didn't critique his military service. Just noted that attempting to restructure a society destroyed by war isn't all that similar to conducting this city's affairs.

That said, his other statements are encouraging.

dozer 5 years, 4 months ago

I'm curious to know if the general counsel position Hays occupies is a political appointment from the Governor's Office. Most Kansas agency general council positions are political. Can the LJ world shed some light on that for us? I'd also like to know his rank when he left the Air Force. If he spent more than 4 years as a Captain, there is something in his background.

rhhays 5 years, 4 months ago

Dozer, thank you for the interest. As the article stated, I am the Litigation Counsel for the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. I am not the General Counsel for the Board. I was hired by the members of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts and our Executive Director and I serve at their pleasure.

To address my rank while on Active Duty, I initially was appointed as a USAF JAG through the direct appointment program in October of 2006. All USAF JAGs who are direct appointees are initially appointed as 1st Lieutenants and at six months of time in service at the rank of 1st Lieutenant, are promoted to Captain. This was how I was promoted to Captain in April of 2007.

The time that a JAG Officer is required to be a Captain before they are eligible to promote to Major is determined by the year group they are initially promoted to Captain and the projected number of vacancies there will be created by current Majors promoting or separating. By statute, there are a limited number of officers at any given rank in each of the services. The Air Force then creates a zone for promotion. Right now that is around six to seven years. My year group who is still on Active Duty is going to be meeting their first promotion board this year or early next year. While on Active Duty I did not have the time in grade to meet a promotion board; therefore, I was not promoted while on Active Duty. If you would like more information about the promotion system of the USAF please see USAF Personnel Center website at: http://www.afpc.af.mil/index.asp.

I separated from Active Duty through the Palace Chase program that allowed me to transfer directly from the Active Duty to the Kansas Air National Guard. As biographical information: I am currently a Kansas Air National Guard JAG Officer and serve as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 190th Air Refueling Wing at Forbes Field, Topeka, Kansas. In October of 2012, I met my first Kansas Air National Guard promotion board and was picked up for Major. In the National Guard we have another step to do before we pin on our new rank and that is to get federal recognition of our promotions. That process takes four to six months from the time our promotion board meets and picks someone up for a new rank. My federal recognition process has been completed and is currently awaiting the Secretary of Defense signature. The Secretary does those promotions in batches and promotees from all states in the months of September, October, and November are awaiting this signature. It is planned that I will pin on Major here in the next couple of months.

Thank you again,


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to send me an email to, reese.hays@gmail.com or you can always go to my website at: www.reesehays.com or my Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/HaysForCommi....

Bob Forer 5 years, 4 months ago

Congratulations on your promotion, Reese, and thanks for your service.

Mass1999 5 years, 4 months ago

I think being an advocate for the majority is an excellent platform. Also as a taxpayer, I want someone to be concerned about funding essential services- especially those that deal with safety.

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