A Great Loss

Yesterday evening, a great man and a leader in the Kansas Army national Guard was killed by a driver on the Kansas Turnpike. The report is that the driver of the car was distracted by his dogs and slid in front of Trafton who was driving a motorcycle. I can't speak to the fault or the motorcycle issue.

What I can speak to is how sad I feel to have watched Colonel Jim Trafton grow thoughout his career. I knew him as an enlisted man and instructed Leadership Classes as he attended Officer Candidate School. He worked in the State Defense Building for the Chief of Staff about the same time I worked for the Chief. He always was one of the hardest workers and great leaders I have ever known. Jim served our country in Vietnam and in Iraq. His long career is a tribute to all the men and women that have served our country.

He leaves a wife and four daughters to morn his loss. I can only say, "I Cried."

COL (Ret)


  1. Dang MUD! Man, I'm sorry for the loss. I truly am.

    For what my pitiful prayers are good for these days, I will surely send them up for his family and friends.

    Tough time for sure. Thank you for passing this along. I mean it.

  2. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, MUD. I pray for comfort and peace for his family and friends.