• Graduated Pittsburg State University in 1982.
  • Duty positions include:  Reconnaissance Officer, Equipment Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Battalion Commander of the 891st Engineer  Battalion during a deployment to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom III, Commander of 69th Troop Command, Director of Operations for the Kansas National Guard, and served as the Land Component Commander for the Joint Force Headquarters for the State of Kansas.
  • Awards include:  Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster and several other medals and awards.
  • General Tafanelli was sworn in as the 36th Adjutant General for Kansas on 28 January 2011.   He Commands 7,700 Soldiers and Airmen in the Kansas National Guard.  He is the Director for Kansas Homeland Security and Emergency Management.