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COMMUNITY CORNER - Make your family’s summer memories safe ones

June 24, 2016 —       The first day of summer was this week – June 20. Temperatures are beginning to rise. Summer is usually a time when participating in recreation and sports with family and friends becomes more of a routine. Enjoy it while you work and play, but stay safe.       As the weather warms and school is out, we participate in outdoor activities such as MORE

Resources help families transition when deployment ends

June 17, 2016 —      Reunion after deployment can cause mixed emotions. While it is often an exciting time, some stress is also completely normal. Whether this is your family’s first or fifth reunion, every reunion is different and change can be difficult. Be patient with yourself, your spouse and your kids, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. And when in doubt, MORE

SAFETY CORNER - Tornado basics: what you should know

June 17, 2016 —      Tornadoes are some of nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds.      A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that could reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in MORE

Nebraska Army National Guard mobilizes, trains to deploy with 1st Infantry Division Soldiers

June 17, 2016 —      Staff from the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security are assisting in the set-up of the 1st Infantry Division Mission Command Post Operational Detachment, or MCP-OD — which will consist of about 91 Soldiers from the Nebraska National Guard — to deploy with Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division.      The Guardsmen have MORE

Alma, Kansas

June 17, 2016 —      Surround yourself with the American Bison — the Kansas State animal — at the Plumlee Buffalo Ranch just off Interstate 70 at exit 328. The American Bison has been the state animal since 1955, and it is on display in a natural habitat for visitors at the ranch.      A tour of the herd includes safe transportation into the grasslands, which MORE
Sampson, one of the original buffalo of the Plumlee Buffalo Ranch just off Interstate 70 on exit 328, sits with the herd during a warm, sunny day.

Outdoor Recreation staff look to attract more families, keep things safe

June 17, 2016 —      Families of Fort Riley rock climbed and took turns at paintball at no cost thanks to staff of Outdoor Recreation. The outdoor adventure day took place June 11 at Outdoor Recreation facilities.      “It is an annual event, and this is our seventh year doing it,” said Travis Engle, recreation specialist. “We did it originally over at Forsyth, MORE
Tyson Habhab, son of Tara and Lt. Col. Travis Habhab, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, climbs up the rock wall during the Outdoor Adventure Day June 11 outside the Outdoor Recreation facility.

President of Palau lets countrymen living, serving in U.S. know they matter

June 17, 2016 —      President Thomas Esang “Tommy” Remengesau Jr., of Palau, met with Soldiers and citizens of Palau living in the Junction City, Kansas, and Fort Riley area June 10 at the Geary County 4-H/Senior Center.      Remengesau’s visit served as a meet-and-greet for Palauans in the area, keeping them up to date on current matters in Palau and giving MORE
President Thomas Esang “Tommy” Remengesau Jr., of Palau greets citizens of Palau living in the U.S. June 10 at the Geary County 4-H/Senior Center. Remengesau came to meet with Soldiers and Palauan citizens in the Junction City, Kansas, and Fort Riley area to keep them up to date on matters in Palau and find out what concerns they had.

Victory Week the theme at community breakfast

June 17, 2016 —      Community members of Fort Riley, Junction City and Manhattan came together during Victory Week for a combined Military Affairs Council and Military Relations Committee breakfast June 8.      Members of the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce MAC and Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce MRC decided to work together to show military MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Cornelison, 1st Infantry Division senior noncommissioned officer, was the guest speaker at a combined Military Affairs Council and Military Relations Committee breakfast June 8. His speech focused on what the rank of sergeant major means and what they do.

Oklahoma National Guardsmen establish relationship with Soldiers at Fort Riley

June 17, 2016 —      Soldiers from the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, came to Fort Riley for their two-week annual training at the beginning of June. During the training, Soldiers participated in a force-on-force scenario with an offensive and defensive side as well as running a multitude of live-fire ranges.      Lt. Col. Bob MORE
A combat engineer assigned to the 45th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat, Oklahoma National Guard, dashes through smoke to mark a breach in a razor wire obstacle during a platoon raid training mission with infantrymen from the 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th IBCT at Fort Riley June 7.

Nebraska National Guard unit sharpens helocasting techniques

June 17, 2016 —      Jumping out of a Chinook is not for the weak of heart, and members of Company C, Long Range Surveillance, 1st Squadron, 134th Cavalry Regiment, Nebraska Army National Guard, proved that June 11 as the Soldiers jumped from a CH-47 Chinook into Milford Lake.      “Luckily we rehearsed this in April,” said Staff Sgt. Josh Meyers. “I don’t think MORE
Members of Company C, Long Range Surveillance, 1st Squadron, 134th Cavalry Regiment, Nebraska Army National Guard, perform a Hollywood jump from a CH-47 Chinook June 11 at Milford Lake.

‘Big Red One’ efforts on D-Day not forgotten

June 17, 2016 —      The 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley paused June 6 during Victory Week to re­member the actions and sacri­fices made on D-Day 72 years ago.     On June 6, 1944, “Big Red One” Soldiers stormed Omaha Beach as part of the Allied in­vasion. Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, spoke about the landing MORE
Attendees salute as the colors are presented June 6 during a ceremony dedicated to the 72nd anniversary of D-Day at Fort Riley.

Community rallies around 1st Inf. Div. in anticipation of 100th anniversary

June 17, 2016 —      More than 60 leaders and community members from across the state of Kan­sas formed a group dedicated to help­ing the 1st Infantry Division celebrate its 100 years of service over the next three years.      Eighteen members of the committee were present June 6 at Fort Riley for the 100th Anniversary Committee Charter Signing Ceremony to sign MORE
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Honoring fallen Soldiers

June 17, 2016 —      The Victory Park memorial rededication and wreath-laying ceremony June 7 was a solemn occasion, but also one that brought a bit of hope, the 1st Infantry Division’s com­manding general said.      Ceremonies like this mark the loss of those who fell serv­ing during events Victory Week aims to commemorate— events like D-Day, Vietnam and the MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Cornelison, 1st Infantry Division senior noncommissioned officer, and Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., commanding general of the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley, lay a wreath at the Fallen Soldier Memorial on June 8 in Victory Park at Fort Riley. The ceremony is held each year in honor of fallen “Big Red One” Soldiers.

‘Big Red One’ gives Vietnam veterans welcome home they never received

June 17, 2016 —      The 1st Infantry Division welcomed home Vietnam veterans during a ceremony June 8 at Marshall Army Airfield on Fort Riley.     The Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony was held to honor service members from all military branches with standing applause during the division’s Victory Week, an annual celebration of the Army and division MORE
Vietnam veterans prepare to make their grand entrance at the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home ceremony June 8 at the Fort Riley Marshall Army Airfield. Service members from all branches entered the hangar to standing applause during the 1st Infantry Division’s Victory Week.

COMMUNITY CORNER – For Army dads, quality time trumps quantity

June 16, 2016 —      Father's Day. We get gifts. But our kids are the best gift. Being strong for them - and there for them - isn't easy when the Army sends you out to the field, off to the National Training Center and then on to another deployment. But we can do our best in the bits of time we have to be there for them. After all, it isn't the times you aren't MORE

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