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Friends, families celebrate redeployment of ‘Rangers’

March 05, 2015 — As their family memberscheered in the bleachers Feb. 2 at Fort Riley’s redeployment center, Soldiersassigned to 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade CombatTeam, 1st Infantry Division, marched into formation, officially starting thewelcome home ceremony. The ceremony marked their return from a nine-monthdeployment to Djibouti MORE
Family members and friends cheer from the bleachers as newly arrived Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, march into formation for their welcome home ceremony Feb. 2 at Fort Riley. The ceremony signaled the successful completion of their nine-month deployment to Djbouti in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Estes gate traffic change, visitors redirect to Henry Gate in March

March 05, 2015 — Visitors won’t be the onlyones who notice new traffic changes when going through access control points atFort Riley; Department of Defense identification cardholders will, too. The second phase of theaccess control point changes began Feb. 16 when visitors had to go through oneof three gates – Trooper, Ogden or Henry. The third phase of theaccess MORE

Fort Riley firefighters become certified ice rescue technicians

March 05, 2015 — Twenty-two Fort Rileyfirefighters completed two days of ice rescue training with an ice rescuesimulation Feb. 11 and 12 at the post’s Funston Lake. This was the first timeFort Riley firefighters have participated in this training and became certifiedice rescue technicians ready to respond to anyone who might accidentally fall throughice into MORE
Lt. Grant Hoover, Fort Riley Fire Department, pulls a firefighter to shore during ice rescue training Feb. 12 at Funston Lake.

ARSTRUC impacts 1st Infantry Division

March 05, 2015 — With the 4th InfantryBrigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, scheduled to be fully inactivatedby June 15, the brigade’s personnel and assets must be redistributed. That is the main focus ofArmy Structure at Fort Riley. In June, Soldiers from 4thIBCT could be laterally transferred within the division if their militaryoccupational specialty is MORE

Modern Army Combatives Program is designed to train every Soldier

March 05, 2015 — Soldiers from across FortRiley completed the final stage of a basic Modern Army Combatives Programcourse Feb 6. The program is designed totrain every Soldier, regardless of their military occupational specialty, howto close on, engage and incapacitate an enemy in close quarters combat, saidSean Roberts, lead instructor for the Fort Riley Modern MORE
Pvt. Benjamin Riddle attempts to break Spc. Fabian Alcantar’s hold during their final session of the Modern Army Combatives Program training Feb. 6 at Fort Riley, Kansas. The two 1st Inf. Div. Soldiers have spent a week sharpening their hand-to-hand combat skills.

What can Office of Soldiers’ Counsel do for you?

March 05, 2015 — Soldiers going through theIntegrated Disability Evaluation System can take advantage of free legalassistance to review their IDES results to help ensure they receive fairratings and compensation from the Army and Veterans Affairs. These legal services areprovided by the Office of Soldiers’ Counsel (OSC), which is a relatively newlegal organization MORE

Measles outbreak reinforces need for vaccines

March 05, 2015 — The current measlesoutbreak in California underscores the need for vaccines as important tools toprotect individual health and the overall health of a population. While the highly contagiousdisease was considered eliminated from the United States 15 years ago, 644cases of measles cropped up in 27 states last year, with more than 120 cases ofthe MORE

March is National Brain Injury Awareness month

March 05, 2015 — March is Brain Injury Awarenessmonth. Anyone can sustain a brain injury, and misconceptions are widespread, soeducating everyone is essential. A series of topics willappear over the next few weeks to promote brain injury awareness in our community.We will present general information, discuss signs, symptoms and diagnoses, andtalk about the course MORE

Soldier for Life provides chances for Soldiers

March 05, 2015 — Retiring from the militarycan be an emotional and stressful experience, and nobody knows what it’s liketo be a Soldier more than other Soldiers. Staff Sgt. Kevin Carlson,Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1stInfantry Division, is retiring at the end of February. Carlson attended theVinnell Arabia Employer Day Feb. MORE
Sgt. Ernest Lucas, 1st ABCT, listens during the Vinnell Arabia Employer Day Feb. 10. Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program sponsors employer days to help Soldiers who are retiring get jobs after the military.

Youth Hiring Event coming – Mar. 28

March 04, 2015 — Students ages 14 through 18are invited to a Youth Hiring Event 10 a.m.to 1 p.m., March 28, at the Forsyth Community Center, 22900 Hitching PostRoad. The event will givestudents a chance to visit with employers and seek out volunteer positions sothey can gain experience for their future in the workforce. More than 10 agencies planto be at the event, MORE

Community classes explain customs, traditions of military formal affairs

March 04, 2015 — Formal attire. Receiving lines.Official toasts. It can be dizzying trying to keep the ins and outs of militaryball protocol straight. To help, Army Community Service offers classes onetiquette for Soldiers, families and civilians. Military balls are steeped intradition, said Becky Willis, readiness branch manager and volunteer corpcoordinator, ACS. MORE

Staycation, Destinations coming soon to Fort Riley

March 04, 2015 — Family and Morale, Welfare andRecreation will host Staycations andDestinations 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7 at Marshall Army Airfield in Hangar 853.The event is open toSoldiers, families and the general public. According to Kimberly Wargo,Recreation Programming team lead, the goal of the event is to show Soldiers, familiesand community members what MORE

Thousands rally in support of Fort Riley at listening session

March 02, 2015 — JUNCTION CITY – A spill-overcrowd of more than 4,200 supporters assembled Feb. 9 at the Geary County ConventionCenter, Junction City, for a U.S. Army Community Listening Session. Theygathered amid the rallying cry “We are one” in support of Fort Riley, the home ofthe legendary 1st Infantry Division, “The Big Red One.” As the convention center MORE
Bill Becker, a Manhattan resident, holds up his red-painted finger to show support for the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley on Feb. 9 at the U.S. Army Community Listening Session in Junction City. Citizens from across the state attended the listening session to speak about the impact of potential troop reductions.

‘Quarterhorse’ trains using guided missile system

March 02, 2015 — A group of Soldiers withthe 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1stInfantry Division got the opportunity to test their proficiency using liveFGM-148 Javelin missiles during a training event Jan. 30 at Fort Riley. After spending weekspracticing with those systems in a simulated digital environment, members ofBandit MORE
Soldiers from 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., 4th IBCT, 1st. Inf. Div., fire a Javelin missile Jan. 30 at Fort Riley. The field mission marks the first time the FGM-148 Javelin missile system was used by the squadron.

Dining facility puts best food forward in competition

March 02, 2015 — One Fort Riley diningfacility is among the top six in the Army, according to evaluators from theJoint Culinary Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, Virginia. Two representatives from thecenter were on post Feb. 4 to visit Demon’s Diner Dining Facility in the fourthand final phase of the Philip A. Connelly Awards Program. “It’s going great,” saidStaff MORE
Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Garrett (left), evaluator, Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, Fort Lee, Va., speaks with Spc. Dan Chan (right), 3rd AHB, 1st Avn. Regt. as he mans the short-order line Feb. 4 at Demon’s Diner. The DFAC is one of six finalists in the Philip A. Connelly Awards Program at the final, Armywide level. The winner to be announced in April.

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