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IRON RANGERS: Leadership, training ‘made the difference’ for successful deployment

April 17, 2015 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – Soldiersof the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team,1st Infantry Division, returned from a nine-month Kuwait deployment March 8 totheir home at Fort Riley, Kansas. The battalion initiallydeployed in support of U.S. Army Central’s theater cooperation mission inKuwait, while maintaining MORE
Sgt. Benjamin Ware, infantryman, 1st Bn., 16th Inf. Regt., 1st Inf. Div., describes the limits of the sector he’s responsible for securing to Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general of the “Big Red One” and the Combined Forces Land Component Command-Iraq, in Baghdad Dec. 24, 2014.

Hero’s remains to be scattered along North Atlantic

April 17, 2015 — MELBOURNE, Fla. – The “Big RedOne” paid its final respects to one of its own March 7 at Our Lady of LourdesCatholic Church in Melbourne, Florida. Family, friends and servicemembers, both active and retired, commemorated the life of retired Command Sgt.Maj. William F. Ryan, who passed away Feb. 23 at the age of 90. Ryan was a member of the1st Inf. MORE
Lorraine Ryan receives an American flag from Command Sgt. Maj. Nathan Williams, 1st Bde. Eng. Bn., 1st Inf. Div., March 7 during a memorial service in honor of her late husband, retired Command Sgt. Maj. William F. Ryan, in Melbourne, Fla. Ryan died Feb. 23 at the age of 90.

‘Big Red One’ culinary team stands out at annual all-military event, wins 24 medals

April 17, 2015 — Soldier chefs from acrossFort Riley netted a total of 24 medals in the 40th Annual Military Culinary ArtsCompetitive Training Event which took place March 7 to 12 at Fort Lee,Virginia. The competition is anopportunity for service members from all military branches to be recognized fortheir skills and to learn from the professional chefs who judge MORE
Student skills team captain Pfc. Ronald Ibale, 3rd AHB, 1st Avn. Regt., 1st CAB, 1st Inf. Div., holds up the silver-medal ribbon his team earned March 9 at the 40th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Va., while fellow members and supporters of the “Big Red One” Culinary Arts Team applaud. The Fort Riley team took home 24 medals overall, including two gold and five silver.

Kitchen fires pose residential risk

April 17, 2015 — According to the NationalFire Protection Association, cooking is the number one cause of home fires. Rich Watson, Health andSafety Officer, Directorate of Emergency Services here at Fort Riley, saidunattended cooking is by far the leading contributing factor in kitchen fires,but kitchen fires are preventable if correct measures are in place. “Be MORE

Soldiers alert residents, stop spread of Fort Riley house fire

April 17, 2015 — On a Sunday afternoon, thesun was out and so were the people of Fort Riley. Soldiers and families weretaking advantage of the warmest weather they’d seen in weeks when Staff Sgt.Rudy Rosalez caught a glimpse of smoke rising from his neighbor’s porch. He thought nothing of it; itwas probably just another family grilling out in the spring-like MORE
Staff Sgt. Rudy Rosalez

Fort Riley undergoes fire, emergency services program inspection

April 17, 2015 — Fort Riley firefighter,Eric Boyd, established a secure water line from the fire hydrant to the firetruck to ensure his colleagues could extinguish the structure fire March 12 atthe fire training grounds located in Camp Funston. “Just like anything else,if you’re not proficient in it, you’re going to mess up,” Boyd said. “Trainingis the most MORE
Fort Riley firefighters rescue one of two victims of a simulated aircraft crash during a training exercise March 10 at Marshall Army Airfield.

‘Big Red One’ Soldiers build postal capacity from ground up in Iraq

April 17, 2015 — Even in a time of constant digitalcommunication – an age of Twitter, Facebook and FaceTime – there remains somethingspecial for deployed Soldiers about a tangible letter or package sent by lovedones halfway around the world. For those service members deployedwith Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq, postal operations havebeen a MORE
Soldiers with DHHB, 1st Inf. Div., collect mail outside the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq mail room March 4. Soldiers of the 1st Inf. Div. re-established a military mail system that had been dormant in the country since 2011.

Kansas senator visits Fort Riley

April 17, 2015 — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran stoppedat Fort Riley March 7 to get the latest facts and figures to advocate on behalfof the post before heading back to the nation’s capital. Moran met with Brig. Gen. EricJ. Wesley, 1st Infantry Division senior mission commander; Col. Andrew Cole,Fort Riley garrison commander; and Col. Risa Ware, Irwin Army Community MORE
Col. Rise Ware (center), IACH commander, explains a monitoring system in the new hospital to Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran March 7 during his visit to Fort Riley.

Fort Riley, partners conduct tornado severe weather response exercises

April 17, 2015 — Fort Riley conducted asevere weather tabletop training exercise March 11. The exercise included FortRiley and 1st Infantry Division representatives, as well as local communitypartners. The exercise consisted of amock Enhanced Fujita-4, or EF4, tornado severe weather emergency in whichcritical decisions had to be made between local authorities and MORE
Fort Riley and partnering emergency management agencies participate in a spring and summer severe weather tabletop exercise March 11.

Student chefs shine at culinary competition

April 17, 2015 — While the veteran membersof the “Big Red One” Culinary Arts Team cheered them on from the bleachers, thenewest Soldier chefs put their training to the test March 9 in the StudentSkills Team Event at the 40th Annual Military Culinary Arts CompetitiveTraining Event at Fort Lee, Virginia. The student skillscompetition is broken down into two areas: MORE
Student members of the “Big Red One” Culinary Arts Team compete March 9 at the 40th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Va.

Culinary Arts Team prepares five-star meal in two-axle kitchen

April 17, 2015 — Showcasing the qualitydining they can produce in even the most basic kitchen space, members of the 1stInfantry Division’s Culinary Arts Team earned silver medals March 10 in the hotmobile kitchen trailer portion of the 40th Annual Military Culinary ArtsCompetitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Virginia. Using a kitchen that can bemoved almost MORE
Members of the “Big Red One” Culinary Arts Team put the finishing touches on dessert, an apple-infused bread pudding served with caramelized apple slices, strawberry coulis and homemade vanilla bean ice cream March 10 during the hot mobile kitchen trailer portion of the 40th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Va. The team members also prepared seafood gumbo and filet mignon for 50 diners and earned silver medals for their work.

Six local athletic directors experience convoy training at Fort Riley

April 17, 2015 — Matt Westerhaus is usuallythe athletic director at Junction City High School, but March 9 he wasmaneuvering a military Humvee to save five fellow athletic directors as theydrove through a desert during a team building simulation at Fort Riley’s MissionTraining Complex. Westerhaus and hiscolleagues were selected for this digitally simulated military MORE
Penny Lane, athletic director at Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, repeats the information Lt. Kevin Spencer, 97th Military Police Battalion, taught her about the weapon she used during a team building exercise March 9 at the Mission Training Complex. Six different athletic directors from the area were included in the exercise.

Educators serving military students get opportunity to exchange experiences

April 17, 2015 — Understanding today’smilitary student in elementary and higher education was the topic of discussionat a Kansas State University-hosted Military Education Symposium conducted March11 at Riley’s Conference Center. The event featured seminarson subjects that included best practices for students with autism, addressing theneeds of all military MORE
Lyndsey Lamas, counselor for USD 475, and Superintendent Corbin Witt try to recreate an image from the iPad on the table with different shapes during the Military Education Symposium March 11 at Riley’s Conference Center.

Fort Riley annual drinking water report available

April 17, 2015 — The Environmental Division,Directorate of Public Works posted the annual Consumer Confidence Report, or CCR,on the internet. Fort Riley, like other public water suppliers, is required toprovide this information based on Safe Drinking Water Act requirements. The CCR providesinformation on the type and name of the water source; information MORE

Whitside North offers hourly service for kids 6 weeks to 5 years

April 17, 2015 — Parents who need child carewill soon have an additional resource. Whitside North CDC will open for hourly careApril 1. Whitside North is located lessthan a mile from the new Whitside Fitness Center and will provide care forchildren 6 weeks through 5 years of age. “The facility isstrategically located to provide support to the new fitness facility, MORE

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