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Fort Riley honors volunteers of the year

May 3, 2016 —      Several volunteers from Fort Riley gathered at Riley’s Confer­ence Center April 18 to be recog­nized for their efforts across the installation and in the surround­ing communities.      There were 27 volunteers rec­ognized, five of which were given Volunteer of the Year in their spe­cific categories.      Presented the prestigious Volunteer of MORE
The Volunteer Family of the Year was awarded to the Staff Sgt. Thomas Miller Family, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, for their work with the ATV ranges on post during the Volunteer of the Year ceremony April 18 at Riley’s Conference Center.

Visiting Wakefield – Kansas burg welcomes visitors yearning for outdoors

May 3, 2016 —      Wakefield, Kansas is a destination option for anyone interested in fishing, camping and other outdoors activities. Whether getting in touch with nature, or going on a weekend family outing, the small community has something for almost everyone.      As visitors drive west into Wakefield, they are greeted by Milford Lake, next to which is the MORE
Wakefield is home to a museum run by volunteers of the community. It sits at the north end of the Milford Reservoir at 604 6th Street. Volunteers use artifacts to preserve the small town’s history of a community founded in the 1850s by English immigrants from the Old World and people who relocated from New England. The museum is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday from April to December.

Middle East expert shares perspective, experience with ‘Big Red One’ Soldiers

May 2, 2016 —      Author and Middle East expert Emma Sky visited Fort Riley April 21, meeting with leaders across the “Big Red One.” Sky also spoke with a group of 1st Infantry Division Soldiers about Iraq’s recent history and potential future outcomes of conflicts in the area during a presentation at Riley’s Conference Center.      “She’s done it all,” said MORE
Emma Sky, author and Middle East expert, speaks with Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., commanding general of the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley, during her visit April 21 with “Big Red One” Soldiers.

Tax center wraps up another year

May 2, 2016 —      Staff of the Tax Center on post wrapped up another busy season April 15, at an awards ceremony with Col. Andrew Cole Jr., garrison commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. James Collins, garrison command sergeant major.      As of April 20, the Tax Center staff helped community members of Fort Riley file 7,108 federal taxes, 3,400 state taxes, save MORE
Col. Andrew Cole Jr., garrison commander at Fort Riley, presented a certificate from the Internal Revenue Service to the tax center for 10 years of service.  Elizabeth Thurston, manager of the Tax Center, accepted the award.

Rehearsal step one for ‘Big Red One,’ Danger Focus

April 29, 2016 —      Members of the Fort Riley U.S. Army Garrison Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security joined senior leadership of the 1st Infantry Division for a Combined Arms Rehearsal prior to beginning the Danger Focus exercise occurring between April 28 and June 3.      The rehearsal took place April 21 at the Close Combat Tactical MORE
The Fort Riley garrison training division from the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security joined senior leadership of the 1st Infantry Division for a Combined Arms Rehearsal prior to begin the Danger Focus exercise April 28 to June 3. The rehearsal took place April 21 at the Close Combat Tactical Training facility on the Seitz Regional Training Campus, Fort Riley. Bill Raymann, left, chief of the training division, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, joins Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, for a portion of the briefing.

Simulation provider teams with garrison staff

April 29, 2016 —      With the recent exercises — Warfighter from April 6 to 15, and Danger Focus in progress throughout May — a constant is the simulation technology used by the Fort Riley Training Division of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.      On March 29, as 1st Infantry Division and garrison personnel were preparing for both MORE

Corvias Military Living invites residents to participate in Army housing survey

April 29, 2016 —      Corvias Military Living staff is asking on-post residents to complete the 2016 Headquarters Department of the Army Residential Communities Initiative Resident Survey. The survey gives residents an opportunity to provide feedback to the Army, RCI and Corvias Military Living on how their housing needs are being met.      “We consistently seek MORE

SAFETY CORNER - Be cautious when selecting tools for the job

April 29, 2016 —      As the name implies, hand tools are extensions of our hands. When we misuse our hands, we experience pain. When we misuse hand tools, the possibility of injury to ourselves or people working around us increases. Furthermore, using a tool incorrectly can damage the tool or cause the tool to fail.      Think about it: How many times have you MORE

FROM THE INSPECTOR GENERAL - Concerned Soldier seeks advice about warrant

April 29, 2016 — Dear IG,      I am a junior enlisted Soldier, spouse and father of two. I was recently informed by my first-line supervisor that I need to provide him with a good date and time for him to come by my off-post residence to conduct a home inspection. I know that my time in service and knowledge of the inner workings of the military are limited, but MORE

Aviation Brigade to open facility for unmanned aircraft company

April 29, 2016 —      As the 1st Infantry Division continues to lead the Army in unmanned aircraft and aerial systems, the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 2 for the newly completed Gray Eagle hangar.      The state-of-the-art facility houses the unmanned aircraft operated by the “Phoenix” company, a virtual training simulator and MORE
The Gray Eagle is a medium-altitude long-endurance system designed to perform better at higher altitudes.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Gray Eagle hangar will take place May 2 on Fort Riley.

COMMUNITY CORNER – Mental health plays important role in resilience

April 29, 2016 —      May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The stress of military life effects the mental health of Soldiers, families, retirees and Department of Defense civilians. This may result in outward signs such as sleep problems, nightmares, relation­ship problems, social isolation and problems with alcohol or drugs. Seeking care for mental wellness is no MORE

Firefighters host structural training on post

April 29, 2016 —      Firefighters from Kansas Taskforce 2 including fire departments from Lawrence, Manhattan, Pottawatomie County, Forbes Field from Topeka and Fort Riley conducted a two-week structural collapse training course April 4 through 12 at the Fort Riley Fire Department’s training grounds in Camp Funston, Fort Riley.      The objective was to clear MORE
Brandon Myers, from Pottawatomie Tribal Fire Department, and Sal Portelli, from Manhattan Fire Department, work together to secure the chains to a car before removing it from the top of a pile of concrete as part of a structural training course at Fort Riley April 4 through 12. This scenario simulated a tornado or other major natural disaster that would displace a vehicle.

Garrison finalizes move to Building 500

April 29, 2016 —      The boxes are unpacked and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley employees are settling into their new offices at Summerall Hall, 500 Huebner Road, after about 19 months of being displaced due to a leak on the second floor of the building and the extensive damage that came after.      “It’s good to be home,” said Bill Bunting, director of the Resource MORE
Summerall Hall, 500 Huebner Road, is home to the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley Headquarters and many other directorates including the Garrison Safety Office, Resource Management Office, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Plans, Analysis and Integration Office, Public Affairs Office, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security as well as Internal Review and Audit Compliance.

A team effort: ‘Big Red One’ pair has best-ever finish at Best Ranger Competition

April 28, 2016 — Despite the effects of 60 hours with no sleep and physical tasks that would put self-doubt in the fittest Soldiers’ minds, quitting was never an option for Capt. Mark Gaudet and 1st Lt. Tim Nelson. Not that it’s ever an option for the two 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division officers and not that it’s ever an option at something MORE
U.S. Army Capt. Mark Gaudet, assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, climbs across the rope to during the Combat Water Survival Assessment on the last day of the Best Ranger Competition 2016 on Fort Benning, Ga., April 17, 2016. The 33rd annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition 2016 is a three-day event consisting of challenges that test competitor's physical, mental, and technical capabilities. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kohl/Released)

‘Devil’ brigade tankers go to Sullivan Cup

April 22, 2016 — Four Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, will represent the “Big Red One” at the annual Sullivan Cup Precision Gunnery Competition May 2 to 6 at Fort Benning, Georgia.Representing the division are Staff Sgt. Eric Engstrom II of Becket, Massachusetts; Sgt. Johnathan Alejandro of MORE
Sullivan Cup Team: Staff Sgt. Eric Engstrom II of Becket, Massachusetts (left); Sgt. Johnathan Alejandro of Pasadena, California; Pfc. Avery Randle of Monticello, Indiana; and Pvt. Logan Bontrager of Middlebury, Indiana; all tank crew members from 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, will represent the “Big Red One” during the 2016 Sullivan Cup competition May 2-6 at Fort Benning, Georgia. The Sullivan Cup is an annual competition that brings together the best tank crews from the U.S. Army, Marines and international partners and tests them in tank crew maneuver, sustainment and gunnery skills.

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