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‘Truckmasters’ support Danger Focus

May 26, 2016 —      Soldiers assigned to the 24th Composite Truck Company, Heavy and 526th Quartermaster Composite Supply Company, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, conducted daily logistics package missions from May 1 through May 17 at Fort Riley.      The purpose was to resupply the 1st Armored Brigade Combat MORE
Spc. Ryan Gere, a motor transport operator assigned to the 24th Composite Truck Company, Heavy and 526th Quartermaster Composite Supply Company, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, inspects his weapon system attached to a Humvee prior to rolling out on a tactical convoy mission May 11 at Fort Riley. Gere is one of many Soldiers participating in supporting the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division’s Danger Focus training exercise.

Commanding general welcomes new officers into nation’s military

May 26, 2016 —      MANHATTAN Kan. — The commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley played a key role in the careers of 21 new Army and Air Force officers May 13, administering the oath of office to cadets of the Kansas State University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps during their commissioning ceremony in K-State’s Forum Hall.      “It’s MORE
Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general, administers the oath of office to members of the Kansas State University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps May 13 during their commissioning ceremony in K-State’s Forum Hall. The 21 second lieutenants will go on to serve in units throughout the Army and Air Force.

Team Croom leaves behind a thankful Fort Riley community

May 26, 2016 —      The Religious Support Office staff hosted a farewell lunch May 10 at a local restaurant in honor of Chap. (Col.) Keith Croom and his wife, Kelly, who partnered together as the former garrison chaplain team at Fort Riley as they depart to the U. S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.      “We’re leaving a lot of MORE
Fort Riley Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole Jr. speaks about contributions from Team Croom at a farewell lunch May 10 at a local restaurant in honor of Chap. (Col.) Keith Croom and his wife, Kelly, as they prepare to depart to the U. S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Veteran ‘Quarterhorse’ Soldier gets front row seat to training

May 26, 2016 —      A veteran and honorary member of 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, spent the day touring training sites with key unit leaders during a May 10 visit to the Fort Riley training area.      Retired Maj. Bill Shae, who served as Troop A commander after returning from the Vietnam War in the MORE
Retired Maj. Bill Shae, left, honorary member of the 4th Cavalry Regiment, speaks with Lt. Col. Bradley Laauwe, right, the commander of 1st Squadron, 4th Cav. Regt., 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, during a visit to the squadron as its Soldiers conduct operations as a part of Danger Focus on May 10 at a Fort Riley training area. Shae, a native of Denver, was the commander of the squadron’s Troop A as a captain during the early 1970s.

Rifle Range Road construction project continues

May 26, 2016 —      The final phase of the construction on Rifle Range Road in the Colyer Forsyth neighborhood will begin May 31, following the closure of Seitz and Fort Riley Elemen­tary Schools for summer break. Because there are two elementary schools and the housing area close together, it leads to traffic congestion and this project is designed to help with MORE
Construction on Rifle Range Road in the Colyer Forsyth neighborhood consists of widening the road to accommodate a center turning lane the entire length of the project and adding additional turn lanes into Seitz Elementary and Fort Riley Elementary Schools. The contracted company, Bayer Construction out of Manhattan, Kansas, is beginning the final phase of the construction May 31.

Voting assistance teaches Soldiers about process

May 26, 2016 —      Voting assistance of­ficers gathered for a workshop at Barlow Theater May 10 to learn how to help the Soldiers in their unit with the voting process.      “What you’re doing is very important,” said Lt. Col. Scott Allen, deputy chief of staff, 1st Infantry Division.      Kathleen Jones of the Federal Voting Assis­tance Program came to lead the MORE
Kathleen Jones of the Federal Voting Assistance Program explains the absentee voting ballot to voting assistance officers during a training session at Barlow Theater May 10.

Homebuying seminar to educate Soldiers

May 24, 2016 —      The thought of buying a home can be intimidating, but staff of the Housing Services Office is here to help. There will be a free Home Buying Seminar May 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Building 210 Custer Avenue Room 118.      “We want to eliminate the fear of buying a home,” Marvin Springer, HSO referral agent, said. “We’re here to educate them on all MORE

Online tool helps Soldiers achieve goals

May 24, 2016 —      Using the Army Career Tracker helps a Soldier make sure they are achieving the ca­reer progress they want reach in the Army.      “It’s an online tool, and it helps Soldiers and leaders with any kind of goal they have for professional and personal de­velopment,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Snell, transition liaison, 1st Infantry Division. “It MORE

Fort Riley Army hotel staff is on point with customer service

May 24, 2016 —      Setting goals is an impor­tant key to achieving success. The staff at Intercontinental Hotels Group Army Hotels knows that and sets a winning metric for guest satisfaction throughout the entire port­folio of 41 installations. Each location has a different thresh­old for success set by the man­agement in each location. The process is designed MORE

Fire back: Burn survivor shares his road to recovery

May 24, 2016 —      After several months of re­covery in a burn center, Jared Estes’ only goal was to visit the grave of his 23-year-old wife, Paige, to let all his anger out during that visit.      In March 2005, Estes was involved in a car accident caused by a three-time DUI offender in Wichita, Kansas. The accident took the life of his wife after only six MORE
Soldiers of the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, listen May 12 to Jared Estes, a motivational speaker from Wichita, Kansas, share his story about being involved in a car accident that took the life of his wife, Paige. Paige was killed in a car accident nearly 11 years ago by a drunk driver, who hit the car going more than 100 mph.

‘Big Red One’ bids farewell to deputy commanding general

May 20, 2016 —      The 1st Infantry Division bade farewell to one of its senior leaders May 12 in a victory with honors ceremony at “Big Red One” headquarters, 580 1st Division Road.     The event was in honor of Brig. Gen. John S. Kolasheski, the 1st Inf. Div.’s deputy commanding general for maneuver, as he departed his position at Fort Riley to serve as the MORE
Brig. Gen. John S. Kolasheski, left, 1st Infantry Division deputy commanding general for maneuver, and Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., right, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, salute during the national anthem at a victory with honors ceremony May 12 at 1st Inf. Div. headquarters at Fort Riley. The ceremony was held in honor of Kolasheski, who is departing the “Big Red One” to serve as commandant of the U.S. Army Armor School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Operation Victory Kids designed to protect children from speeding drivers on post

May 20, 2016 —       Corvias Military Living has developed the "Victory Kids" pilot program to help remind drivers of the presence of small children in the residential areas. The move came in light of concerns in recent months on the part of residents of Hampton Place north of Jackson Road about drivers speeding through the neighborhood.       Those concerns were MORE

Rockets light up training grounds at Fort Riley

May 20, 2016 —     The familiar booms of 1st Infantry Division howitzers were joined by a different sound May 14 as “Big Red One” artillery units teamed with the Kansas Army National Guard for a weekend training mission.      Soldiers from the guard’s 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery Brigade traveled from their home station at Hiawatha, Kansas, to Fort Riley MORE
A crew from the 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery Brigade, Kansas Army National Guard, sends a round downrange from high mobility artillery rocket system May 14 at Fort Riley. The live fire was part of a combined training event with the 1st Infantry Division Artillery and the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div.

COMMUNITY CORNER – Summer allows time to make family memories

May 20, 2016 —      School will be out soon and that means kids will have free time — so now is the time to plan fun kid and family activities. Don’t sit in the house this summer and watch television or play video games — get out and take advantage of the many things happening on post or explore the nearby Kansas area.      The staff at the Directorate of Family MORE

Gray Eagle company’s ribbon cutting shows off new nest

May 13, 2016 —      Soldiers and civilians from the local community gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new unmanned aircraft system facility May 2 at Fort Riley’s Marshall Army Airfield.      The facility is home to Company F, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.      Col. John MORE
From Left to right: retired Lt. Gen. Michael L. Dodson; Steve Crusinberry, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, director; Brig. Gen. Victor J. Braden, back, Army National Guard - Combined Arms Center, deputy commanding general; Col. John M. Cyrulik, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, commander, Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general; Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Cornelison, 1st Inf. Div. senior noncommissioned officer; cut the ribbon for the unmanned aircraft system hangar May 2 at Fort Riley’s Marshall Army Airfield.

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