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Division, Fort Riley honors fallen combat engineer

August 28, 2015 — The 1st Infantry Divisionand Fort Riley honored Sgt. 1st Class John William Alton Aug. 20 in a memorial ceremonyat Morris Hill Chapel. Alton, Operations Company, Division Headquarters andHeadquarters Battalion, 1st Inf. Div., died Aug. 2 in Clay Center of naturalcauses. Alton, a combat engineerwith almost 25 years of service, served two tours in MORE

USO brings country star Kellie Pickler to the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley

August 28, 2015 — Spc. Daxton McDaniel, 1st SupportMaintenance Company, 1ID Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, thoughtAug. 18 was going to be a regular Tuesday until he received a text message fromhis platoon sergeant the night before asking if he wanted to have lunch withKellie Pickler at the Cantigny Dining Facility. “I just thought it wasgoing to be MORE
Kellie Pickler greets Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, toward the end of her performance Aug. 18 at Hanger 833 at Marshall Army Airfield.  Pickler invited Big Red One Soldiers on stage to sing the Big Red One song.

‘Devil’ providers recharge during caregiver event

August 28, 2015 — Chaplains, religiousaffairs specialists and medical providers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team,1st Infantry Division, took time out of their schedules to participate in thebrigade’s Care for the Caregiver event Aug. 14 at the Whitside Fitness Center. Attendees spent the morningparticipating in activities like climbing the fitness center’s MORE
Chaplain (Maj.) Michael McDonald, spiritual leader, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., climbs into a giant bubble as he prepares to play bubble soccer Aug. 14 at the Whitside Fitness Center on Fort Riley, Kansas. Chaplains, religious affairs specialists and medical providers took time out of their schedules to participate in the brigade’s Care for the Caregiver event.

COMMUNITY CORNER – Everyone has responsibility to mentor, motivate those around them

August 27, 2015 — In life there are many waysto learn. Some are easier than others. Some are more lasting than others. Formaltraining often comes to mind when we talk about learning. A less desirable way isby making mistakes and learning from them. In many instances, what we learn comesfrom someone sharing their knowledge and experiences to provide guidance in MORE

‘Diehard’ Soldiers train with Spider landmines

August 25, 2015 — Soldiers assigned toCompany A, 1st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1stInfantry Division, participated in training with the M-7 Spider Landmine July 31at Range 7. The Spider is ananti-personnel networked munitions system that can be securely commanded andcontrolled from up to 1,500 meters away. The new landmine requires MORE
Spc. Isaac Robledo (left) and Pvt. Greggory Savage (right), both combat engineers with Co. B, 1st Bde. Eng. Bn., 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., arm the M-7 Spider Landmine July 31 at Range 7 on Fort Riley, Kansas. The purpose of the training was to demonstrate the capabilities of the new anti-personnel networked munitions system.

Fort Riley takes lead on resilience training

August 25, 2015 — Fort Riley and the 1stInfantry Division now have a greater advantage against adversity aftergraduating 19 Soldiers from a Master Resilience Training – Facilitator courseat the Victory Center July 31. The course trains Soldiersto become level-two master resilience trainers and teaches them the skillsnecessary to facilitate the level-one course in MORE
Erin Towner, master resilience trainer and performance expert, teaches a class of level two MRT students July 30 at the Fort Riley Victory Center. Towner said the skills taught in the MRT course help students identify patterns in thinking that they can then use to combat adversity.

Dan McCallister named Employee of the Month

August 25, 2015 — Many employees of theGarrison were recognized Aug. 13 for their hard work and dedication. However, oneemployee stood out. Dan McCallister, Directorate of Public Works, was awardedthe Garrison Employee of the Month, with Ms. Della McAllister accepting theaward on his behalf. The award included a check for $500. “Seeing the fruits of yourlabor really MORE
Della McCallister accepted the Garrison Employee of the Month award on behalf of her husband Dan McCallister at the ceremony August 13, 2015.

TIPS FOR IWATCH - When it comes to vigilance, trust your instincts

August 25, 2015 — Anti-Terrorism month isdesigned to remind us to always be alert to activities or behaviors that areodd or suspicious. One resource is iWatch, anArmy-wide anti-terrorism initiative. “See Something, Say Something,”is a slogan Patrick Burch, Fort Riley’s Anti-terrorism Officer, firmlybelieves. “I stress the golden rulein my briefing, which is that if MORE

Fort Riley touts the role personnel in USD 475 play in helping military families

August 25, 2015 — Staff members at USD 475 ofGeary County are ready for the 2015-16 school year. On Aug. 12, Fort RileyGarrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole Jr. addressed the USD 475 General Sessionfor school district board members, teachers, and staff. The 8 a.m. session washeld at Junction City High School’s Shenk Gymnasium. Hugh Davis, USD 475Executive Director of MORE

Fort Riley Soldier rocks out at Soldier Show on, off stage

August 25, 2015 — Fort Riley’s own Spc. Austin West took the stage with his electricguitar for about 10 minutes before the official show began August 11 at McCainAuditorium in Manhattan, Kansas. West, a Soldierfrom 172nd Chemical Company, 84th Explosive Ordinance Disposal, 1st ArmoredBrigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, auditioned with Army Entertainmentin MORE
Spc. Austin West, 172nd Chemical Company, 84th Explosive Ordinance Disposal, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry division, opens up the Soldier Show August 11 at McCain Auditorium in Manhattan, Kansas. West is a technician on the tour, but was asked to open for his ‘hometown’ audience of Fort Riley.

USO’s monthly event offers family members two-hour escape from digital world

August 25, 2015 — Rose Moody, wife of Chief WarrantOfficer 2 Damien Moody, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, saw anadvertisement for Unplugged: Family Game Night and invited her neighbors tojoin her family for a night of board games Aug. 14 at the USO Fort Rileybuilding. The monthly game night doesnot allow electronics. It was designed as a way to get MORE
Gabriela Padilla, daughter of Staff Sgt. Francisco Padilla, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, pulls a tile from the Jenga stack while she focuses on not knocking over the tower during USO Fort Riley Unplugged: Family Game Night August 14 at the USO Fort Riley building. Game nights are scheduled monthly at the USO Fort Riley.

Teen center staff hosts event that reconnects kids

August 25, 2015 — The staff at Child, Youthand School Services helped the Fort Riley community celebrate the return ofschool by hosting a teen dance for children in 6th through 12th grades. Zachary Hart, director ofthe teen center, said this dance is a way for students to reconnect with their friendsbefore the school year begins as well as try to meet new friends. MORE
Enjoying the dance put on by the teen center staff are, from left, Jailynn Brooks, Emonni Barber, Jessica Stuber and Khalil Smith. The center’s director said the event was a way for students to reconnect with friends before the beginning of the new school year.

Scholarship money available through national programs

August 25, 2015 — Each year, nearly 38,000 highschool students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 millionin educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice ofDemocracy audio-essay competition. The Voice of Democracy programprovides students in grades nine through 12 the opportunity to express themselvesin regards to MORE

Area Art Season

August 25, 2015 — As the triple-digit heatindex gives way to cooler temperatures, the fine arts season in Kansas is setto begin, during which you can attend musical and theatrical performances that appealto a wide variety of art patrons. This week’s Travel and Funin Kansas page is dedicated to helping you find the cultural events you andyour family may enjoy. You MORE

‘Avengers’ come home to Fort Riley

August 21, 2015 — About 24 Soldiers assigned toCompany C, 230th Financial Management Unit, 541st Combat Sustainment SupportBattalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, redeployed Aug. 8 to FortRiley after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The “Avengers” company deployedin November 2014 to Bagram and Kabul in support of Operations Enduring Freedom MORE
Capt. Andrea D. Matthiew and 1st Sgt. Colbie Jackson, the commander and senior noncommissioned officer of Co. C, 230th FMU, 541st CSSB, 1st Inf. Div. Sust. Bde., uncase the unit’s colors Aug. 8 near the 1st Inf. Div. Sust. Bde. headquarters during a redeployment ceremony at Fort Riley. The uncasing ceremony signified the unit’s completion of a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom’s Sentinel.

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