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Hagel praises troops during Kuwait visit

December 17, 2014 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait –Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said he understood the problems facingdeployed Soldiers during the holiday season. “There’s some reflection ofthe holiday spirit here, and I always admire that,” Hagel told a gathering ofseveral hundred service members Dec. 8, referring to his service during the VietnamWar. “Once upon a time, MORE
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley (left) shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (right) Dec. 8 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Hagel visited and spoke to Soldiers and other service members as part of a multi-day tour of the region.

Post starts season with tree lighting

December 17, 2014 — As the 1st Infantry DivisionBand played festive holiday music in the background, Soldiers, families and theFort Riley community gathered Dec. 4 to celebrate Fort Riley’s Holiday Tree Lightingceremony at Ware Parade Field. The annual event brings theFort Riley community together to start the season, while also honoring deployedloved ones during the MORE
Santa arrives via wagon pulled by the CGMCG during Fort Riley’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Dec. 4 at Ware Parade Field.

‘Longknife’ troopers earn silver spurs

December 17, 2014 — Although the days ofcavalry on horseback is a thing of the past, troopers earning their spurscontinues to be an important part of becoming an expert cavalrymen. Fifty troopers with the 5thSquadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st InfantryDivision earned their silver spurs in a tradition known as a spur ride Nov. 19and 20 MORE
Troopers with the 5th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt. received their silver spurs after completing the squadron’s spur ride Nov. 20 at Fort Riley. Soldiers were pushed to their physical and mental limitations during the competition and in the end, 50 troopers earned their spurs.

‘Daggers’ test Fort Riley’s training capacity

December 17, 2014 — Tank guns crashing, machineguns chattering and artillery booming were the sounds Soldiers from the“Dagger” brigade made as they completed more than two months of situationaltraining exercises and a combined arms live-fire exercise at the post’s maneuvertraining and range areas. The exercise, which took monthsto plan, involved all battalions with MORE
An M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank from the 1st Bn., 18th Inf. Regt., fires at a target during 2nd ABCT’s combined arms live-fire exercise Nov. 15 at Fort Riley.

‘Guardians’ help veterans spread holiday joy in Topeka

December 17, 2014 — TOPEKA – Soldiers with the101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Divisiontook the time to make a difference in the lives of veterans and their lovedones Dec. 2 and 3 at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka. There, 12 active-dutySoldiers with the “Guardians” battalion assisted veterans in picking out MORE
Leonard Soetebier, a Vietnam-era veteran from Coffey County, Kan., (left) writes a Christmas letter with the help of Pvt. Robert Grunefeld, 101st BSB (right) Dec. 3 at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center, Topeka.

Local organization donates toys to WTB, MEB, deployed Soldiers

December 17, 2014 — Members of the Kansas AmericanLegion Family expressed their appreciation to Fort Riley Warrior Transition Battalion,Medical Evaluation Board and deployed Soldiers by donating 1,000 toys tochildren during Operation North Pole Dec. 5 and 6 at Fort Riley. Every child in attendance receivedan age- and gender-appropriate gift and had the opportunity to MORE
The Critchlow family, including (from left to right) Shyanne, 7, Jordan, 3, Joseph, 9, and Sharie shows off gifts they received from the Kansas American Legion Family.

Christkindl continues a community tradition

December 17, 2014 — Dozens of military familiescelebrated the Christmas spirit by partaking in one of Fort Riley’s Christmastraditions Dec. 6 at Riley’s Conference Center. Translated to “ChristChild” in German, Christkindl is a German tradition meant to celebrate thespirit of Christmas, a tradition brought to Fort Riley six years ago. During Christkindl,communities MORE
A family gathers at one of the vendors selling holiday-decorated gourds during Christkindl Dec. 6 at Riley’s Conference Center. The gourd vendor was one of about 60 vendors who participated in this year’s event.

Guest speaker testifies to life-changing impacts of drunk driving

December 17, 2014 — December is National Drunkand Drugged Driving Prevention Month. Fort Riley’s Alcohol andSubstance Abuse Program has dedicated the month to raising awareness aboutdrugged and drunk driving. In doing so, they brought inspirational speaker JaredEstes to Barlow Theater Dec. 4 to share his story on how drunk driving impactedhis life. Just six months MORE
Inspirational speaker Jared Estes (left) talks to Soldiers at Barlow Theater following his speech, “Fire Back.” Estes was involved in a vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver that killed his wife in 2005. December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.

Annual Trees for Troops offers Fort Riley families wide array of choices

December 17, 2014 — Fort Riley’s fourth annualTrees for Troops began before the Christkindl Market event Dec. 6 at Riley’sConference Center. As families lined up asearly as one hour before the initial operation of Trees for Troops, they scopedout the hundreds of evergreen trees carefully placed inside the tennis court rightoutside the center. For the Wisniewski MORE
Spc. Nathan Wisniewski, his wife, Tammy, and their son, Wesley, choose their first Christmas tree from Trees for Troops Dec. 6 outside Riley’s Conference Center.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER - Chaplain’s call for selfless service

December 16, 2014 — Editor’s note: Chaplain (Capt.)Kevin Daul, Religious Support, Plans and Operations, 1st Infantry Division, wasrecently asked how it felt for his family to be named Fort Riley’s 2013 VolunteerMilitary Family of the Year, as well as being honored with lighting the holidaytree in front of Building 500 during this year’s annual Fort Riley Holiday MORE

Discovery center, organizations create exhibit of local history

December 16, 2014 — MANHATTAN – Those who are aficionadosof the Little Apple, devotees of military history or who have a passion for allthings purple won’t want to miss “Flint Hills Forces: The Shaping of Manhattan,Fort Riley and Kansas State University 1917-1963” at the Flint Hills DiscoveryCenter. Visitors will be immersedin the period between 1917 and 1963 when MORE

COMMUNITY CORNER - Diverse holidays, traditions occur in December

December 15, 2014 — Fort Riley commenced theholiday season Dec. 4 with our annual tree-lighting ceremony. Our tree can beseen standing tall as you drive by on Huebner Avenue. This holiday tree is asymbol of the many traditions observed by our community and nation throughoutDecember. December is a month filledwith a number of multi-cultural festivals and holidays. The MORE

Post museums will receive upgrades

December 09, 2014 — Fort Riley’s two museums, theU.S. Cavalry Museum and the 1st Infantry Division Museum are on their way tomajor upgrades in 2015.  The Center for Military Historyawarded Fort Riley Museums designing contracts to start planning a completeredesign on the existing facilities.  “We need to keep thehistory and traditions of the Army alive, and the best MORE
The main entrance of the Cavalry Museum is pictured in this undated photo. The museum is scheduled to receive major updates in 2015.

Leaders serve troops on Thanksgiving

December 09, 2014 — Thanksgiving is a day setaside for gratefulness, but for Soldiers, it can be a day recognizing thedistance between themselves and their families. To help fill that gap, theCantigny and Demon Diner dining facilities served annual Thanksgiving meals to1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley Soldiers Nov. 25. As part of Armytradition, leaders from units MORE
From left to right, 1st Sgt. Jason Harris, 1st Sgt. Caleb Dillon and Maj. Justin Harper, senior leaders with the 1st Bn., 63rd Armor Regt., serve Thanksgiving dinner to Soldiers and civilians Nov. 25 at the Cantigny DFAC. The Cantigny DFAC fed more than 900 Soldiers and civilians during the Thanksgiving feast.

‘Durable’ Soldiers support 1,000 Strong Community Challenge

December 09, 2014 — TOPEKA – Soldiers with the1st Sustainment Brigade embarked upon a monumental challenge Nov. 21: togather, collect and donate 1,000 food and clothing items, and perform 1,000 volunteerhours in a single day. The challenge was part of the “Durable” brigade’s 1,000Strong Community Challenge to help charities in the Topeka area. The goal was exceeded MORE
Pvt. Alexis Gonzales (left) and Sgt. Cynthia Barber (right), HHC, 1st Sust. Bde., fill bags of food items at the Harvesters – The Community Food Network warehouse during the 1,000 Strong Community Challenge Nov. 21 in Topeka.

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