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COMMUNITY CORNER – Physical, mental fitness, wellness for all

July 14, 2017 —      Billions of dollars are spent each year on healthcare due to unhealthy lifestyle practices. I encourage and support fitness and wellness for all members of our Army family including Soldiers, spouses, children, Department of the Army civilians and retirees. Our Soldiers, employees and family members gain optimal perfor­mance on the job and at MORE
Fort Riley Garrison Commander

Army Field Support Battalion-Riley welcomes new commander

July 12, 2017 —      Lt. Col. Zachary T. Miller officially took command of the 407th Army Field Support Battalion-Riley from outgoing commander Lt. Col. Brian D. Beiner during a change of command ceremony June 30 at Cavalry Parade Field.      The ceremony capped Beiner’s two-year run as the AFSBn-Riley commander, a time for which Beiner has been extremely MORE
Lt. Col. Zachary T. Miller, left, receives command of 407th Army Field Support Battalion-Riley during a change of command ceremony June 30 at Cavalry Parade Field. Handing the colors to Miller is Col. Eric P. Shirley, commander of the 407th Army Field Support Brigade. Looking on is Lt. Col. Brian D. Beiner, outgoing commander of AFSBn-Riley.

Airmen support ‘Big Red One’ during deployment, training

July 12, 2017 —      Perhaps the most telling comment about the impor­tance of the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron’s mission came from Air Force Staff Sgt. James Terhardt, noncommis­sioned officer in charge of the 10th ASOS Commander’s Sup­port Staff. There’s a lot of things going on during combat opera­tions, he said.      “There are civilians out there,” MORE
Airman 1st Class Anthony Butler, 10th Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, speaks to aircrew during training, June 22, 2017, at Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz. Communication between pilots and JTACs is verified between both parties, ensuring the correct target is identified and struck. (U.S. Air force photo/Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes)

Police join forces, train to save lives in critical situations

July 11, 2017 —      Officers lined up and forced their way into a house, a few moments later, shouts could be heard echoing from the building and shots from weapons followed, sounding similar to fireworks popping. A police working dog positioned outside began to whimper and whine, pulling at the leash his handler held, eager to get inside the house.      The Fort MORE
Fort Riley Police Department Special Reaction Team, Kansas Highway Patrol, and a few officers from Pottawatomie County, Kansas, Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s, Kansas, Police Department prepare to enter the Fort Riley Range Shoot House June 27 for live-fire joint training. The departments worked on small-team clearing tactics and close-quarters combat during training for situations that would require the FRPD SRT or Special Weapons and Tactics teams to be activated.

Monthly awards ceremony recognizes garrison employees for dedication to Soldiers, families

July 11, 2017 —      Leaders of the Fort Riley garrison recognized the Employee of the Month for April and May during a ceremony June 20 at Ware Parade Field.      Col. John D. Lawrence, Fort Riley garrison commander, said this is a time when he gets to personally thank the employees who go above and beyond during the course of their job duties on a daily basis. MORE
Rod Cruz from the Garrison Safety Office receives his certificate of appreciation from Col. John D. Lawrence, Fort Riley garrison commander, after he was selected as the Employee of the Month for April during a ceremony June 30 at Ware Parade Field. Cruz was recognized for being named the 2016 U.S. Army Instructor of the Year by the National Safety Council’s defensive driver course.

Soldier of the Year success began with team at Fort Riley

July 11, 2017 —      When Spc. Lillian Lewis, a chaplain’s assistant of Morris Hill Chapel with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, United States Army Garrison Fort Riley, decided to compete in the Best Warrior Competition for the chance to earn recognition as the Installation Management Command’s 2017 Soldier of the Year, she knew she needed a program to help MORE
When it comes to training for the Best Warrior Competitions, the beat goes on at Fort Riley. Pictured working together in fireman’s carriage training, are Spc. Lillian Lewis carrying Pvt. Cindy Romero. This kind of training, developed by Capt. Robert Deppa, commander for HHC USAG 1st Replacement Company, Fort Riley, and 1st Sgt. Jason Hasby, also of that unit, helped Lewis win Installation Management Command’s 2017 Soldier of the Year.

Fort Riley community dives into summer with opening of Custer Hill Aquatic Park

July 11, 2017 —      “Cannonball!” Fort Riley Gar­rison Command Sgt. Maj. James Collins yelled as he leapt from the high diving board into the pool at Custer Hill Aquatic Park. Giggles and shrieks imme­diately followed from more than 90 children with School Age Ser­vices who took Collins’ dive as the green light to enter the pool and came rush­ing into the wa­ter MORE
Leaders and representatives from the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Fort Riley garrison command and the Directorate of Public Works cut the buoy rope during the grand opening of the Custer Hill Aquatic Park June 30. The new aquatic park has a zero-depth entry in the main and baby pools, a lazy river, water slides, two diving boards and more.

Changes to household goods claims process

July 11, 2017 —      The Army has created a new office at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to process Soldiers’ claims for personal property losses incident to government service — the Center for Personnel Claims Support. These claims are known as personnel claims, and include claims for loss or damage to household goods and privately-owned vehicles during permanent change of MORE

Prevention, control of disease vectors at Fort Riley

July 11, 2017 —       The warmer weather brings people outside with the bugs that spread disease. The Department of Public Health at Irwin Army Community Hospital has been actively conducting vector surveillance for the 2017 season. Following just a few personal safety and housekeeping measures will lessen the risk of getting sick.  PERSONAL PROTECTION:      Be MORE

Advanced camp provides expansion of trap, skeet skills

July 11, 2017 —      RJ Hatt, son of retired Sgt. 1st Class Richard Hatt, lined the barrel of his shotgun with where he knew the clay pigeon would soar.      “Pull,” he said and he got another chance to hit the target June 29.      “Shooting a shotgun, for me at least, is oddly relaxing,” he said. “It’s shooting and seeing the pigeons break is relaxing and it has MORE
RJ Hatt, son of retired Sgt. 1st Class Richard Hatt, prepares to shoot a clay pigeon during the advanced trap and skeet camp June 29 at Fort Riley.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER - How to support grieving parents

July 11, 2017 —      As a hospital chaplain, one of the most diffi­cult pastoral encoun­ters that I face is the loss of a pregnancy or a newborn baby. This can happen in a number of different ways, from miscarriages to what is called “neonatal death,” which happens in the first 28 days of life. Sadly, on average, 10 to 20 percent of all known pregnancies don’t MORE
Chap. (Capt.) Joseph L. Wingo

St. Mary’s

July 11, 2017 —  When gold was found in the west in 1847 to 1857, settlers and gold miners were eager to start a new life. As they traveled down the Independence branch of the Oregon-California Trail, one of the final stops they made was at a small settlement later incorporated into the town of St. Mary’s in 1869.  Through the decades, St. Mary’s has undergone a MORE
A limestone sign greets visitors on either side of town when they enter St. Mary’s. The town played a role in shaping history as it was one of the stops along the Oregon Trail. Through the decades, St. Mary’s has undergone a great deal of change, but the residents still honor the town’s role in history.

‘Big Red One’ bids acting senior commander goodbye

July 7, 2017 —      Friends, family, local community members and fellow Soldiers came to bid farewell to Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley acting senior commander, during a Victory with Honors Ceremony June 27 at the division’s headquarters.      Frank, who initially served as the deputy commanding general, took on the MORE
Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley acting senior commander, shakes hands with retired Lt. Gen. Mike Dodson, Manhattan, Kansas, city commissioner during a Victory with Honors ceremony June 27 at the division’s headquarters. Frank, who initially served as the deputy commanding general, took on the responsibility of the acting senior commander in October 2016 when the division headquarters deployed. He will go on to serve as the deputy commanding general of the Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

COMMUNITY CORNER – Not too late to purchase ‘Victory Fest’ tickets

July 7, 2017 —      “Victory Fest,” the all-day festival at Fort Riley Aug. 19 to celebrate the 1st Infantry Division’s 100th anniversary, is fast approaching. You’ve prob­ably seen posters around the installation and heard about it through social media. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, don’t delay!      This event promises to be a professionally produced MORE
Fort Riley Garrison Commander

Division, Guard Soldiers train together at Fort Riley

July 7, 2017 —      When the 1st Infantry Divi­sion Artillery stood up in late 2015, Col. Thomas R. Bolen, DIVARTY commander, empha­sized the importance of partner­ship and the Army total force policy between the active, Na­tional Guard and Reserve com­ponents of the Military.      In the spirit of that policy, Soldiers from DIVARTY, the 139th Airlift Wing from MORE
Airmen with the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, stand by to assist the 130th Field Artillery, Kansas National Guard, in unloading their High Mobility Artillery Rocket System from a C-130 Hercules June 7 at the Fort Riley Field Landing Strip. The C-130 was loaded at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, Missouri, as part of a table three Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise during a joint operation exercise with 1st Infantry Division Artillery, 130th FA and the 139th AW.

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