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COMMUNITY CORNER – 50 years of Army Community Service achieved

July 23, 2015 — Happyanniversary to the Army Commu­nity Service Center. I am pleased to honor thestaff of ACS as they celebrate 50 years of support to our Soldiers andfamilies. They provided services and improved the lifestyle of many people.Concern for our fellow Soldiers and their family members is a modern Armyfoundation. As we relocate we often find our­selves MORE

New enlisted leadership for the ‘Guardians’

July 21, 2015 — Command Sgt. Maj. KevinRogers relinquished his duty as the senior noncommissioned officer in the 97thMilitary Police Battalion as he passed the unit’s guidon to the battalioncommander, Lt. Col. Alexander Murray, during a change of responsibilityceremony at Cavalry Parade Field July 10. Murray then passed the guidonto incoming Command Sgt. Maj. MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Billy Ray Counts II stands on the field at the end of the change of responsibility ceremony at Cavalry Parade Field July 10.

New commander takes charge of 10th Air Support Operations Squadron

July 21, 2015 — “I relinquish command.” AirForce Lt. Col. Sean R. Monteiro, former commander of the 10th Air Support OperationsSquadron, said those words as he handed the squadron’s guidon to Air Force Col.Rodney Singleton, commander of 3rd Air Support Operations and III Corps, AirLiaison Officer at Fort Hood, Texas, to relinquish the command of the 10th ASOSafter MORE
Air Force Lt. Col. Sean R. Monteiro, former commander of the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron, provides brief remarks after being presented with the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and a going away gift before relinquishing command of 10th ASOS July 10 at the 10th ASOS Headquarters Building.

Dailey relieves fears concerning troop cuts during first Fort Riley visit

July 21, 2015 — The Army’s topnoncommissioned officer addressed concerns about troop cuts during his firstvisit with 1st Infantry Division Soldiers from July 7 to 9. “This is an emotional topicfor many people and I know it is a concern for many of you as well,” Sgt. Maj.of the Army Daniel A. Dailey said July 8 to a town hall audience of more than400 Soldiers, Army MORE
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey (left) speaks with Spec. Allendrew Santos and other Soldiers from 1st Bn., 18th Inf., 2nd ABCT, 1st inf. Div. July 8 at Fort Riley. The soldiers were training in hopes of earning an expert infantry badge. In his first visit to post as the 15th sergeant major of the Army, Dailey spoke with “Big Red One” troops and held a town hall with Soldiers, family members and civilians.

Mounted Color Guard under new command

July 21, 2015 — Leading the Commanding General’sMounted Color Guard represents a unique opportunity to honor military historyand preserve the legacy of the cavalry in a unique and meaningful way, its newcommander said last week. Capt. Casey Wolferelinquished the CGMCG colors to Capt. Casey Johnson during a July 7 ceremonyat the unit’s practice arena at Fort Riley. MORE
Capt. Casey Wolfe talks about the hard work of the CGMCG’s noncommissioned officers and troopers during his July 7 change of command at Fort Riley. Wolfe, a native of Tribune, Kansas, relinquished command of the ceremonial unit to Capt. Casey Johnson after two years of leadership.

Quality training key to workforce development

July 21, 2015 — Fort Riley Soldiers trainin the field, but when it comes to civilians supporting the mission, KathyBasset is the one-person band of workforce development. Although Basset receiveshelp from training coordinators throughout the garrison directorates, shecoordinates and plans most of the training for civilian employees at FortRiley. “I’m all about MORE

Practice correct fire safety during summer months

July 21, 2015 — With the summer monthscomes popular outdoor activities like grilling and camping. Even though it’s easyto be carefree while having fun in the sun, it is important to stay aware offire safety. Typically, fireworks, grilling, fire pits and camp fires are thebiggest fire risks during summer. For outdoor celebrationsand cookouts, remember to open your MORE

Ladies Night event paints flowers, fun

July 21, 2015 — About 20 womeneach picked up their number 10 brush and dipped it into the light green acrylicpaint each had near them. They were instructed to use this color to paint overthe vague white shapes of lily pads already on their canvases. They laughed asthey continued to paint throughout the evening at the first Cocktails andCanvases event this month MORE
Melissa Lesondak, wife of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ben Lesondak, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Inf. Div., and painting instructor for Cocktails and Canvases, shows participants how to paint the different components of the water lily and lily pad scene July 2 at Rally Point.

When it comes to a move, get early start

July 21, 2015 — In every military familythere comes a day the service member comes home and announces he has orders.After initial emotional responses, those families are faced with the dauntingtask of the move. More than 100 people a weekare leaving Fort Riley this summer. Personal Property Chief Greg Paine said in Junethere were 587 moves going out and about 470 MORE

Inaugural Watermelon Crawl offers a little something for everyone

July 21, 2015 — Kylee Wilkins, niece ofAmanda Tobin, wife of Spc. Anthony Tobin, Headquarters and Headquarters Company,1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade CombatTeam, 1st Inf. Div., swung a hammer smashing a watermelon all over the groundat the inaugural Watermelon Crawl July 11 at Custer Hill Pool. The Watermelon Crawl MORE
Staff Sgt. Andrew Scarborough, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., participates in one of the watermelon eating contests, coming in second place for ages 12 and older, at the Watermelon Crawl July 11 at Custer Hill Pool.

Country line dancing brings Rally Point to Kansas roots

July 21, 2015 — Samantha Kirkland, wife of Cpl.Marion Kirkland, 258th Signal Company, had her boots on and her mind focused asshe watched the country line dance instructor’s feet and tried to improve herown dance moves. Kirkland was one of thepeople at the country line dancing lessons at Rally Point July 9. Retired Sgt. 1st ClassChuck Newsom, supply technician for MORE
Retired Sgt. 1st Class Chuck Newsom, in front, supply technician for 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment at Fort Riley, offers country line dancing at Rally Point on Fort Riley. For more information about events at Rally Point, call 785-375-3260.

Outdoor volunteers offer education, sports skills

July 21, 2015 — The Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Groupis different than others on the installation. It is a group comprised ofSoldiers, civilians and retirees who have a passion for outdoor sports such asarchery, hunting, fishing as well as trap and skeet. The group was establishedin 2005 when members of several private organizations were once fulfilling the samejob MORE
Ollie Hunter, senior readiness manager for Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, left, helps Lilly Kelley, daughter of Sgt. Scott Kelley, Operations Company of Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, right, aim toward where double clay pigeons will be fired during the FROG Youth Trap and Skeet Camp June 19 and 20 at the Trap and Skeet Range.

Soldiers compete in fast-paced Firecracker Softball Tournament at Sacco Complex

July 21, 2015 — Staff Sgt. Sammy Gonzales, 526thQuartermaster Composite Supply Company, 541st Combat Sustainment SupportBattalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division and captain of theBlack Jack softball team, led the line of players from his turn to slap the handsof the Yard Bustas softball team, who beat the Black Jacks for the second time.With the MORE
Pvt. 1st Class James Kelley, Company B, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div. and member of the Yard Bustas softball team, swings and hits the softball during the Firecracker Softball Tournament July 11 at Sacco Softball Complex.

Manager aims for safety, positive business

July 21, 2015 — A young adult stood at the lineaiming a shotgun at the horizon, moving from left to right then left again,then he yelled, “pull.” When he heard that word, Mike Moore, manager of theFort Riley Trap and Skeet Range, pressed a button to release a clay pigeon. Theshooter aimed, shot and hit. Pieces of the annihilated clay pigeon fell to theground as MORE
Mike Moore, Trap and Skeet Manager at Fort Riley.

Explore Hutchinson

July 21, 2015 — A two-hour drive from FortRiley, is a town that transforms each June during the annual Comic Con and Smallvillefestival into a replica of the rural hometown of the DC Comics’ Superman character.But there is more to discover in Hutchinson, Kansas, and much of it is perfect fora family outing. Within the community aretwo Blue Star Museums, where MORE
Strataca underground salt museum, Hutchinson, KS.

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