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New Kansas license now offering the option of federal REAL ID act compliance

December 1, 2017 —      In a hypothetical situation, three non-Department of Defense identification holders walk into Fort Riley’s Visitor Control Center with three different Kansas driver’s license: one issued before August of this year, another after August with a star on the top right corner and the other issued post-August without a star on the top. All three of MORE
Kansas driver’s license holders will now have the choice of choosing a REAL ID Act compliant identification or not. The ID in compliant of the federal act will display a star on the top right corner of the card. Those without REAL ID compliant driver’s license will have to produce secondary identification upon accessing Fort Riley, boarding domestic flights and entering federal facilities.

Strong Europe team builds cohesion during Allied Spirit exercise

December 1, 2017 — GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – About 3,700 service members from 13 nations gathered at the Hohenfels Training Area in southeastern Germany to participate in the seventh iteration of Allied Spirit Oct. 30 through Nov. 22.     Allied Spirit VII is a 7th Army Training Command-conducted, U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise that focuses on testing MORE
Sgt. Brent Haloo, a combat engineer with 82nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley scans the horizon during the Allied Spirit VII training exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany Nov. 17. Approximately 3,700 service members from 13 nations gathered in 7th Army Training Command’s Hohenfels Training Area in southeastern Germany to participate in the seventh iteration of Allied Spirit was scheduled from Oct. 30 to Nov. 22.

SAFETY CORNER - Protect your kids from toy hazards this holiday

December 1, 2017 —      Team Riley, the holiday season is upon us and, for some, it means the stress and anxiety of battling crowds at the mall, frantically cleaning for visiting in-laws and agonizing over preparing the perfect holiday meal. Relax, you are a part of the America’s First Fighting Team, you can handle the holidays like a rockstar. As you deck your MORE

Work managed at Fort Riley with Directorate of Public Works

December 1, 2017 —       Editor’s Note: This story is part one of a two-part series on the Directorate of Public Works — Business Operations and Integration.      With the efforts from the Work Management Branch — Business Operations/Integration Division, Directorate of Public Works, Fort Riley becomes a well-oiled machine.      Julie Poyser, chief of Business MORE

Study to remediate symptoms of traumatic brain injury

December 1, 2017 —      A study on relieving the effects of mild traumatic brain injury through aerobic exercise is being conducted at Fort Riley and is in need of participants.      The study was approved by the Department of Defense last year and is being conducted at the TBI clinic on post through a joint partnership with the University of Kansas. Called the MORE
Stafford Gosser, left, gives feedback to a Soldier on how to improve his running performance at the outdoor track near Whitside Gym Nov. 9. Gosser is a University of Kansas researcher conducting a study on how aerobic exercise can potentially improve the symptoms of traumatic brain injury here at the Fort Riley TBI Clinic.

Housing Services Office makes finding off-post housing easy

December 1, 2017 —       Editor’s Note: This story is part one of a three-part series on the Directorate of Public Works – Housing Division.      Whether a Soldier arrives to Fort Riley, is preparing to leave, needs a change of scenery or is having issues with a landlord, the Housing Services Office, part of the Directorate of Public Works – Housing Division, is MORE
Maria Torres, housing referral agent for the Housing Services Office, left, talks with Capt. Benjamin Smith, 1st Infantry Artillery, about his housing options Oct. 17. Staff at the HSO assist Soldiers and their families in locating a home, as well as conducting inspections of homes and apartments to verify safety and cleanliness.

Cold weather doesn’t extinguish competitive fire during annual Turkey Bowl

December 1, 2017 —      Despite the weath­er, nine teams bore the cold to compete against one another at the fourth annual Flag Football Turkey Bowl at Long Fitness Cen­ter Nov. 22.       The tournament took place at the base­ball field west of the facility. The teams com­peted for a turkey trophy.       “The top two teams will get individual turkey trophies and the MORE
The fourth annual Flag Football Turkey Bowl snaps off with speed and talent as Soldiers from Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, compete for the 22-inch turkey trophy Nov. 22. The bowl is an annual event where teams of Soldiers register and represent their unit.

‘Historic Tour of Homes’ comes to Fort Riley

December 1, 2017 —       Fort Riley sites and homes will be open to the public for the 34th annual “Historic Tour of Homes,” Dec. 2, from noon to 4 p.m.       The tour, organized by the Historical and Archaeologi­cal Society of Fort Riley, will include several of Fort Riley’s historic homes, starting with the Custer House.       The tour is self-guided and MORE
A Christmas tree sits in the home of Col. Thomas Bolen, 1st Infantry Division Artillery commander, on Historic Main Post Dec. 3 during the Historic Tour of Homes hosted by volunteers of the Historical and Archeological Society of Fort Riley.

Trio of Soldiers learn more about Polish ties through deployment

December 1, 2017 — ZAGAN, Poland — For many Soldiers, there are opportunities to travel and experience new cultures during their time of service. For a select few, there is the chance to travel to where their roots began.      This is the case for Soldiers in the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. They have deployed to Poland in support of the MORE
Spc. Courtney Roth, an intelligence analyst assigned to the 82nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, speaks with a Polish military officer about her Polish lineage Nov. 18. Roth is among the Dagger Brigade’s “heel-to-toe” rotation of U.S. Soldiers ready to train with allied and partnered nations to demonstrate combat proficiencies and capabilities during the multinational exercises across Central Europe named Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Winter Campgrounds

December 1, 2017 —       From frosty fields to ice-covered lakes and sunrises over glistening snow, camping in winter is an experience of its own.      Surrounding Fort Riley are several campgrounds open throughout the colder season for short trips that leave campers feeling like they’re days away from civilization.      About 8 miles from Fort Riley is Milford State MORE
Many campgrounds can accommodate tents and RVs to suit any camper’s style of “roughing it.” Locations for RVs often include sewage and electrical hookups.

Memorial ceremony recognizes fallen international prisoners of war

November 24, 2017 —      To remember prisoners of war from Germany and Italy, Fort Riley called upon international partnerships to commence the German and Italian Memorial Ceremony Nov. 16 at the Fort Riley Main Post Cemetery.      During the height of WWII, 371,000 soldiers from Germany, 50,000 from Italy and 4,000 from Japan were detained in 700 camps throughout the MORE
German and Italian flags rest near the graves of World War II prisoners of war who passed away at the installation at the Fort Riley Main Post Cemetery during the annual German and Italian Memorial Ceremony Nov. 16.

Covenant signing ensures veterans’ clinical needs are met

November 24, 2017 —       Irwin Army Community Hospital initiated a milestone during Military Family Month by holding a covenant signing of two proclamations outside in the community garden near the facility Nov. 15. These proclamations lead to a new partnership that provides limited clinical care to veterans and their families as a result of the newest partnership MORE
Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Martin, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general, signs the “Commitment to Our Military Families,” and the “Healthcare Resource Sharing Agreement with Veteran Affairs Eastern Kansas Health Care System” proclamations during the Patient and Family Covenant Signing at the Irwin Army Community Hospital community garden Nov. 15.

Army secretary civilian aides visit Fort Riley

November 24, 2017 —      More than 10 Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army from across the Southwestern and Central U.S. visited Fort Riley Nov. 15 and 16 as part of their conference.      In attendance with them was Gerald O’Keefe, administrative assistant to the Secretary of the Army, who also administrates and handles the CASA program on behalf of the MORE
Staff Sgt. Matthew Bruyette, right, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, an unmanned aircraft system operations technician, assists Mario Guerra, center, and John Montgomery, both civilian aides to the Secretary of the Army, in the operation of the control system of the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven, an UAS, Nov. 15. The CASAs toured various locations around Fort Riley Nov. 15 and 16.

Community leaders develop understanding of Soldiers’ training during tour

November 24, 2017 —      To foster strong relationships with community leaders in the Kansas Central Flint Hills Region, members of the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program visited Fort Riley Nov. 16 and 17 to expose them to the everyday life of Soldiers on post.      Fort Riley supported the program by providing a tour of the installation to the community leaders. MORE
Curtis Wood, front left, operation specialist with the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, looks at the virtual horizon as Heather Stewart, back left, garrison Plans, Analysis and Integration Office management analyst and James Johnson, back right, talent acquisition manager, CivicPlus, ask Frank Carbonneau, lead flight instructor and quality assurance, DPTMS, a question about the Chinook CH-47F during the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program Nov. 17.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal team trains in closed housing

November 24, 2017 —       It’s called non-standard entry by some Explosive Ordnance Disposal experts; others call it dynamic entry.       By either name it combines a variety of techniques that allow EOD Soldiers to gain entrance to a building potentially rigged with booby traps by criminals like drug dealers or terrorist adversaries in order to neutralize the threat. MORE
First Lt. Nicholas Framo, 774th Ordnance Company, 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), attacks a wall with a sledgehammer during training at the Colyer Manor housing area Nov. 16. The houses in the area have been targeted for demolition, providing an opportunity to train for EOD personnel.

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