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Winter holiday hazards to watch out for

November 3, 2017 —      Team Riley, the winter holiday season is upon us and now is the time to start planning for adding festive touches to the interior and exterior of your home. But, before you stock up on lights, tinsel and those festive decorations and adornments, the Fort Riley Garrison Safety Office wants you to be aware of some of the dangers holiday season MORE

Soldier becomes part of history

November 3, 2017 —       When the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team cased its colors for the final time in June 2015, Sgt. Breahna Woods, a combat medic, had the opportunity to go to most any unit in the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley. Woods chose to join the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard.       The Waldorf, Maryland, native had never been on a farm or MORE
Sgt. Breahna Woods navigates a serpentine course with a saber as she rides Chico, a 14 year old American Quarter Horse, during a demonstration in Hays, Kansas, July 1.

Soldier wins ‘Big Red One’ Career Counselor of the Year

November 3, 2017 —      Staff Sgt. Brittany Armstrong, a career counselor with Special Troops Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, recently won the 1st Infantry Division Career Counselor of the Year competition. Conducted as a two-day event Oct. 3 and 4, Armstrong put in hard work to not only prepare for, but also to win the competition.      MORE
Staff Sgt. Brittany Armstrong gives a speech after winning the 1st Infantry Division Career Counselor of the Year award Oct. 4 at Fort Riley. The speech was a reflection of all the hard work and dedication she put into not only winning but developing further as a career counselor.

Lafayette High School JROTC cadets visit Fort Riley

November 3, 2017 —     About 75 students and staff members with the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, Missouri, visited Fort Riley Oct. 25.       During their visit they experienced the day in the life of a Soldier and visited the Fort Riley museums.      The day started with the 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored MORE
Students with the Lafayette High School JROTC in St. Joseph, Missouri, observe the day in the life of a Soldier with the 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, at Fort Riley Oct. 25. During the visit, the cadets participated in physical fitness training and visited the Fort Riley museums.

Soldiers affected by recent hurricanes are open to funds

November 3, 2017 — WASHINGTON — Nine weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas — the first of three devastating storms this year to wreak havoc on the United States and its territories. Since then, Army Emergency Relief has been ready to help Soldiers affected by those storms.     “AER is there to help Soldiers and their families,” said C. Eldon Mullis, the MORE
Citizen-Soldiers of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard continue delivering supplies, food and water to impacted areas of the island and to its citizens after Hurricane Maria’s devastation alongside FEMA volunteers. In this case, the town of Dominguito in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

Kids find Halloween treats, not tricks, in trunks at Fort Riley

November 3, 2017 —      An early Halloween day snow did not stop more than a thousand trick-or-treaters from attending the annual Trunk or Treat Oct. 31 in the Commissary parking lot.       This year Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers teamed up with USO Fort Riley to see the event was a success.       “Trunk or Treat is an alternative to the door-to-door MORE
Kids rummage through a cauldron to pick a piece of candy during Trunk or Treat Oct. 31 in the Commissary parking lot. More than 1,000 kids did their trick-or-treating at the event, which provided a small, controlled environment for families to enjoy the holiday.

Annual event paints picture of Fort Riley’s haunted history

November 3, 2017 —      “Follow me if you dare to the first of several haunted stops this evening,” said Maggy Gray, one of the pie queens of the Historical and Arche­ological Society of Fort Riley and tour guide for the 21st annual HASFR Ghost Tour.      HASFR conducted their annual Ghost Tours at Fort Riley in the evening of Oct. 29 for all those brave enough to MORE
Maggy Gray, one of the pie queens of the Historical and Archeological Society of Fort Riley, acts as tour guide for the 21st annual HASFR Ghost Tour Oct. 29 where attendees heard about Fort Riley’s haunting past.

Costumed runners aglow for candy parade, 5K race courses

November 3, 2017 —      As night took over Fort Riley and cold temperatures took hold, more than 75 people took their mark, got set and ran or played their way through a candy parade or 5K run during the GLO Run Oct. 27 that began at Sacco Softball Complex.      This year is the fourth year the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation have hosted the MORE
Costumed runners dance before the start of the GLO Run Oct. 27 that began at Sacco Softball Complex. There were two routes for the run. One was a 1.4-mile candy parade for children and the other was a 5 kilometer run around Moon Lake.

Costume fun at the library

November 3, 2017 —      Halloween came twice this year as the Fort Riley Post Li­brary held their free Hallow­een party Oct. 28 and greeted families with trick-or-treat bags filled with goodies.      “It gives the kids a chance to come out, show us their costumes — we’ve had some awesome costumes this year,” said Terri Seaman, contract manager at the Fort Riley Post MORE
Mothers and children talk during the Halloween Library Party Oct. 28 at the Fort Riley Post Library. Kids were encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the party to give them another day of pretend play other than when they’re out trick or treating.

Halloween bash at Custer Hill Bowling Alley

November 3, 2017 —      Custer Hill Bowling Center threw a Halloween edition cos­tume party Oct. 28.      Andrea Ruiz, assistant busi­ness manager at the bowling al­ley, said apart from the specials attendees received at the cos­tume party for bowling and the newly opened and still growing tailgate zone, there was also a DJ to amp up the fun.      “We’re just going MORE
Easton McDonald, left, 2, son of Spc. Rodney McDonald, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, and his siblings Blake, 8 and Ryleigh, 4, play rubber bowling together at the tailgate zone during the Halloween costume party at Custer Hill Bowling Alley Oct. 28.

Fort Riley families get chance to swim, bond at Eyster facility

November 3, 2017 —       Parents and their kiddos bonded swimmingly at the first Splash Saturday event of the season at Fort Riley Eyster Pool Oct. 28.      Hannah McGurk, lead life­guard at Eyster Pool, said since the event fell on the weekend before Halloween, everyone who attended was encouraged to dress up in costume. Addi­tionally, the first 150 attendees would MORE
Gabriel Quash, left, 5, takes a leap off the edge of the pool into this his father’s, Maj. Jason Quash, HSC, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, at the open swim event Splash Saturday at Eyster Pool Oct. 28. Splash Saturdays is an open swim event for families to use the indoor pool at Fort Riley to bond and play in the water.


November 3, 2017 —      Wakefield is a small town in Clay County about 20 miles from Fort Riley. The city had a population of less than 1,000 people according to 2014 U.S. census data. Wakefield is northwest of Fort Riley in Clay County nestled by Milford Lake. The city is known as a “Gateway to the Wetlands.”      Due to its close proximity to Milford Lake, the town MORE
Wakefield is a small town in Clay County about 20 miles from Fort Riley. The city had a population of less than 1,000 people according to 2014 U.S. census data.

Old hospital demolition moving ahead

October 27, 2017 —      “It was one of the oldest hospitals in the ar­senal,” said Jeff Mataruso, master planner for the Installation Management Command, Fort Riley, Directorate of Public Works. “Its architec­ture is old, all the systems are outdated, so they built a new hospital (and) most of the equip­ment was taken from it. There’s still some left, probably in the MORE
The legacy Irwin Army Community Hospital awaits plans for demolition. Currently the Directorate of Public Works is working on logistics for the structure to be demolished sometime next year.

Retirees celebrated at Fort Riley event

October 27, 2017 —      The Fort Riley Retiree Council hosted Retiree Appre­ciation Day at Riley’s Confer­ence Center Oct. 20 to honor all who served in the military.      “The retiree appreciation day is held every year in Octo­ber,” said retired Col. C. Kay Hutchinson, spokesperson and chairman of the Fort Riley Re­tiree Council.       Hutchinson, a Fort Riley MORE
Retired Sgt. 1st Class Billy Gibson shows off a display flag he received during Retiree Appreciation Day at Riley’s Conference Center Oct. 20. Gibson, who served at Fort Riley twice, said it was wonderful to be back.

Fort Riley civilians support Expert Field Medical Badge qualification

October 27, 2017 —      Civilians from the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, particularly the staff who work at Douthit Gunnery Com­plex, began preparing months ahead to clear the grounds, build lanes, set up a land navigation course and more, to facilitate the Expert Field Medical Badge qualification held at Fort Riley from Oct. 16 to 26.   MORE
Expert field medical badge candidates practice the low crawl with the at the medical evacuation lane Oct. 16 at the Douthit Gunnery Complex. Prior to the candidates arriving, civilian personnel at Fort Riley worked hard to create each testing lane from scratch, build obstacles and set up a 70-marker land navigation course.

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