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Families thank dads with tea party

July 7, 2016 —      Fort Riley Soldiers and fam­ily members gathered around the princesses for story time June 25 at Riley’s Conference Center. This was one part of the Strong Dad’s eighth annual Tea Party hosted by staff of the Family Ad­vocacy Program at Army Com­munity Service.      The tea party was one event the program staff held in honor of Dads Make a MORE
Staff Sgt. Robert Crerend, 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and his 4-year-old daughter, Katie, paint a figurine at the eighth annual Strong Dad’s Tea Party June 25 at Riley’s Conference Center.

More than $100,000 donated to Army Emergency Relief fund

July 7, 2016 —      A check for $101,438.68 was presented to Col. Andrew Cole Jr., Fort Riley garrison commander by Clint Strutt, Fort Riley program manager of the Army Emergency Relief fund, at the garrison’s monthly awards ceremony June 24.      The AER fund is the result of donations from the Army community, Soldiers and civilians. They are disbursed in the MORE
Col. Andrew Cole Jr., left, Fort Riley garrison commander, recognized the Employee of the Month nominees for May at the Fort Riley Garrison’s monthly awards ceremony June 24. They are Orlando Perez Santiago, second from left, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security; Eric Zenk, third from left, Garrison Public Affairs Office; and Kilee Debita, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Joining the group are Tim Livsey, second from right, deputy garrison commander, and Master Sgt. Kevin Boldin, far right, operations noncommissioned officer for the DPTMS. Not pictured is Elaine O’Brien, a nominee from the Directorate of Emergency Services.

Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program announces new executive director

July 7, 2016 —      The Board of Directors of the Flint Hills Regional Lead­ership Program has named Jack Lindquist, Manhattan, as the executive director of the organization.      The non-profit education­al program is designed to train and more-fully engage lead­ers in the region that includes Fort Riley, Geary, Riley and Pottawatomie counties.      “We are very MORE
Jack Lindquist of Manhattan has been named the executive director of the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program.

Resume building, job skills are available for transitioning Soldiers

July 7, 2016 —      How does a Soldier explain their skill set on a basic one-page resume? How do they ex­plain their work experience to a prospective employer? Many transitioning Soldiers seek an­swers to these questions. Em­ployees of the Department of Labor and a contracted com­pany, GPX, are leading classes to answer those questions.      The Soldier and MORE

Cooking with fire demands attention to safety

July 7, 2016 —      There are a number of con­cerns when it comes to pre­paring a meal, such as buying and preparing ingredients and making sure there’s time to get everything done. One concern that people may not consider is fire safety.      “Here on Fort Riley, our number one cause of fires is cooking in the kitchen,” said Ivan May, lead inspector of the Fort MORE
The Fort Riley Fire Department staff demonstrated how to put out a grease fire during the annual Safety Day at Riley’s Conference Center June 17.

Air Force uses Fort Riley landing strip for training

July 6, 2016 —      Air Force medical per­sonnel and pilots conducted emergency deployment readi­ness exercises from a C-17 Globemaster III on the Savage Field landing strip at the Dou­thit Range Complex June 25 on Fort Riley.     The C-17 was operated by pilots of the 3rd Airlift Squadron, 436th Airlift Wing, from Dover Air Force Base who came to Fort Riley to MORE
A C-17 Globemaster III operated by pilots of the 3rd Airlift Squadron, 436th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base takes off June 25 from Savage Airfield on Fort Riley. The C-17 was used to practice a series of assault landings and take-offs during a joint training operation between the 3rd Airlift Squadron, Air Mobility Command’s Global Reach medical assessment team and an aeromedical evacuation team from the 514th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, 512th Reserve Air Mobility Wing from McGuire Air Force Base.

‘Demon’ Soldiers train for variety of situations

July 6, 2016 —      To maintain and enhance their ability to handle any situation while deployed, Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division’s 1st Combat Aviation Brigade took part in Operation Junction City June 18 through 23 on Fort Riley. The command post exercise combined virtual and physical training to better prepare Soldiers and leaders for current combat MORE

National Guard stands up unit for support

July 6, 2016 —      LINCOLN, Neb. — Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division’s Main Command Post-Operational De­tachment gathered for the unit’s activation ceremony June 26 at the Spirit of 1776 Armory.      The new Nebraska National Guard unit is attached to the 1st In­fantry Division with a mission to in­crease capacity and extend operations and support for the MORE
Col. Rich Gray, commander of the 67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Nebraska Army National Guard, hands the guidon for the 1st Infantry Division’s Main Command Post-Operational Detachment to Lt. Col. Darin Huss, commander of the MCP-OD, during the unit’s activation ceremony June 26 at the Spirit of 1776 Armory in Lincoln, Nebraska. The MCP-OD is attached to the ”Big Red One,” but the 67th BSB serves as its Army National Guard higher headquarters.

Irwin Army Community Hospital welcomes new commander with ceremony

July 6, 2016 —      Soldiers and civilians officially welcomed Col. John Melton and bid farewell to Col. Risa Ware during a change of command ceremony for the Irwin Army Community Hospital June 23 at Cavalry Parade Field.      Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Tempel Jr., commanding general, Regional Health Command Central, presided over the ceremony.     In a traditional act MORE
Col. John Melton, left, receives unit colors from Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Tempel Jr., commanding general of Regional Health Command-Central, signaling the transfer of command of Irwin Army Community Hospital June 23 at Cavalry Parade Field.

Hazard response company holds mass casualty, injury training

July 6, 2016 —      “Where’s my daughter?” shouted a man with what looked blood coming from his forehead.      Behind him were three more people coming from a building with wounds, not totally sure of their surroundings. A Soldier assured them they would be taken care of.      This was all part of a realistic training exercise for the 172nd Hazard Response MORE
Soldiers of the 172nd Hazard Response Company practice decontaminating people with mannequins during an exercise June 22 at an empty barracks building on Fort Riley.

‘Gold Lions’ conduct maintenance field training exercise on post

July 6, 2016 —      Soldiers assigned to the 1st Support Maintenance Company, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Infan­try Division Sustainment Brigade, con­ducted daily internal and external main­tenance during their field training exercise June 20 to 24 at Fort Riley.      The purpose of the training exercise was to ensure the company was prepared MORE
First Support Maintenance Company, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, Soldiers conduct the hands-on portion of their preventive maintenance checks and services class during the company’s field training exercise June 20 at Fort Riley.

Remington, Laflin visit Fort Riley to observe hazardous material training

July 6, 2016 —      Thanks to a grant from the National Institute of Environ­mental Health, Soldiers are able to take the 80-hour Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program through Barton Community Col­lege.     “It gives Soldiers some addi­tional skill sets and certifications to help them go out and get a job,” said Bill Nash, dean of Technical and Military MORE
Members of the 80-hour Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program go through an exercise during a visit from the National Institute of Environmental Health’s Jim Remington and the National Partnerships for Environmental Technology Education’s Kirk Laflin June 23.

Full replacement value compensation on household goods

July 5, 2016 —      Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians are now eligible for Full Replacement Value protection on their Department of Defense funded personal property shipments. This is a benefit in terms of the amount one can recover for loss or damage sustained in a move.      For example, your 3-year old flat screen television was destroyed in a MORE

Stay safe when grilling during summer months, holidays

July 5, 2016 —      When warmer weather hits, there’s nothing better than the smell of food cooking on the grill. Three out of five households own a gas grill, which translates to a lot of tasty meals, but it also means there’s an increased risk of home fires.      According to the National Fire Protection Agency each year an average of 8,900 home fires are MORE

Kansas Fourth of July

June 30, 2016 —      It’s the time of year to celebrate independence, freedom and the birth of our nation.      Fourth of July celebrations around Kansas are excellent options for spending the holiday with family and friends.      One of the biggest Fourth of July festivities of the Flint Hills takes place in Wamego, Kansas. The town, claiming the “No. 1 rated MORE
Fourth of July fireworks.

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