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Plowing through snow, ice on Fort Riley roads

October 27, 2017 —       When winter arrives, so does the snowfall at Fort Ri­ley. Shortly thereafter, the road ground team reports to their streets to begin plowing and dropping salt on the roadways.       Kevin Griffin, roads ground supervisor at the Directorate of Public Works, prepares for this year’s winter weather with new equipment.       “We had eight combo MORE
The Directorate of Public Works welcomes four new trucks to the fleet. The trucks are fully equipped with salt boxes that will coat roads to protect drivers from slick surfaces during winter months.

The end of daylight saving time

October 27, 2017 —      It’s been a great ride, basking in that extra hour of daylight since the spring, but sadly, that time is coming to an end. On Nov. 5, most Americans will set their clocks back an hour, as day light saving time ends for the year.  WHEN?       Starting in 2007, DST begins in the United States on the second Sunday in March, when people move their MORE

US Soldiers celebrate European Language Day in Poland

October 27, 2017 — BOLESLAWIEC, Poland — Soldiers from the 82nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, celebrated European Language Day with Pol­ish students at I Liceum Ogólnokształcące, Bolesławiec, Poland, Oct. 16.      The 82nd BEB is in Europe to support Op­eration Atlantic Resolve. Atlantic Resolve is a U.S. endeavor MORE
Nine U.S. Soldiers from 82nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, celebrate European Language Day with Polish students at I Liceum Ogólnokształcące, Bolesławiec, Poland, Oct. 16. The Soldiers visited the class as guests so the students may practice English with native speakers. The Soldiers are temporarily stationed at Bolesławiec Camp, Poland, as the 82nd BEB, 2nd 2ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., is currently in Europe to support Atlantic Resolve. Atlantic Resolve is a U.S. endeavor to fulfill NATO commitments by rotating U.S. -based units throughout the European theater and training with NATO Allies and partners.

Providing green energy

October 27, 2017 —      A vital player in the efforts to pare down Fort Riley’s ener­gy consumption is Corvias, the contractor that manages the post’s 3,827 private residences, including approximately 2,100 homes constructed since 2007.      With that many individual units, the Corvias staff works to both provide energy efficient dwellings and foster awareness in the MORE
Energy Efficient Construction Helps You Live Army Green

Rise in vehicular damages on government fleet

October 27, 2017 —      There has been an increase in minor damages on govern­ment vehicles at Fort Riley this year.      The number of minor damages, which are not la­beled as accidents, spiked from 21 cases in fiscal year 2016 to 28 cases for FY2017. Rick Hearron, director of the safety office at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley, said these incidents are considered MORE
Scratches on the back of a government vehicle like this are classified as a near miss and not a full accident. There has been a significant rise in near misses on government vehicles on Fort Riley in the last fiscal year. The U.S. Army Garrison Safety Office conducted an investigation and concluded that they are caused by lack of situational awareness of the driver.

Families thrill to pirate-themed festivities of Fallapalooza

October 27, 2017 —       A bounty of fun was found by on-post residents who sailed their way to Fallapalooza at the Colyer-Forsyth Neighbor­hood Center Oct. 20.      Hosted by Corvias, the free event open to residents of post housing is the company’s annual way of giving back to their ten­ants, said Clay Boyer, operations director for Corvias.     “Fallapalooza is MORE
Five-year-old Claire Guyton, front, and her younger sister Jessie, 3, daughters of Sgt. Andrew Guyton, 601st Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, walk the planks over shark infested waters during Fallapalooza Oct. 20 at the Colyer-Forsyth Neighborhood Center. Other activities include a sail boat race, cannonball toss, swinging ship ride, funhouse and more.

Ghost tours to include 11 stops

October 27, 2017 — MANHATTAN, Kan. — On Oct. 29, Fort Riley opens its gates for the 21st annual Ghost Tours. The event is family friendly and free to the public. Tours will begin at 4 p.m. and release every 20 minutes follow­ing until 7 p.m.      In 2016, about 1,600 people attended the event and organizers are hoping to exceed 2,000 this year. Although the event is MORE
A volunteer from the Historical and Archeological Society of Fort Riley portrays the “Woman in Chains” ghost, which has been reported roaming Artillery Parade Field, during the 20th annual HASFR Ghost Tours Oct. 23.

Gift the Gown event provides gifts that keep on giving

October 27, 2017 —      Eva Torrez, wife of Staff Sgt. Joshua Torrez, Company G, 1st Battalion, 16th Infan­try Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and her friend Aaron Laughlin, wife of Spc. Brent Laughlin, Co. G, 1st Bn., 16th Inf. Regt., 1st ABCT, held on to the clear bags containing their newly acquired gowns. They listened as to Jane MORE
Courtny Banks, left, wife of Pfc. Jacob Banks, 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, gets some help from Vera Gaer, USO Fort Riley volunteer, at the Gift the Gown event Oct. 21 at the USO. Banks, who said she has never attended a military ball before, ended leaving with a free periwinkle blue sateen gown.

Tourney rolls domestic violence into gutter

October 27, 2017 —      Tongues wagged and pins fell during the annual Strike Out Against Domestic Violence bowling tournament Oct. 19 at Custer Hill Bowling Center.      As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, staff of the Family Advocacy Program at Army Community Service hosted the tournament and invited personnel across the installation to participate.     MORE
Tami Walsh, drug testing technician for the Army Substance Abuse Program, releases her bowling ball down the lane during the annual Strike Out Against Domestic Violence bowling tournament Oct. 19 at Custer Hill Bowling Center. As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, staff of the Family Advocacy Program at Army Community Service hosted the tournament and invited personnel across the installation to participate.

Fort Riley contractors earn awards

October 27, 2017 —      “When thinking of a single person that supports the con­tracting effort in a most posi­tive manner, Mr. Todd Dies stands out as most worthy,” said Bill Bunting, director of resource management Fort Ri­ley garrison.      The 923 Contracting Battalion along with the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Riley announced the 418th MORE

Shoeboxes support children in need

October 27, 2017 —      “It’s an amazing way to show your family that other people around the world are important, have value,” said John Malmquist, community director for Club Beyond at Fort Riley. “It’s a way to love others.”      The Religious Services Office and Club Beyond, which is the chapel youth program at Fort Riley, as well as partner organizations, have MORE
Nine-year-old Hannah Malmquist, daughter of John Malmquist, community director for Club Beyond at Fort Riley, places a completed shoebox gift on the Operation Christmas Child donation table Oct. 20 at Victory Chapel. Community members fill shoeboxes with items to be shipped to children in need in third world countries, John said. The boxes are delivered to the children in late December.

Haunted Houses

October 27, 2017 —      Halloween is just around the corner and ’tis the season to get a scare at a spooky thrill or more — if you dare.      Nightmare Haunted Trail lies a few blocks beyond the protection of Fort Riley gates in Ogden. The event is open from 7 to 11 p.m., Oct. 27 and 28 at the corner of South Elm Street and Sixth Street. The cost to participate is MORE
There are four Haunted Houses in Kansas City, Missouri — Chambers of Poe, Edge of Hell, The Beast and Macabre Cinema Haunted House. Each has a unique theme and attractions to keep visitors’ hearts racing.

COMMUNITY CORNER – Safe Halloween depends on teamwork

October 27, 2017 —      We’re just a few days away from Fort Ri­ley being inundated with little ghosts and goblins roaming our neighborhood streets looking for treats. There will also be parties, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and more throughout the Flint Hills Region for Halloween. It’s the beginning of the fall season and a time to play it safe no matter how we MORE
Fort Riley Garrison Commander

Hospital celebrates first year

October 20, 2017 —      The new and improved Irwin Army Community Hospital celebrated its first anniversary Oct. 16.     Col. John Melton, IACH commander, re­flected on how the breakthrough additions that transpired in IACH’s first year correspond with the facility’s goals. He also said the 1st Infantry Division has taken ownership of the hospital and they recognize MORE
The catwalk to the second floor connects the parking structure to Irwin Army Community Hospital’s second floor and provides a view of the facilities main entrance. Below the catwalk is an outdoor seating area — located off the Dining Facilities Administration Center.

Rural citizens bond with Fort Riley over frequency

October 20, 2017 —       Coffee brewed as the sun’s ray entered the kitchen. It’s a typical week day morning. Until the windows begin to rattle after a boom. Fort Riley’s artillery fields are active. Rural citizens neighboring the installation are calling the installation to ask about the recent explosion of artillery rounds.      Fort Riley hosted the Riley County, MORE
Robert Smith, supervisory curator of Fort Riley museums, presents historical background to educate rural citizens and Riley County commissioners on the mission of the division and installation. The Riley County Rural Citizens Tour Oct. 12 was to strengthen community bonds between rural citizens and the installation.

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