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Visit from K-State women’s basketball team hit with post kids

January 24, 2018 —       Eleven athletes from Kan­sas State University Women’s Basketball visited students at Fort Riley Middle School Jan. 8.     The purpose for K-State’s visit was to connect with middle schoolers and inspire them to pursue their hopes and dreams, said Ebony Haliburton, director of student athlete development for K-State women’s basketball.     MORE
Kayla Goth, junior point guard for Kansas State University women’s basketball gives Fort Riley Middle School students several pointers on how to aim into the hoop Jan. 8. Eleven of the players from the K-State women’s basketball team came to FRMS to inspire the students to dream big.

Family Fun Centers

January 24, 2018 —      While parks may be covered in snow or ice and chilly temperatures keep families away from venturing outside, family fun centers might be the perfect place to keep winter blues at bay.      Widgets Family Fun at 8232 S. Port Drive in Manhattan has five attractions for everyone — regardless of age — to enjoy. There's racing and combat arcade MORE
Jumpin’ Joes Family Fun Center in Salina features a large variety of classic arcade games from new to old that many are sure to recognize. For more information, visit

Soldier from Ghana never gives up on mission

January 19, 2018 —     Pfc. Yaa Agyemang, finance clerk, 9th Financial Management Support Unit, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, arrived at Fort Riley knowing that her mission would be to help take care of Soldiers financial concerns. Agyemang and her family originate from the West African nation of Ghana and settled in Decatur, MORE
Pfc. Yaa Agyemang, financial clerk, 9th Financial Management Sustainment Unit, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, maneuvers through the “confidence climb” on the air assault confidence course during the 2017 Special Troops Battalion, Sustainment Brigade Soldier of the Year competition Nov. 15, 2017, at Fort Riley.

COMMUNITY CORNER – Don’t let weather freeze your plans

January 19, 2018 —      We weathered the great freeze-out and snowstorm last week and I couldn’t be more proud of everyone’s response, especially with the ongoing 1st Infantry Division training and heading into a four-day holiday weekend.      If you’ve been at Fort Riley for any amount of time, you’ve seen Kansas weather change quickly from day to day. Even though MORE
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COMMUNITY CORNER – MLK Jr.’s legacy continues to grow

January 16, 2018 —      Activist and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. started a nonviolent movement for social justice and equality in the 1950s that had a significant im­pact on history. Sixty years later, we still celebrate his life and works in order to continue focusing inward and measur­ing our actions, thoughts and attitudes about equality.      King MORE
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Fort Riley hosts winter encampment to Kansas Wing Civil Air Patrol for second year

January 12, 2018 —      Kansas Wing Civil Air Patrol held their winter encampment at Fort Riley for the second year in a row Dec. 26. The cadets completed the week-long program and graduated Jan. 1.    The CAP is the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and it has a three-fold mission, according to Col. Linette Lahan, Kansas Wing Headquarters Squadron commander MORE
A team of Civil Air Patrol cadets cheer after a pep talk right before they begin a game of dodgeball during the team physical activity portion of the winter encampment program at Camp Funston Dec. 28. This is the second year in a row Fort Riley hosted Kansas CAP encampment. Ninety five cadets graduated from the week-long program Jan. 1. The program is modeled to be like basic training.

More than hand-to-hand combat

January 12, 2018 —      Each year during the 1st Infantry Division’s Victory Week, Soldiers compete in a number of athletic competitions, such as basketball, water polo and combatives, where Soldiers face one another in a series of hand-to-hand bouts designed to test their individual, unarmed combat abilities. While this might remind onlookers of a mixed martial arts MORE
First Lt. Erin Schneider, left, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, assistant operations officer, fends off an attacker as she decides to use her M-9 pistol to control the situation during Level I combatives training at Fort Riley Dec. 15.

Fort Riley Army Emergency Relief support specialist aids in Hurricane Maria help

January 12, 2018 —      It was during the middle of Dolly Valentin’s vacation when she received a call from her boss, Cheryl Erickson, Army Community Service chief, asking if she was interested in going to Puerto Rico on behalf of Army Emergency Relief.     Hurricane Maria made landfall on Valentin’s home territory Sept. 20 and left the island in crisis on all fronts MORE
Dolly Valentin, Fort Riley Army Emergency Relief support specialist, represented Fort Riley AER along with three other AER support specialists across the country to help with Hurricane Maria relief efforts at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, between Nov. 29 and Dec. 21.

Transitioning Soldiers find community, clarity at Fort Riley USO Pathfinder program

January 12, 2018 —      As a program, USO Pathfinder at Fort Riley is designed so each of its representatives, called scouts, will stay with the transitioning Soldier a year prior to leaving the military and continue with them until they are successful in the civilian world, approximately a year after they’ve left.     “We opened our doors and had a ribbon cutting in MORE

Lifeline battalion trains to sling load supplies

January 12, 2018 — SKWIERZYNA, Poland — Soldiers from 299th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, trained on sling loading fundamentals at Skwierzyna, Poland Jan. 4. As a gesture of support, Polish soldiers assigned to 55th Air Defense Squadron came to observe the training.      Sling loading is a method of rapidly MORE
Pvt. Adrianne Castillo, an automated logistical specialist assigned to the 299th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, prepares equipment to be sling loaded from a helicopter at Skwierzyna, Poland Jan. 4. Sling loading is a method of rapidly transporting equipment that is tethered to the bottom of a helicopter with a rope.

Wastewater produces energy with bioreactor

January 12, 2018 —      The partnership flows between Fort Riley and Kansas State University as scientific data gathered on an Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor will be presented by a K-State graduate student in Topeka, Kansas, in early February.     The Department of Defense's Environmental Security Technology Certification Program along with the Strategic Environmental MORE

Sexual harassment, assault more prevalent during holiday season

January 12, 2018 —      The holiday season is a hot spot for sexual harassments and assaults to occur, according to Barbara Garber, 1st Infantry Division Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response and Prevention program manager.      “The pattern with this post is that sexual assault and incidents tend to be more prevalent during holidays or New Year — more so than any MORE

Healthier food choices for new year

January 12, 2018 —       The new year often brings revamped dietary plans for those who want to lose weight, live healthier and feel more energized throughout the day.      The Irwin Army Community Hospital houses the Nutrition Clinic — on the ground level — where Soldiers and their families can schedule appointments with a registered dietitian or nutritionist and MORE

Corvias scholarship application open to spouses, high-school age dependents

January 12, 2018 —      The Corvias Foundation has two scholarships — a four-year university scholarship and a one-time scholarship — open for applicants who are military spouses or high school-aged dependents.      “The Corvias Foundation was established in 2006 by John Picerne, founder of Corvias, to support the spouses and children of active-duty service members MORE

SAFETY CORNER - Deadly carbon monoxide is the silent killer

January 12, 2018 —     Team Riley, carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, colorless and highly toxic gas that causes sudden illness and death. Carbon monoxide is found in combustion fumes, such as those produced by automobiles, small gasoline engines, gas ranges, kerosene or is burning wood or charcoal.       If appliances that burn fuel are maintained and used MORE

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