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Eyster Pool making a splash with BOGA Fit, BOGA Yoga classes

January 5, 2018 —      With the new year, Eyster Pool is bringing two new fitness classes to Fort Riley — BOGA Fit and BOGA Yoga.      Held almost every day of the week, BOGA Fit and BOGA Yoga take yoga to the water us­ing specialized mats that feel similar to a paddle board. Dur­ing the weekdays, the classes will rotate on which is held, but Sundays will have both MORE
Tatiana Ferracioli Da Silva, BOGA Fit instructor and lifeguard, Fort Riley Aquatics Program, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, demonstrates a pose that can be performed on the BOGA Fit mat Dec. 13 at Eyster Pool. For 2018, two new fitness classes are being offered at Eyster Pool — BOGA Yoga and BOGA Fit.

Single Soldiers celebrate holidays with party, contests, games

January 5, 2018 —      The evening was merry, jolly and bright during the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Holiday Party Dec. 21 at the Warrior Zone. The party was the first in a few years for BOSS to celebrate the holiday season with Soldiers not traveling or returning home.     “In the past few years, BOSS hasn’t done a lot for single Soldiers who are MORE
Spc. Melissa Vanderburg, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, adds gumdrops to her gingerbread house in a contest during the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Holiday Party Dec. 21 at the Warrior Zone. Other activities at the party included trivia games, video gaming tournament, karaoke, movies and a nacho bar.

Story Time with Santa creates jolly mood

January 5, 2018 —       Santa Claus paid a special visit to USO Fort Riley Dec. 23 to read to children and parents alike during Story Time with Santa at the center.       Story Time with Santa was part of a series of events hosted throughout December by USO Fort Riley referred to as Jolly Days. Other events included three-dimensional snowflake making, sugar cookie MORE
Santa Claus reads to a group of parents and children during Story Time with Santa Dec. 23 at the USO Fort Riley Center. Story Time with Santa was one of several events held at the USO throughout December as part of their annual Jolly Days event. Santa held two reading sessions and every child who attended received a copy of the book that has a recordable feature to it so they can hear their parents read it, no matter where they are.

Kansas State University Insect Zoo

January 5, 2018 —       Learn all about critters and the roles they play in the animal kingdom at the Kansas State University Insect Zoo.      Situated within K-State’s botanical garden in an old dairy barn at 1500 Denison Ave., Manhattan, the zoo offers about 100 species of tropical insects, giant roaches, beetles, giant walking and prickly sticks, praying MORE
The wolf spider is one of many arachnids on display at the Kansas State University Insect Zoo. Most of these arthropods live in glass displays in dim light to mimic natural habitat. For more information, visit

Wreaths to remember lives of the fallen service members

December 22, 2017 —       Saying the name aloud — it gives power, meaning to the life of the person buried beneath the tombstone a volunteer is laying a wreath upon.       At the Fort Riley Main Post Cemetery, service members, their families and members of the surrounding communities honored Soldiers buried here through Wreaths Across America Dec. 16 for the 11th year MORE
Wreaths rest against tombstones of service members after volunteers placed them during Wreaths Across America Dec. 16 at the Fort Riley Main Post Cemetery. Event attendees recognized and honored the sacrifices made by service members to protect the freedoms of the U.S.

‘Big Red One’ band brings in holiday season concert

December 22, 2017 — JUNCTION CITY, Kan. – The 1st Infantry Division Band brought the holiday season to the Flint Hills community with a series of free concerts at the historic C.L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City, Kansas Dec. 15 and 16.      The concert boasted a diverse catalogue of songs, ranging from old classics like “Someday at Christmas” by Stevie Wonder to MORE
The 1st Infantry Division Band brought the holiday season to the Flint Hills community with a series of free concerts at the historic C.L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City, Kansas, Dec. 15. A culmination of preparations dating back to September, the event consisted of musical arrangements prepared from multiple members of the band.

Blue Star kids receive free bikes

December 22, 2017 —       With an infant car seat in the crook of her arm, a toddler in a child carrier on her back and two kids under the age of 10 in tow, Stephanie Marshall, wife of Sgt. Justin Weaver, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, made her way to find MORE
Blue Star children between the age 6 to 8 pick out a free bicycle and helmet Dec. 12 at Academy Sports Manhattan, Kansas. With the coordination of Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, 60 of these bikes were donated to families of deployed Soldiers.

Avoid rooted problem: agronomist urges people to save Ash trees

December 22, 2017 —       Emerald green beetles are causing an epidemic in ash trees. The infestation began in the East Coast and is now turning westward.       “We are up against the clock, since the emerald ash borer has now infested eastern states and is just a county or two away from Riley and Geary counties,” said Theresa de la Garza, historic architect and MORE

Main Post Theater to be new education place

December 22, 2017 —      The Main Post Theater with its limestone exterior and history dating back to 1932. Due to the building’s historical past, the Directorate of Public Works partnered with the external regulator, Kansas State Historic Preservation Office, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City, Missouri, District to maintain the building’s MORE
The ticket booth at the entrance of the Main Post Theater in Historic Main Post stands as the centerpiece of for when Soldiers enter the new Education Facility. The theater is one of many historical buildings at Fort Riley the Environmental Division oversees during construction.

Transitioning Soldiers learn basics of Veterans Affairs home loan application

December 22, 2017 —       Preparing to buy a home, whether it’s the first time or the fifth time, can be a long process that comes with concerns, misinformation and questions regarding loans. To help with these, staff from the USO Fort Riley Pathfinder program partnered with loan officers from Prime Lending to host a workshop for 21 transitioning Soldiers about the MORE
Susanna Ruder, loan officer for Prime Lending, talks to an audience of 21 transitioning service members and their spouses during a Veterans Affairs mortgage loan workshop hosted by the USO Pathfinder program Dec. 13 at the USO Fort Riley center. Attendees received a 90-minute crash course on the basics of a VA loan, as well as a few steps in the home buying process to prepare them for home ownership after leaving the military.

SAFETY CORNER - Toys can injure; use care when selecting for gifts

December 22, 2017 —      With the holiday season, it is important to make safety a priority when making our holiday toy purchases. Toys and games are tons of fun for kids and adults. Whether your kids are working on a puzzle, playing with building blocks or even inventing their own games, here are a few things to think about to help them stay safer and have a blast. MORE

Tides collide as talk of merger between Riptides, Marlins swim teams take float

December 22, 2017 —       Aquatics Program staff from the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation made waves during a parent question and answer session with the Manhattan, Kansas, Marlins Swim Team as a new partnership develops between them and the Riptides, DFMWR’s recreational swim club, Dec. 12.       Judy Gardner, aquatics assistant program MORE
Parents of swimmers in the recreational swim team Riptide, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, meet for a question and answer session with Head Coach Richard Taylor, Manhattan Marlins Swim Team, and Board President Eileen Hayden, board of directors for Manhattan Marlin Swim Team, Dec. 12. The session helped inform parents on the merger opportunity to expand the Riptides and compete under a USA Swimming Team.

Employees of the Month for October, November selected at ceremony

December 22, 2017 —      Firefighter Adam Rothgeb and Sgt. Johnny Cornejo, both of the Directorate of Emergency Services, were selected as Employees of the Month for October and November respectively during the Garrison Awards Ceremony at Fort Riley Garrison Headquarters Dec. 15.      Rothgeb was selected from a field of four candidates including Deane Anderson, MORE
Sgt. Johnny Cornejo of the Directorate of Emergency Services receives his Employee of the Month October award from Col. John D. Lawrence, Fort Riley garrison commander, Dec. 15 at garrison headquarters.

‘Drumfire’ bids farewell to Stephens, welcomes Barajas

December 22, 2017 —       A Change of Responsibility ceremony conducted by 1st Infantry Division Artillery doubled as a retirement ceremony for Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Stephens Dec. 13 at King Field House at Fort Riley.       The ceremony had three purposes, said Col. Rory Crooks, DIVARTY commander. It served to bid farewell to Command Sgt. Major Stephens from MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Jose Barajas, 1st Infantry Division Artillery senior noncommissioned officer, stands at attention in front of the DIVARTY formation shortly after taking responsibility during a Change of Responsibility ceremony at King Field House on Fort Riley Dec. 13. Barajas is a native of Texas, and joined the Army in November 1991.

Free gun locks available through Fort Riley Public Health Department, Police Department

December 22, 2017 —       Fort Riley Department of Public Health, in partnership with Fort Riley Police Department, will be giving out 100 free gun locks to interested persons.     Erica McGinley, public health nurse at Department of Public Health, said the public health office looked into a program called Project ChildSafe to benefit the Fort Riley community. The MORE
Free gun locks are available through the Department of Public Health office and the Fort Riley Police Department Physical Security office. These locks are given out through the Project ChildSafe program to promote firearm safety and awareness. For more information call the police department at 785-239-6767 or public health department at 785-239-7323.

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