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Dads hammer down on relational education through workshop

December 22, 2017 —       Army Community Service held a 24/7 Dad Workshop to educate fathers who want to improve their home relationships with their children and spouses Dec. 11 and 12.      Kariga Pratt, family advocate program specialist, ACS, said the program’s primary responsibility is preventing any kind of family violence in the form of spousal or child abuse.   MORE
Kariga Pratt, family advocate program specialist, Army Community Service, left, educates Spc. Christopher Keeling, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, middle, and Spc. Daquaris Maxwell, 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., right, on what a holistic fathering role looks like during the two day 24/7 Dad Workshop Dec. 11 and 12. The workshop covered five principals of which were self-awareness, self-care, fathering skills, parenting skills and relationship skills.

Annual basketball tournament helps keep morale high

December 22, 2017 —      Five unit-level teams faced off in the Holiday Hoops bas­ketball tournament Dec. 16 at Whitside Fitness Center.      This was the fourth year the tournament has been held.     “We have the tournament to give our Soldiers more things to do and it promotes health and wellness,” said Renee Satterlee, intramural sports coordinator at Fort Ri­ley, MORE
A Soldier from the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, team blocks a shot by a player from the 526th Quartermaster Composite Supply Company, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade during the Holiday Hoops basketball tournament Dec. 16 at Whitside Fitness Center.

Holiday Lights Sparkle During Winter Nights

December 22, 2017 —      The holiday lights are turned up bright for all to see this festive season. There are plenty of opportunities to view these lights, some available as near as the neighborhoods around Fort Riley and some a tad farther.     Recently, Corvias, Fort Riley’s on-post housing partner, announced the Holiday Yard of the Month winners. There’s a winner MORE
The tallest artificial Christmas tree stands in the mall area of Blue Earth Plaza at 315 S. Third St., Manhattan. The lighted tree is a little over 65-feet and located with the Festival of Lights display.

COMMUNITY CORNER – Offering a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for a job well-done

December 22, 2017 —       It’s the end of the year, a time when we reflect on our accomplishments and look forward to the possi­bilities in the New Year. As a team — Garrison, 1st Infantry Division and the Flint Hills Region — we have accom­plished much, despite some of the ob­stacles thrown our way. I’m proud and amazed at the amount, and quality, of work we’ve MORE
Fort Riley Garrison Commander

Future is now for field artillery

December 15, 2017 —       Looking to the past to predict the future, the Army has tasked its oldest unit to test one of its newest weapons. Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conducted the first stage of test firing the new the M109A7 Paladin howitzer Dec. 5 through 7 on the expansive MORE
A new M109A7 Paladin howitzer fires an artillery round from a Fort Riley range Dec. 6. Soldiers from Battery D, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, fired the new artillery pieces as part of the initial testing phase.

‘Lightning Battalion’ compete at Top Field

December 15, 2017 — ZAGAN, Poland — The Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Com­bat Team, 1st Infantry Divi­sion, conducted a Top Gun and Top Fire Direction Cen­ter competition to determine the best Howitzer gun and FDC Nov. 19 through 23 at Torun, Poland.      Top Gun and Top FDC are distinguished designa­tions given to MORE
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, receive a special muzzle cover from Col. David Gardner, 2nd ABCT commander, for winning the Top Gun competition Nov. 23 in Torun, Poland.

Army Emergency Relief director visits Fort Riley to build relationships

December 15, 2017 —      Retired Lt. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, director of Army Emergency Relief, visited Fort Riley Dec. 7 alongside retired Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Durr, chief of financial assistance for AER.      Mason and Durr visited the post as part of an ongoing effort to meet with Soldiers and their family members at installations with AER locations to MORE

Soldiers from ‘Long Knife’ squadron roll into Poland

December 15, 2017 — ADAZI, Latvia — The Army is a globally re­sponsive force that can deploy at a moment’s no­tice. The Soldiers of 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, recently tested this ability during a no-notice drill in Eastern Europe.      The exercise for the Soldiers assigned to the “Long Knife” squadron MORE
Cpl. Justin Falci, a Wisconsin native and a combat medic with the 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, from Fort Riley waits in an armored personnel carrier before loading it onto a train in Swietoszow, Poland Dec. 2, as part of an emergency deployment readiness exercise in support of Atlantic Resolve.

Soldiers receive college credit through Hazardous Waste Worker training

December 15, 2017 —      Twenty-four service members and dependents are working their way through a Hazardous Waste Worker training through Barton Community College at Fort Riley.      The college has three annual, two-week-long courses on Haz­ardous Waste Worker training for Soldiers of Fort Riley who are looking to gain college credit at no cost.      “This class MORE
Fort Riley Soldiers suit up during the Hazardous Waste Worker training course mitigation lessons at a hazardous site Dec. 8. Barton Community College offers free training to Soldiers interested in receiving five college credits, two certificates and an Occupational Safety and Health Administration card.

Post Exchange Black Friday sales up three percent, brings increase returns for Fort Riley community

December 15, 2017 —      The Fort Riley Main Post Exchange experienced a 3 percent increase in sales on Black Friday and a 10 percent increase in overall sales during Thanksgiving weekend.      There were several post specific deals that helped boost sales, but according to Maria Berios Borges, Fort Riley Main Post Exchange store manager, it was the Exchange-wide door MORE
A patron of the Fort Riley Main Exchange pulls a feather off a turkey during Black Friday event Nov. 24. Each feather pulled reveal mystery deal to be used at the Exchange. This year, the PX experienced a 3 percent rise in sales on Black Friday and a 10 percent rise in sales during Thanksgiving weekend.

Commissary donates $3,000 worth of gift cards to help Soldiers in need

December 15, 2017 —      Fort Riley Chaplain Services, an orga­nization within Religious Support Services, was presented with 43 Defense Commissary Agency gift cards worth $50 each from the Commissary Dec. 7.      This is the first portion of $3,000 in gift cards donated to the organization. The gift cards will be distrib­uted to Soldiers and families in need this MORE

SAFETY CORNER - Workplace safety during holidays

December 15, 2017 —      Celebrating the holidays is normally fun, but there are safety considerations when it comes to hanging decorations and lights, serving food or dealing with workplace stress. This is a triple whammy and we’ll look at each area separately.  DECORATIONS      Lack of planning prior to decorating for the holidays can present several challenges that MORE

RECYCLING CENTER - Sharp instruments can be dangerous to recycle center staff

December 15, 2017 —      Let’s get to the point; sharps can be dangerous to people working at the Fort Riley Recycle Center.      I am not talking about the Army SHARP Training, but needles, syringes, epinephrine pens, insulin pens and other medical sharp objects. While it has not happened recently, recycle center staff have been stabbed by syringe needles that we’re MORE

Common automobile fraud schemes and how to avoid them

December 15, 2017 —      Once they’ve entered the Army, many Soldiers find themselves with both a new, fairly substantial bi-weekly income and the need for a new set of wheels. Although a vehicle is not required of Soldiers, it is a necessity given the broad area of land that many Army posts and their neighboring cities encompass. Fort Riley is no exception.      MORE

Engineering Systems Branch builds productivity

December 15, 2017 —       Editor’s note: This is the sec­ond part of a two-part series on the Business Operations/Integra­tion Division of the Directorate of Public Works.      Behind the scenes at the Engineering Systems Branch, Business Operation Divi­sion — Directorate of Public Works, a team of industrial engineers manage computer systems used to execute MORE

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