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Fort Riley students growing greater knowledge of world

December 15, 2017 —      Students of Fort Riley Middle School are taking a hands-on approach to learn­ing about where their produce comes from with three hydro­ponic tower gardens set up in the school.      A year ago, several teachers got together to write a grant request to help them fund the tower gardens project with the intention of using the gardens to teach MORE
Students of Fort Riley Middle School are growing their understanding of where their food comes from and how to care for them with three hydroponic tower gardens. As a hydroponic tower garden, the plants do not require any soil.

Warrant officers hold social

December 15, 2017 —      Holiday cheer and fun with family and friends were the order of the evening as the U.S. Army Warrant Officers Association Mid-America Chapter hosted a bunco social night Dec. 6 at Ri­ley’s Conference Center.      Prizes were given out to at­tendees at the conclusion of the Bunco games.      The social night was held to promote esprit de corps MORE
John Bonacorda, retired Chief Warrant Officer 2 and Vietnam War Veteran, tries his hand at Bunco, a dice game that uses three dice. It was the first time playing the game for the former UH-1 Crew Chief and Door Gunner.

Santa visits post library holiday party

December 15, 2017 —      The Fort Riley Post Library threw their 17th annual Visit to the Library from Santa Claus holiday party Dec. 9 at the facility.      The free event was organized to give families a chance to visit the library and meet Santa and one of his reindeer, who was Terri Seaman, contract manager at the Fort Riley Post Library. During the party, kids MORE
Clarice Conaty, wife of Pvt. David Conaty, Company A, 299th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, places her daughter Emma, 5 months old, on Santa’s lap at the Visit to the Library from Santa Claus holiday party at the Fort Riley Post Library Dec. 9. It was Emma’s first time meeting Santa.

Soldiers conquer courts during intramural basketball

December 15, 2017 —      Roars and cheers filled the indoor courts during the second night of intramural basketball season Dec. 7 at Whitside Fitness Center.      The season began two days earlier, so the night was filled with first and second games for most teams.      Intramural basketball is open to unit-level teams only, said Renee Satterlee, intramural sports MORE
Sgt. Raymundo Parga, 526th Quartermaster Composite Supply Company, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, shoots against the Warrior Transition Battalion during the Quartermasters’ first game of the Intramural Basketball season Dec. 7 at Whitside Fitness Center. The Quartermasters put the first points on the board within seconds of the game starting, but WTB took the victory in the end at 42-36.

Soldiers, firefighters train together for chemical incident response

December 8, 2017 —      Soldiers of the 774th Ordnance Company, 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), and Fort Riley Fire and Emergency Services conducted chemical incident response training Nov. 29 at the Fire Department Training Site at Camp Funston.      “We’ve got guys that are training to become team leaders,” said Sgt. 1st MORE
Firefighters part of the Fort Riley Fire and Emergency Services Hazardous Materials Team based out of Fire Station 3, decontaminate Soldiers from the 774th Ordnance Company, 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) after they exited a contamination zone as part of chemical incident response training Nov. 29 at the Fire Department Training Site on Camp Funston.

Polish, US engineers train on demolition tactics

December 8, 2017 — ZAGAN, Poland — A thunderous boom rang out as the combination of plastic explosives and TNT, planted in the earth, erupted violently hurling fragments of soil into the air. The explosion shook the ground under the Soldiers’ feet, bringing smiles to their faces.      The planned explosion was initiated by Polish soldiers assigned to the 2nd Engineer MORE
Polish soldiers with the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 5th Engineer Regiment, and U.S. Soldiers with the 82nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, practice laying out detonation cord to attach to explosive charges at the Drawsko Pomorskie training area during a 13-day training event called Bull Eagle near Oleszno, Poland, Nov. 27. The 2nd ABCT helps assure NATO allies and deter aggression by demonstrating and sustaining maximum proficiency and readiness in its warfighting functions, tasks and drills by conducting training with U.S. allies throughout a strong Europe.

Garage fire gives family new take on Black Friday

December 8, 2017 —      Fire Chief Ric Seward, Fort Riley Fire and Emergency Services, asked Karyna Baker, 11, daughter of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joseph Baker, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, at their residence Nov. 29 about what happened the morning of Nov. 24 when a garage fire broke out MORE
Four-year-old Ellie Baker, left, daughter of chief Warrant Officer 2 Joseph Baker, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, receives a coin from Fire Chief Ric Seward, Fort Riley Fire and Emergency Services, Nov. 29 at her home for her hand in reporting a fire in her garage.

‘Black’ division, ‘Dagger’ brigade meet interoperability goals at Borsuk

December 8, 2017 — ZAGAN, Poland — Soldiers assigned to the 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, endured the frigid air as rain fell, causing their tracked vehicles to mix the uneven, loose soil into mud, as they prepared for Borsuk Nov. 28.      Borsuk, a live-fire exercise at Presidenski Range near Trzebian, MORE
Polish Howitzers at Presidenski Range in Trzebian, Poland, wait to deliver artillery to distant targets during a multinational live-fire exercise involving Polish and U.S. forces on Nov. 29.

SAFETY CORNER - Christmas Safety Tips: Making it home for the holidays

December 8, 2017 —      Whether it’s making a “Merry Christ­mas!” phone call from behind the wheel, rushing to the next holiday party or in­dulging in some rum eggnog prior to hit­ting the road, people routinely engage in some of the most dangerous driving be­haviors during the holiday season.      Regardless of whether you are driving locally or preparing for a MORE

‘Devil’ brigade logistician earns Army Sustainment Command award

December 8, 2017 —      Bobby White, the Brigade Logistics Support Team Logistics management specialist for 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, earned the Army Sustainment Command 2016 Linda J. Villar Logistics Assistance Representative of the Year award Nov. 21.      “This award is the highest award we present within the Army Sustainment Command MORE
Bobby White, center, the Brigade Logistics Support Team Logistics management specialist for 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, accepts the Army Sustainment Command 2016 Linda J. Villar Logistics Assistance Representative of the Year award from Bob Coffey, acting director and deputy director of the Army Sustainment Command Logistics Assistance Program, Nov. 21. Also pictured is White’s daughter, Audrey.

Staff keep unaccompanied Soldiers in clean, safe housing

December 8, 2017 —      Editor’s Note: This story is part two of a three-part series on the Directorate of Public Works – Housing Division.       When a Soldier arrives to Fort Riley without a family in tow, they aren’t left out in the cold to find a home of their own, thanks to the efforts of the Unaccompanied Personnel Housing Branch of the Directorate of Public MORE
Apartments in Arnold Hall at 27 Sheridan Ave. are fully furnished and available to senior noncommissioned officers and officers who come to Fort Riley unaccompanied. The apartments are managed by the Unaccompanied Personnel Housing Branch of the Directorate of Public Works – Housing Division.

People from near and far visit post Christmas market

December 8, 2017 —       The ninth annual Christ­kindl Holiday Craft Market, organized by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, brought more than 60 vendors and 1,600 people to­gether under one roof at Riley’s Conference Center Dec. 2.      “We’ve got vendors from all over,” said Taylor Ferrarin, special events coordinator for DFMWR. “We’ve MORE
Santa greets a child at the ninth annual Christkindl Holiday Craft Market at Riley’s Conference Center Dec. 2. The event attracted more than 1,600 visitors and vendors.

Families usher in holiday season with Trees for Troops

December 8, 2017 —      The smell of freshly cut pine trees filled the air as Better Opportunities for Single Soldier volunteers, Boy Scouts from local troops and the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation partnered together to distrib­ute 300 holiday trees as part of Trees for Troops to Blue and Gold Star family mem­bers, active-duty service MORE
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers volunteers and Boy Scouts from local troops work together to trim the stumps of a holiday tree for Blue and Gold Star family members, active-duty service members and their family during the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Trees for Troops event Dec. 2. The event distributed 300 holiday trees to Blue and Gold Star family members, active-duty service members and their family.

Annual tour of homes paints historic image of post’s colorful past

December 8, 2017 —      The Historical and Ar­chaeological Society of Fort Riley 34th annual His­toric Tour of Homes Dec. 2 brought people strolling down six streets of Historic Main Post to view the inte­riors of selected homes and recognizable buildings.      “It is the longest running HASFR event and there are four places that are always in the tour,” said MORE
The chandelier of the formal dining room in Quarters 1 was one of the highlights during the 34th Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley Historic Tour of Homes Dec. 2. The chandelier was donated by a previous resident of the house.

‘Devil’ brigade Soldiers deliver toys for Operation Santa

December 8, 2017 —      A team of Santa’s helpers in four-wheeled reindeer and sleigh bore a striking resem­blance to Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, as they delivered approxi­mately 900 toys to the Opera­tion Santa Claus workshop at Rally Point Dec. 1.      Actually, they were Sol­diers of the 1st ABCT, oth­erwise known as the MORE
Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, otherwise known as the “Devil” brigade, unload approximately 900 toys at the Operation Santa Claus workshop at the Rally Point Dec. 1.

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