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‘Big Red One’ Army Ten-Miler team trains with Kansas State University

October 6, 2017 —      The 1st Infantry Division Army Ten-Miler team has been training for the Oct. 8 competition in Washington, D.C., since July.     Sept. 26, the Kansas State University athletic program opened their doors to the 14-Soldier team for a recovery session and nutritional advice.     “Recovery is the biggest piece we can do for preventative medicine MORE
Phillip Vardiman, athletic training program director, Kansas State University, speaks to the 1st Infantry Division Army Ten-Miler team at the Vanier Family Football Complex, K-State, Sept. 26. The team sat in a 65-degree, waist-high pool, a recovery treatment used by the K-State athletes.

Fort Scott

October 6, 2017 —      Established in 1842, Fort Scott’s origins started during the nation’s turbulent adolescent years. The fort’s Soldiers were part of events that would lead to the growth and expansion of America. During that period, the fort was in the middle of the Permanent Indian Frontier and conflict and turmoil of “Bleeding Kansas” and the Civil War.       MORE
Reenactors show Fort Scott’s historical past. The fort’s Soldiers were part of events that would lead to America’s growth and expansion. This year marks the 175th anniversary of Fort Scott.

COMMUNITY CORNER – Keep safe and secure during extended weekend

October 6, 2017 —      We’re heading into a hard-earned, well-deserved long weekend and while I encourage everyone to make the most of their time off, I’d also remind you to play it safe this Columbus Day weekend. The temperature has dropped slightly, but the weather forecast looks pretty good for the next few days, so I’d expect many people will opt for outdoor MORE
Fort Riley Garrison Commander

Two ‘Iron Rangers’ place in ‘Best Medic’ competition

September 29, 2017 —      The 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley held a “Best Medic” competition throughout the post Sept. 19-20 with the top two finishers being recognized by Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Martin, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, Sept. 21 at the division’s headquarters building.      Sgt. Daniel Martin was the overall winner of the competition MORE
Sgt. Michael Dymond, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conducts an initial assessment of a medical mannequin during the trauma lane portion of the “Best Medic” competition Sept. 20 at Fort Riley.

World War II history visits Fort Riley

September 29, 2017 —       While the sounds of machine guns firing blanks during the Fort Riley Fall Apple Day festival could be heard in the distance, Dr. Claude Harwood, 93, was visiting Fort Riley and the 1st Infantry Division and recalling his time with the “Big Red One.”      “Doc” Harwood walked into the Cavalry Museum and the tat-tat-tat receded into the hush of MORE
Dr. Claude Harwood, left, talks with Chap. (Maj.) Christian Goza, 1st Infantry Division deputy chaplain, about the history of the 1st Infantry Division while visiting the Cavalry Museum Sept. 23 at Fort Riley.

Fort Riley supports K-State Wildcat Battalion in fall field training exercise

September 29, 2017 —       About 140 ROTC cadets from Kansas State University Wildcat Battalion conducted their annual fall field training exercise at Fort Riley Sept. 22 to 23. The mission of the FTX was to build confidence, teamwork, tactical knowledge and leadership within cadets.       Led by Lt. Col. Pete Gray, professor of military science at K-State, and MORE
Cadets from Kansas State University ROTC program put their classroom knowledge to the test by getting hands-on experience firing and troubleshooting the M249 during their fall field training exercise at Fort Riley Sept. 23. The purpose of the FTX was to build individual Soldier skills such as land navigation, hand-arm signals and movement techniques, patrol base operations, weapons familiarization and tactical communications.

Elk hunting season begins at Fort Riley

September 29, 2017 —      Fort Riley is open for elk season. However, only a few can hunt elk on this installation.      Shawn Stratton, supervisory fish and wildlife biologist at the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division, Conservation Branch, said “the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism allotted 27 elk permits for Unit Two this season.”      MORE

Community relations helps sustain, protect Fort Riley lands

September 29, 2017 —      Educating the public on how Fort Riley operates and how the installation manages various natural resources was the goal of the first lecture series Sept. 29 at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.    Alan Hynek, chief of conservation of the Directorate of Public Works, focused his lecture on sustaining the mission of environmental management and MORE
Alan Hynek, chief of conservation of the Directorate of Public Works, speaks to an audience at the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, Kansas, Sept. 29.

SAFETY CORNER - Be ‘on point’ with explosive safety

September 29, 2017 —      We are all familiar with the “BRO” branding of Being Brave, Responsible and On Point. These are the core ethics that we take into mission planning, implementation and execution.      In the area of safety, being “On Point” is the difference between life and death. In an area that has the potential to cause catastrophic damage if it is not MORE

RECYCLING CENTER - Dispose of hazardous household materials safely

September 29, 2017 —      The Fort Riley Recycle Program has a Household Hazardous Waste facility where any Department of Defense ID cardholder can shop and drop of household hazardous waste for free. The HHW facility is for the unused and unwanted portion of household products like paint, cleaning products, pesticides, disinfectants, motor oil and other hazardous MORE

1st Infantry Division Artillery welcomes new commander

September 29, 2017 —      The 1st Infantry Division Artillery saw its first change in leadership Sept. 22 since reactivating in October 2015.      Col. Thomas R. Bolen, DIVARTY commander, relinquished command at Fort Riley’s Cavalry Parade Field to the incoming commander, Col. Rory A. Crooks. Soldiers, families and members of the community gathered to honor Bolen and MORE
During a Change of Command ceremony, the outgoing commander of the 1st Infantry Division Artillery, Col. Thomas R. Bolen, the incoming commander, Col. Rory A. Crooks, and Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Martin, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general, take part in the passing of the guidon, which represents the change of responsibility, at Cavalry Parade Field on Fort Riley Sept. 22.

Disasters strike without warning: be prepared

September 29, 2017 —      From fires to tornadoes and everything in between, disasters can strike when they are least expected. Every year in September, organizations come together to educate people so they are not caught off guard through National Preparedness Month.        “National Preparedness Month is a focused national call of action to learn more about the MORE

Fort Riley garrison staff prepare for Organization Day

September 29, 2017 —       Department of the Army civilians working for the Fort Riley garrison will have an organizational day Oct. 5. The activities begin at 11 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m.      The event will take place at the new Fort Riley Outdoor Adventure Park, formerly the Custer Hill Golf Course. This is a change from past organizational days for the garrison; MORE

New resource center hosting open house

September 29, 2017 —      The 1st Infantry Division Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program is holding an open house at their new resource center location Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third floor at 7424 Apennines Drive.      “The division SHARP program has not had a permanent stable home since it stood up in 2012,” said Barbara Garber, 1st MORE

Pawsitive Reinforcement

September 29, 2017 —      “Oh, you’re fine,” said Nicole Storm, lead and co­ordinator at the Fort Riley Stray Facility, as she gently turned the ear flap of a 9-week-old kitten to clean it with a cotton swab. The young feline let out a small meow and gave in. In a few deft strokes, the ordeal was over and the kitten shook its head and was back to its skittish demeanor. MORE
Nicole Storm, left, lead and coordinator of Fort Riley Stray Facility, and Adriana Waddell, animal caretaker, sit with Kara, who came to the shelter as an owner surrender. Storm and Waddell are some of the animal caretakers at the shelter who manage the administrative side of the facility as well as care for the animals, even after business hours. Volunteer opportunities to help care for the animals are available. Visit 224 Custer Ave. to pick up a sign-up form or call 785-239-6168.

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