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Clay Center

May 26, 2017 —      Clay Center, Kansas, can be found at the junction of U.S. Highway 24 and Kansas Highway 15, just 40 miles north of Fort Riley. With a public library, a city zoo, city parks and a golf course, the town has more than enough opportunities for tourists to explore.      Founded in 1857, Clay Center is the county seat for Clay County. Named for the MORE
Utility Park in Clay Center, Kansas, has a variety of outdoor activities for all ages. There is playground equipment, a fountain and a walking trail, as well as the Clay Center Zoo, which is on the driving path through the park.

‘Dagger’ brigade leaves National Training Center ready for Europe rotation

May 26, 2017 — FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Fort Riley’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Soldiers successfully completed their training rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, May 12 certifying them for an upcoming deployment to Europe.      “Dagger” brigade Soldiers aimed to improve their skills and maintain a positive MORE
Soldiers from 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, evacuate a training casualty during an early morning attack on the mock-city of Razish during National Training Center Rotation, at Fort Irwin, California, May 5.

COMMUNITY CORNER – Time of year to get out, enjoy activities summer provides us all

May 25, 2017 —      School’s out, the weather’s warmer and we’re head­ing into Memorial Day weekend. Even though the summer solstice isn’t until June 20, most Americans consider this the official start to sum­mer. Here in the heart of Kansas, it’s a great time to get outside and make memories with your friends and family while enjoying the numerous outdoor MORE
Fort Riley Garrison Commander

COMMUNITY CORNER – Can’t overstate importance of Army Emergency Relief campaign

May 19, 2017 —      As this year’s Army Emer­gency Relief campaign winds down, I’d like to make one last push about its importance to our men and women in uniform. You have until May 30 to donate to provide a per­sonal helping hand to fellow Soldiers, family members and retirees.      The AER has been helping Soldiers since its inception in 1942, providing MORE
Fort Riley Garrison Commander

Land component commander conducts key visits across Iraq

May 19, 2017 — BAGHDAD – Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, commander, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, and commanding general, Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command- Operation Inherent Resolve, conducts weekly battlefield circulations to sites across Iraq to visit with Coalition service members and Iraqi partners.      These battlefield circulations, or BFCs, MORE
Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, commander, Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, visits with residents of Eastern Mosul March 1. This visit highlighted both the needs of Mosul residents, and their resiliency in returning to normal life after ISIS.

Former ‘Big Red One’ commander commissions K-State cadets

May 19, 2017 —      Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, III Corps and Fort Hood com­manding general, was the guest speaker May 12 as 19 Kansas State University Reserve Offi­cer Training Corps cadets from the Wildcat Battalion received their commissioning as offi­cers during a ceremony held in a ballroom inside the K-State Student Union.      Each cadet was commis­sioned as MORE
Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general and former 1st Infantry Division commanding general, speaks at the Kansas State University Reserve Officer Training Corps Commissioning Ceremony May 12 in the K-State Student Union. The newly commissioned second lieutenants were administered The Oath of Office, were pinned by a person or persons of their choosing and rendered their first salutes as officers during the ceremony. Since 1919 the K-State Army ROTC has commissioned more than 3,800 second lieutenants.

Scientists learn history of Spanish Flu at Fort Riley

May 19, 2017 —      More than 25 scientists from around the globe visited Fort Riley May 10 to hear the history of the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak at the installation and tour the museums.      The scientists were in Manhattan, Kansas, May 7 to 10 for the 8th In­ternational Conference on Emerging Zoonosis hosted by staff of Kansas State University. The conference MORE
Robert Smith, director of the museum division at Fort Riley, walks scientists in different disciplines from around the world through the history of the cavalry May 9 at the U.S. Cavalry Museum. The scientists were in Manhattan, Kansas, for the 8th International Conference on Emerging Zoonosis from May 7 to 10 hosted by staff of Kansas State University and visited Fort Riley as it is believed to be ground zero of the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak.

Nurses’ week celebrated with cake cutting, award presentation

May 19, 2017 —      The Fort Riley community celebrated National Nurses Week with a cake cutting ceremony and the presentation of the first DAISY Award winner May 8 in the healing garden at Irwin Army Community Hospital.      According to the DAISY Foundation website, DAISY is an acronym that stands for Disease Attacking the Immune System. The award was MORE
Col. Mark MacDougall, left, chief of nursing at Irwin Army Community Hospital, presents LaShon Turner, right, registered nurse at IACH, with the DAISY award for Extraordinary Nurses May 8 in the healing garden outside IACH.

Team of 8 years continues providing childcare at Fort Riley center

May 19, 2017 —      Paul Curry, lead child and youth program assistant at Forsyth Child Development Center at Fort Riley, tore open a small tub of pureed baby food and put it onto a tiny plate as a little one babbled to him.      “I know, I know!” Curry said to offer words of comfort to the child chattering at his feet. “I’m hurrying!”      While Curry was MORE
Tamara Roth, primary child and youth program assistant, and Paul Curry, lead CYPA at Forsyth Child Development Center Fort Riley, work together caring for children ages 6 weeks to 18 months old. They pair have worked together at CDC for the last eight years.

Fort Riley safety specialist receives Army Defensive Driving Instructor Award

May 19, 2017 —      Every day, personnel at Fort Riley put their heart and soul into their jobs to assist Soldiers and their families at the installation. Some of those personnel stand out above the rest, like Rod Cruz, safety spe­cialist for the Fort Riley Gar­rison Safety Office. Cruz was recognized by the National Safety Council and received the Army Defensive MORE
Rod Cruz

Contracts awarded for upcoming road, flight line construction

May 19, 2017 —      Fort Riley has awarded two roadway infrastructure improvement contracts valued at about $5.8 million.      “These contracts are expected to affect traffic flow on various roadways on Fort Riley this summer and into the fall,” said Scott Sutherland, project engineer for the Directorate of Public Works office at Fort Riley.      The roadway MORE

Spirit of first Bandido commander lives on in ‘Big Red One’ company

May 19, 2017 — CAMP HOVEY, South Korea – For the Soldiers of Company C, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, maintaining the legacy of the company’s first Bandido commander is serious business; one that each Bandido Soldier lives each and every day.      Co. C, or as it’s officially named, Bandido Charlie, MORE
Soldiers from Bandido Charlie, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, receive their distinctive red bandanas while participating in a month-long training event at the Rodriguez Live-Fire Complex in Pocheon, South Korea, March 10. Bandido Charlie is the only company level organization in the U.S. Army that has an official unit designation which follows the tradition of the first Bandidos led by 1st Lt. Larry Garner during the Vietnam War.

Baseball field to be named for fallen ‘Big Red One’ Soldier

May 19, 2017 —      Before Pvt. Randol S. Shelton joined the U.S. Army, he and his older brother, Bryan, grew up playing baseball at Kennedy Field less than two blocks from their home. That baseball field will be named Randy Shelton Field in honor of him during a May 20 ceremony.      Growing up in the Chicago suburb of Schiller Park, Shelton spent many hours and MORE
Pvt. Randol S. Shelton

School in session at Staff Judge Advocate

May 19, 2017 —      For a few hours May 4, the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate transformed into a school house for fifth grade students from Seitz and Fort Riley Elementary schools.      Highlighted by lessons from the U.S. District Court Judge Gwynne Birzer, stu­dents received a crash course in the im­portance of the U.S. Constitution in their lives. The main MORE
Lt. Col. Joseph Mackey, acting staff judge advocate for the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, welcomes fifth graders from Seitz Elementary School to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate May 4. The event helped young students learn about and appreciate the role the U. S. Constitution plays in their lives.

Moot Court brings students up close to Constitution

May 19, 2017 —      It was time to make their case.      A moot court session May 3, an event organized by Office of the Staff Judge Advocate and Junction City High School in observance of the National Law Day, featured students from Junction City High School and attorneys from the OSJA.      According to the website of the American Bar Association, this year’s MORE
Kilee Shuck, left, and Anne Johnson, both sophomores at Junction City High School, present their case at a moot court session May 3. The event was organized by members of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Riley and Junction City High School in observance of the National Law Day. The event featured students from grades 9 through 12 in the classroom of Aaron Cox.

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