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Seitz Elementary School students take part in Dragon Dash

September 29, 2017 —      Students, parents and staff of Seitz Elementary School were transformed into speckled, spotted and Garrison-colored people during the Dragon Dash Sept. 22 at the school.      The Dragon Dash is a color run aimed to teach kids that a healthy lifestyle can be fun and introduce parents to the staff in a more playful setting, said Erin Lopez, MORE
Fifth-grade teachers douse their students in powdered paint during the Dragon Dash Sept. 22 at Seitz Elementary School. The annual color run encourages students and parents alike to live a healthy lifestyle while having fun.

Event puts educators, parents, providers in touch with each other

September 29, 2017 —      Fort Riley’s Exceptional Family Member Program held their annual Developmental Delays, Autism and Behavioral Learning seminar at Riley’s Conference Center Sept. 21.       The free daylong seminar was open to parents, educators and professionals. During the event, workshops covering a range of topics such as demystifying the problems MORE
Parents, educators and professionals listen to Cari Ebert, pediatric speech-language pathologist and mother of a child with special needs, speak about making sense of sensory processing disorder at the annual Exceptional Family Member Program conference Sept. 21 at Riley’s Conference Center. Ebert was also last year’s keynote speaker where she spoke about the power of play in a high-tech world.

Auto show draws crowd at Warrior Zone

September 29, 2017 —      “You should measure the exhaust; it’s louder than your sound system,” a Soldier said, teasing another Soldier as he got into his car and pulled it up to a table to have the volume of his sound system measured.       The Soldiers were two of more than 15 participants in the Project Autotuned: Car and Audio Exhibition at the Warrior Zone Sept. MORE
Staff Sgt. Mark Gonzales, 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, poses in front of his car during the Project Autotuned: Car and Audio Exhibition at the Warrior Zone Sept. 24. The vehicle owners were on standby to answer questions about modifications they’d done to their cars or to fire up the engine at someone’s request.

Pumpkin Patches

September 29, 2017 —      Summer days give way to crisp mornings and cool nights as autumn sets in. With the seasonal change, it’s time to harvest the bounties from months of work — pumpkins, squash, wheat and more.      Farms around Fort Riley are opening their fields to visitors and transforming them into pumpkin patches with games and activities for people of all MORE
Pumpkin patches around Kansas are open for fall. Pumpkin patches will remain open until the end of October. Pumpkin Patches may feature slides, playgrounds, photo spots, picnic areas, petting zoos and more.

Fall Apple Day festival: preparation made way for record setting attendance

September 29, 2017 —     Seven-year-old Julian McCormick was in full swing at the bungee jump event when his mother, Rachel McCormick, a physical therapy assistant for Irwin Army Community Hospital, shouted, “Do a flip Julian.”      “No,” he shouted back. “I’m already scared enough as it is!”      Julian was in no real danger; it was just a thrill at Fall Apple Day. MORE
Some of the 12,466 visitors who attended the Fall Apple Day festival head for the food and beverage tents, at Artillery Parade Field Sept. 23.

Performances keep Fall Apple Day attendees entertained

September 29, 2017 —      Fall Apple Day festival brought laughter, smiles and entertainment to those who attended Sept. 23. During the festival, visitors were entertained by several events held on the main stage.      Events ranged from multiple pie eating contests, a performance by Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited, Modern Army MORE
Contestants vigorously dive face first into a slice of the Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley’s Apple Pie during the Fall Apple Day festival Sept. 23. Those in attendance were entertained throughout the day by various main stage events.

Biologists hook crowds with fishy education

September 29, 2017 —      “It’s a catfish, it’s a catfish,” a second grader yelled while pointing at a fish inside a mobile aquarium at Artillery Parade Field Sept. 22.      The mobile aquarium is a converted vehicle trailer from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. It came to Fort Riley Sept. 22 and 23 to educate second grade students of Fort Riley MORE
Second grade students of Seitz Elementary School look at fish inside the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s mobile Aquarium during a field trip Sept. 22 at Artillery Parade Field. The mobile aquarium can only go to multi-day events, so Directorate of Public Works - Environmental Division worked with Unified School District 475 to teach second grade students at Fort Riley about native Kansas fish. The following day, the mobile aquarium was used to educate kids and adults alike for Fall Apple Day Sept. 23.

Military working dogs continue to fascinate

September 29, 2017 —      The Military Working Dog demonstrations at the Fall Apple Day festival was a popular one and that suited the personnel of the 523rd Military Working Dog Detachment, 73rd Military Police Detachment, 97th Military Police Battalion just fine. It gave them a chance to communicate the true mission of the detachment.      “A lot of times the MWDs MORE
Pvt. Ronald Vilchez, a military dog handler for the 523rd Military Working Dog Detachment, helps demonstrate aggression behavior when dogs are subduing a suspect at the Fall Apple Day festival Sept. 23.

Apple-tite for pies: More than $12k raised from sales of apple pies

September 29, 2017 —       The Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley raised more than $12,000 from apple pies sales during the Fall Apple Day fes­tival Sept. 23.      Co-Pie Queen Pamela Quichocho, wife of Command Sgt. Maj. Roque Quichocho, senior noncommissioned officer of the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, said the profits will be MORE
Volunteers peel, core and slice pounds of Granny Smith apples during one of the Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley apple pie making shifts at the Culinary Lab Sept. 19. This one of the few stations in the apple pie making process.

Free all-terrain vehicle rides promote safety to children

September 29, 2017 —      Children beelined to pick out their motor gear at the all-terrain vehicle station in Tuttle Park during Fall Apple Day Festival Sept. 23.      But before anyone can get close to an ATV, volunteer Soldiers would inspect the interested riders to see if their outfit was safe for riding.      “Before they can ride, (volunteers) will look at the MORE
Ricky Cayanan, son of 1st Sgt. Rolando Cayanan, Company F, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, receives instructions from a volunteer at the all-terrain vehicle course during Fall Apple Day Festival Sept. 23.

Fort Riley history comes to life

September 29, 2017 —     Dressed in 1800s American pioneer costume, Bob White sits in front of his canvas tent and watches his wife Melody White weave a dreamcatcher in the southwest corner of the Artillery Parade Field Sept. 23 during Fall Apple Day. This is Bob’s 17th year participating in Fort Riley’s Fall Apple Day as a period reenactor.       The couple have been MORE
Period re-enactors chat under the limited shade during the 2017 Fall Apple Day festival Sept. 23. Participants in the area re-enact the characters they portray and interact with festival goers to educate them on the history of Fort Riley.

Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard emphasize history, tradition

September 29, 2017 —      From the still standing limestone buildings of the 1800s to tall monuments and everything in between, preserving history is part of everyday life at Fort Riley. Another part of that preservation is the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard.     Fall Apple Day festival Sept. 23 at Artillery Parade Field featured three demonstrations by the MORE
Members of the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard complete a group jump during a demonstration at Fall Apple Day Sept. 23.

Martial arts demonstrates child, teen development at Fall Apple Day

September 29, 2017 —      Fall Apple Day Sept. 23 brought multiple performance to the stage to entertain attendees. Among the list of entertainers from Fort Riley’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation was the Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited.       The SKIESUnlimited program is designed to provide possibilities MORE
Cory Bobbitt, son of Warrant Officer Jarrel Jones, a Fort Riley Soldier, soars over his teammates and instructor during the escape and evasive technique showcase at the Fall Apple Day festival Sept. 23.

COMMAND TEAM CORNER - Message to Fort Riley community on value of life

September 29, 2017 —      “Big Red One” Soldiers, family members and the Fort Riley community,       I write you today regarding a very important topic to me — the value of life.    Suicide ideation and behavior is a struggle that we must confront and fight head-on together. Losing even one Soldier to suicide is unacceptable.      I believe that the only way to win MORE
Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Martin

‘Big Red One’ observes Hispanic Heritage Month

September 29, 2017 —      The halls of Riley’s Conference Center filled with the sounds of “Maria Maria” as the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, hosted a luncheon to observe Hispanic Heritage Month on Fort Riley, Sept. 20.      The event featured music from the 1st Inf. Div. Band’s jazz combo, as well as keynote speaker Carlos Gomez, president MORE
Carlos Gomez, president and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, smiles after receiving a wooden Big Red One as a gift for being the keynote speaker during a Hispanic Heritage Month observance at Riley’s Conference Center on Fort Riley Sept. 20.

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