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Teens enjoy center’s midnight sports

December 8, 2017 —      Laughter, banter and the oc­casional game of chase broke out during sports games between more than 20 teens at the Custer Hill Youth Center during a Youth Midnight Sports night Dec. 1.      Youth Midnight Sports is held the first Friday of each month for teens ages 11 to 17. The ongoing program is a place for teens to meet new friends in a MORE
Teens age 11 to 17 face off against six Child and Youth Services staff members in a game of volleyball during Youth Midnight Sports at the Custer Hill Youth Center Dec. 1. Youth Midnight Sports is the first Friday of the month and offers a safe and productive environment for Fort Riley teens to meet, play and hang out.

Firefighters educate families on pitfalls of frying delicacy

December 8, 2017 —      “We are going to show peo­ple what not to do by blowing up a turkey,” said Brandon Kehoe, fire inspector of Fort Riley Fire and Emergency Services.      Among the events at the Christkindl Holiday Craft Market was the turkey burn, where spectators stood with mouths agape as they watched firefighters from Fire Station 2 and FRFES Headquar­ters MORE
Fire Station 2 and Fort Riley Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters blow up a frozen turkey Dec. 2 at the Christkindl Holiday Craft Market. The demonstration shows what could happen if the turkey is not properly thawed before frying. FRFES also educated the crowd on what to do if faced with a grease fire.

Ice Skating Rinks

December 8, 2017 —      Winter weather means welcoming cool activities like ice skating.      Kansas does not always have the most favorable weather for naturally forming ice, but there are several manmade rinks in the area that are worth going for a spin.      The nearest one to Fort Riley is the Jon and Ruth Ann Wefald Pavilion ice rink in City Park at 1101 Fremont MORE
The Ice Terrace is in the middle of Kansas City, Missouri. Though the ice rink is a bit of a drive, the view surrounding the facility is worth the visit. At night, the area is lit with holiday lights.

COMMUNITY CORNER – Make personal goals to be financially, physically, emotionally fit

December 7, 2017 —      Colder weather and winter stressors have returned, but if we make a plan to deal with them now and double-down on our priorities, it’s sure to be a happy holiday season. The goal is to be financially, physically and emotionally fit.     For exercise, seek op­portunities to increase your activity level in the things you do every day. For MORE
Fort Riley Garrison Commander

COMMUNITY CORNER – Remember to keep Army family safe from drunk, drugged driving

December 1, 2017 —      December brings an increase in social events, which often includes beverages containing alcohol, so it’s a perfect time to remember that this month is also National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.      As we all know, drinking and drug use impairs judge­ment, delays reaction time and too often results in deadly car accidents.     MORE
Fort Riley Garrison Commander

Multinational gap crossing demonstrates capabilities

December 1, 2017 — ZAGAN, Poland — The sound of a powerful diesel engine filled the calm, cool air as Pfc. Michael Hamil, a Kingston, Tennessee, native, aligned a Bradley Fighting Vehicle to a bridge assembled by Polish engineering troops. Once aligned, a Polish Soldier wielding orange flashlight cones began to guide him over the bridge.       Hamil’s head stuck out MORE
A Soldier assigned to the 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, waits in his M-113 Armored Personnel Carrier to cross over the Kwisa River during a gap crossing exercise conducted on Nov. 16 in Poland. The U.S. Army, its allies and partners forge a dynamic presence with a powerful land network that simultaneously deters aggression and assures the security of the region.

‘Big Red One’ continues making Soldier readiness top priority

December 1, 2017 —      While the 1st Infantry Division headquarters recently returned from a deployment to Iraq, the division is not relaxing or resting on its laurels. Neither are its brigades, several of which also recently returned from deployments or are currently deployed.      Instead, Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Martin, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding MORE
Pvt. Jesus Mendoza, Company E, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, automated logistics specialist, fires a .50 Cal Browning machine gun on Range 9 at Fort Riley Nov. 7. The Soldiers from 3rd AHB, 1st Avn. Regt. fired several crew served weapon systems to maintain their combat readiness in preparation for any future deployments.

Museums get facelift

December 1, 2017 —      “As an architect you can’t just walk through a building like that without thinking about all the people that went through those buildings and walked those halls,” said Paul H. Cavanaugh, architect for the Project Management Branch, Directorate of Public Works — Engineering Division, on the planned renovation project for the 1st Infantry MORE
The U.S. Cavalry Museum, 1st Infantry Division Museum and Research and Education building are some the establishments being funded by The Center of Military History. The $14.5 million renovation project will begin in December 2017. The renovation will last a year and a half with all three buildings being redone.

New Kansas license now offering the option of federal REAL ID act compliance

December 1, 2017 —      In a hypothetical situation, three non-Department of Defense identification holders walk into Fort Riley’s Visitor Control Center with three different Kansas driver’s license: one issued before August of this year, another after August with a star on the top right corner and the other issued post-August without a star on the top. All three of MORE
Kansas driver’s license holders will now have the choice of choosing a REAL ID Act compliant identification or not. The ID in compliant of the federal act will display a star on the top right corner of the card. Those without REAL ID compliant driver’s license will have to produce secondary identification upon accessing Fort Riley, boarding domestic flights and entering federal facilities.

Strong Europe team builds cohesion during Allied Spirit exercise

December 1, 2017 — GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – About 3,700 service members from 13 nations gathered at the Hohenfels Training Area in southeastern Germany to participate in the seventh iteration of Allied Spirit Oct. 30 through Nov. 22.     Allied Spirit VII is a 7th Army Training Command-conducted, U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise that focuses on testing MORE
Sgt. Brent Haloo, a combat engineer with 82nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley scans the horizon during the Allied Spirit VII training exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany Nov. 17. Approximately 3,700 service members from 13 nations gathered in 7th Army Training Command’s Hohenfels Training Area in southeastern Germany to participate in the seventh iteration of Allied Spirit was scheduled from Oct. 30 to Nov. 22.

SAFETY CORNER - Protect your kids from toy hazards this holiday

December 1, 2017 —      Team Riley, the holiday season is upon us and, for some, it means the stress and anxiety of battling crowds at the mall, frantically cleaning for visiting in-laws and agonizing over preparing the perfect holiday meal. Relax, you are a part of the America’s First Fighting Team, you can handle the holidays like a rockstar. As you deck your MORE

Work managed at Fort Riley with Directorate of Public Works

December 1, 2017 —       Editor’s Note: This story is part one of a two-part series on the Directorate of Public Works — Business Operations and Integration.      With the efforts from the Work Management Branch — Business Operations/Integration Division, Directorate of Public Works, Fort Riley becomes a well-oiled machine.      Julie Poyser, chief of Business MORE

Study to remediate symptoms of traumatic brain injury

December 1, 2017 —      A study on relieving the effects of mild traumatic brain injury through aerobic exercise is being conducted at Fort Riley and is in need of participants.      The study was approved by the Department of Defense last year and is being conducted at the TBI clinic on post through a joint partnership with the University of Kansas. Called the MORE
Stafford Gosser, left, gives feedback to a Soldier on how to improve his running performance at the outdoor track near Whitside Gym Nov. 9. Gosser is a University of Kansas researcher conducting a study on how aerobic exercise can potentially improve the symptoms of traumatic brain injury here at the Fort Riley TBI Clinic.

Housing Services Office makes finding off-post housing easy

December 1, 2017 —       Editor’s Note: This story is part one of a three-part series on the Directorate of Public Works – Housing Division.      Whether a Soldier arrives to Fort Riley, is preparing to leave, needs a change of scenery or is having issues with a landlord, the Housing Services Office, part of the Directorate of Public Works – Housing Division, is MORE
Maria Torres, housing referral agent for the Housing Services Office, left, talks with Capt. Benjamin Smith, 1st Infantry Artillery, about his housing options Oct. 17. Staff at the HSO assist Soldiers and their families in locating a home, as well as conducting inspections of homes and apartments to verify safety and cleanliness.

Cold weather doesn’t extinguish competitive fire during annual Turkey Bowl

December 1, 2017 —      Despite the weath­er, nine teams bore the cold to compete against one another at the fourth annual Flag Football Turkey Bowl at Long Fitness Cen­ter Nov. 22.       The tournament took place at the base­ball field west of the facility. The teams com­peted for a turkey trophy.       “The top two teams will get individual turkey trophies and the MORE
The fourth annual Flag Football Turkey Bowl snaps off with speed and talent as Soldiers from Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, compete for the 22-inch turkey trophy Nov. 22. The bowl is an annual event where teams of Soldiers register and represent their unit.

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