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Retiree Appreciation Day set for Oct. 20 at Fort Riley

September 29, 2017 —      Military retirees in the Fort Riley community will have the opportunity to be entertained and informed about the famed U.S. Navy Blue Angels precision flight demonstration team when former Blue Angels pilot Steve Lambert addresses the lunch crowd during Retiree Appreciation Day at Riley’s Conference Center, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 MORE

COMMUNITY CORNER – Garrison to celebrate efforts with Org Day

September 28, 2017 —       As we bring this month to a close, there have been so many activities throughout the summer — and a lengthy list of accom­plishments, especially through August and September. Let me take this opportunity to say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you to the garrison staff for your efforts and support to our Soldiers and families of Fort MORE
Fort Riley Garrison Commander

Preparations for this year’s Fall Apple Day fest near completion

September 22, 2017 —      From apple pies to military rides and strengthening family ties, the free an­nual Fall Apple Day festival is Sept. 23 at Artillery Parade Field from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.       Fall Apple Day is open to the public and includes a variety of activities, dem­onstrations and displays for visi­tors to enjoy.      “Fall Apple Day is a commu­nity driven MORE
Children gather to paint and decorate apples at the USO Fort Riley apple painting booth Sept. 10, 2016 at Fall Apple Day. In place of pumpkin carving, USO staff and volunteers said they thought apple painting would fit the theme of Fall Apple Day better this year.

Fort Riley continues Fall Apple Day fest tradition

September 22, 2017 — MANHATTAN, Kan. — Some girls dream of donning a jeweled crown and a sash. For Pamela Quichocho and Maggy Gray, that dream came true this year. Crowned Pie Queens, the role is ceremonial and the duties include being the apple pie coordinators for Fort Riley’s annual Fall Apple Day festival.      Available to the public, Fort Riley opens the gates of MORE

COMMUNITY CORNER – Fort Riley site of annual Fall Apple Day festival

September 22, 2017 —      It’s time for the largest annual family-friendly festival on historic Main Post at Fort Riley — Fall Apple Day festival, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. In addition to having fun, this is an opportunity for Fort Riley to share the Army’s story with the public.      Some of this year’s attractions include demonstrations by the MORE
Fort Riley Garrison Commander

‘Durable’ brigade Soldiers use teamwork to prevent suicides

September 22, 2017 —      The 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade’s Behavioral Health team hosts weekly physical fitness sessions for platoon level and up every Tuesday to combat the ideologies of suicide and to prevent attempts within the brigade. Capt. Kristy Koontz, 1st Inf. Div. Sust. Bde. health officer, developed a way for Soldiers to know her team after MORE
Members of the 526th Quartermaster Composite Supply Company, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, complete “Iron Mikes” lunges at one station during unit physical training designed by Capt. Kristy Koontz, Behavioral Health Officer, 1st Inf. Div. Sust. Bde., July 13 at Whitside Gym’s track and field on Fort Riley.

‘Devil’ Soldiers head to Canada for Worthington Challenge

September 22, 2017 —      Soldiers from 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, departed for Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, Canada, Sept. 14 to compete for the 2017 Worthington Challenge Sept. 24 to 28.      The Worthington Challenge is an international competition where armored crews from Canada, Chile, Denmark, Poland and the U.S. test their skills on MORE
A Soldier with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conducts M9 marksmanship training tailored to the 2017 Worthington Challenge.

Tank team trains on gunnery for deployment

September 22, 2017 —      During World War II, infantrymen often wore out their bootlaces. Tankers gave their laces to the infantrymen and used belts to hold their boots on.      Today, the new version of tanker boots has adopted a similar style with belted boots.      Wearing those famous belted boots, tankers with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry MORE
Pfc. Benjamin Lankford, left, holds a light over a sensor to help illuminate the Muzzle Reference System while 1st Lt. Zachary Newman communicates instructions to him during gunnery training at Fort Riley Aug. 9. The M1 armor crewmen are with 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Gunnery training is part of the pre-deployment training for the tanker crew.

New chaplain for Morris Hill Chapel

September 22, 2017 —      A transference of spiritual leadership from Chap. (Capt.) Daniel Korie to Chap. (Capt.) Tammy Briggs was held during a change of stole ceremony at Fort Riley’s Morris Hill Chapel Sept. 17.      The event was held during the weekly Sunday gospel worship and was conducted by Chap. (Col.) Timothy Walls, Fort Riley garrison chaplain.      “It is a MORE
Chap. (Capt.) Tammy Briggs, left, waits for the stole from Chap. (Capt.) Daniel Korie to be transferred on her at the Morris Hill Chapel change of stole ceremony Sept. 17. Briggs will serve as the new chaplain at the Morris Hill Chapel.

Who provides care to caregivers of Fort Riley?

September 22, 2017 —      In their times of need, people of Fort Riley turn to chaplains, behavioral health specialists, psychiatrists, counselors and more to help them through. But if these caregivers are in need, who do they rely upon to aid them?      “In the case where the chaplain seeks care for the caregiver, there are several avenues,” said Chap. (Lt. Col.) MORE

Vendors show appreciation of Soldiers with food show

September 22, 2017 —      From prime rib to cereal and everything in between, more than 30 vendors gathered with the assistance of Sysco Foods for an Appreciation Food Show at Cantigny Dining Facility Sept. 12.      The vendors provided free food and drink samples to Soldiers, their family members and other Fort Riley community members as a way to show their MORE
Warren Scipio, left, with the Fort Riley Mission Training Complex, waits for retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Julius Thomas, regional sales manager for strategic culinary innovations, to provide him a serving of food during an Appreciation Food Show at Cantigny Dining Facility Sept. 12.

Service Members Civil Relief Act available to aid Soldiers

September 22, 2017 —      Soldiers assigned to Fort Riley have protections afforded to them by the Service Members Civil Relief Act. The Fort Riley Housing Services Office offers many services to Soldiers and their dependents. One of those services is the application of the SCRA to a Soldier’s particular housing situation. The SCRA was enacted by Congress to protect MORE

SAFETY CORNER - Celebrating 444 fatality free days: looking outside statistics

September 22, 2017 —      Sept. 25 will mark our 444th day without a privately owned vehicle fatality that Fort Riley has achieved. To put this number in perspective, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a driver is four times as likely to die in a traffic accident over the Memorial Day weekend as over a regular weekend. Memorial Day led MORE

Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers master skills during Demon Focus

September 22, 2017 —      Soldiers of the “Demon” brigade transitioned from Victory Week, where lots of friendly competition took place in various sporting events, to a full-on combat training exercise known as Demon Focus that started Sept. 5 and ends Sept. 27.     Maj. Chad A. Monroe, operations officer in charge, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Combat MORE
Staff Sgt. Oscar S. Lopez, right, operations platoon sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, teaches Spc. Johnnie G. Brown, left, also with HHC, how to prepare a range card as part of Demon Focus at the Mission Training Complex at Fort Riley Sept. 11. Demon Focus is a brigade wide training event with units here at Fort Riley, one at Fort Hood, Texas, and another at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Military spouses target of job fair

September 22, 2017 —      The first telenetwork job fair, which brought employment opportunities from all over, was held at Army Community Services Sept. 14. It was organized by the Employment Readiness Program staff at ACS.      Benita Edwards, ERP manager, said “in addition to the new work-from-home aspect, 13 Kansas employers from Manhattan, Junction City and MORE
Verena Mastronardi, wife of John Mastronardi, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, asks Amanda Randolph, Accessible Home Health community liaison, about available jobs at career fair held at Army Community Service Sept. 14. There were 12 booths with employers from the Fort Riley area, as well as representatives from Mission Police Department, Mission, Kansas and a booth with multiple telenetwork opportunities.

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