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‘Historic Tour of Homes’ comes to Fort Riley

December 1, 2017 —       Fort Riley sites and homes will be open to the public for the 34th annual “Historic Tour of Homes,” Dec. 2, from noon to 4 p.m.       The tour, organized by the Historical and Archaeologi­cal Society of Fort Riley, will include several of Fort Riley’s historic homes, starting with the Custer House.       The tour is self-guided and MORE
A Christmas tree sits in the home of Col. Thomas Bolen, 1st Infantry Division Artillery commander, on Historic Main Post Dec. 3 during the Historic Tour of Homes hosted by volunteers of the Historical and Archeological Society of Fort Riley.

Trio of Soldiers learn more about Polish ties through deployment

December 1, 2017 — ZAGAN, Poland — For many Soldiers, there are opportunities to travel and experience new cultures during their time of service. For a select few, there is the chance to travel to where their roots began.      This is the case for Soldiers in the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. They have deployed to Poland in support of the MORE
Spc. Courtney Roth, an intelligence analyst assigned to the 82nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, speaks with a Polish military officer about her Polish lineage Nov. 18. Roth is among the Dagger Brigade’s “heel-to-toe” rotation of U.S. Soldiers ready to train with allied and partnered nations to demonstrate combat proficiencies and capabilities during the multinational exercises across Central Europe named Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Winter Campgrounds

December 1, 2017 —       From frosty fields to ice-covered lakes and sunrises over glistening snow, camping in winter is an experience of its own.      Surrounding Fort Riley are several campgrounds open throughout the colder season for short trips that leave campers feeling like they’re days away from civilization.      About 8 miles from Fort Riley is Milford State MORE
Many campgrounds can accommodate tents and RVs to suit any camper’s style of “roughing it.” Locations for RVs often include sewage and electrical hookups.

Memorial ceremony recognizes fallen international prisoners of war

November 24, 2017 —      To remember prisoners of war from Germany and Italy, Fort Riley called upon international partnerships to commence the German and Italian Memorial Ceremony Nov. 16 at the Fort Riley Main Post Cemetery.      During the height of WWII, 371,000 soldiers from Germany, 50,000 from Italy and 4,000 from Japan were detained in 700 camps throughout the MORE
German and Italian flags rest near the graves of World War II prisoners of war who passed away at the installation at the Fort Riley Main Post Cemetery during the annual German and Italian Memorial Ceremony Nov. 16.

Army secretary civilian aides visit Fort Riley

November 24, 2017 —      More than 10 Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army from across the Southwestern and Central U.S. visited Fort Riley Nov. 15 and 16 as part of their conference.      In attendance with them was Gerald O’Keefe, administrative assistant to the Secretary of the Army, who also administrates and handles the CASA program on behalf of the MORE
Staff Sgt. Matthew Bruyette, right, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, an unmanned aircraft system operations technician, assists Mario Guerra, center, and John Montgomery, both civilian aides to the Secretary of the Army, in the operation of the control system of the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven, an UAS, Nov. 15. The CASAs toured various locations around Fort Riley Nov. 15 and 16.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal team trains in closed housing

November 24, 2017 —       It’s called non-standard entry by some Explosive Ordnance Disposal experts; others call it dynamic entry.       By either name it combines a variety of techniques that allow EOD Soldiers to gain entrance to a building potentially rigged with booby traps by criminals like drug dealers or terrorist adversaries in order to neutralize the threat. MORE
First Lt. Nicholas Framo, 774th Ordnance Company, 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), attacks a wall with a sledgehammer during training at the Colyer Manor housing area Nov. 16. The houses in the area have been targeted for demolition, providing an opportunity to train for EOD personnel.

Transitioning Soldiers to receive Hazardous Waste Worker training at no cost

November 24, 2017 —      Barton Community College is offering transitioning Soldiers a grant-funded two-week certificate program at no cost to participants. The Hazardous Waste Worker program gives Soldiers credentials to help them find work after their military service ends.       The next course is set to start Nov. 27 and last until Dec. 8. It will be held at 100 MORE

Recycling, reuse made easy at center

November 24, 2017 —       Editor’s Note: This story is part four of a four-part series on the Directorate of Public Works – Environmental Division.      Just off 4th Street at Camp Funston is the Hazardous Materials Processing Center, building 1930 — a facility that assists Fort Riley in meeting environmental requirements, saving the installation money and helping MORE
Paint products sit on a shelf at the Hazardous Materials Processing Center to be reissued to a unit or on-post organization for reuse after being previously turned in to the HMPC.

Privatized electricity, water, wastewater come to post

November 24, 2017 —      Fort Riley awarded two contracts to waste/wastewater and electric, making the utilities privatized in a movement to increase operational efficiency.       “We went through a long process starting in 2012,” said Jeff Williamson, Directorate of Public Works director.       The water and wastewater is combined into one contract and the electric MORE
Fort Riley’s water and wastewater infrastructure is run and operated by American States Utility Services for 50 years due to a newly awarded contract by the Directorate of Public Works.

SAFETY CORNER - Carbon monoxide; the silent killer

November 24, 2017 —      Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, colorless and highly toxic gas that causes sudden illness and death. It is found in combustion fumes such as those produced by automobiles, small gasoline engines and gas ranges or when kerosene, wood or charcoal is burned.       If appliances that burn fuel are maintained and used properly, the MORE

Observance celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month

November 24, 2017 —      In a Native American Indian Heritage ceremony hosted by 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, Sgt. 1st Class Mark White provided background and history Nov. 15 at the Barlow Theater. After he finished, he introduced the speaker and performer for the event, Dennis Lee Rogers, a tribal member of the Navajo Nation and dancer dressed in full MORE
Dennis Lee Rogers, a tribal member of the Navajo Nation and dancer dressed in full eagle feather regalia, performs during the Native American Indian History observance Nov. 15 at Barlow Theater.

Soldier reunites with family after return from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

November 24, 2017 —      Soldiers are accustomed to being apart from their families during deployments, but one “Dura­ble” brigade Soldier recently had more than distance between himself and his loved ones when hurricanes devastated the island territory of Puerto Rico this fall.     First Lieutenant Carlos Romero, disbursement officer with the 9th Financial Management MORE
First Lieutenant Carlos Romero, 9th Financial Management Sustainment Unit, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, holds his children Adriel, right, and Thais at Manhattan Regional Airport, Manhattan, Kansas, Sept. 28 after returning from a nine-month deployment to Honduras.

American Legion hosts annual ‘Big Red One’ Turkey Run

November 24, 2017 —      The atmosphere at the Warrior Transition Battalion clamshell was warm with the air of giving and thanks dur­ing the 10th annual American Legion “Big Red One” Turkey Run Nov. 18.      About 700 frozen turkeys, along with 15 different fix­ings to go with preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal, were given to Soldiers and families who are MORE
Braleigh Dale, 6, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Ronald, Anderson, 22nd Logistic Readiness Squadron from McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, helps distribute boxes of mashed potatoes to the attendees of the 10th annual American Legion “Big Red One” Turkey Run Nov. 18 at the Warrior Transition Battalion. Her parents also were at the same table volunteering with her.

Families gobble up, wobble back during 2-mile fun run

November 24, 2017 —      More than 110 people gath­ered at the Riley’s Conference Center trail on a cold and breezy afternoon Nov. 18 to feast and trot in this year’s Gobble Wobble 2-mile fun run.      Organized by Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Cashonda Barron, MWR recreation specialist, said this is her first time organizing the event, but MORE
Hayleigh Washington, operations assistant at Riley’s Conference Center, quickly pipes whipped cream onto slices of pumpkin pie as the first wave of runners approach the final food station of the fourth annual Gobble Wobble 2-mile fun run Nov. 18 at Riley’s Conference Center. The event offered five different Thanksgiving Day food stations along the course.

Seated volleyball assists with team spirit

November 24, 2017 —     The Warrior Transition Battalion held the second week Warrior Care Month seated volleyball game at building 675 Nov. 15. Thom Befort, occupational physical therapist, made an opening speech about the importance of adaptive reconditioning. Befort mentioned that adaptive reconditioning is for wounded Soldiers to participate in daily sports and MORE
Staff Sgt. Shawn Runnells, WTB Soldier, center holding the volleyball, participated in the game. The sport event was held at the WTB Gym Bldg. 675 for Warrior Care Month on Nov. 15. The WTB Soldiers played together in a team spirit way for physical and emotional recovery to transition or return to duty.

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