Fort Riley, Kansas



‘Durable’ brigade continues community partnership through Color Guard

By Sgt. Tamara Thompson | 1ST INF. DIV. SUST. BDE. PUBLIC AFFAIRS | June 09, 2017

MANHATTAN, Kan. — A color guard from the 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade took part in the Manhattan High School graduation ceremony May 21 at Kansas State University’s Fred Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas.

     The 1st Inf. Div. Sust. Bde. is a community partner with Manhattan High School, and the unit takes part in ceremonies like this as well as other events throughout the year.

     The color guard presented the U.S. and Kansas state colors at the start of the ceremony and for the national anthem.

     Events like this are an opportunity to support the community and showcase the professionalism of the brigade, said Staff Sgt. Yehtut Aung, a team member of the color guard assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Inf. Div. Sust. Bde. This is Aung’s third event this year, but he said it is still early and there will likely be more to come.

     Support for events like this are not just limited to Manhattan High School.

     “During the 2016-17 school (year), over 200 military-connected students attended Manhattan High School,” said Sandra Johnson, school liaison officer for Fort Riley. “The USD 383 Manhattan- Ogden school district had approximately 900 military-connected students this school year.”

     Several units on Fort Riley work with schools in the Adopt A School Program, which assists in supporting children’s intellectual, physical and emotional growth, Johnson said. The 1st Inf. Div. Sust. Bde. assists with nine schools in the area.

     Other activities the units may support are school dances, assisting at sporting events and mentoring students. According to Johnson, some of the more popular events are reading to students, participating in career day and eating lunch with the students. It is not just the students that benefit from having the service members around, she said; Soldiers also get a chance to take a break from the day to day life of military work during their monthly visits.

     Through the partnership, schools get to return the favor and help support military events such as Military Family Appreciation Night and sending cards and goody boxes to deployed service members.