Fort Riley, Kansas



Jazz appreciation luncheon strikes chord

By Hannah Kleopfer | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | April 22, 2016

     Soldiers and staff laughed and danced as the 1st Infantry Division Band put on a show for members of the Warrior Transition Battalion April 13 at the Soldier and Family As­sistance Center.

     “Last year we started doing an annual thing with the 1st ID Band,” said Sally Sowell, SFAC director. “And it was so much enjoyed last year by both the band members and everybody here. So it’s also a way for all the staff, cadre and Soldiers in transition to all come together.”

     The food was free to WTB Soldiers and $5 for everyone else. The luncheon featured pulled pork sandwiches and music. The money from the event will go to the WTB.

     “Our fundraiser is to sup­port part of our Family Readi­ness Group program for the WTB,” said Staff Sgt. Mark Affeltranger, Community Care Unit, WTB. “There are a few things that go into it. It’s im­portant as far as our company level because it gets us our funds to do things such as awards and get-togethers and that sort of thing. But at the same time we like doing this for the WTB, which we’re a part of, because we like giving back to the Soldiers and giving them a variety of something we can do. So we make a decent meal that’s affordable for every­one to have.”

     Many people came through the event and sat outside in the warm weather on the patio of the SFAC, where the 1st Inf. Div. Band played a variety of hits.

     “The music thing is awe­some because it’s something out of the ordinary, and it’s people coming to support wounded warriors,” Affeltranger said.

     The event is also being used to get Soldiers more involved in what is happening on post.

     “We’re using this as a kick off to let the Soldiers and their families know that next week is the Hiring Heroes Career Fair,” Sowell said.

     The career fair, which took place at Riley’s Conference Center April 20, is an annual event that helps wounded, ill, injured and transitioning Sol­diers, veterans and their fam­ily members to network and find jobs with employers from the Department of Defense, fed­eral agencies and private sec­tor firms.