Fort Riley, Kansas

 

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By | December 23, 2009

We welcome you to enjoy Fort Riley's rich heritage depicted at various historic sites throughout the post. Many activities are open for tours at your leisure. Group tours for school-aged youngsters are available; please provide at least 45 days advanced notice to plan for you school's visit. Locations and activities available to torus are defined below.

 

Approval of requests is based on a legal review and Soldier availability.

 

 

LIMITED SIMULATOR AVAILABILITY

Due to continued demand for Soldier training and budgetary considerations, all simulators are now available only to ROTC, JROTC and distinguished visitors, and will not otherwise be available for use by civilian persons or groups. This includes Engagement Skills Trainers (EST), Close Combat Tactical Trainers (CCTT), and all aviation trainers. Fort Riley regrets this limitation but does so to make maximum and efficient use of Department of Defense and U.S. Army resources.

PLEASE NOTE: Effectively immediately the Fort Riley 30-day community request for support policy will be enforced. Community requests for support that are submitted inside of the 30-day window will be declined.

Requests should be submitted between 60 and 120 days prior to the event. Due to world affairs, Fort Riley's community support requests are extremely limited. We appreciate your understanding.

Requests submitted 31-59 days prior to the event are considered a late request and the following prcoedures must be used:

LATE REQUESTS

Requests should be submitted between 60 and 120 days prior to the event. Due to world affairs, Fort Riley's community support requests are extremely limited. We appreciate your understanding.

If a request is submitted less than 60 days from the date of the event, the following procedures must be used:

Write a separate letter of justification for the resources, explaining

• A summary of the request (what, when, where, why)

• Why the request is late

• Why the event cannot be rescheduled for a later date if Fort Riley support is critical to success

• Effect on the event if Fort Riley is unable to support the event.

The reason for the 60-day requirement is because the Army plans ahead and "locks in" training at least 45 days prior to execution. Requests for Army resources--tours, Soldier support, etc.--take several weeks to process. This includes putting the request into the proper format, reviewing for legal issues, coordinating with units to verify resource availability and officially tasking the unit for the requirement. Thus, 60 days is the lead time we need.

If the request does not meet the 60-day requirement, the PAO can return it without action. If the PAO determines that supporting the event is in the best interests of Fort Riley and the U.S. Army, PAO will process the request as a late request.

All late requests must be approved by the Division Chief of Staff. The letter of justification submitted by the requestor must be strong enough to outweigh disruption of unit training schedules; a decision not taken lightly by the Chief of Staff.

We hope that this information helps you understand the need for advance notice.

 

 

COMMANDING GENERAL'S MOUNTED COLOR GUARD

 

The Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard provides a link to Fort Riley's historic past. Troopers and horses of this unit are outfitted in the uniforms, accoutrements and equipment of the Civil War period.

 

Stable Tours

 

The stable is housed in the last cavalry training stable building with the original cobblestone floor. Located on Fort Riley's Main Post in Bldg. 275.

Please be advised: CGMCG Stable Tours and Demonstrations are only available to school tours, and will no longer be offered to adult or non-school guests. School representatives may schedule tours by submitting an official request, a DD fm 2536, Request for Military Support. Again, please provide at least 45 days advance notice to allow us to adequately plan for your school visit.

 

Encampment

The Commanding General's Color Guard Soldiers can set up encampments on post to showcase the history of westward expansion in the United States. Encampments include the chuck wagon and mules, tents, weapons, cooking utensils and other items that demonstrate living conditions of that time period.

Demonstration

 

The mounted demonstration is an exhibition of skill and precision required of a cavalry horse Soldier. It includes various drills and shows using the cavalry saber, .45-caliber revolver and the Springfield carbine. Demonstrations are available for groups larger than 50. Demonstrations last approximately 45 minutes and include an opportunity to meet the Soldiers and horses.

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TOURS

Historic Main Post

 

Visitors are welcome to tour main post. At this time, Fort Riley is available for self-guided walking and driving tours only. Pamphlets are available online on the Museums page.

Custer House

 

Quarters 24, located on Sheridan Avenue, is the only remaining set of officers quarters from the fort's construction in the mid-1850s. Originally, researchers believed Lt. Col. and Mrs. George A. Custer occupied the A-side but subsequent research indicates they lived in a "sister" set, Quarters 21, which were destroyed by fire and remodeled.

Furnishings date from the 1870s and 1880s and provide a glimpse of Army family life from a bygone era. Period rooms include a front parlor, dining room, kitchen, servant's room, family room and upstairs bedrooms.

The Custer House is open daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The house is closed during the fall and winter months, except by appointment. Docents are available for group tours by submitting an official request, which is a DD fm 2536, Request for Military Support.

 

Museums

 

The museums are free and open to the public. Community Relations coordination is only needed for groups larger than 20. Anyone may visit the museums during the hours listed below.

Fort Riley's museums help the public understand the historical relationship and contributions made by the Army to the history and development of the United States. In addition to the Custer House, the installation has two museums: the U.S. Cavalry Museum, Building 205, and the 1st Infantry Division Museum located in Building 207.

The U.S. Cavalry Museum is open Mon. through Sat. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sun. from noon to 4:30 p.m. It is closed on New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

The 1st Infantry Division Museum is open Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sun. from noon to 4 p.m. It is closed on New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

For more information about the museums, call (785) 239-2737.

 

First Territorial Capitol of Kansas

 

Step inside the First Territorial Capitol of Kansas where proslavery forces tried to guide the fate of Kansas Territory when the first territorial legislature convened in July 1855. Contemplate the territorial and national conflict over slavery and see how people lived on the Kansas frontier. In 1928, the building was rebuilt from its ruins by the Union Pacific Railroad.

The Capitol is a state-owned building. There is no fee to view the Capitol. The Capitol is open Friday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., March through November. Any other time, the capitol is open by appointment by calling the Geary County Historical Society at (785) 238-1666. Group tours must also be coordinated by calling the Geary County Historical Society. The capitol is also available for meetings for a fee.

 

PARK FACILITIES

 

The below parks are open to the public and do not require coordination through the Community Relations office.

 

Freedom Park
This park is located just outside Fort Riley off I-70 Exit 301. The world's largest "road able" cannon, known as the "Atomic Cannon," is on loan to the Junction City and Fort Riley area from the Smithsonian Institution and displayed in Freedom Park. The park also features several World War II era howitzers and an obsolete command truck vehicle. The park, which leads visitors up a steep hill, continues to be one of the area's military attractions dedicated to American Soldiers.

 

McCormick Park
McCormick Park, located off of McCormick Road (near Fort Riley's Grant Avenue Gate) is Fort Riley's largest park and includes several covered pavilions containing multiple picnic tables. This park also has playground equipment and single picnic table areas.

 

Wyman Park
Wyman Park, located at the intersection of Huebner Road and Dickman Avenue (across from the Main Post Shoppette) is the site of an old Union Pacific steam locomotive. Visitors may climb aboard and imagine riding the rails of the west. The park is equipped with playground equipment, tables and one covered pavilion with tables.

 

Moon Lake
Located on Pistol Range Road and just behind McCormick Park, Camp Moon Lake is suited for larger groups of picnickers. It features playground equipment, picnic tables, grills and large open recreation areas and shelter houses. The area is frequently used for camping by scouts and other youth organizations. There are no fees associated with camping at Moon Lake. While no reservations are needed, campers are encouraged to contact Community Relations to see if other groups are using the area that weekend. Call Community Relations at 239-2022 or 239-3358 or email.

If your group plans to use the Scout area, please contact Community Relations to see what other groups are scheduled to use that area. Call 239-2202 or 239-3358. If you plan to have a camp fire at Moon Lake, you must contact the Fort Riley Fire Department at (785) 239-4258 in advance.

There are no toilet facilities from Oct. 1 to April 1. Large groups are required to coordinate for their own portable toilets. Groups may contact (785) 461-5770 for portable toilets.

The faucets at Moon Lake do dispense potable water, although it looks slightly brown as it first dispenses. However, groups may want to bring their own drinking water.

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