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Veronica Lane watches as her husband, Sgt. 1st Class David Lane, hugs their children, 12-year-old McKenzie and 9-year-old Zachary, for the first time in nine months March 7 at Fort Riley. Lane, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, returned to Fort Riley after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait. “My babies, my babies,” he said as he held his children.
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Col. Allen T. Cassell (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen M. Harris case the colors of the 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade in Kuwait, which signified the transferring of its authority to the 17th Sustainment Brigade, during a March 3 ceremony at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. During its nine-month tour, the 1st Inf. Div. Sust. Bde. oversaw the transport and issue of more than $1 billion worth of military equipment for Iraqi allies to use in its fight against Daesh, also known as ISIS.
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Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr. and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph C. Cornelison, 1st Infantry Division command team, welcome 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade Soldiers home as they step off a bus March 7 at Fort Riley. Soldiers from the “Durable” brigade served nine months in Kuwait, and were responsible for planning, oversight and resources for troops in five countries and 13 locations.
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Soldiers from the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, conducted gunnery training at Fort Riley March 2 to 6. The unit trains at Fort Riley about once a month year-round. “It’s the only regional area we have that we can shoot these (training) tables,” said Lt. Col. Jason Nelson, battalion commander. “Fort Riley is very accommodating. We really appreciate the support they give us.”
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Manhattan Mayor Karen McCulloh will be the guest speaker for a National Women’s History Month observance at Fort Riley March 16, 2016.
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Community partners and staff of 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley conducted an Integrated Table Top Exercise on March 9, 2016 at the Joint Operations Center, 1st Infantry Division Headquarters. Participants included 1ID G3, Unit LNOs; DES Police; DES Fire; DPTMS Ops & Plans; DPTMS
Emergency Management; DPTMS Airfield; PAO; DHR; DFMWR; DPW; GSO; RMO; PAIO; Garrison Chaplain; USAG SJA; LRC; NEC; CPAC; MICC; The Exchange; DeCA; Corvias Military Living; American Red Cross; MEDDAC; USO Fort Riley; ARNORTH Region VII; KS JFHQ; Riley County; Junction City Fire Dept.; Manhattan Fire Dept.; USD 475; Union Pacific; and Kansas Search & Rescue Dog Team. 
The purpose of the exercise was preparedness for severe spring or summer weather, facilitating networking amongst staff and with partners and review and improvement of procedures.
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The 116th Military Police Company Personal Security Detachment Team led by Sgt. 1st Class Mylls Cheffey provides security for senior officers of Central Command while traveling around countries within their area of responsibility.  Recently, the team supported travel to Afghanistan for Gen. John F. Campbell’s Change of Command, the Commander for NATO International Security Assistance Force.  Cheffey and his team received coins from Campbell in recognition of their support.
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The staff of the Directorate of Public Works’ Environmental Division was host to between 50 and 55 Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers Feb. 24.  The group was introduced to the mission of the Environmental Division with a briefing by Fish and Wildlife Biology technician Steve Wahle, then boarded buses for a tour of Fort Riley.  The tour consisted mainly of areas in which the Environmental Division are working to manage habitats of a wide number of species on post.  The group also received on-site briefings concerning prairie management, efforts that include prairie restoration, control of a variety of foliage and long-term fire protection.  “These (the group) are all natural resource professionals with the Army Corps of Engineers,” said R.J. Harms, project manager of Milford Lake.  “This tour is part of a week’s worth of natural resources and ranger conferences.”
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The staff of the Directorate of Public Works’ Environmental Division was host to between 50 and 55 Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers Feb. 24.  The group was introduced to the mission of the Environmental Division with a briefing by Fish and Wildlife Biology technician Steve Wahle, then boarded buses for a tour of Fort Riley.  The tour consisted mainly of areas in which the Environmental Division are working to manage habitats of a wide number of species on post.  The group also received on-site briefings concerning prairie management, efforts than include prairie restoration, control of a variety of foliage and long-term fire protection.  “These (the group) are all natural resource professionals with the Army Corps of Engineers,” said R.J. Harms, project manager of Milford Lake.  “This tour is part of a week’s worth of natural resources and ranger conferences.”
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Col. Roseann Grob was promoted Friday, March 4, at Garrison Headquarters, Fort Riley, Kansas.  Grob is a U.S. Army government civilian employee at Fort Riley's Internal Review and Audit Compliance office and a Reserve officer in Columbia, South Carolina.  Throughout her career, she has worked as an enlisted soldier, an officer, a civilian, a Guardsman and Reservist.  Grob's two brothers and two sisters from Wisconsin were able to attend the ceremony with their families; one brother was unable to attend due to farming commitments in Wisconsin.  This is the first time Grob's family has been able to attend one of her promotion ceremonies.  Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby, Jr. Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, officiated the promotion ceremony.  Col. Andrew Cole, Jr., Fort Riley Garrison Commander, and Grigsby pinned the rank.
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Soldiers from the 97th Military Police Battalion trained with members of the Fort Riley Police Department for a law enforcement academy Feb. 19. James Fitzhenry, training officer for Directorate of Emergency Services, said during the 2-week academy, Soldiers learn the use of radar, responding to a variety of calls and how to conduct traffic stops effectively.
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Pvt. Taylor Layton, 977th Military Police Company, 97th MP Battalion, practices room clearing during the law enforcement academy at Fort Riley Feb. 19.
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Pfc. Jordan Newman, 287th Military Police Company, 97th MP Battalion, takes direction from Staff Sgt. Eric Fitzsimmons, 73rd MP Company, during the law enforcement academy at Fort Riley Feb. 19. At military police school, Soldiers learn a mixture of combat and law enforcement tactics. This opportunity lets them build upon their law enforcement knowledge before working the roads.
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Capt. Patrick Copeland, center, assistant brigade plans officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, prepares to apply a tourniquet to a simulated casualty as graders observe during Expert Infantryman Badge testing Feb. 6 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Copeland went on to earn his EIB.
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Sgt. 1st. Class Jason Harris Sr., left, promotes his son, Pfc. Jason Harris Jr., by pinning the new rank on his patrol cap during a ceremony Jan. 23 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Both father and son are deployed to Kuwait with the 299th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
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Pfc. Margarita Hernandez, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, coats beignets with butter while Spc. Gerald Geffrard, center, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st CAB, and Pvt. Lomandy Matug, 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 1st CAB, make other meal preparations Feb. 4 at Fort Riley’s Food Service Lab.
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