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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.

Decade’s first dining out for Warrior Transition Battalion

August 23, 2017 —      The Warrior Transition Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, held their first dining out at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Junction City, Kansas, Aug. 5. Sgt. 1st Class. Jennifer Cox, force protection noncommissioned officer for the 1st Inf. Div. Sust. Bde., spoke about her experience of having a brain tumor removed while MORE
Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Cox, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, speaks at the 1st Warrior Transition Battalion Dining Out Aug. 5 at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Junction City, Kansas. Cox was the guest speaker for the first WTB dining out in 10 years.

Honoring Warrior Care Month with basketball, volleyball

November 18, 2016 —      November is Warrior Care Month, and the staff at the Warrior Transition Battalion have assembled a month of events geared toward each aspect of a Soldier’s recovery.      For the second week of the month, the WTB focused on adaptive sports by hosting wheelchair basketball and seated volleyball games Nov. 7 and 8 at the Whitside Fitness Center. MORE
Jill Sump, right, an occupational therapist for the Warrior Transition Battalion, reaches for the basketball in a turnover during the game at the Fort Riley Whitside Fitness Center Nov. 7.

Quilts of Valor organization distributes quilts, comfort to Soldiers of Warrior Transition Battalion

October 7, 2016 —      The clamshell at the Warrior Transition Battalion echoed with sounds of women’s voices, laughter and tears as 45 volunteers from the Minnesota chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation arrived at Fort Riley’s Soldier and Family Assistance Center Sept. 29 to distribute more than 600 quilts to the Soldiers of the Warrior Transition Battalion. MORE
Vonnie Gunderson presents Master Sgt. Lisa Kirk, Warrior Transition Battalion, with her quilt at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center clamshell Sept. 29.

Soldier from Fort Riley Warrior Transition Battalion takes Invictus Games silver

June 14, 2016 —      An injury can be life-altering for some, but Staff Sgt. Ashley Anderson, Warrior Transi­tion Battalion, isn’t letting hers slow her down.      Anderson recently brought home the silver medal in shot put and discus from the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida, an international wounded warrior competition started by Prince Henry of Wales, also MORE
Fort Riley was represented at the Invictus games by Staff Sgt. Ashley Anderson, an internment - resettlement specialist assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion. She is shown with Prince Henry of Wales, during the Invictus Games, May 8 to 12 in Orlando, Florida. Anderson, a native of Winnebago, Minnesota, threw the discus 23.78 meters and the shotput 9.61 meters, earning her a silver medal in both events.

WTB dives in to ‘Discover Scuba’

January 13, 2015 — Jeff Freeborn and hisbusiness partner, Tray Green, have no problems teaching scuba diving in Kansas.In fact, the largest problem is being nowhere near fresh water. In order tomake up for the lack of bodies of water in Kansas, Freeborn and Green use LongFitness Center pool to teach their diving lessons. Freeborn co-owns the companyFlatland Divers, MORE
Members of the first “Discover Scuba” class pose for a group photo. About five WTB Soldiers were involved in the December session of the class.

Post athletes win medals at Warrior Games

November 13, 2014 — Eleven medals clung around thenecks of three Fort Riley athletes as they discussed their experience at theWarrior Games, which was Sept. 28 to Oct. 4 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “It was definitely one ofthe coolest life experiences I’ve ever had, especially being a wounded warrior,”said Sgt. Scotty Hasting, Warrior Transition Battalion. The MORE
Warrior Games athletes and coaches from Fort Riley pose Oct. 16 inside their training area at Fort Riley with the medals they won from the recent Warrior and Invictus games.

Wounded warriors reel in healing at fishing tourney

July 30, 2014 — Several Soldiers from theWarrior Transition Battalion participated in a fishing tournament June 26 to 29in Sargent, Texas. The eighth annual SargentTournament of Heroes event was hosted by the non-profit corporation, Patriot andHeroes Outdoor Adventures. Once a year the fishingcommunity of Sargent, Texas, invites wounded warriors to fish and enjoy MORE
Staff Sgt. Todd Mattila, WTB, right, and Spc. Michael Pearce, WTB, left, enjoy the view as they are ferried out into inter-costal waters of Texas for their day of fishing. The two Fort Riley Soldiers participated in the Eighth Annual Sargent Tournament of Heroes fishing trip June 26 to 29 in Sargent, Texas.

WTB receives wheelchair donation

May 19, 2014 — Local and state representativesof two national service organizations recently donated a motorized wheelchairto the Fort Riley Warrior Transition Battalion. Representatives of the FoodIndustry Serving Heroes, or FISH, and the American Legion presented the gift ata small April 14 ceremony at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center. FISH is a MORE
Sally Sowell, far left, and Lt. Col. Eric Schmidt, commander, WTB, second from left, accept a motorized wheelchair on behalf of the WTB from leaders of FISH and the American Legion during a recent ceremony.