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U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley welcomes new commander July 13

July 22, 2016 —      Col. John Lawrence, the incoming commanding officer of the United States Army Garrison at Fort Riley, brings two things to his new position as Fort Riley’s garrison commander: the experience of both an enlisted man and noncommissioned officer and the expressed desire to serve the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley.      “Fort Riley and the MORE
Col. John Lawrence, incoming commander of the Fort Riley garrison, greets Command Sgt. Major Billy Counts, senior noncommissioned officer of the 97th Military Police Battalion, in the receiving line during the garrison change of command ceremony July 13 at Riley’s Conference Center. At right is administrative specialist Tara Pierce.

Col. Andrew Cole Jr. weathers one last storm before leaving Fort Riley

July 22, 2016 —      As the clouds rolled in and the rain poured the morning of July 13, Soldiers, civilians and family members prepared to bid farewell to Fort Riley’s outgoing garrison commander, Col. Andrew Cole Jr., and his wife, Charlotte, during a change of command ceremony at Riley’s Conference Center. Col. John Lawrence, the incoming garrison commander, MORE
Left to right, Command Sgt. Maj. James Collins, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley senior noncommissioned officer, Col. Andrew Cole Jr., outgoing garrison commander, Joe Capps, Installation Management Command Central Region director, and Col. John Lawrence, incoming garrison commander, prepare to conduct a change of command ceremony July 13 at Riley’s Conference Center.

‘Dagger’ brigade welcomes new leaders

July 22, 2016 —      After two years of serving as the commander of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Col. Miles Brown, along with Command Sgt. Maj. Larry H. Orvis Jr., relinquished command and responsibility to Col. David Gardner and Command Sgt. Maj. Craig A. Copridge July 15 at Cavalry Parade Field.      Under Brown’s command, the MORE
Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general, passes the brigade colors to Col. David Gardner, commander of 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., July 15 at a change of command and responsibility ceremony. Gardner took command from Col. Miles E. Brown, who led the brigade for two years.

Irwin Army Community Hospital welcomes new commander with ceremony

July 6, 2016 —      Soldiers and civilians officially welcomed Col. John Melton and bid farewell to Col. Risa Ware during a change of command ceremony for the Irwin Army Community Hospital June 23 at Cavalry Parade Field.      Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Tempel Jr., commanding general, Regional Health Command Central, presided over the ceremony.     In a traditional act MORE
Col. John Melton, left, receives unit colors from Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Tempel Jr., commanding general of Regional Health Command-Central, signaling the transfer of command of Irwin Army Community Hospital June 23 at Cavalry Parade Field.

‘Big Red One’ Soldier, family say goodbye to Fort Riley

August 21, 2015 — FORT RILEY, Kan. – His nameis Paul Funk and he is a “Big Red One” Soldier. It’s a sentiment heard often atthe 1st Infantry Division in the last two years – words that instilled pride innot only the Soldiers who echoed them, but also in community members who werereminded of their significance. That phrase rang out acrossFort Riley’s Cavalry Parade MORE
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jeffrey Price, right, commander of the 1st Inf. Div. Band, salutes Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, outgoing commander of the “Big Red One,” as he; Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., left; and Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, second from left, commander of III Corps and Fort Hood, inspect the troops during an Aug. 6 change of command ceremony at Fort Riley. During the ceremony, Funk relinquished command of the division to Grigsby.

‘Big Red One’ to bid farewell to commanding general

July 31, 2015 — After two years of servingas the commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, Maj.Gen. Paul E. Funk II is set to hand over command in a ceremony at 10 a.m.,Thursday, Aug. 6, at the post’s Cavalry Parade Field. Maj. Gen. Wayne W. GrigsbyJr. will assume command of the “Big Red One” at the event. Funk served as the 1st Inf.Div.’s MORE
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, outgoing commanding general of the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley, will next serve as assistant deputy chief of staff for operations and plans in Washington, D.C.

Mounted Color Guard under new command

July 21, 2015 — Leading the Commanding General’sMounted Color Guard represents a unique opportunity to honor military historyand preserve the legacy of the cavalry in a unique and meaningful way, its newcommander said last week. Capt. Casey Wolferelinquished the CGMCG colors to Capt. Casey Johnson during a July 7 ceremonyat the unit’s practice arena at Fort Riley. MORE
Capt. Casey Wolfe talks about the hard work of the CGMCG’s noncommissioned officers and troopers during his July 7 change of command at Fort Riley. Wolfe, a native of Tribune, Kansas, relinquished command of the ceremonial unit to Capt. Casey Johnson after two years of leadership.

‘Durables’ conduct change of command, casing ceremony

July 13, 2015 — “I am Col. Law, and I am a ‘BigRed One’ Soldier.” Col. Robert A. Law III firstspoke those when he took command of the 1st Infantry Division SustainmentBrigade two years ago, and he recited them again to conclude his command June10. After numerous assignmentswith the 1st Inf. Div., Law, along with Command Sgt. Maj. Tomeka N. O’Neal,relinquished MORE
Col. Robert A. Law III, outgoing commander of 1st Sust. Bde., 1st Inf. Div., and the ‘Durable’ brigade salutes while the national anthem is played during the change of command and responsibility ceremony June 10 at Fort Riley’s Cavalry Parade Field.

New company commander to continue care of Soldiers

June 26, 2015 — The Soldiers ofHeadquarters and Headquarters Company of the Fort Riley United States ArmyGarrison wished their commander well during a change of command ceremony June4. Capt. David Grindle assumedcommand. The incumbent, Capt. Daniel Bell, will move on to a new assignment atthe Command and General Staff Officer Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. MORE
Fort Riley Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole, Jr. speaks during the ceremony. “Remember,” Cole said, “Soldiers, their Families and our Army civilians are our greatest assets in the garrison; care for them each and every day.”

Big Red One preparing for leader changes

April 20, 2015 — Maj Gen. Paul E. Funk IIwill hand over command of the 1st Infantry Division later this year to Maj.Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr. The U.S. Army chief of staff announced March 30 thatGrigsby will serve as the next commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division andFort Riley. An infantryman with morethan 30 years of service, Grigsby is commander of MORE
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II

New commander takes charge of 97th MP Bn.

October 27, 2014 — Proven in battle – take charge.With those words, both Lt. Col.Kevin Comfort and Lt. Col. Alex Murray closed their remarks during a 97thMilitary Police Battalion change of command ceremony Oct. 3 at Fort Riley. “Today is a true day of celebrationas we celebrate the extraordinary leadership of Kevin Comfort and Alex Murrayand all the Soldiers of the MORE

IACH welcomes new commander

August 14, 2014 — Soldiers and civilians withIrwin Army Community Hospital officially welcomed Col. Risa Ware and bidfarewell to Col. Barry R. Pockrandt during a change of command ceremony July 16at Cavalry Parade Field. Brig. Gen. John M. Cho, commandinggeneral, Western Regional Medical Command, Joint Base Lewis-McChord,Washington, presided over the ceremony. In a MORE
Col. Risa Ware, left, receives unit colors from Brig. Gen. John M. Cho, commanding general, Western Regional MEDCOM, and becomes commander for IACH during a change of command ceremony July 16 at Cavalry Parade Field.

‘Dagger’ brigade changes command, responsibility

June 23, 2014 — After two years of servingas the commander of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division,Col. Jeffery Broadwater, along with 2nd ABCT Command Sgt. Major Shane Aki,relinquished command and responsibility to Col. Miles Brown, incoming 2nd ABCTcommander, and Command Sgt. Major Maurice Jackson, incoming command sergeantmajor, June 5 at MORE
Col. Miles Brown, incoming 2nd ABCT commander; Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley; and Col. Jeffery Broadwater, outgoing 2nd ABCT commander, conduct an inspection of troops on horseback June 5 at Cavalry Parade Field. Brown took command of the 2nd ABCT from Broadwater during a change of command ceremony.