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COMMUNITY CORNER – Early diagnosis plays key role for families dealing with autism

April 1, 2016 —      April is Autism Awareness Month and the Center for Disease Control identifies around 1 in 68 American children as being on the autism spectrum. This is a ten-fold increase in the past 40 years. The increase may be partly due to improved diagnosis and awareness, but this only partly explains the increase.      Autism Speaks is a website that MORE

Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers, families celebrate holiday

December 25, 2015 — Christmas carols rang out across the Clamshell as Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers and their family members came together for a night of Christmas celebration Dec. 18. The annual two-day event, Project North Pole, featured a holiday party for the WTB families one evening and for other families the following night. “There’s nothing better than MORE

K-State Cheerleaders jump to host cheer camp

December 22, 2015 —      The gym at Whitside Fitness Center was full of purple pompoms and excited little girls. In honor of Military Family Month, some members of the Kansas State University cheerleading team came to Fort Riley Nov. 2 to host a cheer clinic for the youth in the community and surrounding areas.      Head cheer coach Dani Ruoff has been helping with MORE
Harlow Motta, 4, daughter of Rachel and 1st Lt. Stephen Motta, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, is lifted into a student by the K-State cheerleaders at the cheer clinic Nov. 2.  “I enjoy doing it for the kids,” said Dani Ruoff, K-State Head Cheer Coach.

Community members fill the streets of Main Post with neon lights

December 22, 2015 —      Neon lights filled the streets of Fort Riley’s Main Post Nov. 6 as the Glo Run was in full force. Soldiers, their families and members of the community gathered at the start line at 7:30 p.m. Ashanti Ellis Corbin, facility director for Robinson Fitness Center and co-organizer of the event, said this is the third year for the run at Fort Riley MORE
Participants of the Glo Run warmed up with Glo Zumba before the race began. More than 750 people attended the event, and participants were encouraged to bring canned food items and in exchange they were given one free glow stick. The canned food was donated to the Ogden Friendship House and Junction City Caring Place, Inc.

Corvias invites group to help military spouses to build new network systems

October 28, 2015 — Corvias Military Livingstaff brought Army Wife Network facilitators to Fort Riley Sept. 17 and 18 fora conference called Field Exercise: Battle Buddies. The goal was for military spousesto learn how to adjust to being an Army wife and finding friends and newnetwork systems. The workshop was an eventwhere wives of the Fort Riley Soldiers came MORE
Tara Crooks, Cofounder of Army Wife Network, talks to the women at the conference about their Battle Buddies: Self-Discovery workshop.

Theme lunch begins Spouses Club year

October 28, 2015 — Members of the Fort Riley SpousesClub began the new club year with a “The Price Is Right” themed luncheon Sept.17 on tables covered with gold, red and glitter Price Is Right decorations includingmini prize wheels at Riley’s Conference Center. The club is a group for spouseswho share similar experiences to meet and develop friendships. “I just like MORE
Ladies at the luncheon playing “The Price Is Right” games and estimating the price of the fall decorations in the hands of Misty Waits, 2nd Vice President of the Spouses Club.

Post’s 6th Annual Dove Hunt is a family affair

October 1, 2015 — The Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group’s6th Annual Dove Hunt Sept. 4 was a hit among hunters of all ages. Soldiers brought family andpets out to kick off the hunting season. Fort Riley’s annual hunt is modeledafter a similar successful hunt event at Fort Leavenworth. Melanie Kaldor, spouse ofMaj. Jacob Kaldor, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st MORE
Lt. Col. Clint Tracy, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and his family practice patience as they wait to catch sight of doves. Tracy brought his kids Jackson, 5, and Taylor, 7, out to enjoy their first ever bird hunt.

USO brings country star Kellie Pickler to the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley

August 28, 2015 — Spc. Daxton McDaniel, 1st SupportMaintenance Company, 1ID Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, thoughtAug. 18 was going to be a regular Tuesday until he received a text message fromhis platoon sergeant the night before asking if he wanted to have lunch withKellie Pickler at the Cantigny Dining Facility. “I just thought it wasgoing to be MORE
Kellie Pickler greets Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, toward the end of her performance Aug. 18 at Hanger 833 at Marshall Army Airfield.  Pickler invited Big Red One Soldiers on stage to sing the Big Red One song.

‘Devil’ providers recharge during caregiver event

August 28, 2015 — Chaplains, religiousaffairs specialists and medical providers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team,1st Infantry Division, took time out of their schedules to participate in thebrigade’s Care for the Caregiver event Aug. 14 at the Whitside Fitness Center. Attendees spent the morningparticipating in activities like climbing the fitness center’s MORE
Chaplain (Maj.) Michael McDonald, spiritual leader, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., climbs into a giant bubble as he prepares to play bubble soccer Aug. 14 at the Whitside Fitness Center on Fort Riley, Kansas. Chaplains, religious affairs specialists and medical providers took time out of their schedules to participate in the brigade’s Care for the Caregiver event.

School spirit on display at Cosmic Bingo Night

August 20, 2015 — Cosmic Bingo School SpiritNight brought in a small but enthusiastic crowd. The event was held Saturday, Aug.8 at Rally Point, and started at 7 p.m. with doors opened at 6 p.m. The ticketswere $15, which included a bingo package and “swag”. There were cash prizes,drink specials, Minute to Win It games and costumes were encouraged. The eventwas open MORE
From left, military spouses Britney Bowen, Ericka Lewis and Angela Segura all came decked out in back-to-school gear to the Cosmic Bingo School Spirit Night Aug. 8 at Rally Point.

Breastfeeding best choice for mother, baby health, experts say

August 12, 2015 — The military mother who wantsto keep breastfeeding her baby after a return to duty should be encouraged bythe fact that breastfeeding is the natural way to feed her baby. It advances a baby’s physicaland mental growth and development, and also benefits the mother’s health. In fact, Aug. 1 through 7was World Breastfeeding Week, a combined effort MORE

MWR, USO team up to provide fun for all

August 12, 2015 — Staff Sgt. Carlos Cruz, CompanyB, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and his family shook a blanket beforelaying it over the freshly cut grass where they then sat and ate their hotdogs andchips while facing Fort Riley’s Moon Lake. The hotdogs and chips weresupplied by the USO MORE
A volunteer from the Fort Riley USO serves Sgt. Ronald Davis, Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and his family at the No Dough Dinner July 31 at Moon Lake.

CYSS youth finish baseball, softball seasons

August 12, 2015 — Are you ready for somebaseball? How about softball? The Fort Riley Cubsbaseball team and the girls Outrageous Donuts softball team sure were. Theyplaced second and third in their respective brackets in postseason play inmid-July. The two teams were productsof the Child, Youth & School Services athletic programs. The Cubs, comprised of youngsters11 MORE
The Outrageous Donuts team took third place in the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Pluto League postseason tournament. Players included Ciara Alvarado, Jada Anderson, Mallory Baldwin, Megan Bowman, Heaven Devenport, Madison Garrison, McKenzie Garrison, Paige Korman, Veronika Lorentsen, Mia Mackinnon, Roslyn Vaughn, Hannah Bourland, Kortney Shuler, Ally Sears, Amaya Saunders and Gianna Magallanes.

Ladies Night event paints flowers, fun

July 21, 2015 — About 20 womeneach picked up their number 10 brush and dipped it into the light green acrylicpaint each had near them. They were instructed to use this color to paint overthe vague white shapes of lily pads already on their canvases. They laughed asthey continued to paint throughout the evening at the first Cocktails andCanvases event this month MORE
Melissa Lesondak, wife of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ben Lesondak, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Inf. Div., and painting instructor for Cocktails and Canvases, shows participants how to paint the different components of the water lily and lily pad scene July 2 at Rally Point.

Inaugural Watermelon Crawl offers a little something for everyone

July 21, 2015 — Kylee Wilkins, niece ofAmanda Tobin, wife of Spc. Anthony Tobin, Headquarters and Headquarters Company,1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade CombatTeam, 1st Inf. Div., swung a hammer smashing a watermelon all over the groundat the inaugural Watermelon Crawl July 11 at Custer Hill Pool. The Watermelon Crawl MORE
Staff Sgt. Andrew Scarborough, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., participates in one of the watermelon eating contests, coming in second place for ages 12 and older, at the Watermelon Crawl July 11 at Custer Hill Pool.

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