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Curator shares history of ‘Big Red One’

November 10, 2017 — MANHATTAN, Kan. — In a room full of brass, senior noncommissioned officers, military partners and liaisons and notable leaders in and surrounding the Fort Riley community, Robert Smith, director of the Fort Riley Museum Division, shared the history and traditions of the 1st Infantry Division in the form of a lesson, but he didn’t stop at that.     MORE
Robert Smith, director of the Fort Riley Museum Division, speaks to the crowd during the Military Relations Committee luncheon at Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kansas, Nov. 1. His presentation was delivered in the form of a history lesson and he shared several little-known historical facts with the attendees.

Captain’s love for history on display

September 15, 2017 —      History aficionado Capt. Robert Cogan, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, spends most of his time volunteering at the Fort Riley Museums.      Robert became actively involved in the Army museum system such as National Armor and Cavalry Heritage Foundation museum at Fort Benning, MORE
Capt. Robert Cogan, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, with his wife, Chelsea, dresses up in World War I uniform and costume at the centennial ceremony of United States’ entry into World War I at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, April 6.

Vets honor anniversary of Battle of the Bulge

February 7, 2017 —      Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge and World War II, along with family members and supporters, met Jan. 28 to honor the 72nd anniversary of the battle and hold their annual meeting at the American Legion in Manhattan, Kansas.      A group of Battle of the Bulge veterans and supporters hold the annual meeting. They also hold educational MORE
Arnold Debrick, a veteran of World War II, tells a story of his experience during the war to attendees of the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge meeting Jan. 28 at the American Legion in Manhattan, Kansas. The annual meeting is held to honor the service of all of those past and present who fought in the battle and educate the public about the battle itself.

Tiptoeing through history of Fort Riley

November 11, 2016 —      More than 20 people of all ages ventured through the Fort Riley Cemetery to hear the history of some of those resting there as told by Robert Smith, director of the museum division, Nov. 6 during Tip Toe through the Tombstones, hosted by members of the Historical and Archeological Society of Fort Riley.      The 45-minute walking tour took MORE
Robert Smith, director of the Fort Riley Museum Division, gestures to the grave of Mary Rogers, who died of cholera during the 1855 epidemic at Fort Riley, in the Fort Riley cemetery while leading a tour group Nov. 6 for Tip Toe through the Tombstones hosted by members of the Historical and Archeological Society of Fort Riley. Smith relayed the stories of several individuals resting in the cemetery and provided details on the cemetery history.

Civil War drawings provide glimpse into Union Soldiers’ lives

September 16, 2016 —      Officers of the 1st Infantry Division and staff of the Fort Riley Museum Division gathered for the opening of a Civil War era display at the Beach Museum of Art Sept. 9 at Kansas State University.      The display consists of a collection of drawings, uniforms, books and more from artists who were embedded with Union Soldiers during the Civil MORE
Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, left, 1st Infantry Division deputy commanding general, and his wife Jennifer Frank admire a piece from the Civil War exhibit at the opening of the Civil War exhibit Sept. 9 at the Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University. Pieces from the exhibit are being divided between the Beach museum and the U.S. Cavalry Museum on Fort Riley.

World War II history center staff bring history to life with reenactors

September 16, 2016 —      The World War II History Center staff brought living history to Artillery Parade Field on Fort Riley Sept 10. Among those who represented the museum were Erik Runge, the executive director and foundation president, Neil Suter, who acts as either and American or German soldier for living history exhibits, Retired Sgt. 1st Cass Brendan Cordero; MORE
Retired Sgt. 1st Class Brendon Cordero stands next to Sgt. Christopher Smith, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, reenacted the roles of World War II soldiers at Fall Apple Day Festival Sept. 10. The unit is from the World War II museum in El Dorado, Kansas.

First Infantry Division Soldiers honor Bataan survivors at Death March

April 1, 2016 —     More than 6,600 marchers, including a team from the 1st Infantry Division, attended the March 20 Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, honoring those who endured the Bataan Death March.     Teams included one from the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regi­ment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry MORE
Participants march along the route of the 27th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, March 20.

First-year Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets visit museum

December 14, 2015 — Captains Thomas Wasner and Sam Flaming, instructors of the Kansas State University’s Army ROTC program, es­corted 25 first-year Army ROTC cadets for a museum tour and professional devel­opment lecture at the U.S. Cavalry Mu­seum on Oct. 20 as part of their military science class. The students who attended the lab at the museum are all freshman and MORE
First-year Army ROTC cadets pose at the Fort Riley Museum during a visit Oct. 20 as part of their Military Science class. Captains Thomas Wasner and Sam Flaming, instructors of the Kansas State University’s Army ROTC program, escorted 25 cadets for a museum tour and professional develop¬ment lecture at the U.S. Cavalry Museum.

A chat with Libbie Custer

September 16, 2015 — Members of the Fort Riley communitygot some insight into the life of Libbie Custer, wife of Bvt. Maj. Gen. George ArmstrongCuster, Aug. 24.  The Historical andArchaeological Society of Fort Riley President Sara Devine started thehistorical chats after being inspired by Fort Leavenworth’s talk series.  “I want the community to havethe opportunity to MORE
Marla Matkin, as Libbie Custer, speaks to audience members during her Aug. 24 performance.  She has been performing as Mrs. Custer for more than 20 years.

Kansas Capitols

August 12, 2015 — Topeka, Kansasis home to one of the most beautiful capitols in the country. It is locateddowntown on twenty acres and is the state’s most important architecturaltreasure. As you climbthe spiral staircase you can view historic graffiti, the capitol building canbe toured by visitors. They can take a 1923 cage elevator to the 5th floor andbegin a tour MORE
The first Kansas territorial capitol located on Fort Riley, originally the town of Pawnee.

History, attractions in Hometown Fort Riley

July 15, 2015 — Fort Riley is an activemilitary installation.  The number of familyfriendly events, activities and sites on the post make it a hometown worthy ofany local destination.  Located in the Flint Hills,Fort Riley is home to three museums, a bowling alley, a golf course, a movietheater and many other family friendly attractions for little to no cost. MORE
At Huebner Road across from Whitside Fitness Center, sits the First Capitol of Kansas, an historical site.  It is open between April and October.  Hours of operation are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.  For more information about this historic site, call 785-784-5535.

Post museums will receive upgrades

December 9, 2014 — Fort Riley’s two museums, theU.S. Cavalry Museum and the 1st Infantry Division Museum are on their way tomajor upgrades in 2015.  The Center for Military Historyawarded Fort Riley Museums designing contracts to start planning a completeredesign on the existing facilities.  “We need to keep thehistory and traditions of the Army alive, and the best MORE
The main entrance of the Cavalry Museum is pictured in this undated photo. The museum is scheduled to receive major updates in 2015.

GALLOPING CAREER: Speaker talks about Commanche’s legacy

December 8, 2014 — Many may be familiar with Chief,the horse who is buried in the cavalry field by the Custer House. But there isanother popular horse that many may not be as familiar with – Comanche.  The Historical andArchaeological Society of Fort Riley hosted a historic chat Nov. 17, led by RobKornacki, a retired Army lieutenant, who was previously stationed at MORE
Retired 1st Lt. Rob Kornacki notes Comanche as one of the most interesting horses to ever aid in battle during a Nov. 17 Historical Chat series, hosted by HASFR.

‘BRO’ remembers fall of Berlin Wall

November 21, 2014 — Editor’s Note: Nov. 9 marked the 25thanniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany. From the end of World WarII until the collapse of the Soviet Union, the “Big Red One” played a significantrole in insuring the security of Western Europe. From 1945 to 1955, the 1st InfantryDivision remained on German soil assisting with the reconstruction MORE
A portion of the Berlin Wall sits in the 1st Inf. Div.’s Victory Park, located next to division headquarters.

‘Demons’ take step back in time during WWI museum visit

November 21, 2014 — KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Leaderswith the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division visited theNational World War I Museum Oct. 30 in Kansas City to analyze the world’ssocial and political climates in the early 1900s and compare that to today’sclimate. “We are here to discuss howthe 1st Inf. Div. found itself as one of the first American MORE
Maj. Nathaniel Babb, HHC, 1st CAB, studies pieces from WWI aviation history Oct. 30 at the National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Mo. The trip to the museum was part of the brigade’s leader development program, during which participants studied the similarities between the world’s culture before “The Great War” and today.

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