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Culinary lab graduates 13 in advanced food preparation

September 15, 2014 — Soldiers with the 1stInfantry Division’s “Big Red One” Culinary Arts Team trained and graduated 13 Soldiersfrom their advanced culinary food preparation course Aug. 22 at Fort Riley. Food service professionals oftendeploy rapidly to areas all over the world with their assigned units. Due tothe loss of their skills, the Fort Riley Food Service Lab MORE
Sgt. Jeffrey Matthews, primary instructor, 1st Inf. Div. Culinary Arts Team and Fort Riley Food Service Lab, DHHB, 1st Inf. Div., left, helps Spc. Juan Campusano, 1st Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt., 1st CAB, prepare food for plating during the Fort Riley Food Service Lab graduation Aug. 22 at Fort Riley. Fort Riley Food Service Lab instructors teach Soldiers advanced food preparation techniques to bring back to their DFACs and as part of the Soldier for Life program. The Soldier for Life program offers a wide variety of training to help Soldiers transfer from military life to civilian life.

Protestant Women of the Chapel strive to reflect love in coming year

September 15, 2014 — It was a scene from “Wizard of Oz” as Protestant Women of theChapel board members introduced themselves during the fall 2014 kick-off eventAug. 19 at Victory Chapel. The theme forthe 2014 to 2015 board year is, “Living a Life That Reflects Christ’s Love.” The Fort RileyPWOC meets for praise, worship, prayer, fellowship and Bible study from 8:45 MORE
Stacy Myers, president, PWOC, prepares a table of food for the evening PWOC kick-off event Aug. 19 at Victory Chapel. The event was offered in the morning and evening, and allowed for an opportunity for new members to join and introduce themselves. The upcoming Bible studies were introduced and the new board members introduced themselves with a “Wizard of Oz” skit during the morning session.

IHG marks five years with Army

September 15, 2014 — Celebration was in the airAug. 20 at Fort Riley Candlewood Suites as International Hotel Groupscelebrated its five-year partnership with the Army. Hotel guests and others inattendance were treated to a cookout of hamburgers and hot dogs. Cake and icecream with sundae toppings was also served. “What you’re experiencingat this hotel today is a true MORE
Paul Oltmanns, manager, IHG Army hotels, Fort Riley, prepares chicken on the grill during the IHG 5-year celebration Aug. 20 just outside of the Candlewoods Suites at Fort Riley.

Finding ally when coping with change

September 15, 2014 — “Change is inevitable,”according to Carolyn Tolliver-Lee, Family Advocacy Program, Army CommunityService. Tolliver-Lee will beconducting three 90-minute workshops in September with the purpose of helpingindividuals “Get Ready for Change” and manage stress that may come with change.The workshops are scheduledfrom 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, 15, 22 and MORE

Federal Impact Aid depends on families doing survey forms

September 15, 2014 — Federal Impact Aid adds millionsof dollars to the annual funding of Unified School District 475 Geary County Schools,but only if the FIA survey forms are filled out and returned to the district. USD 475 students whose familiesare connected to Fort Riley should fill out a form for each child attendingschool in the district, said Janet Christian, the MORE

Spouses attend 4-day MRT session

September 15, 2014 — Several instructors covereda wide range of coping mechanisms during Master Resiliency Training Aug. 18 to21 at Army Community Service. Six Fort Riley spousesattended the training, which covered topics to help spouses increase theirability to manage personal and interpersonal situations. ACS provided someinstructors and others came from the MORE
Susan Goodman, Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Training Center, standing, listens to Kia Jensen’s, third from the right, answer a question about using constructive responses in interpersonal relationships. Goodman was wrapping up one block of instruction Aug. 21 during the quarterly MRT provided to Fort Riley spouses at ACS.

Fort Riley plays host to numerous wildlife species

September 15, 2014 — Snakescan strike fear in many people’s hearts. However, they don’t need to be seen asthe enemy at Fort Riley, according to a local biologist. It’simportant not to interfere with wildlife, said Mike Houch, threatened andendangered species biologist, Conservation Branch, Environmental Division, Directorateof Public Works, who also explained what to MORE
“A Pocket Guide to Fort Riley Hazardous Plants and Animals” sits on display Aug. 20 in a classroom at the Conservation Office, DPW. The guide is available to the public at DPW, Building 407 on Main Post.

‘BRO’ Band members to rock JCLT production

September 15, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – Five membersof the 1st Infantry Division Band will be playing when “Jesus Christ Superstar”takes the stage at the C.L. Hoover Opera House.Staff Sgt. Jason Ford and Spc.Harry Choin, Spc. Joel Dorsett, Spc. Dillon Johnson and Spc. Luis Alvarado willadd their musical talents to community musicians backing up the cast in therock opera MORE
From left to right, 1st Inf. Div. Band members Spc. Harry Choin, Spc. Luis Alvarado, Staff Sgt. Jason Ford and Spc. Dillon Johnson will play in the community band recruited for the upcoming JCLT’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Not pictured is Spc. Joel Dorsett, who will play trumpet.

COMMUNITY CORNER - Anniversary of 9/11 chance to honor all who have sacrificed

September 12, 2014 — Sept. 11, 2001, is a day inhistory that will never be forgotten. It changed our country, our world, life aswe knew it, and it has cost us the lives of many friends and family on thebattlefield. We will never forget thehorrific acts of terrorism that claimed 2,977 innocent lives on that day,including citizens of 90 countries from around the globe. MORE

‘Spare parts to spare ribs,’ Materiel commander visits post

September 12, 2014 — On post to visit the 1stInfantry Division and observe Army Materiel Command assets at Fort Riley, Gen.Dennis L. Via, commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command, visited with Soldiers andleaders Aug. 14. While on post, Via stopped at the 407th Army Field SupportBattalion headquarters, toured the “Big Red One” Materiel Redistribution Team, orBRO-MRT, and MORE
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley, shows Gen. Dennis L. Via, commander, USAMC, a display of “Big Red One” Medal of Honor recipients in the entryway of the division’s headquarters building Aug. 14 at Fort Riley.

‘Lifeline’ trains on convoy ops

September 12, 2014 — When the line units of the“Dagger” brigade – that is, the armor, cavalry, infantry, artillery andengineers – need life support, it’s the logistics professionals with the 299thBrigade Support Battalion they call. The 299th BSB has expertise and manpowerin the transportation, medical and mechanical fields frontline troops need to stayin the fight. MORE
Pvt. David Galaviz, combat medic, Co. C, 299th BSB, and an El Paso, Texas, native, waits prior to ‘ambushing’ Soldiers in the “Lifeline” battalion conducting tactical convoy operations Aug. 13 at Fort Riley.

‘Sandhogs’ validate new ASOC during FTX

September 12, 2014 — High speed, low drag –that’s the Air Force way of saying something is exceptionally effective. And the 10th Air SupportOperations Squadron, U.S. Air Force plans to show its new Air SupportOperations Center, or ASOC, is high speed, low drag during a field trainingexercise slated to wrap up Aug. 22. The ASOC will serve as thecommand and control hub MORE
Capt. Matt Zahler, air mobility liaison officer, 615th Contingency Operations Support Group, inspects the interior of a Humvee during the preparation phase of a 10th ASOS FTX Aug. 13 at Fort Riley.

Hoeffner set to retire after 41 years

September 12, 2014 — “It’s time to spend some qualitytime with my husband,” including some “Harley road trips,” said retiring DeputyGarrison Commander Linda Hoeffner Aug. 5. Hoeffner’s retirement ceremony is setfor Sept. 17, but her actual retirement date is in October. Hoeffner’s retirement comesafter 41 years of federal civil service at Fort Riley and a career that MORE

Soldiers graduate from Danger Voice

September 12, 2014 — The 1st Infantry Division trainedsignaleers to perform full-spectrum signal duties across their branch, and,upon completion, were awarded graduation honors for completing the Danger VoiceCertification Program, or DVCP, green level requirements. Directors of DVCPUniversity, Lt. Col P.K. Sayles and Sgt. Maj. James Jetton, organized theprogram, which MORE
Lt. Col. P.K. Sayles, DHHB, signal chief, 1st Inf. Div., and director, DVCP, explains the process of completing certification Aug. 8 at Fort Riley. Graduates start off accomplishing the green level and are able to return for bronze, silver and gold qualifications.

MPs exercise plans, procedures for future large-scale missions

September 12, 2014 — On the outside, a series ofinterlocking tents surrounded by barbed wire blended in with neighboringbuildings. On the inside, the tents were a hub of activity, as Soldiers withthe 97th Military Police Battalion executed a command post exercise Aug. 11 to15 at Camp Funston. The goal of the exercisewas two-fold. First was for the unit to exercise its MORE
Staff Sgt. Wayne Shoemaker, 287th MP Co., places an overlay on a map during a 97th MP Bn. CPX Aug. 14 at Camp Funston. Shoemaker was part of a white cell group that simulated unit activity during the exercise.

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