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‘Raiders’ conduct readiness exercise

October 22, 2014 — The call came in on a Monday.Soldiers with the 977th Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalionhad 72 hours to deploy. It was part of an EmergencyDeployment Readiness Exercise, or EDRE, designed to assess the unit’s speed andthoroughness in preparing for deployment, which ran from Sept. 23 to 24 at FortRiley. “(The EDRE is) a tool MORE
Sgt. Kip Fairley, 977th MP Co., 97th MP Bn., directs vehicles as they arrive at the field during an EDRE Sept. 23 at Fort Riley. The exercise is designed to assess the unit’s speed and thoroughness in preparing for deployment.

K-State men’s basketball team, “First Lightning” continue partnership

October 22, 2014 — NCAA Division I basketballplayers teamed with 1st Infantry Division artillerymen Sept. 25 at Fort Rileyto get insight into the big booms keeping Manhattan residents up lately. Players and staff with theKansas State University Men’s Basketball Team visited Soldiers from theirpartner unit, the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd MORE
K-State Men’s Basketball Team player Javon Thomas, right, talks to a Paladin crewmember with the 1st Bn., 7th FA Regt., Sept. 25 at a Fort Riley range. Players from the men's basketball team visited Soldiers from the battalion, their partner unit, and helped them fire the Paladins' Howitzers.

‘Demon’ brigade welcomes new top NCO

October 22, 2014 — The 1st Combat Aviation Brigade,1st Infantry Division welcomed a new senior noncommissioned officer in anassumption of responsibility ceremony Sept. 15 at Fort Riley. Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Heltonassumed a vacant spot as the top NCO for the brigade. Helton, a Santa Clarita, California,native, is coming from within the brigade, where he recently MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen H. Helton, senior NCO, CAB, speaks during his assumption of command ceremony Sept. 15 at Fort Riley. The ceremony officially recognized Helton as the brigade’s senior enlisted Soldier, a position he’s held on an interim basis since April.

Community memorializes World War II hero, longtime Junction City resident

October 22, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – He was manythings to many people – a husband, father, thorn in the side of the Nazi army.Bill Stahl, who left Junction City to take part in the Battle of the Bulge andlater returned to his hometown to open a law practice, died Sept. 15 at ValleyView Senior Life, Junction City. He was 89. Stahl was memorializedSept. 22 at the First MORE
Junction City native Bill Stahl holds up a photo of himself during his Army years March 31. Stahl fought in the Battle of the Bulge where he and two-thirds of his battalion were captured by German forces.

‘Pale Riders’ go aerial with Raven

October 22, 2014 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait –Soldiers with the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade CombatTeam, 1st Infantry Division participated in unmanned aerial system operators trainingSept. 1 at Udairi Range, Kuwait. The Raven is a small, lightweightUAS resembling a model airplane that can be hand-launched and remotely controlledfrom the ground MORE
Spc. Christopher Bartholomew, reconnaissance scout, HHT, 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., center, prepares to launch a small UAS, known as a Raven, Sept. 11 at Udairi Range, Kuwait.

‘Black Lions’ represent ‘Big Red One’ in Long Range competition

October 22, 2014 — FORT BENNING, Ga. – Three“Black Lions” shooters walked away with numerous Top 10 awards Sept. 8 to 11 atthe 2014 U.S. Army Long Range Championships at Fort Benning. The event washosted by the Army Marksmanship Unit. The Soldiers are all with Headquartersand Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry BrigadeCombat MORE
Sgt. Michael Ross, 1st Bn., 28th Inf. Regt., background right, identifies a target as Sgt. Zachary Spicer, HHC, 1st Bn., 28th Inf. Regt., foreground, shoots down a 1,000-meter target in the service class shooting event during the U.S. Army Long Range Championships, hosted by AMU, Sept. 8 to 11 at Fort Benning, Ga.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, screening important

October 22, 2014 — Irwin Army Community Hospitalencourages all retirees, Soldiers, spouses and dependents to make a yearlyphysical exam appointment. Women, 40 years and older, should receive a mammogramscreening yearly. Breast Cancer is the secondleading cause of cancer-related deaths in women. A woman’s chance of developingbreast cancer increases with age. The MORE

Month highlights actions to conserve energy

October 22, 2014 — The Federal Energy ManagementProgram has renamed Energy Awareness Month to Energy Action Month. The purpose ofthe Energy Action Month is to emphasize and highlight actions that can be takento conserve energy. The campaign is aDepartment of Energy and FEMP initiative. FEMP is calling on federal workers totake action and empower leadership, MORE

FES reminds residents smoke alarms save lives

October 22, 2014 — Working smoke alarms canmake a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’sFire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours EveryMonth.” Along with firefighters andsafety advocates nationwide, Fort Riley Fire and Emergency Services is joiningforces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection MORE

LRC moves tons of households during peak season

October 22, 2014 — Nearly every militaryservice member experiences a Permanent Change of Station at some point. At the heart of allmilitary moves is the Logistical Readiness Command. LRC is more instrumental toexecuting each military move than most Soldiers and families realize, accordingto Gregory Paine, chief of personal property, LRC. While even a life-longservice MORE

Navy JROTC cadets get taste of ‘Dagger’ style at Fort Riley

October 22, 2014 — Cadets with Willard High School’sNavy JROTC program experienced a taste of Army life and the M1A2 Abrams tank duringa Sept. 19 visit to Fort Riley’s Douthit Range Complex. “It’s good for them to getout here and get a better view of the Army before they join,” said Sgt. WilliamHobza, M1 tank gunner, 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored MORE
Cadets with Missouri’s Willard High School Navy JROTC line up at Fort Riley’s Douthit Range Complex for a view inside the turret of a M1A2 Abrams tank and to ask questions of Sgt. William Hobza, tank crewman, 1st Bn., 63rd Armor Regt., center, on the capabilities and the items inside Sept. 19 at the Douthit Range Complex. The 2nd ABCT hosted the cadets’ as a part of 1st Inf. Div.’s community engagement program with local and regional partners.

Getting help: Domestic violence awareness and support

October 22, 2014 — Domestic violence is aserious problem in both the Army and civilian worlds. It is an offense under theUniform Code of Military Justice and is illegal in all U.S. states andterritories. According to the Departmentof Defense, domestic violence includes assault, battery, threats to injure or kill,other acts of force or violence, or emotional MORE
Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole signs the 2014 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation Sept. 25 at Fort Riley.

Post recognizes contributions of Hispanics

October 22, 2014 — Hispanic heritage was onfull display Sept. 24 at Riley’s Conference Center. That’s where the 1stInfantry Division’s Equal Opportunity Office hosted the National HispanicHeritage Month Observance, featuring entertainment by the 1st Inf. Div. band, ahighlight of Hispanic countries and Hispanic food, provided by the conferencecenter. “Today we MORE
Lt. Col. Andy Sanchez, commander, 1st Bn., 18th Inf. Regt., speaks about the impact of Americans of Hispanic descent. Sanchez’s grandfather served in the Army and shaped his grandson’s own service.

Gold Star mother loves to talk about late son

October 22, 2014 — Sgt. 1st Class Forrest“Frosty” Robertson, Headquarters Troop, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rdInfantry Division, always made sure his Soldiers made it home. That’s what his mother,Dody Berg, said. “He always brought his boyshome,” she said. But on Robertson’s finaldeployment, he would not join his fellow Soldiers on the return flight back to MORE

Fort Riley hunting season underway

October 22, 2014 — Several hunting seasons arenow open at Fort Riley and in Kansas. “Fort Riley is kind of ahidden little paradise, especially for the mid-west. Anybody who likes theoutdoors, whether it be fishing or hunting or just hiking, will find plenty todo here, and the scenery is beautiful,” said Shawn Stratton, supervisory fishand wildlife biologist, MORE

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