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FIRE SAFETY - FES reminds community about holiday safety

November 24, 2014 — As families across the countrybegin to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the Fort Riley Fire Departmentwould like to remind everyone that fire safety is even more important during thisholiday because of the extra responsibility this special occasion brings.Cooking a lot of food for a lot of people can be tough and dangerous. It canall potentially MORE

COMMUNITY CORNER - Thanksgiving holiday a chance to reflect on gifts in our lives

November 21, 2014 — The Thanksgiving holiday allowsus a chance to step back, reflect and appreciate our families, friends andexperiences we’ve had through the year. To our Soldiers and civilianemployees, thank you for being valuable members of our team and to our mission dayin and day out. Your commitment and the many sacrifices you’ve made on behalfof this great MORE

Operation Santa Claus brings holiday cheer to Fort Riley

November 21, 2014 — Santa made his first visitof the season to Fort Riley Nov. 6 for the opening ceremony of Operation SantaClaus. “Well, they said theyneeded a ‘Big Red One,’ and who’s a bigger red one than me? Ho, ho, ho!” SantaClaus said as he greeted the crowd. “Anything for our Soldiers.Anything for our Soldiers and families,” he added, as he helped cut the MORE
MaKenzie Stephens (right) smiles while sitting on Santa’s lap at the Op Santa opening Nov. 6 at Op Santa Headquarters.

‘Devil’ brigade Soldiers earn EIBS in Kuwait

November 21, 2014 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – Almost80 “Devil” brigade Soldiers proved they had the mental and physical skill ittook to earn the coveted Expert Infantry Badge Oct. 24 at Camp Buehring. Of the Soldiers who earned theirEIB, 17 also received an Army Achievement Medal and the distinction of being“true blue.” The True Blue distinctionmeans the Soldiers MORE
EIB candidates attempt to complete the last three miles of their 12-mile road march Oct. 24 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The foot march was the final event of the weeklong EIB challenge that tested Soldiers mental and physical resiliency.

10th Mountain, Fort Riley Soldier earn medal for heroism

November 21, 2014 — FORT DRUM, N.Y. – The 18thchairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff awarded the Soldier’s Medal Oct. 31 to threeSoldiers at Fort Drum for their actions in helping to save a distressed boateron the Black River earlier this year. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey presentedthe awards to Spc. Christopher L. Grant, paralegal specialist, Headquarters andHeadquarters MORE
Brig. Gen. Michael L. Howard, 10th Mountain Division acting senior commander (left) and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (right) pose for a picture with Spc. Christopher L. Grant, Pfc. Matthew M. Phillips and Pvt. Trenton M. Brown Oct. 31 after Dempsey presented the three with the Soldier’s Medal at Fort Drum, N.Y. The three Soldiers were credited with rescuing a woman from the Black River in April.

‘BRO’ aviation brigade Soldiers hit road for training exercise

November 21, 2014 — The 1st Combat Aviation Brigade,1st Infantry Division can be heard in the skies over Fort Riley, but from Oct.13 to 24, Soldiers from across the 1st CAB could be heard in a differentcapacity – their tires rolling across the training areas of north Fort Riley. Sgt. James Roache, UH-60 Blackhawkhelicopter mechanic, 2nd General Support Aviation MORE
Lt. Col. Richard Martin, 601st ASB, 1st CAB (center) talks to Soldiers about the importance of communications in a vehicle convoy Oct. 24 at Fort Riley. Martin along with cadre, observed the Soldiers as they conducted vehicle movement during a mounted patrol exercise.

165th MCT returns to Fort Riley

November 21, 2014 — MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIRBASE, Romania – Soldiers responsible for organizing and managing transitmovements play a key role in the main mission of the Mihail Kogalniceanu PassengerTransit Center. Organized into “movement controlteams,” the Soldiers plan, monitor and execute personnel and cargotransportation throughout transiting troops’ stays at MORE
Soldiers with the 635th MCT, 39th Trans. Bn., 16th Sust. Bde., practice pallet “load-out” techniques Oct. 21 outside the base passenger terminal. The training helped MTC personnel prepared to replace their predecessors from the 165th MCT, 1st Sust. Bde.

Fort Riley Soldiers learn about warrant officer opportunities

November 21, 2014 — Looking for a differentcareer path in the Army? Warrant officers are in highdemand in several military occupational specialties, according to Chief WarrantOfficer 3 Frankie E. Roit, U.S. Army warrant officer recruiter, SpecialOperations Recruiting Battalion, Adjutant General Corps. Roit presented severalbriefings on the process of becoming a MORE
A group of Soldiers sit in a classroom during a Warrant Officer Briefing Nov. 4 at Fort Riley.

‘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.

‘Dreadnaughts’ host Zumbathon for cancer, violence awareness

November 21, 2014 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – Thewomen of the 2nd Battalion, 34th Amor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade CombatTeam, 1st Infantry Division and the USO co-sponsored a “Party in Pink”Zumbathon Oct. 17 at the Oasis Morale, Welfare and Recreation stage area atCamp Buehring. The event was part of the “Dreadnaught”battalion’s Female Ready and Resilient Program in MORE
Staff Sgt. Markus Pryor, electromagnetic spectrum manager, HHC, 1st ABCT (center) dances to the rhythmic sounds of Reggae during the “Party in Pink” Zumbathon Oct. 17 at the Oasis MWR stage area at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The event was cosponsored by 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt. and the USO to honor the lives lost to breast cancer and domestic violence.

‘Devil’ food service creates mobile meals

November 21, 2014 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – The1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division launched its mobilemeals program Oct. 14. Chief Warrant Officer 2 RonaldMerriweather, 1st ABCT dining facility manager, said the brigade noticed alarge volume of Soldiers not eating lunch because of their busy schedules andheavy workload, so they decided to do MORE
Spc. Roberto Davila, wheeled vehicle mechanic, Troop D, 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., and a native of Houston, stops by the “Devil” meal van to pick up lunch Oct. 14 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

‘Big Red One,’ Fort Riley Soldiers lead parade in Manhattan

November 21, 2014 — MANHATTAN, Kan. – Whiletemperatures in the 20s kept the usual large crowds at home, veterans and localresidents still lined Poyntz Avenue to watch the community’s annual VeteransDay Parade. Soldiers from units acrossFort Riley, including the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard, marched in theparade. Most were part of the large formation toward MORE
Brig. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, 1st Inf. Div. senior mission commander, talks about veterans and their impact on the “Big Red One” family and the Central Flint Hills region Nov. 11 at the Wareham Opera House in Manhattan, Kan.

Bal-A-Vis-X brings balance to Soldiers, family members

November 21, 2014 — Passing a small beanbagback and forth between hands may not seem like much, but it can make a bigdifference in one’s well-being, according to Earl Robinson, Family AdvocacyProgram specialist and clinical social worker. The small beanbag move ispart of Bal-A-Vis-X, which stands for balance, auditory and vision exercises. Theexercises are designed to MORE
Earl Robinson, program specialist, demonstrates a simple Bal-A-Vis-X exercise. The rhythmic exercises can help increase focus, decrease anxiety and foster relaxation.

Sewing classes available at Arts and Crafts Center

November 21, 2014 — Aspiring seamstresses ortailors of all levels – from those who have never threaded a bobbin to thoselooking to tackle clothing patterns – can pick up a new stitch or skill duringone of several upcoming sewing classes offered by the Arts and Crafts Center atBuilding 6918 on Custer Hill. BEGINNER A beginner’s class is scheduledfor Dec. 6 and will MORE
The Arts and Crafts Center, located at Building 6918 on Custer Hill, offers ongoing sewing classes. Upcoming classes include a beginner’s sewing class Dec. 6 and an intermediate level class Nov. 22. The center also offers a variety of classes and resources for woodworking, matting and framing, knitting and crocheting, scrapbooking and pottery firing.

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