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‘Quarterhorse’ scouts charge competition

June 11, 2015 — FORT BENNING, Georgia —Soldiers from Troop A, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry BrigadeCombat Team, 1st Infantry Division, representing the division and Fort Riley,were among the 19 teams that competed in this year’s Gainey Cup May 4 to 8. The members of the“Quarterhorse” squad were Staff Sgt. Brian J. Heather, Sgt. Juan F. Rocha, MORE
Spc. Joeland Garcia (right), provides security as his squad completes the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear lane during the 2015 Gainey Cup.

Soldiers compete to be named Division’s best

June 11, 2015 — Seven Soldierscompeted at the Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition May12 at the Fort Riley Combatives Institute. Each faced a battery of physical andmental challenges with the aim of being recognized as the finest the divisionhas to offer. Winners of the competition are set to be announced in June. MORE
Sgt. Joshua Guertin, right, of Company B, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, demonstrates a dominant position in Modern Army Combatives.

Remaining at the top of their game

June 11, 2015 — Seventeen Soldiersspent the past two weeks refreshing their food preparation and service skills,a course of instruction that culminated in a Food Service Refresher TrainingEnd of Course Luncheon May 15. The group was reintroduced to craft skills frombasic to advanced levels. Training included sanitation, nutrition, soups,sauces, vegetables and MORE
Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Matthews (right), Division Headquarters and Headquarters Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, instructs  Spc. Tonnica Battiste (left), 82nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., and Pfc. Shaklia Singleton, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., on making Bananas Foster. For the luncheon, the Soldier chefs prepared seared bass, a spring salad, panko-stuffed chicken breast and the Bananas Foster, served with pound cake and vanilla bean ice cream.

Drive the quilt trail, Reveal more Kansas

June 11, 2015 — On barns, sheds, fences,homes, business buildings and mail boxes in 22 counties surrounding Fort Rileyare blocks of colorful art called barn quilts. The designs are created the sameway as those for a fabric quilt block but are painted on sheets of plywood andmounted outdoors for display. Like the fabric counterpart, size and color areset by the MORE
Not every building displaying a Kansas Quilt Trail block is a historic home or barn. This variation of the “Flying Geese” pattern is on a shed owned by Sue and Galen Hageman. Though most are on private property, they can be seen from a public road. When slowing or stopping to photograph these unique art forms, be careful not to block traffic. Pull completely off the road if possible and stop only where safe.

Military Police hone skills at Fort Riley

June 11, 2015 — Soldiers from FortLeavenworth’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company 705th Military Police DetentionBattalion participated in a training exercise here May 4 to 7. In “Victory Village” at theCombined Arms Collective Training Facility, 705th MP Squad Leader Staff Sgt.Jarrett Giddens said the training helps his unit prepare for duty around theworld, MORE
Soldiers from the 705th Military Police Detention Battalion, Fort Leavenworth, KS conduct a movement to contact exercise at the Victory Village complex, Fort Riley, May 7, 2015.

Leadership expert, author speaks with 1st Inf. Div. Soldiers

June 11, 2015 — Author and leadershipexpert Simon Sinek visited Fort Riley May 7 where he experienced a variety ofdaily training activities for Soldiers and spoke to a group of 1st InfantryDivision troops about his leadership philosophy. “Trust and cooperation areabsolutely essential, not only for our survival, but for our ability tothrive,” Sinek told the group MORE
Author and leadership expert Simon Sinek speaks to an audience of Soldiers during his visit to Fort Riley.

Kansas continues to band eaglets across state

June 11, 2015 — Inch by inch, BenPostlethwait, a voluntary climber with Westar Energy, made his way toward theeagles nest, sitting in a tree on the Milford reservoir on Fort Riley property.Once he reached the10-week-old bald eagle, he realized he was no match. The eagle took his first leapfrom the nest and the chase was on. “He’s flying away,”Postlethwait said. MORE
Dan Mulhern, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, measures the nearly 10 week old eaglets beak just before putting banding at the Milford Reservoir on April 7.

Spouses, students get scholarships for higher education

June 11, 2015 — Four scholarship grantingorganizations combined forces into one award ceremony worth more than $25,000May 5 at Cavalry Parade Field at Fort Riley. The combined scholarshipfund, established by the Fort Riley Spouses Club, retired Gen. Joe and PattyRobles, K-State partnership and the Fort Riley Thrift Store awardedscholarships to 11 people. The Fort MORE
Scholarship recipients pose for a group photo after the Combined Scholarship Award Ceremony May 5 at the Cavalry Parade Field. Recipients included high school, college and spouse who are dedicated to education.

Managing ammunition requires close teamwork

June 11, 2015 — Millions of bullets areused each year for training exercises at Fort Riley, Kansas. Tracking them isthe job of the garrison ammunition manager. Last year, he processed 902ammunition requests, and received 15.7 million rounds of ammunition valued atabout $36 million. On Fort Riley there is alsoan Ammunition manager at the 1st Infantry Division and MORE

Resources available to potential home buyers

June 11, 2015 — “For a first-time homebuyer, this is the biggest purchase you’re going to make in your life and athirty-year mortgage can be pretty scary,” said Elbert Newman, Chief of HousingServices. The Fort Riley HousingOffice offers monthly home buying seminars during PCS season and quarterly freehome buying seminars throughout the year, designed to help MORE

240-TOWN phone line is available 24/7

June 8, 2015 — A phone line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your inquiries.   Soldiers, Family members and DA civilians can call 240-TOWN (8696) and leave a message with any questions or concerns about the quality of life on post.  The USAG Public Affairs Office will monitor the messages.  Questions will be forwarded to the appropriate unit MORE
240-TOWN (240-8696) - For your comments, 24/7

COMMUNITY CORNER - Recall the significance of June: the birthday of the Army

June 4, 2015 — It should not be a secretthe reason Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division celebrate Victory Week in Juneis the significance of the month in Army history. Along with the D-Dayanniversary – 71 years ago as of June 6 this year– Soldiers also observe theArmy birthday. The Army turns 240-years-oldJune 14.  Born in 1775, it is thenation’s oldest military MORE

Fort Riley housing manager is new Army housing instructor

June 4, 2015 — Fort Riley Housing andAsset Manager Steve Milton is going to teach incoming staff at the HousingAcademy. Milton was selected as an instructorfor the Army level program that trains housing staff around the world. Academy instructorsteach housing staff how to meet the fundamental housing needs of Soldiers andfamilies. For the last few years, MORE

Irwin Army Community Hospital now a tobacco-free campus

June 4, 2015 — Irwin Army Community Hospital,Dental Activity and Veterinary Services leadership signed a memorandum ofagreement with the local collective bargaining unit to implement a tobacco-freecampus on all Fort Riley medical facilities May 20. The agreement comes on theheels of the publication of Army Regulation 600-63 which provides the legalframework to MORE

INSPECTOR GENERAL’S CORNER - To live off-post, or not to live off-post

June 4, 2015 — Dear IG, I have beenpromoted to Sergeant and would like to move out of the barracks and into anapartment off post. My First Sergeant said that I was not authorized BAH basedon my rank and I had to maintain a barracks room. Is this true? Respectfully, Sergeant Off-Post Dear Sergeant Off-Post, Your First Sergeant is correct.The Commanding General’s MORE

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