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‘Durable’ brigade conducts Soldier, NCO of the quarter competition

September 16, 2015 — Seven Soldiers within the1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division competed inthe Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter competition throughout thebrigade’s Aug. 24 to 27. The four-day competition includedfour primary tasks: the Army Physical Fitness Test, day and night landnavigation, warrior task skills test and MORE
Sgt. Nancy Cardoza, a shower/laundry and clothing repair specialist assigned to 526th Quartermaster Co., 541st CSSB, 1st Inf. Div. Sust. Bde., 1st Inf. Div., plots a point on a map using a protractor during the movement portion of the warrior task skills while competing in the brigade’s Soldier and noncommissioned officer of the quarter competition Aug. 25 on Fort Riley’s Pacesetter Field.

‘Quarterhorse’ Soldiers hone skills at Wisconsin training exercise

September 16, 2015 — FORT McCOY, Wis. — Soldiersof the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1stInfantry Division, participated in 84th Training Command’s Combat SupportTraining Exercise 15-03, Aug. 8-28. More than 9,000 Soldiersfrom Army National Guard, Army Reserve and 1st Sqdn, 4th Cav. Regt., participatedin the annual exercise, which MORE
Red Platoon Troopers with 1st Sqdn. 4th Cav. Regt., 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., aboard an RB-15 assault boat prepare to destroy a fictitious enemy and secure an objective Aug. 21 during the Combat Support Training Exercise 15-03 at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

‘Big Red One’ Soldiers wildfire response

September 16, 2015 — Soldiers assigned to 2ndGeneral Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat AviationBrigade, 1st Infantry Division, are providing around-the-clock medevac supportto civilian and military agencies fighting the wildfire in northeastern WashingtonState. The unit is supporting TaskForce First Round, which was formed around the 17th MORE
Soldiers assigned to 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division are contributing to the national effort to combat wildfires in northeastern Washington State. Their mission is to provide around-the-clock medevac support to civilian and military agencies engaged in fighting wildfires.

Army civilian graduates with honors from drug testing collection course

September 16, 2015 — Tami Vanzandt upheld a FortRiley Army Substance Abuse Program tradition when she became the most recent honorgraduate at the Drug Testing Collection Course Aug. 21 in San Antonio. The course, required by allArmy drug-test collectors within nine months of being appointed, coversprocedures on how to properly perform urinalysis collections and how MORE
Tami Vanzandt became the most recent honor graduate at the Drug Testing Collection Course on August 21 in San Antonio.

Fort Riley Garrison Safety Office honored by Secretary McHugh

September 16, 2015 — The Secretary of the Army, JohnMcHugh announced that the garrison safety office at Fort Riley was selected asthis year’s Exceptional Organization in Safety award winner Aug. 25. This awardis the highest safety honor conferred on a Garrison. The nominees come from division,brigade, battalion and garrison level safety programs. Col. Andrew Cole MORE

‘Phantom’ Soldiers to earn Federal Aviation Administration certification

September 16, 2015 — Air traffic controlSoldiers at Marshall Army Airfield are nearing completion of the requirementsnecessary to earn their Federal Aviation Administration certification as airtraffic controllers. Once certification is accomplished, these aviation brigadeSoldiers will not only have an enhanced skill level and understanding of airtraffic control MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Schmidt, Fort Riley garrison senior noncommissioned officer, got an overview of the air traffic controller training program from retired Sgt. Maj. Ralph Millard, air traffic control chief, Aug. 25 at Marshall Army Air Field, Fort Riley, Kansas. The air traffic control training program benefits Soldiers who choose to pursue a future career in civilian air traffic control.

National Prescription Take-Back Day returns to Army garrisons

September 16, 2015 — Fort Riley PrescriptionDrug Take-Back Day - 24-25 Sep 153:00 – 6:00 p.m.PX (main entrancelobby)Accepted Items:* Controlled,non-controlled, and over the counter substances.* Liquid products, suchas cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. Unaccepted Items:* Intra-venoussolutions, injectables, and syringes. * Illicit substances MORE

‘Big Red One’ celebrates women’s equality observance

September 16, 2015 — Celebrating 95 years sincethe ratification of the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote in theUnited States, the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley honored thecontributions and struggles of women in and out of the armed forces during theWomen’s Equality Day Observance Aug. 26 at Riley’s Conference Center. The event featured musicfrom the MORE
Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, speaks Aug. 26 during the Women’s Equality Day Observance at Riley’s Conference Center.

Eye on civilian cuts tops agenda of Town Hall

September 16, 2015 — Presenters at a recent FortRiley U.S. Army garrison town hall meeting Aug. 28 included division leaders, amotivational speaker, health experts and the garrison command team. COMMANDING GENERAL COMMENTS Two topics from Maj. Gen.Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division, occupyhigh positions on his list of priorities. The MORE
Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., commanding general of the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley, addresses the garrison staff at the Town Hall Aug 28.

1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Soldiers float their boat in seventh annual Milford Lake competition

September 16, 2015 — MILFORD, Kan. – Fivegeospatial intelligence Soldiers with 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1stInfantry Division, won second place in the extreme division of the annual“Float Your Boat” event Aug.15 at Milford State Park.  “We were shocked that ourboat was able to float carrying all four of our team members,” said Warrant OfficerCourtney Meyer, MORE
From left, Spc. Anthony Downs, a geospatial engineer; Spc. Jacob Brooks, a geospatial intelligence imagery specialist; Spc. Andrew Wood, a geospacial engineer; and Spc. Matthew Chenault, a geospatial engineer, all with HHC, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., pose for a photo prior to putting their boat in the water during the seventh annual Float Your Boat race Aug. 15 at Milford State Park in Milford, Kansas. All race participants were required to build boats using only cardboard boxes and duct tape and had to navigate a 300-meter course containing three obstacles. The Corps of Engineers created the event in 2009 as a fun way to emphasize water safety.

More than 170 people attend Rally Point’s biggest bingo event of the year

September 16, 2015 — Sicilee Lansbury, spouse ofa Fort Riley Soldier, didn’t think she would go home a winner until the lastfew minutes of the final bingo game. The game was sponsored byRally Point Aug. 29 during their Monster Jackpot Bingo. Quinton Williams, assistantmanager of Rally Point, said this is their biggest bingo event each year. “I was watching that cardthe MORE
Soldiers, families and civilians gather to play the last game of Monster Jackpot Bingo August 29 at Rally Point. The jackpot prize was $25,000, but participants had to get a coverall bingo within 50 numbers being called. The consolation prize of $5,000 was given to Sicilee Lansbury, spouse of a Fort Riley Soldier.

Fort Riley Cub Scout groups hold drives for recruitment

September 16, 2015 — The two Cub Scout Packs ofFort Riley held an informational recruitment night Aug. 27 at elementary schoolson post.  The troop leaders informedattendees about rankings within Cub Scouts and led the Scouts and potential newmembers in songs.  Parents and kids werefree to ask questions.  The packs have activities plannedfor the year that will help the MORE
Members from Pack 260 line up to show potential new members and their families the different uniforms while explaining the levels of Cub Scouts.

Pools close, lifeguards reflect on season

September 16, 2015 — Lifeguards respond to manyincidents, from giving an adhesive bandage to a child who scratched a knee to adrowning patron who needs CPR.  Duringthe summer season, Corvias lifeguards responded to about five major saves thatincluded Emergency Medical Service being called.  One incident at the ForsythCommunity Center pool involved a young patron who MORE

Operation Gift the Gown helps spouses

September 16, 2015 — Abi Graunke, wife of Staff Sgt.Barron Graunke, 299th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade CombatTeam, 1st Infantry Division, tried on dress after dress until she decided thedark blue colored gown with flowers on the front was the one she wanted to wearto her next military ball.  She heard about Fort Riley USOOperation Gift the Gown from MORE
Courtney McDaniel, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Jason McDaniel, 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, looks through the racks of ball gowns the Fort Riley USO provided during Operation Gift the Gown Aug. 29.  The ball McDaniel is preparing for is scheduled for Oct. 2.

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.

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