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Junction City Rodeo, Exceptional Family Member Program, collaborate for special-needs children

July 29, 2015 — The drawling of Elvis Presley hits resounded throughout the Junction City Saddle Club arena behind the 4-H Senior Citizens Building as attendees mingled and took part in the many activities at the Special Needs Rodeo July 18. The event was put on by the staff of the Fort Riley Exceptional Family Member Program and the Junction City Rodeo MORE
Zaniel Constable, son of Staff Sgt. John Constable, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, learns how to lasso a bull from one of the Junction City Rodeo staff.

Horse consultant shares expertise

July 29, 2015 — Some people dream of riding andbeing around horses, but for Ron Roller, civilian equestrian trainer for theCommanding General’s Mounted Color Guard, it’s a lifestyle. For 40 years of hisadult life, Roller has been training and working with horses, and for the past17 years, he’s been work­ing at the Fort Riley CGMCG at Building 275 on StuartAve. He MORE
Ron Roller, civilian equestri¬an trainer, poses for a pic¬ture by one of the Command¬ing General’s Mounted Color Guard’s hitch wagons.

Mission Essential Fitness program

July 29, 2015 — On most Monday, Wednesday andFriday mornings, units gather at Craig Fitness Center to the right of the maindoors waiting for directions. Soldiers will talk among themselves until theclock strikes 6:30 a.m. Then Vince Spencer, fitness coordinator and strengthcoach for Fort Riley’s Direc­torate of Family and Morale, Welfare andRecreation will command MORE
Vince Spencer, fitness coordinator and strength coach for the Fort Riley Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, center, helps a Soldier find proper TRX chest press technique during a Mission Essential Fitness circuit July 20 at Craig Fitness Center.

Making strides for varied goals

July 29, 2015 — About 200 runners took to the start line around 6 a.m. to run the 2 mile, 5 mile or 10 mile courses for the 30th annual Prairie Run 10-5-2 July 18 at 6 a.m. starting at King Field House. The event was sponsored by the Fort Riley Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Some of those who participated in the 10-mile section were MORE
Minutes before the 6 a.m. start, runners stretched, finalized their race preparations and prepared to reach their running goal on the 5 mile and 10 mile courses for the 30th annual Prairie Run 10-5-2 July 18 at King Field House. The run allowed families and Soldiers to participate and strive for their own personal best.

Wichita, “Air Capital of the World”

July 29, 2015 — Head south down rural route 77 to start your trip toWichita, the largest city in Kansas and the “Air Capital of the World.” It’s aone-time cattle town on the Arkansas River where the spirit of the Old Westlives on, but it is now a booming city with something for everyone. Historic records reveal it was likely a trading center andmeeting place for MORE
Entrance to Old Town Marketplace, Wichita, KS.

Media Relations

July 26, 2015 — The Media Relations Office is the liaison between civilian media and Fort Riley. Our goal is to increase public awareness and understanding of Fort Riley and its Soldiers, Family members and training missions. We answer media queries, keep the command group informed about media issues that affect the post and produce news releases and media MORE

COMMUNITY CORNER – 50 years of Army Community Service achieved

July 23, 2015 — Happyanniversary to the Army Commu­nity Service Center. I am pleased to honor thestaff of ACS as they celebrate 50 years of support to our Soldiers andfamilies. They provided services and improved the lifestyle of many people.Concern for our fellow Soldiers and their family members is a modern Armyfoundation. As we relocate we often find our­selves MORE

New enlisted leadership for the ‘Guardians’

July 21, 2015 — Command Sgt. Maj. KevinRogers relinquished his duty as the senior noncommissioned officer in the 97thMilitary Police Battalion as he passed the unit’s guidon to the battalioncommander, Lt. Col. Alexander Murray, during a change of responsibilityceremony at Cavalry Parade Field July 10. Murray then passed the guidonto incoming Command Sgt. Maj. MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Billy Ray Counts II stands on the field at the end of the change of responsibility ceremony at Cavalry Parade Field July 10.

New commander takes charge of 10th Air Support Operations Squadron

July 21, 2015 — “I relinquish command.” AirForce Lt. Col. Sean R. Monteiro, former commander of the 10th Air Support OperationsSquadron, said those words as he handed the squadron’s guidon to Air Force Col.Rodney Singleton, commander of 3rd Air Support Operations and III Corps, AirLiaison Officer at Fort Hood, Texas, to relinquish the command of the 10th ASOSafter MORE
Air Force Lt. Col. Sean R. Monteiro, former commander of the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron, provides brief remarks after being presented with the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and a going away gift before relinquishing command of 10th ASOS July 10 at the 10th ASOS Headquarters Building.

Dailey relieves fears concerning troop cuts during first Fort Riley visit

July 21, 2015 — The Army’s topnoncommissioned officer addressed concerns about troop cuts during his firstvisit with 1st Infantry Division Soldiers from July 7 to 9. “This is an emotional topicfor many people and I know it is a concern for many of you as well,” Sgt. Maj.of the Army Daniel A. Dailey said July 8 to a town hall audience of more than400 Soldiers, Army MORE
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey (left) speaks with Spec. Allendrew Santos and other Soldiers from 1st Bn., 18th Inf., 2nd ABCT, 1st inf. Div. July 8 at Fort Riley. The soldiers were training in hopes of earning an expert infantry badge. In his first visit to post as the 15th sergeant major of the Army, Dailey spoke with “Big Red One” troops and held a town hall with Soldiers, family members and civilians.

Mounted Color Guard under new command

July 21, 2015 — Leading the Commanding General’sMounted Color Guard represents a unique opportunity to honor military historyand preserve the legacy of the cavalry in a unique and meaningful way, its newcommander said last week. Capt. Casey Wolferelinquished the CGMCG colors to Capt. Casey Johnson during a July 7 ceremonyat the unit’s practice arena at Fort Riley. MORE
Capt. Casey Wolfe talks about the hard work of the CGMCG’s noncommissioned officers and troopers during his July 7 change of command at Fort Riley. Wolfe, a native of Tribune, Kansas, relinquished command of the ceremonial unit to Capt. Casey Johnson after two years of leadership.

Quality training key to workforce development

July 21, 2015 — Fort Riley Soldiers trainin the field, but when it comes to civilians supporting the mission, KathyBasset is the one-person band of workforce development. Although Basset receiveshelp from training coordinators throughout the garrison directorates, shecoordinates and plans most of the training for civilian employees at FortRiley. “I’m all about MORE

Practice correct fire safety during summer months

July 21, 2015 — With the summer monthscomes popular outdoor activities like grilling and camping. Even though it’s easyto be carefree while having fun in the sun, it is important to stay aware offire safety. Typically, fireworks, grilling, fire pits and camp fires are thebiggest fire risks during summer. For outdoor celebrationsand cookouts, remember to open your MORE

Ladies Night event paints flowers, fun

July 21, 2015 — About 20 womeneach picked up their number 10 brush and dipped it into the light green acrylicpaint each had near them. They were instructed to use this color to paint overthe vague white shapes of lily pads already on their canvases. They laughed asthey continued to paint throughout the evening at the first Cocktails andCanvases event this month MORE
Melissa Lesondak, wife of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ben Lesondak, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Inf. Div., and painting instructor for Cocktails and Canvases, shows participants how to paint the different components of the water lily and lily pad scene July 2 at Rally Point.

When it comes to a move, get early start

July 21, 2015 — In every military familythere comes a day the service member comes home and announces he has orders.After initial emotional responses, those families are faced with the dauntingtask of the move. More than 100 people a weekare leaving Fort Riley this summer. Personal Property Chief Greg Paine said in Junethere were 587 moves going out and about 470 MORE

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