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Schools, units prep for school-year partnerships

October 1, 2015 — OGDEN, Kan. — Area school administratorsand faculty members and unit representatives from the 1st Infantry Division andFort Riley attended a meet-and-greet session Sept. 2 at the Ogden CommunityCenter to discuss details for the upcoming school year’s Adopt-A-School programand hand off new partnership signs that will be posted at each school. The MORE
Capt. Jacob Sass, right, commander of Troop C, 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, speaks with Cindy Markley, principal of Chapman Elementary School, Sept. 2 during the Adopt-A-School Program Meet and Greet at the Ogden Community Center in Ogden, Kansas.

Grinston thanks community at luncheon

October 1, 2015 — MANHATTAN, Kan. — Cheersand applause erupted from the audience after Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston,1st Infantry Division senior noncommissioned officer opened with, “I am Sgt.Maj. Grinston and I am a ‘Big Red One’ Soldier,” Sept. 2 during the ManhattanArea Chamber of Commerce’s Military Relations Committee luncheon. The Manhattan MRC is MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston, right, 1st Infantry Division senior noncommissioned officer, speaks to Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, center, prior to speaking to an audience at the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Relations Committee luncheon Sept. 2 in Manhattan, Kansas. “Sometimes people say, ‘thank you, sergeant major, for your service,’ ” Grinston said. “I say thank you for letting me be a part of your community and looking out for my family.”

Four Fort Riley spouses receive Corvias Foundation grant

October 1, 2015 — The Corvias Foundation awardedfour spouses of Fort Riley Soldiers each a $5,000 grant toward their schooling.The Foundation gave out 20 educational grants to Army and Air Force spousesthis year. Grant recipient Alyssa Jackson,spouse of 1st Lt. Philip Jackson, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 1st Infantry Division, is pursuing MORE

Be prepared for emergencies

October 1, 2015 — Kansas weather can presenta variety of hazards. Depending on the season, one may encounter hazards suchas tornadoes, snow, ice and severe thunderstorms. Such weather can cause poweroutages and other destruction. Therefore, it is imperative that residents be preparedfor any scenario. When putting an emergency kittogether, the basics come to mind. MORE

Intramural flag football season begins at Long Fitness Center

October 1, 2015 — Spc. Richard Alonzo,Company A, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade CombatTeam, 1st Infantry Division, plays football for more than himself. He alsoplays football for his teammates. “It’s important to mebecause it brings guys together and builds morale,” Alonzo said. “I have beenplaying in this league for three years now and MORE
Spc. Christian Wright, Company A, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, dives for the ball during a Sept. 1 flag football game at Long Fitness Center. Wright’s team fell to Soldiers from 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

Post’s 6th Annual Dove Hunt is a family affair

October 1, 2015 — The Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group’s6th Annual Dove Hunt Sept. 4 was a hit among hunters of all ages. Soldiers brought family andpets out to kick off the hunting season. Fort Riley’s annual hunt is modeledafter a similar successful hunt event at Fort Leavenworth. Melanie Kaldor, spouse ofMaj. Jacob Kaldor, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st MORE
Lt. Col. Clint Tracy, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and his family practice patience as they wait to catch sight of doves. Tracy brought his kids Jackson, 5, and Taylor, 7, out to enjoy their first ever bird hunt.

Clearing CIF without orders

September 25, 2015 — Soldiers clearing withoutorders are required to meet certain requirements.  The following are a few tips to help with thatprocess.     • Medical and chapter separations requirea Memorandum for Record from the Soldier’s command requesting authorization toclear without orders to be presented to the Transition Center.     • The memorandum must include MORE

COMMUNITY CORNER – Preparedness not just a month-long event

September 24, 2015 —  The end of Preparedness Monthdoes not mean the end of being prepared. Take action now. Teach your family, builda kit together and make a plan. It is difficult to preparefor every possible situation in an emergency. The hardest thing is totake the first step in getting a plan together. Will it be perfect? Probablynot, but it’s a start. Disasters MORE

COMMUNITY CORNER – Hispanic Heritage Month opportunity reflect on contributions

September 17, 2015 — A legacy of history, a presentof action and a future of success. Hispanic Heritage week was firstcelebrated in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was expanded byPresident Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting Sept. 15through Oct. 15. It is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions andculture of citizens of Latin MORE

Army Aviation Restructuring Initiative modernizes “Demon” brigade’s aircraft fleet

September 16, 2015 — The 1st Infantry Division’sCombat Aviation Brigade is undergoing aviation asset modernization as part ofthe Army’s Aviation Restructuring Initiative. The restructure will avoidabout $12 billion in costs and save more than $1 billion annually once implemented,according to information from the offices of the secretary of the Army and Armychief of MORE
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kerry Hall and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Patrick Reger, UH-60 Black Hawk pilots with Co. C, 2nd GSAB, 1st Avn. Regt., 1st CAB, 1st Inf. Div., attend the new equipment training course to learn how to operate the modernized heads-up display controls of the UH-60M model Black Hawk helicopter Aug. 25 at Marshall Army Airfield, Fort Riley, Kansas. The classes are part of the 1st CAB’s aircraft and equipment modernization process. The new equipment training team course educates the aviators on the latest upgrades for the UH-60M model Black Hawk helicopter.

‘Big Red One’ Soldiers earn Expert Infantryman Badge

September 16, 2015 — Of the 415 Soldiers tocompete, only 18 rain-soaked and exhausted 1st Infantry Division infantrymenwere left standing to receive the Expert Infantryman Badge during a ceremonyAug. 28. Soldiers of the 2nd ArmoredBrigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., hosted the competition, with past recipientsproviding guidance and testing oversight. The Expert MORE
Expert Infantryman Badge candidates with the 2nd ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., prepare range cards for M-240B machine guns Aug. 25 as part of the individual tactical testing of the competition. Candidates were tested on more than 30 individual tasks during the week-long event.

‘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.

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