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Fort Riley, KDOT unite to offer teens program on driving skills for life

October 27, 2014 — Tires squealed throughoutthe day Oct. 2 in the parking lot of Riley’s Conference Center, as high schoolstudents learned how to control oversteer. The lesson, which wastaught using two Ford Mustangs, was part of the Ford Teen Driving Skills forLife program. Teens also learned howsending a simple text message could affect their driving and how MORE

New commander takes charge of 97th MP Bn.

October 27, 2014 — Proven in battle – take charge.With those words, both Lt. Col.Kevin Comfort and Lt. Col. Alex Murray closed their remarks during a 97thMilitary Police Battalion change of command ceremony Oct. 3 at Fort Riley. “Today is a true day of celebrationas we celebrate the extraordinary leadership of Kevin Comfort and Alex Murrayand all the Soldiers of the MORE

OPSEC, PERSEC are important to keep Soldiers, families safe

October 27, 2014 — Operational Security, orOPSEC, is the practice of ensuring critical information stays private bylimiting the amount of information shared. Critical information can bea variety of things, but for most Soldiers and families, that informationincludes troop movements, locations and dates. “With deployments pickingup again, remember to be aware of MORE

Energy conservation could save big money

October 27, 2014 — Fort Riley could saveapproximately $220,000 by simply reducing its energy use by 1 percent in fiscalyear 2015, according to Mike Witmer, acting energy manager, Energy Branch, Directorateof Public Works. “October is National EnergyAction Month, when Americans are called up to work together, ‘to achieve greaterenergy security, a more robust economy MORE

ACCIDENT REPORTING - Safety team provides guide to recording accidents

October 27, 2014 — An employee struck his headwhile working in a maintenance bay and experienced an injury. What do you do asthe supervisor and as the injured employee? Accident reporting can beconfusing if you are not familiar with the steps of reporting and recording an injury.Several documents are required when reporting and recording accidents. However,to MORE

COMMUNITY SERVICE - Volunteer service benefits all, especially volunteer

October 27, 2014 — I have a coffee cup that reads:“Volunteers are the heart of our community.” It was a gift for time I spentvolunteering at my husband’s last duty station. Several years later, it stillsits on my desk and brings a smile to my face. Volunteering is about morethan helping others to me, it’s also about reminding myself of who I am andthat I belong to a MORE

COMMUNITY CORNER - Consider these safety tips as seasons change

October 24, 2014 — The cooler temperatures, crispair and colorful leaves confirm we are a full month into the autumn season. Aswe turn up the heat in our homes, go for scenic drives or head out for hiking andcamping trips, keep safety in mind. As chillier weather sets in,let’s ensure our home furnace works appropriately and has no leaks. Also,follow space heater MORE

‘Devil’ brigade surgeon rescues choking victim

October 22, 2014 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – OnSept. 20, Maj. John Thurlow, squadron surgeon, 4th Squadron, 4th CavalryRegiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, received theArmy Commendation Medal for his heroic actions the previous month. As the Aurora, Illinois,native sat down to eat dinner with a group of Soldiers from his unit Aug. 14 MORE
Maj. John Thurlow, squadron surgeon, 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., performs a routine examination on a Soldier Sept. 9 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Thurlow saved the life a Soldier who was choking in the dining facility Aug. 14.

‘Raiders’ conduct readiness exercise

October 22, 2014 — The call came in on a Monday.Soldiers with the 977th Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalionhad 72 hours to deploy. It was part of an EmergencyDeployment Readiness Exercise, or EDRE, designed to assess the unit’s speed andthoroughness in preparing for deployment, which ran from Sept. 23 to 24 at FortRiley. “(The EDRE is) a tool MORE
Sgt. Kip Fairley, 977th MP Co., 97th MP Bn., directs vehicles as they arrive at the field during an EDRE Sept. 23 at Fort Riley. The exercise is designed to assess the unit’s speed and thoroughness in preparing for deployment.

K-State men’s basketball team, “First Lightning” continue partnership

October 22, 2014 — NCAA Division I basketballplayers teamed with 1st Infantry Division artillerymen Sept. 25 at Fort Rileyto get insight into the big booms keeping Manhattan residents up lately. Players and staff with theKansas State University Men’s Basketball Team visited Soldiers from theirpartner unit, the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd MORE
K-State Men’s Basketball Team player Javon Thomas, right, talks to a Paladin crewmember with the 1st Bn., 7th FA Regt., Sept. 25 at a Fort Riley range. Players from the men's basketball team visited Soldiers from the battalion, their partner unit, and helped them fire the Paladins' Howitzers.

‘Demon’ brigade welcomes new top NCO

October 22, 2014 — The 1st Combat Aviation Brigade,1st Infantry Division welcomed a new senior noncommissioned officer in anassumption of responsibility ceremony Sept. 15 at Fort Riley. Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Heltonassumed a vacant spot as the top NCO for the brigade. Helton, a Santa Clarita, California,native, is coming from within the brigade, where he recently MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen H. Helton, senior NCO, CAB, speaks during his assumption of command ceremony Sept. 15 at Fort Riley. The ceremony officially recognized Helton as the brigade’s senior enlisted Soldier, a position he’s held on an interim basis since April.

Community memorializes World War II hero, longtime Junction City resident

October 22, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – He was manythings to many people – a husband, father, thorn in the side of the Nazi army.Bill Stahl, who left Junction City to take part in the Battle of the Bulge andlater returned to his hometown to open a law practice, died Sept. 15 at ValleyView Senior Life, Junction City. He was 89. Stahl was memorializedSept. 22 at the First MORE
Junction City native Bill Stahl holds up a photo of himself during his Army years March 31. Stahl fought in the Battle of the Bulge where he and two-thirds of his battalion were captured by German forces.

‘Pale Riders’ go aerial with Raven

October 22, 2014 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait –Soldiers with the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade CombatTeam, 1st Infantry Division participated in unmanned aerial system operators trainingSept. 1 at Udairi Range, Kuwait. The Raven is a small, lightweightUAS resembling a model airplane that can be hand-launched and remotely controlledfrom the ground MORE
Spc. Christopher Bartholomew, reconnaissance scout, HHT, 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., center, prepares to launch a small UAS, known as a Raven, Sept. 11 at Udairi Range, Kuwait.

‘Black Lions’ represent ‘Big Red One’ in Long Range competition

October 22, 2014 — FORT BENNING, Ga. – Three“Black Lions” shooters walked away with numerous Top 10 awards Sept. 8 to 11 atthe 2014 U.S. Army Long Range Championships at Fort Benning. The event washosted by the Army Marksmanship Unit. The Soldiers are all with Headquartersand Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry BrigadeCombat MORE
Sgt. Michael Ross, 1st Bn., 28th Inf. Regt., background right, identifies a target as Sgt. Zachary Spicer, HHC, 1st Bn., 28th Inf. Regt., foreground, shoots down a 1,000-meter target in the service class shooting event during the U.S. Army Long Range Championships, hosted by AMU, Sept. 8 to 11 at Fort Benning, Ga.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, screening important

October 22, 2014 — Irwin Army Community Hospitalencourages all retirees, Soldiers, spouses and dependents to make a yearlyphysical exam appointment. Women, 40 years and older, should receive a mammogramscreening yearly. Breast Cancer is the secondleading cause of cancer-related deaths in women. A woman’s chance of developingbreast cancer increases with age. The MORE

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