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Combatting nuisance animals nothing new for people living, working on post

January 13, 2016 —      Home represents good food, warmth and safety. But what it affords humans, it also offers to a number of animals that folks usually don’t want around.      How residents manage their living space has much to do with how they deal with nuisance animals. People on post, which includes residents in on-post housing, Soldiers in dormitories, at work MORE

Annual American Legion Turkey Run visits Fort Riley

January 13, 2016 — On the brisk morning of Nov. 21, more than a hundred Kansas American Legion members road their motorcycles into Fort Riley for the annual Turkey Run. The legion riders provided Thanksgiving meals to members of the Warrior Transition Battalion and families of deployed Soldiers. Recipients were able to pick up the typical ingredients for a MORE
Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Robles, Warrior Transition Battalion, and his wife, Joann, go through the line picking up canned goods for their Thanksgiving meal during the Annual American Legion Turkey Run at the Clamshell.

‘Tell Me a Story’ event enhances education of the military child

January 13, 2016 — “… and that’s how you bake an American Pie, first ever made on the Fourth of July,” read Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Schmidt. Families were seated on blankets and pillows across the gym of Fort Riley Elementary School as Schmidt read “How to Bake an American Pie” by Karma Wilson, on the evening of Nov. 19 in an event sponsored by Parent to MORE
Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Schmidt reads the book “How to Make an American Pie” by Karma Wilson to Fort Riley families at Fort Riley Elementary School Nov. 19. The event was spon¬sored by members of Parent to Parent for the Military Child Education Coalition’s program “Tell Me A Story: Making Connections and Finding Support Through Literature.”

Kansas high school students honor veterans

December 30, 2015 — Capt. Michael Merring, assistant logistics officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, was the special guest of Northern Heights High School’s Future Business Leaders of America as the organization’s members hosted a Veterans Day event Nov. 20 in Allen, Kansas.     More than 20 Army MORE
More than 20 Army veterans and several local joint service members from the Air Force and Navy were honored by Northern Heights High School students Nov. 20 in Allen, Kansas, when the school’s Future Business Leaders of America hosted a Veterans Day event. Students presented questions to a panel of veterans, which included Capt. Michael Merring, assistant logistics officer with Head¬quarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, at the event.

Spouses Club luncheon raises scholarship funds

December 30, 2015 — The members of the Fort Riley Spouses Club raised money during their annual Make it, Bake it, Fake it luncheon at Riley’s Conference Center Nov. 19. The money they raised will help fund local scholarships. During the luncheon, members were able to take part in a raffle where they purchased tickets and put them toward items people made, baked or MORE
Members brought objects like the mugs full of good¬ies, above, that they made, bought or baked for the annual Make it, Bake it, Fake it luncheon at Riley’s Conference Center Nov. 19.

Fort Riley takes McConnell Air Force Base in annual game

December 30, 2015 —     A strong second half boosted the Fort Riley team to a 26-6 victory over the squad from McCon­nell Air Force Base Nov. 21 at Sacco Soft­ball Complex, garnering the home team the coveted Fort Ri­ley vs. McConnell AFB Annual Flag Football Game Trophy.     The game is the only one they play during the year and Fort Riley and McConnell take turns as MORE
Staff Sgt. Wayne McTeer, 299th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, carries the ball during the Fort Riley vs. McConnell Air Force Base flag football game Nov. 21 at Sacco Softball Complex. Fort Riley won the game 26-6.

Gobble Wobble warms brisk fall day

December 30, 2015 — “It’s pumpkin pie! You’ve been waiting for this all day,” said Mariah Brackett, daughter of Jessica and retired Soldier Joe Brackett to her friend as they made it to the last station of the Gobble Wobble. Runners had to eat an entire Thanksgiving meal, including turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes while running two miles Nov. 21 outside Riley’s MORE
Yasmeena Grindle, left, daughter of Rebecca and Capt. David Grindle, commander of the 1st Replacement Company, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley and Mariah Brackett, daughter of Jessica and retired Soldier Joe Brackett, participate in the Gobble Wobble Thanksgiving race Nov. 21.

In midnight basketball everybody wins

December 30, 2015 —     Kids of the Fort Riley community came together for the monthly Youth Midnight Basketball tour­nament hosted by members of Child, Youth and School Services Nov. 20.     The tournament consisted of six-minute games and the five teams played through double elimina­tion.     “All of the kids have a chance to play,” said Lashawnda Allen, assistant MORE
Nelson Martinez, son of Eunice Morales and Sgt. Nelson Martinez, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, goes for a layup during the first game of the Youth Midnight Basketball tour¬nament Nov. 20 at the teen center of Children, Youth and School Services.

Kaw Nation heritage center near Council Grove

December 30, 2015 — The tomb of the unknown Kanza Warrior sits about four miles south of Council Grove, Kansas, at the intersection of Dunlap and X Roads. It is one piece of the 158-acre Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park, which is owned and managed by the Kaw Nation, an American Indian tribe. The park is part of the Kaw, or Kanza, reservation in the state. Most don’t MORE
The tomb of the unknown Kanza Warrior sits about four miles south of Council Grove, Kansas, at the intersection of Dunlap and X Roads. It is one piece of the 158-acre Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park, which is owned and managed by the Kaw Nation, an American Indian tribe.

Staff Judge Advocate Claims division wins award for 10th year

December 29, 2015 — The Claims division of the Staff Judge Advocate for the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley joined four other offices by receiving the Claims in Excellence Award for the 10th consecutive year. Jeff Fleming, chief of the claims division at Fort Riley, said the Fort Riley office primarily has four duties. These include personnel claims, tort claims, MORE

SAFETY CORNER - Lack of safety can take ‘happy’ out of the holidays

December 29, 2015 — “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping on your nose, yuletide carols being sung by a choir and folks dressed up like Eskimos …” The winter holiday season should be a joyous time of year. However, every year festive activities are cut short when someone gets hurt. Let us keep the “Happy” in Holidays by recognizing and preventing MORE

Soldiers compete for Army’s best medic award

December 29, 2015 — Soldiers with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, participated in the 2015 Jack L. Clark Jr. Army Best Medic Competition Oct. 27 to 30 at Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, Texas. The event challenged Expert Field Medical Badge and Combat Medic Badge recipients in a two-Soldier team competition. Sgt. Bjorn Carlson, a MORE
Sgt. Bjorn Carlson, a healthcare noncommissioned officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and Spc. Michael Dymond, a combat medic with Company C, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Oct. 27 that took them from Fort Sam Houston to Camp Bullis, Texas. This was part of the 2015 Jack L. Clark Jr. U.S. Army Best Medic Competition.

Catching 7th most wanted fugitive in the Army

December 29, 2015 — Cpl. Justin Hawks helped catch the 7th most wanted fugitive of the Army thanks to his persistent efforts in finding Facebook profiles and phone numbers for relatives of the fugitive, Maurice Crutchfield. Hawks has been on the job since July 1 and was looking for Crutchfield during the majority of his time here so far. “I started going through files MORE

Care teams aid families of fallen, injured Soldiers

December 29, 2015 — The injury or death of a Sol­dier is a tragedy and when it occurs volunteers at Fort Riley will have a network of support and assistance available to the family members im­pacted. Several official organizations are designated to assist families in­cluding the Chaplains Office.     The Soldier’s family is also given the option to receive support MORE
Sonya Brown, outreach program coordinator at Army Community Service, teaches the Care Team training at ACS Nov. 4.

Cub Scouts help honor veterans

December 29, 2015 — The Fort Riley Post Cemetery was filled with American flags at every tombstone in remembrance of the ef­forts and work done by those Soldiers for the United States. Cub Scouts of packs 268, 269 and 64 of Junction City, Kansas, went out to the Fort Ri­ley Post Cemetery to place the flags on the graves the morning of Nov. 10 in honor of Veterans Day MORE
Jett Feider, 8, son of Kate and 1st Sgt. Pete Feider, Warrior Transition Battalion, places a flag at a grave in honor of Vet¬erans Day Nov. 10 at the Post Cemetery.

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