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Post honors Soldiers at Sept. 11 ceremony

October 06, 2014 — The crowd sat in silenceunder the cover of a grey sky as Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general,1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, recounted acts of bravery and the U.S.’unification following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “I remain awestruck by theunified resolve that was born out of the ash and rubble of that day,” Funk saidduring a Sept. MORE
Soldiers stand with a wreath laid in honor of lives lost during 9/11 at a Commemoration Ceremony Sept. 11 at the GWOT monument on Main Post.

Fort Riley starts CFC; now to Oct. 24

October 06, 2014 — The 2014 Combined Federal Campaignat Fort Riley began Sept. 15 and will run through Oct. 24. Each fall, CFC offersfederal employees the opportunity to support a wide variety of local, nationaland international charitable organizations through monetary contributions. Although Fort Riley will nothave an event to commence the campaign, representatives MORE

‘Dragons’ participating in Belgium WWII commemoration

October 06, 2014 — Belgium, nestled betweenFrance, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, is known for its rich culture,delicious waffles, flawless diamonds and sweet chocolates. It is a foundingmember of the European Union and is home to the EU’s headquarters and the NorthAtlantic Treaty Organization. Soldiers with the 4thInfantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry MORE
Sgt. Lucas Bass, center, inspects Cpl. Jonathan McDown, left, and Pfc. Scott Fisher, right, as they practice drill and ceremony Sept. 11 at Fort Riley.

Candlelight vigil: Suicide has ripple effect on community

October 06, 2014 — “Suicide has a rippleeffect on families, units, readiness and emotional stability; it strikes hard,”said Capt. Justin Hill, Company E, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1stAviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, who losta member of his unit to suicide in May 2014 after his battalion redeployed fromAfghanistan. Several MORE
A Soldier holds a glow stick during a moment of silence in remembrance of the lives of Fort Riley Soldiers who committed suicide in 2014. A Suicide Awareness Candlelight Vigil took place Sept. 10 at the Fort Riley Main Post Chapel.

‘Wardawgs’ celebrate Law Enforcement Week with bang

October 06, 2014 — “Wow.” That’s how Grace Epperson, policerecords, Directorate of Emergency Services, described the exhilaration ofshooting an M-249 machine gun for the first time. Epperson said it was the firsttime she had shot any type of gun. She admitted she was intimidated, but saidshe felt comfortable thanks to the help of Soldiers with the 300th MORE
From left, Sgt. T.J. Balkun, 300th MP Co., 97th MP Bn., explains the workings of an M-249 machine gun to Casey Sparks, FRPD; Frank Selvaggio, St. Louis; Grace Epperson, DES; and Larry Erickson, DES Sept. 11 at Fort Riley.

Battle analysis provides ‘Guardians’ professional development

October 06, 2014 — How did the death of Brig.Gen. Nathaniel Lyon affect the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in 1861? What was thesignificance of the creek itself as part of the terrain that shaped the battle?What role did the type of artillery play in the engagement? Those questions and morewere explored during a battle analysis by noncommissioned officers with the97th MORE
Staff Sgt. Edmourd Touchette, 300th MP Co., 97th MP Bn., walks through an analysis of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek during a professional development presentation Sept. 10 on Custer Hill. NCOs from across the battalion were assigned a historic battle to research, analyze and present their findings to 1st Inf. Div. leaders and subject matter experts from the community.

FOR YOUR HEALTH - Get jump on flu; don’t let flu jump on you

October 06, 2014 — Fort Riley Public Health andthe 1st Infantry Division invite you to get a jump on getting your fluvaccination this year. According to the Centers forDisease Control and Prevention, flu activity is low across the U.S. now, but itusually begins to increase in October and most commonly peaks between Januaryand March. It is imperative all of us at Fort MORE

SAFETY NOTES - Accident free – How to report an incident

October 06, 2014 — An accident or a mishap isan unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance, often with lack of intentionor necessity. It usually implies a generally negative outcome that might havebeen avoided or prevented had circumstances leading up to the accident beenrecognized and acted upon, prior to its occurrence. Injury prevention refers toactivities MORE

‘Durables’ select Soldier, NCO of Year for brigade

October 06, 2014 — Sgt. Shane Meyers,ammunition stock control and accounting specialist, Headquarters and HeadquartersCompany, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st InfantryDivision, and Spc. Brent Tegerdine, satellite communication systems operator-maintainer,267th Signal Company, STB, 1st Sust. Bde., 1st Inf. Div., were selected as the1st Sust. MORE
Sgt. Shane Meyers

‘Guardians,’ DES celebrate MP Corps 73rd birthday

October 06, 2014 — The Military Police Corps hasbeen assisting, protecting and defending for 73 years this September. In celebration of thecorps’ birthday, several activities, including golf, playing video games andbowling took place Sept. 10 across Fort Riley. The week culminated in amilitary ball for Soldiers with the 97th Military Police Battalion and MORE
Lt. Col. Kevin Comfort, commander, 97th MP Bn., demonstrates how to use a string for gimme putts prior to the start of a golf scramble celebrating the MP Corps’ 73rd birthday Sept. 10 at Custer Hill Golf Course. In celebration of the corps’ birthday, several activities including golfing, video gaming and bowling took place throughout the week across Fort Riley.

‘Dustoff’ Soldiers take part in lifesaving training event

October 06, 2014 — The sound of paintball gunsand life-like explosions could be seen and heard Aug. 28 at the MedicalSimulation Training Center, MSTC, as Soldiers with Company C, 2nd General SupportAviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1stInfantry Division took part in a realistic scenario-based training. The purpose of the MORE
Soldiers with the 2nd GSAB, 1st Avn. Regt. carry a dummy patient to a UH-60 Black Hawk medevac helicopter Aug. 28 at the MSTC. The purpose of the exercise was to train Soldiers on caring for casualties from the time they are injured until the time they are taken off the battlefield.

Fall Apple Day Festival a success

October 06, 2014 — More than 10,000 peopleenjoyed family fun activities at the 2014 Fall Apple Day Festival Sept. 13 atArtillery Parade Field. Thousands of communitymembers spent their Saturday indulging in apple pie-eating contests, watching cavalrydemonstrations, learning from period re-enactors, firing at the laser range,touring military helicopters, riding MORE
From left, Staff Sgt. Lester Padilla, 1st Bn., 18th Inf. Regt., helps Abbie Deans, 8, climb aboard a Bradley Fighting Vehicle during FADF Sept. 13 at Artillery Parade Field.

HASFR volunteers, pie queens set apple-pie making record

October 06, 2014 — It was a record-settingthree days of apple pie making. With nearly 12,000 premiumGranny Smith apples, 950 pounds of sugar, 360 pounds of butter, 375 pounds offlour and 26 18-ounce cans of cinnamon, volunteers worked full shifts tocomplete 2,000 apple pies in time for Sept. 13’s Fall Apple Day Festival. The pies – made byvolunteers from several MORE
HASFR pie queen Jenna Bell, center, poses for a picture with siblings, Alyson Groves, right, and her brother, Gavin, left, during the Sept. 13 FADF.

Children conquer obstacle course

October 06, 2014 — “I’m a ‘Big Red One’Soldier!” Children could be heardsounding off as Big Red One Soldiers after completing the obstacle course Sept.13 during the Fall Apple Day Festival at Tuttle Creek Park. A hay bale mountain andtunnel, an under wire crawl and grenade tossing were all included in theobstacle course run by the Special Troops Battalion, 4th MORE
Children climb over a stack of hay bales while running through the obstacle course during the FADF Sept. 13 at Tuttle Creek Park. The obstacle course was set up and ran by Soldiers with the STB, 4th IBCT.

ATV course combines fun, safe wheelin’

October 06, 2014 — With her helmet on andready, Eliana Zamorano, 7, eagerly eyed the All-Terrain Vehicle coming towardher, awaiting her turn to jump on. She then completed theGarrison Safety Office’s ATV safety course Sept. 13 during the Fall Apple DayFestival at Tuttle Creek Park. The course allowed FADFparticipants who were at least 6 years old to operate an ATV MORE
Sophia Grinston, 12, rides an ATV through the ATV safety course during FADF Sept. 13 at Tuttle Creek Park. The course was coordinated by the Garrison Safety Office and taught riders the proper safety procedures while riding on an ATV.

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