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Manhattan resident paints, writes cards for Red Cross program

December 29, 2015 — One night, Myrna Filion had a dream she was in Iraq handing out Christmas cards to Soldiers during wartime and trying to spread holiday cheer. The next day, she called her daughter to tell her about the dream. Her daughter said she should do that, and so Filion started her endeavor painting and writing 2,000 holiday cards for Soldiers for the MORE
Myrna Filion, a resident of Via Christi assisted living facility, Manhattan, Kansas, hand paints and donates holiday cards to the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program. She painted 2,000 cards this year and hopes to double the amount for next year. Besides volunteering to paint cards for the American Red Cross’ program, she also volunteers with Manhattan Parks and Recreation Barrier Free Theater, an arts program for children and adults with disabilities. She is pic¬tured here in a production of “Robin Hood.”

Families flock to No Dough Dinner

December 29, 2015 — Families of the Fort Riley community gathered at the Culinary Arts building on Cameron Avenue where the smell of smoked ham filled the rooms decorated with sunflowers on tables wrapped in red handkerchiefs. “This dinner is special in the fact that we are partner­ing with Army Community Service for the Month of the Military Family to show MORE
Pfc. Keith Wrenn, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division goes through the line taking some of the mixed vegetables which are always in supply at the No Dough Din¬ners. The dinner was hosted by volunteers of the USO Fort Riley and sponsored by Army Community Service and the Association of the United States Army. It took place in the Culinary Arts building Nov. 16.

Fort Riley basketball team takes three of four home games

December 29, 2015 —     In the final seconds of the last game at King Field House Nov. 15 against Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Spc. Montanize Woods, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, took a chance on making a 3-point shot as the buzzer went off.     Woods made the shot, tied the game and sent it MORE
Capt. Richard Shaw, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, drives for a lay-up dur¬ing a Nov. 14 basketball game at King Field House against Whiteman Air Force Base. The Fort Riley team won the game, 79-68.

Fort Riley Soldiers get chance at once-in-a-lifetime hunting opportunity

December 29, 2015 — Maj. Matt Leblanc, 97th Military Police Battalion, crouched into a spruce tree the second week of September with the goal of successfully hunting a bull elk – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at Fort Riley. “The wind was in my face, the sun was at my back and I was tucked into a spruce tree,” LeBlanc said. “Just as it was getting light out, I used MORE
Maj. Matt Leblanc of the 97th Military Police Battalion successfully bagged a bull elk in early September. LeBlanc had the good fortune of being drawn for the bull tag this year. Drawings are held that allow hunters to pursue elk on Fort Riley.

North Topeka Arts District

December 29, 2015 —      In a little corner of north Topeka, Kansas on Kansas Avenue next to the historic Union Pacific railroad lies the North Topeka Arts District, where there is vintage shopping, local products, art from Midwest residents and the entertainment of hometown bands. The location of north Topeka was laid out as a small town known as Eugene in 1865. Less MORE
The North Topeka Arts District is a place to explore art and music. There are events every weekend, including First Fridays, where the shops feature sidewalk sales, art shows and there are also live performances from local bands.

‘Pacesetters’ return to Fort Riley in time for the holidays

December 23, 2015 — More than 65 Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, returned to Fort Riley Dec. 17 after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait. The “Pacesetters” battalion deployed in March 2015, where unit Soldiers supported missions in Iraq and throughout the MORE
Spc. Jimmy Newsome, a chemical, a biological, radiological and nuclear noncommissioned officer with the 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, embraces his wife, Karolyn, and his son during the redeployment ceremony for the battalion at Fort Riley’s Camp Funston Dec. 17. The “Pacesetters” returned from a nine-month deployment to Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

COMMUNITY CORNER – Happy holidays and thanks for all you do

December 23, 2015 —      Another year is drawing to a close and I want to take this time to let everyone know what an honor it is to serve as the Garrison Commander with such a dedicated group of Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians here at Fort Riley. It was a busy year and everyone had a key role to play in ensuring that a post of this size runs smooth each MORE

A Welcome Home With Honor

December 22, 2015 — As the hangar doors slowly opened, hundreds of loved ones and members of the community leapt to their feet, wildly applauding and cheering as the men and women who fought in one of the nation’s most complicated and controversial wars entered the room. It was a much different reception than the one the troops saw more than four decades ago as they MORE
Veterans stand and wave to the crowd as they are thanked for their service Nov. 6 at the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony at Marshall Army Airfield. The ceremony was filled with emotional and heartfelt moments for the veterans, many of whom never received a ceremony welcoming them home like troops returning today. This year marks 50 years since the beginning of the war and the division’s receipt of deployment orders.

‘Black Knights’ dismount for live-fire training

December 22, 2015 —  The “Black Knights” of Company A, 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infan­try Division, conducted squad dismounted live-fire training Oct. 28 at Fort Riley. As an armor regiment, Soldiers must be prepared for tank missions, but dur­ing this live-fire training exercise, they patrolled by foot through a MORE
Spc. Nicholas McCrady, an infantryman with 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, Company A, 3rd Battalion 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, fires his M4 carbine as Pvt. Kyle Hobart, an infantryman in the same squad, gets in position for support fire Oct. 28 at Fort Riley.

‘Dagger’ brigade assumes partnership mission

December 22, 2015 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — The Soldiers of the 2nd Ar­mored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, led by Col. Miles Brown and Com­mand Sgt. Maj. Larry Orvis, assumed responsibility of the theater security cooperation and partnership mission from the Soldiers of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th In­fantry Division, Nov. 5. The transfer of MORE
Col. Miles Brown and Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Orvis, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, command team, uncase their unit’s colors Nov. 5 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The “Dagger” brigade’s Soldiers will work closely with their regional partners during the next nine months to increase partner capability while fostering long-standing, military-to-military relationships.

‘Big Red One’ celebrated at K-State military appreciation football game

December 22, 2015 — MANHATTAN, Kansas — The 1st Infantry Division’s Soldier of the Year is a lifelong Kansas State University foot­ball fan. Sgt. Zack Crisman, a Wichita native, got a “really big” opportunity Nov. 5 when he and the “Big Red One’s” noncommis­sioned officer of the year, Sgt. Devin McClain, participated in the mid-field coin toss before the Wildcats’ MORE
Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general; Command Sgt. Maj. Dale Sump, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team senior noncommissioned officer; Command Sgt. Maj. John Jones, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., senior noncommissioned officer; and Lt. Col. Trent Upton, 1st Bn., 16th Inf. Regt., commander, lead football players from Kansas State University out of the tunnel Nov. 5 and onto the field before the start of the annual Fort Riley Day game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Authorized use of drone at Fort Riley ranges a first

December 22, 2015 — The staff of the Integrated Training Area and Sustain­able Range Program are using a drone as a tool to assist in range maintenance. The required certification for the use of drone technolo­gy in this way is the first of its kind for Army installations, said Tony Davis, Integrated Training Area Management coordinator. As the department down­sized, MORE
Shawn White, Sustainable Range Program coordinator, and Tony Davis, Integrated Training Area Management coordinator, calibrate a drone before flight Nov. 6.

Vietnam veteran reflects on his welcome home

December 22, 2015 — Joining the Army was Pete Oliveras’ contribution to his family. “I felt it was something I had to do,” said Oliveras, chief of claims, Claims Division, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Riley. Oliveras is a Vietnam War veteran and a former Soldier with the 1st Armored Bri­gade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, who was among those honored MORE
Pvt. Pete Oliveras, an intelligence analyst with the 8th Radio Research Field Station, 508th Radio Research Group, guards his barracks in 1971 in Vietnam. Oliveras served three tours in Vietnam and retired in 1992.

SAFETY CORNER - Danger lurks with drinking and driving

December 22, 2015 —      After consuming alcohol at a party or friendly gathering some members of team Riley may say, “What’s the harm? I got home safely and no one was hurt.” However, they neglect to say, “This time.”      You may have driven home while buzzed or intoxicated several times without incident, but the “one time” will be the difference between life and MORE

St. Mary’s students pay visit to Fort Riley

December 22, 2015 — Fifth and sixth grade students and teachers from St. Mary’s Catholic School of Ellis, Kansas, visited Fort Riley Nov. 4 to learn about the history of the post. The visit was led by the Rev. Richard L. Daise, the pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Ellis. The visit started at St. Mary’s Chapel where Chaplain (Maj.) Anthony Kazarnowicz Jr. taught the MORE
Robert Smith, museum director, teaches the kids about artifacts that were found around the museum, which used to be a hospital. The fifth and sixth grade students of St. Mary’s Catholic School in Ellis, Kansas, were touring Fort Riley for their field trip Nov. 4.

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