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‘Guardians,’ JCHS renew partnership

January 29, 2015 — Junction City High Schooland the 97th Military Police Battalion renewed their commitment to each otherduring an Adopt-a-School charter signing Jan. 13 at the high school. About 25 members of the97th MP Bn., along with Lt. Col. Alexander C. Murray, Command Sgt. Maj. KevinC. Rogers and JCHS Principal Melissa Sharp, participated in the charter MORE
JCHS Principal Melissa Sharp (left) and Lt. Col. Alexander C. Murray, 97th MP Bn. (Right), renew their institutions’ commitment to each other Jan. 13 at the school.

Program offers help for those with disabilities

January 29, 2015 — To a new Army family,acronyms may seem difficult to understand. For example, EFMP. What exactly doesthat mean, and, what does the program offer? EFMP, or the Exceptional FamilyMember Program, is designed to provide a comprehensive, coordinated, multi-agencyapproach for community support, housing, medical, educational, social supportand personal MORE

Slingin’ Ink event supports inked Soldiers

January 29, 2015 — Some people get tattoos toremember loved ones or quote Bible verses, but getting support for a tattoo isa different ballgame, according to Staff Sgt. James Holmes, Headquarters andHeadquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team,1st Infantry Division. Holmes was one of severalparticipants at the second annual MORE
Sgt. Amber Minear, BOSS president, and Chris Dumler, DFMWR graphic designer, admire James Holmes during the sleeve portion of the Slingin’ Ink Tattoo competition. This was the second annual tattoo competition at the Warrior Zone.

Fort Riley begins implementing changes to access measures Jan. 20

January 29, 2015 — Changes in Fort Rileyinstallation access measures will be underway beginning 2015. The installationwill be phasing these measures from January through March of 2015. The first phase forcommercial vehicles is scheduled to begin Jan. 20. Commercial access will bevia the 12th Street or Estes Commercial Vehicle Gates between the hours of 5 a.m.to 7 MORE

Military families get aid for school

January 27, 2015 — ALEXANDRIA, Va. – ArmyEmergency Relief has announced the opening of its scholarship applicationperiod. Applications will be accepted from Jan. 2 until May 1. AER supports both theSpouse Scholarship Program, as well as the Maj. Gen. James Ursano ScholarshipProgram for dependent children. Scholarship specifics and the applications areavailable on MORE

Soldier trades her computer for tank

January 27, 2015 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – A“Devil” brigade human resources specialist traded in her computer to become thesecond female Soldier in the Army to qualify as a loader on an M1A2 Abrams tankDec. 10 at the Udiari Range Complex. Cpl. Brittany Robbins,human resources specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1stBattalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st MORE
Cpl. Brittany Robbins, human resources specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, traded in her computer for the opportunity to qualify as a loader on an M1A2 Abrams tank.

‘Gray Eagle’ prepares for Operation Inherent Resolve

January 27, 2015 — More than 100 1st InfantryDivision Soldiers will be heading to southwest Asia to support operations againstthe Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Capt. Kent Monas and 1stSgt. Keiandra Lane, commander and senior noncommissioned officer, Company F,1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat AviationBrigade, 1st Inf., MORE
Capt. Kent Monas (left) and 1st Sgt. Keiandra Lane (right), commander and senior NCO, Company F, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, case the company’s colors during a ceremony Jan. 6 at Fort Riley. The company’s Soldiers are set to deploy to Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIL.

‘Big Red One’ names best Soldier, NCO, squad of quarter

January 26, 2015 — The 1st Infantry DivisionNoncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Quarter Competition winners wereannounced during a Jan. 8 ceremony at Fort Riley’s Barlow Theater. Sgt. Joshua Guertin, 1stAttack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade,was named NCO of the quarter and Pfc. Christopher Omara, 1st Squadron, MORE
The 1st Infantry Division Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Quarter Competition winners were announced to a full audience during a Jan. 8 ceremony at Fort Riley’s Barlow Theater.

Fort Riley, University of Kansas join forces to remove chemical from groundwater

January 26, 2015 — Before 2002, a dry cleaningfacility sat just south of Custer Road on Fort Riley. Because of an accidentalrelease of a chemical known as tetrachloroethylene, or PCE, the University of KansasCenter for Science and Research Support is collaborating with Kansas City Corpsof Engineers to study the area and eliminate the chemical. In 2006, a MORE
Members of the Directorate of Public Works inject 8,200 pounds of soybean oil into the groundwater during the first treatment of a sandbar near the Kansas River. The original injection took place in May 2006. The enhanced soybean oil increases the population of small organisms that feed on the chemical tetrachloroethylene. The University of Kansas Center for Science and Research Support is collaborating with the Kansas City Corps of Engineers to study the area and eliminate the chemical.

FOR YOUR HEALTH - What should I drink during winter workouts?

January 26, 2015 — Soon the snowflakes will beflying, but don’t use this as reason to slow down on your winter health plan.Winter is a great time to join a gym, try a new class or get into a new wintersport. Winter is also a time to prevent dehydration. It is important forwarrior athletes to remember their sweat rate does not change just because thetemperature drops. MORE

Career resources available for Fort Riley families

January 26, 2015 — From writing a resume tosearching for a job, Fort Riley’s Employment Readiness Program can help. Starting with the FederalJob Application Workshop, participants can construct their resumes with help fromthe ERP – from the cover letter to the resume – and even some helpful pointersmost people might not think to include. Workshops are from 1 to 3p.m. MORE

Class teaches financial basics

January 26, 2015 — Money management classesoffered at Fort Riley could help Soldiers and their families better understand theirfinances, according to Clint Strutt, Financial Readiness Program manager, ArmyCommunity Service. It’s important for anyoneto understand their finances and money management, not just young families, hesaid. “The reason why it’s prettymuch good MORE

Sheridan Elementary fifth-grade teacher earns Kansas 2015 Horizon Award

January 26, 2015 — JUNCTION CITY – Chrystiana Miller,fifth-grade teacher at Sheridan Elementary School, was selected to receive theKansas 2015 Horizon Award for distinguished educators who have completed one yearof teaching. Miller was notified of thehonor during a surprise phone call from Brad Neuenswander, Kansas Interim Commissionerof Education. The award is MORE
Chrystiana Miller, front row center, a fifth-grade teacher at Sheridan Elementary School, recently was selected as one of 32 teachers across the state to receive the Kansas 2015 Horizon Award for distinguished educators who have completed one year of teaching.

Fort Riley to celebrate MLK Jr. Observance

January 26, 2015 — During his lifetime, Dr. MartinLuther King Jr. encouraged all citizens to pursue the purpose and potential ofAmerica. He strived to realize the dream of equality and a nation that affordsfreedom and justice for all. Fort Riley will celebrate King’sduring the Martin Luther King Jr. Observance from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Jan.21 at Barlow Theater. MORE

Gym goers get chance to try classes

January 26, 2015 — With the holiday season inthe rearview mirror, Fort Riley physical fitness enthusiasts are hitting thegym. One event designed to get people more active was the Battle of theButterball Bulge Jan. 10 at King Field House. “You get to meet newpeople,” said Sgt. Natasha Elysme, Company E, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion,1st Aviation Regiment, 1st MORE
Erica Holloman, military spouse, prepares to throw the medicine ball as hard as she can to the floor during a circuit breaker class at the Battle of the Butterball Bulge Jan. 10 at King Field House. The event featured different classes that DOD cardholders could try for free.

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