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K-State Cheerleaders jump to host cheer camp

December 22, 2015 —      The gym at Whitside Fitness Center was full of purple pompoms and excited little girls. In honor of Military Family Month, some members of the Kansas State University cheerleading team came to Fort Riley Nov. 2 to host a cheer clinic for the youth in the community and surrounding areas.      Head cheer coach Dani Ruoff has been helping with MORE
Harlow Motta, 4, daughter of Rachel and 1st Lt. Stephen Motta, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, is lifted into a student by the K-State cheerleaders at the cheer clinic Nov. 2.  “I enjoy doing it for the kids,” said Dani Ruoff, K-State Head Cheer Coach.

Community members fill the streets of Main Post with neon lights

December 22, 2015 —      Neon lights filled the streets of Fort Riley’s Main Post Nov. 6 as the Glo Run was in full force. Soldiers, their families and members of the community gathered at the start line at 7:30 p.m. Ashanti Ellis Corbin, facility director for Robinson Fitness Center and co-organizer of the event, said this is the third year for the run at Fort Riley MORE
Participants of the Glo Run warmed up with Glo Zumba before the race began. More than 750 people attended the event, and participants were encouraged to bring canned food items and in exchange they were given one free glow stick. The canned food was donated to the Ogden Friendship House and Junction City Caring Place, Inc.

Herington, Kansas - History and antiques

December 22, 2015 —      Herington, Kansas, is a small town with rustic charm from the main street to the ballpark. The real charm, however; is found in the historic value and antiques that can be seen in the local shops on Broadway Street. According to information from the chamber of commerce, Herington is in the southeast corner of Dickinson County. It is associated MORE
The Carnegie Library, which is celebrating its 100th year, was founded by Miss Drusilla Herington, the daughter of the town founder, and other women of the Women’s Mutual Benefit Club.  It remains in use as the town’s current library.

COMMUNITY CORNER - Happy and safe holidays to Fort Riley family

December 18, 2015 — The holiday season is a time to reflect and celebrate our beliefs and traditions with family and friends. Family makeups may include our families we were born, adopted or married into. It can also include our Army teammates we have chosen to consider brothers and sisters. Today’s Army is diverse and that means our Soldiers, family members, and MORE

Company of firsts: Gray Eagles return to Fort Riley

December 18, 2015 — The Soldiers of Company F, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, returned home Oct. 28 from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Soldiers served in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. “I had 117 Soldiers that were deployed ... with me along with 27 civilian MORE
A young girl carries a welcome-home sign prior to a redeployment ceremony Oct. 28 on Camp Funston at Fort Riley.

‘Longknife’ Soldiers make partnership with Chapman

December 18, 2015 — CHAPMAN, Kansas — When people come together to make things happen, the results can be remarkable. The partnership between “Longknife” Soldiers and Chapman has been chartered since at least the early 2000s There are more than 70 school partnerships throughout the 1st Infantry Division. “It’s like everything in life or in the Army,” said Lt. Col. MORE
Lt. Col. Brad Duplessis, right, 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, signs his name to a charter declaring the partnership between his squadron and Unified School District 473 Oct. 9 at Chapman, Kansas. Duplessis said, “It’s about people and you have to form a relationship and what we did is we tried to say, ‘Hey, we are on your team.’”

‘Fighting Aces’ bring home lessons from National Training Center

December 18, 2015 — FORT IRWIN, Calif. — The “Fighting Aces” of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, deployed to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 in support of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, of Fort Carson, Colorado. The Stryker MORE
Spc. Edgar Arevalo, left, a M1 Abrams tank loader, and Spc. Joshua Vaira, right, a M1 Abrams tank gunner, both with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conduct maintenance on their .50-caliber machine gun Sept. 19 at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.

Garrison employees recognized in monthly award ceremony

December 18, 2015 — The Garrison Awards Ceremony was held at Ware Parade Field on Oct. 30. Tim Livsey, deputy garrison commander, awarded the recipients on behalf of Fort Riley Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole Jr. and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Schmidt. “As Col. Cole says, we’re going to recognize a bunch of great Americans, but this is a small portion of the MORE
Brittany Toombs, program assistant for Child, Youth and School Services at Fort Riley, was named Garrison Employee of the Year during the Garrison Awards Ceremony at Ware Parade Field Oct. 30.

Air Force officers observe artillery capabilities at Fort Riley

December 18, 2015 — Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, hosted 95 Air Force officers Oct. 21 at Fort Riley during a leader professional development event. The Air Force officers were attending the Army’s Intermediate Level Education course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Lt. Col. Ryan MORE
Five helicopters landed at the Douthit Gunnery Com¬plex carrying the Fort Leavenworth airmen from the Army Intermediate Level Education course Oct. 21 for a training session with Fort Riley Soldiers.

Fort Riley volunteers awarded for service to community

December 18, 2015 —      Volunteers of the quarter were recognized Oct. 27 in a ceremony at Riley C o n f e r e n c e Center attended by Soldiers, peers and family members. Vo l u n t e e r s included active-duty members, spouses and children who take the time to help the community. “We un­derstand how important our community is in the Big Red One,” said Maj. Gen. MORE
Sgt. Ashley Crauthers, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division is recognized at the Volunteer of the Quarter ceremony Oct. 27 at Riley’s Conference Center. He was recognized for dedicating the majority of his time coaching and mentoring young athletes in the Manhattan, Kansas area over the summer as well as a number of other activities supporting the youth on Fort Riley and surrounding areas.

Fort Riley Soldiers support, train at National Training Center

December 18, 2015 — Soldiers from the 172nd Chemical Company at Fort Riley arrived at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, to meet Soldiers they would be training with in September. It is typical for Soldiers not to know their teammates until arriving at the battlefield. The Fort Riley Soldiers returned home Oct. 1 after a month of supporting a Fort MORE
A Soldier from 172nd Chemical Company conducts the initial wash for decontamination on a tactical vehicle during training at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.

No-shows hurt other patients

December 18, 2015 — Missed appointments are a waste of time. Ever had trouble mak­ing an appointment when you or a family member are sick? In many cases there are enough appointments available. The problem is too many patients fail to can­cel appointments. They choose not to show up. This means patients who need to see their provider can’t. “Patients who can’t keep MORE

Tombstone of cholera victim to be restored at the Fort Riley cemetery

December 18, 2015 — The cemetery may not seem like a typical place to look for history, but members of the Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley believe it is important to preserve the stories of the people who lived and served here. The society is donating $4,450 to restore the tombstone of Mary E.E. Rogers who died in 1855 during a cholera outbreak. MORE
The tombstone of Mary E. E. Rogers, who died in a cholera epidemic on Fort Riley, will be reconstructed Nov. 6 thanks to funds donated by the members of Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley.

No-dough Dinner honors founder

December 18, 2015 — The USO Fort Riley No-Dough dinner Oct. 29 was a bittersweet one as volunteers and the Blazek family honored Jane Blazek, who pioneered the No-Dough dinners at Fort Riley with her husband Chef Dave. “She loved Chunky Monkey,” laughed Amanda Huntington, one of Jane’s daughters. They were serving up their famous Chunky Monkey stew, a recipe Dave and MORE
Granddaughter Evelyn Huntington and daughter Amanda Huntington of Jane Blazek help serve rolls at the No-Dough dinner Oct. 29, which was in honor of the memory of Jane who pioneered the dinners with her husband Chef Dave.

Corvias grants, scholarships available

December 18, 2015 — Corvias Foundation, the pri­vate, charitable foundation of Cor­vias Group Founder and CEO John Picerne is accepting applications for the 2016 scholarships and education­al grants. Leaders at the Foundation awarded nearly $6 million in schol­arships and grants to children and spouses of active-duty service mem­bers since 2006. Applications for the MORE

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