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CGMCG tactical demos wow crowds

October 06, 2014 — Hundreds of community membersapplauded the Commanding General’s Mounted Colored Guard as they performed threedemonstrations Sept. 13 during the 2014 Fall Apple Day Festival. The CGMCG performed tacticalcavalry demonstrations, shot targets with pistols and jousted with sabers whileon horseback as Sgt. Jose Pacheco, CGMCG, narrated. Cavalry-era MORE
A Soldier with the CGMCG shoots balloon targets during a tactical cavalry demonstration Sept. 13 during FADF at Artillery Parade Field.

MWD demonstrations treat, educate public

October 06, 2014 — Ears perked up and eyesbright, a military working dog was on alert as he watched a Soldier with themilitary police call out to a suspect to stay where she was. Instead, thesuspect turned and fled the scene. The dog leapt over a barrier in pursuit andlanded a bite on her arm, stopping the suspect in her tracks. The scenario was played outas part of MORE
MWD Santa emerges from an agility course tunnel as his handler, Sgt. Armando Zarate, 523rd MP Det., 97th MP Bn., looks on during a FADF MWD demonstration Sept. 13 at Artillery Parade Field.

9/11 proclamation signing marks ‘Diehards,’ CHES entering into partnership

October 06, 2014 — Soldiers with the 1stBrigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st InfantryDivision officially adopted Custer Hill Elementary School during a proclamationsigning Sept. 11 at CHES. “A proclamation is anagreement,” Melanie Laster, principal, CHES, explained to the children gatheredfor a special assembly to recognize the partnership MORE
Lt. Col. Jason Taliaferro, commander, 1st Bde. Eng. Bn., right, signs a proclamation marking the unit’s partnership with CHES as Principal Melanie Laster, left, looks on during a Sept. 11 assembly at the school.

Custer Hill, USD 475 schools commemorate 9/11 with Freedom Walks

October 06, 2014 — Custer Hill ElementarySchool was a sea of red, white and blue, as students wore patriotic colors foran annual Freedom Walk Sept. 11. Schools across Unified School District 475Geary County Schools participated in Freedom Walks to remember the tragedy of9/11, honor the fallen and celebrate the heroism of the first responders andthose who protect the MORE
Students and Soldiers participate in a Freedom Walk Sept. 11 at CHES. Schools across USD 475 participated in Freedom Walks to remember the tragedy of 9/11, honor the fallen and celebrate the heroism of the first responders and those who protect the freedom of the nation.

Deployed ‘Devil’ Soldiers display talents

October 06, 2014 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait –Spc. Jonathan Hunter, information technology specialist, 518th TacticalInstallation Networking Company, 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35thSignal Brigade, won the Buehring’s Got Talent competition Sept. 5 at the Oasis Morale,Welfare and Recreation stage area. The competition wascosponsored by the 101st Brigade Support MORE
Sgt. Mark Maldonado, small arms artillery repairer, 101st BSB, 1st ABCT, performed “If I Ever Fall in Love” by Shai during the Buehring’s Got Talent competition Sept. 5 at the Oasis Morale, Welfare and Recreation stage area at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

‘Pale Riders’ host resiliency building competition

October 06, 2014 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait –Soldiers and leaders with the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st ArmoredBrigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division competed in a unit resiliencycompetition to highlight Soldier improvements in physical fitness andcombat-focused tactical skills Aug. 14 at Camp Buehring. Capt. Jordan McElroy,squadron fire support officer, MORE
Capt. Matthew Strohman, Troop A, 4th Sqdn. 4th Cav. Regt., right, encourages his Soldiers during the medical evaluation and evacuation stage of the resiliency competition Aug. 14 at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait. The competition was designed to test Soldiers’ mental and physical toughness and tactical proficiency, while building squadron morale.

Mounted color guard Soldiers compete at Kansas State Fair

October 06, 2014 — HUTCHINSON, Kan. – With itsmost experienced muleskinners long departed, the Commanding General’s MountedColor Guard took a rookie team to this year’s Kansas State Fair and walked awaywith seven ribbons. Teams of CGMCG Soldiers competeyearly in the Draft Horse Competition with mules, Jane and Julie, and Percherondraft horses, Jenny and Joy. For a MORE
Sgt. Richard Davis and Sgt. Colin Steffa guide Jane and Julie through the arena Sept. 6 as Troopers Samantha Jordan and Nicole Torgerson guide Jenny and Joy as part of a special exhibition during the Kansas State Fair’s Draft Horse Competition in Hutchinson, Kan. The CGMCG sent six of its NCOs and troopers to compete at the fair.

COMMUNITY CORNER - Domestic violence has no place in our Army

October 03, 2014 — Domestic violence is anissue of concern widely recognized throughout our society, Department ofDefense and the Army. Domestic abuse is unacceptable within our American culture.Relationships should be safe, respectful and positive. In order to assist victims,as well as ourselves should we encounter domestic abuse, it is important torecognize the MORE

‘Big Red One’ Soldiers to deploy

September 30, 2014 — Division heads to Iraq to advise, assist,enable.The Department of Defense identifiedthe 1st Infantry Division as the headquarters unit to deploy as part of theupcoming transition of authority in Iraq. The deployment involves a divisionheadquarters element to support the combatant commander’s mission requirements.Approximately 500 Soldiers MORE

Fort Riley to host safe driving program for teenagers Oct. 2

September 30, 2014 — Safe driving skills will bethe focus of the Teen Driving Skills for Life program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Oct. 2 at Fort Riley. “Distracted driving will bea big focus of the program. We have too many teens dying in vehicular accidentsdue to texting and other distractions. It’s important to get them educated, sothey can be safe while driving,” said Rod MORE

Wounded Warrior weekend highlights resiliency among injured veterans

September 30, 2014 — Excitement was in the airthis weekend as the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, along with nationalsports celebrities, visited Fort Riley and Manhattan to play a double-headeragainst local VIPs Sept. 6 at Tointon Family Stadium. Celebrities toured FortRiley to interact with 1st Infantry Division Soldiers and to see day-to-dayoperations around MORE
Johnathan Herst, third baseman, Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, throws a ball to warm up Sept. 6 prior to a game against the Fort Riley Celebrity All-Star Team at K-State’s Tointon Family Stadium, Manhattan.

Post ceremony honors outgoing general

September 30, 2014 — They were words Brig. Gen. SeanP. Swindell said countless times in his year as one of the 1st InfantryDivision’s deputy commanders. Yet, during a Victory with Honors ceremony in hishonor Sept. 4, he could hardly get them out. “My name is Sean Swindell andI,” he said before choking up. “… will always be a ‘Big Red One’ Soldier …” The words didn’t MORE
Brig. Gen. Sean P. Swindell, outgoing 1st Inf. Div. deputy commanding general for maneuver, right, salutes Sept. 4 after receiving the 1st Bn., 7th FA Regt. gunnery battery’s shell given to him by Spc. Rudy Gonzalez, left, in remembrance of Swindell’s time with the division at Fort Riley.

International leaders visit Fort Riley, ‘Big Red One’

September 30, 2014 — More than 100 field-grade officersrepresenting more than 80 countries from across the globe – from Singapore toKazakhstan and Germany to Peru – spent a day at Fort Riley Sept. 3 as part oftheir coursework at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at FortLeavenworth, Kansas. “This is actually really goodto get a picture of what is going on MORE
Lt. Col. Alexander Bullock, commander, STB, 2nd ABCT, right, speaks to international officers, including German army Lt. Col. Matthias Greune, left, visiting from Fort Leavenworth’s Command and General Staff College Sept. 3 at Douthit Multipurpose Range Complex. The visiting students witnessed Bullock’s battalion conduct crewlevel stabilized and unstabilized gunnery.

‘Pacesetters’ earn Army Safety Excellence Streamer

September 30, 2014 — For setting a safetymilestone, the 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st SustainmentBrigade, 1st Infantry Division received the Army Safety Excellence Streamerduring a Sept. 5 ceremony at Fort Riley. For the past year,“Pacesetter” Soldiers in the 24th Transportation Company, 1st MaintenanceSupport Company and 541st Headquarters and MORE
Col. Robert A. Law III, commander, 1st Sust. Bde., and Lt. Col. Ronnie D. Anderson, commander, 541st CSSB, place the Army Safety Excellence Streamer on the 541st CSSB’s colors during a ceremony on Pacesetter Field Sept. 5 at Fort Riley. The Army Safety Excellence Streamer is awarded to units without any Class A or Class B accidents within a 12-month period.

1st CAB pilot earns Purple Heart

September 30, 2014 — April 15 started off likeany other day for Chief Warrant Officer 2 Wesley Rinehart and his copilot, 1stLt. Ryan Maynard. The two were serving inAfghanistan with Troop B, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st AviationRegiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. “We were tasked to provideaerial reconnaissance support to a route MORE
Chief Warrant Officers 2 Roberto Palenzuela, left, and Wesley Rinehart, OH-58D Kiowa Warrior pilots, 1st CAB, display an American flag at Kandahar Airfield following its flight in the skies above Afghanistan Feb. 10. After deployment, Rinehart gifted this flag to Lakeview Elementary in Sarasota, Fla., during a surprise reunion with his children at school.

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