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Former top general in Afghanistan visits ‘Big Red One’ Soldiers

September 30, 2014 — Retired Gen. DavidMcKiernan, former top U.S. general in Afghanistan, visited Fort Riley Sept. 3,meeting with 1st Infantry Division Soldiers and leaders, conductingprofessional development with battalion and brigade command teams and taking anaerial tour of the post. “This is one of my heroes,”said Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st MORE
Retired Gen. David McKiernan smiles as his daughter, Capt. Stephanie McKiernan, 2nd GSAB, 1st Avn. Regt., talks to him while piloting a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Sept. 3 over Fort Riley. Capt. McKiernan piloted her father’s aerial tour during his visit to the post.

Firefighters prepare for disaster with HazMat training

September 30, 2014 — Ten Fort Riley firefighterscomprised the biggest component of trainees at Fort Riley the past two weekslearning how to handle incidents involving hazardous materials. Joining the post contingentwere two people from Aberdeen Proving Ground and two others with the 190th AirRefueling Wing, Topeka. A mobile team from the Departmentof Defense Fire MORE
Two firefighters wearing protective suits survey the site of a simulated chemical spill Aug. 28 at Fort Riley’s Hazardous Materials Processing Center at Camp Funston. They were among 14 firefighters from Fort Riley; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; and the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, Topeka, who responded to a simulated situation requiring containment by trained hazardous materials technicians.

‘Longknife’ Soldiers hone fundamental skills during XCTC exercise

September 30, 2014 — The 5th Squadron, 4thCavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division supportedSoldiers of the Iowa Army National Guard’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team,34th Infantry Division during an Exportable Combat Training Capability exerciseJuly 26 to Aug. 26 at the Total Force Training Center at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.“The XCTC MORE
A Soldier with the 5th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., right, qualifies his M4 carbine rifle July 29 at one of the training areas at Fort McCoy, Wis. The XCTC exercise provided the “Longknife” squadron Soldiers the opportunity to hone their fundamental skills at the section and platoon levels.

Garrison commander shares updates with Manhattan community

September 30, 2014 — MANHATTAN – Garrison CommanderCol. Andrew Cole presented a Fort Riley Update during the Manhattan MilitaryRelations Committee luncheon Sept. 3 in Manhattan. Cole provided an overview ofthe installation, which included key points about Fort Riley, theinstallation’s economic impact in the community, the possibility of force reduction,the importance MORE
Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole, left, talks with John Armbrust, executive director, Governor’s Military Council, right, following an MRC luncheon Sept. 3 in Manhattan. Cole presented a Fort Riley Update, including an overview of the installation, the importance of local partnerships and Fort Riley’s posture for the future.

CORRECTION: Stay ahead of deadlines if transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits

September 30, 2014 — Editor’s note: In the Sept. 5 issue of the1st Infantry Division Post newspaper, the following article was published witherrors. Therefore, we are rerunning the article with corrections to ensure you havethe information you need to make good educational decisions.  Post education officialsare urging active-duty Soldiers facing pending medical MORE

CWOC begins fall session

September 30, 2014 — The Catholic Women of the Churchstarted its fall session with prayer, breakfast and fellowship Sept. 3 at St.Mary’s Chapel. The group meets from 9 to11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Free child care is available for those in attendance.“We have lots of relaxingtime for fellowship and to get to know other women. It’s a great way to meetpeople if you’re new MORE
CWOC members enjoy fellowship with each other during the official start of the CWOC fall session Sept. 3 at St. Mary’s Chapel.

More than 700 helpers put together about 2,000 apple pies for apple fest

September 30, 2014 — “That’s 50 pies made!”shouted Kym Keil, co-pie queen, Historical and Archeological Society of FortRiley, during a volunteer pie-making shift Sept. 8 at the Culinary Arts DiningFacility. More than 700 volunteersare preparing, baking and will be selling the nearly 2,000 pies being made thisweek to support Fort Riley’s Fall Apple Day Festival Sept. 13 MORE
Rebekah McFarland, HASFR volunteer, peels and cores an apple in support of HASFR’s apple pie sales during a piemaking shift Sept. 8 at the Culinary Arts Lab.

USO Fort Riley coat drive starts

September 30, 2014 — There’s a moment when someone’sworld is brightened thanks to the generosity of a complete stranger. Crystal Tinkey, program manager,USO Fort Riley, said she remembers such a moment from last year’s coat drivewhen a little girl tried on a new – to her – pink coat with a furry hood forthe first time. “This child’s eyes just litup. This child was so MORE

FROG hosts annual dove hunting season opener

September 30, 2014 — A shot rang out, and David McNeal’shead popped up from behind a row of dead sunflower stalks. “Did you get it?” he asked hisfellow hunter, Staff Sgt. Tommy Ketchum, 1st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1stArmored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. “It went down somewhere overthere,” came the reply. McNeal set out in search ofthe fallen dove MORE
Oliver Hunter, FROG, center, delivers a safety brief at the beginning of the FROG Dove Hunt Sept. 6 at the Skeet and Trap Range.

Exhibit to focus on Flint Hills development

September 30, 2014 — MANHATTAN – Fort Riley.Kansas State University. Manhattan. These three entities will be the subject ofFlint Hills FORCES II: Our Town, Our Fort, Our University, an exhibit at theFlint Hills Discovery Center from Sept. 27 to Feb. 1, 2015. “(It’s) a trilogy about theforces that built the Flint Hills area and contributed to (its) development.Fort MORE

Absentee Voting Week is Sept. 29 to Oct. 6

September 25, 2014 — “The ballot is stronger thanthe bullet.” Abraham Lincoln, 16th presidentof the U.S., once delivered those words during a speech. Soldiers, family members andDepartment of the Army civilians who find themselves displaced from their homestate – from where they cast their vote – can register for an absentee ballotand vote remotely. The Federal MORE

AAFES hosts book drive for retirees

September 25, 2014 — Extra books just laying aroundcan find a new home during Fort Riley’s Army and Air Force Exchange Services BookDrive, which began Sept. 5 and will continue throughout the month. A book collection point is locatedat the entrance to the Exchange, located at Building 2210 off Trooper Drive. The books collected will beavailable to retirees and members MORE
Angela Geary, services business manager, Fort Riley and McConnell Air Force Base Exchange, left, and Maria Isabel Berrios Borges, sales and merchandise manager, Fort Riley Exchange, right, sort through books Sept. 8 for a book drive that began Sept. 5 and will continue through Sept. 30 at the Fort Riley Exchange.

COMMUNITY CORNER - Avoid thinking traps – seek help in stressful situations

September 25, 2014 — We are closing out September,which is recognized nationally as Suicide Prevention Month. I can’t stressenough how important each and every one of you are to your families, friends,military service and the nation. Remember, regardless of the circumstances,suicide is preventable, and you are not alone. The escalation of life’schallenges or emotional MORE

‘Big Red One’ Soldiers to deploy to Iraq in advise, assist, enable mission

September 25, 2014 — The Department of Defense today identified the 1st InfantryDivision as the headquarters unit to deploy as part of the upcoming transitionof authority in Iraq. The deployment involves a division headquarters element tosupport the combatant commander's mission requirements. About500 Soldiers from the 1st Inf. Div.’s Headquarters and Headquarters MORE

COMMUNITY CORNER - It’s an honor to serve with retiring deputy garrison commander

September 24, 2014 — On Wednesday we honored andbid farewell to our former Fort Riley deputy garrison commander, Mrs. Linda Hoeffner.Upon her retirement after 41 years of service, Linda now looks forward to thenext phase of her life as a retiree. Linda began her career atFort Riley in 1973 as a GS-3 clerk typist and rose through the ranks of the Departmentof Defense MORE

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