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‘Dragon’ brigade reduces property assets rapidly, responsibly

July 8, 2015 — In May, logisticsrepresentatives from multiple Army echelons converged on the 4th Infantry BrigadeCombat Team, 1st Infantry Division’s motor pool, the designated staging areafor consolidating, assessing and direct redistributing property, the processsupported by Army Material Command. “The 701st ‘Diligent’Brigade Support Battalion, the Army Field MORE
Barbara Williams, distribution process leader, Red River Army Depot Direct Data Entry Team (middle-right), discusses the preparation of property items with Maj. Bradley Nelson, deputy commanding officer, 4th IBCT (right), Chief Warrant Officer 3 Russell T. Hale, logistics officer, 701st BSB (middle left) and Maj. Joseph Lee, executive officer, 701st BSB (left), at the 4th IBCT ARSTRUC motor pool, May 18 at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Soldiers, veterans unite at annual Big Red One society reunion

July 8, 2015 — LOMBARD, Ill. – “You’regoing to benefit more from four days with these guys than you will from 10years with me.” That was the advice givento Mark Darrow by a psychologist from the Department of Veterans Affairs.Darrow, a captain with the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, during theVietnam War, said he hesitated reuniting with the Soldiers he MORE
Brig. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, acting senior mission commander and deputy commanding general for support of the 1st Inf. Div., delivers the keynote address June 20 during the 96th Annual Reunion Banquet at the 2015 Big Red One Reunion in Lombard, Illinois.

National Guard tests new long-range capability at Fort Riley

July 8, 2015 — Soldiers from Battery Awith the 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery from the Kansas Army National Guardconducted their annual live-fire training exercise at Fort Riley, Kansas. However,this year’s exercise was historically significant because the firing batterywas geographically separated from the battalion headquarters. During the June MORE
A rocket launches from the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during a live-fire training exercise June 14.

4th MEB cases colors at inactivation ceremony

July 8, 2015 — FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – Theteal and gold colors of the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade graced FortLeonard Wood one last time before being cased June 17 at a ceremony on therain-soaked grounds of Gammon Field. Leaders, Soldiers andguests looked on as the 399th Army Band played traditional military music andthe 1st Infantry Division’s Commanding MORE
Col. Andy Munera, commander of the 4th MEB, 1st Inf. Div., left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley, 4th MEB command sergeant major, case the colors of the 4th MEB during an inactivation ceremony June 17 at Fort Leonard Wood’s Gammon Field.

Soldiers young, old take in history at First Division Museum

July 8, 2015 — WHEATON, Ill. – It was nocoincidence that the 97th annual reunion of the Society of the First InfantryDivision took place in Lombard, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. In addition to providingsociety members and their families plenty in the way of entertainment anddining options, the location allowed for daily trips to the First Division Museumat MORE

Drunk Driving Prevention Program debuted in spring, in full swing

July 8, 2015 — Fort Riley adopted the DrunkDriving Prevention Program, a new program to prevent drinking and driving thatprovides a free ride home to those who had too much to drink and are pre-registered.The program is a volunteer-based,non-profit organization that got its start in Hawaii. Volunteers not only getthe Soldier home safely, but they drive their car MORE

INSPECTOR GENERAL’S CORNER – In the matter of emergency leave

July 8, 2015 — Dear IG, I received a RedCross message, saying my grandmother passed away during our company National TrainingCenter rotation. I told my company chain of commandthat my mother and I moved in with my grandmother after my parents weredivorced. My grandmother raised me because my mother worked and my father movedout of state. My chain of command would MORE

Increased rainfall prompts focus on boating safety

July 8, 2015 — Rivers across the state of Kansasare flowing beyond what is normal due to the increased amount of rainfall the Midwestregion received in the past month. Outdoor Recreation staff atFort Riley say it’s a topic of conversation each time someone wants to rent aboat or visit the Fort Riley Marina. And safety is the number one concern. “Our biggest thing MORE

Random drawing winners hit housing survey jackpot

July 8, 2015 — A Corvias Military Living andResidential Communities Initiative shocked two lucky Fort Riley families withchecks for $1,500 each June 17. It has been 5 years since Corviasand RCI conducted a performance survey, and this time Jim Champagne, Directorof Corvias Military Living, and Steve Milton, Asset and Housing Manager at RCI,decided to sweeten the MORE
The family of Sgt. 1st Class Steven Fischer, 82nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., received a $1,500 check from Corvias. One winner for this post and one from among all Corvias installations.

Member of Kansas Board of Regents visits Fort Riley

July 8, 2015 — Rita Johnson, seniordirector of workforce innovation for the Kansas Board of Regents, the governingboard over Kansas’ 32 public higher education institutions, visited with the staffat Fort Riley’s Military Schools Training Division of the Directorate of Plans,Training, Mobilization and Security June 4. The purpose of Johnson’s visitwas to see the MORE
Bill Raymann, chief of the training division for DPTMS briefs Rita Johnson of the Kansas Board of Regents.

Father’s Day Barbecue offers families a feast

July 8, 2015 — Families from all over theFort Riley, Kansas, community gathered June 21 at Riley’s Conference Center tocelebrate Father’s Day over a meal of barbecue food hosted by the Directorateof Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Riley’s Conference center. Sgt. 1st Class T.J.Reutzel, Inspector General Company, Division Headquarters and Headquarters MORE

ZAC Camp Graduates

July 8, 2015 — Water splashedchildren’s faces as they kicked and swam June 19 in Custer Hill Pool on thefinal day of the weeklong ZAC Camp. The Camps,funded by The ZAC Foundation, teach children 5 to 9 water safety skills throughclassroom instruction, in-water instruction and interaction with first responders.The ZACFoundation was co-founded by Karen and Brian MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Schmidt, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley, Kansas, and Col. Andrew Cole Jr., Garrison Commander, presented each participant of the third annual ZAC Camp with a medal, certificate of completion about water safety and ZAC Camp T-shirt June 19 at the Fort Riley Youth Center.

Victory Week keeps kids in loop

July 8, 2015 — “I want to do it again,”said 2-year-old Rosalia Butler, daughter of Sgt. Brandon Butler, Company D, 1stBattalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st InfantryDivision, after throwing a bean bag and hitting her target. The obstacle course she wasparticipating in was called Boot Camp for Heroes and took place June 9 at MORE
Four-year-old Eli Yantis, son of Chief Warrant Officer 3 James Yantis, 82nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, finishes the tire obstacle at Boot Camp for Heroes June 9 at Custer Hill Parade Field.

Corvias bash lets teenagers enjoy good time with no pressure

July 8, 2015 — The staff at CorviasMilitary Living threw a big bash for all the teenagers living in Fort Rileyon-post housing at Colyer Forsyth Community Center June 18. The Teen Summer Sociallasted from 5 to 7 p.m. and was filled to the brim with things to do. Corviasworkers provided pizza, soda, a video game trailer, music, a photo booth and alarge graffiti MORE
A Teen Summer Social, hosted by the staff of Corvias Military Living, was filled to the brim with things to do. Corvias workers provided pizza, soda, a video game trailer, music, a photo booth and a large graffiti wall to write and draw on.

Vacation Bible School set for July 28

July 8, 2015 — Vacation Bible School is scheduledto begin July 28 at Victory Chapel and registration is under way. Roxanne Martinez, director ofreligious education at Fort Riley, said children age 5 through 10 are invitedto participate. It is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. each day and end at noon. “It’s very interactive,” Martinezsaid. “Kids remember VBS.” MORE

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