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Partners team up to help new Soldiers

December 18, 2015 — Candlewood Suites’ staff holds a weekly free social at the InterContinental Hotels Group Army Hotel at Fort Riley for people who are in transit. Every Wednesday, the IHG Hotel so­cial is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Candlewood breakfast area. The hotel staff provided free food and drinks. Along with food and drink, attendees were given the MORE
An aerial view taken from the second floor of the IHG Social in Candlewood Suites. The IHG Social is a weekly meeting on Wednesday nights for people who are in transit.

Warner-Peterson neighborhood fills last house

December 18, 2015 — The breeze was cool Oct. 27 as Alyson Payne and her husband 2nd Lt. Brett Payne met their neighbor Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mitchell Leibach outside of their home, the last house to be built on post by Corvias Military Living. Leibach’s wife Sara was unable to be there. She went back to Washington to finish last-minute details. The Paynes had just MORE
From left, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mitchell Leibach, Sara Leibach, 2nd Lt. Brett Payne and Alyson Payne stand in front of their new homes at Fort Riley, which is the final house that staff and contractors of Corvias built on post.

‘Hamilton’s Own,’ Fort Riley honor sergeant

December 18, 2015 —      Fort Riley and the 1st Infantry Division honored Sgt. Thomas Packer Oct. 29 in a memorial ceremony at Fort Riley’s Morris Hill Chapel. Packer, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., died Oct. 8 in Geary County of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.      Packer, a fire support MORE
Sgt. Thomas Packer

Post volleyball league spikes into action

December 18, 2015 — Spc. Tyler Griger, a medic with 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, fell to the ground desperately trying to keep the ball from hitting the floor. After all, that is the point of the game of volleyball. Griger is part of the team “I Got It” in the community life volleyball league, which plays MORE
Sgt. Kat Asumendi, flight medic, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, tips the ball over the net while Spc. Tyler Griger, medic with 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

Basketball team takes on colleges

December 18, 2015 — SALINA, KS — Pvt. Anthony Taylor, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, dribbled the ball to the basket with a minute and 46 seconds left in the game. There was 20 seconds left on the shot clock and the score was 72-76. But he kept his eye on the goal. Taylor was one of the players on the Fort Riley basketball team who played during the MORE
Pvt. Anthony Taylor, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, goes in for a lay-up during an Oct. 30 game against Tabor College at the K-State Salina campus. The team lost to Tabor with a score of 72-76.

Poyntz Avenue Entertainment, Manhattan, Kansas

December 18, 2015 — If looking for a great spot for entertainment, look no further than Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan, Kansas. Located in downtown Manhattan, businesses on the street can help anyone customize their experience. Art lovers should check out the Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery with works from local artists. It is the oldest commercial art gallery in Kansas with MORE
Strecker-Nelson art gallery is located on Poyntz Avenue in historic downtown Manhattan, Kansas.  It is the oldest commercial art gallery in Kansas with more than 5,000 square feet and 150 artists on display.

‘Big Red One’ rolls out CAMPLAN 2020

December 15, 2015 — Leaders of the 1st Infantry Division laid out the roadmap to the future of the “Big Red One” and Fort Riley to members of the greater Flint Hills community Dec. 11 during the CAMPLAN 2020 rollout in the division’s Joint Operations Center. The 2020 plan is the fifth campaign plan the division has drafted. Past campaign plans have facilitated the MORE
Cover, Campaign Plan 2020 - 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley.  View the document, http://www.riley.army.mil/Portals/0/Docs/Units/1ID/CAMPLAN_2020.pdf

Course hones ‘Dagger’ Soldiers’ skills

December 14, 2015 —  During the month of September, more than 50 Soldiers from different units and military occupational specialties throughout the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, enhanced their capabilities to combat radio controlled explosive devices at the post’s Tactical Support Center. The Counter Radio-Controlled IED Electronic Warfare MORE

‘Gold Lions’ prepare for response force mission

December 14, 2015 — Putting duty first is more than just a motto for the “Gold Lions.” They are required to maintain a level of readiness that allows them to deploy on short notice. Soldiers with the 1st Support Maintenance Company have 24 hours to muster Soldiers for an emergency deployment should a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear event occur. Members MORE
Maj. Michael Wellock, division deputy opera¬tions officer, explains to Capt. Cherry Black, 1st Support Maintenance Company, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, the grading cri¬teria for the level one Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise inspection Oct. 15 at the company headquarters on Fort Riley.

‘Daggers’ land, prepare to take on Kuwaiti partnership missions

December 14, 2015 —     CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — With less than two weeks on Ku­waiti sand, the Soldiers of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conducted reception, staging, onward move­ment and integration starting Oct. 13 as they prepared to take on the Kuwait mission from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in a MORE
Soldiers of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, arrive Sept. 13 at Camp Buehring. The “Dagger” brigade’s Soldiers will work closely with their Kuwaiti partners over the next nine months to increase partner capability while fostering close professional and personal relationships between the U.S. and Kuwait — an indispensable tool for building long-standing military-to-military associations.

‘Guardians’ show off capabilities in truck rodeo

December 14, 2015 —     The “Guardians” of the 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, held a truck rodeo Oct. 21at Fort Riley, The truck rodeo was a team building exercise conducted to demonstrate the battalion’s movement capabilities. Soldiers were broken into teams of three with each team consisting of one MORE
Soldiers with 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, work as a team Oct. 21 to back up a tactical vehicle towing a light load in between cones at a truck rodeo hosted by the battalion.

First-year Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets visit museum

December 14, 2015 — Captains Thomas Wasner and Sam Flaming, instructors of the Kansas State University’s Army ROTC program, es­corted 25 first-year Army ROTC cadets for a museum tour and professional devel­opment lecture at the U.S. Cavalry Mu­seum on Oct. 20 as part of their military science class. The students who attended the lab at the museum are all freshman and MORE
First-year Army ROTC cadets pose at the Fort Riley Museum during a visit Oct. 20 as part of their Military Science class. Captains Thomas Wasner and Sam Flaming, instructors of the Kansas State University’s Army ROTC program, escorted 25 cadets for a museum tour and professional develop¬ment lecture at the U.S. Cavalry Museum.

Foreign officers visit Fort Riley

December 14, 2015 — Partnerships in the Army not only exist between different posts in the United States, but also involves armies from other countries. The Soldiers of Fort Leavenworth hosted foreign exchange officers from Brazil last week and brought them to Fort Riley for a day to see the post and operations. “Fort Riley is bigger than it looks,” said Bill Raymann, MORE
Col. Luciano Simoes (left), staff officer, Brazilian army, smiles as 1st Lt. Austin T. Barrett, platoon leader, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Avia¬tion Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, greets Col. Luiz Mendez, liaison officer, Brazilian army, at the beginning of the han¬gar tour Oct. 21 at Marshall Army Airfield. The offi¬cers of the Escola de Comando e Estado-Maior do Exército, the Brazilian School of Command and General Staff of the Army, are at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where they are attending the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Opportunity for networking at job fair

December 14, 2015 — Soldiers, family members and retirees streamed into the Riley’s Conference Center Oct. 22 to attend the Army Community Service Job Fair. On one side of the conference center, there was a variety of booths staffed with representatives from companies. The other side of the conference center had representatives from colleges and technical training MORE
Master Sgt. Timothy Morgan, senior noncommissioned officer, Directorate of Public Works, talks about career possibilities with Officer Rachel Larson and Lt. Paul Forrester from the Salina Police Department at the Army Community Service job fair at Riley’s Conference Center Oct. 22.

Son of downed Cold War U-2 pilot shares story with ‘Big Red One’ Soldiers

December 14, 2015 — FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — When he was 12, Francis Gary Powers Jr. found out who his fa­ther was — or at least, who the world thought his father was. Francis Gary Powers’ death in a helicopter crash in 1977 called the nation’s attention back to 1960, when the pilot — then working for the Central Intel­ligence Agency — and his U-2 reconnaissance MORE
Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general, shakes the hands with Francis Gary Powers Jr., who shared the story of his father’s death in a helicopter crash Oct. 20 at Fort Leavenworth.

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