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Bal-A-Vis-X brings balance to Soldiers, family members

November 21, 2014 — Passing a small beanbagback and forth between hands may not seem like much, but it can make a bigdifference in one’s well-being, according to Earl Robinson, Family AdvocacyProgram specialist and clinical social worker. The small beanbag move ispart of Bal-A-Vis-X, which stands for balance, auditory and vision exercises. Theexercises are designed to MORE
Earl Robinson, program specialist, demonstrates a simple Bal-A-Vis-X exercise. The rhythmic exercises can help increase focus, decrease anxiety and foster relaxation.

Sewing classes available at Arts and Crafts Center

November 21, 2014 — Aspiring seamstresses ortailors of all levels – from those who have never threaded a bobbin to thoselooking to tackle clothing patterns – can pick up a new stitch or skill duringone of several upcoming sewing classes offered by the Arts and Crafts Center atBuilding 6918 on Custer Hill. BEGINNER A beginner’s class is scheduledfor Dec. 6 and will MORE
The Arts and Crafts Center, located at Building 6918 on Custer Hill, offers ongoing sewing classes. Upcoming classes include a beginner’s sewing class Dec. 6 and an intermediate level class Nov. 22. The center also offers a variety of classes and resources for woodworking, matting and framing, knitting and crocheting, scrapbooking and pottery firing.

‘Pale Riders’ reach out to school kids

November 21, 2014 — Soldiers are more than charactersin a movie or pixels in a video game. That’s just one lesson being taught toCouncil Grove, Kansas, school children by Soldiers with the 4th Squadron, 4th CavalryRegiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in their ScoutReaders program. Once a month, a small detachmentof “Pale Riders” troopers MORE
Sgt. Taylor Petersen, 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt. (left) watches as Sgt. Noah McClurg, also with the 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., reads a book to a first-grade class Nov. 4 at Council Grove Elementary School, Council Grove, Kan. The unit participates in a monthly program called Scout Readers, where members of the “Pale Riders” meet with school children and answer questions about military life.

WIC offers nutrition resources for families

November 21, 2014 — Women, Infants andChildren, or WIC, offers nutrition and health education for income-eligiblefamilies. The federally-funded program ensures pregnant or breastfeeding women,new moms and children, 5 years and younger, maintain good health by providing personalizednutrition information, checks for the purchase of healthy foods and referralsto MORE
The Riley County WIC program has a satellite office at Fort Riley, located at 7264 Normandy Drive, which offers nutrition and health education for income-eligible families.

‘Durable’ Soldiers salute Topeka vets

November 21, 2014 — TOPEKA, Kan. – Soldiers fromthe 1st Sustainment Brigade joined the Topeka community during the state capital’s2nd annual Topeka Veterans Parade Nov. 8 to express gratitude to those who haveserved the nation. As the “Durable” brigade Soldiersmarched in the parade showcasing the 1st Infantry Division’s logistics vehicles,Soldiers, leaders and family MORE
Col. Robert A. Law III, commander, 1st Sust. Bde., speaks with U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Terry L. Crowder, a native of Topeka, Kansas, during the state capital’s 2nd Annual Topeka Veterans Parade Nov. 8 in Topeka. The brigade presented military vehicles and marched in the parade with the brigade’s color guard.

Veterans enjoy reduced fees at golf course

November 21, 2014 — Brightskies and crisp air set the scene for veterans on the greens of the Custer HillGolf Course throughout the extended Veteran’s Day weekend, Nov. 7 to 11. Thegolf course offered reduced fees to veterans for the long weekend. “It’sthe right thing to do,” said Dave Crawley, manager, Custer Hill Golf Course.“We’ve been doing this for a few years MORE
Lt. Shelby Lewis, a Reservist with a unit from Oklahoma, watches his golf ball fly through the air near hole 18 Nov. 8 at the Custer Hill Golf Course.

Holiday message: Avoid drinking, driving

November 20, 2014 — “You booze. You cruise. Youlose.” The message is simple – drivingunder the influence can destroy lives. The Fort Riley PoliceDepartment is spreading the message through signs and DUI check lanes in hopesthat drivers and their battle buddies will come up with safe alternatives todrinking and driving. “I think all of us have aresponsibility to try to MORE

Ogden ACP to designate lanes for DOD, non-DOD coming onto Fort Riley

November 20, 2014 — The Ogden Access Control Pointwill change the way it vets persons coming onto the installation. Beginning at 5 a.m. Nov. 17,the right lane will be used for Department of Defense ID cardholders, while theleft lane will be used for Non-DOD ID cardholders. Signs are in place todirect traffic at the Ogden ACP to clarify the change. Non-DOD ID MORE

SAFETY NOTES - Think safety when using turkey fryers

November 20, 2014 — Each year during theholidays, we look forward to that perfect cooked turkey waiting on the dinnertable like so many magazine and TV commercials portray. Unfortunately, since mostof us do not have the cooking talents of a professional chefs, that dream isnot always a reality. That’s why so many of usare turning to deep frying our turkeys. With a MORE

Personal energy management training in time for holidays

November 20, 2014 — Energy management is aboutcontrolling the things that can be controlled. “It’s important to … make surethe limited resource of personal energy is given to either things a person hassome influence of control over or full control over. If not, that energy can bewasted energy,” said Joe Galus, master resilience trainer-performance expert MORE

Operation Christmas Child about sharing hope

November 20, 2014 — This year, Fort Riley is a relaycenter for Operation Christmas Child, which has collected and delivered morethan 113 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries. The goal of Operation ChristmasChild is to share hope in a tangible way with needy children around the world. The recipients, often indeveloping or war-torn MORE

‘Durables’ provide recovery assets for supply airdrops at landing strip

November 19, 2014 — ‘Durables’ Soldiersrecently provided recovery assets for supply drops from two C-130 Herculesaircrafts during nighttime airdrop operations Oct. 28 and 29 at Fort Riley. The Soldiers with the 541stCombat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st InfantryDivision were supporting a Joint Airborne Air Transportability Trainingexercise MORE
Sgt. Jack Tussey (left) and Spc. Chelsea Rapp (right), both wheeled-vehicle mechanics, 1st Support Maint. Co., 541st CSSB, recover an airdropped skid of material using the crane of an HMETT Oct. 28 at Fort Riley.

Stakes run high as engineers compete to be best

November 19, 2014 — FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. –Bragging rights were on the table as the 5th Engineer Battalion, 4th ManeuverEnhancement Brigade, 1st Infantry Division conducted a Sapper Stakescompetition Oct. 21 to 22. Eleven squads from three companies participated inthe event. In the end, the 1stSquadron, 1st Platoon, 515th Engineer Company was the winner. Spc. Kevin MORE
A total of 11 squads from three companies competed in the 5th Eng. Bn.’s Sapper Stakes competition Oct. 21 to 22 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Soldiers were required to create wire obstacles during the competition at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. The 5th Eng. Bn. is part of the 4th MEB.

Archeologists protect Fort Riley’s past, preserve its future

November 19, 2014 — A few yards from the Demon DiningFacility, several meters below the surface, lies a much older kitchen than the onefeeding Soldiers today. Although the history of thepost stretches back to the mid- 1800s when Native American tribes traveledthese plains, the site pre-dates those tribes by almost 10,000 years. The site is one thatarcheologists with MORE
Archeologists dig at the Mandel site looking for artifacts. The site is near the Demon DFAC and is listed by archeologists at Fort Riley as one of the most significant sites on the installation.

‘Dragons’ test fires, maneuver integration

November 19, 2014 — Several battalions with the4th Infantry Combat Brigade Team, 1st Infantry Division took part in a firescontrol exercise Oct. 20 to 23 in Training Area 27 at Fort Riley. The purpose of the trainingwas to build confidence in company-level key leaders and increase their abilityto integrate indirect fire into their scheme of maneuvers. It also served MORE
Fires support officers and forward observers with the 4th IBCT halt to observe the field of fire while executing a fires coordination training lane Oct. 23 at Range 29. The 4th IBCT fires execution coordination cell conducted the multiple-day exercise as a culminating event for battalion- and squadron-level fires observers and fires support observers in order to demonstrate their knowledge and confidence in the fires process during maneuvers.

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