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‘Big Red One’ Soldier, family say goodbye to Fort Riley

August 21, 2015 — FORT RILEY, Kan. – His nameis Paul Funk and he is a “Big Red One” Soldier. It’s a sentiment heard often atthe 1st Infantry Division in the last two years – words that instilled pride innot only the Soldiers who echoed them, but also in community members who werereminded of their significance. That phrase rang out acrossFort Riley’s Cavalry Parade MORE
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jeffrey Price, right, commander of the 1st Inf. Div. Band, salutes Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, outgoing commander of the “Big Red One,” as he; Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., left; and Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, second from left, commander of III Corps and Fort Hood, inspect the troops during an Aug. 6 change of command ceremony at Fort Riley. During the ceremony, Funk relinquished command of the division to Grigsby.

Protect yourself from summer pests and the bites they produce

August 21, 2015 — After a fun day at the poolor just being with friends, nothing can ruin the day like an annoying mosquitoor tick bite. Your skin protection won’t work as an insect repellent, so besure to keep some on hand and treat bites quickly to avoid infection. It may seem like a goodidea, but avoid using combination sunscreen/bug spray. Sunscreen should MORE

Fifty years ago: Army executes rapid buildup in Vietnam

August 21, 2015 — WASHINGTON – In early 1965,about 50,000 U.S. troops, mostly advisors, were in South Vietnam. By the end of1966, that number had grown to 385,000 with the majority being Army and by thattime, they were on the offensive, said Frank L. Jones. Jones, a professor at theU.S. Army War College, authored a pamphlet, “Buying Time: 1965-1966,” justpublished MORE
UH-1 aircraft of the 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion carry wounded 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, Soldiers away during the fight for LZ X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam.

Fort Riley officers attend Army Strategic Broadening Seminar

August 21, 2015 — Seven Soldiers from the BigRed One attended the Army Strategic Broadening Seminar at the University ofLouisville, Kentucky. The 29-day seminar ended Aug. 2. As an initiative from theArmy Chief of Staff implemented in 2012, the seminars prepare Soldiers for futureArmy leadership roles. Soldiers who attended had to first receive arecommendation by MORE

Teaching suicide prevention is how Gold Star wife gives back to community that means so much

August 21, 2015 — Sierra Herring was at her mother’s house near Fort Scott, Kansas,when her Family Readiness Group leader was on the way. They were close friends,which led Herring to never suspect what was going to happen next. Her screamstill haunts the FRG leader. It was an unforgettable reaction to a tragicevent. “I was verynaïve to the thought that anything bad MORE
Sierra Herring, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training instructor for the Fort Riley Suicide Prevention Program, shares her story and works to educate others in coping with devastating loss.

School spirit on display at Cosmic Bingo Night

August 20, 2015 — Cosmic Bingo School SpiritNight brought in a small but enthusiastic crowd. The event was held Saturday, Aug.8 at Rally Point, and started at 7 p.m. with doors opened at 6 p.m. The ticketswere $15, which included a bingo package and “swag”. There were cash prizes,drink specials, Minute to Win It games and costumes were encouraged. The eventwas open MORE
From left, military spouses Britney Bowen, Ericka Lewis and Angela Segura all came decked out in back-to-school gear to the Cosmic Bingo School Spirit Night Aug. 8 at Rally Point.

Post dove hunt scheduled for Sept. 4

August 20, 2015 — When Ollie Hunter firstarrived at Fort Riley, he sought after an outdoorsman group where he could meetother hunters and fishermen to continue his recreational activities. Then apost dove hunt was only a dream. However, members of theFort Riley Outdoorsman Group are sponsoring its 6th annual Fort Riley DoveHunt. It is scheduled for September 4, MORE

Castle Rock – Kansas Badlands

August 20, 2015 — Located about two hourswest of Hays, Kansas, the countryside gets wilder south of Interstate Highway70 between Quinter and Collyer. For a little off-roading experience travel the40-mile Castle Rock scenic drive. The dirt roads are rough and when it rainsthey become muddy and rough. Portions of the track have ruts that are 18 inchesdeep. It requires MORE
Castle Rock is a formation left behind from a time when Kansas was covered by ocean waters.

COMMUNITY CORNER – August is antiterrorism awareness month; chance to stay vigilant

August 13, 2015 — Terrorists don’t discriminateon who they attack. They often strike people and places they believe to be aneasy target. Measures are in effect on post to minimize the possibility of anattack, but we need everyone to keep watch for anything unusual. Security is animportant priority for everyone. Recognizing and reporting suspicious activityusing MORE

‘Iron Rangers’ exercise Total Army Concept

August 12, 2015 — FORT HUNTER LIGGETT,California – Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1stArmored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, partnered with the 91stTraining Support Division July 10 through Aug. 7 during Warrior Exercise 15-03.Lt. Col. Paul McCarthy,deputy commanding officer, 91st Training Support Division, said the WAREX MORE
Staff Sgt. Patrick Naragon (right), a tank commander with Company D, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry. Regiment, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., discusses how to identify a possible improvised explosive device with Soldiers from the 445th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services July 25 at Fort Hunter-Liggett, California. Naragon was one of 120 Soldiers who participated in the 30-day exercise designed to provide relevant and realistic training to National Guard and Reserve component Soldiers while reinforcing the Total Army Concept.

More than 100 hours of volunteer work earns Soldiers quarterly award

August 12, 2015 — Approximately 90 Soldiers andcivilians received awards for completing volunteer opportunities over the past threemonths during the Volunteer of the Quarter ceremony July 28 at Riley’s ConferenceCenter. Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk, commandinggeneral of the 1st Infantry Division, welcomed Soldiers and families to theevent. He said this ceremony is near MORE
Cpl. Travis Darling, 287th Military Police Company, 97th MP Battalion stands next to Maj. Gen. Paul E Funk II, commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division and Brig. Gen. Eric Wesley, deputy commanding general – support, as well as his own command team during the Volunteer of the Quarter ceremony July 28 at Riley’s Conference Center. Darling completed more than 100 hours volunteering as a designated driver, and received his Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

Judge Advocate General Corps celebrates 240th birthday

August 12, 2015 — At the Office of the Staff JudgeAdvocate in the large courtroom, members of the Judge Advocate General Corps celebratedtheir 240th birthday July 29. JAG consists of paralegals, noncommissionedofficer supervisors, judge advocates and civilian attorneys. The Legal Assistanceoffice is available to all military identification cardholders and provides MORE
Fort Riley Garrison Commander, Col. Andrew Cole, Jr., Col. Warren Wells and Pfc. Gerardo Sanchez use the ceremonial saber to cut the cake at the Judge Advocate General Corps 240th birthday July 29.

Soldiers complete program with graduation and job opportunity

August 12, 2015 — The first graduating class toreceive their commercial driver’s license credentials walked across the stageto receive their certificates July 31 at Fort Riley. Kansas Secretary of State, KrisKobach, Teamsters International Representatives, ABF Trucking president andFort Riley officials congratulated the Soldiers from the first Fort RileyCareer MORE
The first graduating class to receive their commercial driver’s license credentials walked across the stage to receive their certificates July 31 at Fort Riley. The six-week course provided commercial driver’s license instruction and behind-the-wheel experience to Soldiers who are close to their end-of-service date. The program, called the Career Skills Program, is the result of a partnership between the Teamsters Military Assistance Program, ABF Freight and the Department of Defense. This allows Soldiers to step into the civilian workforce with a guaranteed job.

Clinic provides local, personalized care

August 12, 2015 — Junction City resident andretiree beneficiary Janice Morris won’t need to drive her car the next time shegoes to see her provider. She may just walk to the newly built Army MedicalHome on Southwind Drive. Located six miles from FortRiley in Junction City, the Flint Hills Medical Home is the first to be openedsolely for the benefit of Active Duty MORE
Irwin Army Community Hospital celebrates the opening of the new Flint Hills Medical Home during a ribbon cutting ceremony July 31 in Junction City, Kansas From left to right: Command Sgt. Maj. Carol Warren-Clark, IACH Command Sergeant Major; Paul Jacob, FHMH Group Practice Manager; Janice Morris, the clinic’s first patient; Col. Risa Ware, IACH Commander; and Col. Peter Minalga, 1st Infantry Division Chief of Staff participate in the ribbon cutting.

Breastfeeding best choice for mother, baby health, experts say

August 12, 2015 — The military mother who wantsto keep breastfeeding her baby after a return to duty should be encouraged bythe fact that breastfeeding is the natural way to feed her baby. It advances a baby’s physicaland mental growth and development, and also benefits the mother’s health. In fact, Aug. 1 through 7was World Breastfeeding Week, a combined effort MORE

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