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‘Proud Americans’ train on fire, sling-load operations

December 23, 2014 — A sharp “boom” rippedacross the Kansas prairie, and the Soldiers gathered around the gently rockinghowitzer knew the silence that followed would continue until the next time thenation called for their storied unit. Even as their brigadeprepares for its upcoming inactivation, Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 32nd FieldArtillery Regiment, 4th MORE
Soldiers with the 2nd Bn., 32nd FA Regt., 4th IBCT, fire the last shots Dec. 11 at the completion of a four-day field training exercise on Fort Riley.

‘Demon’ Soldiers host candlelight vigil to honor fallen helicopter crew

December 23, 2014 — Six Soldiers were honored Dec.11 during a candlelight vigil in the 1st Infantry Division’s Victory Park atFort Riley. The emotional event broughttogether 1st CAB Soldiers, families and friends of fallen warriors ChiefWarrant Officer 2 Randy Billings, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Josh Silverman, Sgt.Chris Bohler, Spc. Terry Gordon, Sgt. 1st Class Omar MORE
A Soldier with the 1st CAB lights a candle to place on the memorial stone of Spc. Terry Gordon during a candlelight vigil in Victory Park Dec. 11 at Fort Riley.

2015 Fort Riley Tax Center Information

December 22, 2014 — As we wrap up the 2014 year and look forward to a new year, taxesmay be the furthest thing from your mind.  However, the Fort Riley Legal Assistance Office has been working hard toset up the Fort Riley Tax Center.   There is a lot of work and planning that goes into running a successfulTax Center. We have designated and set up the building and MORE

COMMUNITY CORNER – Reflecting on 2014

December 19, 2014 — As we near the end of 2014 andlook forward to a new beginning in 2015, the 1st Infantry Division and FortRiley are well poised for the future. This year, we accomplished andexperienced many great things in our Army community. For example this fall, wehosted more than 10,000 people at our annual Fall Apple Day Festival. Just a couple months ago, MORE

Hagel praises troops during Kuwait visit

December 17, 2014 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait –Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said he understood the problems facingdeployed Soldiers during the holiday season. “There’s some reflection ofthe holiday spirit here, and I always admire that,” Hagel told a gathering ofseveral hundred service members Dec. 8, referring to his service during the VietnamWar. “Once upon a time, MORE
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley (left) shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (right) Dec. 8 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Hagel visited and spoke to Soldiers and other service members as part of a multi-day tour of the region.

Post starts season with tree lighting

December 17, 2014 — As the 1st Infantry DivisionBand played festive holiday music in the background, Soldiers, families and theFort Riley community gathered Dec. 4 to celebrate Fort Riley’s Holiday Tree Lightingceremony at Ware Parade Field. The annual event brings theFort Riley community together to start the season, while also honoring deployedloved ones during the MORE
Santa arrives via wagon pulled by the CGMCG during Fort Riley’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Dec. 4 at Ware Parade Field.

‘Longknife’ troopers earn silver spurs

December 17, 2014 — Although the days ofcavalry on horseback is a thing of the past, troopers earning their spurscontinues to be an important part of becoming an expert cavalrymen. Fifty troopers with the 5thSquadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st InfantryDivision earned their silver spurs in a tradition known as a spur ride Nov. 19and 20 MORE
Troopers with the 5th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt. received their silver spurs after completing the squadron’s spur ride Nov. 20 at Fort Riley. Soldiers were pushed to their physical and mental limitations during the competition and in the end, 50 troopers earned their spurs.

‘Daggers’ test Fort Riley’s training capacity

December 17, 2014 — Tank guns crashing, machineguns chattering and artillery booming were the sounds Soldiers from the“Dagger” brigade made as they completed more than two months of situationaltraining exercises and a combined arms live-fire exercise at the post’s maneuvertraining and range areas. The exercise, which took monthsto plan, involved all battalions with MORE
An M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank from the 1st Bn., 18th Inf. Regt., fires at a target during 2nd ABCT’s combined arms live-fire exercise Nov. 15 at Fort Riley.

‘Guardians’ help veterans spread holiday joy in Topeka

December 17, 2014 — TOPEKA – Soldiers with the101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Divisiontook the time to make a difference in the lives of veterans and their lovedones Dec. 2 and 3 at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka. There, 12 active-dutySoldiers with the “Guardians” battalion assisted veterans in picking out MORE
Leonard Soetebier, a Vietnam-era veteran from Coffey County, Kan., (left) writes a Christmas letter with the help of Pvt. Robert Grunefeld, 101st BSB (right) Dec. 3 at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center, Topeka.

Local organization donates toys to WTB, MEB, deployed Soldiers

December 17, 2014 — Members of the Kansas AmericanLegion Family expressed their appreciation to Fort Riley Warrior Transition Battalion,Medical Evaluation Board and deployed Soldiers by donating 1,000 toys tochildren during Operation North Pole Dec. 5 and 6 at Fort Riley. Every child in attendance receivedan age- and gender-appropriate gift and had the opportunity to MORE
The Critchlow family, including (from left to right) Shyanne, 7, Jordan, 3, Joseph, 9, and Sharie shows off gifts they received from the Kansas American Legion Family.

Christkindl continues a community tradition

December 17, 2014 — Dozens of military familiescelebrated the Christmas spirit by partaking in one of Fort Riley’s Christmastraditions Dec. 6 at Riley’s Conference Center. Translated to “ChristChild” in German, Christkindl is a German tradition meant to celebrate thespirit of Christmas, a tradition brought to Fort Riley six years ago. During Christkindl,communities MORE
A family gathers at one of the vendors selling holiday-decorated gourds during Christkindl Dec. 6 at Riley’s Conference Center. The gourd vendor was one of about 60 vendors who participated in this year’s event.

Guest speaker testifies to life-changing impacts of drunk driving

December 17, 2014 — December is National Drunkand Drugged Driving Prevention Month. Fort Riley’s Alcohol andSubstance Abuse Program has dedicated the month to raising awareness aboutdrugged and drunk driving. In doing so, they brought inspirational speaker JaredEstes to Barlow Theater Dec. 4 to share his story on how drunk driving impactedhis life. Just six months MORE
Inspirational speaker Jared Estes (left) talks to Soldiers at Barlow Theater following his speech, “Fire Back.” Estes was involved in a vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver that killed his wife in 2005. December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.

Annual Trees for Troops offers Fort Riley families wide array of choices

December 17, 2014 — Fort Riley’s fourth annualTrees for Troops began before the Christkindl Market event Dec. 6 at Riley’sConference Center. As families lined up asearly as one hour before the initial operation of Trees for Troops, they scopedout the hundreds of evergreen trees carefully placed inside the tennis court rightoutside the center. For the Wisniewski MORE
Spc. Nathan Wisniewski, his wife, Tammy, and their son, Wesley, choose their first Christmas tree from Trees for Troops Dec. 6 outside Riley’s Conference Center.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER - Chaplain’s call for selfless service

December 16, 2014 — Editor’s note: Chaplain (Capt.)Kevin Daul, Religious Support, Plans and Operations, 1st Infantry Division, wasrecently asked how it felt for his family to be named Fort Riley’s 2013 VolunteerMilitary Family of the Year, as well as being honored with lighting the holidaytree in front of Building 500 during this year’s annual Fort Riley Holiday MORE

Discovery center, organizations create exhibit of local history

December 16, 2014 — MANHATTAN – Those who are aficionadosof the Little Apple, devotees of military history or who have a passion for allthings purple won’t want to miss “Flint Hills Forces: The Shaping of Manhattan,Fort Riley and Kansas State University 1917-1963” at the Flint Hills DiscoveryCenter. Visitors will be immersedin the period between 1917 and 1963 when MORE

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