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COMMUNITY CORNER - It’s an honor to serve with retiring deputy garrison commander

September 24, 2014 — On Wednesday we honored andbid farewell to our former Fort Riley deputy garrison commander, Mrs. Linda Hoeffner.Upon her retirement after 41 years of service, Linda now looks forward to thenext phase of her life as a retiree. Linda began her career atFort Riley in 1973 as a GS-3 clerk typist and rose through the ranks of the Departmentof Defense MORE

Brazilian officers meet ‘Big Red One’ Soldiers, leaders at Fort Riley

September 18, 2014 — Officers with the BrazilianArmy observed several 1st Infantry Division brigades before speaking with Col.Kenneth L. Kamper, the division’s chief of staff, during an Aug. 28 visit to FortRiley. Five students and twoinstructors from the Brazilian Army’s School of Command and Staff spent the dayon post observing aircraft used by the 1st Combat MORE
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Wayne Sodowsky, left, and Brazilian Army Maj. Cabral Marcelo Sergio, right, test the Dismounted Soldier Training System Aug. 28 at the MTC campus. Faculty from the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, escorted visiting Brazilian Army officers to Fort Riley as part of a Brazilian School of Command and Staff exchange.

‘Duke’ memorial prepares for new site at Fort Riley

September 18, 2014 — FORT KNOX, Ky. – Soldierswith the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division have spent morethan six months focused on transitioning personnel, facilities and equipment.On Aug. 21, the focus was on transferring the memorial of their fallencomrades. The Duke Memorial honors all of brigade’s Soldiers who made theultimate sacrifice during MORE
Lt. Col. Michael Zernickow, provisional commander, 3rd IBCT, and a native of Concord, Calif., center right, drops by the Fort Knox “Duke” Memorial site one last time before Soldiers and contractors complete the excavation process Aug. 20 at Fort Knox, Ky.

Be informed, be prepared

September 18, 2014 — Fort Riley’s Emergency Managementstaff begins National Preparedness Month in September with attention to thefirst of four themes in this year’s campaign – Be Informed. Tornadoes, strongstraightline winds, hail, flooding and winter ice storms have caused seriousemergency conditions and even disasters in the Fort Riley region, including atornado that MORE

‘Durables’ Soldiers strengthen spiritual resiliency

September 18, 2014 — Spiritual resiliency is oneaspect of the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness initiative. According to itsofficial website, the initiative aims to build, maintain and strengthen anindividual’s resilience through regular training. Approximately 80 1stSustainment Brigade Soldiers attended a prayer breakfast Aug. 20 at Riley’sConference Center on Fort MORE
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Lou Deltufo, spiritual leader, 1st Inf. Div., right, speaks to about 80 1st Sust. Bde. Soldiers Aug. 20 at Fort Riley. STB, 1st Sust. Bde., hosted a prayer breakfast at Riley’s Conference Center.

Demon’s DFAC takes 1st place in IMCOM West competition again

September 18, 2014 — Soldiers with the 1stCombat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division Demon’s Dining Facility werehonored Aug. 26 as Brig. Gen. Sean P. Swindell, 1st Inf. Div. deputy commandinggeneral for maneuver, presented the staff with a trophy for their first-placewin in the second phase of the Phillip A. Connelly evaluation. Representatives from the407th Army MORE
Col. Matthew Lewis, commander, 1st CAB, left, congratulates Spc. Donavon Sanford, Demon’s DFAC, 1st CAB, right, for his part in the Demon’s DFAC’s success Aug. 26 at Fort Riley. The DFAC competed against 11 others from the entire Western Region.

‘Rangers’ always brothers-in-arms

September 18, 2014 — John Essex still remembers histime spent in the “Ranger” battalion after enlisting at 17. He came to FortRiley in one of the Army’s last Cohesion Operational Readiness Training platoons.Under the COHORT program,which began in the 1980s, Soldiers served in the same platoon beginning in basicand continuing until the end of their first enlistment. MORE
Veterans with the 2nd Bn., 16th Inf. Regt. pose in front of the “Rangers” battalion sign at the 2nd Bn., 16th Inf. Regt. headquarters building Aug. 23 at Fort Riley.

Fort Riley continues efforts to decrease energy usage

September 18, 2014 — Simple actions, such asturning off lights at night and adjusting heat or air conditioning use could savemore than a million dollars throughout the course of a year. According to MichaelWitmer, acting energy manager, Energy Branch, Directorate of Public Works, FortRiley could save $9,000 each day through energy conservation efforts. Ed Saleem, an MORE
Michael Witmir, acting energy manager, DPW, points out a street light that is on during the day Aug. 27 just outside of Building 408. The light was as an example of an instance where energy could be conserved to save money.

Clay Center representatives visit troops

September 18, 2014 —  Vern Swanson, Kansas House of Representatives,and Ray Frigon, director, Country Place Living, LLC, an assisted living home inClay Center, visited Soldiers with the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4thInfantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division during their recent fieldexercise Aug. 26 at Fort Riley. The Kansas representativefor District MORE
Kansas Rep. Vern Swanson, District No. 64, right, speaks to Lt. Col. J. Frederick Dente, commander, 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., left, about the unit’s training during his visit to unit’s field site Aug. 26 at Fort Riley. Swanson visited the site on behalf of the Clay Center community to view the 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt.’s training and to meet with Soldiers.

Women’s Equality Day chance to reflect

September 18, 2014 — Seventy-two years hadpassed from the time of the first major women’s rights conference inmetropolitan New York to the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920, said ErikaSmith, licensed clinical marriage and family therapist and guest speaker duringthe Women’s Equality Day Observance Aug. 26 at Riley’s Conference Center. “ Women’s Equality Dayprovides MORE
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Band of BROs rocks out for K-State students on first day of classes

September 18, 2014 — MANHATTAN – For students atKansas State University, the first day of the 2014 fall semester was filledwith textbooks, notes and – thanks to the “Big Red One” – music. Playing hits from today andyesterday, the rock ensemble of the 1st Infantry Division Band entertainedstudents during the lunch hour Aug. 25 in the Bosco Student Plaza, located MORE
Cpl. Solomon DeBose, DHHB, 1st Inf. Div., sings with the Band of BROs, the 1st Inf. Div. Band’s rock ensemble, Aug. 25 in the Bosco Student Plaza, located just outside the K-State Student Union at K-State’s Manhattan campus.

Ronald McDonald House of northeast Kansas names Whites Family of the Year

September 18, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – A 13-month-oldbaby boy happily crawls across the floor sporting a pair of aqua blue glassesat his home in Junction City. One year ago, the same babyboy spent eight weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at a hospital inTopeka. Jonathan White, now a happyhealthy baby, was born at 29 weeks gestation to Mandy and Bobby White. Bobby MORE
The White family poses for a picture with Ronald McDonald during a fundraising event in which the family was named the Ronald McDonald House of North East Kansas family of the year Aug. 23 in Topeka.

Soldiers ‘stars’ on, off stage

September 18, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – Sgt. JohnPortela was in Korea when he learned about the spring auditions for “Jesus ChristSuperstar” in Junction City. He wanted to audition, but wouldn’t be reassignedto Fort Riley in time. He was anxious to get back onstage, he said, but had put his theatrical desires on hold. Meanwhile, the Junction CityLittle Theater postponed MORE
Sgt. John Portela, HHC, 2nd ABCT, center, sings about the growing rabble of people during a rehearsal for the upcoming JCLT production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.

Konza Prairie to have Visitors’ Day Sept. 27

September 18, 2014 — Konza Prairie Biological Stationis an 8,600-acre native tallgrass prairie preserve owned by the NatureConservancy and Kansas State University, and operated as a field researchstation by the K-State Division of Biology. Konza Prairie is dedicated toa three-fold mission of long-term ecological research, education and prairieconservation. Visitors’ MORE

3 from Fort Riley heading to Warrior, Invictus games

September 18, 2014 — “I’m ready.” Those were the wordsuttered by both competitors from Fort Riley about the upcoming national WarriorGames competition – Sept. 28 to Oct. 4 in Colorado Springs, Colorado – and theinternational Invictus Games competition – Sept. 10 to 14 in London. Sgt. Erin Stewart and Sgt.Scott Hasting, both with the Warrior Transition Battalion, will MORE
From left to right, Sgt. Scott Hasting, WTB, retired Staff Sgt. Jesse White, and Sgt. Erin Stewart, WTB, pose for a picture Aug. 28 next to the indoor pool at Long Fitness Center that they use for training. Hasting and Stewart will be competing in the upcoming Warrior Games in Colorado, with White as their coach. Additionally, White and Stewart will be competing in the upcoming Invictus Games in London.

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