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May 14, 2015 — We are in the peak militarypermanent change of station moving season. Do you remember when youfirst arrived to Fort Riley? Even if you’ve moved numerous times throughout yourcareer, it was still important to us that you felt welcomed to the Fort Rileyfamily and became familiar with your new area as well as resources available toyou on post. MORE

Division’s best to compete for Gainey Cup

May 13, 2015 — A cavalryman team from TroopA, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Team represented the1st Infantry Division at the 2015 Gainey Cup competition May 4 to 8 at FortBenning, Georgia. The Gainey Cup is a competitionnamed after retired Command Sgt. Maj. William “Joe” Gainey, the first senior enlistedadvisor to the chairman of the MORE
The 1st Inf. Div. 2015 Gainey Cup team, which is from Troop A, 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., 4th IBCT, is pictured in front of division headquarters Feb. 25 at Fort Riley. They competed May 4 to 8 at Fort Benning, Georgia, for the title of best cavalry squad in the Army. Pictured from left to right are Spc. Joeland Garcia, Sgt. Dawonta R. Henderson, Sgt. Juan F. Rocha, Sgt. Timothy M. Yanez, Spc. Christopher Omara and Staff Sgt. Brian J. Heather.

Veterans association dedicates Vietnam memorial

May 13, 2015 — Five decades ago the 1st InfantryDivision received orders to deploy to Vietnam, and while the Soldiers whoserved with the 16th Infantry Regiment during the conflict will never forgetit, the regiment’s association has ensured future generations will remember thosewho fought. The 16th Infantry Regiment Associationdedicated the 16th Infantry Vietnam MORE
Brig. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, 1st Inf. Div. senior mission commander, greets members of the 16th Infantry Regiment Association after the unveiling of the 16th Infantry Vietnam Monument May 1.

Fort Riley wins fifth U.S. Army deployment excellence award

May 13, 2015 — When it comes to teamexcellence, the combined efforts of Fort Riley and the 1st Infantry Divisionhas translated occasional or first-time successes into habit. For the fifthtime in seven years, Fort Riley earned the Chief of Staff of the Army CombinedLogistics Excellence award. Fort Riley’s LogisticsReadiness Center was named No. 1 in the “All-Army MORE

‘Big Red One’ officers gather for annual dinner

May 13, 2015 — Officers from throughout the1st Infantry Division’s history met for the 96th time April 25 in Alexandria,Virginia, to reminisce about the past and to hear about the “Big Red One’s”current operations. This year’s dinner marked the 50th anniversary of thedivision’s receipt of orders to deploy to Vietnam. “The support of the active divisioncontinues MORE
Retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, former 1st Inf. Div. commanding general, 32nd Army chief of staff and president of the Association of the United States Army, gives his address as the keynote speaker of the Officers of the First Division’s 96th Annual Dinner April 25 in Alexandria, Virginia.

‘Devils’ hit ground running

May 13, 2015 — Col. John Reynolds III,commander, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, led morethan 4,000 “Devil” brigade Soldiers on a 5-mile motivational run April 20 atFort Riley. The run symbolized toeveryone in the division that 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., was back and ready forits next mission and it marked the brigade’s first official day MORE
Soldiers of the Devil brigade stand in formation and listen to remarks given by Col. John Reynolds III, commander, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., after completing the brigade motivational run April 20 at Fort Riley, Kansas. The run symbolized the brigade’s first official day back from their nine-month deployment to Kuwait.

International officers meet with ‘Big Red One’ Soldiers

May 13, 2015 — More than 30 officers from 33countries visited Fort Riley April 29 to 30 to learn about Army training andmeet 1st Infantry Division Soldiers. “Every continent isrepresented,” Maj. Gen. William Duffy, U.S. Army deputy intelligence officer,said of the group. “These are the army attachés sent by their nations torepresent them and be their liaison to MORE
Maj. Fatouma Wadale Mana, military attaché, Cameroon, listens to Capt. Derek Duhoux, 1st CAB, 1st Inf. Div., explain some of the capabilities of a AH-64 Apache helicopter April 29 at Fort Riley, Kansas. About 40 foreign military attaché officers observed a 1st ARB, 1st CAB gunnery at the Multi-Purpose Range Complex during a tour of Fort Riley.

Exploring Alma

May 13, 2015 — The small town of Alma,Kansas, also known as the city of native stone, is at the head of the NativeStone Scenic Byway, one of 11 such designated routes in the state. The town is picturesquetoday and holds bits of history within the limestone walls. Alma was once astop on the underground railroad. Between 1857 and 1860, slaves seeking freedomwould MORE
Downtown Alma, KS.

4th MEB Soldiers hear message of resilience

May 12, 2015 — FORT LEONARD WOOD, Missouri– The 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade welcomed inspirational speaker JaredEstes April 24, to tell Soldiers his story of resilience and overcomingtragedy. “There are two messages forthe troops that Jared carries,” said Col. Andy Munera, commander, 4th MEB, 1stInfantry Division. “One is resilience and the second is the MORE
Leading the pack of 4th MEB, 1st Inf. Div., troops during a unit run to open Dauntless Week, Jared Estes, front right, and Col. Andy Munera, commander, 4th MEB, are joined by the brigade staff April 24 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Estes helped the “Dauntless” brigade begin its annual Dauntless Week to share his story of resilience and overcoming tragedy with the troops of 4th MEB.

Kansas City native shares memories on Holocaust Day of Remembrance

May 12, 2015 — Kristallnacht. The night ofbroken glass. Irene Starr said she remembers well her parents speaking of it asshe spoke of that experience to Soldiers, family members and civilians from the1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley., She talked about her parents’experiences in Germany pre-WW II at the Holocaust Day of Remembrance observanceApril 15. Starr, a MORE
Irene Starr

iWatch program depends on you

May 12, 2015 — ‘See something, saysomething.’ That’s the slogan of the Army’s iWATCH program. Established in 2010,the program is intended to provide community members with phone numbers andpoints of contact in order to report suspicious activity. “According to Fort Rileyantiterrorism officer, Patrick Burch, community members should familiarize themselveswith MORE

Corvias ’15 housing survey available

May 12, 2015 — Corvias Military Living,the military housing division of Corvias Group, is asking all residents tocomplete the 2015 Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA) Residential CommunitiesInitiative (RCI) Resident Survey. The survey gives on-postresidents an opportunity to provide feedback to the Army, RCI and CorviasMilitary Living on how their housing MORE

Identity theft poses a severe threat

May 12, 2015 — Doppelgangers look like us.Identity thieves try to present themselves as us. Lt. David Rhodes,supervisory detective, Fort Riley Police Investigations, said identity theft iswhen someone uses another’s personal information without permission to obtain aline of credit in their name. Often, people find out they are a victim ofidentity theft when they MORE

Directorate of Emergency Services offers safe grilling steps

May 12, 2015 — Some like it hot, some likeit cold. Some fire up the grill no matter what the weather looks like. Butduring the spring and summer months, grilling increases. Ivan May, lead fireinspector, Directorate of Emergency Services, said when grilling picks up, itis important to address rising safety concerns. A grill is not only hot whilecooking food, it MORE

Army takes new approach to grow resilient Soldiers

May 12, 2015 — About two dozen singleSoldiers here traveled to Bandera, Texas, in mid-March to hone theirleadership, mentoring and resiliency skills. But this wasn’t amilitary-directed training exercise, it was a voluntary trip led by the BetterOpportunity for Single Soldiers, or BOSS, program. The group saddled up Fridaynight for a weekend at the Rancho Cortez MORE
Spc. Bradley Hall races through a tire obstacle as part of fitness training at the Rancho Cortez “Cowboy Fitness Ranch” in Bandera, Texas, March 14. Hall was one of about two dozen Soldiers who volunteered for a new Life Skills Training Event through the Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers, or BOSS, program at Fort Riley, Kansas. The program offers single Soldiers a chance to learn life skills like leadership, mentoring and resiliency.

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