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Fort Riley to host safe driving program for teenagers Oct. 2

September 30, 2014 — Safe driving skills will bethe focus of the Teen Driving Skills for Life program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Oct. 2 at Fort Riley. “Distracted driving will bea big focus of the program. We have too many teens dying in vehicular accidentsdue to texting and other distractions. It’s important to get them educated, sothey can be safe while driving,” said Rod MORE

Wounded Warrior weekend highlights resiliency among injured veterans

September 30, 2014 — Excitement was in the airthis weekend as the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, along with nationalsports celebrities, visited Fort Riley and Manhattan to play a double-headeragainst local VIPs Sept. 6 at Tointon Family Stadium. Celebrities toured FortRiley to interact with 1st Infantry Division Soldiers and to see day-to-dayoperations around MORE
Johnathan Herst, third baseman, Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, throws a ball to warm up Sept. 6 prior to a game against the Fort Riley Celebrity All-Star Team at K-State’s Tointon Family Stadium, Manhattan.

Post ceremony honors outgoing general

September 30, 2014 — They were words Brig. Gen. SeanP. Swindell said countless times in his year as one of the 1st InfantryDivision’s deputy commanders. Yet, during a Victory with Honors ceremony in hishonor Sept. 4, he could hardly get them out. “My name is Sean Swindell andI,” he said before choking up. “… will always be a ‘Big Red One’ Soldier …” The words didn’t MORE
Brig. Gen. Sean P. Swindell, outgoing 1st Inf. Div. deputy commanding general for maneuver, right, salutes Sept. 4 after receiving the 1st Bn., 7th FA Regt. gunnery battery’s shell given to him by Spc. Rudy Gonzalez, left, in remembrance of Swindell’s time with the division at Fort Riley.

International leaders visit Fort Riley, ‘Big Red One’

September 30, 2014 — More than 100 field-grade officersrepresenting more than 80 countries from across the globe – from Singapore toKazakhstan and Germany to Peru – spent a day at Fort Riley Sept. 3 as part oftheir coursework at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at FortLeavenworth, Kansas. “This is actually really goodto get a picture of what is going on MORE
Lt. Col. Alexander Bullock, commander, STB, 2nd ABCT, right, speaks to international officers, including German army Lt. Col. Matthias Greune, left, visiting from Fort Leavenworth’s Command and General Staff College Sept. 3 at Douthit Multipurpose Range Complex. The visiting students witnessed Bullock’s battalion conduct crewlevel stabilized and unstabilized gunnery.

‘Pacesetters’ earn Army Safety Excellence Streamer

September 30, 2014 — For setting a safetymilestone, the 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st SustainmentBrigade, 1st Infantry Division received the Army Safety Excellence Streamerduring a Sept. 5 ceremony at Fort Riley. For the past year,“Pacesetter” Soldiers in the 24th Transportation Company, 1st MaintenanceSupport Company and 541st Headquarters and MORE
Col. Robert A. Law III, commander, 1st Sust. Bde., and Lt. Col. Ronnie D. Anderson, commander, 541st CSSB, place the Army Safety Excellence Streamer on the 541st CSSB’s colors during a ceremony on Pacesetter Field Sept. 5 at Fort Riley. The Army Safety Excellence Streamer is awarded to units without any Class A or Class B accidents within a 12-month period.

1st CAB pilot earns Purple Heart

September 30, 2014 — April 15 started off likeany other day for Chief Warrant Officer 2 Wesley Rinehart and his copilot, 1stLt. Ryan Maynard. The two were serving inAfghanistan with Troop B, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st AviationRegiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. “We were tasked to provideaerial reconnaissance support to a route MORE
Chief Warrant Officers 2 Roberto Palenzuela, left, and Wesley Rinehart, OH-58D Kiowa Warrior pilots, 1st CAB, display an American flag at Kandahar Airfield following its flight in the skies above Afghanistan Feb. 10. After deployment, Rinehart gifted this flag to Lakeview Elementary in Sarasota, Fla., during a surprise reunion with his children at school.

Former top general in Afghanistan visits ‘Big Red One’ Soldiers

September 30, 2014 — Retired Gen. DavidMcKiernan, former top U.S. general in Afghanistan, visited Fort Riley Sept. 3,meeting with 1st Infantry Division Soldiers and leaders, conductingprofessional development with battalion and brigade command teams and taking anaerial tour of the post. “This is one of my heroes,”said Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st MORE
Retired Gen. David McKiernan smiles as his daughter, Capt. Stephanie McKiernan, 2nd GSAB, 1st Avn. Regt., talks to him while piloting a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Sept. 3 over Fort Riley. Capt. McKiernan piloted her father’s aerial tour during his visit to the post.

Firefighters prepare for disaster with HazMat training

September 30, 2014 — Ten Fort Riley firefighterscomprised the biggest component of trainees at Fort Riley the past two weekslearning how to handle incidents involving hazardous materials. Joining the post contingentwere two people from Aberdeen Proving Ground and two others with the 190th AirRefueling Wing, Topeka. A mobile team from the Departmentof Defense Fire MORE
Two firefighters wearing protective suits survey the site of a simulated chemical spill Aug. 28 at Fort Riley’s Hazardous Materials Processing Center at Camp Funston. They were among 14 firefighters from Fort Riley; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; and the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, Topeka, who responded to a simulated situation requiring containment by trained hazardous materials technicians.

‘Longknife’ Soldiers hone fundamental skills during XCTC exercise

September 30, 2014 — The 5th Squadron, 4thCavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division supportedSoldiers of the Iowa Army National Guard’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team,34th Infantry Division during an Exportable Combat Training Capability exerciseJuly 26 to Aug. 26 at the Total Force Training Center at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.“The XCTC MORE
A Soldier with the 5th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., right, qualifies his M4 carbine rifle July 29 at one of the training areas at Fort McCoy, Wis. The XCTC exercise provided the “Longknife” squadron Soldiers the opportunity to hone their fundamental skills at the section and platoon levels.

Garrison commander shares updates with Manhattan community

September 30, 2014 — MANHATTAN – Garrison CommanderCol. Andrew Cole presented a Fort Riley Update during the Manhattan MilitaryRelations Committee luncheon Sept. 3 in Manhattan. Cole provided an overview ofthe installation, which included key points about Fort Riley, theinstallation’s economic impact in the community, the possibility of force reduction,the importance MORE
Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole, left, talks with John Armbrust, executive director, Governor’s Military Council, right, following an MRC luncheon Sept. 3 in Manhattan. Cole presented a Fort Riley Update, including an overview of the installation, the importance of local partnerships and Fort Riley’s posture for the future.

CORRECTION: Stay ahead of deadlines if transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits

September 30, 2014 — Editor’s note: In the Sept. 5 issue of the1st Infantry Division Post newspaper, the following article was published witherrors. Therefore, we are rerunning the article with corrections to ensure you havethe information you need to make good educational decisions.  Post education officialsare urging active-duty Soldiers facing pending medical MORE

CWOC begins fall session

September 30, 2014 — The Catholic Women of the Churchstarted its fall session with prayer, breakfast and fellowship Sept. 3 at St.Mary’s Chapel. The group meets from 9 to11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Free child care is available for those in attendance.“We have lots of relaxingtime for fellowship and to get to know other women. It’s a great way to meetpeople if you’re new MORE
CWOC members enjoy fellowship with each other during the official start of the CWOC fall session Sept. 3 at St. Mary’s Chapel.

More than 700 helpers put together about 2,000 apple pies for apple fest

September 30, 2014 — “That’s 50 pies made!”shouted Kym Keil, co-pie queen, Historical and Archeological Society of FortRiley, during a volunteer pie-making shift Sept. 8 at the Culinary Arts DiningFacility. More than 700 volunteersare preparing, baking and will be selling the nearly 2,000 pies being made thisweek to support Fort Riley’s Fall Apple Day Festival Sept. 13 MORE
Rebekah McFarland, HASFR volunteer, peels and cores an apple in support of HASFR’s apple pie sales during a piemaking shift Sept. 8 at the Culinary Arts Lab.

USO Fort Riley coat drive starts

September 30, 2014 — There’s a moment when someone’sworld is brightened thanks to the generosity of a complete stranger. Crystal Tinkey, program manager,USO Fort Riley, said she remembers such a moment from last year’s coat drivewhen a little girl tried on a new – to her – pink coat with a furry hood forthe first time. “This child’s eyes just litup. This child was so MORE

FROG hosts annual dove hunting season opener

September 30, 2014 — A shot rang out, and David McNeal’shead popped up from behind a row of dead sunflower stalks. “Did you get it?” he asked hisfellow hunter, Staff Sgt. Tommy Ketchum, 1st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1stArmored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. “It went down somewhere overthere,” came the reply. McNeal set out in search ofthe fallen dove MORE
Oliver Hunter, FROG, center, delivers a safety brief at the beginning of the FROG Dove Hunt Sept. 6 at the Skeet and Trap Range.

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