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‘Big Red One’ loses two D-Day heroes

April 15, 2015 — FORT RILEY, Kansas – Soldiersof the 1st Infantry Division rendered final salutes last week to two “Big RedOne” heroes who bravely fought on the beaches of Normandy, France, more than 70years ago. Retired Command Sgt. Maj. William F. Ryan passed away Feb. 23 inMelbourne, Florida, at the age of 90. Retired Master Sgt. Homer P. Farleypassed away March MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. William Ryan passed away Feb. 23.  He was a decorated veteran of the D-Day Invasion and the 1st Inf. Div.

Fort Riley achieves new training milestone

April 15, 2015 — After working inpartnership with the Global Simulation Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, totest and improve the new Live, Virtual, Constructive – Integrating ArchitectureVersion 1.3 software, Fort Riley became the first installation within the Armyto conduct training using this new capability. LVC-IA enables efficient andeffective, individual and MORE

“LongKnife” achieves leadership excellence, earns Draper Award

April 15, 2015 — The 2014 Draper ArmorLeadership Award was presented to “Blackfoot” Troop, 5th Squadron, 4th CavalryRegiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, March 5 atFort Riley. Blackfoot Troop receivedthe award for being the top armor or cavalry unit in the 1st Infantry Divisionbetween October 2013 through September 2014. The Draper Armor MORE
Brig. Gen. Eric Wesley, 1st Inf. Div., and Fort Riley senior mission commander, presents the 2014 Draper Armor Leadership Award to the “Blackfoot” Troop, 5th Sqdn., 4th Cav Regt., 2nd ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., and its former commander, Capt. Jabari Jackson March 5.

‘Dagger’ captains search for solutions during symposium

April 15, 2015 — FORT RILEY, Kan. – The 2ndArmored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, held its first officer symposiumFeb. 24 to 25 at Riley’s Conference Center. Charged with the task of formulatingand discussing a problem and proposing an appropriate solution, captains acrossthe brigade focused on the following topic: “What is the biggest challengefacing MORE
Col. Miles Brown, 2nd ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., commander, lays out goals for the ”Dagger” brigade’s captain symposium Feb. 24 at Fort Riley’s conference center. “I want to hear what you have to say and how you want to say it,” Brown said.

‘Dragon’ brigade commander discusses mission

April 15, 2015 — MANHATTAN, Kan. – Incoordination with the Manhattan Military Relations Committee, Col. Peter Minalga,commander of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division,discussed March 4 the brigade’s regionally aligned force mission and how hisSoldiers performed a pivotal role in accomplishing the U.S. Army Africamission. Minalga spoke to a MORE
Col. Peter Minalga, commander of 4th IBCT, 1st Inf. Div., speaks to Manhattan Military Relations Committee luncheon attendees March 4 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kan. The event allowed Minalga to highlight unique aspects of the brigade’s regionally aligned force mission.

Plan ahead: DUI is safety, legal risk

April 14, 2015 — Editor’s Note: This is partfive of a seven-part series about traffic enforcement and regulations at FortRiley. Many units often give safetybriefings before long weekends to advise Soldiers to exercise risk management byconsidering potential risks involved when making decisions, such as thedecision to drink and drive. Lt. Paul Davis, Fort Riley MORE

Knowledge key to tornado safety

April 14, 2015 — Editor’s note: This is the second in aseries of articles during March in observance of Severe Weather Awareness Month.As tornado seasonapproaches, it’s important to know how to be prepared should disaster strike. Kansas is part of a regionnicknamed “Tornado Alley” for a good reason, said Chris Hallenbeck, emergencymanagement specialist, Emergency MORE

Friends, family honor “Devil” brigade during redeployment ceremony

April 13, 2015 — More than 1,000 Soldiersfrom the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, were welcomedhome to Fort Riley the last week of February after a nine-month deployment toSouthwest Asia. “I’m honored to welcomehome these Soldiers from America’s [1st Inf. Div.],” Lt. Col. Jason Taliaferro,commander of the 1st Bde. Eng. Bn., said before MORE
Soldiers from the 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., break through a banner Feb. 24 at the redeployment center on Fort Riley’s Camp Funston, officially kicking off a late-night redeployment ceremony for more than 300 members of the brigade.

Cooks battle in Connelly field kitchen competition

April 13, 2015 — Soldiers with 1stSustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, demonstrated their culinary fieldingprowess during a Phillip A. Connelly Awards Program evaluation Feb. 17 at FortRiley. Sgt. Maj. Robert Clark, 1stInf. Div. chief food operations management noncommissioned officer, evaluated thecooks for the field kitchen category. Connelly Awards field MORE
Pfc. Autumn Hilton, a cook with HHC, STB, 1st Sust. Bde., 1st Inf. Div., serves lunch during a 1st Inf. Div. Connelly Awards field kitchen evaluation Feb. 17 at Fort Riley.

‘Long Knife’ leaders teach reconnaissance

April 13, 2015 — Leaders with 5th Squadron, 4thCavalry Regiment, hosted an in-depth professional development session on thecavalry squadron’s capabilities and limitations for leaders of 2nd Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Feb. 11 at Fort Riley. The two-part session began inFort Riley’s Close Combat Tactical Trainer where the squadron’s MORE
Demonstrating the impact terrain has on reconnaissance, Maj. Doug Baker leads a map rehearsal at the close combat tactical trainer Feb. 11.

State Department recognizes Logistics Readiness Center

April 13, 2015 — The Logistics Readiness Centerof Fort Riley was recognized by the U.S. State Department for its passportprocesses for Fort Riley, while also being a “hub and spoke” for Fort Leavenworth’spassports. The Fort Riley LRC supports units of the 1st Infantry Division andother partners. Amy Holmes, Rachel Johnson,Laura Morris and Greg Paine of the LRC were MORE
(Left to right) Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Schmidt, Laura Morris, Rachel Johnson, Amy Holmes, Greg Paine, Logistics director Larry Githerman, and Deputy Garrison Commander Tim Livsey.

Fort Riley prepares for severe weather

April 13, 2015 — Editor’s note: This is the first in aseries of articles during March in observance of Severe Weather Awareness Month.Fort Riley observes Severe WeatherAwareness Month annually during March. Severe weather can include severethunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, lightning and flash flooding. According to the National WeatherService, tornadoes can occur at MORE

Spring Cleaning Tips

April 13, 2015 — Spring cleaning is anannual ritual for many people. It is an ideal time to check homes and yards fordangerous materials and unsafe conditions and to spend time to protect ourfamilies and property. The Fort Riley Fire andEmergency Services Flight would like to offer safety tips when it comes tospring cleaning. Check your house for anystored papers, MORE

Fort Riley places last beam on foundation of new school

April 13, 2015 — The new Fort RileyElementary School commemorated a major milestone in construction – placing thefinal beam on the new building – during a ceremony Feb. 26. The new school, locatedon Rifle Range Road, west of Seitz Elementary School, will house kindergarten studentsthrough fifth-grade in a 76,700-square-foot building. The total cost for the MORE
Members of the Fort Riley community and USD 475 sign the last beam in the structure of the new elementary school before it is raised into place Feb. 26.

Military Saves Week stresses year-round saving

April 13, 2015 — The last week in Februarywas designated by the Department of Defense as Military Saves Week. Thecampaign ran from Feb. 23 through 28. Locally, the Armed ForcesBank and Army Community Service worked to get information out to individualsabout MSW and ways to work toward saving money. MSW can be used as anopportunity to encourage service members to MORE
Gregory Lumb, principal at Morris Hill Elementary School signs the 2015 America Saves Week Proclamation Feb. 27.

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