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Long Gym namesake honored ahead of casing

April 21, 2015 — About 10,000 Soldiers walk,run or drive past Fort Riley’s Long Fitness Center every day as they traversetheir way around Custer Hill. Not many know the history behind the gym’s namebut troopers of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade CombatTeam, 1st Infantry Division, do. On June 30, 1966, in SouthVietnam, Sgt. Donald R. MORE
Sgt. Donald R. Long

Army, post to celebrate Earth Day April 22

April 21, 2015 — Earth Day is aninternational event demonstrating concern and mobilizing support for the environment.As a worldwide event, EarthDay represents the commitment of the United States and other countries toenvironmental security. Active-duty military, civilian personnel, families andlocal community members contribute to the impact of this event. Earth MORE

Staff members, Fort Riley Soldiers interact

April 21, 2015 — Congressional staffersrepresenting the state of Kansas visited Soldiers and cadre of the Fort Riley WarriorTransition Battalion for a capabilities brief, discussion with Wounded Warriorsand to observe a game of wheelchair basketball on April 9 at Fort Riley. What they didn’t know isinstead of simply observing the game, they would have the MORE
Congressional staffer Melika Willoughby from Governor Sam Brownback’s office attempts to keep the opposing team from getting the ball during a wheelchair basketball game played with Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers April 9 at the WTB Clam Shell. The event gave the congressional staffers an opportunity to interact with WTB Soldiers through an adaptive reconditioning sporting event.

Risk of Impairment

April 21, 2015 — Each year the staff of FortRiley’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program runs a campaign to raise awareness ofthe risks of excessive drinking and substance abuse. Brandon French, Prevention Coordinatorfor Fort Riley’s Army Substance Abuse Program said ‘What’s the risk’ is thetheme, and it poses the question of ‘what am I risking when I drink and MORE

Kidsfest to celebrate military children - Apr. 26

April 21, 2015 — A free event is scheduledfor children at Fort Riley as the Month of the Military Child winds down. The event,Kidsfest, will take place at Riley’s ConferenceCenter April 26 from noon to 3 p.m. Child and Youth LiaisonEducation Outreach Services director Cheryl Greathouse said it is intentionallyset near the end of MOMC to act as the big finale. MORE

‘Dragons’ case colors for inactivation

April 20, 2015 — On the same field theystood on nine years ago, Soldiers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team,1st Infantry Division, cased the colors for the last time in an April 2ceremony on Fort Riley ahead of the brigade’s June inactivation. The brigade’s inactivationis part of Army leadership’s plan to reduce the overall number of Soldiers. Thecolors of MORE
Col. Peter G. Minalga, commander of the 4th IBCT, 1st Inf. Div., stands at attention following a speech to his Soldiers during the brigade’s final casing ceremony April 2 at Fort Riley. The 4th IBCT will inactivate this summer as part of the Army’s ongoing restructuring process.

Officer receives leadership award, national recognition

April 20, 2015 — Duty. Honor. Country. Capt.Joseph Paolilli’s personification of these ideals has not gone unnoticed,gaining him national recognition as one of 28 Soldiers Army-wide to receive theDouglas MacArthur Leadership Award. Paolilli, the commander ofCompany A, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade CombatTeam, 1st Infantry Division, MORE
Capt. Joseph Paolilli, 2nd Bn., 16th Inf. Regt., 4th Inf. Div., 1st Inf. Div., is one of 28 company grade officers Army-wide to be awarded the 2015 Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. The prestigious award recognizes junior officers who personify Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s values of duty, honor and country.

Big Red One preparing for leader changes

April 20, 2015 — Maj Gen. Paul E. Funk IIwill hand over command of the 1st Infantry Division later this year to Maj.Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr. The U.S. Army chief of staff announced March 30 thatGrigsby will serve as the next commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division andFort Riley. An infantryman with morethan 30 years of service, Grigsby is commander of MORE
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II

‘BRO’ unit triumphs in facility hand-off

April 20, 2015 — In preparation for itsinactivation April 1 as part of the Army’s plan to reduce the overall strength,Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Teamvigorously prepared and transferred 147 facilities to various units across the division.Originally directed totransfer facilities in September 2015, Soldiers of the “Dragon” MORE
Maj. Forrest M. Taylor III, 4th IBCT officer in charge of the 4th IBCT, 1st Inf. Div., facility transfer project, gives information on the transferring of facilities across the “Dragon” brigade footprint during a Nov. 4 Combined Arms Rehearsal at the Close Combat Tactical Training Center on Fort Riley. Taylor is responsible for working with the Fort Riley Department of Public Works to prepare and transfer facilities across the brigade to units within the division ahead of the brigade’s April 1 inactivation.

‘Wolverines’ join wounded veterans for museum tour

April 20, 2015 — KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Seniorleaders from across the Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team,1st Infantry Division, teamed with the Rivers of Recovery Organization March 13for a day of learning about the past while maintaining an eye on the future. Accompanied by four woundedwarriors through the Rivers of Recovery organization, the MORE
A tour guide with the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo., speaks to the members of the STB, 4th IBCT, 1st Inf. Div., and Rivers of Recovery Organization during their joint tour of the museum March 13. The Soldiers learned how their military occupational specialties or branches contributed to the war effort.

K-State football partnership passes to ‘Iron Rangers’

April 20, 2015 — MANHATTAN, Kan. – The long-runningpartnership between the Kansas State University Wildcats football team and the“Black Lions” spans nine years and was entrusted March 25 to the “IronRangers.” Leaders from the 1stBattalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1stInfantry Division and 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st MORE
(From left) Sean Snyder, K-State football associate head coach, special teams coordinator and director of football operations, and his father, Bill Snyder, K-State football head coach, talk with Lt. Col. James D. Lander and Command Sgt. Maj. Todd R. Nibarger, the command team of the 1st Bn., 28th Inf. Regt., 4th IBCT, 1st Inf. Div., March 25 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.

Enter the Last of the Iron Dragons

April 20, 2015 — Soldiers of the 4thInfantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, competed in their finalIron Dragon competition March 19 on Quarterhorse Parade Field at Fort Rileyprior to shutting the brigade doors this spring. Ten eager Soldiers stoodready to test their physical and mental endurance, yearning for bragging rightsearned with the title of MORE
A “Dragon” brigade Soldier is graded on pull-ups at the last Iron Dragon qualification March 19 on Quarterhorse Parade Field at Fort Riley. The pull-ups were one of the events mandatory to become one of the last the last Iron Dragons.

Fort Riley celebrates Women’s History Month

April 20, 2015 — Members of the Fort Riley community observed Women’s History Monthat a luncheon March 18 at Riley’s Conference Center. The theme was “Weaving theLives of Women’s Stories.” Sgt. 1st ClassTeresa Figueroa, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry BrigadeCombat Team, 1st Infantry Division, along with three other women, recited Maya MORE
Sgt. 1st Class Teresa Figueroa, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division along with three other women, recited Maya Angelou’s poem “A Phenomenal Woman” during the Equal Opportunity observance of Women’s History Month March 18 at Riley’s Conference Center.

Employer day draws retiring, transitioning Soldiers

April 20, 2015 — Job hunting can be aprocess, but it’s unavoidable for those leaving the Army who want a new career.The Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program at Fort Riley is designed tohelp Soldiers transition from military to civilian life easier. The counselors atSoldier for Life hosted an Ingram Barge Company employer day March 19 forSoldiers looking MORE
Soldiers pay attention during the Ingram Barge Company employer day sponsored by Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program. The employer day allowed Soldiers to get a first-hand look at a job after they separate or retire from the military.

IRON RANGERS: Leadership, training ‘made the difference’ for successful deployment

April 17, 2015 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – Soldiersof the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team,1st Infantry Division, returned from a nine-month Kuwait deployment March 8 totheir home at Fort Riley, Kansas. The battalion initiallydeployed in support of U.S. Army Central’s theater cooperation mission inKuwait, while maintaining MORE
Sgt. Benjamin Ware, infantryman, 1st Bn., 16th Inf. Regt., 1st Inf. Div., describes the limits of the sector he’s responsible for securing to Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general of the “Big Red One” and the Combined Forces Land Component Command-Iraq, in Baghdad Dec. 24, 2014.

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