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‘Big Red One’, community musicians spread holiday cheer

December 29, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – The 1stInfantry Division and Junction City Community bands teamed up again this yearfor a holiday concert at the C.L. Hoover Opera House. The assembly of musiciansperformed the Sounds of the Season concert Dec. 12 to 14, featuring holidayfavorites and new takes on classic carols. “The 1st Inf. Div. Band hasa long legacy, a long MORE

Stay vigilant during holiday rush

December 29, 2014 — With the upcoming holidays,safety should always be the first thing on people’s minds, according to PatrickBurch, installation antiterrorism officer, Directorate of Plans, Training,Mobilization and Security. If someone wants to ensure theystay safe, Burch said, the first thing he recommends is they memorize a ruleabout suspicious behavior. “If it MORE

Holiday season in full swing with tree lighting

December 29, 2014 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait –Soldiers with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, alongwith other deployed service members and civilians, participated in the annualCamp Buehring Christmas Tree Lighting and Winter Carnival Dec. 3 at the Morale,Welfare and Recreation Oasis Stage Area, Camp Buerhring. Lt. Col. JenniferHicks-McGown, MORE
Mandar Pal, an MWR staff member (left) talks to Master Sgt. Timothy Oakley, support operation NCOIC, HHC, 1st ABCT (right) about the headset he won during the Christmas tree lighting and winter carnival Dec. 3 at MWR at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The event was co-sponsored by Camp Buehring MWR and ASG-Kuwait to usher in the holiday season.

Soldier confronts unethical behavior online

December 29, 2014 — WASHINGTON – Defense SecretaryChuck Hagel met with a senior noncommissioned officer Dec. 15 to thank her forleading by example and defending Army values despite facing harassment afterconfronting service members who were behaving unethically online. Army 1st Sgt. KatrinaMoerk, now the first sergeant of Charlie Company, 741st Military MORE

Stay protected, get vaccinated

December 29, 2014 — Fort Riley Public Healthand the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are reporting the firstcases of influenza for the 2014 to 2015 Season. Fort Riley had its first fourinfluenza cases. “We must prevent the threatof influenza, and it is important that all of us at Fort Riley stand ready andprotected by being vaccinated,” said Col. Paul MORE

‘Big Red One’ officers support Jayhawk ROTC branch orientation lab

December 29, 2014 — LAWRENCE, Kan. – Company-gradeofficers from across the 1st Infantry Division, representing the 16 basic branches,supported the Jayhawk ROTC Battalion’s annual branch orientation lab Dec. 4 atthe University of Kansas. Lieutenants and captains representingthe 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Sustainment Brigade and 1st CombatAviation Brigade MORE
Capt. Shayne Smith, HHC, 4th IBCT, speaks to KU ROTC cadets about the adjutant general career field during the branch orientation lab Dec. 4 at KU in Lawrence, Kan.

Founder of SEAL Team Six, Red Cell stops by Fort Riley

December 29, 2014 — An American hero visitedFort Riley Dec. 13 at the Exchange. Retired U.S. Navy SEAL commanderand Vietnam War veteran, Richard Marcinko, was the first commanding officer ofSEAL Team Six and Red Cell. He visited Fort Rileytroops to share and autograph his latest book, “Rogue Warrior: Curse of theInfidel.” Dozens of people lined upwith families to MORE
Richard Marcinko

New school on schedule for fall 2015 opening

December 29, 2014 — On Dec. 10, teachers andstaff members of Fort Riley Elementary School got the opportunity to tour thenew FRES, which is still under construction. Before the tour started,staff members were taken on a virtual tour of what the finished building willlook like. The room seemed filled with excitement, as staff members were showna glimpse of the future MORE
A Hutton Construction team member takes Fort Riley Elementary School staff members on a Dec. 12 walking tour of the school. Staff members were given an opportunity to see what the school will look like during a virtual tour before the walk-through.

‘Proud Americans’ train on fire, sling-load operations

December 23, 2014 — A sharp “boom” rippedacross the Kansas prairie, and the Soldiers gathered around the gently rockinghowitzer knew the silence that followed would continue until the next time thenation called for their storied unit. Even as their brigadeprepares for its upcoming inactivation, Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 32nd FieldArtillery Regiment, 4th MORE
Soldiers with the 2nd Bn., 32nd FA Regt., 4th IBCT, fire the last shots Dec. 11 at the completion of a four-day field training exercise on Fort Riley.

‘Demon’ Soldiers host candlelight vigil to honor fallen helicopter crew

December 23, 2014 — Six Soldiers were honored Dec.11 during a candlelight vigil in the 1st Infantry Division’s Victory Park atFort Riley. The emotional event broughttogether 1st CAB Soldiers, families and friends of fallen warriors ChiefWarrant Officer 2 Randy Billings, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Josh Silverman, Sgt.Chris Bohler, Spc. Terry Gordon, Sgt. 1st Class Omar MORE
A Soldier with the 1st CAB lights a candle to place on the memorial stone of Spc. Terry Gordon during a candlelight vigil in Victory Park Dec. 11 at Fort Riley.

2015 Fort Riley Tax Center Information

December 22, 2014 — As we wrap up the 2014 year and look forward to a new year, taxesmay be the furthest thing from your mind.  However, the Fort Riley Legal Assistance Office has been working hard toset up the Fort Riley Tax Center.   There is a lot of work and planning that goes into running a successfulTax Center. We have designated and set up the building and MORE

COMMUNITY CORNER – Reflecting on 2014

December 19, 2014 — As we near the end of 2014 andlook forward to a new beginning in 2015, the 1st Infantry Division and FortRiley are well poised for the future. This year, we accomplished andexperienced many great things in our Army community. For example this fall, wehosted more than 10,000 people at our annual Fall Apple Day Festival. Just a couple months ago, MORE

Hagel praises troops during Kuwait visit

December 17, 2014 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait –Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said he understood the problems facingdeployed Soldiers during the holiday season. “There’s some reflection ofthe holiday spirit here, and I always admire that,” Hagel told a gathering ofseveral hundred service members Dec. 8, referring to his service during the VietnamWar. “Once upon a time, MORE
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley (left) shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (right) Dec. 8 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Hagel visited and spoke to Soldiers and other service members as part of a multi-day tour of the region.

Post starts season with tree lighting

December 17, 2014 — As the 1st Infantry DivisionBand played festive holiday music in the background, Soldiers, families and theFort Riley community gathered Dec. 4 to celebrate Fort Riley’s Holiday Tree Lightingceremony at Ware Parade Field. The annual event brings theFort Riley community together to start the season, while also honoring deployedloved ones during the MORE
Santa arrives via wagon pulled by the CGMCG during Fort Riley’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Dec. 4 at Ware Parade Field.

‘Longknife’ troopers earn silver spurs

December 17, 2014 — Although the days ofcavalry on horseback is a thing of the past, troopers earning their spurscontinues to be an important part of becoming an expert cavalrymen. Fifty troopers with the 5thSquadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st InfantryDivision earned their silver spurs in a tradition known as a spur ride Nov. 19and 20 MORE
Troopers with the 5th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt. received their silver spurs after completing the squadron’s spur ride Nov. 20 at Fort Riley. Soldiers were pushed to their physical and mental limitations during the competition and in the end, 50 troopers earned their spurs.

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