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Hunting for resiliency: Fort Riley Soldiers, outdoorsmen join during weekend event

December 8, 2015 — FALL RIVER, Kan. — Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, along with more than 35 hunters and sponsors, gathered Oct. 16 to 18 to raise awareness for veteran resiliency during the sixth annual Kansas Salutes the Troops at the Flint Oaks Lodge. The three-day affair featured a trap tournament, banquet-style dinners and a European MORE
Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr. (right), 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general, readies his shotgun in preparation before pheasants are released Oct. 17 during a European Pheasant Shoot at the Flint Oaks Lodge in Fall River, Kansas. The hunt was the one of two shooting events Soldiers and civilians participated in during the sixth annual Kansas Salutes the Troops event, which focused on Soldier and veteran resiliency.

Fort Riley, K-State join for night skeet shoot

December 8, 2015 — The staff of the Fort Riley skeet and trap range and the members of the Kansas State University Shotgun Sports Club joined together for a nighttime skeet shoot Oct 17, providing an opportunity for the two groups to further build the relationship between Soldiers and students. The event was also a good opportunity for people to come out and enjoy a MORE
Ollie Hunter of the Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group takes a turn during the Night Skeet Shoot at the Fort Riley Skeet Range Oct. 17. Sportsmen and women from the Fort Riley skeet and trap range and the members of the Kansas State University Shotgun Sports Club joined together for a skeet shoot that evening.

COMMUNITY CORNER – December a time to commemorate, rejoice

December 4, 2015 — There are several holidays in December that many of our Soldiers and families celebrate. This year Hannukah begins on Dec. 6 and goes through Dec. 14, Kwan­za begins Dec. 26 and goes through Jan. 1 and Christmas is Dec. 25. Perhaps travel is in your plans to spend time with family and friends. If you choose to travel, remember we want all Soldiers MORE

Changes in Fort Riley access control point days of operation to begin Dec. 5 and 12

December 3, 2015 — The days of operation of certain Fort Riley access control points, or gates, will change. Mark Dombrowski, Secu­rity Branch Chief, Directorate of Emergency Services, said the change at Fort Riley’s access control points at Estes and the passenger vehicle portion of 12th Street ACP will be closed Saturdays beginning Dec. 5. The Grant gate will be MORE

COMMUNITY CORNER – Operation Santa more than a worthwhile cause

November 24, 2015 — Operation Santa Claus is in full swing and the Christmas clock is counting down. Many of us open our hearts and roll up our sleeves to volunteer time, labor, money, food or toys to families who need a little extra help during the holiday season. There are many worthy organizations where we invest our time or resources all year, but I want to MORE

FROM DANGER 6 - Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2015 — The roots of the Thanksgiving holiday are traced to the 1621 celebration of an abundant harvest in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Those humble beginnings grew to our modern observance, where we express gratitude for our blessings of family, friends and food.      As the holiday approaches, Command Sgt. Maj. Cornelison and I want to offer our thanks to MORE
Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr.

‘Big Red One’ Soldiers participate in Veterans Day activities across Kansas

November 24, 2015 — Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, started the Veterans Day holiday by participating in a Veterans Day parade Nov. 7 in Wichita, Kansas. They were just one of the units from Fort Riley that sent Soldiers to their partner communities across the state of Kansas to represent the post and “Big Red One” for the MORE
Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade marched Nov. 11 in the Eskridge Veterans Day Parade and Salute in Eskridge, Kansas. Soldiers of the 1st Inf. Div. Sust. Bde. are partnered with, volunteer for, and support the schools in the local communities of Alta Vista, Alma, Paxico, Maple Hill and Eskridge, all within Wabaunsee County, Kansas.

1st Infantry Division makes aviation history

November 24, 2015 — 1st Infantry Division Soldiers made history Sept. 30 by flying an unmanned aerial system, a first for the Army, in Federal Aviation Administration-controlled airspace. Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, launched an RQ7-B Shadow UAS from Fort Riley along an approved air corridor and navigated it back using MORE
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jeff Burkholder, right, an unmanned aerial operation officer, and Capt. Matt Cunha, assistant brigade aviation officer, both with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, monitors the unmanned aerial system’s progress on the portable ground control station Sept. 30 at Fort Riley, Kansas. Coordination between Fort Riley and the Kansas City Air Route Traffic Control Center was key to mission success during the historic flight.

Former President Eisenhower honored with 125th birthday remembrance

November 24, 2015 — ABILENE, Kan. — On the occasion of the 125th birthday of the former president, Maj. Gen. Wayne W.  Grigsby Jr., 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general, along with Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Cornelison, the division’s senior noncommissioned officer, represented the president of the United States at the Presidential Wreath Laying MORE
Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., left, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general, along with Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Cornelison, the division’s senior noncommissioned officer, leads the official party of the Presidential Wreath Laying Ceremony for President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas, Oct. 10. Grigsby, along with Cornelison, represented the President of the United States at the ceremony, which celebrated Eisenhower’s 125th birthday.

‘Black Knights’ mark one year with division

November 24, 2015 — The “Black Knights” of the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, marked their one-year anniversary with the “Big Red One” Sept. 29.  The battalion was deactivated with the 172nd Infantry Brigade in Grafenwoehr, Germany, in 2013, but now, one of the Army’s oldest tank battalions is restored.  The MORE
Sgt. 1st Class Clint Mitchell, left, and Sgt. 1st Class David Henderson, right, both Abrams tank system maintainers with the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, pose with two M47 Patton Tanks Aug. 26 at Fort Riley. The “Black Knights” will display the tanks in front of the headquarters’ motor pool.

‘Demon’ air load teams show they are ready

November 24, 2015 — SALINA, Kan. — As part of the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division’s, Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Response Force mission, air load teams configured for transport and loaded two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters aboard a C-5A Galaxy Strategic airlifter Sept. 24 through 25 at the Salina Regional Airport. The air load MORE
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Leonard Bluhm, mobility officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, explains how the cargo net is supposed to be positioned prior to being placed on a shipping container to air load team Soldiers Sept. 24 at Salina Regional Airport, Salina, Kansas. The brigade air load teams conducted hands-on training to access their skills and become familiar with critical tasks they must perform when alerted for a mission.

Fort Riley Elementary School begins new era with ribbon-cutting

November 24, 2015 — Fort Riley Elementary School’s official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Oct. 9, making it the third new school in as many years to open on the post. The ceremony included honored guests Sen. Tom Hawk, Sen. Jeff Longbine, David Jones Office of Economic Adjustment, Fort Riley Command and Gov. Sam Brownback. The construction of Fort Riley Elementary MORE
Governor Sam Brownback, Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general, join a host of other Fort Riley leaders and school children at the Fort Riley Elementary School’s official ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 9.

‘Quarterhorse’ Soldiers bid farewell to top enlisted leader

November 24, 2015 — The “Quarterhorse” squadron bid farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Frankenberg and welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Donovan Maciag Oct. 5 on Fort Riley’s Cavalry Parade Field. “It’s fitting we hold this ceremony on this field, on an old cavalry post, in the heart of the Midwest,” said Lt. Col. David DeFelice, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Frankenberg, outgoing senior noncommissioned officer for 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, leads the brigade color guard during the change of responsibility ceremony Oct. 5 on the Cavalry Parade Field at Fort Riley. The Quarterhorse squadron bid farewell to Frankenberg and welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Donovan Maciag as its new senior noncommissioned officer.

‘Not in My Squad’ takes root in 1st Infantry Division

November 24, 2015 — An initiative is taking hold in the ranks of the 1st Infantry Division and the impact is already creating waves after junior leaders took part in working groups Oct. 5 through 8. “Not in My Squad” was first announced by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey earlier this year, and it is targeting leaders all way down to the smallest unit level. MORE
Soldiers from units across 1st Infantry Division discuss various methods to implement the Army’s new initiative, “Not in My Squad,” within their units at the squad level Oct. 7 at 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, headquarters on Fort Riley. “There is no face to NIMS,” said Staff Sgt. David Rodriguez, 2nd ABCT, 1st Inf. Div. “The first thing that Soldiers see is our faces, so it’s our job to make that connection and be able to be proactive and not reactive when a situation does come up.” Rodriguez was selected among 32 Soldiers to attend a workshop in Washington, D.C., after the initiative was announced earlier this year.

‘Durable’ Soldiers load equipment ship for ‘Daggers’ deployment

November 24, 2015 — BEAUMONT, Texas — Soldiers from the 165th and 266th Movement Control Teams, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, moved more than 600 pieces of equipment from Fort Riley, to the Port of Beaumont Sept. 11 through 28 in preparation for the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div.’s, upcoming MORE
Spc. Quante Davis, a transportation management coordinator assigned to 165th Movement Control Team, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, labels this container from Fort Riley, Kansas, with “FRKS.” The 165th MCT helped to move more than 600 pieces of equipment from Fort Riley, Kansas, to the Port of Beaumont, Texas, Sept. 11-28 in preparation for the upcoming 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., deployment to Kuwait.

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