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Fort Riley plays host to numerous wildlife species

September 15, 2014 — Snakescan strike fear in many people’s hearts. However, they don’t need to be seen asthe enemy at Fort Riley, according to a local biologist. It’simportant not to interfere with wildlife, said Mike Houch, threatened andendangered species biologist, Conservation Branch, Environmental Division, Directorateof Public Works, who also explained what to MORE
“A Pocket Guide to Fort Riley Hazardous Plants and Animals” sits on display Aug. 20 in a classroom at the Conservation Office, DPW. The guide is available to the public at DPW, Building 407 on Main Post.

‘BRO’ Band members to rock JCLT production

September 15, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – Five membersof the 1st Infantry Division Band will be playing when “Jesus Christ Superstar”takes the stage at the C.L. Hoover Opera House.Staff Sgt. Jason Ford and Spc.Harry Choin, Spc. Joel Dorsett, Spc. Dillon Johnson and Spc. Luis Alvarado willadd their musical talents to community musicians backing up the cast in therock opera MORE
From left to right, 1st Inf. Div. Band members Spc. Harry Choin, Spc. Luis Alvarado, Staff Sgt. Jason Ford and Spc. Dillon Johnson will play in the community band recruited for the upcoming JCLT’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Not pictured is Spc. Joel Dorsett, who will play trumpet.

COMMUNITY CORNER - Anniversary of 9/11 chance to honor all who have sacrificed

September 12, 2014 — Sept. 11, 2001, is a day inhistory that will never be forgotten. It changed our country, our world, life aswe knew it, and it has cost us the lives of many friends and family on thebattlefield. We will never forget thehorrific acts of terrorism that claimed 2,977 innocent lives on that day,including citizens of 90 countries from around the globe. MORE

‘Spare parts to spare ribs,’ Materiel commander visits post

September 12, 2014 — On post to visit the 1stInfantry Division and observe Army Materiel Command assets at Fort Riley, Gen.Dennis L. Via, commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command, visited with Soldiers andleaders Aug. 14. While on post, Via stopped at the 407th Army Field SupportBattalion headquarters, toured the “Big Red One” Materiel Redistribution Team, orBRO-MRT, and MORE
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley, shows Gen. Dennis L. Via, commander, USAMC, a display of “Big Red One” Medal of Honor recipients in the entryway of the division’s headquarters building Aug. 14 at Fort Riley.

‘Lifeline’ trains on convoy ops

September 12, 2014 — When the line units of the“Dagger” brigade – that is, the armor, cavalry, infantry, artillery andengineers – need life support, it’s the logistics professionals with the 299thBrigade Support Battalion they call. The 299th BSB has expertise and manpowerin the transportation, medical and mechanical fields frontline troops need to stayin the fight. MORE
Pvt. David Galaviz, combat medic, Co. C, 299th BSB, and an El Paso, Texas, native, waits prior to ‘ambushing’ Soldiers in the “Lifeline” battalion conducting tactical convoy operations Aug. 13 at Fort Riley.

‘Sandhogs’ validate new ASOC during FTX

September 12, 2014 — High speed, low drag –that’s the Air Force way of saying something is exceptionally effective. And the 10th Air SupportOperations Squadron, U.S. Air Force plans to show its new Air SupportOperations Center, or ASOC, is high speed, low drag during a field trainingexercise slated to wrap up Aug. 22. The ASOC will serve as thecommand and control hub MORE
Capt. Matt Zahler, air mobility liaison officer, 615th Contingency Operations Support Group, inspects the interior of a Humvee during the preparation phase of a 10th ASOS FTX Aug. 13 at Fort Riley.

Hoeffner set to retire after 41 years

September 12, 2014 — “It’s time to spend some qualitytime with my husband,” including some “Harley road trips,” said retiring DeputyGarrison Commander Linda Hoeffner Aug. 5. Hoeffner’s retirement ceremony is setfor Sept. 17, but her actual retirement date is in October. Hoeffner’s retirement comesafter 41 years of federal civil service at Fort Riley and a career that MORE

Soldiers graduate from Danger Voice

September 12, 2014 — The 1st Infantry Division trainedsignaleers to perform full-spectrum signal duties across their branch, and,upon completion, were awarded graduation honors for completing the Danger VoiceCertification Program, or DVCP, green level requirements. Directors of DVCPUniversity, Lt. Col P.K. Sayles and Sgt. Maj. James Jetton, organized theprogram, which MORE
Lt. Col. P.K. Sayles, DHHB, signal chief, 1st Inf. Div., and director, DVCP, explains the process of completing certification Aug. 8 at Fort Riley. Graduates start off accomplishing the green level and are able to return for bronze, silver and gold qualifications.

MPs exercise plans, procedures for future large-scale missions

September 12, 2014 — On the outside, a series ofinterlocking tents surrounded by barbed wire blended in with neighboringbuildings. On the inside, the tents were a hub of activity, as Soldiers withthe 97th Military Police Battalion executed a command post exercise Aug. 11 to15 at Camp Funston. The goal of the exercisewas two-fold. First was for the unit to exercise its MORE
Staff Sgt. Wayne Shoemaker, 287th MP Co., places an overlay on a map during a 97th MP Bn. CPX Aug. 14 at Camp Funston. Shoemaker was part of a white cell group that simulated unit activity during the exercise.

BCC offers HAZMAT course as part of Soldier for Life

September 12, 2014 — Smoke surrounded overturnedbarrels, as individuals in hazardous material suits carefully approached. Once thebarrels were slowly picked up to stop possible spillage, the area was declaredsafe, and the smoke cleared. The individuals in HAZMATsuits were Soldiers working on their final exercise during the Hazardous Waste WorkerTraining Program July 31 MORE
Soldiers carefully lift a potentially dangerous overturned barrel while wearing HAZMAT suits during a July 31 exercise for the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program at the BCC Grandview Campus.

AT officer educates community on combating terrorist threats

September 12, 2014 — Antiterrorism is one offour elements of combating terrorism. It includes risk management, planning,training, education and awareness. The other three elements arecounterterrorism, intelligence support and consequence management. One of the goals of Fort Riley’sAntiterrorism Office is to educate Soldiers, family members and government workersabout MORE

‘Guardians’ receive new weapons

September 12, 2014 — Fort Riley military police linecompanies and the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 97th MP Battalion becamebetter armed Aug. 18. That morning, the companiesand detachment exchanged their 47 M2 Heavy Machine Guns for the improved M2A1 EnhancedHeavy Machine Gun and the line companies – 287th MP Co., 300th MP Co., 977th MPCo. and 116th MP Co. MORE
Sgt. Camile Richards, left, Spc. Randolph Diaz, center, and Spc. Edward Getman, all with HHD, 97th MP Bn., load new M2A1 Heavy Machine Guns issued to the detachment Aug. 18 at Fort Riley. The new weapons replaced older M2 Heavy Machine Guns assigned to the detachment.

SAFETY NOTES - Keep kids safe when heading back to school

September 12, 2014 — With summer officially ending,the streets will be filled with little people carrying backpacks, talking andplaying with friends, perhaps texting or listening to music, all while walkingor riding to school. Fort Riley’s GarrisonSafety Office is asking Team Riley to keep these safety tips in mind to helpaid in preventing accidents from happening and MORE

‘Devil’ brigade Soldiers turn out in full force for wellness fair

September 12, 2014 — CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait –“Devil” brigade Soldiers turned out in force to take advantage of the healthand wellness fair Aug. 12 at Camp Buehring. The fair was sponsored by the 452ndCombat Support Hospital. The event was part of the brigade’sReady and Resilient Program, with the purpose of addressing the overall health andfitness of Soldiers, including MORE
Staff Sgt. Kelly O’Connor, combat medic, 452nd CSH, left, checks the blood of Spc. Ernesto Visitacion, intelligence analyst, HHC, 1st Bn., 16th Inf. Regt, center, to see if he is at a high risk for heart disease or diabetes during the health and wellness fair Aug. 12 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

Post reports Parvovirus cases

September 12, 2014 — With several cases ofcanine parvovirus recently reported at Fort Riley, residents should be aware ofsafety precautions and warning signs to keep their dogs safe. Canine parvovirus, orparvo, is an extremely contagious viral infection that can affect a dog’sintestine or cardiovascular system. The more common strain isthe intestinal form, according to MORE

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