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‘Big Red One’ to bid farewell to commanding general

July 31, 2015 — After two years of servingas the commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, Maj.Gen. Paul E. Funk II is set to hand over command in a ceremony at 10 a.m.,Thursday, Aug. 6, at the post’s Cavalry Parade Field. Maj. Gen. Wayne W. GrigsbyJr. will assume command of the “Big Red One” at the event. Funk served as the 1st Inf.Div.’s MORE
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, outgoing commanding general of the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley, will next serve as assistant deputy chief of staff for operations and plans in Washington, D.C.

Training campus bears name of late Lt. Gen. Seitz

July 31, 2015 — The Fort Riley RegionalTraining Campus was memorialized in honor of the late Lt. Gen. Richard “Dick” Seitzduring an official ceremony July 22 at the entrance to the training campus. The ceremony includedseveral family members who helped with the unveiling of the horse jump that displaysthe Seitz family name at the corner of Estes and Armistead MORE
Brigadier General John S. Kolasheski, deputy commanding general for maneuver, speaks at ceremony renaming the Fort Riley Regional Training Campus after the late Lt. Gen. Richard “Dick” Seitz.

COMMUNITY CORNER – National Night Out August 4 offers partnership, camaraderie

July 30, 2015 — UPDATE, 2:30 p.m., August 4: National Night Out, which was scheduled for this evening, is canceled based on weather forecast. There will be no make up for this event.The Directorate ofEmergency Services will host the 1st Infantry Division National Night OutAugust 4 at 5 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School parking lot.  I encourage all to MORE

Fort Riley Marina open at Milford Lake

July 30, 2015 — Fort Riley Marina is OPEN and Milford Lake will re-open beaches in Zone A of the Lake this weekend.With the continued improvement to the condition of Milford Lake the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reduced the Blue Green Algae Warning to a Watch in Zone A. Zones B and C remain under a Warning.The Fort Riley Military Marina is open MORE

‘Durable’ brigade ensures safe shipment of supplies to Iraq

July 30, 2015 — SOUTHWESTASIA — Before sunrise, three Soldiers with the 140th Detachment, 419th MovementControl Battalion, are already at work. Vehicles await inspection andcorresponding documentation before they can move. The three set about the taskunder the eye of their supervisor. As the sun begins to rise, the 140thDet. Soldiers are on the way to meet others MORE
Pfc. Korvaris Harris, assigned to 21st ICTC, 541st CSSB, 1st Inf. Div. Sust. Bde., as a cargo specialist, guides a Rough Terrain Container Handler driver to ensure the safe pick up of a 20-foot cargo container from a Kuwaiti 18-wheeler July 8 at the Iraq/Kuwait border. Executing the mission safety is a top priority for the 21st ICTC.

Moon Lake site of annual ‘Truckmasters’ unit reunion

July 30, 2015 — Past and present Soldiers of the 24thTransportation Company, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1stInfantry Division Sustainment Brigade, gathered July 11 at Fort Riley for theirannual “Truckmaster” reunion. During the reunion, the company’sfifth, the Truckmasters were presented with a Somalia streamer for the unit’sparticipation in the MORE
Retired Staff Sgt. Ronald Dunlap, 24th Trans. Co., and the committee chairman veteran who served dur¬ing Desert Storm and Operation Restore Hope, reads July 11 from an award of appreciation before pre¬senting them to alumni and family members who participated in plan¬ning and coordinating the fifth annual “Truckmasters” reunion at Fort Riley’s Moon Lake.

Army Reserve chefs train at ‘Big Red One’ culinary lab

July 30, 2015 — Soldier chefs from around Fort Riley regularly take timeoff from their duties at post dining facilities to take part in a two-week FoodService Refresher Training Course at the Fort Riley Food Service Lab. For thefourth course in 2015, the class saw the inclusion of six Soldiers from faroutside Fort Riley’s gates. “Obviously we’re doing something MORE
Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Matthews (center), DHHB, 1st Inf. Div., demon¬strates a technique for preparing a chicken for Pvt. Andrea Pearson (right) while Spc. Jalessa Staton works on her own chicken July 15 at the Fort Riley Food Service Lab. Staton and Pearson were among six Army Reserve Soldiers from the 1006th QM, 143rd Expeditionary Sust. Command, who took part in a two-week refresher training on Fort Riley.

‘Daggers’ welcome new team members with history, physical training

July 30, 2015 — Reporting to a new unit is stressful for some Soldiers. Tohelp ease this stress, leaders of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1stInfantry Division, conduct Newcomer’s Historical Runs through parts of historicFort Riley. “Dagger” brigade officials welcome new members to the teamby inviting Soldiers and leaders on a running route around Fort MORE
Col. Miles Brown, commander of the 2nd ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., leads the brigade’s Newcomer’s Historical Run on June 30 through Fort Riley, Kansas. The newcom¬er’s run includes stops at historical sites, at which battalion leaders talk about each site’s significance and perform a physical fitness exercise with the group.

Garrison recognizes outstanding employees

July 30, 2015 — Fort Riley garrison civilian employees were recognized fortheir commitment to the 1st Infantry Division motto and exemplification of theArmy Civilian Corps Creed at the Garrison Quarterly Installation AwardsCeremony, July 16 at Ware Parade Field. Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole, Jr., thanked allgarrison employees for their ongoing contributions MORE
Shawn White, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, second from the right, was named the Fort Riley Garrison Employee of the Month for June 2015 at an official ceremony at Ware Parade Field at Fort Riley, July 16. White was recognized for being a key member of the local range facility management support system work group in preparing 35 geospatial data layers for use in the Fort Riley Enhanced Fire Desk Program. Joining White in the photo, left to right, are Master Sgt. Amber Eggers, Garrison Commander Andrew Cole, Jr., and Deputy Garrison Commander Tim Livsey.

Retiring can be a challenge, but there is help

July 30, 2015 — Preparing toretire poses many challenges, but Fort Riley has staff prepared to help in themidst of the uncertainty. Georgia Rucker works in the retirement services office inBuilding 210 on Custer Avenue. The retirement services office staff helpscounsel Soldiers through the retirement process with the help of the Soldierfor Life Transition MORE

New Extended Care Clinic cuts wait times

July 30, 2015 — Army families now have an easier way to get urgent care onFort Riley. A new Extended Care Clinic at Irwin Army Community Hospital willoffer walk-in medical care for acute, non-emergency complaints starting July31. The ECC is designed to avoid potentially long wait timesat the Emergency Room for non-emergency patients. The Urgent Care Clinic MORE

Army Community Service celebrates 50-year anniversary

July 30, 2015 — SAN ANTONIO – In 1967, Hester Ruth Francis was living withher parents in a dilapidated, three-room cabin in rural Kentucky while herhusband, Pvt. Sterling R. Francis, was stationed in South Korea. The cabin didnot even have indoor plumbing or central heat. Money was clearly an issue for the Francis couple –especially with a newborn on the way. MORE

Five area military youth secure scholarships

July 29, 2015 — Four high school students and one college student from the local community were officially recognized as recipients of the Scholarship for Military Children during a ceremony at the Fort Riley Commissary July 15.According to the SFMC official website, recipients are selected based on the following criteria: academic achievement, participation in MORE
(From left) Peter Howell, Fort Riley Commissary Director, Daniel Rivera, 17, from Junc¬tion City, Katherine Dixon, 17, from Manhattan, and Caitlyn Hartung, 17, from Junction City, Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Cook, 1st Infantry Division Artillery Brigade, Hold Up Bat¬tery, 1st Infantry Division, and his son Samad, 7 years old, and Brian Roucky, former Fort Riley Commissary Director, pose with plaques for the recipients of the Scholarships for Military Children during a ceremony at the Commissary, July 15, at Fort Riley. Four high school students and one college student from the local area received a $2,000 check made payable to the college or university selected by the scholarship recipient. (Not pictured, Samara Cook and Megan Ochoa).

Trike path new recreational addition for kids at child development center

July 29, 2015 — As the construction workerspoured the wet cement down the chute, they were scrutinized by 15 of theirclients — the children of the Forsyth Child Development Center. The cement was poured by MarkKizzia, and his team of contracted construction workers July 14 at Fort Riley.When it dries, it will become a trike path for the children, another MORE
Children from the Forsyth Child Development Center look on as construction workers pour cement for a raceway at the preschool’s playground, July 14.

Tropical bingo bash a boost for morale

July 29, 2015 — The staff of Rally Point opened their doors to the public at 6 p.m. for their Morale, Welfare and Recreation Cosmic Bingo Tropic Bingo event July 18. The event ran from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and the $15 entrance fee included a bingo package and a luau lei necklace. The event was open to all DOD ID card holders and their guests at least 16 years old MORE
(From left) Ericka Lewis, spouse of Sgt. Daniel Lewis, 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, Angela Segura, spouse of Sgt. David Segura, 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, and Britney Bowen, spouse of Sgt. Stephen Bowen, 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, attended the MWR Tropic Bingo July 18 at Rally Point and dressed for the occasion.

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