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Wichita, “Air Capital of the World”

July 29, 2015 — Head south down rural route 77 to start your trip toWichita, the largest city in Kansas and the “Air Capital of the World.” It’s aone-time cattle town on the Arkansas River where the spirit of the Old Westlives on, but it is now a booming city with something for everyone. Historic records reveal it was likely a trading center andmeeting place for MORE
Entrance to Old Town Marketplace, Wichita, KS.

COMMUNITY CORNER – Volunteering in your community, an investment that always pays off

July 16, 2015 —  There are a lot of things toget involved with around the Fort Riley community. There are classes, softball,golf, bowling and any number of outdoor pursuits worthy of the time we invest inthem. And investment is the key word.When we spend our time to chase that work-life balance, are we also building a balancein the giving forward or paying back MORE

Member of Kansas Board of Regents visits Fort Riley

July 8, 2015 — Rita Johnson, seniordirector of workforce innovation for the Kansas Board of Regents, the governingboard over Kansas’ 32 public higher education institutions, visited with the staffat Fort Riley’s Military Schools Training Division of the Directorate of Plans,Training, Mobilization and Security June 4. The purpose of Johnson’s visitwas to see the MORE
Bill Raymann, chief of the training division for DPTMS briefs Rita Johnson of the Kansas Board of Regents.

Youth Trap, Skeet Camp fires fun, safety

July 8, 2015 — Gavhen Kelley, son of Sgt. ScottKelley, Operations Company, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion,1st Inf. Div., faced the grass hill in position with a rifle securely placed inhis shoulder as he shouted “pull” for a clay pigeon to be fired into the air atthe fifth annual Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group Youth Trap and Skeet Camp June 19and MORE
Ollie Hunter, senior readiness manager for Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, left, helps Lilly Kelley, daughter of Sgt. Scott Kelley, Operations Company of Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, right, aim toward where double clay pigeons will be fired during the Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group Youth Trap and Skeet Camp June 19 and 20 at the Trap and Skeet Range.

Fort Riley’s Hometown, Junction City – Geary County

July 8, 2015 — The Junction City-Geary Countycommunity is proud to be known as Fort Riley’s Hometown. It’s hard to beat whenit comes to hospitality, historical resonance and outdoor activities. Outdoorsmen and women can fishat Milford Lake, known as the fishing capital of Kansas. Also available atMilford Lake are opportunities for camping, off-road recreation, MORE
Sundown Salute lasts from July 1 to 4 and is an extravaganza of national pride and military pageantry.

Annual wreath-laying ceremony coincides with Army’s 240th birthday

June 26, 2015 — ABILENE, Kansas — Leadefromthe 1st Infantry Division’s 1st Combat Aviation Brigade honored Dwight D.Eisenhower, former General of the Army and 34th President of the United States,during a wreath-laying ceremony June 14 at the Eisenhower Presidential Library,Museum and Boyhood Home. Eisenhower was born Oct.14, 1890, in Denison, Texas. His family MORE
Chaplain (Capt.) Matthew L. Whitehead, 1st CAB, 1st Inf. Div., provides the invocation at the burial site of President Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 14 in Abilene, Kansas. Whitehead was one of a handful of 1st Inf. Div. Soldiers who participated in the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.

Three Distinguished Troopers named at Victory Dinner

June 26, 2015 — Senior leaders and spouses gatheredat Riley’s Conference Center June 11 for the annual Victory Dinner, part ofVictory Week. Retired Gen. Carter Ham, who served as commander of the 1stInfantry Division from 2006 to 2007, including its return to Fort Riley, wasthe guest speaker. Also honored at the event werethree members of the local community, who MORE
Three individuals were named Distinguished Troopers during the Victory Week 2015 Victory Dinner June 11. Flanked in this photo by Command Sgt. Maj. Maurice Jackson, left, and Brig. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, right, is Brianna Goff.  Each were recognized for contributions and support to the 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley and its Soldiers.

No Dough Dinner helps launch Victory Week 2015

June 26, 2015 — The USO Fort Riley’s NoDough Dinner goals are to give Soldiers and families time to enjoy the food andvolunteer opportunities. “It means I feelimportant,” said Dustin Finn, 10 year old son of Spc. Jeffrey Finn, 1stCombined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, “I’ve always wanted a job and tovolunteer somewhere. It’s taught me to have MORE
Volunteers with the Fort Riley USO hand out ribs to the families participating in the USO No Dough Dinner on June 8 at Moon Lake. The USO Fort Riley staff and volunteers expected to serve 1,500 people.

In Abilene - they still like Ike

June 26, 2015 — Selected by the SmithsonianInstitute as one of the nations’ 20 best small towns, Abilene, Kansas, is richin history, arts, museums and turn-of-the-century homes. Less than 30 milesfrom the gates of Fort Riley, the town is a short trip with enough to see tooccupy several days of sight-seeing. Abilene started as a stagecoach stop in 1857 but it MORE
The Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad has both a steam and a diesel engine. Passengers taking this 10-mile excursion trip should be at the station Saturdays from May to October at either 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Special steam rides and dinner train excursions are also available.

Buffer zones complement training, ranchers, environment

June 22, 2015 — Note: The following articlewas published in the May 29, 2015 edition of the 1st Infantry Division Post. Itis reprinted here with additional clarifying content. Army training has evolved. Butwhile much can be accomplished using virtual training technologies, trainingisn’t complete until Soldiers and equipment are tested on training ranges. That MORE

Teamwork stressed at unit Life skills training

June 22, 2015 — Teamwork was the name ofthe game at the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers life skills trainingevent held at Kansas State University at the end of May and beginning of June. Each group spent one day atK-State. The events included a challenge course that involved working as a teamto solve a common goal, lunch and a rock climbing session where MORE
Spc. Gerson Rodriguez, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 97th Military Police Battalion, balances himself on a tightrope during the life skills training at Kansas State University. The training included a challenge course and rock climbing certification.

Local law enforcement Torch Run to raise awareness for Special Olympics

June 22, 2015 — The Fort Riley MilitaryPolice gathered on Fort Riley June 4 to show support for the 45th annualSpecial Olympics Summer Games that took place at Wichita State Universityearlier this month by running the torch across the Post. “This run is something thatwe do every year,” said Danelle Gamble, commander of the 73rd military workingdog detachment. MORE
1st Lt. Matthew Bell, 97th Military Police Battalion, held the torch for the last portion of the run before handing it off to the Special Olympics athletes. Each battalion ran six miles, passing off the torch to the next battalion. The run took place June 4, and spanned from Ogden gate to Grant gate, ending with a hand off to the Special Olympics athletes.

Nearby city of Manhattan contains family friendly attractions, sites

June 22, 2015 — Manhattan, Kansas, 20minutes east of Fort Riley, offers a variety of family-friendly activities,attractions and restaurants both indoors and out. Within the city of Manhattanthere are educational, recreational and historic sites to explore. Some outdoor recreationoptions include Manhattan City Park and Manhattan City Park Pool. Within CityPark are MORE
Manhattan Hill, one of the most iconic places within the city, offers some of the sights of the city.

The Little House on the Prairie

June 16, 2015 — Three-and-a-half-hourssouth of Fort Riley, out on the prairie near Independence, Kansas, stands aone-room, wood cabin. It is a replica of one like the Charles Ingalls family occupiedduring their two years in Kansas. And it is not as spacious or refined as thetelevision series depicted. Charles was reported to bea dreamer and a hard worker. He moved MORE
The time spent on the Kansas Prairie was the inspiration behind Laura’s second book, “Little House on the Prairie.”

Wamego unveils to community new veterans’ memorial statue

June 11, 2015 — It was aspecial Memorial Day in Wamego, Kansas. The community unveiled a new Veterans’memorial statue. Consisting of aWorld War II-era Soldier on one knee, the Soldier’s gaze will rest upon thecommunity’s Memorial Wall in the cemetery. The cast ofspeakers included Kansas State representative Ron Highland who expressed theimportance of remembering MORE
A new Veterans’ memorial statue was unveiled in Wamego, Kansas of a World War II-era Soldier. The Soldier’s gaze will rest upon the community’s Memorial Wall in the cemetery.

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