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Clay Center representatives visit troops

September 18, 2014 —  Vern Swanson, Kansas House of Representatives,and Ray Frigon, director, Country Place Living, LLC, an assisted living home inClay Center, visited Soldiers with the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4thInfantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division during their recent fieldexercise Aug. 26 at Fort Riley. The Kansas representativefor District MORE
Kansas Rep. Vern Swanson, District No. 64, right, speaks to Lt. Col. J. Frederick Dente, commander, 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., left, about the unit’s training during his visit to unit’s field site Aug. 26 at Fort Riley. Swanson visited the site on behalf of the Clay Center community to view the 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt.’s training and to meet with Soldiers.

Band of BROs rocks out for K-State students on first day of classes

September 18, 2014 — MANHATTAN – For students atKansas State University, the first day of the 2014 fall semester was filledwith textbooks, notes and – thanks to the “Big Red One” – music. Playing hits from today andyesterday, the rock ensemble of the 1st Infantry Division Band entertainedstudents during the lunch hour Aug. 25 in the Bosco Student Plaza, located MORE
Cpl. Solomon DeBose, DHHB, 1st Inf. Div., sings with the Band of BROs, the 1st Inf. Div. Band’s rock ensemble, Aug. 25 in the Bosco Student Plaza, located just outside the K-State Student Union at K-State’s Manhattan campus.

‘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.

Kansas City Chiefs host Soldiers at training camp

September 12, 2014 — ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – TheKansas City Chiefs welcomed Soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division to its lastday of training camp Aug. 14 at Missouri Western State University. For one “Big Red One”Soldier, it was the opportunity of a lifetime. “This is like a dream cometrue,” said Spc. Joshua Rubio, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4thInfantry Brigade MORE
Spc. Joshua Rubio, 1st Bn., 28th Inf. Regt., center, brings the team in for the last huddle of the Kansas City Chiefs 2014 training camp Aug. 14 at Western Missouri State University, St. Joseph, Mo. Rubio is a Kansas City, Kan., native and lifelong Chiefs fan.

British officer shares history of US, UK military cooperation

September 08, 2014 — MANHATTAN – Discussing the longhistory of cooperation between his home and host countries, Brig. Christopher Ghika,1st Infantry Division deputy commanding general for readiness, spoke Aug. 6 atthe Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Relations Committee luncheon.Ghika, an officer in theBritish Army serving with the “Big Red One” as part of MORE
Brig. Christopher Ghika, 1st Inf. Div. deputy commanding general for readiness, speaks to a crowd Aug. 6 at the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s MRC luncheon in Manhattan.

New ‘Demon’ leaders, spouses learn about services at on-post forum

September 08, 2014 — Command teams from acrossthe 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division gathered for a seniorleader forum about community partnerships, medical services and Fort Rileyprograms Aug. 7 at Riley’s Conference Center. “Since July, we’ve had an80-percent turnover rate of company command teams, operations and executiveofficers within the brigade,” MORE
Suzie Fritz, K-State volleyball coach, introduces herself as one of the 1st CAB’s community partners during the “Demon” brigade’s senior leader forum Aug. 7 at Fort Riley. Command teams from across the brigade gathered to learn about community partnerships, medical services and Fort Riley programs.

‘Durable’ Soldiers quench thirst at Manhattan pool

September 08, 2014 — Soldiers with the 541stCombat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st InfantryDivision provided clean, purified water to thirsty patrons Aug. 9 during thecity’s 2014 Water Matters Day at the Manhattan City Pool. “It’s great to support theevent and bring awareness to the local community, and show them how Soldiersare able to get MORE
Staff Sgt. James Stanphill, senior food operations NCO, 541st CSSB, right, pours cold purified water at the Manhattan City Pool Aug. 9 during the city’s 2014 Water Matters Day.

Partnership garners Fort Riley, K-State ed award

September 05, 2014 — The Military ChildEducation Coalition recently announced the Kansas State Universitycollaboration between the university, the post and several area public schoolsystems garnered the 2014 Recognized Higher Education Partnership Award. Sandy Risberg and JaneFishback, instructors, K-State’s College of Education, accepted the awardduring the 2014 MCEC MORE
From left to right, Sandy Risberg, coordinator, Educate the Educators; Lt. Gen. David L. Goldfein, director, Joint Staff, Pentagon; Mary Keller, executive director, Military Child Education Coalition; and Jane Fishback, instructor, K-State College of Education, pose for a picture at the 2014 Recognized Higher Education Partnership awards July 29 during the 2014 MCEC National Training seminar in Washington, D.C.

COMMUNITY CORNER - Take time to welcome Soldiers, families to Fort Riley, their new home

August 22, 2014 — Do you remember when you firstarrived to Fort Riley? So many new faces... overwhelming amounts ofinformation... and you probably even got lost somewhere on our massive 101,000 acresof land. Moving to a new locationcan be a challenging process. As our newcomers make Fort Riley their newdwelling place, take time to welcome and show them the ins and MORE

‘Durable’ Soldiers blend in at parade

August 22, 2014 — ALMA, Kan. – “Durable”Soldiers participated and judged floats at Wabaunsee County’s annual 4-H paradeJuly 29 in Alma. This year’s theme was “Going Camo” in honor of service membersand their families. Every float was decoratedwith camouflage and foliage to pay tribute to the military. “We had six Soldiers (who)participated and had two military MORE
Children display signs of appreciation to family and friends of those who are serving or have served in the military during the Wabaunsee County 4-H parade July 29 in Alma.

Kansas leaders learn about America’s Army at Fort Riley

August 20, 2014 — Business and community leadersfrom across Kansas seeking a better understanding of military life and currentoperations visited Fort Riley July 23 to 24. The 2014 Leadership Kansas class,which included 40 mayors, CEOs and other community voices, toured the historicpost, received updates from post and 1st Infantry Division leaders and witnessedthe MORE
Lee Beth Denver, real estate agent, Lawrence, Kan., left, takes aim on top of a camouflaged military vehicle July 24 at the MTC, while Spc. Troy Warren, HHC, 1st Bn., 18th Inf. Regt., right, describes the features of the weapon. Denver, along with 39 other members of the 2014 Leadership Kansas class, visited Fort Riley July 24 to 25 to tour the post, receive updates from 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley leaders, and witness the latest in warfighter training systems.

Camp Corral rounds up military kids

August 14, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – Traveling fromstation to station, children chatted excitedly about horseback riding, archery,arts and crafts and other camp activities. Some splashed in the pool, whileothers launched homemade boats in a nearby stream. Some sifted through creekwater to find leeches and crawfish. It seemed like a typical day at camp. But this was MORE
From left, Randal Smith, 11, and Ridley Swadeo, 10, construct a boat out of bottles, twigs and duct tape during Camp Corral at the Rock Springs 4-H, Junction City. The weeklong camp is geared specifically for military children.

BEYOND THE GATES - Cultivate memories

August 04, 2014 — Editor’s note: This is amonthly commentary column by staff writer Julie Fiedler called Beyond theGates. In Beyond the Gates, Julie helps Soldiers, family members, civilians andretirees discover Kansas by highlighting local destinations, fun and easy daytrips, as well as quirky Kansas attractions.  One of the joys of militarylife is having the MORE
Kansas Lavender Farm.

Fort Riley DeCA takes part in Feds Feed Families program

July 30, 2014 — Feds FeedFamilies donations accepted thru August 31.Each year the Fort Riley DefenseCommissary Agency participates in the Department of Defense program Feds Feed Families,which runs from June 1 to Aug. 31. The initiative helps federalemployees, including the military, give food to local food pantries andcharities to assist families in need. The MORE
Brown paper bags sit filled with groceries and hygiene items, ready to by purchased and donated during the Feds Feed Families campaign which runs until the end of August at the Fort Riley commissary. The bags cost around $10 and can be easily purchased at the register and then dropped at the donation collection point before exiting the store.

Wounded warriors reel in healing at fishing tourney

July 30, 2014 — Several Soldiers from theWarrior Transition Battalion participated in a fishing tournament June 26 to 29in Sargent, Texas. The eighth annual SargentTournament of Heroes event was hosted by the non-profit corporation, Patriot andHeroes Outdoor Adventures. Once a year the fishingcommunity of Sargent, Texas, invites wounded warriors to fish and enjoy MORE
Staff Sgt. Todd Mattila, WTB, right, and Spc. Michael Pearce, WTB, left, enjoy the view as they are ferried out into inter-costal waters of Texas for their day of fishing. The two Fort Riley Soldiers participated in the Eighth Annual Sargent Tournament of Heroes fishing trip June 26 to 29 in Sargent, Texas.

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