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1st CAB female Soldiers pass life lessons to K-State athletes

April 22, 2015 — Female Soldiers from the1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, are building a life-longrelationship with members the Kansas State University Volleyball team. The teamwas invited to Fort Riley March 9 to get a look inside Army aviation. The practice of givingtours of the 1st CAB is not common, but there was more to the meeting than MORE
Staff Sgt. Sarah Snider (left), 2nd GSAB, 1st Avn. Regt., 1st CAB, 1st Inf. Div., shows Kansas State University volleyball player Sheridan Zarda equipment she wears as a flight engineer aboard a CH-47 Chinook helicopter March 9 at Fort Riley, Kansas. Zarda and her teammates also talked to female Soldiers from the 1st CAB about experience as Soldiers and daily life.

Six local athletic directors experience convoy training at Fort Riley

April 17, 2015 — Matt Westerhaus is usuallythe athletic director at Junction City High School, but March 9 he wasmaneuvering a military Humvee to save five fellow athletic directors as theydrove through a desert during a team building simulation at Fort Riley’s MissionTraining Complex. Westerhaus and hiscolleagues were selected for this digitally simulated military MORE
Penny Lane, athletic director at Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, repeats the information Lt. Kevin Spencer, 97th Military Police Battalion, taught her about the weapon she used during a team building exercise March 9 at the Mission Training Complex. Six different athletic directors from the area were included in the exercise.

Thousands rally in support of Fort Riley at listening session

March 02, 2015 — JUNCTION CITY – A spill-overcrowd of more than 4,200 supporters assembled Feb. 9 at the Geary County ConventionCenter, Junction City, for a U.S. Army Community Listening Session. Theygathered amid the rallying cry “We are one” in support of Fort Riley, the home ofthe legendary 1st Infantry Division, “The Big Red One.” As the convention center MORE
Bill Becker, a Manhattan resident, holds up his red-painted finger to show support for the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley on Feb. 9 at the U.S. Army Community Listening Session in Junction City. Citizens from across the state attended the listening session to speak about the impact of potential troop reductions.

Royals welcome Soldiers back home

March 02, 2015 — Army green blended with Royals blue Feb. 2 as the Kansas City Royals Caravan pulled into Fort Riley. Members of the Kansas City Royals got a taste of Army life as the team’s caravan, which annually travels to communities throughout the Midwest, toured the post. Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, Hall-of-Famer George Brett, Royals Hall-of-Fame pitcher MORE
Jill Iwin (left), director, USO Fort Riley, presents Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (second from right) with a pair of custom “Big Red One” combat boots Feb. 2. Guthrie, accompanied by Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer George Brett (second from the left), Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Leonard (center) and TV broadcaster Rex Hudler, toured the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment hangar.

Community has chance to influence post’s future

February 07, 2015 — FORT RILEY, Kan. (Feb. 5, 2015) -- Army officials are inthe process of cutting troop numbers from 570,000 to 490,000 and becausepolicymakers in Washington have not eliminated sequestration, the organizationis facing even more severe changes. Those cuts could affect the 1st InfantryDivision and Fort Riley. This is the message Brig. Gen. Eric J. MORE
Brig. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, 1st Inf. Div. senior mission commander, left, speaks Jan. 16 to attendees of the 2015 Regional Leaders Retreat in Overland Park, Kansas, with Fort Riley Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole, right. The two encouraged members of the Flint Hills communities to attend the upcoming Fort Riley Community Listening Session Feb. 9 in Junction City.

Breakfast brings civilians, Soldiers together

February 06, 2015 — Col. Risa D. Ware,Commander of Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley, was guest speakerbefore nearly 200 civilians and Soldiers at a combined breakfast hosted by theJunction City Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council and Manhattan AreaChamber of Commerce Military Relations Committee on Jan. 22 at Riley’sConvention Center. Ware’s MORE
Col. Risa D. Ware, commander, IACH, speaks to about 200 community members about the new replacement hospital and what changes have been made.

‘Pale Riders’ scout for smiles at hospital

February 06, 2015 — TOPEKA – Soldiers with the1st Infantry Division strive to make a difference throughout the world and intheir home communities. One of the ways they try tomake a difference is through volunteering, which is exactly what three Soldierswith the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team,1st Inf. Div. did recently during a Dec. MORE
Staff Sgt. Odum Smith, 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., displays various items Soldiers from his unit brought with them during a Dec. 22 visit to Stormont-Vail Healthcare, Topeka, as part of the “Pale Riders’” Scouting for Smiles program. Smith and three of his fellow Soldiers visited the hospital and spent time getting to know Billy, a Leukemia patient there for his final scheduled treatment.

‘Guardians,’ JCHS renew partnership

January 29, 2015 — Junction City High Schooland the 97th Military Police Battalion renewed their commitment to each otherduring an Adopt-a-School charter signing Jan. 13 at the high school. About 25 members of the97th MP Bn., along with Lt. Col. Alexander C. Murray, Command Sgt. Maj. KevinC. Rogers and JCHS Principal Melissa Sharp, participated in the charter MORE
JCHS Principal Melissa Sharp (left) and Lt. Col. Alexander C. Murray, 97th MP Bn. (Right), renew their institutions’ commitment to each other Jan. 13 at the school.

Sheridan Elementary fifth-grade teacher earns Kansas 2015 Horizon Award

January 26, 2015 — JUNCTION CITY – Chrystiana Miller,fifth-grade teacher at Sheridan Elementary School, was selected to receive theKansas 2015 Horizon Award for distinguished educators who have completed one yearof teaching. Miller was notified of thehonor during a surprise phone call from Brad Neuenswander, Kansas Interim Commissionerof Education. The award is MORE
Chrystiana Miller, front row center, a fifth-grade teacher at Sheridan Elementary School, recently was selected as one of 32 teachers across the state to receive the Kansas 2015 Horizon Award for distinguished educators who have completed one year of teaching.

Forces exhibit closes Feb. 1 at discovery center

January 26, 2015 — MANHATTAN – The Flint HillsFORCES: The Shaping of Manhattan, Fort Riley and Kansas State University exhibitionwill close Feb. 1. The Flint Hills Discovery Center is offering $2 off theregular adult admission fee Jan. 31. Flint Hills FORCES exploresthe period between 1917 and 1963, when the three areas intertwined to become onecommunity encountering MORE

Wreaths Across America is tradition now

December 29, 2014 — It has been 22 years sinceMorrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company, Harrington, Maine,discovered his company had a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season.After an inquiry, Worcestorreceived approval to place the wreaths on gravesites at Arlington NationalCemetery during Christmas 1992. From such humblebeginnings, MORE
Fort Riley Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole lays a wreath for the U.S. Army Dec. 13 during the Wreaths Across America event at the Fort Riley Post Cemetery.

‘Big Red One’, community musicians spread holiday cheer

December 29, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – The 1stInfantry Division and Junction City Community bands teamed up again this yearfor a holiday concert at the C.L. Hoover Opera House. The assembly of musiciansperformed the Sounds of the Season concert Dec. 12 to 14, featuring holidayfavorites and new takes on classic carols. “The 1st Inf. Div. Band hasa long legacy, a long MORE

‘Durable’ Soldiers support 1,000 Strong Community Challenge

December 09, 2014 — TOPEKA – Soldiers with the1st Sustainment Brigade embarked upon a monumental challenge Nov. 21: togather, collect and donate 1,000 food and clothing items, and perform 1,000 volunteerhours in a single day. The challenge was part of the “Durable” brigade’s 1,000Strong Community Challenge to help charities in the Topeka area. The goal was exceeded MORE
Pvt. Alexis Gonzales (left) and Sgt. Cynthia Barber (right), HHC, 1st Sust. Bde., fill bags of food items at the Harvesters – The Community Food Network warehouse during the 1,000 Strong Community Challenge Nov. 21 in Topeka.

1st Inf. Div., Junction City musicians team up for ‘Sounds of the Season’ holiday concert

December 09, 2014 — Members of the 1st InfantryDivision Band will join forces with performers of the Junction City Community Bandand a handful of other Soldier musicians to spread holiday cheer during theSounds of the Season concerts Dec. 12 to 14 at the C.L. Hoover Opera House,Junction City. The three concerts are free;however, tickets are required and can be MORE
Staff Sgt. Richard Ingle, 1st Inf. Div. Band, performs “Must Have Been Old Santa Claus” for more than 400 spectators in the first of two holiday shows Dec. 14, 2013, at the C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City. The 1st Inf. Div. Band and Junction City Community Band will perform “Sounds of the Season” Dec. 12 to 14 at the C.L. Hoover Opera House. The concerts are free; however, tickets are required.

OCSC donates to research center in fight against cancer

December 08, 2014 — The Our Community SpousesClub of Fort Riley presented a $1,013.27 check to the Johnson Cancer Research Centerat Kansas State University Nov. 20 at Riley’s Conference Center.  Lisa Hatt, treasurer, OCSC,said it was a pleasure handing over the check, but donating is what the club isall about.  “We raise money throughout theyear, and we basically give MORE
Marcia Loche, communications and outreach coordinator, Johnson Cancer Research Center, K-State, thanks the OCSC for a donation toward cancer research during a Nov. 20 luncheon at Riley’s Conference Center.

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