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‘Big Red One,’ University of Kansas formalize partnership resolution

January 26, 2016 — LAWRENCE, Kan. — Leaders of the 1st Infantry Division visited the University of Kansas on Nov. 23 to formalize a partnership resolution between the “Big Red One” and Jayhawks.      Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, and Bernadette Gray-Little, KU chancellor, signed the resolution, which outlined ways MORE
Bernadette Gray-Little, University of Kansas chancellor, presents Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general, with a copy of a partnership resolution between their organizations Nov. 23 in Lawrence, Kansas. Grigsby said wherever he went in uniform, people always thanked him for what he does. “Whenever I’m around educators, it’s the other way around because you guys are the ones that are really transforming our country and transforming our youth through the headware,” Grigsby said to KU officials and educators he met with on campus. “You do that in your university each and every day. … I just wanted to personally thank each and every one of you for what you do for us. It’s very important.”

Fort Riley staff gives back to community with food drive

January 13, 2016 — About 500 unopened, non-perishable food items sat on the table at the Open Door Community House in Junction City, Kansas, as the staff there began unpacking boxes. Fort Riley’s Douthit Gunnery Complex employees hosted a food drive from the beginning of October to the middle of November. Fred Siebe, manager of the complex, and members of his team MORE
Left to right: Bob Beattie, industrial maintenance technician at the Douthit Gunnery Complex, Fred Siebe, manager of the Douthit Gunnery Complex, and Flora Lewis, executive director for the Open Door Community House in Junction City, stand with food donations from the Fort Riley staff’s food drive from the beginning of October to Nov. 16.

Kansas high school students honor veterans

December 30, 2015 — Capt. Michael Merring, assistant logistics officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, was the special guest of Northern Heights High School’s Future Business Leaders of America as the organization’s members hosted a Veterans Day event Nov. 20 in Allen, Kansas.     More than 20 Army MORE
More than 20 Army veterans and several local joint service members from the Air Force and Navy were honored by Northern Heights High School students Nov. 20 in Allen, Kansas, when the school’s Future Business Leaders of America hosted a Veterans Day event. Students presented questions to a panel of veterans, which included Capt. Michael Merring, assistant logistics officer with Head¬quarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, at the event.

North Topeka Arts District

December 29, 2015 —      In a little corner of north Topeka, Kansas on Kansas Avenue next to the historic Union Pacific railroad lies the North Topeka Arts District, where there is vintage shopping, local products, art from Midwest residents and the entertainment of hometown bands. The location of north Topeka was laid out as a small town known as Eugene in 1865. Less MORE
The North Topeka Arts District is a place to explore art and music. There are events every weekend, including First Fridays, where the shops feature sidewalk sales, art shows and there are also live performances from local bands.

‘Big Red One’ celebrated at K-State military appreciation football game

December 22, 2015 — MANHATTAN, Kansas — The 1st Infantry Division’s Soldier of the Year is a lifelong Kansas State University foot­ball fan. Sgt. Zack Crisman, a Wichita native, got a “really big” opportunity Nov. 5 when he and the “Big Red One’s” noncommis­sioned officer of the year, Sgt. Devin McClain, participated in the mid-field coin toss before the Wildcats’ MORE
Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general; Command Sgt. Maj. Dale Sump, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team senior noncommissioned officer; Command Sgt. Maj. John Jones, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., senior noncommissioned officer; and Lt. Col. Trent Upton, 1st Bn., 16th Inf. Regt., commander, lead football players from Kansas State University out of the tunnel Nov. 5 and onto the field before the start of the annual Fort Riley Day game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

St. Mary’s students pay visit to Fort Riley

December 22, 2015 — Fifth and sixth grade students and teachers from St. Mary’s Catholic School of Ellis, Kansas, visited Fort Riley Nov. 4 to learn about the history of the post. The visit was led by the Rev. Richard L. Daise, the pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Ellis. The visit started at St. Mary’s Chapel where Chaplain (Maj.) Anthony Kazarnowicz Jr. taught the MORE
Robert Smith, museum director, teaches the kids about artifacts that were found around the museum, which used to be a hospital. The fifth and sixth grade students of St. Mary’s Catholic School in Ellis, Kansas, were touring Fort Riley for their field trip Nov. 4.

K-State Cheerleaders jump to host cheer camp

December 22, 2015 —      The gym at Whitside Fitness Center was full of purple pompoms and excited little girls. In honor of Military Family Month, some members of the Kansas State University cheerleading team came to Fort Riley Nov. 2 to host a cheer clinic for the youth in the community and surrounding areas.      Head cheer coach Dani Ruoff has been helping with MORE
Harlow Motta, 4, daughter of Rachel and 1st Lt. Stephen Motta, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, is lifted into a student by the K-State cheerleaders at the cheer clinic Nov. 2.  “I enjoy doing it for the kids,” said Dani Ruoff, K-State Head Cheer Coach.

Community members fill the streets of Main Post with neon lights

December 22, 2015 —      Neon lights filled the streets of Fort Riley’s Main Post Nov. 6 as the Glo Run was in full force. Soldiers, their families and members of the community gathered at the start line at 7:30 p.m. Ashanti Ellis Corbin, facility director for Robinson Fitness Center and co-organizer of the event, said this is the third year for the run at Fort Riley MORE
Participants of the Glo Run warmed up with Glo Zumba before the race began. More than 750 people attended the event, and participants were encouraged to bring canned food items and in exchange they were given one free glow stick. The canned food was donated to the Ogden Friendship House and Junction City Caring Place, Inc.

Herington, Kansas - History and antiques

December 22, 2015 —      Herington, Kansas, is a small town with rustic charm from the main street to the ballpark. The real charm, however; is found in the historic value and antiques that can be seen in the local shops on Broadway Street. According to information from the chamber of commerce, Herington is in the southeast corner of Dickinson County. It is associated MORE
The Carnegie Library, which is celebrating its 100th year, was founded by Miss Drusilla Herington, the daughter of the town founder, and other women of the Women’s Mutual Benefit Club.  It remains in use as the town’s current library.

‘Longknife’ Soldiers make partnership with Chapman

December 18, 2015 — CHAPMAN, Kansas — When people come together to make things happen, the results can be remarkable. The partnership between “Longknife” Soldiers and Chapman has been chartered since at least the early 2000s There are more than 70 school partnerships throughout the 1st Infantry Division. “It’s like everything in life or in the Army,” said Lt. Col. MORE
Lt. Col. Brad Duplessis, right, 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, signs his name to a charter declaring the partnership between his squadron and Unified School District 473 Oct. 9 at Chapman, Kansas. Duplessis said, “It’s about people and you have to form a relationship and what we did is we tried to say, ‘Hey, we are on your team.’”

Fort Riley volunteers awarded for service to community

December 18, 2015 —      Volunteers of the quarter were recognized Oct. 27 in a ceremony at Riley C o n f e r e n c e Center attended by Soldiers, peers and family members. Vo l u n t e e r s included active-duty members, spouses and children who take the time to help the community. “We un­derstand how important our community is in the Big Red One,” said Maj. Gen. MORE
Sgt. Ashley Crauthers, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division is recognized at the Volunteer of the Quarter ceremony Oct. 27 at Riley’s Conference Center. He was recognized for dedicating the majority of his time coaching and mentoring young athletes in the Manhattan, Kansas area over the summer as well as a number of other activities supporting the youth on Fort Riley and surrounding areas.

K-State faculty, students visit Fort Riley to observe Soldiers

December 8, 2015 — The Douthit Gunnery Complex staff was visited by Kansas State University faculty members Oct. 13 as one piece of the Fort Riley and K-State partnership, which was re-signed Sept. 17. Daryl Youngman, associate professor at K-State, was one of the faculty who visited. He worked with division and brigade leadership to develop a joint academic and MORE
Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, greet faculty members and students from Kansas State University Oct. 13 at the Douthit Gunnery Complex to observe training and get to know what the Soldiers do every day.

Bluejays give tribute to the troops at high school football game

December 8, 2015 — JUNCTION CITY, Kansas — The staff and students from Junction City High School hosted the annual Tribute to the Troops Military Appreciation Night as the Junction City Bluejays football team took on Wichita’s Southeast High School. This is the tenth year of the collaborative effort to celebrate the partnership between the Fort Riley and Junction MORE
Soldiers from the 97th Military Police Battalion wait for the football team to arrive before the Junction City High School “Tribute to the Troops” Military Appreciation Night football game Oct. 16. “I think it’s good to have the Soldiers to support them to win and motivate them,” said Pfc. Precious Grant, 97th MP Bn.

‘Big Red One’ Soldiers participate in Veterans Day activities across Kansas

November 24, 2015 — Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, started the Veterans Day holiday by participating in a Veterans Day parade Nov. 7 in Wichita, Kansas. They were just one of the units from Fort Riley that sent Soldiers to their partner communities across the state of Kansas to represent the post and “Big Red One” for the MORE
Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade marched Nov. 11 in the Eskridge Veterans Day Parade and Salute in Eskridge, Kansas. Soldiers of the 1st Inf. Div. Sust. Bde. are partnered with, volunteer for, and support the schools in the local communities of Alta Vista, Alma, Paxico, Maple Hill and Eskridge, all within Wabaunsee County, Kansas.

Lindsborg, Kansas, ‘Little Sweden’

November 10, 2015 — Lindsborg, Kansas, a small community off Interstate-135, is founded on a strong Swedish heritage and is known as “Little Sweden” or the “Borg.” Within little Sweden are a variety of attractions and events perfect for family visits or weekend getaways. The Birger Sandzen Memorial Art Gallery; Hemslojd, or the Dala Horse Factory; Coronado Heights and MORE
A Dalecarlian horse, or Dala horse, is a traditional carved, painted wooden horse statuette originating in the Swedish province Dalama. Horsemaking may have started as something to do during the long Swedish winter nights. It was once mostly used as a toy for children but has become a symbol of Sweden in general. Look close when visiting Lindsborg to find all 33 of the town’s Dala horses.

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