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‘Big Red One,’ Fort Riley Soldiers lead parade in Manhattan

November 21, 2014 — MANHATTAN, Kan. – Whiletemperatures in the 20s kept the usual large crowds at home, veterans and localresidents still lined Poyntz Avenue to watch the community’s annual VeteransDay Parade. Soldiers from units acrossFort Riley, including the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard, marched in theparade. Most were part of the large formation toward MORE
Brig. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, 1st Inf. Div. senior mission commander, talks about veterans and their impact on the “Big Red One” family and the Central Flint Hills region Nov. 11 at the Wareham Opera House in Manhattan, Kan.

Witt shares vision for USD 475

November 18, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – Community, collaboration,customer service – these are a few of the core values that shape Unified SchoolDistrict 475 Geary County Schools, according to Corbin Witt. Witt, who took over assuperintendent for USD 475 three months ago, shared his values and vision forthe district with community members during a Military Affairs Council MORE
Corbin Witt, USD 475 superintendent, shares his values and vision for the district with community members during a Military Affairs Council breakfast Oct. 23 in Junction City.

‘Durable’ Soldiers break bread with ‘BRO’ veterans

November 14, 2014 — MCFARLAND, Kan. – SeveralFort Riley Soldiers got the opportunity to connect with local veterans andshare “Big Red One” stories during an Oct. 3 trip to McFarland. Soldiers with the 1st SustainmentBrigade shared stories and a home-cooked, buffet-style meal with the veteransduring a senior potluck at the McFarland Senior Center. Capt. Matthew MORE
Alan Winkler, Vietnam veteran and president, McFarland Senior Center, and curator, Wabaunsee County Historical Society and Museum, left, listens to 1st Lt. Adriane Armour, community partnership officer, 1st Sust. Bde., right, and Capt. Matthew Aukeman, logistics officer, 1st Sust. Bde., second from right, as they explain the military vehicles on a poster the 1st Sust. Bde. uses on missions during a senior potluck Oct. 3 at the McFarland Senior Center, McFarland, Kan.

‘Durable’ brigade extends helping hands to Topeka

November 14, 2014 — TOPEKA – City leaders fromTopeka and 1st Sustainment Brigade leaders met in the state capital Oct. 1 to strengthensupport between the two community partners. Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli,adjutant general of Kansas, met with Col. Robert A. Law III, commander, 1stSust. Bde., 1st Infantry Division, to discuss the expansion of the “Durable” MORE

Lady Troopers continue proud tradition of offering support, goodwill to military families of Fort Riley

November 13, 2014 — “Come help yourself … Fill your plate … We don’t want you to gowithout … You’re going to wish you had two … Have more – plenty, plenty.” As a line ofSoldiers helped themselves to a smorgasbord of homemade baked treats andcandies, Patt Bruzina urged them to take more, one candy bar surely wouldn’t beenough. Soldiersuttered “thank you” after “thank MORE
Marcia Mortensen, volunteer, left, and Patt Bruzina, canteen chair, Lady Troopers, second from left, hand out homemade baked goods to deploying Soldiers with the 1st Inf. Div. Oct. 16 at Camp Funston. The Lady Troopers have provided treats for all deployments and redeployments at Fort Riley since 1991.

‘Durables’ host K-State basketball team

November 13, 2014 — Soldiers with the 1stSustainment Brigade welcomed the Kansas State University Women’s BasketballTeam to Fort Riley Oct. 7, as part of an ongoing partnership between theuniversity and 1st Infantry Division units. Before sunrise the teamarrived ready to conduct physical training with the “Durable” Soldiers. Afterwarming up in typical Army fashion, MORE
Haley Taxada, guard, K-State Women’s Basketball Team, right, leads a litter-carry exercise with other team members during Army PT Oct. 7 at Fort Riley. The visit was a first for some players and staff, including K-State Women’s Basketball Team head coach Jeff Mittie.

‘Pacesetters,’ Paxico schools resign partnership agreement

November 03, 2014 — PAXICO, Kan. – As part of anew school year, Fort Riley Soldiers are getting more involved with the nextgeneration by renewing community school partnerships. Lt. Col. Ronnie Anderson, commander,541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1stInfantry Division, signed an Adopt-a-School partnership agreement with Dirk MORE
Dirk Canon, principal, Mill Creek Valley Junior High and Middle schools, left, and Lt. Col. Ronnie Anderson, commander, 541st CSSB, right, sign an Adopt-a-School partnership agreement Sept. 26 in Paxico, Kan.

‘Wolverines’ Soldiers teach STEM skills to local Girl Scouts

November 03, 2014 — Making up 28 percent of theworkforce in 2010, women are a minority in the science, technology engineeringand mathematics, or STEM, fields, according to an article by U.S. News andWorld Report. The Girl Scouts, along withthe Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st InfantryDivision, hope to change that statistic by sparking an MORE
Staff Sgt. Aaron Johnson, combat engineer, Co. A, STB, 4th IBCT, left, assists a Girl Scout with an engineering project during a Girl Scouts Spark Event Oct. 7 at the STB, 4th IBCT classroom at Fort Riley.

JCHS, USD 475 honor Soldiers at Blue Jays game vs. Manhattan

November 03, 2014 — Soldiers with the 97thMilitary Police Battalion stormed the field with the Junction City High SchoolBlue Jays to kick off Salute to the Troops Night Oct. 10 at JCHS. The JCHS Blue Jays took onthe Manhattan High School Indians during the ninth annual Salute to the Troops game,which provided an opportunity for students and the school community to MORE
Lt. Col. Alex Murray, commander, 97th MP Bn., leads the Blue Jays onto the field during the Salute to the Troops
football game Oct. 10 at JCHS.

Football fans salute Soldiers at K-State

October 28, 2014 — MANHATTAN – Willie theWildcat traded his purple football jersey for an Army Combat Uniform Oct. 4during the Kansas State University Fort Riley Day football game. Soldiers and leaders with the1st Infantry Division witnessed the team’s 45-13 victory over Texas Tech. “Big Red One” troops supportedthe team on the field and off, being present for the MORE
:  Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley, left; Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston, senior NCO, 1st Inf. Div., center; and Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Nibarger, senior NCO, 1st Bn., 28th Inf. Regt., right, lead the K-State football team out of the tunnel Oct. 4 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan.

‘Black Lions’ compete in community run

October 27, 2014 — On Sept. 20, 20 Soldierswith the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade CombatTeam, 1st Infantry Division dug out their best running shoes, laced them up andput their feet to the road in a big way. After about three months ofpreparation, the “Black Lions” banded together to participate in the thirdannual Apple to Capital Relay, MORE
Soldiers with the 1st Bn., 28th Inf. Regt. take off running during the Apple to Capital Relay Sept. 20.

K-State men’s basketball team, “First Lightning” continue partnership

October 22, 2014 — NCAA Division I basketballplayers teamed with 1st Infantry Division artillerymen Sept. 25 at Fort Rileyto get insight into the big booms keeping Manhattan residents up lately. Players and staff with theKansas State University Men’s Basketball Team visited Soldiers from theirpartner unit, the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd MORE
K-State Men’s Basketball Team player Javon Thomas, right, talks to a Paladin crewmember with the 1st Bn., 7th FA Regt., Sept. 25 at a Fort Riley range. Players from the men's basketball team visited Soldiers from the battalion, their partner unit, and helped them fire the Paladins' Howitzers.

Community memorializes World War II hero, longtime Junction City resident

October 22, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – He was manythings to many people – a husband, father, thorn in the side of the Nazi army.Bill Stahl, who left Junction City to take part in the Battle of the Bulge andlater returned to his hometown to open a law practice, died Sept. 15 at ValleyView Senior Life, Junction City. He was 89. Stahl was memorializedSept. 22 at the First MORE
Junction City native Bill Stahl holds up a photo of himself during his Army years March 31. Stahl fought in the Battle of the Bulge where he and two-thirds of his battalion were captured by German forces.

‘Modern Family’ meets Army family

October 22, 2014 — CelebrityK-State graduate visits Fort Riley, 1st Inf. Div. Soldiers  Fort Riley Soldiers,families and civilian volunteers rubbed elbows with two-time Emmy Award winnerEric Stonestreet Sept. 19 on post. Known for playing thelarger-than-life Cameron Tucker on ABC’s “Modern Family,” Stonestreet is aKansas City, Kansas, native and graduate of Kansas MORE

USD 475 receives STEM grant from DOD Education Activity

October 08, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – UnifiedSchool District 475 Geary County Schools is preparing to equip all third- to fifth-graderswith a laptop to enhance learning in and out of the classroom through a 2.5million Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, grant providedby the Department of Defense Education Activity funding. The Braiding STEM Early MORE

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