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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.

Chiefs recognize Soldiers at game

December 02, 2014 — KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Whileenduring below-zero temperatures, the Kansas City Chiefs and its fans honoredveterans and active-duty troops during the Salute to Service game Nov. 16 atArrowhead Stadium. Brig. Gen. Eric Wesley, 1stInfantry Division and Fort Riley senior mission commander, represented the “BigRed One,” Fort Riley and the Army as he pounded MORE
Chiefs recognize Soldiers at game.

‘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.

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