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Grinston thanks community at luncheon

October 1, 2015 — MANHATTAN, Kan. — Cheersand applause erupted from the audience after Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston,1st Infantry Division senior noncommissioned officer opened with, “I am Sgt.Maj. Grinston and I am a ‘Big Red One’ Soldier,” Sept. 2 during the ManhattanArea Chamber of Commerce’s Military Relations Committee luncheon. The Manhattan MRC is MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston, right, 1st Infantry Division senior noncommissioned officer, speaks to Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, center, prior to speaking to an audience at the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Relations Committee luncheon Sept. 2 in Manhattan, Kansas. “Sometimes people say, ‘thank you, sergeant major, for your service,’ ” Grinston said. “I say thank you for letting me be a part of your community and looking out for my family.”

Travel to Tuttle Creek Lake

September 16, 2015 — For those who enjoyspending time outdoors or taking a day to be in the sun, The State Park atTuttle Creek Lake is worth visiting.  During the warmer months,the lake is a favorable spot for swimming and boating.  There are beaches wherepeople are permitted to swim.  Along withboating, visitors can also ski in certain areas of the lake. This MORE
Tuttle Creek Lake at Manhattan, KS.

Cub Scouts end summer with campout by Moon Lake

September 1, 2015 — The boys of Cub Scout Pack660 got to wind down their summer events with the annual campout at Moon Lake.During the campout cub scouts, den leaders and parents got together to teachthe boys about hiking, fishing and other outdoor skills. “The campout offersreal life experience for the boys and teaches them about camaraderie andteamwork,” said den MORE
Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Sullivan, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division helps Webelos members raise the flag to kick off the Cub Scout Pack 660 camping event.

Kayaking, fishing event on tap – Sept. 19

September 1, 2015 — The Kansas Chapter of Heroeson the Water is hosting a kayaking and fishing event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,Sept. 19, at Tuttle Creek State Park River Pond area, 5800 River Pond Road, Manhattan,KS 66502. This event is free toVeterans of all military branches and their families. Everything needed to enjoy aday of kayaking and fishing will be MORE

Fort Riley touts the role personnel in USD 475 play in helping military families

August 25, 2015 — Staff members at USD 475 ofGeary County are ready for the 2015-16 school year. On Aug. 12, Fort RileyGarrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole Jr. addressed the USD 475 General Sessionfor school district board members, teachers, and staff. The 8 a.m. session washeld at Junction City High School’s Shenk Gymnasium. Hugh Davis, USD 475Executive Director of MORE

Area Art Season

August 25, 2015 — As the triple-digit heatindex gives way to cooler temperatures, the fine arts season in Kansas is setto begin, during which you can attend musical and theatrical performances that appealto a wide variety of art patrons. This week’s Travel and Funin Kansas page is dedicated to helping you find the cultural events you andyour family may enjoy. You MORE

Castle Rock – Kansas Badlands

August 20, 2015 — Located about two hourswest of Hays, Kansas, the countryside gets wilder south of Interstate Highway70 between Quinter and Collyer. For a little off-roading experience travel the40-mile Castle Rock scenic drive. The dirt roads are rough and when it rainsthey become muddy and rough. Portions of the track have ruts that are 18 inchesdeep. It requires MORE
Castle Rock is a formation left behind from a time when Kansas was covered by ocean waters.

Area superintendent wins award

August 12, 2015 — Corbin Witt, superintendentof Geary County Schools, Unified School District 475, is this year’s recipientof the prestigious Dan and Cheryl Yunk Excellence in Educational AdministrationAward. The award recognizes Dr.Witt, as well as the Yunks, who were both exemplary teachers and administratorsthroughout their careers in the Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 MORE
Corbin Witt, superintendent of Geary County Schools, Unified School District 475, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Dan and Cheryl Yunk Excellence in Educational Administration Award.

CYSS youth finish baseball, softball seasons

August 12, 2015 — Are you ready for somebaseball? How about softball? The Fort Riley Cubsbaseball team and the girls Outrageous Donuts softball team sure were. Theyplaced second and third in their respective brackets in postseason play inmid-July. The two teams were productsof the Child, Youth & School Services athletic programs. The Cubs, comprised of youngsters11 MORE
The Outrageous Donuts team took third place in the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Pluto League postseason tournament. Players included Ciara Alvarado, Jada Anderson, Mallory Baldwin, Megan Bowman, Heaven Devenport, Madison Garrison, McKenzie Garrison, Paige Korman, Veronika Lorentsen, Mia Mackinnon, Roslyn Vaughn, Hannah Bourland, Kortney Shuler, Ally Sears, Amaya Saunders and Gianna Magallanes.

Wichita, “Air Capital of the World”

July 29, 2015 — Head south down rural route 77 to start your trip toWichita, the largest city in Kansas and the “Air Capital of the World.” It’s aone-time cattle town on the Arkansas River where the spirit of the Old Westlives on, but it is now a booming city with something for everyone. Historic records reveal it was likely a trading center andmeeting place for MORE
Entrance to Old Town Marketplace, Wichita, KS.

COMMUNITY CORNER – Volunteering in your community, an investment that always pays off

July 16, 2015 —  There are a lot of things toget involved with around the Fort Riley community. There are classes, softball,golf, bowling and any number of outdoor pursuits worthy of the time we invest inthem. And investment is the key word.When we spend our time to chase that work-life balance, are we also building a balancein the giving forward or paying back MORE

Member of Kansas Board of Regents visits Fort Riley

July 8, 2015 — Rita Johnson, seniordirector of workforce innovation for the Kansas Board of Regents, the governingboard over Kansas’ 32 public higher education institutions, visited with the staffat Fort Riley’s Military Schools Training Division of the Directorate of Plans,Training, Mobilization and Security June 4. The purpose of Johnson’s visitwas to see the MORE
Bill Raymann, chief of the training division for DPTMS briefs Rita Johnson of the Kansas Board of Regents.

Youth Trap, Skeet Camp fires fun, safety

July 8, 2015 — Gavhen Kelley, son of Sgt. ScottKelley, Operations Company, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion,1st Inf. Div., faced the grass hill in position with a rifle securely placed inhis shoulder as he shouted “pull” for a clay pigeon to be fired into the air atthe fifth annual Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group Youth Trap and Skeet Camp June 19and MORE
Ollie Hunter, senior readiness manager for Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, left, helps Lilly Kelley, daughter of Sgt. Scott Kelley, Operations Company of Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, right, aim toward where double clay pigeons will be fired during the Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group Youth Trap and Skeet Camp June 19 and 20 at the Trap and Skeet Range.

Fort Riley’s Hometown, Junction City – Geary County

July 8, 2015 — The Junction City-Geary Countycommunity is proud to be known as Fort Riley’s Hometown. It’s hard to beat whenit comes to hospitality, historical resonance and outdoor activities. Outdoorsmen and women can fishat Milford Lake, known as the fishing capital of Kansas. Also available atMilford Lake are opportunities for camping, off-road recreation, MORE
Sundown Salute lasts from July 1 to 4 and is an extravaganza of national pride and military pageantry.

Annual wreath-laying ceremony coincides with Army’s 240th birthday

June 26, 2015 — ABILENE, Kansas — Leadefromthe 1st Infantry Division’s 1st Combat Aviation Brigade honored Dwight D.Eisenhower, former General of the Army and 34th President of the United States,during a wreath-laying ceremony June 14 at the Eisenhower Presidential Library,Museum and Boyhood Home. Eisenhower was born Oct.14, 1890, in Denison, Texas. His family MORE
Chaplain (Capt.) Matthew L. Whitehead, 1st CAB, 1st Inf. Div., provides the invocation at the burial site of President Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 14 in Abilene, Kansas. Whitehead was one of a handful of 1st Inf. Div. Soldiers who participated in the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.

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