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‘Officers of 1st Div.’ org. to host 95th dinner

April 17, 2014 — The Officers of the FirstDivision organization is hosting its 95th annual Officers Dinner April 26 inVirginia, as part of a weekend of activities for its members. The Officers of the FirstDivision are men and women who served with the 1st Infantry Division in combat ascommissioned officers or warrant officers during World War I, World War MORE

COMMUNITY CORNER - African-Americans pave way in service

March 25, 2014 — The U.S. military is one ofthe most diverse organizations in the world, with service members from every race,background and ethnicity serving within its ranks. African- American enlistedtroops serving today make up more than 17 percent of the enlisted force acrossall branches of service – Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Additionally, according MORE

BRO family honors 5 fallen Soldiers

March 21, 2014 — From a sergeant calling outnames of Soldiers who will never respond, to blasts from a firing detail’s weapons,to the haunting notes of taps from a bugler, the 1st Infantry Division has seenafternoons like this before. The gut-wrenching soundsdon’t cut through the silence as often as they did in 2004 or 2007 at FortRiley, but the Jan. 9 memorial MORE
Lt. Col. Matthew Weinshel, commander, 1st Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt., expresses his gratitude and condolences Jan. 9 for the hard work and sacrifices made by the five fallen Soldiers assigned to the brigade who died Dec. 17, 2013 in southern Afghanistan. The brigade hosted a memorial ceremony Jan. 9, 2014 at Morris Hill Chapel.

‘Devil’ Brigade bids farewell to senior NCO

March 21, 2014 — Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Kiefer,senior noncommissioned officer, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st InfantryDivision, received the Legion of Merit award Jan. 8, 2014 at Fort Riley. Kiefer has been thebrigade’s senior NCO since July 26, 2012. He will serve in the position untilFeb 12, 2014, before moving to a new position in Ansbach, Germany. The MORE
Col. John Reynolds III, commander, 1st ABCT, pins the Legion of Merit on Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Kiefer, outgoing senior NCO, 1st ABCT, during a Jan. 8, 2014 ceremony at Fort Riley. Kiefer was joined by his wife, Patricia, who received the Lady Victory award.

Soldier chefs make final preparations for Military Culinary Arts competition

March 13, 2014 — “Big Red One” chefs are making their final preparations ahead of one of the largest culinarycompetitions in the U.S. The 1st Infantry Division’s Culinary Arts Team willcompete against Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and other military personnel fromacross the armed forces March 9 to 14 during the 39th annual Military CulinaryArts Competitive Training MORE
Spc. Evan Sapiel, 5th Sqdn, 4th Cav. Regt., 2nd ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., seasons duck before cooking Feb. 20 at Fort Riley's Food Service Lab. Sapiel is in the process of finalizing his dish for the Armed Forces Junior Chef of the Year competition, part of the 39th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Va. Sapiel and 11 of his fellow Soldiers will participate in the weeklong competition March 9-14.

New year, new policies at DFACs

March 10, 2014 — Three dining facilities servethe Fort Riley community, offering meals to Soldiers, retirees, civilianemployees and active-duty family members. In addition to rate changes that tookeffect Jan. 1, ID scanning also will be implemented this month. RATE CHANGES Each year, the Department ofDefense does a review of the industry to determine if adjustments MORE

Grant for post school gets OK

March 10, 2014 — The Department of Defenseannounced Jan. 7 a $16,096,000 grant from OEA to Unified School District 475Geary County Schools, Junction City, to replace Fort Riley Elementary School atFort Riley. USD 475 will use the grant funds to build the new Fort RileyElementary School. The school will serve 500students in grades kindergarten to fifth grade, and MORE

DoD strives to eliminate sexual assault

March 10, 2014 — WASHINGTON – Eliminating sexualassault in the U.S. military is one of the Department of Defense’s highestpriorities. The department welcomes President Barack Obama’s continued leadershipon this issue and shares his commitment to doing what it takes to solve this problem,said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in a statement issued Dec. 20. Hagel’s MORE

Riley’s Food Truck adds to menu

March 10, 2014 — Quick, convenient and healthy,that’s what customers can expect from Riley’s Food Truck on post. The food truck operates from11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday. Although locations deviate,the truck can typically be found on Tuesdays on Custer Hill, Wednesdays onCuster Avenue on Main Post and Thursdays at Marshall Army Airfield. Since Riley’s MORE

‘Demons’ honor fallen Soldier

December 20, 2013 — A memorial ceremony was conducted Dec. 12 at Morris Hill Chapel for Staff Sgt. Darrell C. Tucker, Company D, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. Tucker died Nov. 29 while on leave during the Thanksgiving holiday. "It's never an easy thing for a commander to know what to say or MORE
Staff Sgt. Darrell C. Tucker

‘Vanguards’ case colors, prepare for deployment

December 19, 2013 — Marking the completion of preparations for their six-month deployment to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division cased their unit colors at a Dec. 3 ceremony at Marshall Army Airfield. Four of the "Vanguard" Battalion's six MORE
Lt. Col. Robert E. Lee Magee, commander, 1st Bn., 18th Inf. Regt., left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Clinton Reiss, 1st Bn., 18th Inf. Regt., right, furl their unit colors during a Dec. 3 color-casing ceremony at Marshall Army Airfield.  Photo by: Sgt. Daniel Stoutamire, 2ND ABCT.

Passion for theater unites community, Fort Riley at JCLT

December 18, 2013 — The cast and crew of "A Wonderful Life," a Junction City Little Theater production, seem as varied as the characters in the play. But many have one thing in common: A tie to Fort Riley. "Just about everybody feels connected to Fort Riley in some way," said the play's director, Pamela Kulokas. For some – like Capt. Karl Kelson, physician's MORE
Capt. Karl Kelson, physician’s assistant, 701st BSB, 4th IBCT, plays Sam Wainwright in the JCLT production of “A Wonderful Life” during a dress rehearsal Dec. 4 at the C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.  Photo by: Julie Fiedler, POST.

Garrison Safety Office offers free motorcycle safety courses

December 16, 2013 — Editor's note: This is the third story in a three-part series about free classes and programs for Soldiers and families offered by the Fort Riley Garrison Safety Office. Motorcycle safety courses are offered for free by the Fort Riley Garrison Safety Office. "Motorcycle training can cost up to $400, and we give that to Soldiers for free," said MORE

Salas, McPherson are winners of division Soldier, NCO of Quarter

December 16, 2013 — The winners of the 1st Infantry Division Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the first quarter were announced in a Nov. 26 ceremony at division headquarters. Sgt. Steven Salas, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., and Cpl. Benjamin McPherson, 84th Explosive Ordinance Disposal, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st MORE
First Inf. Div. Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston, left, congratulates Sgt. Steven Salas, STB, 2nd ABCT, center, on his win as the NCO of the Quarter Nov. 26 at the division headquarters. Salas beat out more than four other NCOs who competed for the title of best NCO.  Photo by: Sgt. Michael Leverton, 1ST INF. DIV.

‘BRO’ Soldiers donate blood ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

December 16, 2013 — First Infantry Division Soldiers have been known for giving their all whenever and wherever the need arises. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, that need was at home, and "Big Red One" Soldiers seemed up to the challenge. Before leaving for the Thanksgiving holiday, Soldiers and civilians participated in the quarterly Fort Riley blood drive to MORE
First Lt. Will Milzarski, HHC, 1st ABCT, speaks with phlebotomist Trisha Conn while donating blood Nov. 25 at division headquarters. The building was the site for the first day of the quarterly blood drive, which continued Nov. 26 and 27 at Long Fitness Center on Custer Hill.  Photo by: J. Parker Roberts, 1ST INF. DIV.

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