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K-State educators visit post to learn about military lifestyles

December 20, 2013 — A group of educators from Kansas State University went back to school for a day when they visited Fort Riley to learn about educational, developmental and recreational services on post for military children. During their Dec. 6 visit, about a dozen staff members with K-State's College of Education visited the Middle School Teen Center and Ware MORE
Sonya Douglas, coordinator, CYSS, speaks to educators from K-State about programs, facilities and other resources available for military dependents at Fort Riley during a Dec. 6 visit to the teen center.  Photo by: Julie Fiedler, POST.

MRC hosts Parent to Parent reps at monthly luncheon

December 20, 2013 — MANHATTAN – Write down three simple things: A positive daily routine, someone reliable and a group that provides a connection in the area. Now, crumple up that list and throw it away. That's what Blair Benz, team member, Fort Riley Parent to Parent, Military Child Education Coalition, had attendees do at a Military Relations Committee luncheon Dec. MORE
Jennifer Dixon, team member, Parent to Parent, standing, helps attendees complete an exercise during a Military Relations Committee luncheon Dec. 4 in Manhattan to illustrate what military families go through when they move from place to place.  Photo by: Julie Fiedler, POST.

Officials cut ribbon on K-18 corridor improvement project

December 04, 2013 — MANHATTAN – Although a few cones still remain on the new-and-improved Kansas Highway 18, the thoroughfare between Interstate 70 and Manhattan, the ribbon was officially cut to recognize completion of the corridor improvement project Nov. 15 at Westview Community Church. Fort Riley Soldiers, families and civilian employees stand to benefit from the MORE
A poster recognizing the K-18 improvement project’s partners and milestones sits on display as attendees mingle in the background during a K-18 ribbon cutting event Nov. 15 at Westview Community Church, Manhattan.  Photo by: Julie Fiedler, POST.

‘Devils,’ Airmen collaborate for training exercise

December 04, 2013 — MANHATTAN – Soldiers with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division and a C-17 Globemaster crew with the 21st Airlift Squadron, 60th Operations Group, out of Travis Air Force Base, Calif., combined forces to carry out an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise Nov. 13 at Manhattan Regional Airport. The joint collaboration tested MORE
First Lt. Thien Vu, 1st ABCT, right, looks on as Airman 1st Class Vannak Phann, 21st Airlift Sqdn., 60th OG, left, explains how to properly secure equipment inside a C-17 Globemaster Nov. 13 at Manhattan Regional Airport, Manhattan. Soldiers and Airmen took part in a one-day training exercise that helped prepare them for rapid deployment readiness.  Photo by: Sgt. Michael Leverton, 1ST INF. DIV.

Leadership Kansas members visit post, experience life as Soldiers

November 22, 2013 — Business and community leaders from across Kansas had the opportunity to learn about the 1st Infantry Division and experience life as a Soldier for a brief time during a Nov. 7 Leadership Kansas visit to Fort Riley. "I think it's awesome to be able to immerse ourselves in the actual military – the daily way of life," said Liz Sosa, state chair, MORE
First Lt. Bryce Dangog, 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt., left, and Kimberly Honeycutt, patent attorney, Polsinelli Shughart, right, operate a vehicle simulator at the Fort Riley Regional Training Campus during a Nov. 7 Leadership Kansas visit to Fort Riley.  Photo by: Julie Fiedler, POST.

‘Longknife’ Battalion, Blue Ridge Elementary renew commitment

November 22, 2013 — DICKINSON COUNTY, Kan. – Soldiers with the 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division paid a visit to Blue Ridge Elementary School students, teachers and administrators in full Halloween regalia Oct. 31 to renew the unit's commitment to the school through the Adopt-a-School program. For the past four MORE
Soldiers with the 5th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., and Luan Sparks, principal, Blue Ridge Elementary School, center, renew their community covenant Oct. 31 in Dickinson County, Kan. For the past four years, a group of Soldiers from the battalion have visited schools in the Chapman area every week.  Photo by: Sgt. Daniel Stoutamire, 2ND ABCT.

BEYOND THE GATES – Get a taste of Sweden in Lindsborg

November 22, 2013 — Editor's Note: This is a monthly commentary column by staff writer Julie Fiedler called, Beyond the Gates. In Beyond the Gates, Julie helps Soldiers, family members, civilians and retirees discover Kansas by highlighting local destinations, fun and easy day trips, as well as quirky Kansas attractions.Here's a surprising geography fact: the heart of MORE
“Dalallama Telecomma,” a member of Lindsborg’s uniquely decorated Dala horse herd, is pictured along Main Street. More than 30 decorated horses are located throughout the town.  Photo by: Julie Fiedler, POST.

K-State recognizes Soldiers, partnership on game day

November 20, 2013 — MANHATTAN – The 1st Infantry Division's Soldier of the Year is used to standing in front of a crowd. After the numerous boards he endured on the way to the title earlier this year and the subsequent public events, Cpl. Aaron Duncan knows his way around people. Still, appearing in front of more than 50,000 college football fans Nov. 2 was a bit MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston, left, and Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, right, 1st Inf. Div. command team, watch the start of the K-State Wildcats versus Iowa State Cyclones football game Nov. 2 from the sidelines at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan.  Photo by: Amanda Kim Stairrett, 1ST INF. DIV.

MHK breaks ground on terminal expansion

November 20, 2013 — MANHATTAN – Expansion of the terminal building at Manhattan Regional Airport, or MHK, officially got underway during a Nov. 1 groundbreaking ceremony. This is good news for the Fort Riley community, according to Col. Andrew Cole, Fort Riley garrison commander, because it will improve options for Soldiers and Family members traveling for both MORE
State and local leaders, including Col. Andrew Cole, Fort Riley garrison commander, third from right, break ground on a terminal expansion Nov. 1 at MHK. The construction project will expand the terminal’s current footprint of 12,500 square feet to 42,000 square feet.  Photo by: Julie Fiedler, POST.

Division, community leaders participate in AUSA

November 05, 2013 — WASHINGTON – Central Flint Hills Region communities like Junction City and Manhattan join as one to support the military and Fort Riley, a Manhattan resident said recently. That is especially the case when it comes to representing the area and installation in the nation's capital. A delegation of CFHR community members and 1st Infantry Division and MORE
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley, left, takes a photo of the post’s Army Ten-Miler team Oct. 22 at AUSA.  Photo by: Amanda Kim Stairrett, 1ST INF. DIV.

‘Devil’ Soldiers give time, support for others

November 05, 2013 — JUNCTION CITY, Kan. – About 15 Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division spent Oct. 18 with the residents of the Sterling House, an assisted-living facility. "This is just a way for us as people and as Soldiers to give back to the community," said Sgt. Christian Erichsen, MORE
Pfc. Jon Brisbin, COLT, HHC, 1st ABCT, calls off numbers during a Halloween-themed bingo game Oct. 18 for residents at Sterling House, Junction City. Soldiers spent the day at the assisted-living facility, visiting with residents and leading activities.  Photo by: Sgt. Kerry Lawson, 1ST ABCT.

BEYOND THE GATES - Take leisurely trip to quiet, little Marion

November 04, 2013 — Editor's note: This is a monthly commentary column by staff writer Julie Fiedler called, Beyond the Gates. In Beyond the Gates, Julie helps Soldiers, Family members, civilians and retirees discover Kansas by highlighting local destinations, fun and easy day trips, as well as quirky Kansas attractions. Ask folks around Marion to describe their town, MORE
A rhinoceros rests in a flower bed at Marion, Kan., which is considered the “Rhinoceros Capital of Kansas” because of more than 70 decorative statues scattered around town.  Photo by: Julie Fiedler, POST.

Fostering partnerships is key to Flint Hills Regional Council

October 30, 2013 — When Retired Col. William Clark relinquished command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley in July, he didn't go very far. Rather than ride off into the sunset at the end of a decorated 30-year career, Clark opted to continue to make a difference for Fort Riley and the broader Flint Hills community as the executive director of the Flint Hills Regional MORE
Retired Col. William Clark, executive director, Flint Hills Regional Council, poses for a photo on Main Post. Clark, former Fort Riley garrison commander, assumed his role at the regional council in September to continue to make a difference at Fort Riley and in the entire Central Flint Hills Region.   Photo by: Julie Fiedler, POST.

Spotlight shines on ‘Sandhogs’ at MRC

October 23, 2013 — MANHATTAN – To know, theoretically, what it means to have air power is one thing. To see the precision and power of calculated strikes in action is another. "I knew (there was) fire support, but … I had never seen anything like that, other than maybe in a movie," said Janet Nichols, military community liaison, Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. "I MORE
From left: Lt. Col. Sean Monteiro, commander, 10th ASOS, USAF, speaks with Rich Jankovich, executive vice president, Commerce Bank; Janet Nichols, military community liaison, Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce; and Trent Ambrust, existing business manager, Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce; following an Oct. 2 presentation during an MRC luncheon in Manhattan.  Photo by: Julie Fiedler, POST.

‘Quarterhorse’ Troopers participate in Piotique

October 23, 2013 — CLAY CENTER, Kan. – Troopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in the 77th Piotique Festival Sept. 28 in Clay Center. Soldiers with the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th IBCT, 1st Infantry Division marched in the city's parade. They also gave insight into the lives of Soldiers, by displaying weapons systems and uniforms MORE
Spc. Hugo Perez, 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., right, describes the instruments used on a convoy during mobile combat operations to help maneuver troops from one location to another Sept. 28 at Clay Center’s Piotique Festival. Perez’s Humvee was part of the static display the squadron set up at the festival.  Photo by: Staff Sgt. Gene Arnold, 4TH IBCT.

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