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USO brings country star Kellie Pickler to the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley

August 28, 2015 — Spc. Daxton McDaniel, 1st SupportMaintenance Company, 1ID Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, thoughtAug. 18 was going to be a regular Tuesday until he received a text message fromhis platoon sergeant the night before asking if he wanted to have lunch withKellie Pickler at the Cantigny Dining Facility. “I just thought it wasgoing to be MORE
Kellie Pickler greets Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, toward the end of her performance Aug. 18 at Hanger 833 at Marshall Army Airfield.  Pickler invited Big Red One Soldiers on stage to sing the Big Red One song.

‘Devil’ providers recharge during caregiver event

August 28, 2015 — Chaplains, religiousaffairs specialists and medical providers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team,1st Infantry Division, took time out of their schedules to participate in thebrigade’s Care for the Caregiver event Aug. 14 at the Whitside Fitness Center. Attendees spent the morningparticipating in activities like climbing the fitness center’s MORE
Chaplain (Maj.) Michael McDonald, spiritual leader, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., climbs into a giant bubble as he prepares to play bubble soccer Aug. 14 at the Whitside Fitness Center on Fort Riley, Kansas. Chaplains, religious affairs specialists and medical providers took time out of their schedules to participate in the brigade’s Care for the Caregiver event.

School spirit on display at Cosmic Bingo Night

August 20, 2015 — Cosmic Bingo School SpiritNight brought in a small but enthusiastic crowd. The event was held Saturday, Aug.8 at Rally Point, and started at 7 p.m. with doors opened at 6 p.m. The ticketswere $15, which included a bingo package and “swag”. There were cash prizes,drink specials, Minute to Win It games and costumes were encouraged. The eventwas open MORE
From left, military spouses Britney Bowen, Ericka Lewis and Angela Segura all came decked out in back-to-school gear to the Cosmic Bingo School Spirit Night Aug. 8 at Rally Point.

Breastfeeding best choice for mother, baby health, experts say

August 12, 2015 — The military mother who wantsto keep breastfeeding her baby after a return to duty should be encouraged bythe fact that breastfeeding is the natural way to feed her baby. It advances a baby’s physicaland mental growth and development, and also benefits the mother’s health. In fact, Aug. 1 through 7was World Breastfeeding Week, a combined effort MORE

MWR, USO team up to provide fun for all

August 12, 2015 — Staff Sgt. Carlos Cruz, CompanyB, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored BrigadeCombat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and his family shook a blanket beforelaying it over the freshly cut grass where they then sat and ate their hotdogs andchips while facing Fort Riley’s Moon Lake. The hotdogs and chips weresupplied by the USO MORE
A volunteer from the Fort Riley USO serves Sgt. Ronald Davis, Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and his family at the No Dough Dinner July 31 at Moon Lake.

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.

Ladies Night event paints flowers, fun

July 21, 2015 — About 20 womeneach picked up their number 10 brush and dipped it into the light green acrylicpaint each had near them. They were instructed to use this color to paint overthe vague white shapes of lily pads already on their canvases. They laughed asthey continued to paint throughout the evening at the first Cocktails andCanvases event this month MORE
Melissa Lesondak, wife of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ben Lesondak, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Inf. Div., and painting instructor for Cocktails and Canvases, shows participants how to paint the different components of the water lily and lily pad scene July 2 at Rally Point.

Inaugural Watermelon Crawl offers a little something for everyone

July 21, 2015 — Kylee Wilkins, niece ofAmanda Tobin, wife of Spc. Anthony Tobin, Headquarters and Headquarters Company,1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade CombatTeam, 1st Inf. Div., swung a hammer smashing a watermelon all over the groundat the inaugural Watermelon Crawl July 11 at Custer Hill Pool. The Watermelon Crawl MORE
Staff Sgt. Andrew Scarborough, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., participates in one of the watermelon eating contests, coming in second place for ages 12 and older, at the Watermelon Crawl July 11 at Custer Hill Pool.

Families find fun at Outdoor Adventure Day

July 10, 2015 — Fourteen-year-old EvonnaMoody, daughter of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Damien Moody, Special TroopsBattalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, crouched at the endof the line of military dependents who were aiming paintball guns at the sametarget – plastic fruit and figurines on a card table. Directorate of Family andMorale, Welfare and MORE
Ten-year-old Joleana Moore, daughter of Sgt. Stephen Northcut, 1st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, looks to find the next rock as she climbs up the 21-foot rock-climbing wall at Outdoor Adventure Day at Outdoor Recreation June 27. The annual event attracted more than 400 people.

Father’s Day Barbecue offers families a feast

July 8, 2015 — Families from all over theFort Riley, Kansas, community gathered June 21 at Riley’s Conference Center tocelebrate Father’s Day over a meal of barbecue food hosted by the Directorateof Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Riley’s Conference center. Sgt. 1st Class T.J.Reutzel, Inspector General Company, Division Headquarters and Headquarters MORE

ZAC Camp Graduates

July 8, 2015 — Water splashedchildren’s faces as they kicked and swam June 19 in Custer Hill Pool on thefinal day of the weeklong ZAC Camp. The Camps,funded by The ZAC Foundation, teach children 5 to 9 water safety skills throughclassroom instruction, in-water instruction and interaction with first responders.The ZACFoundation was co-founded by Karen and Brian MORE
Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Schmidt, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley, Kansas, and Col. Andrew Cole Jr., Garrison Commander, presented each participant of the third annual ZAC Camp with a medal, certificate of completion about water safety and ZAC Camp T-shirt June 19 at the Fort Riley Youth Center.

Victory Week keeps kids in loop

July 8, 2015 — “I want to do it again,”said 2-year-old Rosalia Butler, daughter of Sgt. Brandon Butler, Company D, 1stBattalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st InfantryDivision, after throwing a bean bag and hitting her target. The obstacle course she wasparticipating in was called Boot Camp for Heroes and took place June 9 at MORE
Four-year-old Eli Yantis, son of Chief Warrant Officer 3 James Yantis, 82nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, finishes the tire obstacle at Boot Camp for Heroes June 9 at Custer Hill Parade Field.

Corvias bash lets teenagers enjoy good time with no pressure

July 8, 2015 — The staff at CorviasMilitary Living threw a big bash for all the teenagers living in Fort Rileyon-post housing at Colyer Forsyth Community Center June 18. The Teen Summer Sociallasted from 5 to 7 p.m. and was filled to the brim with things to do. Corviasworkers provided pizza, soda, a video game trailer, music, a photo booth and alarge graffiti MORE
A Teen Summer Social, hosted by the staff of Corvias Military Living, was filled to the brim with things to do. Corvias workers provided pizza, soda, a video game trailer, music, a photo booth and a large graffiti wall to write and draw on.

Game night helps families unplug

July 8, 2015 — Multiple families gather aroundassorted tables as they dealt out cards, laid down tiles and collected rewardsfor passing ‘go’ at USO Fort Riley’s Unplugged Family Board Game Night June 19at the USO Building. The purpose of theUnplugged Board Game Night is to bring families back to the basics throughinteracting over board games. “I think nowadays MORE
Staff Sgt. Robert Adams, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Division, helped his son, Nicholas, line up his pool stick to break for the game June 19 at the Fort Riley USO’s Unplugged Board Game Night.

Dads, daughters share tea and more

June 26, 2015 — Hundreds of fathers anddaughters lined up. The line went out the door of the Warrior TransitionBattalion Clamshell. They were about to enter the kingdom of Arendelle,inspired by Disney’s movie “Frozen,” for the 7th annual Strong Dad’s Tea PartyJune 13 at 10 a.m. The daughters received aprincess crown from one Elsa when they entered, then each dad MORE
Sgt. Eric Bujak, 97th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, dressed as Olaf, center, with his daughters, Zoey, who dressed as Anna, left, and Ellia, who dressed as Elsa, right, from Disney’s “Frozen” at the “Frozen”-themed 7th Annual Strong Dad’s Tea Party at the Warrior Transition Battalion Clamshell June 13.

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