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Trailer owner’s death turns service project into ‘bittersweet’ affair

November 10, 2015 — Although Kenny Krupke never met the Fort Riley Soldiers who painted his house in Enterprise, Kansas, Jennifer Steede, manager of the Enterprise Trailer Park where it sits, said she knows he would have appreciated it. About 26 Soldiers from the Warrior Leaders Course of Fort Riley joined Steede and four students from Chapman High School in a MORE
Spc. Johnathan Fisher, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion 1st Infantry Division Artillery, paints the side of a trailer in the Enterprise, Kansas trailer park Sept. 19 as part of a community service project for the Warrior Leaders Course. About 26 Soldiers showed up to clean up the community, and spent more than 150 volunteering hours at the park.

Red Cross effort puts emphasis on preparedness

October 28, 2015 — Ten years ago, 15-year-oldLeslie Jones evacuated her hometown of Slidell, Louisiana, located about 30 milesnortheast of New Orleans, when her family learned the news about the approachingHurricane Katrina. Her family packed up the car and left the area not knowingwhen they might return to their home. Jones brought her schoolbooks and her mother MORE
Patti Gubbels, regional trainer for the Pillowcase Project, teaches Fort Riley community Red Cross volunteers about coping skills the pillowcase project helps teach children. The Red Cross Pillowcase Project is a free, interactive preparedness program.

More than 100 hours of volunteer work earns Soldiers quarterly award

August 12, 2015 — Approximately 90 Soldiers andcivilians received awards for completing volunteer opportunities over the past threemonths during the Volunteer of the Quarter ceremony July 28 at Riley’s ConferenceCenter. Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk, commandinggeneral of the 1st Infantry Division, welcomed Soldiers and families to theevent. He said this ceremony is near MORE
Cpl. Travis Darling, 287th Military Police Company, 97th MP Battalion stands next to Maj. Gen. Paul E Funk II, commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division and Brig. Gen. Eric Wesley, deputy commanding general – support, as well as his own command team during the Volunteer of the Quarter ceremony July 28 at Riley’s Conference Center. Darling completed more than 100 hours volunteering as a designated driver, and received his Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

Fort Riley Red Cross welcomes two new professionals to staff

August 3, 2015 — The office is a little hardto find and it’s one most people aren’t going to want to visit, but theAmerican Red Cross on Fort Riley provides an essential service to servicemembers and their families. “We provide a service we hopeyou never need to use,” said Becky LaPolice, the new Red Cross Service to theArmed Forces regional manager. She came on MORE
The Red Cross on Fort Riley has two new personnel who are dedicated to the agency’s mission to “prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.” Becky LaPolice, the new Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces regional manager, left, and the new Regional Program Specialist Leslie Jones, right, are looking for volunteers to help across the state and at Fort Riley.

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.

Outdoor volunteers offer education, sports skills

July 21, 2015 — The Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Groupis different than others on the installation. It is a group comprised ofSoldiers, civilians and retirees who have a passion for outdoor sports such asarchery, hunting, fishing as well as trap and skeet. The group was establishedin 2005 when members of several private organizations were once fulfilling the samejob 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 FROG Youth Trap and Skeet Camp June 19 and 20 at the Trap and Skeet Range.

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

Training increases spouse resiliency

June 16, 2015 — The concept of spouseresiliency is part of the Army system of values. Families are behind Soldiersday-in and day-out supporting their mission. Leaders at Fort Riley ensureresources are made available to those family members. Army Community Servicestaff and volunteers offer several kinds of resiliency training events such asthe Spouse Resiliency MORE
Kathleen Witcher, military spouse, (left) and Molly Schuckman, teacher at Freshman Success Academy in Junction City, Kansas (right), react to the teacher’s comments during Resiliency Spouse Training May 28 at Army Community Service. The training is one of the many programs offered to military families and the community.

Preventing drunk driving aim of program at Fort Riley

May 28, 2015 — The Drunk DrivingPrevention Program, a new program to prevent drinking and driving, provides afree ride home to those who have too much to drink and are pre-registered. The program is a volunteer-based,non-profit organization that got its start in Hawaii. Volunteers not only getthe Soldier home safely, but they drive their car home for free as long MORE

Volunteer of year knows no limits

May 1, 2015 — Eight hundred. That’s howmany hours Staff Sgt. Odum Smith and his family volunteered since September. Thateffort earned Smith, of 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored BrigadeCombat team, 1st Infantry Division, the volunteer of the year award in aceremony April 14. The award included a $300Army and Air Force Exchange Service gift card and MORE
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - Staff Sergeant Smith, 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat team, 1st Infantry Division, and his family have volunteered 800 hours across the state since September. Smith was presented with the volunteer of the year award in a ceremony April 14.

Boy Scouts make additions, upgrades to Fort Riley dog park

May 1, 2015 — Because of members of FortRiley’s Boy Scouts of America, Troop 60, the dogs on post will have more tolook forward to at the dog park. The Fort Riley Directorateof Public Works does provide water to the park, but the rest of the park ismaintained by the community of users and volunteers like the Scouts of Troop60, said Matthew Forristal, volunteer MORE
Troop members and volunteers of Fort Riley’s Boy Scouts of America Troop 60 assemble a fence post that will separate dogs lighter than 25 pounds from larger dogs at the Fort Riley dog park.

COMMUNITY CORNER - Teen family members make impact volunteering

May 1, 2015 — Baltimore. The city name elicitsscenes of young people getting violent, looting and destroying what peopleworked hard to build. It is heartbreaking for the residents and those here whocall the area home. Scenes like those on recentnews reports might make some think twice about the value of teen-aged people –not me. I can tell you our FortRiley MORE

Key callers important resource to military families

January 29, 2015 — A key caller class isscheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 4 at Army Community Service. Key callers arevolunteer positions in a unit and are considered communication assets to otherSoldiers in the brigade. “Key callers are theinformation chain,” said Timmie Carter, Outreach Program coordinator, ACS,Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. MORE

COMMUNITY CORNER - This winter participate, don’t hibernate

January 23, 2015 — It’s easy to slow down, hibernateand hide inside our warm homes all winter as temperatures drop below freezing. While going outside mightbe a challenge, let’s look for opportunities to stay active within our communities.I encourage you to get outinto your communities, meet your neighbors and spend time with one another. Getout, be active, have fun MORE

‘Durable’ brigade extends helping hands to Topeka

November 14, 2014 — TOPEKA – City leaders fromTopeka and 1st Sustainment Brigade leaders met in the state capital Oct. 1 to strengthensupport between the two community partners. Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli,adjutant general of Kansas, met with Col. Robert A. Law III, commander, 1stSust. Bde., 1st Infantry Division, to discuss the expansion of the “Durable” MORE

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