Breakfast event allows Fort Riley officials to thank area communities
Story by: Calun Reece
1ST INF. DIV. POST
JUNCTION CITY – Heartfelt gratitude and appreciation was extended to neighboring communities for their partnership with Fort Riley April 25 during the Military Affairs Council breakfast at the Courtyard by Marriott.
Representatives from Junction City, Geary County and Fort Riley gathered together to share a meal, strengthen relations and receive personal thanks from Garrison Commander Col. William Clark.
"I think it's very proper that after two years of being the garrison commander, that I publicly stand up and thank them," Clark said. "The people that are in the community, in Junction City and Geary County, they make Fort Riley – Fort Riley."
After serving for two years as the garrison commander, Clark said he sees something special among the people in the surrounding area.
"I've served on the West Coast, I've served on the East Coast, I've served in Germany, I've served in Korea, but the relationship between Junction City and Geary County and Fort Riley is like none I've ever seen anywhere else in the world," he said. "There's a bond here that you just do not see in any other communities, there's a tightness … It's a very special place."
Clark is scheduled to retire July 17, and said he plans to live in Abilene, Kan.
"This is home," he said. "I grew up in the Midwest, from Kansas to North Dakota. We are very partial to this part of the country, and why not live in a place where you are a part of the people, and we enjoy being around them," he said. "It's about a quality of life."
The people of the Midwest, of this area, he said, are a very loving, kind, noble people and patriotic, too.
"They want to serve their country, and we're America's Army, and this is their installation, and they want to be a part of it," he said. "They take care of our Soldiers, our Families, our civilians, our retirees. We can't thank our community enough for the support that they give us."
MAC is a division of the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce and is a medium between the military, Junction City and Geary County, according to the Junction City Chamber of Commerce website. MAC breakfasts provide a social setting for business, civic, retired military and military leaders to develop friendships and discuss mutual issues. MAC's purpose is to establish and maintain close personal relationships between the military and civilian leaders in neighboring communities.