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  1. 1. 11 Dec 2013 1ABCT Weekly Newsbreak: please pass along to Soldiers, Family and Friends of 1ABCT. You can always stay up to date with local events by going to 1st Infantry Division page at http://www.riley.army.mil/default.aspx or if you are having issues reading this you can click on this link to read the weekly news. http://www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=1bct. 1ST ABCT, 1ID ______________________________________________________________________________ Follow the Battalion Facebook pages below: 1HBCT Facebook page: The Official 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division Page http://www.facebook.com/#!/1HBCTDevilBrigade 1-1 BSTB Facebook: 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armor Battalion Combat Team: http://www.facebook.com/pages/1st-Special-Troops-Battalion-1st-Armor-Battalion-Combat-Team/496167963740283 4-4 CAV Facebook: The Official 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/4th-Squadron-4th-Cavalry/144632792217854 1-16 IN Facebook: 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, Iron Rangers https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/1st-Battalion-16th-Infantry-Regiment-Iron-Rangers/375274396713 2-34 AR Facebook: 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor https://www.facebook.com/2dCombinedArmsBattalion34thArmorFRG 101st BSB Facebook: 101st Brigade Support Battalion--Guardians https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/101st-Brigade-Support-Battalion-Guardians/167611785766 1-5FA Facebook: 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery https://www.facebook.com/#!/1stBattalion5thFieldArtillery 1EN Facebook: 1st Engineer Battalion https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/1st-Engineer-Battalion/213537042961 America’s First– DEVILS! DUTY FIRST!
  2. 2. Use full websites Finance Mypay: http://www.dfas.mil Thrift Savings Plan: http://www.tsp.gov 1ST ABCT, 1ID News Outlets U.S. Army Homepage: http://www.army.mil U.S Department of Defense: http://www.defense.gov Army Knowledge Online (AKO): http://www.us.army.mil DoD Community Relations: http://www.ourmilitary.mil Track Santa: http://www.norad.mil Military Family, Youth, and Children Military Children and Youth: http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil USA4 Military Families: http://www.usa4militaryfamilies.dod.mil/portal/page/mhf/USA4/HOMEPAGE_V3 Employment http://www.usajobs.gov Medical Care Dental Care: http://www.tricare.mil/mybenefit/ProfileFilter.do?&puri=%2Fhome%2FDental TRICARE: http://www.tricare.mil TRICARE Online: http://www.tricareonline.com DEERS Enrollment Online: http://tricare.mil/mybenefit/home/overview/Eligibility/DEERS Education DoD Education Activity http://www.dodea.edu/home GI Bill: http://www.gibill.va.gov Services PX : http://www.aafes.com US Postal Service: http://www.usps.com National weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov America’s First– DEVILS! DUTY FIRST!
  3. 3. Happy Holidays from 1ABCT 1ST ABCT, 1ID 1ABCT T-Shirt, Hat & Blanket Fundraiser: You still have time to orders-December 13! Place your order with BDE POC SPC Emily Schilling 1st Brigade Executive Assistant Bldg 7232 Normand Dr, Phone 785-239-6826. Email: emil.a.schilling3.mil@mail.mil See flyer below for full details. 11 December USO “No Dough Dinner”: Culinary Arts DFAC 251 Cameron Ave, Ft Riley, KS 5pm-6:30pm Menu Homemade Beef Stew, Rolls, Fresh Veggies & Dessert. Open to all with Military ID. 11 December Army Substance Abuse program: Training available for Parents: they are offering a class for Parents to better understand current drug trends in today’s youth culture. The course will be in two sessions. Starting at 6pm at Bldg 7424 Apennines (intersection of Apennines and Estes) on Custer Hill. POC is Chris Bowman to register for this training. Call 785-240-6267. See flyer below. 13 December Santa’s Helpers Workshop: Junction City Parks and recreation Department:1pm-3pm Children can go on a shopping spree for parents, grandparents, siblings and friends. Children will choose a gift item that isn’t complete until after they add some creativity to it: They will complete their projects and get it wrapped for FREE before going home. Items are priced ranged from $2 to $5. Fun activity for the children to create a gift for their parent, grandparent or siblings. Call 785-238-7529 to reserve your child’s space. See flyer below. 13 December Winter Art Walk: FREE Event-Junction City Winter Art Walk begins 5pm-7pm @ Junction City Arts Council 135 W 7th Street, Junction City, KS. Enjoy a festive time with Family and friends while tasting hors d’oeuvres, wine, hot beverages and delicious finger foods. Event begins at the C.L. Hoover Opera House on 7th & Jefferson Street. Make sure to get a Art Walk map-Junction City businesses will showcase a variety of art such as quilts, paintings, ceramics, batiks, drawings, watercolors and more from talented local artiest. Kids can experience the art in a whole new way with our fun “I-Spy” art exhibits. Kids can sit on Santa’s Lap! 13 December Teen Center Holiday Dance: Bell Rock Dance & Ugly Sweater Contest 8pm-10:30pm. Cost $2.50 for members; $3.50 for non members. See Flyer below 14 December Santa at the Library: Santa will be at the Ft Riley Library 1pm-3pm- Bring your camera and you can get your picture taken with Santa and get a gift. Their will be treats and hot coco provided. For more information call 785-239-9582 America’s First– DEVILS! DUTY FIRST!
  4. 4. 1ST ABCT, 1ID 14 December Scuba with Santa: Scuba with Santa 10am-1pm Eyster pool,-get your picture taken Santa under water, Holiday Cookies & Hot Chocolate. See Flyer below. 14 December 1st Infantry Division Band Holiday Concert: Tickets are going fast for the 1st Infantry Division Band and Junction City Community Band Holiday Concert at the Opera House. There are two shows Saturday, December 14th - at 3 pm and 7 pm. The concerts are free but you must have a ticket for entry. Call the box office at 238-3906 or www.jcoperahouse.org. to reserve yours today! shows: 3pm & 7pm at C.L. Hoover Opera House FREE concert and celebrate the Holiday Season. See Flyer below. 14 December Wreaths Across America: Wreaths Across America will host ceremonies on 14 December .Volunteers will be placing wreaths at the graves of soldiers in designated sections at each of the two local cemeteries in the county following brief ceremonies that begin at 11 a.m. during which wreaths for each branch of the military will be laid. 14 December Santa’s peppermint Factory: Sigma Theta Delta Sorority will be sponsoring a Christmas Carnival @ the Douglass Center, 900 Yuma, Manhattan, KS from 2pm-4pm. Festivities include Face painting, ornament decorating and other craft activities. Kids can have their photo taken with Santa. Door prizes and refreshments will be available. See flyer below. 14 December Operation North Pole for MEB, Wounded Soldiers, Deployed Soldiers: If you are one of the follow Soldiers with Families member in the area of MEB, Wounded, Deployed, If your Soldier just returned from Deployment-WTB along with Red Cross will be hosting a Holiday Event for children at the Clam Shell 675 Warrior Rd.-Must RSVP for this event. Call 785-239-9435 and speak to Sonya Brown-Lathan. See flyer below for times. 14-15 December Operation Yellow Ribbon @ Manhattan Town Center: Military Families are welcome to attend this special holiday savings and giveaways at the Manhattan Town Center. Bring your military ID card to the Customer Service Center to receive a wristband and mall-side savings. Plus register to win a $500 mall shopping spree and other prizes! There are 47 Store participating-See flyer below 15 December Bowling with Santa: Custer Hill Bowling Center 12pm-6pm $30 Family special: includes: 2 hours of bowling, 1 large 2topping pizza, 2 pitchers of soda and shoes for up to 6 people. See Flyer below. 15 December Family Bingo: Rally Point Family Bingo Doors open 12:30pm and Bingo will start at 2pm. America’s First– DEVILS! DUTY FIRST!
  5. 5. 1ST ABCT, 1ID 15 December K-State Women’s Basketball-Operation Santa: 1pm-Join the women’s basketball for Operation Santa! K-state Women’s basketball host UC Santa Barbara and tickets are just $3 with a toy donation to Ft Riley’s Operation Santa. 15-25 December USO Jolly Days: The USO will have daily events for all to take part of such as: cookie baking ,cookie decorating, gift-wrapping, holiday movies and much more . for more information visit the USO facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/USOFtRiley 15 December Harmony for the Holidays-The Little Apple Chorus: FREE Tickets for active duty Soldiers at McCain Auditorium at K-State Campus. The concert is on December 15th at 3pm. Special Guest Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail. If you would like tickets you can pick them up at Leisure Travel Center. MUST PRESENT AN ID CARD & tickets must be picked up by Friday, Dec 6 th. There is a total of 100 tickets first come, first serve. 16 December BOSS Snow Creek Trip: Ski/Snowboarding Trip to Snow Creek, Weston, MO 1100-2300; for single Soldiers cost $15 per person (Leisure and Travel Center). Depart from Ft Riley at 1100, Arrive at Snow Creek at 1300. Arrive back to Ft Riley around 2300. See Flyer below. 17 December PWOC Christmas program: Open to all Ft Riley Ladies-Special Guest: Sarah McKinney. There will be singing, food and fellowship. Morris Hill Chapel 9am-11:30am. There will be watchcare provided if you need childcare. For more information or questions email rileypwoc@gmail.com. 6 January X-Quest: Earn Prizes for working out! Log in your workout time at the gym’s front desk. Every hour spent working out you earn ½ mile. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place finishers. Entry Fee $14. For more information call 785-240-2664/239-2148. See flyer below. 6 January New U Program: session starts on 6 Jan-3 month health and fitness program. You’ll work with a certified trainer 3 days per week. Cost $150.00 maximum of 24 participants. For more information 785-240-2664/239-2148. See Flyer below 6 January Fit 4 Life: Jan-June open to all Soldiers, Family members & DoD Civilians. This is a six month fitness program at King Field House. See Flyer below. America’s First– DEVILS! DUTY FIRST!
  6. 6. 1ST ABCT, 1ID 11 January Battle of the Butterball Bulge: Zumba, Spinning and more, all FREE. 9am-12pm. Call for more information 785-239-3146. See Flyer below. 11 January Battle for the Hill Bowling Tournament: register your team at the BOSS Office. 4 person Co-ED team: each team must have 1 member of the opposite sex and be from the same battalion. Cost $15 per person. Register by 8 Jan. See flyer below. Main Exchange Holiday Hours: Commissary Holiday Hours: 24 Dec-Tuesday 25 Dec-Wednesday 26 Dec-Thursday 31 Dec-Tuesday 01 Jan-Wednesday 24 Dec-Tuesday 25 Dec-Wednesday 31 Dec-Tuesday 01 Jan-Wednesday 0700-1600 Closed Christmas Day 0900-2100 Regular Hours 1000-1800 1000-1800 New Year’s Day 0900-1700 Closed Christmas Day 0900-1800 Closed New Year’s Day Barlow Theatre Opens this weekend, Dec 6th-they have gone digital with the upgrades. The first movie will be “Bad Grandpa” will start 1900 doors open at 1830. Barlow Theatre on Custer Hill on Normandy Dr. For more details call 785-239-9574 Prairie Land Food: see Flyer below for January Specials and other great meal packs they offer. Flint Hill Breadbasket: Emergency Food Pantry provides residents of Manhattan with food assistance, when there is no food in the home and no means to purchase any. Monday-Friday 1pm-3:30pm Located at 905 Yuma St, Manhattan, KS 66502 785-537-0730. If you have any questions or comments, please drop by, call, or e-mail <http://breadbasket.manhattanks.org/email.shtm> us. We will be more than happy to help! Food Bank Hours-for Donation drop-off and volunteers Monday-Friday 8am-12pm; 1pm-4pm. Operation HomeFront Holiday Toy Events: this event is for Families in need to receive toys for the Holidays. It’s open to Soldiers (E1-E6) and their Families that have registered (ONLY one time please). You can registered through Operation Homefront FB page https://www.facebook.com/OHKansasMissouri to participate in the event. Registration will open soon keep checking back on their facebook page! Once all the registration slots are full, a waiting list will be created. You will be notified the location of this event for pick up via email. America’s First– DEVILS! DUTY FIRST!
  7. 7. 1ST ABCT, 1ID Operation Santa Claus: collecting new toys (no stuffed animals) or money donations. Gifts will be provided to the families of our community in need. See Flyer below for locations on and off post for drop off boxes. You will find collection boxes all over the post. Help Soldiers and Family members in need by providing gifts for children during the Holiday season. They are accepting new, unwrapped toys in $15 to $25 price range for children ages birth to 18. To sign up the program the Soldiers will need to contact their Chair of Command to complete the application. Now-10 January 2014 JC Elks Lodge Americanism Essay Contest: Essay Theme: “What Does Veterans Day Mean to Me?” you can pick up rules and guidelines and coversheet at 723 S. Washington, Junction City, KS See Flyer below for details. Corvias Foundation-Scholarship & Grant applications are now available starting Nov 1st. Ten 4-year scholarships will be awarded ($50,000 scholarships). Visit their website at: http://corviasfoundation.org/ and apply! Applications must be submitted by February 13, 2014 11:59 EST. •Applications do NOT have to live in Corvias Military housing to be eligible. Open to graduating high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA at time of application. •$12,500 per year for four years •Scholars must attend a four-year institution Commissary Scholarships for Military Children- Opened on Dec 3, 2013. To get full details go to www.commissaries.com or www.militaryscholar.org. Deadline to submit is Feb 28, 2014-Keep in mind the scholarship needs to be in hand on this date: NOT POSTMARKED Date to the commissary. Central Kansas Military Community Foundation (CKMCF) Founded in January 2004, is a 501 C-3 Non-Profit organization ran 100% by volunteers. The CKMCF assists those eligible who have a proven need for financial assistance. They raise funds to sustain the Foundation and they provide briefings to Military & Civilian Communities. Eligible individuals include all Central Flint Hills Region Military members (Active, Reserve, Guard, Retirees and immediate Family members) in need. You can apply for assistance through AER, the hospital liaison office, your unit commander, call 785-762-6006 or email ckmcf04@hotmail.com for an application. Would you like to support the CKMCF? You can spread the word on what we do around the military community. Donate (big and small are gratefully accepted) or buy our Christmas ornaments! See Flyer Below. America’s First– DEVILS! DUTY FIRST!
  8. 8. 1ST ABCT, 1ID Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides http://downtownmanhattanks.com/events/horse-drawn-carriage-rides/ Enjoy a ride through our beautifully lighted Downtown. Listen for strolling carolers as you revel in the holiday decorations and atmosphere. This is the perfect finale to a day of shopping or a relaxing way to start or finish a great meal in one of our many restaurants. Rides are free with a canned food or cash donation to the Manhattan Emergency Shelter <http://www.mesikansas.org/> . Rides pick up and drop off at the Flint Hills Discover Center. Rides run continuously every Friday, Saturday & Sunday evening from 5-8pm. Date/Time Date(s) - 12/07/2013 - 12/22/2013 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 2013 Tax Time: FT Riley Tax Office will be opening their office up soon after the New Year. Beginning on January 22, 2013 to April 16, 2013 Fort Riley Tax Office will be able to provide assistance to all FT Riley Soldiers, Family members, Retirees, and other eligible individuals in the Preparation and electronic filing of 2013 Federal and State Income Tax Returns. The location will be at Bldg 7034 on Custer Hill, Hours Will be Monday-Friday 0900-1800 and Saturdays 0900-1300, and closed on Federal Holidays. Bring with you Tax Forms (W2, 1098, etc) Social Security Cards (including family members), Photo ID’s, Power of Attorney (if necessary) and letter from Tricare saying you have health insurance. See Flyer below. . America’s First– DEVILS! DUTY FIRST!
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  20. 20. 1ST ABCT, 1ID Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. America’s First– DEVILS! DUTY FIRST!
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  23. 23. 1ST ABCT, 1ID Wreaths Across America will host ceremonies on 14 December .Volunteers will be placing wreaths at the graves of soldiers in designated sections at each of the two local cemeteries in the county following brief ceremonies that begin at 11 a.m. during which wreaths for each branch of the military will be layed. America’s First– DEVILS! DUTY FIRST!
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  42. 42. 1ST ABCT, 1ID Family Readiness Group (FRG) On-Line Training: On-line Training: ACS has these class to offer online for FRG’s for volunteers if your unable to take them in a class room setting. See flyer below for available class at the ACS. FRG Leader’s Training: The online Family Readiness Group Leader’s training is located on the ARMY ONE SOURCE website at https://www.myarmyonesource.com/skins/aos2/display_ajax.aspx?Modul eID=a53b8c22-018c-40c9-b51f-d6a1263c9889. This is a Department of the Army site and does not include Fort Riley specific information. The FRG Leader’s Handbook and other FRG materials may also be downloaded from t ARMY ONE SOURCE under the ACS Mobilization and Deployment Readiness section/Operation READY at: https://www.myarmyonesource.com/FamilyProgramsandServices/FamilyP rograms/MobilizationandDeploymentReadiness/OperationREADY/default.a spx FRG Funds Custodian Training and Test Training: http://riley.army.mil/documents/acs.dmDocuments/120608123904.pdf Test: http://riley.army.mil/documents/acs.dmDocuments/120629132646.pdf FRG Key Caller Training and Test Training: http://riley.army.mil/documents/acs.dmDocuments/120629112550.pdf Test: http://riley.army.mil/documents/acs.dmDocuments/120629113116.pdf America’s First– DEVILS! DUTY FIRST!
  43. 43. 1ST ABCT, 1ID An old mail article I like to put out each winter! Prepare your car with an onion? Say what? Snowy weather will be coming our way! Here are a few ways you can prepare your car (and yourself) for snow, ice and cold: -Car stuck in the snow? First, try to rock your car back and forth. If this doesn’t work, you need to look for traction for the back wheels. Car mats will do, or branches, dirt and sand from outside. If you have tried everything else, let some air out of both the back tires to provide better traction. Drive out slowly, and then stay slow until you reach the first gas station that has an air pump. If you are planning to drive in the snow, keep a rubber bathmat cut in half in your trunk, or roof shingles – either of these can help you to get your car out of the snow. -Lock Iced Over? If your locks are frozen, heat your key with a lighter before putting it in the lock. If you have a small straw, blow hot air into the lock. WD-40, alcohol and antifreeze will help to remove ice from your lock as well. -If the weather calls for snow, put cardboard over your windshield to keep it clean of snow and ice. Rubber mats or car mats work as well. If you have ice on your windshield, put salt or rubbing alcohol on it to melt the ice. To prevent ice from sticking on to your windshield, wipe a cut onion on the glass – it works wonders! America’s First– DEVILS! DUTY FIRST!

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