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1 abct 6 nov weekly newsbreak

  1. 1. 6 Nov 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 1ST ABCT, 1ID Division page at or if you are having issues reading this you can click on this link to read the weekly news. ______________________________________________________________________________ Follow the Battalion Facebook pages below: 1HBCT Facebook page: The Official 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division Page!/1HBCTDevilBrigade 1-1 BSTB Facebook: 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armor Battalion Combat Team: 4-4 CAV Facebook: The Official 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry!/pages/4th-Squadron-4th-Cavalry/144632792217854 1-16 IN Facebook: 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, Iron Rangers!/pages/1st-Battalion-16th-Infantry-Regiment-Iron-Rangers/375274396713 2-34 AR Facebook: 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor 101st BSB Facebook: 101st Brigade Support Battalion--Guardians!/pages/101st-Brigade-Support-Battalion-Guardians/167611785766 1-5FA Facebook: 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery!/1stBattalion5thFieldArtillery 1EN Facebook: 1st Engineer Battalion!/pages/1st-Engineer-Battalion/213537042961
  2. 2. Use full websites Finance Mypay: Thrift Savings Plan: News Outlets U.S. Army Homepage: U.S Department of Defense: Army Knowledge Online (AKO): DoD Community Relations: Track Santa: Military Family, Youth, and Children Military Children and Youth: USA4 Military Families: Employment Medical Care Dental Care: TRICARE: TRICARE Online: DEERS Enrollment Online: Education DoD Education Activity GI Bill: Services PX : US Postal Service: National weather Service: 1ST ABCT, 1ID
  3. 3. 1ST ABCT, 1ID 1ABCT T-Shirt, Hat & Blanket Fundraiser: Now till order Deadlines: November 15, November 27 & December 13! Place your order with BDE POC SPC Emily Schilling 1st Brigade Executive Assistant Bldg 7232 Normand Dr, Phone 785-239-6826. Email: See flyer below for full details. Reser's Fine Foods Recalls Chicken, Ham and Beef Products Due Potential Listeria, Monocytogenes Contamination: The Fort Riley Commissary pulled the following items off the shelf due to possible contamination. If you purchased one of these items you may bring it to the commissary for a full refund. Reser's Fine Foods White Meat Chicken Salad: UPC Code 71117-19008 use by date 10/11/13 to 11/13/13 Reser's Fine Foods Potato Salad Original: UPC Code 71117-19000 with expiration date 11/26/13 ACS Family Readiness Training Schedule 2014: See below for upcoming 2014 schedule for all FRG Leaders, Funds Custodian, Key Caller and Care Team Training. Call the ACS at 785-239-9435 to schedule training. 15 October-30 November Army Digital Photography Contest: Open to Active Duty Soldiers and Family members, Retirees & DA Civilianssubmission dates Oct 15- Nov 30. Complete entry form and submit photos online by visiting you can also visit your local Arts & Crafts on post or Community Recreation Office for more details. See flyer below. 8-11 November Veterans Day Appreciation Weekend Custer Hill Golf Course: 8am-5pm Cost $11 per person includes green fees and golf cart. See flyer below. 9 November JC Ladies Reading Club Fall Festival: 9am-2pm on 224 N. Jefferson St, Junction City, KS 2013 Fall Festival ladies Reading Club Clubhouse: enjoy a cup of coffee and treat in the morning, stock your pantry with their signature pecan halves, enter the gift basket drawings for your chance to win, savor a homemade soup and sandwich lunch and much more. See flyer below. 9 November Buttons N Bows Event: 33rd Annual Arts & Crafts Fair: Doors Open 8:30am to 4:30pm; Admission $2 makes you eligible for a quilt drawing. Arts & crafts in 3 buildings-220 & 306 S. Juliette Ave, Manhattan KS. See flyer below.
  4. 4. 1ST ABCT, 1ID 9-10 November Veterans Day Appreciation Bowling: Custer Hill Bowling Lanes Games $1, Shoes $1 and $5 cheeseburgers. See flyer below. 9 November Flint Hills Discovery Center Footsteps in the Flint Hills: ages 6-8 Call 785-587-2726 for more details. See Flyer below. 10 November Downtown Manhattan: Holiday Open House 1pm-5pm Shop downtown for your holiday gifts! Shops will have specials, festive foods and drink. See flyer below. 11 November Manhattan Annual Veteran’s Day Parade: Parade will go along Poyntz Ave. 0930-1030: Join us in showing appreciation for out Veterans and for those currently serving in the military far and near. 11 November Health and Security of Military Families for the upcoming “Season of Service” Event: K-State, 7:30 Union Little Theatre followed by a Q&A with Family members, FREE General Admission-A STAGE READING OF ONE HUNGER PANG AWAY BY AMY TICHY... “One Hunger Pang Away” is the story of a soldier and his family's journey post deployment. Based on interviews, this play shows one man's struggle with PTSD and his courage in acknowledging his pain and seeking help. As he begins to heal, his family also begins to heal, and they overcome the many obstacles that have kept them apart. Briana S. Nelson Goff, Ph. D. Director, Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families Professor, School of Family Studies and Human Services 343K Justin Hall Kansas State University Manhattan KS 66506 - 785-532-1490 –See flyer below 11 November Junction-Geary County Military Affairs Council Veterans Day Program: C.L. Hoover Opera House 11am-Honoring All Who Served-Guest Speaker: District 68 Representative Tom Moxley. Music by the Troubadors. See flyer below. 12 -16 November Turkey Bowl: Custer Hill Bowling Lanes 11am-5pm Bowl; Bowl 3 strikes in a row and win a FREE Turkey for Thanksgiving. $1.50 a game/$1.00 shoes-3rd strike must be verified by staff/one per household! See flyer below. 13 November USO No Dough Dinners: 5pm-6:30pm at Bldg 7856 Drum Street on Custer Hill DFAC. USO Fort Riley also is on Facebook at Click on "Events" to see the most up to date information for No Dough
  5. 5. 1ST ABCT, 1ID 13 November Operation Santa Claus Ribbon Cutting Ceremony kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1300 in front of 261 Stuart Ave, Santa's Workshop. At the kickoff ceremony, attendees learned more about the Operation Santa Claus program and its impact on Military Families in need. The Association of the United States Army partners with Fort Riley to assist Families who may be facing financial difficulties this holiday season by providing toys and gift cards for children 2 to 16. Operation Santa Claus is Fort Riley's single holiday charity event. The gifts gathered from the collection points will be distributed to military families throughout the Central Flint Hills Region. Learn more about the program at You can pick up a request form from your Unit’s 1SG . 14 November Education Fair 2013: 60 schools who will be in attendance and the numbers are growing. This fair will be a great opportunity for anyone who is seeking information direct from the schools' admission officers---high school juniors, transitioning service members, spouses, and active duty soldiers. See Flyer below. 15 November Youth Sports & Fitness Winter Deadline: Winter Sports are open now till the deadline of 15 November! Practice will begin 2-20 December 2013-NO practice during winter break! Practice will resume on 6 January 2014. For more information call 785-2399223. See flyer below. 15 November USO Coat Drive: Do you have a slightly used coat you can donate? USO is accepting donations now till November 15th. You can collect them via your FRG groups, Coffee groups or various clubs over the next few weeks and drop them off at Ft Riley USO 6918 Trooper Drive, Ft Riley, KS 66442 10am-5pm for more information contact Crystal Tinkey 785-240-5328. See flyer below. 15 November 4th Annual Wine Fest: Tickets are now on Sale!! 6-9pm at Riley's Conference Center. Come enjoy a variety of wines & hors d'oeuvres. This is a 21 and older event no children allowed. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, and can be purchased at Riley's Conference Center. For more information call, 785-784-1000. See Flyer below. 16 November Dueling Piano's: at Rally Point! Tickets are on sale now at Rally Point and Leisure Travel Services. $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information call, 785-239-8990
  6. 6. 1ST ABCT, 1ID 16 November BOSS KC Paintball: 9am Midnight BOSS is going back to Jaegers for a day of paintball and laser tag! Food and games will be Dave and Busters afterwards. $40 per person (includes transportation) Sign up in the BOSS office at the Warrior Zone. For more information 785-239-2677 or 913-905-9589 See flyer below. 17 November Tell Me A Story: Giraffes Can’t Dance: 2pm FREE limited space RSVP by emailing Guest Reader will be MG Funk II, Location Skies Building 2420-H Street, Ft Riley. See Flyer below. 19 November FRG Funds management 101 Training: for all Funds Custodian, FRG Leaders, Commanders, Senior Advisors and FRSA to attend! 1000-1200 @ Victory Center Bldg 7285 Normandy Drive you will need to register by email at or call 785-239-9435 and child care will be available with pre-registration by 12 November. POC Sonya Brown. See Flyer below. 19 & 20 November Adult Army Family Action Plan Conference: on Nov 19 at Riley’s Conference Center from 8:30am – 2:30pm; on Nov 2020 at Riley’s Conference Center from 0900-1100am. Any questions or concerns please contact Becky Willis at (785) 239-4593. Army Family Action Plan (AFAP)-The AFAP is an Army-wide Program that allows all members of the Army, Retired Military, Family members and Civilian Employees to identify issues of concern that impact the well being of the entire Army Family. Through this process, issues requiring actions are prioritized, assigned to a lead agency for resolution, and an action plan is established to achieve desired change. “You” can make a difference and be a part of this conference. Let “YOUR VOICE BE HEARD.” They are looking for Delegates to help work the issues that are submitted, Volunteers to assist with the Conference and most of all issues…YOUR Issues. 21 November CYSS “Meet the Coach Night” for winter Sports: Bldg 6620 from 1730-1830 (5:30 pm-6:30pm)-See Flyer below. 23 November Ft Riley Library Thanksgiving Craft Party: Come out to the Library and enjoy tasty snacks, crafts and take home activities! 1pm-3pm for more information please cal 785-239-9582 23 November Turkey-Tow-Miler: Riley’s Conference Center 9am-Registration Begins/10am-2 Mile Fun Run Starts; open to Soldiers, Family members, and DoD card Holders. Participants will be entered in a drawing to win a FREE Turkeys & Apple Pies. See flyer below.
  7. 7. 1ST ABCT, 1ID 25 November Ft Riley Blood Drive: 1000-1600 at Bldg 580. To make an appointment 1-800-733-2767 #2 or 26 November Ft Riley Blood Drive: 1000-1600 at Long Gym. To make an appointment 1-800-733-2767 #2 or 26 November Thanksgiving Meal Served at Dining Facilities on Post: Meal Prices $7.60 (non-meal card holders, all officers/Enlisted members receiving allowance for substance & their Family members/DA Civilians & guests/Visitors); $6.45 (discounted rate for dependents of E4 and below). See flyer below. 27 November Ft Riley Blood Drive: 0800-1300 at Long Gym. To make an appointment 1-800-733-2767 #2 or 28 November BOSS Turkey Ganza: Warrior Zone 1500-2200 Video Games Tournaments, Pool Tournaments and Poker Tournament-Prizes given out to all 1st place winners. For more information 785-239-2677/913-905-9589 29 November Downtown Manhattan: Inaugural Lighting of the Blue Earth Plaza: 7pm Tallest Holiday Trees in Kansas surrounded by lights & music. Light show will run every evening through December. See Flyer below. Operation North Pole Volunteers Needed: This event is on Saturday, Dec 14th 1000-1900: Sponsored by Red Cross, USO and ACS for the children of deployed, wounded, and fallen soldiers. Help is needed in different ways. The event coordinators are looking for donations of homemade cookies, but they need 200 dozen (yep…two thousand, four hundred cookies!). So if you are looking for an idea for something that you can do as a coffee group, an FRG event, scout meeting or family night, baking cookies is always a good time and donating a dozen or so of your tasty treats to this event will be greatly appreciated. They also need volunteers as elves and facilitators of activities. Games will be offered for the children to play. Point of Contact is Katie Parvey at or 785-239-1887 for more details. See Flyer below. 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. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be on Wednesday, Nov 13 th at 1000 at Bldg 261 Stuart Ave (Main Post-next to the CG’s Color Mounted Guard).
  8. 8. 1ST ABCT, 1ID USO is completely functioning through volunteer work. There are only 2 paid positions in all of KS. USO is always open. You will find it all over the world and any military family or single soldier is always welcome. The USO is a non profit charity. 98% of the money goes back to the soldier. Every $ donated gives back a value of $ 1.50 Like them on facebook register to volunteer at The USO is always open. Some of the things they do: serve breakfast and lunch on a workday. Lunch on weekends. twice a month no dough dinners new soldier welcome kits, homecoming kits after deployment, united through reading (taping for deploying soldiers) operation warm start (breakfast for family members prior to memorial services) and very many special events. The USO is always open! Everything is always free and it can be the soldiers/families home away from home. 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 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. 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: 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 Prairie Land Food: see Flyer below for November Specials and other great meal packs they offer.
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  21. 21. Operation Santa Claus Toy Drop Box Locations: Fort Riley: ARMED FORCES BANK COMBAT AVIATION BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS GARRISON HEADQUARTERS 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION HEADQUARTERS 1ST BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS 2ND BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS IRWIN ARMY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL POST EXCHANGE OPERATION SANTA CLAUE HEADQUARTER CORIVUS HOUSING COMMUNITY CENTERS MANHATTAN: AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE (3320 W ANDERSON AVE) CALDWELL MORTGAGE COMPANY (2630 CLAFLIN RD) GYMNASTICS PLUS (2730 AMHERST AVE) KMART (401 E. POYNTZ AVE) MANHATTAN CHAMABER OF COMMERCE (501 POYNTZ AVE) NAVY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION (4TH ST NEXT TO DICK’S SPORTING GOOD’S) WALMART (102 BLUEMONT AVE) WALGREENS (2719 ANDERSON AVE) (325 BLUEMONT AVE) JUNCTION CITY: WALMART (521 E. CHESTNUT ST) MONETARY LOCATIONS: FORT RILEY: HABANERO’S MILITARY CLOTHING & SALES WARRIOR ZONE JUNCTION CITY ARMED FORCES BANK (429 W. 18 ST) DIALY UNION (222 W. 6TH ST) 1ST ABCT, 1ID OPERATION SANTA CLAUS Building 261 Stuart Ave. Fort Riley, KS 66442 Phone: (785) 239-6944/2771 Fax: (785)2392797 Operation Santa Claus is a Program to help Soldiers that are Active Duty, Reserve or National Guard who are having financial difficulties during the Christmas season. •This program helps the Soldiers and their Families with providing Christmas gifts for their children ages 0-18 years, in order to lift-up their spirits. •To obtain an application contact your company First Sergeant after 13 November 2013 they will provide an application and are the approving authority. Operation Santa Claus is also in need of donations. There are two ways this can be accomplished. •Toys are being collected at several locations such as the Post Exchange, Wal-Wart, and local businesses. You can donate a new toy valued between $15-$20 that is unwrapped by simply placing the toy in the big red boxes with Operation Santa Claus.
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