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1 February 2012 1 HBCT Weekly News Update


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1 February 2012 1HBCT Weekly News Update, please pass along to Soldiers, Family and Friends of 1HBCT. You can always stay up to date with local events by going to 1st Infantry Division page at or if you are having issues reading this you can click on this link to read the weekly news.

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1 February 2012 1 HBCT Weekly News Update

  1. 1. 1 February 2012 1HBCT Weekly News Update, please pass along to Soldiers, Family and Friends of1HBCT. You can always stay up to date with local events by going to 1st Infantry Division page at or if you are having issues reading this you can click on this linkto read the weekly news. And we are always upand posting new information on FaceBook! Join us on the Official 1HBCT FaceBook Page TO ALL FAMILIES AND SOLDIERS! The Network Meeting scheduled for February 3rd at 10:30amhas MOVED locations due to conflict with room availability. The meeting will now be held at Rally Point(Bingo Hall) on Trooper across from the new Fire Station and Forsyth Housing area. Learn what’s goingon in the Community!Upcoming Gate Advisory: Trooper Gate will be closed on 6 Feb 12 from 0730 - 1030 due to concreterepair work. Please use Grant Gate to access the installation. We apologize for the inconvenience.Henry Gate Traffic Changes: One-way traffic plan from 0500-0700 beginning on 07 FEB 12.Henry Gate will be one-way traffic from 0500-0700 every weekday, no out-bound will betraveling during these times thru this gate.Don’t forget to sign up for these Couple classes!
  2. 2. Stay up to date with the FT Riley Post paper! Picerne to host Family nightStory by: Picerne Military Housing . With the hustle and bustle of work and after-school activities,scheduling time together as a Family can be a challenge, not to mention planning an activity anddeciding on something everyone can agree upon. Picerne Military Housing is taking the challenge out forFamilies by inviting Picerne residents to its Family Game Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at the ForsythNeighborhood Center. "Family Game Night will feature jumbo-sized games, such as Tic-Tac-Toe, Jengaand checkers, as well as Family favorites, like Would You Rather, Candy Land, Yahtzee, Hungry, HungryHippos and others," said Jasmine Nelson, event co-chair. "There will be games and activities for allages." Snacks will be provided and prizes will be given away throughout the night. The grand prize willbe a one-night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge, Kansas City, Kan. "iPads, game consoles, televisions andother electronic devices tend to take the place of Family time these days," said JC Calder, deputycommunity management director, Picerne Military Housing. "We wanted to provide a fun night whereFamilies can spend time together and enjoy each others company without other distractions." The
  3. 3. Forsyth Neighborhood Center is located at 22900 Hitching Post Road. Children must be accompanied byan adult. For more information, residents may call their neighborhood office.Fort Riley Current News Update: A warrant officer recruiting team from the U.S. Army RecruitingCommand will be at Fort Riley Feb. 7 to 8 to conduct briefings. Briefings will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. inBuilding 8388 on Armistead Street. For more information, call Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael A. Grinterat 502-626-0458 or More information also can be found Feb. 7, the Quartermaster Laundry Service located in Building 229 will no longer cleanorganizational clothing and individual equipment, or OCIE, for individual Soldiers. All OCIE turn-ins to thecentral issue facility, or CIF, will be clean and all repairs made in accordance to TM10-8400-201-23,General Repair Procedures for Clothing. No dirty OCIE will be accepted under any circumstances andprior to DX all OCIE items will be clean.The Fort Riley Police Department would like to remind Fort Riley *residents and visitors that vehiclesparked adjacent to the side of a roadway must be facing the same direction as travel on the roadway.Parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant is prohibited, as well as in other areas designated by “no parking”signs. Parking regulations can be referenced in Kansas Statues and Fort Riley Regulation 190-5.The Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency offers rides to and from Manhattan to the Fort Riley andJunction City areas. The cost is $2 one-way within a three-mile radius of Manhattan, Fort Riley andJunction City. Rides beyond the three-mile radius are $4 each way. For more information or to schedulea ride call 877-551-6345.Heading to Aggieville for drinks? Get home to Fort Riley safely with The Riley Ride. This service is openfor all DoD ID cardholders and runs Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information, call 785-239-5614.Asking for help when you need it is a sign of strength. Listening to a friend in need and getting themthe help they need is a sign of strength. Suicide affects us all and prevention is an all-hands effort all thetime. If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-TALK. Reach out. Talk. Listen. Help preventsuicide.Applications for the Defense Commissary Agency 2012 Scholarships for Military Children program arenow available at commissaries worldwide as well as online at The program awards at least one $1,500 scholarship to a student at eachcommissary. Scholarships are funded by donations from commissary vendors, manufacturers, brokers,suppliers and the general public. To be eligible for a scholarship, the student must have a currentmilitary ID card and be an unmarried child, no older than 21 or 23 – if enrolled as a full-time student at acollege or university – of an active-duty service member, reservist, guardsman, retiree or survivor of amilitary member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree. Applicants must submit an essayon a topic that is posted at Applications must be turned in to a commissary byclose of business Feb. 24.Attention Military Spouses: The Spouse Deployed telephone support program is now available tospouses of Deployed Service Members. For any spouse seeking information, education or support
  4. 4. please contact the Spouse Deployed research team below. This program is offered completely over thetelephone. No travel required. Souse Deployed assistance, For Spouses across the country whoseservice members are currently deployed overseas. A Department of Defense and Army funded researchstudy administered by the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Completely confidential, Spouseswill receive (by random assignment) either: Telephone support groups, one hour, two times a month for6 months, or Online information webinar sessions, 30 minutes, two times a month for 6 months.Spouses learn ways to manage stress and solve problems related to deployment and reintegration, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and other common problems. Telephone datacollection will be at baseline, six and twelve months (with payment of $25 per session and an additional$25 payment upon completion of entire study). For Information or to Enroll please contact us at:Spouse Deployed: Email:, Phone: (901) 577-7485 or (800) 636-8262, ext. 7485Website: We are also seeking military spouse participation for apost deployment telephone study. POC: Sarah E. M. Kennedy, Research Specialist VA Medical Center,Memphis (901) 523-8990, ext 5079.Craig and Leonard Fitness Centers are now open again as of Monday Jan. 30 at 5:00 a.m. For moreinformation visit: Retreat! "Glorifying God with an Un-Offend-Able Heart" Guest Speaker: Victoria RobinsonPraise & Worship Leader: Janice Whiteside, March 2-3, 2012 at Morris Hill Chapel. Suggested Donation:$25 (cash/check "CTOF") Friday night, 5-9pm, dinner served. Saturday, 9am-4pm, lunch served.(Limited childcare available for those families with soldiers on deployment or TDY). Contact CarissaOliver to register by February 14, 2012: as more information comes in it willbe put out thru proper channels. Upcoming Nutrition & Health/Resource Management Classes presented by K-State Research & Extension – Ft. Riley. Register for any of the following classes by calling 785-239-9991or email All classes can be found on our FaceBook page – K-State Research andExtension – Ft. Riley. There are space limitations on most of our classes, so please register in advance. Ifyou won’t be able to attend class for which you register, please let us know so someone else will be ableto use your seat. Please call in advance to confirm location of the classes.Get Set To Grow – Warm Seasoned Vegetables 6 February – Monday, 1-3pm, Resiliency LearningCenter, BLDG 7285 Normandy Drive Learn how to get started gardening and all about growing warmseasoned vegetables and herbs. Get the scoop on successful gardening in our Kansas climate.Women & Money 16, 23 February & 1,8 March (4 Class Series) Thursdays, RSVP by 15 February1-3pm, ACS, BLDG 7264 Normandy Drive Because women are generally less prepared for economichardships (for various reasons) this class will educate and prepare them to be financially literate andbetter prepared for the present and future. This is an interactive class where discussion and questionsare encouraged. Practical exercises will be provided to better prepare participants.Small Steps to Health and Wealth 21, 28 February & 6 March (3 Sessions) Tuesdays, RSVP by 20February 10am-12pm, ACS, BLDG 7264 Normandy Drive This three part series of classes will provideinformation to help participants take charge of their future. Strategies for behavioral change will begiven that allow participants to take action in meeting health and wealth goals.
  5. 5. We are still taking more teamsfor the Dodge Ball Tournament this Saturday, Feb 4 at 10am. Call 785-239-2148 if you have any questions! Beerfest: Sat, Feb 4, 5:30- 8:30pm., Rileys Conference Center. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase at Rileys Conference Center and any AAFES locations. Limited tickets available! *Must be 21 to enter.*
  6. 6. Comedy Show: Sat, Feb 4, 8pm, Doors open at 7pm; Show starts at 8pm. Tickets: $10 in advance or $12 at the door and are on sale at Rally Point. For more info, call 785- 784-5733. This show contains adult content. See FlyerKSU Rodeo: FREE KSU Rodeo tickets for the Finals on Feb 19! Pick up your tickets starting Feb 1 at theLeisure Travel Center. For questions, call 785-239-5614. The Big Game (aka THE SUPER BOWL): Sun, Feb 5 at the Warrior Zone on Normandy. Tailgate BBQ: 3-5pm Watch Party: 5pm-Close. Call 785-240-6618 for more info.
  7. 7. USO- Super Football Bowl February 5th from 4:00pm until end of game. No need to head off post stop in and enjoy the game and commercials with the USO. Free food and drinks!!! The USO Center is located at 6918 Trooper Drive. Enjoy the game with your USO family! More info at: RSVPs not required, but encouraged for optimal planning.Sweet Heart Dinner & Dance: Fri/Sat, Feb 10/11. Celebrate Valentines Day withyour sweetheart. Get your tickets now because this will sell out!
  8. 8. Fort Riley Custer HillLanes Bowling Update- Valentines DayFamily Bowl andWacky Tournament:Custer Hill BowlingCenter will host theValentine’s Day FamilyBowl and WackyTournament from 11a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 13.For $30 per lane,bowlers will receivetwo hours of “glow”bowling, with shoes,one large pizza and apitcher of soda. Formore information, call785-239-4366. Employment Readiness Program: Army Community Service’s (ACS) Employment Readiness Program (ERP) has updated their Fort Riley Web Page. Please check out the links below for current information. Classes/Training, Spouse Preference and Unemployment Information: Contact Information: Army Community Service, Employment Readiness Program 7264 Normandy Drive, and Custer Hill Fort Riley, Kansas 66442 785-239-9435 Email: Annex Reservations for Family Readiness Group Meetings/Events: If you are a Family Readiness Group Leader and are needing to reserve a free room for your FRG meetings/events then the Annex is the place to go! All you need to do is: 1. Call the Annex staff at 785-240-0663 to see if the date/time being requested is available. Also, let the staff know the estimated attendance so that they can make sure the room size is adequate for the meeting/event. 2. Fill out the reservation form located at: 3. Then you can: a. Email the form to: b. Drop it off at the Annex at 1020 Huebner Road, Camp Funston area c. Fax it to: 785-240-6259 4. If child care will be needed, please contact CYSS at 785-239-4745 to coordinate the child care room.
  9. 9. SAVE THE DATE! Staff Development Day - No school for grades K-12 on Friday February 17, 2012.Fort Riley Outdoor Recreation Update: CLIMBING GYM: Feb 25, 9am-5pm, $35 per Person. Are you craving fun, physical activity? OutdoorRecreation and IBEX Climbing Gym are teaming up to offer you anexciting escape from your regular routine. IBEX Climbing Gym is an indoor climbing facility that offersover 6,900 square feet of climbing area to challenge anyone from beginner to the most advancedclimbers. Cost includes Belay class, admission, and harness. Pre-registration is required.LAWRENCE INDOOR WATER PARK: Feb 4, 9am-5pm, $6 per Adult | $5 per Child (Ages 5-17). Theweather outside may be frightful, but the temperature inside the Lawrence water park is delightful!Kept at a perfect 87 degrees this facility is ideal for those wanting to escape from the severe Kansaswinter, at least for the afternoon! The zero-depth entry, play features, slide, diving boards, and lap lanesmore than meets the needs from tykes to adults. Cost includes entrance to the park and transportation.Pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by parents or guardians.Fort Riley Custer Hill Golf Course Update - Presidents Day Feb. 20; Custer Hill Golf Course will be openfrom 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Presidents’ Day Feb. 20.Military Community and Family Policy Weekly: Welcome to the Military Community and Family Policy(MC&FP) Weekly eNewsletter, providing you with access to the blog post of Robert L. Gordon III, DeputyAssistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy), the latest Quality of Life news
  10. 10. and information from the Department of Defense, and dates for upcoming Guard and Reserve onsitesales. The link below will open up the MC&FP Weekly eNewsletter in your browser. If the link abovedoes not work, please copy and paste the entire link into your browser window. A PDF version of the newsletter is also available for downloadfrom the link above. Your MC&FP Team! Military Community and Family Policy Office of the Secretaryof Defense Providing policy, tools, and resources to further enhance the quality of life of servicemembers and their families. A Scholarship for the Military ChildPROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Golden Star USA Foundations Scholarships for the Military Child wascreated to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make on a daily basis throughdeployments and supporting their military sponsor who volunteered to protect our freedoms. Thesescholarships will be awarded annually at $2000 each, with the number of scholarships dependent ongenerous donations to the foundation. Applications will be accepted until March 2, 2012, withannouncement of recipients, coming in May. Scholarship checks will be mailed to the recipients madepayable to the applicable colleges, no later than August 1, 2012. The Golden Star USA Foundation wishesto thank our contributors for their generosity in funding the GSUSA Foundation Scholarships for theMilitary Child Program. CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY: Dependent, unmarried children of active duty orhonorably discharged military personnel under the age of 21. Applicants must be enrolled, or planningto enroll, full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall of 2012. Applicant must have aminimum of a 3.0 grade point average. The scholarships are awarded without regard to race, creed,color, sex, sexual orientation, religious belief, national origin, rank or service of sponsor. PROGRAMADMINISTRATION: This program is independently administered by The Golden Star USA Foundation, anon-profit, nonpartisan organization. The GSUSA Foundation board is solely responsible for the selectionof scholarship recipients and its decisions are final. Please direct any questions or concerns or 1-(888)-317-8423 Extension 0. For more information and to downloadthe application please go to:
  11. 11. The Fort Riley OCSC presents Casino Royale! Whether your favorite 007 is Daniel Craig, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, or Pierce Brosnan, this annual event is the place for you! Grab your favorite Bond girl and try your hand at craps, blackjack, or poker! For more information or to donate a basket please contact Jenna Bell at fundraising@ For reservations please contact Savina Ford at Britax is recalling certain Chaperone infant child restraint systems produced fromSeptember 1, 2010, through April 30, 2011. The harness adjuster can detach from the seat shell. Should theharness adjuster detach from the seat, the child will not be properly restrained in the event of a crash,increasing the risk of injury or death. Britax will notify owners and provide repair kits free of charge... Pleasecontact 1-888-427-4829 or visit .
  12. 12. Wing Zone opens at Fort Riley Mini-MallStory by: Melony Gabbert , 1ST INF. DIV. POST When the Wing Zone at the Fort Riley Mini-Mall opened at 11 a.m. Jan. 17, a line had alreadyformed. "Were real big on flavor. We have marketed flavor-holics to describe ourselves," said C. J. Lawson,franchise trainer, Wing Zone. Part of the slogan comes from the 15 sauces to choose from for a variety of meats, including buffalowings, chicken tenders, hamburgers and shrimp. Sauces also can be used as salad toppings. Sauces range from tame and garlic parm to hot shot and nuclear habanero. With nearly 100 locations, the franchise now has three restaurants in Army and Air Force ExchangeService facilities, according to Dan Wade, Central Regional food program specialist, AAFES. The firstfacility was established at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., in September 2011; the second at FortHood, Texas; and the third at Fort Riley. Joint Base Lewis-McChord will receive a second restaurant inApril. Contracts are awarded based on consumer demand, Ward said. What began as two fraternity boys selling wings out of the fraternity kitchen has ended up a globalenterprise, with a stake at Fort Riley, Lawson said. In 1991, Matt Friedman and Adam Scott grew tired of pizza while studying at the University ofFlorida. They perfected sauces in their fraternitys kitchen and began selling wings, Lawson said. Thatoperation was discovered and stopped, but the two young men then borrowed $5,000 from theirparents and opened their first restaurant in 1993. Lawson was on post throughout the week training employees, as he did for the week prior to theopening. Afterward, he will travel to Saudi Arabia to open another restaurant.
  13. 13. Absentee voting should be easier for servicemembers in 2012By LEO SHANE III Stars and Stripes, Published: January 27, 2012 WASHINGTON — Voting expertsanticipate fewer problems for military and overseas absentee voters in this November’s presidentialelection, thanks to more online tools and more accommodating deadlines from states. However,overseas voting advocacy groups say more still needs to be done to help those citizens participate in allelections. A new study released by the Pew Center on the States said that all but four states haveadjusted their laws and deadlines to ensure that ballots are sent to absentee voters at least 45 daysbefore the election, ensuring they have adequate time to fill out and return the documents. For the lastdecade, late-arriving ballots have been the top reason that absentee votes are discounted by stateelection officials, according to data from the Election Assistance Commission. In 2009, Pew researchersfound that 26 states did not give overseas citizens enough time to submit their absentee votes, leadingto thousands of discarded ballots. “But the vast majority of states have enacted reforms since then,”said Sean Greene, project manager of election initiatives for the Pew Center. “Overseas voters are in abetter position now than they were in any previous elections.”Researchers also noted dramatic improvements in online voting tolls in the last four years and anticipatethey’ll help cut down on ballot delivery and return times as well. In 2008, only 20 states allowedoverseas voters to receive blank ballots via fax or email. This year, all 50 states and the District ofColumbia will allow those citizens to get emailed ballots. That’s a critical improvement, according to BobCarey, director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program. “In my time in the military, I’ve had severaldifferent addresses,” he said. “But I’ve always had the same [email address]. That’s never going tochange.” The Pew study was released Friday at the annual Overseas Vote Foundation’s annual summit.Last year, a survey by the group found that nearly one-third of overseas voters who wanted toparticipate in the 2010 national elections could not successfully cast a ballot — because of mismailedpaperwork, too-tight deadlines and other common frustrations. That was actually an improvement over2008. OVF officials surveying after that election found that nearly half of overseas citizens whorequested ballots did not successfully vote. OVF and Pew officials said that more can be done to helpoverseas voters, particularly in the four states that still have unworkable mailing deadlines for absenteeballots: Alaska, California, New York and West Virginia. Pew researchers noted that Alabama, Alaska,Virginia and Wisconsin still require a notary or witness to validate the ballots before they are mailedback, another significant obstacle to participation. And 16 states do not recognize the federal write-inabsentee ballot for state and local contests, even though that document is designed to be a ballot oflast-resort for any election. Speakers at the summit also cautioned against rapid adoption of onlinevoting tools beyond the blank ballots, noting that many concerns still exist with how those votes wouldbe counted and secured. Nearly 321,000 troops overseas and in the United States successfully castabsentee ballots in the 2008 presidential election, according to the Election Assistance Commission.For more information on registering or obtaining a ballot for this year’s elections, visit
  14. 14. Valentines Day is justaround the corner. Here is a great way for dads to show their little girls justhow much they love them - Daddy Daughter Dance at the Manhattan CountryClub hosted by RSVP of the Flint Hills.