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  1. 1. 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 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. And we are always up and posting new information on FaceBook! Join us on the Official 1HBCT FaceBook Page at www.facebook.com/1HBCTDEVILBRIGADE?v=wall&ref-sgm OPEN TO ALL FAMILIES AND SOLDIERS! The Network Meeting scheduled for February 3rd at 10:30am has 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 going on in the Community! Upcoming Gate Advisory: Trooper Gate will be closed on 6 Feb 12 from 0730 - 1030 due to concrete repair 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 be traveling 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! http://www.1divpost.com/ Picerne to host Family night Story 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 and deciding on something everyone can agree upon. Picerne Military Housing is taking the challenge out for Families by inviting Picerne residents to its Family Game Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Forsyth Neighborhood Center. "Family Game Night will feature jumbo-sized games, such as Tic-Tac-Toe, Jenga and checkers, as well as Family favorites, like Would You Rather, Candy Land, Yahtzee, Hungry, Hungry Hippos and others," said Jasmine Nelson, event co-chair. "There will be games and activities for all ages." Snacks will be provided and prizes will be given away throughout the night. The grand prize will be a one-night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge, Kansas City, Kan. "iPads, game consoles, televisions and other electronic devices tend to take the place of Family time these days," said JC Calder, deputy community management director, Picerne Military Housing. "We wanted to provide a fun night where Families can spend time together and enjoy each other's company without other distractions." The
  3. 3. Forsyth Neighborhood Center is located at 22900 Hitching Post Road. Children must be accompanied by an 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 Recruiting Command will be at Fort Riley Feb. 7 to 8 to conduct briefings. Briefings will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Building 8388 on Armistead Street. For more information, call Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael A. Grinter at 502-626-0458 or michael.grinter@usarec.army.mil. More information also can be found at www.usarec.army.mil/hq/warrant Effective Feb. 7, the Quartermaster Laundry Service located in Building 229 will no longer clean organizational clothing and individual equipment, or OCIE, for individual Soldiers. All OCIE turn-ins to the central 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 and prior to DX all OCIE items will be clean. The Fort Riley Police Department would like to remind Fort Riley *residents and visitors that vehicles parked 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 and Junction City areas. The cost is $2 one-way within a three-mile radius of Manhattan, Fort Riley and Junction City. Rides beyond the three-mile radius are $4 each way. For more information or to schedule a ride call 877-551-6345. Heading to Aggieville for drinks? Get home to Fort Riley safely with The Riley Ride. This service is open for 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 them the help they need is a sign of strength. Suicide affects us all and prevention is an all-hands effort all the time. If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-TALK. Reach out. Talk. Listen. Help prevent suicide. Applications for the Defense Commissary Agency 2012 Scholarships for Military Children program are now available at commissaries worldwide as well as online at www.commissaries.com and www.militaryscholar.org The program awards at least one $1,500 scholarship to a student at each commissary. 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 current military ID card and be an unmarried child, no older than 21 or 23 – if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of an active-duty service member, reservist, guardsman, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree. Applicants must submit an essay on a topic that is posted at www.militaryscholar.org. Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 24. Attention Military Spouses: The Spouse Deployed telephone support program is now available to spouses 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 the telephone. No travel required. Souse Deployed assistance, For Spouses across the country whose service members are currently deployed overseas. A Department of Defense and Army funded research study administered by the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Completely confidential, Spouses will receive (by random assignment) either: Telephone support groups, one hour, two times a month for 6 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, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and other common problems. Telephone data collection 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: vhamemsbm@va.gov, Phone: (901) 577-7485 or (800) 636-8262, ext. 7485 Website: www.memphis.va.gov/spousesupport. We are also seeking military spouse participation for a post 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 more information visit: http://rileymwr.com. Spring Retreat! "Glorifying God with an Un-Offend-Able Heart" Guest Speaker: Victoria Robinson Praise & 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 Carissa Oliver to register by February 14, 2012: x_beblessed_x@yahoo.com as more information comes in it will be 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 785-239-9991 or email ftriley@ksu.edu. All classes can be found on our FaceBook page – K-State Research and Extension – Ft. Riley. There are space limitations on most of our classes, so please register in advance. If you won’t be able to attend class for which you register, please let us know so someone else will be able to 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 Learning Center, BLDG 7285 Normandy Drive Learn how to get started gardening and all about growing warm seasoned 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 February 1-3pm, ACS, BLDG 7264 Normandy Drive Because women are generally less prepared for economic hardships (for various reasons) this class will educate and prepare them to be financially literate and better prepared for the present and future. This is an interactive class where discussion and questions are 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 20 February 10am-12pm, ACS, BLDG 7264 Normandy Drive This three part series of classes will provide information to help participants take charge of their future. Strategies for behavioral change will be given that allow participants to take action in meeting health and wealth goals.
  5. 5. Beerfest: Sat, Feb 4, 5:30- 8:30pm., Riley's Conference Center. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase at Riley's Conference Center and any AAFES locations. Limited tickets available! *Must be 21 to enter.* We are still taking more teams for the Dodge Ball Tournament this Saturday, Feb 4 at 10am. Call 785-239-2148 if you have any questions!
  6. 6. KSU Rodeo: FREE KSU Rodeo tickets for the Finals on Feb 19! Pick up your tickets starting Feb 1 at the Leisure Travel Center. For questions, call 785-239-5614. 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 Flyer 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: www.facebook.com/usoftriley RSVPs not required, but encouraged for optimal planning. Sweet Heart Dinner & Dance: Fri/Sat, Feb 10/11. Celebrate Valentine's Day with your sweetheart. Get your tickets now because this will sell out!
  8. 8. 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: http://www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=ACS.employ&nav=FamSvcs. Contact Information: Army Community Service, Employment Readiness Program 7264 Normandy Drive, and Custer Hill Fort Riley, Kansas 66442 785-239-9435 Email: usarmy.riley.imcom.mbx.acs@mail.mil 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: http://www.riley.army.mil/documents/ACSDocuments/111104093317.pdf 3. Then you can: a. Email the form to: usarmy.riley.imcom.mbx.acs-annex@mail.mil 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. Fort Riley Custer Hill Lanes Bowling Update - Valentine's Day Family Bowl and Wacky Tournament: Custer Hill Bowling Center will host the Valentine’s Day Family Bowl and Wacky Tournament from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 13. For $30 per lane, bowlers will receive two hours of “glow” bowling, with shoes, one large pizza and a pitcher of soda. For more information, call 785-239-4366.
  9. 9. SAVE THE DATE! Staff Development Day - No school for grades K- 12 on Friday February 17, 2012. Fort Riley Outdoor Recreation Update: http://rileymwr.com/main/?page_id=55 IBEX CLIMBING GYM: Feb 25, 9am-5pm, $35 per Person. Are you craving fun, physical activity? Outdoor Recreation and IBEX Climbing Gym are teaming up to offer you an exciting escape from your regular routine. IBEX Climbing Gym is an indoor climbing facility that offers over 6,900 square feet of climbing area to challenge anyone from beginner to the most advanced climbers. 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). The weather 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 Kansas winter, at least for the afternoon! The zero-depth entry, play features, slide, diving boards, and lap lanes more 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 - President's Day Feb. 20; Custer Hill Golf Course will be open from 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, Deputy Assistant 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 onsite sales. The link below will open up the MC&FP Weekly eNewsletter in your browser. If the link above does not work, please copy and paste the entire link into your browser window. http://apps.mhf.dod.mil/mcfp/weekly. A PDF version of the newsletter is also available for download from the link above. Your MC&FP Team! Military Community and Family Policy Office of the Secretary of Defense Providing policy, tools, and resources to further enhance the quality of life of service members and their families. A Scholarship for the Military Child PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Golden Star USA Foundation's Scholarships for the Military Child was created to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make on a daily basis through deployments and supporting their military sponsor who volunteered to protect our freedoms. These scholarships will be awarded annually at $2000 each, with the number of scholarships dependent on generous donations to the foundation. Applications will be accepted until March 2, 2012, with announcement of recipients, coming in May. Scholarship checks will be mailed to the recipients made payable to the applicable colleges, no later than August 1, 2012. The Golden Star USA Foundation wishes to thank our contributors for their generosity in funding the GSUSA Foundation Scholarships for the Military Child Program. CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY: Dependent, unmarried children of active duty or honorably discharged military personnel under the age of 21. Applicants must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall of 2012. Applicant must have a minimum 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. PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION: This program is independently administered by The Golden Star USA Foundation, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization. The GSUSA Foundation board is solely responsible for the selection of scholarship recipients and its decisions are final. Please direct any questions or concerns to info@thegoldenstarusa.com or 1-(888)-317-8423 Extension 0. For more information and to download the application please go to: http://www.thegoldenstarusa.com/dream.asp
  11. 11. Britax is recalling certain Chaperone infant child restraint systems produced from September 1, 2010, through April 30, 2011. The harness adjuster can detach from the seat shell. Should the harness 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... Please contact 1-888-427-4829 or visit www.BritaxUSA.com . 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@ fortrileyocsc.com. For reservations please contact Savina Ford at reservations@fortrileyocsc.com
  12. 12. Wing Zone opens at Fort Riley Mini-Mall Story 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 already formed. "We're 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 buffalo wings, 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 Exchange Service facilities, according to Dan Wade, Central Regional food program specialist, AAFES. The first facility was established at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., in September 2011; the second at Fort Hood, Texas; and the third at Fort Riley. Joint Base Lewis-McChord will receive a second restaurant in April. 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 global enterprise, with a stake at Fort Riley, Lawson said. In 1991, Matt Friedman and Adam Scott grew tired of pizza while studying at the University of Florida. They perfected sauces in their fraternity's kitchen and began selling wings, Lawson said. That operation was discovered and stopped, but the two young men then borrowed $5,000 from their parents and opened their first restaurant in 1993. Lawson was on post throughout the week training employees, as he did for the week prior to the opening. Afterward, he will travel to Saudi Arabia to open another restaurant.
  13. 13. Absentee voting should be easier for servicemembers in 2012 By LEO SHANE III Stars and Stripes, Published: January 27, 2012 WASHINGTON — Voting experts anticipate fewer problems for military and overseas absentee voters in this November’s presidential election, 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 all elections. A new study released by the Pew Center on the States said that all but four states have adjusted their laws and deadlines to ensure that ballots are sent to absentee voters at least 45 days before the election, ensuring they have adequate time to fill out and return the documents. For the last decade, late-arriving ballots have been the top reason that absentee votes are discounted by state election officials, according to data from the Election Assistance Commission. In 2009, Pew researchers found that 26 states did not give overseas citizens enough time to submit their absentee votes, leading to 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 a better position now than they were in any previous elections.” Researchers also noted dramatic improvements in online voting tolls in the last four years and anticipate they’ll help cut down on ballot delivery and return times as well. In 2008, only 20 states allowed overseas voters to receive blank ballots via fax or email. This year, all 50 states and the District of Columbia will allow those citizens to get emailed ballots. That’s a critical improvement, according to Bob Carey, director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program. “In my time in the military, I’ve had several different addresses,” he said. “But I’ve always had the same [email address]. That’s never going to change.” 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 to participate in the 2010 national elections could not successfully cast a ballot — because of mismailed paperwork, too-tight deadlines and other common frustrations. That was actually an improvement over 2008. OVF officials surveying after that election found that nearly half of overseas citizens who requested ballots did not successfully vote. OVF and Pew officials said that more can be done to help overseas voters, particularly in the four states that still have unworkable mailing deadlines for absentee ballots: 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 mailed back, another significant obstacle to participation. And 16 states do not recognize the federal write-in absentee ballot for state and local contests, even though that document is designed to be a ballot of last-resort for any election. Speakers at the summit also cautioned against rapid adoption of online voting tools beyond the blank ballots, noting that many concerns still exist with how those votes would be counted and secured. Nearly 321,000 troops overseas and in the United States successfully cast absentee 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 fvap.gov.
  14. 14. Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Here is a great way for dads to show their little girls just how much they love them - Daddy Daughter Dance at the Manhattan Country Club hosted by RSVP of the Flint Hills.