24 Oct 2012 1ABCT Weekly News Update:


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24 Oct 2012 1ABCT Weekly News Update: 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. We are always up and posting new information on FaceBook

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24 Oct 2012 1ABCT Weekly News Update:

  1. 1. 24 Oct 2012 1ABCT Weekly News Update: 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. We are always up and posting new information on FaceBook! Join us on the Official 1ABCT FaceBook Page at www.facebook.com/1HBCTDEVILBRIGADE?v=wall&ref-sgmFort Riley Current News Updates: This information has recently been updated, and is now available.http://www.riley.army.mil/OurPost/CurrentNews.aspx In addition to the Current News page there are Garrison Commanders CommunityCorner articles http://www.riley.army.mil/DocumentList.aspx?lib=GC-CornerNovember Network Meeting: The next Network meeting will be held on Friday, October 26th at 1030 at Riley’s Conference Center. OPEN TOEVERYONE!DID YOU KNOW? Habañero is having Family Night every Wednesday where well show a movie and kids eat 50% off with a paying adult! Doorsopen at 4:30pm and the movie starts at 5pm. (Closes at 8pm.) New facility hours: Warrior Zone, which is open from Monday to Friday, is nowopening at 8 a.m. for breakfast. Habañero is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday.TRICARE 2 You - October 2012 newsletter is available now athttp://cl.exct.net/?ju=fe2a17747060017e711776&ls=fdb41572706202787d10777c62&m=fefc1677766304&l=fe5e15777c60057c7613&s=fdf51572706d02797d117077&jb=ffcf14&t=
  2. 2. Volunteers needed for Military Appreciation BBQ on 27 OCT: ATTN! Soldiers and Families (especially those that have a food handlers permit)MWR and ACS are looking for volunteers for Saturday’s (October 27) Military Appreciation BBQ. They are short volunteers that have their foodhandler’s certification to help serve the food and assistance with clean up and parking. Remind Soldiers that volunteer hours can help them withpromotion points if they volunteer enough hours. All volunteers will receive a MFAP t-shirt for helping out as well. To volunteer please havethem contact Caite Kendrick (239-8990) or Vicky Martin (239-9435). USO is also looking for decorating materials for the 500 pumpkins thatthey have for families to decorate on that day also. Items they are looking for are: Stickers, Paints, Markers, and Craft Materials. If anyonewould like to donate any of these items please bring them by the USO or they can bring them to the Network meeting on Friday.HASFR- Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley announces 2012 series of events: Ghost Tours – 4-7 p.m., Oct. 28, Tour begins at theCuster House. Ghost Tours are annual guided walking tours that encompass a few housing areas on Main Post known for their haunts. Guideslead tour groups to various stopping points where story tellers pass on true accounts of ghost stories from previous residents and workers of theproperties. The Ghost tour is free to the public however donations are accepted! Refreshments are available for purchase at the beginning andend of the tour along with the HASFR Ghost Books. They are in need of some volunteers for Ghost Tours. It is a one day commitment. It could be
  3. 3. from a 2 hour service to an all day depending on the volunteer hours needed or time wanting to spend helping out HASFR. They are in need ofstory tellers, guides (scripts provided) and trail guides to a few behind the scene assistance. The tour is Oct. 28 this is a Sunday. They will have2 rehearsals only need to be present at one if a guide or story teller. Both is helpful but not necessary. Kim can be contacted either by emailhasfrghostess@gmail.com or phone 785-223-1513.USD 475 Winter Sports Parent/Student Orientation: Attention parents of students interested in participating in a winter sport at JCHS:There will be a student-parent orientation meeting on Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 7:00 PM at Junction City High School (main campus).Following the general meeting, each winter sport will conduct their own informational meeting to discuss tryout procedures, rules, etc. Formore information, please call 717-4214. At 8:00 PM in Settles Auditorium, there will be a NCAA/NAIA clearinghouse informational meetingconducted by school counselors. Parents/student athletes should attend this meeting if there is an interest in participating in interscholasticsports at the collegiate level. Winter sports offered at Junction City High School are: B/G Basketball, B/G Bowling, Boys Swimming, Wrestling. Thank you, JCHS Athletics DepartmentCOMMISSARY REWARDS CARD NOW AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE: Have you gone to the commissary lately? Did you know that you can now savemore than you already do the next time you go grocery shopping at your local commissary? The new Defense Commissary Agency’s (DeCA)Commissary Rewards Card is now available at all commissaries worldwide. With this card commissary customers can access digital coupons andredeem them in any military commissary. Plus, if you pick up your card by October 24, 2012, coupons will be preloaded onto your card to useimmediately. Commissary customers can pick up their cards in-store. After pick up, register your card at DeCAs website and load digital couponsto your card. When the card is scanned at the register, the coupons are matched to their purchases and automatically deducted from thebalance owed. Customers have the option of printing off a list of their coupons before making the trip to the commissary. New offers will beposted online every two to three weeks. Digital coupons, just like their paper counterparts, have expiration dates and other terms andconditions that must be followed for redemption. However, unlike paper coupons, digital coupons cannot be accepted for up to six months afterexpiration overseas. Thats because these coupons are distributed digitally and are instantly available to all customers worldwide, so overseascustomers dont need extra time to use them. When a coupon expires, it will disappear from the customers account. Also, DeCAs coupon policylimits coupons to one per purchase, so these digital coupons cannot be combined with manufacturer coupons, including paper coupons andmilitary or commissary coupons, for the same item or set of items. Digital couponing is just the first step for the Commissary Rewards Card.DeCA is partnering with its industry and military resale partners to identify additional rewards for cardholders, such as targeted savings basedon a customers specific usage, alerting customers to sales promotions available at their local stores, and rewarding consistent shoppers withspecific incentives. For more information about this savings card, visit the Commissary website and choose “Commissary Rewards Card.”(Source: http://www.commissaries.com/press_room/press_release/2012/DeCA_62_12.cfm)NEW MILITARY ID CARD PROCESS AVAILABLE: Anyone who has ever had to renew a military ID card knows the drill. Between making appointments,scheduling a mutually agreeable time for sponsors and family members, filling out paperwork and waiting for your name to be called, it can take a fairamount of time and effort. And if your sponsor is deployed, you should be sure to bring a power of attorney. Well, the process has just become mucheasier. The Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) now offers the Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System (RAPIDS), a self-service
  4. 4. portal that provides common access card (CAC) holders with online access to apply for ID cards for family members or retirees or to update dependentstatuses. So whether the military sponsor is nearby on the installation or deployed overseas, or if the family member is a college student residing inanother state, the RAPIDS portal provides a way for the service member to validate eligibility without having to be physically present. The process issimple. The CAC holder can log in to the RAPIDS site and access their family members information, which the military sponsor can update, if needed.For an ID card, the CAC holder must complete DD Form 1172-2 and electronically sign it. The family member can then take a printed version Form 1172-2 to the nearest DMDC office, easily located by using the RAPIDS Site Locator, to get an ID. The service member does not need to accompany the familymember to pick up the card. Also, RAPIDS can provide the CAC holder with a Department of Defense (DoD) self-service username and password, calleda DS Logon, which can provide access to several DoD and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) websites. (Source: Military Community and Family PolicyeMagazine, October 2012)Fort Riley Custer Hill Lanes Bowling Update - 4 items of interest: Custer Hill Bowling Center is now open. The bowling center has reopened forbusiness after remodeling and will host a grand-opening event from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 29. Bowling and shoe rentals will be free during thistime. The USO Fort Riley also will host a No Dough Dinner at the bowling center from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A Halloween bowling party will take placefrom 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 *at the newly-renovated Custer Hill Bowling Center. The bowling center will start off the Family-friendly celebrationwith bowling specials, treats for children and a costume contest. All children in costume will receive a goodie bag with candy and a free 12-ouncefountain drink. Food and drink specials will be available throughout the night along with door prizes. Unlimited bowling with shoes will beavailable for children for $5 during the Halloween celebration. Adults may have unlimited bowling with shoes for $7.50. For more informationabout the event, call 785-239-4366. See flyer below! Custer Hill Bowling Center will host a free bowling tournament for Fort Riley unitsbeginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 1. The tournament is limited to the first 20 battalions to sign up. Custer Hill Bowling Center will host an extremebowling night Nov. 2. From 6 p.m. to midnight attendees can enjoy $5 unlimited bowling with shoes.Fort Riley Advisories Update - Traffic Report updated: Slight changes to dates for 2 road delays and new information from Picerne MilitaryHousing Nov. 12 - summer of 2014. 17 October through 26 October 2012: The Roads Maintenance Contractor will mill, patch and overlay RayRoad, from the Marshall Field North west Entrance to Runway Rd. Traffic will be reduced to one lane periodically on Ray Road during this time.Additionally the Parking lot adjacent to Building 730 A will also be overlayed. This could produce traffic delays during peak traffic periods.Recommend the use of alternate routes during this time frame. Please observe the construction warning signs, pilot vehicle and Traffic Controlpersonnel. 19 October through 26 October: The Roads Maintenance Contractor will mill, patch and overlay Trooper Drive from the JunctionCity River Bridge to the Normandy Drive Roundabout. Traffic will be reduced to one lane periodically on Trooper Drive during this time. Thiscould produce traffic delays during peak traffic periods. Recommend the use of alternate routes during this time frame. Please observe theconstruction warning signs, pilot vehicle and Traffic Control personnel. Beginning Nov. 12, Longstreet Drive from A.P. Hill south to TuttleAvenue and a portion of A.P. Hill west of Longstreet Drive will be closed to thru traffic until summer 2014. This closure is part of the demolitionand construction project in the Warner Peterson Neighborhood. Detour signs will be in place.http://www.riley.army.mil/NewsViewer.aspx?id=5982
  5. 5. LOOKING FOR FUN OCTOBER THINGS TO DO? Check these out!!!*Just Added**POST ACTIVITIES, some flyers are attached throughout the news: Halloween is next week, and some agencies on post aregetting into the “spirit” of things. Throughout the month of October, several agencies will be hosting recreational activities to celebrateHalloween. Night Flyer Shoot: A Night Flyer Shoot will take place Oct. 26 at Fort Riley’s Skeet and Trap Range. Specific times have not beendetermined, but will likely start around dusk. The competition will consist of each patron shooting four rounds of white targets. Occasionalorange targets will be mixed in for a chance to win prizes. Pre-registration is available at Skeet and Trap Range and the Outdoor RecreationCenter. The deadline to pre-register is Oct. 24. The cost is $25 to participate and includes clay targets and ammunition. Gun use is free. TheSkeet and Trap Range is operating under fall hours and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Outdoor Recreation is open 9a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call Outdoor Recreation at 785-239-2363/6398 or the Skeet and Trap Range at 785-239-9058. Zombie Paradise Paintball Shootout, A Zombie Paradise Paintball Shootout willtake place Oct. 27 at Outdoor Recreation. Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. The event will continue until about 3 p.m. Participants areinvited to dress in Zombie-themed costumes. The shootout will be a standard double-elimination tournament with unique scenario-basedgames. Participants can sign up a three-person team or as an individual and be assigned to a team. Personal equipment can be used at the eventas well. All participants must be 13 years or older to partake at the event. All minors must have a parent or guardian on site at all times. The costis $30 to participate. For more information, call the Outdoor Recreation at 785-239-2363/6398. Halloween Bowling: A Halloween bowling partywill be from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the newly-renovated Custer Hill Bowling Center. The bowling center will start off the Family-friendlycelebration with bowling specials, treats for children and a costume contest. All children in costume will receive a goodie bag with candy and afree 12-ounce fountain drink. Food and drink specials will be available throughout the night along with door prizes. Unlimited bowling withshoes will be available for children for $5 during the Halloween celebration. Adults may have unlimited bowling with shoes for $7.50. For moreinformation about the event, call 785-239-4366. Fort Riley Library Trunk or Treat (see flyer above), 27 Oct, please see flyer above. HalloweenSpooktakular Fun Run: A Halloween Spooktakular Fun Run will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 27 at Riley’s Conference Center. The event is open to allDepartment of Defense cardholders. Registration is not required but preferred. Participants can register at King Field House. The event will havea Halloween costume contest as well. For more information, call 785-239-2813. Picerne Military Housing residents are invited to enjoy spook-tacular fun at the Warner Peterson Neighborhood Center as it is transformed into a Halloween Fun House full of non-scary surprises from 3 to 7p.m. Oct. 26. The event will feature inflatables, games, caricature artists, clowns, tours through the decorated Neighborhood Center, as well asmany other activities. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and snacks will be available throughout the event. Residentsare encouraged to come dressed in costume. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please. The Warner Peterson NeighborhoodCenter is located at 5570 A.P. Hill Drive. Post wide trick-or-treating will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. BOSS Trunk orTreat at the Ft Riley Commissary also 31 Oct 1800-2100(see flyer above)*Just Added**K- State Volleyball wants you to help us Pack the Field House vs. Baylor on October 27 at 7:00 PM! All tickets are $1! Call 1-800-221-CATS or visit kstatesports.com to get yours today! Go Cats!
  6. 6. Harvest Moon Dance at Blue Sage Barn at Prairiewood - Oct. 25 -Chuck Wagon Meal with all the trimmings by Cox Bros BBQ. -Two Step DanceLesson by Washington Dance Studio with Ben and Jennie Stout, -Live Music by the Aaron Woods Band from Stillwater, Oklahoma, -Campfirethroughout evening (including marshmallow roasting!) with live Cowboy Guitar Music by Dave Zerfas, -2 Barn Bucks good for 2 drinks at Cash Bar-Complimentary Cider and Root Beer. Where: Blue Sage Barn at Prairiewood , When: 6:00-10:00pm, Cost: $50 per guest- (adult only event).Includes entire festivities listed in descriptionAggievilles Trick-or-Treat followed by the K-State Homecoming Parade - Oct. 26 Bring the little goblins and ghouls and enjoy traffic-free MoroStreet and goodies galore! (some merchants have doggy treats too!) The K-State Homecoming Parade starts at 5pm. Be sure to check out thewindows of your favorite merchant for "Paint the Ville"--student organizations paint spirited themed scenes during the week to add to theHomecoming atmosphere. Where: Aggieville. When: 3:00 - 6:30PM Cost: Free!*Just Added** Family Bingo at Rally Point 28 Oct and Trick or Treating at the PX 31 OCT ! Check the flyers out!
  7. 7. Boo Party - Oct. 31 Indoor trick-or-treating in a fun, climate-controlled atmosphere from 5:30-7:30 pm at Manhattan Town Center. Where:Manhattan Town CenterZombie Toxin Haunted House- NOW- October 31st , Weekends only (Thur - Sat, except first week and it will be Fri and Sat only), located at 417Franklin Street, Junction City, KS. For more information and ticket prices please visit www.zombietoxin.com. They have special deals on certainnights so definitely visit their website. See flyerBritt’s Farm in Manhattan: Pumpkin Patch, Corn Mazes and More! Ready to get out and have some fun this fall? Whether you are planning agroup event, want to have the most unique pumpkin in the neighborhood, or just need to relax with your family or special someone, Britts is theplace to be! We grow our own huge variety of pumpkins, mini pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and many other decorations! October is breastcancer awareness month. A portion of the proceeds from sales of our new Pink pumpkins go towards cancer research. Open every weekendthrough October! Friday 3-6, Saturday 9-7 & Sunday 10-6 One flat admission, tons of fun. Admission $7.50 ages 4-99 Activities include: Easycorn maze, Hard corn maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hayrack ride, Tractor train ride, Petting zoo, Potato cannon , Super slide, Bouncy House, Tons ofphoto spots, Much more! Scary Maze: What will be lurking in the corn maze this year??? For the 4th year, we are excited to have a scary cornmaze. This is no kiddie corn maze! Bring you walking (or should we say running?) shoes and join the fun. Scary maze runs October 20, 26& 27.7-9 pm. Recommended age is 12 and up!Fall Festival at the Lazy T Ranch - Now till- Oct. 28: Ron and Chris Wilson invite you to the Fall Festival at the Lazy T Ranch. Fun for the wholefamily! Select and bring home pumpkins of various sizes. Events: •Zoom down the Flint Hills Fun Slide •Enjoy tasty concessions in the CowboyCafé •Walk through the Meadow thats never been plowed and see the native prairie grasses and wildflowers •Rope a genuine longhorn steerhead •Visit the animals—meet horses, beef cattle, llamas, dairy goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens •Ride a pony •Climb through the straw bale KidsCastle •Fire the giant Hedge Ball Slingshot •Play on the Great Pumpkin Bounce House •Leap off the Loading Chute Jump •Play in a grain "bin"•Visit the historic Persons Barn & Granary—on the National Register of Historic Places •Ride in a pumpkin train or in the Purple Powercat traincars around the ranch •Find your way through the Hay bale maze •Enjoy fresh cider, juicy apples, hot popcorn, and other autumn treatsWhere: Lazy T Ranch When: October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 Saturdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sundays 1-5 p.m. Cost: $5. 2103 Zeandale RoadManhattan, KS 66502 785-539-7899 and website is http://lazytranchadventures.com/index.htmUSO Fort Riley No Dough Dinners in 2012: USO Fort Riley No Dough Dinners will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 7856 Drum Street on Custer Hill,unless location is otherwise noted, facebook.com/usoftriley. Some dinner locations may change. For information, call 785-240-5326 or emailusofortriley@uso.org. USO Fort Riley also is on Facebook at facebook.com/usoftriley Click on "Events" to see the most up to date informationfor No Dough Dinners. Last dinner date in Oct is 29 Oct at the Bowling Alley.Manhattan Military Relations Committee Monthly Luncheon scheduled for November 7th at the Clarion in Manhattan. The First InfantryDivision and Fort Rileys Senior Commander, BG Donald M. MacWillie will update us on Ft. Riley, its mission, community relations and the Army
  8. 8. moving forward. This event is open to the public and we encourage you to attend if you have interest in supporting Ft. Riley and improving ourcommunity partnership!! Lunch is $15.00. Chamber of Commerce members may register online. Everyone may also register at the door, or viaphone or email to Alison Pulcher. (785) 776-8829, alison@manhattan.org1st Annual Fort Riley Army Education Fair - November 13, 2012: We would like to welcome everyone to a very exciting upcoming eventhappening on November 13, 2012 on Fort Riley, the First Annual Fort Riley Education Fair located at Rileys Conference Center from the hours of1:00 to 5:00 p.m. This event is of particular interest to our Soldiers and their family members coordinating their future education plans. Althoughour flyer indicates we will have over 60 educational institutions, it appears the numbers may surpass our initial expectations. Right now wehave 70+ postsecondary schools attending representing Kansas, other state institutions from around the country, Online, and Technical colleges.Both the Fort Riley Army Education Center and the Veterans Administration will be on hand to discuss any military or veterans benefits.If you would like further information, please feel free to email, usarmy.riley.imcom.mbx.education-service@mail.mil, or call the Fort RileyArmy Education Center at 785-239-6481. Thank you and hope to see you and your Soldiers there! POC: D. Mark Sodamann, Education ServicesOfficer 217 Custer Avenue Fort Riley, KS 66442
  9. 9. Jamie Jarboe, one of the Gold Star Wives from Ft Riley is asking for your boot donations! See the flyer above
  10. 10. The Operation Santa Headquarters grand opening ceremony will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 5 at Building 261 on Main Post. The public is invited toattend. Operation Santa is a Fort Riley program in conjunction with the Association of the United States Army to assist Families who may befacing financial difficulties this holiday season by providing toys and gift cards for children 0 to 18. Operation Santa accepts applications fromSoldiers to receive toys, gift cards for their Family as well as donations to benefit Soldiers and their Families. For more information, visitwww.facebook.com/Opsantafortrileyks Volunteers are needed- see below for more details!
  11. 11. JC Opera House Presents My Three Kittens on Nov. 4 l 3:00 PM l A-$12 l M-$10 l S-$7 The timeless children’s fable with a new twist - presentedby Wichita Children’s Theater. Sponsored by: USD 475 http://jcoperahouse.org/kidsevents.htmlNovember has 2, 4-day Training Holidays! Nov 9-12 for Veteran’s Day and the Thanksgiving Holiday of 22-25th- enjoy the time off! Get out and vote on 6 NOVEMBER if you haven’t already sent in your absentee ballot!!!Manhattan Veterans Day Parade: Come out and watch the 1ABCT Soldiers and other Soldiers of Ft Riley participate in the annual Veteran’s DayParade on Poyntz Avenue at 9:30 am on 9 November 2012- arrive early for a good spot!Another Volunteer Opportunity: OPERATION SANTA CLAUSE CAN USE A FEW MORE ELVES! IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ASSISTING THISGROUP OF SOLDIERS HELP FAMILIES IN NEED WITH CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR THEIR CHILDREN, PLEASE CONTACT 239-2771 AND ASK FOR SFCASTORGA OR SSG RENO FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND TO COORDINATE YOUR VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE WITH SANTAS HELPERS. THIS POSITION ISLISTED AS "OPERATION SANTA CLAUSE" UNDER "ORGANIZATION" ON VMIS SO VOLUNTEERS CAN TRACK THEIR HOURS.Welcome to the Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) Weekly eNewsletter providing you with access to the latest Quality of Lifenews and information from the Department of Defense and dates for upcoming Guard and Reserve onsite sales. The link below will open up theMC&FP Weekly eNewsletter in your browser. If the link below does not work, please copy and paste the entire link into your browser window.http://apps.militaryonesource.mil/mcfp/weekly A PDF version of the newsletter is also available for download from the link above. YourMC&FP Team! Military Community and Family Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense Providing policy, tools, and resources to furtherenhance the quality of life of service members and their families.
  12. 12. Needing a car rental for the Holidays??? See flyer from Hertz! Also, Couples Seminar at the USO!Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarilyconstitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein donot necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government,and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.