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High pressure will produce dry conditions over most of the East, with very cold temperatures expected. Lake effect snow showers will be likely over the Great Lakes. Most of the Plains states will remain dry and cold.
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1st Infantry Division Public Affairs
Business and commu-nity leaders in the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program had the oppor-tunity to learn about the 1st Infantry Division and experience life as a Sol-dier for a brief time dur-ing a Dec. 19 visit to Fort Riley.“This is always a fasci-nating part of the pro-gram,” said Ailleen Cray, executive director, Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program. “It’s usually one of the most memora-ble days of the program.”Cray said most partici-pants, whose professional backgrounds vary from banking to education to public relations, don’t have much exposure to the military.Their visit to Fort Riley began with two presenta-tions by 1st Infantry Divi-sion and Fort Riley lead-ers, including Fort Riley Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole and Lt. Col. Peter Shull, deputy commanding officer, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Divi-sion.Cole provided an over-view of the installation and discussed some of the challenges in the current fiscal climate.Despite those challeng-es, Fort Riley is prepared to continue to upgrade infrastructure, provide world-class training for soldiers and support fam-ilies, he said, and regional partnerships are part of that plan.“(There are) challenges ahead, but we’re putting our best foot forward,” he said, as he welcomed ideas of ways Fort Riley can work together with its neighboring communi-ties for mutual benefits.Cole also discussed the Soldier for Life program, which focuses on educa-tion, employment and health care opportunities for soldiers separating from the Army.“As we look at taking care of those who took it upon themselves to raise their right hand and to join our forces … I want to make sure that we’re returning them to (civil-ian life) healthy, giving them those opportunities to integrate in a positive fashion,” Cole said.Shull expressed his pas-sion for the Fort Riley area and thanked those in attendance for all they — and the community as a whole — have done for the Soldiers and families in the area. Then, he shifted his attention globally to pro-vide an overview of the “Dagger” Brigade’s regionally aligned forces mission in Africa.“It’s extremely complex over there,” he said. “We have a long-term commit-ment to the continent of Africa. We are trying to be preventative in nature. Hopefully, we also develop some allies along the way,” Shull said.Shull encourages his soldiers to think of them-selves as ambassadors, he said, as they tackle four imperatives: to be global-ly available, focus on operations, demonstrate theater security coopera-tion and integrate exer-cises with local forces.“Our soldiers are ambassadors to (these) countries,” he said. “We want to get out of the business of solving other people’s problems.What we want to do is identify some good part-ners that we want to team with and give them the tools to solve their prob-lems,” Shull said.After the overview briefs, participants toured Fort Riley’s Regional Training Campus to see some of the state-of-the-art technology at the facility.Participants got a look at the Dismounted Soldier Training System in action, and got hands-on experi-ence with state-of-the-art simulators, like the Close Combat Tactical Trainer.“That was kind of stressful being a gunner,” said Jolene Keck, elec-tions supervisor, Riley County, as she exited one of the training simula-tors, adding, “It’s pretty amazing.”Bill Raymann, chief, Training Division, Direc-torate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Securi-ty, explained how the facility’s Integrated Training Environment incorporates three key technologies: gaming, vir-tual and constructive technologies.The simulators let Sol-diers conduct multiple iterations of training in a controlled, efficient and less costly environment before going to the field, Raymann said.Having soldiers repeat missions in simulators as many times as necessary gets them ready faster and increases their learn-ing curve, especially when training as a team for the first time.“I’m absolutely amazed and impressed at the tech-nology level of our train-ing,” Keck said. “We are really lucky and blessed to have this facility right here in our own region ... Most people don’t get to see this kind of stuff.”As part of the Flint Hills Regional Leadership program, which runs from September to Febru-ary, participants visit communities, like Wamego, Junction City, Manhattan, Pottawat-tamie County and Topeka, as well as Kansas State University, Manhattan, to gain exposure to a variety of topics and fields, like industry, economic devel-opment and legislation.Each class also com-pletes a capstone project by the end of June.“We try to show them things that will either pique their interest or bring them back into the community on their own,” Cray said. “One of the primary purposes is to break down the barriers between cities and coun-ties, (and to work) with one another more effec-tively because we all have a vested interest in this area.”Not only does the pro-gram encourage partici-pants to think more broadly, she said, but it also helps them make valuable connections in the region.“We’re making con-tacts,” Keck agreed. “I see these as long-lasting friendships and contacts throughout our careers.”For more information about the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Pro-gram, visit www.fhrlp.org.
Leadership members visit Fort Riley
Julie Fiedler • Post
The 2013-14 Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program class poses for a group photo at the Global War on Terrorism Monument, along with Fort Riley Deputy Garrison Commander Linda Hoeffner, second from right, during the group’s Dec. 19 visit to Fort Riley. The group’s visit to Fort Riley included presentations by 1st Infantry Division, and Fort Riley leaders, as well as a tour of Fort Riley’s Regional Training Campus.
Despite those challenges, Fort Riley is prepared to continue to upgrade infrastructure, provide world-class training for soldiers and support families, he said, and regional partnerships are part of that plan.
1st Infantry Divison Public Affairs
Despite the brisk weather and early hour Dec. 17, friends and fam-ily members packed into Building 1986 at Fort Riley to welcome home soldiers with the 1st Combined Arms Battal-ion, 63rd Armor Regi-ment, 2nd Armored Bri-gade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.About 200 Soldiers returned at 4:30 a.m. to post, following a six-month deployment to Djibouti, where they conducted security training.The unit’s colors also were uncased, indicat-ing the “Dragon” Battal-ion had returned to post.“It wasn’t bad,” said Pfc. Thomas Keen, 1st Bn., 63rd Armor Regt., 2nd ABCT, 1st Infantry Division, of his tour, which he said wasn’t dif-ficult, aside from the humidity.Waiting in the stands for Keen were his wife, Brittany, and sons Trent, 2, Tobias, 4, and Thomas Jr., 6.“It was great,” Britta-ny said about the rede-ployment ceremony. “I’m glad to have him home.”Also glad to be home was Staff Sgt. Josh Jen-kins, 1st Bn., 63rd Armor Regt., 2nd ABCT, 1st Inf. Divison, whose girl-friend, Hailee Trumbull, was waiting to welcome him home.“It’s been OK,” she said about the deploy-ment, with a mixture of joy and relief.Trumbull said she and Jenkins had maintained their nine-month rela-tionship through online video calls and text mes-saging.
‘Dragon’ Battalion returns