DVIDS – News – Let the Flint Hills Roll: Fort Riley Renames Bluff Overwatch Outdoor Facility

FORT RILEY, Kan. – The 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley renamed the outer bluffs of the installation to 1st Family Watch on April 22, 2022.

The first Overwatch Family name change was the first of 1ID’s many iconic Big Red One Year of the Family events, and was held to symbolize a place where Soldiers and Big Red One Families can support each other. in mind, body and spirit.

In military terminology, an “overwatch” is a position from which one unit can support another. 1st Family Overwatch is symbolic of this principle, and the site was dedicated to all the families of the Big Red One and the local Fort Riley community.

“Our goal is to build strong families who have the ability to laugh together, fight together, win together, and reach out to a neighbor in need,” said Brig. Gen. Frank Stanco, the acting senior commander of Fort Riley.

The Big Red One Year of Family is a year-long campaign within 1ID’s Operation Victory Wellness focused on building family strength and resilience, educating families about available resources, and recognizing continued family support.

14 families affiliated with Big Red One were recognized and honored at the ceremony for their display of strength and resilience.

“Healthy families are the backbone of a healthy society,” Stanco said. “When families are strong, communities are strong. Likewise, when military families are strong, overall readiness improves and enables our formations to overcome insurmountable challenges.

The 1st Infantry Division Society and former Fort Riley Commanding Generals have dedicated two benches that overlook southwest Kansas to provide a place for soldiers and family members to gather, reflect and enrich life. Big Red One families.

“Part of our mission is to help take care of soldiers and families,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 (Retired) Phyllis Fitzgerald, the current executive director of the 1st Division Company. infantry. “It was very touching to hear about the benches and how the Society still has that connection with active duty soldiers. It was good to know that we are doing something to help our soldiers.

Members of the recognized families were Stethanie Larson, Krystal Koch, Jessica Rinebold, Alyssa Marshall, Landry Smith, Kathryn Canton, Albania Gililland, Marcy Webb, Amanda Stewart, Ariel Breaux, Cynthia Amano, Brooke and Elijah Williams, the Gates family and the family Clark.

Additionally, Monica Basset, recipient of the Lady Victory Award, Fort Riley Installation Volunteer of the Year Award, and Army Military Spouse of the Year Award 2020-2021, received special recognition for all of her hard work and dedication to the Big Red One and the local Fort Riley community.

“Our families are the force behind the force, so honoring the spouse and family who remain in the trenches is incredible,” Basset said. “The community you find in Fort Riley is a community you can’t find anywhere else. There is a community of civilians and leaders who want to help the facility grow and impact it in the deepest ways.

Date taken: 22.04.2022
Date posted: 22.04.2022 22:33
Story ID: 419137

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