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12 | MARCH 5, 2010                                                                                                                                                                                                        HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE

                                                                                            Weekly e-mail gives new parents tips                                                                                       IN BRIEF

Growth continues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Join Family and Morale, Wel-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       fare and Recreation for dinner and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       a movie at 6 p.m. March 11 at Ri-
                                                                                               By Nikia Simon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ley’s Conference Center. Riley’s chef
                                                                                               MEDDAC PUBLIC AFFAIRS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       will create a menu to compliment

to boost area economy                                                                           Expectant and new parents are of-
                                                                                            fered a weekly e-mail communica-
                                                                                            tion tool at Irwin Army Community
                                                                                            Hospital as a resource to guide them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the movie. Cost is $7.95 per person,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       $3.95 for children ages 4 to 10 and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       free for children 3 and younger.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Call 785-784-1000 to make your
   By Col. Kevin Brown                                              will continue to        through pregnancy and parenting ex-
   GARRISON COMMANDER                                               grow.                   periences.
                                                                        If you look                                                                                                                                       USO Fort Riley hosts free No
                                                                                                “At a recent (video teleconference),

        ort Riley and the Central Flint                             past the economic                                                                                                                                  Dough Dinners before each pay
                                                                                            Irwin Army Community Hospital was
        Hills Region welcomed the “Big                              impact, however, I                                                                                                                                 day. Upcoming dinners will be from
                                                                                            recognized as being ranked second
        Red One” home in 2006 after its                             think Fort Riley has                                                                                                                               5 to 6:30 p.m. March 12 and 31
                                                                                            with patient use of (The Parent Re-
10-year stint in Germany. At the trans-                             contributed some-                                                                                                                                  in Building 7856 off of Normandy
                                                                                            view) services out of 30 military medi-
fer of authority ceremony in August                                 thing even greater                                                                                                                                 Drive and Drum Street. For more
                                                                                            cal facilities with deliveries of 500 or
2006, Fort Riley was home to ap-                                    to the Central                                                                                                                                     information, visit
                                                                                            more per year,” said Maj. Mark Ochoa,
proximately 12,000 Soldiers and 15,000                Col.          Flint Hills Region                                                                                                                                 fortriley.
                                                                                            IACH chief of obstetrics/gynecology
Family members, with a promise to the               Brown           – our Soldiers and      clinic.
community more would follow.                                        Families. Soldiers                                                                                                                                      Teens are needed to participate
                                                                                                TPR allows the IACH team to de-
    Fort Riley’s economic impact              live by the Army Values of loyalty, duty,                                                                                                                                in a focus group from 3 to 6 p.m.
                                                                                            velop a richer, more supportive rela-
summary for 2009, which was just              respect, selfless service, honor, integrity                                                                                                                              March 16 at the Middle School Teen
                                                                                            tionship with its patients.                                                                                        IACH
completed by our Plans, Analysis and          and personal courage. Each of our Sol-                                                                                                                                   Center. Free pizza will be served.
                                                                                                “TPR is a weekly update about          An Irwin Army Community Hospital patient and expecting military
Integration Office, shows just what the       diers has volunteered for service to their                                                                                                                               Anyone interested should contact
                                                                                            pregnancy designated especially for        spouse, Sterena Seliger, attends Sandra Heigele’s, IACH complicat-
growth at Fort Riley has contributed to       country. It takes a special person to do                                                                                                                                 the Fort Riley Customer Service Of-
                                                                                            (IACH) patients,” said Sandra Heigele,     ed OB nurse, education class on Feb. 24 at nine weeks of pregnancy.
the community in terms of money and           this and those people are living in the                                                                                                                                  ficer, Colleen Bay, at 785-239-2540
                                                                                            IACH complicated OB nurse.                 Seliger is expecting a baby boy in September.
population growth in the area.                Central Flint Hills Region.                                                                                                                                              or Space
                                                                                                Patients can enroll with their OB      ed Heigele’s education class on Feb. 24 clude week-by-week information on
    In 2005, the year of the Base Re-             Those values the Army and its                                                                                                                                        is limited. The focus groups, a part
                                                                                            provider and start receiving weekly,       at nine weeks of pregnancy. She is ex- fetal development, wellness tips and
alignment and Closure announcement            Soldiers uphold are transferred to the                                                                                                                                   of the Community First process,
                                                                                            customized information, news and           pecting a baby boy in September.        valuable resources. After the baby is
that the 1st Infantry Division would          community when our Families volun-                                                                                                                                       is designed to identify and resolve
                                                                                            parenting resources by e-mail.                 “I learned what (medications) I can born, messages offer child develop-
return to Fort Riley, we had 10,060 Sol-      teer in schools and churches, with scouts                                                                                                                                issues that address the well-being of
                                                                                                Anytime after seven weeks of preg-     and can’t take, warning signs and how ment information, practical tips on
diers and 12,714 Family members living        and for other community organizations.                                                                                                                                   the Army Family. The intent of the
                                                                                            nancy, patients are encouraged to          to watch my weight during my preg- baby care, health and safety, and other
on and off post. As of Sept. 30, 2009,        Since such a small percentage of our                                                                                                                                     focus group is to identify and discuss
                                                                                            schedule an OB education appoint-          nancy. Everything was very informa- topics of special interest to new par-
that number was at 18,458 Soldiers            population volunteers for service, our                                                                                                                                   service support programs on the in-
                                                                                            ment with Heigele, where they receive      tive,” Seliger said.                    ents.
and 22,453 Family members. That’s up          community members get a chance to                                                                                                                                        stallation that affect group members’
                                                                                            their first opportunity to sign up for         Messages are personalized accord-      Heigele facilitates open communi-
almost 6,000 people from 2008.                say something that many in our country                                                                                                                                   everyday lives. It is not meant to be
                                                                                            the e-mail service.                        ing to the patient’s due date and con- cation and answers patient questions
    Since 2008, Fort Riley has added 61       can’t, “I know a U.S. Solider.” Those                                                                                                                                    a complaint session, but a time and
                                                                                                “(Patients) can sign up for (TPR)      tinue through the third year of the by e-mail on a daily basis.
Family quarters for officers, 94 Fam-         Soldiers helping build communities in                                                                                                                                    place to bring up issues that can be
                                                                                            anytime after eight weeks of pregnan-      baby’s life. The e-mails also provide      “I am looking forward to the e-
ily quarters for enlisted Soldiers and        Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t just Soldiers;                                                                                                                               resolved by the garrison commander
                                                                                            cy, and it continues until their child     brief reviews of the latest research on mails so I can know how the baby
just more than 1,500 barracks spaces.         they are our neighbors. Our children                                                                                                                                     or issues that need to be forwarded
                                                                                            turns 3 years old,” Heigele said.          pregnancy and newborn issues in an should be developing,” Seliger said.
That gives Fort Riley a total of 11,176       play baseball together. Our Families                                                                                                                                     through the Army Family Action
                                                                                                An IACH patient and expecting          easy-to-understand format.                 For additional information on TPR,
quarters to house its Soldiers and Family     support each other.                                                                                                                                                      Plan process.
                                                                                            military spouse, Serena Seliger, attend-       During pregnancy, the messages in- contact Heigele at 785-239-7736.
members. The rest of our Soldiers and             Besides the everyday interactions of
Families move into the Central Flint          our Soldiers, Families and community
Hills Region, which is made up of             members, our units have partnered with
the seven counties surrounding post.          towns across the Central Flint Hills
Besides our Soldiers and their Families,      Region. From these partnerships, our                                                         If you would like to comment or
Fort Riley employs more than 8,500            communities have built relationships                                                      suggest a topic for the Community
civilians who work to support our mis-        with units and our Soldiers have often                                                    Corner, send an e-mail to
sion.                                         learned civic lessons to take with them                                             
    Within those seven counties, Fort         when they deploy to help build com-
Riley’s Soldiers, Family members and          munities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
civilians live, work, relax and shop.             Many Soldiers and Families ac-
Overall, Fort Riley has had a total direct    knowledge Fort Riley as their favorite
economic impact of almost $2.1 billion.       duty assignment. The reason for this
While the largest chunk, $1.4 billion, of     is because of the great communities
that fell into the payroll category, almost   around the installation and the great
$293 million was spent on supplies,           relationships our Soldiers, Families and
services and contracts. Almost $232           civilians have within those communi-
million went into construction, just          ties. As we continue to work together,
more than $18 million for education           economically and personally, within the
and around $80 million for health care.       Central Flint Hills Region, more and
    Compare last year’s economic impact       more Soldiers will want to call Kansas
to that of 2008 and there has been a          home while on active duty and after.
growth of more than $230 million. That            View the 2009 Economic Impact
is a lot of money and as we continue to       Summary at under
see growth at Fort Riley, that number         the “Our Post” at the top of the page.

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