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Military Retirees to Get Flu Shots at Fort Riley Retiree Appreciation Day

Military Retirees of all services may get their flu shots as well as basic health screenings at the annual Fort Riley Retiree Appreciation Day, Friday, 15 October.  Fort Riley services some 44,000 military retirees in the four-state area of Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and a large contingent of these retirees look forward to this annual event at this large, north-central Kansas military installation.

The 2010 Retiree Appreciation Day is hosted by the Commanding General, First Infantry Division and Fort Riley, and the Post’s Retiree Council and will be held at Riley’s Conference Center from 8 o’clock that morning until 3:30 in the afternoon.

Military retirees from the four-state area look forward to this annual event to access basic healthcare screenings, visit with retiree service vendors and to learn of recent accomplishments of the First Infantry Division and other units home-based at Fort Riley.  Keynote speaker for this year’s event will be Colonel Eric Peck, Chief of Staff for Joint Forces Headquarters Kansas – Land Component, Kansas Army National Guard, Topeka, Kansas.  Colonel Peck has recently returned from Afghanistan and will tell of the Agricultural programs being developed to assist the Afghan people.

 Colonel Kevin Brown, Fort Riley Garrison Commander, will tell of the many accomplishments of the post over the past few years and of the future construction at this major military installation.  Colonel Henry Arnold, Commander of the 4th IBCT, will address the mission, challenges and achievements during their recent Iraqi deployment.  Other speakers include Colonel Mike Heimall, Commander, Irwin Army Community Hospital, and retirees will look forward to hearing from local WWII veteran, Jim Sharp, detailing incidents from his new book, “Diary of a Combat Infantryman”.

The “County Fair” including booths with representatives of various veterans’ organizations and agencies – and the Health Fair will progress from 10:00 in the morning through 3:30 in the afternoon.  Irwin Army Community Hospital personnel will be on hand to offer flu, pneumonia and shingles shots and basic health screening and healthcare maintenance counseling.  A full luncheon buffet will be offered at $17.50 per person with reservations needed in advance by calling 785-239-3320. 

Throughout the day, retirees will be taking home many valuable gifts and prizes offered through ongoing drawings as the event unfolds.

 It is with great pleasure that Fort Riley recognizes the efforts of the men and women who have made the United States Military the outstanding force that it is today and this year’s Retiree Appreciate Day is offered as just one gesture of saying “thanks” to all those who have served.  This is the Military Retiree’s day and it is hoped that many will participate in this once-a-year-event.

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