Fort Riley: A commanding advantage.
First things first: Under the command of General John “Black Jack” Pershing, they led the fight in World War I. In World War II, they were the first to hit the beaches of Normandy. They were the first division called to fight in Vietnam. During 1991 Operation Desert Shield/Storm, that led the charge into Iraq, breaking the enemy’s defense at the Kuwaiti border. Time and time again, the soldiers of the “Big Red One” have proven themselves in global conflict. As The Headquarters for the Army’s 1st Infantry Division and hosts five brigades, Fort Riley remains first among equals in America’s on-going global military effort. Since 2003, more than 87,500 soldiers have been deployed through Fort Riley to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa.
Global security, local vitality: Today, with infrastructure facilities expanded and comprehensively modernized, , Fort Riley stands strong for the challenges ahead—and keeps Junction City/Geary County strong as well. Fort Riley’s global defense translates into local and regional economic stability and vitality. Thanks to an annual $1.6 billion direct economic impact, Fort Riley is a robust growth engine for Junction City//Geary County.
A fighting force, a workforce, a beloved community resource: Beyond dollars and multiplier effects, Fort Riley provides a powerful productive workforce advantage in highly trained retirees and spouses. Soldiers, families, and civilian support staff add an irreplaceable contribution as citizens and residents. As a vibrant resource the Army Volunteer Corps provides strategic coordination for on-base and off-base needs. Fort Riley is home of two of our most popular museums, the U.S. Cavalry Museum and the 1st Infantry Division Museum.
Global leadership, global stewardship: Fort Riley’s state-of-the-art base operations deploy global performance measures and continuous process improvements. Fort Riley has also proven a sensitive and wise steward of the U.S. Government owned acreage of tall grass prairie. By using environmentally innovative practices, they have earned the Secretary of the Army’s First Place Natural Resources Team Award. Fort Riley is saving the world in more ways than one, and helps make our world here in Junction City/Geary County one of the best places to live, work, and play in the nation.