Military Relations

Regular Meetings

Military Relations Committee (MRC) holds monthly lunch meetings first Wednesday of each month at different venues. These meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to attend!

  • First Wednesday of each month except as noted (no July MRC Lunch: holiday).


Social time before lunch; 11:30 a.m. buffet/meal. Noon program. Cost: $15.

Please RSVP

RSVP Janet Nichols (785-776-8829).

Steering Committee Members

  • Rich Jankovich - Chairman
  • Christine Benne
  • Diane Gaede
  • Dr. Curtis Hayden
  • Briana Nelson Goff, PhD
  • Paul Oehm
  • Loren Pepperd
  • Mike Shilling
  • Linda Weis
  • Dick Wertzberger
  • Fred Willich


Our mission is to plan, coordinate, and execute programming and activities that will strengthen the relationship between Manhattan and Fort Riley and bring about a heightened awareness of one community's importance to the other.

Our commitment is to support soldiers and their families and showcase a military-inclusive community and encourage our military service members to call Manhattan home. We hope to show active and retired military the Greater Fort Riley Community is not just another duty station, but the place you never knew you couldn't live without!

Upcoming 2017 dates and speakers

Month Details
April 5 Speaker: Manhattan Mayor Usha Reddi
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
May 3 Speaker: MG Lee Tafenelli, Adjutant General, State of Kansas
Location: Holiday Inn at the Campus
June 7 Speaker: Crystal Bryant-Kearns, USO Transition Services Site Manager
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
July No MRC luncheon

Aug. 23
Victory Week Luncheon: Guest Speaker Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, Commanding General 1st Infantry Divsion and Fort Riley
Location: Riley's Conference Center
Sept. 6
Speaker: Col. John Melton, Commander Irwin Army Community Hospital
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
Oct. 4

Speaker: Lt. Col. Matthew Twombly, 130th Brigade Deputy Commander, Kansas Army National Guard
Location: Holiday Inn at the Campus