Military Relations

Regular Meetings

  • First Wednesday of each month except for January and July

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


For our luncheons, the social time is before lunch and the buffet or meal begins at 11:30 a.m. with the program following at noon. The cost of our luncheons for all attendees $15.

Please RSVP

RSVPs are due to Janet Nichols or via phone by calling 785-776-8829.

Steering Committee Members

  • Loren Pepperd - Chairman
  • Rich Jankovich - Chair Elect
  • Christine Benne
  • Diane Gaede
  • Dr. Curtis Hayden

  • Briana Nelson Goff, PhD
  • Paul Oehm
  • 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 by showcasing a military-inclusive community and encouraging our military service members to call Manhattan home. We hope to show active and retired military that the Greater Fort Riley Community is not just another duty station, but the place you never knew you couldn't live without!.

Upcoming Dates and Speakers 2016

Month Details
January 28 Speaker: MG Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr. Commanding General 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley
Location: Riley's Conference Center
February No Meeting
March 2 Speaker: CW3 Jeff Price, former Director 1st Infantry Division Band
Location: Holiday Inn at the Campus
April 6 Speaker: CSM (Ret) Jim Champagne, Business Director, Corvias Military Living
Location: Riley's Conference Center
May 4 Speaker: COL Andrew Cole, Garrison Commander, Fort Riley
Location: Manhattan Country Club
June 6 Speaker: Division CSM Curt Cornelison
Location: Riley's Conference Center
July No Meeting - Happy Independence Day!