Military Relations

Regular meetings

Military Relations Committee (MRC) is an affiliation of the Manhattan and Fort Riley communities who come together for monthly lunch meetings  first Wednesday of each month at different venues. Our goal is to share information about both the military and the local community and to create bonds of friendship between the two.


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

Please RSVP

RSVP Janet Nichols

2018 dates and speakers

Month Details
March 7 Speaker: Dr. Art DeGroat
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
April 4
Speaker: Dr. Mitzi DeAguilera, American Red Cross
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
May 2
Speaker: Jed Dunham
Location: Holiday Inn at the Campus
June 6 Speaker: Phyllis Fitzgerald, Team Home Away from Home
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
July No MRC Lunch
Happy Fourth of July!

Steering Committee members 

  • Rich Jankovich, Chairman
  • Christine Benne
  • Diane Gaede
  • Todd Holmberg
  • Dr. Curtis Hayden
  • Paul Oehm
  • Loren Pepperd
  • Mike Shilling
  • Linda Weis
  • Dick Wertzberger
  • Fred Willich

MRC 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 community's mutual importance. 

MRC commitment is to support soldiers and families, and showcase a military-inclusive community where we encourage 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!
Speaker: Dr. Art DeGroat
Location: Four Points by Sheraton