Little Apple Brigade

Mission of the Little Apple Brigade


The mission of the Little Apple Brigade’s Honorary Corps of Colonels is to facilitate intimate friendships between executive level community leaders and senior Fort Riley commanders. Annual events, to host Fort Riley leaders, provide the context for meaningful partnership and dialogue between our communities. The Little Apple Brigade sets the tone for the overall community relationship with Fort Riley and offers an opportunity to extend the hand of welcome to our military neighbors during their assignment near the Little Apple.

Hails & Farewells


Annual Hail and Farewell events allow Manhattan to welcome incoming commanders and bid farewell to those who have been our friends during their tour. These are typically scheduled in the fall or spring depending on Command Group availability.

Military Ball


The Annual Little Apple Brigade Military Ball is an elegant event that encourages friendships among Manhattan business people and Fort Riley personnel. Senior Commanders, Command Sergeant's Major, and their spouses are invited to the Manhattan Country Club for an evening of camaraderie and friendship. The evening includes a gourmet meal, brief presentation, and dancing. Each Fort Riley spouse is presented with a Little Apple memento to mark their attendance.