Life in the Little Apple
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
  • Mark Hatesohl - Chairman
  • Christine Benne
  • Art DeGroat
  • Diane Gaede
  • Dr. Briana Nelson Goff

  • 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 2014
Month Details
January  No meeting
February 5 Speaker:  COL Craig Merutka, Staff Judge Advocate, First Infantry Division and Fort Riley
Location:  Hilton Garden Inn
March 5 Speaker: COL Barry R. Pockrandt, Commander Irwin Army Community Hospital
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
April 2 Speaker: Mayor John Matta, Mayor of Manhattan
Location: Riley's Conference Center, Fort Riley
May 7 Speaker: COL Andrew Cole, Garrison Commander, Fort Riley
Location: Holiday Inn at the Campus
June 4 Speaker: AUSA
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
July  No meeting

Janet Nichols