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
  • Rich Crowley
  • Art DeGroat
  • Diane Gaede
  • Dr. Curtis Hayden

  • Dr. Briana Nelson Goff
  • 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 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
May 7 Speaker:  LTC Sean Ryan, Director Public Affairs, First Infantry Division
Location:  Holiday Inn at the Campus
June 11 Program:  Combined MRC/JC MAC/AUSA Luncheon and CALFEX (Combined Arms Live Fire Event).  Guest Speaker: Lieutenant General (retired) Michael Dodson
Location:  Riley's Conference Center
July No meeting

August 6 Speaker: Brigadier, UK Christopher Ghika, Deputy Commanding General - Readiness, First Infantry Division
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
September 3 Speaker: COL Andrew Cole, Garrison Commander, Fort Riley
Location: Holiday Inn at the Campus
October 1 Speaker: Tony Crawford and Daryl Youngman, K-State Libraries
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
November 5 Speaker:  Wamego Honor Flight
Location:Holiday Inn at the Campus
 December 3 Speaker:  COL Peter Minalga, Commander 4th Brgade, 1st Infantry Division
Location:  Manhattan Country Club

Janet Nichols