Military Relations

The MRC Lunch

The Manhattan Military Relations Committee, a subset of the MACC Economic Development Division, focuses on building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships, facilitating communications, and coordinating activities among the Manhattan Community and Fort Riley. The MRC Lunch is the premiere monthly networking event between Fort Riley active duty soldiers, their family members, civilian employees and contractors, and the Manhattan community.


The MRC Lunch is held the first Wednesday of the month at various locations in Manhattan. 11:15 am registration table opens; Lunch program ends at 1 pm sharp. If you RSVP and are unable to attend, please cancel no later than 5:00pm the day before the lunch. Cost: $20.

Please RSVP

RSVP via email to Janet Nichols.

2022 Dates & Speakers

February 2Speaker: Military Behavioral Health Update
Location: Hilton Garden Inn/Manhattan Conference Center
March 2Speaker: COL Jason Arriaga
Commander, 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade
Location: Holiday Inn at the Campus
April 6Speaker: COL Edgar Arroyo
Commander, Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
May 4Speaker: COL Will McKannay
Fort Riley Garrison Commander
Location: Hilton Garden Inn/Manhattan Conference Center
June 29

Speaker: To Be Announced
Annual 1ID Victory Week Lunch cohosted by Junction City Military Affairs
Location: Riley's Community Center, Fort Riley

Steering Committee Members

  • Christine Benne - Chair
  • Ernie Beaudet
  • Shelley Carver
  • Brian Fuemmeler
  • Diane Gaede
  • Dr. Curtis Hayden
  • Todd Holmberg
  • Rich Jankovich
  • Mike Shilling
  • William Turner
  • Linda Weis
  • Fred Willich


The Manhattan 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.

The Manhattan MRC commitment is to support soldiers, their families, and area veterans, and showcase a military-inclusive community where we encourage military service members to call Manhattan home.