Fort Riley Issues Noise Advisory To Area Communities


Communities around Fort Riley may hear loud explosions Aug. 29 to 31 due to training by the 774th Ordnance Company.

Training is scheduled to take place during the day; there are no nighttime detonations scheduled.

In 2016, Soldiers from the ordnance unit placed second in the Army’s Ordnance Corps EOD Team of the Year competition at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. Their training at Fort Riley helped them earn the award, along with the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe Award.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.