Government Shutdown Impacts At Fort Riley

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Many activities and personnel at Fort Riley are impacted by the current government shutdown; however, all employees not on leave must report for work Monday, Jan. 22 to conduct an orderly shutdown. No matter how long the shutdown lasts, “life, health and safety” and mission-critical services will continue to be our number one priority.

Current information as of Jan. 20:

  • All civilian employees report to work Jan. 22 for detailed instructions from supervisor. If furloughed, employees are prohibited from working. This includes “volunteering,” taking phone calls, checking email, etc. Employees will return to work when appropriation / continuing resolution is provided. Ensure you remain readily available and can be easily contacted by your supervisor.
  • Police and emergency response continues.
  • Fire stations and emergency response remain fully manned.
  • Visitor Control Center hours will change to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays; expect longer wait times.
  • No permanent firearms registration; however, five-day registrations will be issued with extensions approved at regular 5 Day intervals.
  • The commissary is open normal hours through Wednesday evening, then will close pending appropriations.
  • There is no out-processing for permanent change of station moves unless you’re going to a deploying unit.
  • There is no common access card (CAC) processing for military or Dept. of the Army civilians; unit CAC machines must be used. ID card service is available for retirees and family members only.
  • Education services will be limited.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity office will be closed.
  • Recreational access to Fort Riley’s training areas is suspended.
  • Support to Soldiers and families by the Directorate of Public Works for off-post housing issues is suspended; check with your chain of command for assistance.
  • Arts and Crafts Center is closed.
  • Auto Skills has reduced / minimal services; hours remain the same.
  • Army Community Service buildings are closed; limited services available by appointment only.
  • Exceptional Family Member Program continues with limited support.

The following remain OPEN / NO CHANGE:

  • On-post USD-475 schools Child and Youth Services Child Development Centers Fitness centers / gyms.
  • Pools.
  • Army Emergency Relief.
  • Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Riley’s Conference Center.
    Warrior Zone Chapel services.
  • Outdoor Recreation Rental Services Travel Services.
  • Corvias on-post housing support.

Irwin Army Community Hospital
Irwin Army Community Hospital medical duties are considered excepted services. Patient care will be minimally impacted by the government shutdown. ALL inpatient and outpatient care will continue to be provided; follow-up and management of existing conditions will also continue. Appointments already scheduled will NOT be cancelled, and care will be provided in conjunction with same-day care. All support functions such as Nutrition Care (dining facility), Housekeeping, Logistics, Facilities, Radiology, Lab, and Pharmacy, will remain open at all locations and will operate during normal hours. Central Appointments (appointment line) and Referral Management will all remain operational. Public Health, the SRP site, and the Wellness Center will remain open and operational. If there are any further questions regarding medical services, please contact the information desk at (785) 239-7000 or the appointment line (785) 239-DOCS (3627).

Additional updates about shutdown impacts at Fort Riley will be provided as they become available.

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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 2021 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.