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New Command Sergeant Major Taking Responsibility at Fort Riley

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A U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley change of responsibility ceremony takes place Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. at Riley’s Conference Center. During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Bristow II will take over as the garrison’s senior noncommissioned officer in charge for outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. James Collins.

Bristow enlisted in the Army in 1995 and comes to Fort Riley from the 1st of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He has deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Resolute Support and Freedom’s Sentinel. His awards and decorations include six Bronze Star medals, two with “Valor” device, and a Purple Heart.

Collins has served as the Fort Riley garrison command sergeant major since February 2016. He is retiring from the Army after 27 years of service.

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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.

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