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Fort Riley To Hold 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony

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The 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley host a 9/11 commemoration ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Global War on Terrorism monument, which is located on the east side of Cavalry Parade Field.

The monument is a small replica of the World Trade Center Twin Towers on a Pentagon-shaped base. It bears the names of Fort Riley Soldiers who have given their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Col. Stephen Shrader, Fort Riley Garrison Commander, will speak at the event, which includes a wreath- laying, a three-round salute fired by an honor guard and “Taps” and other musical selections performed by the 1st Infantry Division Band. First responders from Junction City and Manhattan will join Fort Riley Directorate of Emergency Services professionals in the commemoration.

The public is welcome to attend this ceremony. Visitors who don’t have a Department of Defense ID card should go to http://www.riley.army.mil and click on the yellow “Accessing Fort Riley” tab at the bottom of the page for installation entry requirements. Active-duty military, their family members 18 years of age and older, military retirees and Federal civilian employees may vouch for up to seven of their passengers under the recently-announced Trusted Traveler Pilot Program.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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