Fort Riley Provides Storm Damage Update


The Dec. 15 damaging wind event, which impacted the region, damaged more than 80 facilities and numerous homes on Fort Riley, caused some low-hanging or downed power lines and broke numerous trees or limbs.

Damages occurred across the Army installation with primary significant building damage on historic main post. Several facilities, including numerous family homes, lost power Wednesday afternoon. By 3 a.m. Thursday, technicians restored power to all but a few exceptions.

Col. Will McKannay, Garrison Commander, said, “Fort Riley professionals did a great job protecting the community and responding to damages from this unprecedented event. We are grateful there were no injuries and are committed to the quickest possible return to normal operations.”

Because Fort Riley has its own water treatment and storage capabilities, the post is not impacted by a water supply issue in neighboring Junction City.

Members of the Fort Riley community are encouraged to sign up for our ALERT! system. Subscribing to this Mass Warning and Notification System ensures that Soldiers and families are notified of emergency and workforce notifications. To sign up Soldiers may follow the tutorial at

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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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