Fort Riley Hosting Hiring Our Heroes Event

Fort Riley will again host the “Hiring Our Heroes” career summit in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The event is April 13, beginning at 9 a.m. at Riley’s Community Center.

The career summit is a specialized event designed to educate, inform, inspire and connect service members, veterans, military spouses and caregivers with military-ready employers. All service members, military spouses, veterans and caregivers are invited.

Organizers expect 90 employers to participate and many will be prepared to interview and hire potential employees. Companies participating in the event range from America’s largest employers to many smaller companies from across the region.

The event opens with morning workshops ranging from career planning to using digital networking sites to resume writing and interviewing. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The afternoon will feature a hiring fair from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Hiring Our Heroes career summit will help Soldiers preparing to leave the military and those who expect to stay in the military for many years to make connections and understand the opportunities that exist for them and their families.

Service members, veterans, military spouses and caregivers should pre-register for the career summit at For more information, call the Fort Riley Transition Assistance Program office at 785-239-2278.

Fort Riley previously hosted this event in 2019 and 2022.

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 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.


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