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Fort Riley soldiers transform Christian college into 'an island in the storm'

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Here are recent headlines about the military in Kansas:Fort Riley ¢ 1st Infantry Division[(Michael Yon online commentary) Desires of the Human Heart, Part One:][1] The latest group of professional soldiers I had the honor of accompanying was the 1-4 Cavalry from Fort Riley, Kansas. They opened their doors in Baghdad and wanted me to tell the people at home the good, the bad and the ugly. They didn't hold back; they provided plenty of all three. In one neighborhood where residents have been subject to a methodical slaughter, our people found an abandoned Christian college that had already proved itself the proverbial island in the storm. The Pontifical Babel College, its name so suggestive of all things Iraq-Babel, the Tower of Babel, Babylon, Babylonia-a place where the meaning of words evaporates almost as soon as they are spoken into the dry desert air. The 1-4 Cavalry would spend the next few days transforming it into COP Amanche, a place where the actions of soldiers conveyed the meaning of their presence and where a practiced eye reads the reactions of civilians as glints and flashes of what could be.[(49abcnews.com) The first transition team soldiers to be trained at Fort Riley are back.:][2] 49 News caught up with them Tuesday as they were taking a series of required medical tests to see if they're fit and healthy after their tour. Whether it's serious or just a cavity, if the soldiers fail a test they will have to stay put, because Fort Riley wants to return these soldiers the way they got them. We also asked what they thought of how their mission went teaching Iraqi Army troops to fight and fend for themselves. " The soldiers that I worked with, they, I guess, they were okay. One of the things that they lack would probably have to be motivation to do certain and different jobs," SSG Christopher Jones said.Fort Leavenworth[(Infozine.com) International Officers to Visit Kansas Statehouse:][3] Fifty military officers from 48 nations will visit Topeka on Friday, July 20, to get an overview of state politics and history. The officers are enrolled in a one-year course of study at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. The annual visit to Topeka exposes the officers to our U.S. political system and the state's history as they tour the Kansas Statehouse and hear from Kansas political leaders. "To maintain peace and security among nations, it is important for leaders of military organizations to understand their country's differences and similarities, and this is an excellent opportunity for such interaction," said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the Kansas adjutant general. "This course of study not only prepares these officers to become good leaders, it provides an opportunity for improving relationships between countries." [1]: http://www.michaelyon-online.com/wp/desires-of-the-human-heart-part-one.htm [2]: http://www.49abcnews.com/news/2007/jul/18/49_news_now_morning_update_news_and_weather/ [3]: http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/24014/

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