Retiring Fort Riley soldiers stay in ...

Retiring Fort Riley soldiers stay in Kansas

There are 14 comments on the Kansas City Star story from Apr 2, 2011, titled Retiring Fort Riley soldiers stay in Kansas. In it, Kansas City Star reports that:

Many Fort Riley soldiers are choosing to stay in Kansas after they retire from the Army.“These people are amazing,” said Sgt.

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Great article

Junction City, KS

#1 Apr 3, 2011
I read the Kansas City Star and recommend it to everyone in our area. This story was printed in the Star today 4/4/11 and also at Kansas City Star website. Written by the Associated Press.

Retiring Fort Riley soldiers stay in Kansas

The Associated Pres

Many Fort Riley soldiers are choosing to stay in Kansas after they retire from the Army.

“These people are amazing,” said Sgt. Maj. Steve Waller, set to retire to nearby Clay Center within a year.“Most places, they see the military as an income, but here you’re immediately friends and neighbors.

“Kansas is the only place where I walk into Walmart and people want to shake my hand and say thanks. No place have we felt more welcome.”

Fort Riley officials said about 300 of their soldiers retire annually. The Army estimates 3,400 of its retirees, many with families, are now living in the area, according to The Wichita Eagle.

Although Fort Riley officials say they don’t track the percentage of soldiers who stay after retirement, Todd Moore of the Junction City Chamber of Commerce estimates that more than half of those currently retiring from Fort Riley are staying in the area.

Command Master Sgt. Jim Champagne, who has been to a string of retirement ceremonies, estimates it’s closer to 70 percent.

Champagne’s wife, Lisa, retired two years ago, and he’s not far behind. They’re staying, too.

Sgt. Maj. Mark Dombrowski said that before he came to Fort Riley in 2006, he heard terms like “hole” and “middle of nowhere” used to describe Fort Riley, the base next to Junction City.

But he has since found otherwise.

“We’re staying. This place is perfect,” said Dombrowski.“From here on, Junction City will always be our home.”

Most military retirees are in their mid-40s and many have young families.

Dombrowski and his wife, Pamela, remember the first night they watched the news at Fort Riley. Weather was the lead story.

“Mark and I just looked at each other and smiled,” she said.“We’re from about an hour from Philadelphia, and the news is always about shootings and gang drive-bys.

“The weather is their main worry? We knew it would be a safe place for our kids.”

They quickly learned it would be a great place for them to get an education, too. A math teacher, Pamela Dombrowski soon found that Kansas offered better schools than most near military bases.

Jim Champagne is planning on beginning doctorate work at Kansas State University and said teenage children of many retirees enroll at the college and drive from home.

“(Our son) can go wherever he wants, but there’s something to be said about having your kids in the area and attend a world-class university that’s just minutes away,” he said.

Posted on Sat, Apr. 02, 2011 10:15 PM

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Blk key fan

Dallas, TX

#2 Apr 3, 2011
Get real!! Kansas is nice and the people are nice. But there I hospitality everywhere!! You just have to let it happen naturally. Not everyone is a high ranking officer or a CSM even a first Sgt. For soldiers it is much harder to be "accepted". I personally moved off post to manhattan so I could be around the collage students "my friends". The articles is obviously biased. Broaden your minds people!! It's does het better.
scarlett01_98

United States

#3 Apr 3, 2011
ummm great article,
how can the article be in the kc star on the 4th when today is only the 3rd? other than that great article....?
Great article

Junction City, KS

#4 Apr 3, 2011
My mistake. 4/3/11 was the publishing date in the Star.
Smoke Fan 14

Severn, MD

#5 Apr 4, 2011
I got out of the Army in 81'. I came home to Illinois and found nothing here so I moved out to Junction City. I liked living out there and wish I was out in J.C. now. I'm on disability now and stuck in Gummit Housing. I got involved with the Eagles Lodge in J.C. and had lots of great times at the lodge and Milford Lake. I went out for a visit in 89' while I was still working on the Mississippi River as a 1st Mate on a Towboat, I ran into a Sgt. I was in the Army with. He got out and stayed in J.C.- Those punks out there that get on Topix talking there trash about J.C. need to live in my little ghost town, Noble,IL. they really would be sad then.

If I ever get blessed with a lottery win I'll be back in Kansas. Chapman or Milford, one of the two!
Come on Back

Junction City, KS

#6 Apr 4, 2011
Come on back, Rastous ! You won`t ever have to eat a Hungry Man dinner on Thanksgiving day alone again.
Smoke Fan 14

Severn, MD

#7 Apr 4, 2011
Come on Back wrote:
Come on back, Rastous ! You won`t ever have to eat a Hungry Man dinner on Thanksgiving day alone again.
Thanks Dude. I've got a credit card that would move me right back to the Land of Oz.
Go for it

Junction City, KS

#8 Apr 4, 2011
Smoke Fan 14 wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks Dude. I've got a credit card that would move me right back to the Land of Oz.
It would improve your quality of life big time. You should give it serious thought.
Smoke Fan 14

Severn, MD

#9 Apr 4, 2011
Go for it wrote:
<quoted text>It would improve your quality of life big time. You should give it serious thought.
Yeah it would be different this time for sure. Been living "Sober" now for 11 years. No Cozy Inn for me. I would like to get back to chasing the balls around the table though.(8-Ball, 9-Ball, and Snooker.)
Dennis Rader

Denver, CO

#10 Apr 5, 2011
This is why the USMC rules and Army drools!
Get r Done

Ashburn, VA

#11 Apr 5, 2011
Dennis Rader wrote:
This is why the USMC rules and Army drools!
Oh. O.K. Thanks B.T.K.
Amie Warqueen D

Junction City, KS

#12 Apr 5, 2011
My husband and I are dual military and we plan to retire here when he returns from Afganistan. Were told the area sucked by our friend who never even lived here! but we love it here, the Junction City people have been real welcoming to us and our kids.
Dennis Rader

United States

#13 Apr 5, 2011
Amie Warqueen D wrote:
My husband and I are dual military and we plan to retire here when he returns from Afganistan. Were told the area sucked by our friend who never even lived here! but we love it here, the Junction City people have been real welcoming to us and our kids.
While he is gone I'll come over and take care of your sexual wants and needs.
Big RED One Vet

Junction City, KS

#14 Apr 5, 2011
Amie Warqueen D wrote:
My husband and I are dual military and we plan to retire here when he returns from Afganistan. Were told the area sucked by our friend who never even lived here! but we love it here, the Junction City people have been real welcoming to us and our kids.
As a soldier, I hated it here. Became a civilian, and it was a whole new perspective on things, and I learned to love it. Wanted to leave the first week I got here. That was 1981, still here and loving it.

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