Military Relations

Regular Meetings

  • First Wednesday of each month except for January (a combined breakfast with Junction City Military Affairs Council), February, and July

The Military Relations Committee holds monthly lunch meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at different venues. These meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to attend!


For our luncheons, the social time is before lunch and the buffet or meal begins at 11:30 a.m. with the program following at noon. The cost of our luncheons for all attendees $15.

Please RSVP

RSVPs are due to Janet Nichols or via phone by calling 785-776-8829.

Steering Committee Members

  • Rich Jankovich - Chairman
  • Christine Benne
  • Diane Gaede
  • Dr. Curtis Hayden
  • Briana Nelson Goff, Ph.D.

  • Paul Oehm
  • Loren Pepperd
  • Mike Shilling
  • Linda Weis
  • Dick Wertzberger
  • Fred Willich


Our mission is to plan, coordinate, and execute programming and activities that will strengthen the relationship between Manhattan and Fort Riley and bring about a heightened awareness of one community's importance to the other.

Our commitment is to support soldiers and their families by showcasing a military-inclusive community and encouraging our military service members to call Manhattan home. We hope to show active and retired military that the Greater Fort Riley Community is not just another duty station, but the place you never knew you couldn't live without!.

Upcoming Dates and Speakers 2016/2017

Month Details
August 3 Speaker: COL Allen Cassell, Commander 1ID Sustainment Brigade
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
September 7 Speaker: LTC Alex Murray, Commander 97th MP Battalion
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
October 5 No MRC Luncheon

November 7 Speaker: Jonathan Casey, Museum Archivist, National WWI Museum and Memorial
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
December 7 Speaker: Briana Nelson Goff, Executive Director, Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families
Location: Manhattan Country Club
January 26 Annual Combined Breakfast with Junction City Military Affairs Council
Speaker: LTG (Ret) Perry Wiggins, Director, Governor's Military Council
Location: Riley's Conference Center
February No MRC Luncheon