Military Relations

Regular meetings

Manhattan Military Relations Committee (MRC) is an affiliation of the Manhattan and Fort Riley communities which come together for monthly lunch meetings first Wednesday of each month at different venues. Our goal is to share information about both the military and the local community and to create bonds of friendship between the two.


Social time before lunch; 11:15 a.m. Registration; 11:30 a.m. buffet/meal. Noon program. Cost: $15.

Please RSVP

RSVP Janet Nichols

2020 dates and speakers

February 5 Speaker: COL Winston P. "Phil" Brooks
1ID Deputy Commanding Officer - Maneuver
Location: Holiday Inn at the Campus
March 4 Speaker: Dr. Scott Deitrich
Team Red, White, & Blue
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
April 1
Speaker: COL Theodore Brown
Commander Irwin Army Community Hospital
Location: TBA
May 6 Speaker:COL Stephen Shrader
Fort Riley Garrison Commander
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
Victory Week Lunch
Location: Riley's Community Center

Steering Committee members 

  • Rich Jankovich, Chairman
  • Leslie Alford
  • Christine Benne
  • Nathan Brooks
  • Diane Gaede
  • Dr. Curtis Hayden
  • Todd Holmberg
  • Mike Shilling
  • William Turner
  • Linda Weis
  • Fred Willich

MRC 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 community's mutual importance. 

MRC commitment is to support soldiers and families, and showcase a military-inclusive community where we encourage military service members to call Manhattan home. 
Speaker: Dr. Art DeGroat
Location: Four Points by Sheraton