Deployed Soldiers Get to Watch Their Children Graduate

FORT RILEY, Kan. – Fort Riley is offering deployed Soldiers the opportunity to watch their children graduate high school via video teleconference capabilities.

Fort Riley’s Directorate of Information Management has coordinated with several school districts in the Central Flint Hills Region to provide VTCs at area high school graduations.

Currently the service is scheduled to be provided for two Families at Abilene High School’s graduation at 5 p.m. May 16; four Families at Manhattan High School’s graduation at 2 p.m. May 17; and eight Families at Junction City High School’s graduation at 6 p.m. May 24.

"The graduations are scheduled to be transmitted via VTC to locations in Iraq, where deployed Soldiers can watch them,” said Curtis Blanke, chief of visual information for DOIM. “In addition to the broadcast graduation, the students and parents can choose to conference one-on-one with each other before or after the graduation."

Of the nine high schools in the Central Flint Hills Region, four were identified as schools that have graduating seniors of deployed Soldiers, including Abilene, Junction City, Manhattan and White City. This service was offered to White City High School, but the Family did not need the service.

“This program is a great example of Fort Riley leaders’ emphasis on Family initiatives and has taken a great amount of time and effort for the civilian workforce to plan, test and coordinate,” said Bob Windham, director of DOIM. “It also has given civilian employees a good feeling to be able to make a difference.”


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