Ft. Riley Reestablishes Traditions

By: WIBW - (posted by Greg Palmer)
By: WIBW - (posted by Greg Palmer)

FORT RILEY, Kan. - Fort Riley will reestablish the time-honored military traditions of Reveille and Retreat. This re-emphasis will alter procedures for accessing and leaving the post.

Reveille signals the official start of the duty day and takes place at 6:30 a.m. Retreat signals its end and takes place each day at 5 p.m., with the exception of Friday, when it takes place at 3 p.m. Each last approximately 2-4 minutes.

The changes are part of an increased emphasis on traditional customs and courtesies established by Maj. Gen. Paul Funk and Division Command Sergeant Major Michael Grinston.

"Last week, the commanding General and I published the Big Red One standards book," Sergeant Major Grinston said. "[These changes] affects everyone on Fort Riley."

During both events, a bugle is sounded as an alert to all persons on the installation. At these times, security officers at each gate will place cones at the gates in order to restrict personnel movement onto and off the installation.

Roadblocks will also be placed to the north and south of 1st Infantry Division Headquarters Building on 1st Division Road to halt vehicle traffic. Traffic will not be stopped on weekends, federal and training holidays or during a severe weather advisory.

This protocol applies to everyone on the installation, military and civilian alike. Civilian Department of the Army employees, contractors and visitors are encouraged to participate in this tradition by standing firm and upright with their hands over their hearts and removing their headgear if applicable.

While driving on Fort Riley during Reveille and Retreat, personnel in civilian clothing are to remain seated in their vehicle pulled off to the side of the road for the duration of the bugle call. Also, it is appropriate to lower the volume of loud radio broadcasts and music.

Reveille and Retreat are both military traditions, and stopping vehicles and rendering proper customs and courtesies at those times are appropriate at every United States military installation.

During Reveille and Retreat military personnel in uniform not in formation are required by regulation to face the flag and render a hand salute at the first note of Reveille and end their salute on the last note.

There will be times while driving when drivers won't hear the bugle call. However, when other vehicles are pulling to the side of the road or when Soldiers are rendering honors to the flag, drivers are asked to take notice and do the same.

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