MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Fort Riley’s garrison commander is thanking members of the community for being advocates for the installation- home of the Army’s oldest division.
Colonel William Clark spoke to members of the Military Relations Committee at Manhattan’s Hilton Garden Inn Wednesday during one of his last public appearances before his retirement.
Clark has been Fort Riley’s garrison commander for the past two years and is set to retire next month after 30 years in the Army.
The colonel expressed his gratitude to those in Manhattan and at Kansas State University who have shown their support of Fort Riley and the thousands of soldiers, family members, civilians and retirees in the area. He says they've helped build efficiencies, resources and partnerships.
Clark also spoke in Junction City last month to members of the Military Affairs Council, relaying a similar message.
He worked on several big community projects during his time at Fort Riley including improvements to the Manhattan Regional Airport and K-18 but he says it’s the people he had the chance to work with that had the biggest impact on him.
“What this community taught me is that Manhattan and Riley County enable Fort Riley to be Fort Riley,” Clark said as he addressed the crowd.