Fort Riley is home to 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division; 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division; Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion; 1st Combat Aviation Brigade; 1st Infantry Division Divarty; Headquarter and Headquarters Company, U. S. Army Garrison; 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade; 10th Air Support Operations Squadron; and the 97th Military Police Battalion.
On average, Fort Riley serves more than 15,417 active duty service members, over 22,678 family members to include students of USD 475 and over 5,363 civilian employees. Approximately 60% of the Geary County Schools population is related to the military and many of the district employees are spouses or family members. These numbers do not include all the National Guard and Reserve that come to train at Fort Riley who also have students who attend USD 475 schools. Therefore, Fort Riley remains critical to the region with approximately 45% of the area’s economy attributed to the installation.
Currently, over half of the USD 475 population is military related. There are five elementary schools: Fort Riley Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Morris Hill Elementary, Seitz Elementary, and Ware Elementary on the installation as well as one middle school, Fort Riley Middle School, and the Junction City High School serves students in Fort Riley (as well as Grandview, Milford, Geary County, and Junction City). USD 475 receives Heavy Impact and Impact Aid as a result of the military student population in the district. These types of funding make projects like the proposed new high school possible without raising the mill levy.
Discussions of a potential Base Realignment and Closure assessment could take place as early as 2019, and the US Army has stated that public education is a key component in their evaluation. It is important to consider potential opportunities for military families and their impact on the region as a whole.
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