Budget Cuts Prompting Changes at Fort Riley

Fiscal year 2017 resource constraints and reductions across the Department of Defense and the Department of the Army will have implications on the services provided by Fort Riley’s Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation to 1st Infantry Division Soldiers and families. The Fort Riley garrison, in conjunction with the 1st Inf. Div., has conducted an internal review on the restructuring and reductions of DFMWR to account for imposed reductions.

“We are faced with challenging decisions, as selected services will likely be eliminated, others will be restructured, some services will be reduced in hours and several may now incur a patron fee,” said Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general. “This transformation is an Army-wide initiative to rebalance assets, focused on building and maintaining readiness within the force. At Fort Riley, we will implement these changes to DFMWR services during the first quarter of fiscal year 2017.”

Some of the changes include:

  • Custer Hill Golf Course will close; the driving range and snack bar will remain open
  • Riley Ride will be discontinued
  • Eyster Pool lap swim will now incur a charge after PT hours; hours will change
  • Hours will change at the Fort Riley Marina and Warrior Zone
  • Trap and Skeet range will be by reservation only
  • Woodworking Shop will continue operations with the help of certified volunteers

There will be minimal or no impact to the post’s fitness centers, Riley’s Conference Center, library, mission swimming, parks, auto crafts and the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program.

“Personnel and budget challenges will continue for the foreseeable future,” Grigsby said. “We can’t do it all; these are tough prioritizing decisions and we will continue to do what’s best for the readiness of our Army. Be assured, too, that we will continue to inform Soldiers, their families, civilian employees, retirees and community members about any future changes here at Fort Riley.”