Local donations help soldiers compete in D.C.

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

October 20 — today — is the kick-off for the annual AUSA convention in Washington, DC. It will begin with a competitive 10-mile run through the streets of Washington. A group of young men and women from Fort Riley and the Big Red One have been training for the event for several months.

With the sequestration and the federal government shutdown, they did not have funding to travel to D.C. to represent the division and compete in the event. I reached out to our local financial institutions, businesses and friends to assist in getting these dedicated men and women to D.C. Through this effort, $3,000 was raised, which ensured that the Big Red One and our region would be represented in the event.

I would like to personally thank those that contributed:  Central National Bank, Commerce Bank, Community First National Bank, Farmer’s State Bank, Foot Locker, Icon Investments, Steel and Pipe, Shilling Construction, Walters Morgan Construction and the Konza Rotary Club. Your generosity has allowed these men and women to complete their mission of training for the coveted Army Trophy. The team is considered a favorite to win this year in both the men’s and combined classes. Thank you for your generosity to this dedicated group of men and women who will represent Fort Riley and the Central Flint Hills Region.

Richard B. Jankovich

Executive Vice President

Commerce Bank

727 Poyntz Ave.

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