Maj. Gen. Robert Durbin accompanied the K-State contingent, which included President Wefald; Bob Krause, vice president for institutional advancement and director of athletics; M. Duane Nellis, senior vice president and provost; Ron Trewyn, vice president for research; Chuck Reagan, associate to the president; and Deans Fred Cholick, agriculture; Lori Goetsch, libraries; Dennis Kuhlman, K-State at Salina; Virginia Moxley, human ecology; and Steve White, arts and sciences. Student Governing Association representatives also participated.
The K-State group viewed a live video-conference with Fort Riley commanders in Baghdad and toured the 1st Infantry Division headquarters.
Giant scissors in hand, Wefald and Durbin cut the ribbon for the new Modern Army Combatives Institute, where K-State faculty will teach.
During lunch, the K-Staters met with soldiers. Durbin presented Wefald with the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army.
A social hosted by the K-State Alumni Association concluded the day. Wefald presented Durbin and the soldiers an autographed basketball from the KU game. In turn, Durbin presented Wefald with a football.
The two signed proclamations supporting their joint efforts to create new opportunities and enhance existing ones to the benefit of all who live in the Flint Hills.