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News | May 9, 2024

Army CID Special Agents Assist with Tornado Response near Fort Riley, Kansas

By Craig A. Brown, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Central Field Office Army CID

Three special agents with the Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) assisted in the aftermath of an April 30, 2024, tornado in Westmoreland, Kansas, near the Army CID Resident Agency at Fort Riley.
The tornado with gusts up to 140 mph (EF3 on the National Weather Service scale) leveled homes and resulted in one death. The tornado began around 4:40 p.m. local time and lasted approximately eight minutes in the town of about 730 people in Pottawatomie County, about 38 miles northeast of Fort Riley. 
On May 1, three DACID Special Agents from Fort Riley volunteered and provided support to the community of Westmoreland by hauling away fallen trees and scattered debris, as well as gathering donations and needed supplies to families in need. The three volunteers were Special Agents Maxwell Zerwas, Gavin Cumming, and Sean Smith. The Army CID office at Fort Riley also collected canned goods for the victims of the natural disaster.
Army CID is the Army’s federal law enforcement agency, with nearly 3,000 personnel in 124 locations worldwide protecting Soldiers, families, civilians, and warfighting assets from crimes that affect readiness. The Fort Riley Resident Agency is part of the Army CID Central Field Office, based at Fort Carson, Colo.