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The 1st Infantry Division’s Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard helps the city of Manhattan, Kansas, celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day holiday March 14 by leading the annual parade down the streets of Aggieville.  The parade kicked off at 2 p.m.  Manhattan also celebrated the 37th running of the St. Patrick’s Day Road Races.  The city’s largest running event has drawn record numbers of walkers and runners the past four years, attracting more than 1,600 runners and walkers to Aggieville.
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Trooper Jessica Hurst of the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard sits tall in her saddle during the singing of the National Anthem Feb. 22 before the start of the Kansas State University Rodeo’s finals in Manhattan, Kansas.  The CGMCG continued its tradition of presenting the colors on the final day of competition.
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Troopers Sasha Deas, Benjamin Sparks, Xavier Vega, Samantha Jordan and Jessica Hurst of the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard present the colors Feb. 22 during the Kansas State University Rodeo at Weber Arena on the school’s campus in Manhattan, Kansas.  The troopers represented the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley at the rodeo’s finals.
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Spc. Nicole Torgerson and Sgt. Colin Steffa, of the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard, drive mules Jenny and Joy as they haul members of the 1st Inf. Div. Band Nov. 28 during the Junction City Christmas Parade.  The city hosted the parade as a start to the holiday season and to bring Santa Claus to town.  CGMCG troopers also presented the colors during the annual event.
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Braving the cold temperatures, Sgt. Colin Steffa and Spc. Nicole Torgerson drive Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard mules Jane and Julie as Pfc. Benjamin Sparks rides Saber during the Manhattan Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11 on Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan, Kan.
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Brig. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, 1st Inf. Div. senior mission commander, talks about veterans and their impact on the “Big Red One” family and the Central Flint Hills region Nov. 11 at the Wareham Opera House in Manhattan, Kan.
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ROTC cadets from the University of Kansas cheer on their football team as players run onto the field before the Nov. 8 game against Iowa State University in Lawrence, Kan. The Jayhawks hosted a Salute to Service game to honor service members. In the background is a university landmark, the Campanile, a tribute to KU students who died fighting in World War II.
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Sgt. 1st Class Frank McCaskill, 1st Infantry Division Band, plays taps before the start of the Nov. 8 University of Kansas versus Iowa State University game in Lawrence, Kan. KU paid tribute to veterans during the Salute to Service game, which included appearances by the 1st Inf. Div. Band; Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard; Fort Leavenworth, Kan., officials; KU ROTC cadets; and a World War II veteran.
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Members of the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard, Sgt. Kevin Lee, Sgt. Brandon Stubbs, Staff Sgt. Steven Stanley and Pfc. Benjamin Sparks, present the nation’s and state’s colors Nov. 8 before a football game against the University of Kansas and Iowa State University in Lawrence, Kan. The KU Jayhawks hosted a Salute to Service game in honor of Veterans Day. The CGMCG and members of the 1st Infantry Division Band represented the “Big Red One” at the game, which KU won, 34-14.
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A Soldier with the CGMCG shoots balloon targets during a tactical cavalry demonstration Sept. 13 during FADF at Artillery Parade Field.
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Soldiers with the CGMCG joust during a tactical cavalry demonstration Sept. 13 FADF.
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Kaylee Klimek, 8, Manhattan, pets a CGMCG horse after its demonstration Sept. 13 at FADF.
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From left, Sgt. James George and Spc. Nicholas Roche, CGMCG, give mule-drawn wagon rides with mules Jane, left, and Julie, right, to community members during FADF Sept. 13 on Main Post. The CGMCG provides a link to Fort Riley’s historic past. Modern Soldiers portray federal troops on the Kansas plains in the Civil War era.
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Sgt. Richard Davis and Sgt. Colin Steffa guide Jane and Julie through the arena Sept. 6 as Troopers Samantha Jordan and Nicole Torgerson guide Jenny and Joy as part of a special exhibition during the Kansas State Fair’s Draft Horse Competition in Hutchinson, Kan. The CGMCG sent six of its NCOs and troopers to compete at the fair.
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Samantha Jordan hurries to load a hay bale onto a sled pulled by the CGMCG draft horse team of Jenny and Joy Sept. 6 during the farm team race as part of the Draft Horse Competition at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, Kansas. The object of the farm team race was to navigate a course through the arena while stopping twice to collect and drop off hay bales and feed bags.
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Julie the mule tries to get a look at Sgt. James George, right, as he readjusts her harness Sept. 6 at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, Kan. George and other members of the CGMCG, including Sgt. Richard Davis, left, were preparing Julie and her partner, Jane, for an exhibition ride through the area as part of the Draft Horse Competition at the fair. Competitors and fans took time to recognize the CGMCG Soldiers for their service with cheers and applause during the exhibition.
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