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1st ID Soldiers aid in rescue

May 8, 2007 — Fire casualty moved out of dangerWURZBURG, Germany Two 121st Signal Battalion Soldiers had a choice to make in the early morning hours of July 17. They could either join the growing crowd that was watching an apartment building burn down, or they could dash in and see if anyone remained trapped. They chose the less safe route and helped save a MORE
SPC William Foreman

First ever air assault training conducted in Germany

May 8, 2007 — 1st Infantry Division Soldiers receive valuable skillsSCHWEINFURT, Germany - For the first time in history, an air assault course is being conducted in Germany. While he commanded the 1st Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. John Batiste conceived of offering the course as a re-enlistment incentive to Soldiers. Camp Robertson, a confidence course in a MORE
Behind a Warrior Training Center guidon, two Soldiers pull themselves up ropes at the beginning of the Tough One.  Active National Guardsmen from the Warrior Training Center in Ft. Benning conducted the air assault course.  (Photo by Kristen Chandler, 280th Base Support Battalion Public Affairs Office)

Sergeant Morales Club welcomes new members

May 8, 2007 — Eight NCOs selected for elite honorWURZBURG, Germany - Making the exclusive Sergeant Morales Club is a highlight of an inductees Army career, but for many of those recognized Friday at Leighton Barracks, it was made all the sweeter by a long wait.Because of the 1st Infantry Divisions operations tempo, most notably a year spent in support of MORE
SFC John Black of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Division Artillery Brigade, stands with his family after his induction. At right is 1SG Kenneth Bryant, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Infantry Division Artillery Brigade.  (Photo by SGT W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

3rd BCT Soldiers complete railhead operations

May 8, 2007 — Safety key aspect of missionVILSECK, Germany - Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Divisions 3rd Brigade conducted railhead operations at Rose Barracks, Vilseck July 13.According to Cpt. Michael James, 3rd Brigade S-4, the 3rd Brigade Soldiers were loading 20 M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks and three Bradley Fighting Vehicles in order to transfer property MORE
Soldiers from 3rd Brigade load their vehicles during railhead operations at Rose Barracks in Vilseck July 13.  (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Brigade Combat Team draws down to allow STRYKER stationing

May 8, 2007 — WUERZBURG, Germany To set the conditions for stationing a Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Vilseck, Germany, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, now stationed there, will reduce to cadre strength beginning immediately.Included in the 3rd BCT are a field artillery battalion and an engineer company in Bamberg, Germany and two MORE
LTC Michael A. Todd takes the 3rd Brigade Combat Team guidon from COL (P) James Barclay III during the units change of command ceremony July 7 at Rose Barracks in Vilseck. Todd will command the 3rd Brigade as it draws down to make room for a Stryker Brigade Combat Team there as early as 2006. (Photo by SGT W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

69th ADA welcomes new commander

May 8, 2007 — Outgoing colonel headed to NATOGIEBELSTADT, Germany - A change of command for the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade was held July 14 at Giebelstadt Army Airfield.During the ceremony, 69th ADA Soldiers said goodbye to COL Kirk Lawrence, and hello to COL Mark S. McConkey.Since taking command of the 69th ADA in July, 2003, Lawrence provided the MORE
COL Mark S. McConkey, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade commander, thanks ceremony participants of a change of command ceremony at Gibelstadt Army Airfield July 14.

1st ID Engineers welcomes new commander

May 8, 2007 — U.S. Army War College graduate takes over brigadeBAMBERG, Germany - Soldiers from the First Infantry Division Engineer Brigade said goodbye to the man who led them through a year-long deployment to Iraq in a change of command ceremony July 12 at Warner Barracks in Bamberg.COL William H. Haight III relinquished command to COL Bryan G. Watson, a 2005 MORE
Outgoing 1st Infantry Division Engineer Brigade Commander, COL William H. Haight III, delivers marching instructions to his Soldiers during a change of command ceremony July 12 at Warner Barracks in Bamberg. Haight relinquished command to COL Bryan G. Watson.  (Photo by SGT W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

DISCOM holds change of command ceremony

May 8, 2007 — KITZINGEN, Germany - A change of command ceremony was conducted at Harvey Barracks, Kitzingen for the 1st Infantry Division Support Command.During the ceremony, outgoing DISCOM Commander, COL Paul Wentz, relinquished command to COL Kevin G. OConnell.Since being commissioned in 1982, OConnell has been no stranger to Germany with assignments in MORE
Etie OConnell, wife of 1st Infantry Division Support Command Commander, COL Kevin OConnell, is presented a bouquet of flowers during the DISCOM change of command ceremony at Harvey Barracks, Kitzingen July 6.  (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

3rd BCT welcomes new commander

May 8, 2007 — Outgoing leader heads to 24th IDVILSECK, Germany - The sky was cloudy for all but one hour July 7 at Rose Barracks in Vilseck. But as if on cue, the weather brightened just before 3 p.m.Like MG Hunzeker says, the sun always shines on the Big Red One, though this morning I was beginning to wonder, said COL (P) James Barclay III, 1st Infantry MORE
LTC Michael A. Todd is all smiles prior to assuming command of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team July 7 at Rose Barracks in Vilseck. Todd took command from COL Dana J.H. Pittard.  (Photo by SGT W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

1st ID Soldiers experience pain, joy at Nijmegen

May 8, 2007 — NIJMEGEN, Belgium - Tantalizingly close to a century ago, Dutch Army officers thought they would challenge their Soldiers to walking a century of miles over four days. Eighty-nine years later, dozens of 1st Infantry Division Soldiers joined more than 4,000 military members from 18 nations to test their mettle at the Nijmegen Four Day March held in MORE
Spc. Michael Tingue tries to control a gathering crowd of eager Iraqi children as he distributes some of the clothes, school supplies and toys donated from home. (Photos by Spc. Michael Tingue, Task Force 1-7 Field Artillery)

1st ID recognizes PA of the Year

May 8, 2007 — A 1st Infantry Division surgeon has been honored as the Surgeon Generals Army Physicians Assistant of the Year.CPT John E. Hendricks of the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, was recognized earlier this year at a gathering of the American Physician Assistants in Fayetteville, N.C.Hendricks was put in for the award by his battalion MORE
CPT John E. Hendricks, Army Physicians Assistant of the Year, checks to see if the stitches are ready to come out of PV2 George Moore of C Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery.  (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Excellence the standard when gunning for EIB

May 8, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany - Showing excellence in physical fitness, foot marching and land navigation, all while qualifying as an expert with ones weapon, would seemingly make for a full week. But for Soldiers wanting the Expert Infantryman Badge, its all just a prerequisite. After showing proficiency in those areas, the real work starts. For the MORE
PV2 Chris Turkasz of A Co., 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, hurls a grenade during the 1st Infantry Division's Expert Infantryman Badge testing Aug. 23 at Camp Robertson. (Photo by SGT W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

1st ID hosts Germans at M-16 range

May 8, 2007 — WUERZBURG, Germany - Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Infantry Division, participated in a partnership range with German Soldiers from 13th Panzer Division in Wuerzburg Aug. 9. While the HHC Soldiers qualified with their M-16A2 rifles, 14 Soldiers from the 13th Panzer Division were also given an opportunity to fire the MORE
German Soldiers from 13th Panzer Division attempt to qualify on M-16A2 rifles as part of a partnership range between Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Infantry Division and 13th Panzer Division in Wuerzburg August 9. Looking on is SGT Nickolas Thorntonn, HHC 1st ID signal support NCO.  (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Voice of Danger welcomes new leader

May 8, 2007 — KITZINGEN, Germany - The Armys oldest signal battalion wrote the latest chapter in its history during a change of command ceremony Aug. 10 at Larson Barracks.LTC Jim Garrison, who commanded the 121st Signal Battalion for 26 months, relinquished command to LTC Dana S. Tankins.Garrison, whose next assignment will be as a liaison officer to the U.S. MORE
Outgoing 121st Signal Battalion Commander, LTC Jim Garrsion, salutes 1st ID Commanding General, MG Kenneth Hunzeker, during the battalions change of command ceremony Aug. 10 at Larson Barracks.  (Photo by SGT W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

New general welcomed to division

May 8, 2007 — BAMBERG, Germany - The 1st Infantry Division officially added the newest member of its command group to the team on August 5.BG Peter J. Palmer, 1st ID assistant division commander for support, was welcomed to the Division in a ceremony at Warner Barracks, Bamberg. Palmer, who was previously assigned at director of strategic operations branch, MORE
BG Peter J. Palmer, 1st Infantry Division assistant division commander for support, renders honors to the colors during his welcome ceremony at Warner Barracks, Bamberg August 5.   (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)