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Engineer Soldiers receive CABs

May 7, 2007 — BAMBERG, Germany -- A total of 289 Combat Action Badges were awarded to Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Divisions 82nd Engineer Battalion, 70 of who were presented their badges at a ceremony at Warner Barracks in Bamberg Jan 27.Approved by the Army Chief of Staff, GEN Peter J. Schoomaker, last May, the CAB recognizes any Soldier who is personally MORE
LTC Gerald P. OConnor, commander of the 82nd Engineer Battalion, pins a Combat Action Badge onto 1LT Eric Nelson, who was among 70 Soldiers from the battalion to be presented the badge at Warner Barracks in Bamberg Jan. 27. A total of 289 Soldiers from the battalion earned the badge. Two Soldiers were posthumously awarded the badge. (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Training miniaturizes task

May 7, 2007 — FORT RILEY, Kansas - A new hardware and software system introduced to Fort Riley March 14 can pare nine to 10 hours of work to about 10 minutes and can replace a huge paper map with a computerized device that can fit in a cargo pocket of a Soldiers combat uniform. Soldiers and officers of the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, 4th Infantry MORE
Ben Phillips and Sam Suitt train 2nd Bn., 32nd FA, Soldiers on a new Lightweight Technical Fire Direction System called Centaur. Phillips and Suitt traveled from Fort Sill, Okla., to show the Soldiers how to use the new equipment.  (Photo by Amanda Kim Stairrett, Fort Riley Post)

Tankers relish last gunnery

May 7, 2007 — FORT RILEY, Kansas - Another table gunnery down, another remissioning to begin. Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 34th Armor, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, conducted what was the first Table 8 gunnery for some crews, but the last for all while they remain with the battalion. Thirty-four of the 44 crews firing at the Multi-Purpose Range MORE
A tank crew of 1st Bn., 34th Armor, prepares its machine gun for a run on Table 8 during the final scheduled gunnery for the battalion before it begins training for a new mission. (Photo by Amanda Kim Stairrett, Fort Riley Post)

Tankers relish last gunnery

May 7, 2007 — FORT RILEY, Kansas - Another table gunnery down, another remissioning to begin. Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 34th Armor, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, conducted what was the first Table 8 gunnery for some crews, but the last for all while they remain with the battalion. Thirty-four of the 44 crews firing at the Multi-Purpose Range MORE
A tank crew of 1st Bn., 34th Armor, prepares its machine gun for a run on Table 8 during the final scheduled gunnery for the battalion before it begins training for a new mission. (Photo by Amanda Kim Stairrett, Fort Riley Post)

82nd Engineer Battalion inactivates, transforms

May 7, 2007 — BAMBERG, Germany Soldiers and family members in the Bamberg military community witnessed the end of an era March 30 at Warner Barracks with the inactivation of the 82nd Engineer Battalion.The battalion, which was activated as the 1st Battalion, 39th Engineer Combat Regiment in April, 1942, was only the second combat engineer battalion in the MORE
Soldiers from the 82nd Engineer Battalion prepare to case their colors during their inactivation ceremony at Warner Barracks, Bamberg, March 30.  (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

1st Infantry Division Engineer Brigade inactivates

May 7, 2007 — BAMBERG, Germany In support of the Army transformation taking place throughout the world, the 1st Infantry Division turned an important page in its history March 30 at Warner Barracks, Bamberg, when the Division Engineer Brigade cased its colors and inactivated.Todays ceremony marks the Engineer Brigades successful completion of another very MORE
Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division Engineer Brigade stand in formation for the last time during their inactivation ceremony at Warner Barracks, Bamberg, March 30. (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Why Accountability This Month

May 7, 2007 — The Army Safety Campaign requires that leaders consider accountability for their units accidents and that those actions be publicized. The need for Army-wide dissemination was recently articulated by a battalion commander. After reading a string of e-mail messages about two units actionsan adverse line of duty determination and financial liability MORE

1ID hosts final German partnership training before summer move

May 7, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- Having a positive relationship with the host nation is one of the most important missions a forward deployed force can have. For the 1st Infantry Divisions Headquarters and Headquarters Company, this area is certainly not overlooked.The company hosted its partnership unit, Headquarters Company, 13th Panzergrenadier Division, MORE
SSG Taliat Animashaun, Headquarters Company, 1st Infantry Division, gives instruction on the M9 pistol to Hauptfeldwebel Patrick Rode and Stabsunteroffizier Thomas Siegmund from the Headquarters Company, 13th Panzergrenadier Division at Robertson Barracks near Schweinfurt, Germany on 22 March.  (Photo by 1LT Gene Hunt, 69th ADA Public Affairs)

SMA Preston speaks with 1ID Soldiers, leadership

May 7, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany Before Soldiers across the 1st Infantry Division landscape began the shift from transformation preparation to implementation, they had the chance to receive reliable information and advice from a trusted source.Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth Preston spoke separately to packed rooms of junior enlisted Soldiers and MORE
SMA Kenneth Preston talks to Soldiers during breakfast at the Leighton Barracks Victory Dining Facility in Wuerzburg, Germany, March 24.  Preston answered questions and addressed a variety of prime Army-wide concerns such as the Global War on Terrorism, career stability and predictability, updates on transformation, and recruiting and retention. (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

TF 1-18 Soldiers work with PSYOPS to secure town

May 7, 2007 — HOHENFELS, Germany - During their time in Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels, training for their upcoming mission to Iraq, the Task Force 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment Soldiers have had plenty of experience honing their combat skills, but during their training in Hohenfels March 9, they had a chance to work on their people skills too.When conducting MORE
Soldiers from Task Force 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment post security during a cordon and search in the simulated village of Ash Sharqat during training in Hohenfels March 9. (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Engineers conduct route recon training to protect supply, fuel convoys

May 7, 2007 — HOHENFELS, Germany -- One of the tactics used by insurgents in Iraq is attacking supply and fuel convoys with improvised explosive devices and roadside bombs. Because of this, the job of engineer Soldiers who patrol the streets every day searching for these devices is very important.Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Divisions 9th Engineer Battalion MORE
PVT Eric Herrera, a 9th Engineer Battalion gunner, scans his sector during a route clearance mission in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, March 8. (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

1st ID hosts final prayer breakfast before return to Riley

May 7, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany -- More than 50 Soldiers, family members and friends of the 1st Infantry Division attended the final 1st ID prayer breakfast at the Cantigny Club on Leighton Barracks March 8. The Division is scheduled to move to Fort Riley, Kan., this summer. After opening remarks from acting Division Chaplain (MAJ) Keith Shurtleff, MSG Floyd MORE
MSG Floyd Lewis, 1st Infantry Division chaplains office noncommissioned officer in charge, provides an invocation during the 1st ID prayer breakfast at the Cantigny Club on Leighton Barracks March 8. (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Artillery Soldiers provide fire support for Dagger Brigade

May 7, 2007 — HOHENFELS, Germany -- As Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Divisions 2nd Brigade Combat Team began their Mission Rehearsal Exercise March 2, they could take comfort in the fact they had plenty of fire support from A Battery, Task Force 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment. According to 1LT Dan Sundberg, the batterys 2nd platoon leader, once MORE
Two Soldiers from Task Force 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment conduct maintenance on their M109A6 Paladin tank before moving to a firing position in Hohenfels, Germany, March 2. (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Task Force 1-26 trains at Hohenfels, prepares for Iraq duty

May 7, 2007 — HOHENFELS, Germany Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Divisions Task Force 1-26 Infantry prepared for their upcoming deployment to Iraq by conducting cordon and search training in Hohenfels, Germany, March 1.According to CPT Jared Purcell, TF 1-26 fire support officer, the training was conducted by Team Alpha, which consists of a mix between MORE
Task Force 1-26 Infantry Soldiers move from their M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle to secure a building, while conducting a cordon and search at a Mission Operations in Urban Terrain site at Hohenfels, Germany March 1. (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

701st MSB honors, supports one of its own

May 7, 2007 — KITZINGEN, Germany As a light snow fell and a bitter cold stretched across Franconia, Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division and the Kitzingen Army community crowded into the chapel on Larson Barracks March 2 to pay a final tribute to a fallen Soldier.SSG Miguel Santiago Jr., 47, a TOW missile system repairman with D Company, 701st Main Support MORE
Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division pay a final tribute to SSG Miguel Santiago Jr. during a memorial service at the community Chapel on Larson Barracks.  (Photo by SGT John Queen, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Public Affairs)