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1st ID Medal of Honor recipient visits Leighton BarracksVeteran speaks with troops, fires grenade la

May 8, 2007 — Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division were given the opportunity to meet with a true American hero June 8. Retired MSG John R.F. Baker, who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War, spent the day meeting with Soldiers and getting a first-hand look at some of the weapons and tactics Soldiers use in combat today.Baker MORE
Graduates from the fifth Primary Leadership Development Course line up in formation during the graduation ceremony on October 9 at the ING Training Academy in Tikrit. (Photo by Sgt. Roland G. Walters, 196th MPAD)

CG speaks of sacrifice, teamwork at prayer breakfast

May 8, 2007 — The 1st Infantry Division commanding general spoke about the importance of sacrifice and teamwork while attending his final prayer breakfast June 8 at the Cantigny Club on Leighton Barracks.This is the 1st Infantry Divisions birthday. At least thats what Im told, said 1st ID Chaplain (LTC) Mike Lembke, before introducing MG John R.S. Batiste. This MORE
Chaplain (LTC) Mike Lembke, 1st Infantry Division chaplain, performs his original composition, Life is a Journey, at the 1st ID prayer breakfast June 8 at the Cantigny Club on Leighton Barracks. (Photo by SGT W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

1st ID Soldiers hit the ropes

May 8, 2007 — Air Assault Course comes to GermanySCHWEINFURT, Germany - Standing in line at the base of a rappel tower on Camp Robertson, PV2 Gregory Hernandez said he felt calm. But he realized that could all change very soon.On the top, it could be a little different, said Hernandez, who serves with B Company, 9th Engineer Battalion, and who was a student in MORE
COL (P) James O. Barclay, 1st Infantry Division assistant division commander for maneuver, pins air assault wings on the honor graduates of Air Assault class 05-01 during their graduation ceremony July 29 at Camp Robertson. (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Air Assault Course students graduate today

May 8, 2007 — 1stSoldiers are first to receive training in Germany.SCHWEINFURT, Germany Students of the first U.S. Army Air Assault School taught in Germany graduate JULY 29 at Camp Robertson.Just prior to graduation, the Soldiers completed a 12-mile foot march carrying 35 pounds of gear and a rifle. The march had to be completed within three hours.During the MORE
Rappeling was just one of the many challenges facing students at the first U.S. Army air assault course taught in Germany. Day Seven of the course, on July 26, featured the students first trip to the rappel tower. Graduation is JULY 29 at Camp Robertson in Schweinfurt. (Photo by SGT W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Friendships rekindled at reunion

May 8, 2007 — 1st ID society meets in Washington D.C.Veterans of the 1st Infantry Division met in Washington, D.C., July 20-24 for the 87th annual reunion of the Society of the First Infantry Division .The reunion not only afforded veterans the opportunity to visit the sites in Washington and take in a concert by the U.S. Army Choir, but also to re-kindle old MORE
Former 1st Infantry Division Soldiers visit the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. as part of the 87th Annual Society of the 1st Infantry Division Reunion July 20-24.  (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Army unveils active Brigade Combat Team stationing plan

May 8, 2007 — WASHINGTON (Army News Service) As part of its largest restructuring since World War II, the Army announced its plan July 27 for stationing its active component modular Brigade Combat Teams.The plan includes new organizations being formed and other units being returned from overseas locations. The return of the overseas units adds up to 50,000 MORE

Air assault students conduct sling load training

May 8, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany - Students in the U.S. Armys first air assault course conducted in Germany participated in a sling load practical exercise July 24, Day 5 of the ten-day course. While waiting for the UH-60, Blackhawk, helicopters to refuel, the course instructors reviewed information about sling load requirements with the students. To make it MORE
Two air assault students run to get out of the way after connecting cables to the helicopter and accomplishing a successful sling load operation. (Photo by Kristen Chandler Toth, 280th Base Support Battalion Public Affairs Office)

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)