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Grueling competition tests squadron officers

May 8, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany - Officers from 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment competed against their squadron commander, hot weather and each other during a Gunga Din competition Sep. 7 at Conn Barracks. The competition, which is named after a Rudyard Kipling poem, involved officers of the squadron staff participating in five different events to MORE
A Gunga Din participant finishes the 12-mile foot march Sept. 7 at Conn Barracks as Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment cheer him on.   (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Field artillery battalion converts to cadre

May 8, 2007 — BAMBERG, Germany - First Infantry Divisions 1st Battalion,6th Field Artillery Regiment is drawing down to cadre strength under 3rd Brigade Combat team to set the conditions for a Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Germany. As part of the process, 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, which is one of the oldest field artillery units in the Army with MORE

1st ID Soldiers, family members remember attacks

May 8, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany - Soldiers, family members and civilians of the 1st Infantry Division took time Sunday to remember those lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.Through a steady downpour in Victory Park on Leighton Barracks, attendees sang America the Beautiful, observed a moment of silence, and watched 1st ID leaders place a wreath at MORE
Bruce Withers, Veterans of Foreign Wars membership chairman for Europe, takes in the memorial ceremony commemorating the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Sunday in Victory Park on Leighton Barracks.  (Photo by SGT W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

1ST ID Officer Profiled in National Book

May 8, 2007 — In 1978, the Boston Red Sox blew a 14-game lead in the last two and a half months of the season and lost the American League East title to the New York Yankees. Also that year, CPT Michael W. Tilton was born in Laconia, N.H. So when many newborns are receiving their infant baptism, Tilton was instead baptized into the legion of frustrated Red Sox MORE
Even in a flight helmet, CPT Mike Tilton leaves no doubt where his loyalties lie. (Photo by SGT W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Retiring Soldiers honored at Victory Park

May 8, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany Fellow Soldiers, family members and civilians from U.S. Army Garrison Franconia recognized seven Soldiers during the 1st Infantry Divisions Retirement Ceremony at Victory Park, Oct 19.After an invocation by Chaplain (MAJ) Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad, Division Support Command chaplain, BG Peter J. Palmer introduced the retiring MORE
BG Peter J. Palmer, assistant Division commander for support, talks about the retiring Soldiers sacrifices and contributions to the Army to the more than 100 Soldiers, family members and civilians in attendance. (Story by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Chaplains, assistants gather for retreat

May 8, 2007 — ROTHENBURG, Germany As part of a three-day trip, 1st Infantry Division chaplains and chaplain assistants met in Rothenburg for a Unit Ministry Team Spiritual Fitness Retreat Oct. 20-22.More than 20 chaplains, 12 chaplain assistants and families from both groups met to discuss topics ranging from religious diversity to reclaiming the sixth MORE
Chaplain (MAJ) Thomas W. Cox, 1st Infantry Division Engineers chaplain, discusses infidelity and marital issues with a group of 19 other chaplains at a conference room inside Hotel Eisenhut in Rothenburg Oct. 21. (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Cavalry Soldiers conduct stakes training

May 8, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany In this time of transition for the Army, many units are changing the way they train in order to change the way they fight. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than with the Soldiers of the 1stSquadron, 4thCavalry Regiment, who are in the process of turning in their tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles and converting to a MORE
Searching enemy prisoners of war for weapons and contraband was one important aspect of Cav. Stakes, conducted by C Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment Soldiers Oct. 19 at Camp Robertson, Schweinfurt. (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

2-1 Avn. crew chiefs conduct aerial gunnery

May 8, 2007 — WILDFLECKEN, Germany Staying in garrison is far from what the crew chiefs of A Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment signed up for upon joining the Army, and their recent training only reinforces that point.During the units two week semi-annual gunnery, its Soldiers executed individual and crew-served weapons training at various ranges MORE
SPC James E. Lambus, a crew chief with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, fires the M-60 machine gun from a grounded Black Hawk at Wildflecken Range Oct. 18. (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Cav Scout reflects on Soldiering, leadership

May 8, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany The quicker the new guys learn that theyre part of a family, the better off theyll be. Lesson number one from SPC Larry Underwood to Soldiers new to his unit, the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, Schweinfurt. Nobody out there does it alone. That goes for Soldiers and units, said Wood, as his comrades call him, reflecting on MORE
GEN Charles Wald, deputy commander, U.S. European Command, left, and LTG Johann-Georg Dora, deputy chief of staff for the German Army, flank SPC Larry Underwood upon recognizing him as the USO Service Salute honoree for the Army Sept. 24 at the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden. (USO photo courtesy of Jaime Goloyugo)

Deployed civilian receives recognition, award

May 8, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany The hard work of one budget analyst in the 1st Infantry Division comptrollers office paid off when he was honored for his yearlong work in Iraq. Samuel C. Gregory received the Deployed Civilian Award for the work he did in Tikrit from February 2003 to February 2004, and he was presented the award during a training workshop in MORE
Samuel C. Gregory, budget analyst with the 1st Infantry Division comptrollers office, received the Deployed Civilian Award recently for his work during his yearlong tour in Iraq.

1st Brigade trains hard to survive in Iraq

May 8, 2007 — FORT RILEY, Kansas When the 1st Infantry Divisions Devil Brigade at Fort Riley deploys to Iraq, nearly 60 percent of the Soldiers deploying will have had combat experience from somewhere, said MAJ Gary Belcher, the brigade civil affairs officer. Were going with a lot of experience. I think (only) five to 10 percent of the Soldiers in the brigade MORE
Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Divisions Devil Brigade patrol the streets of Khalidyah, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom I. The 1st Brigade is slated to return to Iraq for a second tour, and officials estimate the brigade will deploy with about a 60 percent combat-hardened troop force versus its first rotation, where only about 10 percent of the Soldiers in the brigade had combat experience.

Soldiers take aim at sniper training

May 8, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany - Thirty Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division were given a head-start in their quest to become snipers by attending a three-week pre-sniper course at Camp Robertson Sept. 21-Oct. 12. According to SFC Bradley Hardin, 1st Infantry Division training detachment noncommissioned officer in charge, the course focuses primarily on MORE
Pre-sniper participants move to their sniper positions at Camp Robertson Sept. 28.  (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

History comes alive for 1st ID leaders

May 8, 2007 — NORMANDY, France The 1st Infantry Divisions staff ride Oct. 3-6 went beyond museum pieces and photos, and brought participants face to face with living links to a pivotal moment in world history. Following an all-night bus ride from Leighton Barracks, participants arrived at the Pegasus Bridge in northern France, in what had been the British First MORE
Participants in the 1st Infantry Division staff ride take in the sights during their trip to Normandy France Oct. 4.  (Photo courtesy of 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

1st ID hosts Hispanic heritage month luncheon

May 8, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany - Soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division and community members from Wuerzburg, Kitzingen and Giebelstadt celebrated Hispanic-American Heritage Month with Salsa music, dancing and traditional food Oct. 12 at the Cantigny Club on Leighton Barracks. Hispanics have had a huge, positive impact in the shaping of America and have also MORE
SSG Jose Soto and SPC Frances Sherick perform a Salsa dance during the 1st Infantry Divisions Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Oct. 12 on Leighton Barracks

1st ID units reap partnership awards

May 8, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany - Deactivation didnt keep the 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery from cleaning up at the USAREUR partnership award competition Sept. 15. On the same day 4-3 ADA deactivated, unit representatives picked up three partnership awards in Diez an der Lahn. Also, the 1st Infantry Divisions 2nd Brigade picked up two awards for its MORE
U.S. and German Soldiers are recognized for their partnership over the last year at an awards ceremony Sept. 15 in Diez an der Lahn. (Photo by Eberhard Nickel, 1st Infantry Division)