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9th Engineer Soldiers receive Combat Action Badges

May 8, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- On May 2, 2005, the Army Chief of Staff approved the creation of the Combat Action Badge to provide special recognition to Soldiers who personally engaged the enemy or were engaged by the enemy during combat operations. About 265 days later 73 Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Divisions 9th Engineer Battalion received their MORE
Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Divisions 9th Engineer Battalion render honors during a ceremony at Kessler Gym in Schweinfurt Jan. 23.  During the ceremony, 73 Soldiers from the battalion received Combat Action Badges for their actions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

4th IBCT Activation Ceremony

May 8, 2007 — FORT RILEY, Kansas - This is a big year of change, MG Dennis Hardy, commanding general, 24th Infantry Division (Mech) and Fort Riley, announced Jan. 12 at the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team activation ceremony. Formations representing the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry; 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry; 2nd Squadron, 4th Cavalry; 2nd Battalion, 32nd MORE
Maj. Gen. Dennis E. Hardy, commanding general 24th Infantry Division (Mech) and Fort Riley passes the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team flag to Col. Ricky D. Gibbs during the Jan. 12 activation ceremony. Gibbs will assume command of the 4th IBCT, which is a brigade being stood up at Fort Riley. More than 900 Soldiers of the 4th IBCT are at Fort Riley now, with the number to reach 3,500.  (Photo by Amanda Kim Stairrett, Fort Riley Post)

Building rededicated to famed cavalryman

May 8, 2007 — FORT Riley, Kansas Jan. 10 marked a special day for the 4th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Riley. After nearly 10 1/2 years, the new 2nd Squadron, Fourth Cavalry Regiment, of the 4th infantry Brigade Combat Team officially moved into Mackenzie Trooper Hall, a building located off Drum Street and Custer Hill.The hall was originally dedicated to COL MORE

4th IBCT battalions host open house events

May 8, 2007 — FORT RILEY, Kansas - Six Proud Americans came to Fort Riley Jan. 12 from locations including Long Island, N.Y.; Fort Collins, Colo.; and Rabbit Hash, Ky. The six former members of the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, traveled to Kansas to watch their former unit officially reactivated with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st MORE
Retired LTC Victor Henke (right) talks with 1st  Battalion, 28th IN, Soldiers dressed in period uniforms during an open house Jan. 12. SPC Lech Szczawinski (left) wears a uniform used in Iraq. SPC Anthony Cefalu wears a uniform worn in Vietnam. Henke was a platoon leader in Vietnam and commander of A Company with the battalion at Fort Riley.  (Photo by Mike Heronemus, Fort Riley Post)

Black Lions visit veterans

May 8, 2007 — TOPEKA, Kansas - Even with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team busily preparing to officially stand up, Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, found time for a holiday visit to the Colmery-ONeil Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Topeka Dec. 19. The mission today is twofold, said Lt. Col. Patrick Frank, the battalions commander. MORE
Sgt. Marcos Chavez, 1st Bn., 28th Inf., shares photos of his family with Army veteran Richard Simecka during a holiday visit to the Colmery-O'Neil Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Topeka Dec. 19.  (Photo by Anna Perry, 19th Public Affairs Detachment)

Iron Rangers practice blowing things away

May 8, 2007 — FORT RILEY, Kansas - The Iron Rangers of 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry, continued preparation for battle on any front with specialized training in December. Soldiers fired the AT4 recoilless rifle and practiced detonating demolition charges of Dec. 13 and 15, respectively. The battalion began training with the AT4 on a very cold and windy day at MORE
Spc. Stephen Steele fires an AT4 as Staff Sgt. Rodney Frankenstein, range safety noncommissioned officer, covers his ears and Maj. Chad Arcand, S3, watches.  (Photo by SPC Ryan Savage, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry)

Tax centers to begin opening Jan. 23 in 1ID footprint

May 8, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany -- Now that the holidays are over, its time for another sometimes stressful, headache-inducing season -- tax season. But luckily, for 1st Infantry Division Soldiers, civilians, family members and other community members in U.S. Army Franconia area, they will have ample opportunities to file their taxes as quickly and painlessly as MORE

Artillery Soldiers train on infantry tactics

May 8, 2007 — HAMMELBURG, Germany - Drill sergeants teach new recruits in Basic Training that every Soldier in the Army is an infantryman first. And apparently that holds true for artillery Soldiers, as well. To prepare for an upcoming deployment to Iraq, Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment conducted three days of infantry training at MORE
Infantry tactics, such as Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain, were taught to Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment Jan. 10-12. Pictured here artillery Soldiers enter and clear a room at Hammelburg German army caserne.  (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

2nd ASOS gets new commander

May 8, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany One of the 1st Infantry Divisions most unique subordinate commands changed leadership Jan. 5. But thats not what makes the command unique. Its the fact that its the only Big Red One unit made up of Airmen, not Soldiers A change of command ceremony was held at Leighton Barracks for the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, one of MORE
LTC Lee Marsh, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron commander, addresses his squadron after assuming command of the unit Jan. 5 at Leighton Barracks, Wrzburg (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Officer).

Actors lend realism to TT training

May 8, 2007 — Edisha Coleman is eighteen and barely out of high school. She spends her days hanging out at the marketplace, along with dozens of others, hoping to catch the eye of an unsuspecting Soldier.“So far no one has stopped,” remarked Coleman, “but that’s okay, it just means they’re doing their job.”Coleman and the more than 20 others at the marketplace MORE
Edisha Coleman, a contract role player, watches a convoy roll by during transition team training at Camp Funston. Coleman and the more than 20 others at the marketplace are actors, hired to play the role of Iraqi and Afghan citizens.

CAB crews engage in multi-ship Black Hawk gunnery

May 8, 2007 — Pilots and crew chiefs of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment are showing no signs of slowing down as the Combat Aviation Brigade draws closer to its scheduled deployment this summer.Approaching their culminating aviation gunnery training this week, Soldiers of Company C took to the skies to engage in multi-ship, multi-door live-fire MORE
A Company C, 3rd Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment UH-60 Black Hawk takes off at the start of the company’s multi-ship gunnery training at Smoky Hill Range Apr. 18. (Photo by Spc. Stephen Baack, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

Big Red One reactivates Brigade Combat Team

May 8, 2007 — FORT HOOD, Texas - After being inactivated in March 2005, a brigade in the 1st Infantry Division has found a new home. The 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team reactivated in a ceremony April 19 on Cooper Field at Fort Hood, Texas. Equipped with two infantry battalions, a cavalry regiment, a field artillery regiment, a special troops battalion and a MORE
Soldiers from 6-4 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, perform salute during the pass and review of the brigade's reactivation ceremony. (Photo by Pfc. Dustin Roberts, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

Wrzburg Soldiers pay tribute to Black History Month

May 7, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany In observance of this years Black History Month, the Reverend Betty Claiborne, a Methodist minister from Baton Rouge, La., spoke to more than 200 Soldiers, civilians and family members from the Wurzburg military community at Leighton Barracks Cantigny Club February 22.She spoke of growing up in East Baton Rouge parish and of the MORE
Nathanial Green shows the audience no fear as he delivers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s I have a dream speech.  (Photo by SGT John Queen, 69th ADA Brigade Public Affairs)

Soldiers of the 101st MI Bn., 1st MP Co. receive CABs

May 7, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany - More than 30 Soldiers of the 101st Military Intelligence Battalion and the 1st Military Police Company were awarded the Combat Action Badge inside Leighton Physical Fitness Center at Leighton Barracks, Feb. 21. Battalion leadership had recommended their Soldiers receive the CAB based on their performance while under hostile MORE
LTC Michael Lewis, 101st Military Intelligence Battalion commander, pins a Combat Action Badge onto CPT Robert May, B Company commander, 101st MI Bn., at the CAB awards ceremony at Leighton Physical Fitness Center Feb. 21, during which more than 30 Soldiers from the 101st MI Battalion and the 1st Military Police Company were recognized.  (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

1-77 Tankers complete tank tables in Grafenwoehr

May 7, 2007 — GRAFENWOEHR, Germany They say Train like you fight, and Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment tried to create an environment similar to the one they expect to face in Iraq, aside from the weather, of course. The 1-77 Soldiers conducted tank tables at Grafenwoehr, Feb. 16; the final step in preparation for their upcoming Mission MORE
While on a break from tank tables, Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment warm up behind their M1A1 Abrams tank at Grafenwoehr Training Area Feb. 16. (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)