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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)

1-4 CAV transforms to first airborne recon squadron

May 7, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- The last day of February marked the first time since World War II that one 1st Infantry Division cavalry unit was without armored vehicles, moving them closer to being the first airborne reconnaissance squadron in the Army.As their last M1A1 Abrams tanks rolled onto the Conn Barracks railhead in Schweinfurt, Germany, Feb. MORE
1SG Charles Biby, the first sergeant of C Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, guides an M1A1 Abrams tank at the Conn Barracks railhead in Schweinfurt, Germany, Feb. 28.  The tanks are the squadrons last armored vehicles to depart, as the unit transitions from a heavy to a light airborne reconnaissance squadron and joins the 173rd Airborne Brigade. (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

16 Soldiers practice patience as they vie for sniper spot

May 7, 2007 — FORT RILEY, Kansas - Eight Rangers were stretched out on their stomachs on the basketball court behind 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry headquarters April 12 peering through binoculars or scopes. A passerby would get the impression the Soldiers were stalking an elusive enemy lurking between Long Fitness Center and their position. Off to the side, and MORE
Soldiers in the 2nd Bn., 16th IN, use scopes and binoculars during target detection training April 12 on the basketball court behind their battalion headquarters. Soldiers had to sketch the landscape on a sheet of paper and find 10 points in a designated area as part of the selection process for a spot in the battalions sniper section.  (Story by Amanda Kim Starrett, Fort Riley Post)

Staff rides far from merely historical tours

May 7, 2007 — MEUSE-ARGONNE, France There is a good chance that those people only vaguely familiar with the concept of a staff ride imagine a group of officers and senior-enlisted Soldiers walking around in civilian clothes visiting historical sites for several days. There is probably a tour guide providing background details during each stop at a monument or a MORE
Dr. Andrew Morris, one of two directors of a recent staff ride to the Meuse-Argonne region of France conducted for more than 40 leaders from the 1st Infantry Division, talks about the Battle of St. Mihiel from the Hattonchattel Overlook.  Morris, and his colleague Dr. Scott Wheeler, emphasized the transcendent qualities of war and the training value of staff rides during the trip. (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

5-7 ADA Soldiers return from Afghanistan, unit deactivates

May 7, 2007 — HANAU, GERMANY - After a one year deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VI, more than 40 Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment were formally welcomed home April 21 at Underwood Kaserne near Hanau, Germany.The brief afternoon ceremony also doubled as the companys deactivation ceremony.The MORE
CPT Sonya Bayraktar, former commander of JLENS Company, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, holds the unit guidons swallow tail tight as SFC Bill Lingar roles the flag around its staff before casing it for the final time.  (Photo by Sgt. John Queen, 69th ADA Brigade Public Affairs)