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SPTT team soldiers move out for tour in Iraq

May 8, 2007 — ANSBACH, Germany -- Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Divisions 4th Brigade held a departure ceremony Sept. 30 at Katterbach Kaserne for 22 Soldiers from the Special Police Training Teams.The SPTTs are a group of officers and noncommissioned officers from 4th Brigade handpicked to deploy to Iraq in order to strengthen the Iraqi Security Forces by MORE
Members of the Special Police Training Teams render honors during their departure ceremony. Soldiers from 1st Infantry Divisions 4th Brigade attended the ceremony to show their support.

13th Panzer officers visit Leighton Barracks

May 8, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany -- Its been more than 25 years, but the 13th Panzer Divisions chief of staff has clear memories of his first trip to Wuerzburg.I was a draftee with the 2nd Transportation and Supply Battalion, said COL Michael Hochwart. I can still see myself arriving with my big bag and the sergeant yelling around.Hochwarts latest visit to the MORE
13th Panzer Division staff officers arrive at Leighton Barracks for an exchange with their 1st Infantry Division counterparts on Sept. 28. The officers received staff briefs, toured the 1st ID Museum and visited downtown Wurzburg.

Olympic legend speaks at luncheon

May 8, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany - Soldiers and their family members were invited to attend a special luncheon at the Cantigny Club on Leighton Barracks, Nov. 21 to observe National American Indian Heritage Month. The luncheon gave attendees a chance to enjoy some Native American food, watch a demonstration of a traditional Native American dance and listen to MORE
Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills (wearing tie), and 1st Infantry Division Soldiers fill their plates at the National American Indian Heritage Month luncheon at the Cantigny Club on Leighton Barracks Nov. 21 (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Chemical company gains BIDS certification

May 8, 2007 — HOHENFELS, Germany - Two chemical platoons from a newly-formed, multi-component company are set to become the only units in Europe certified to deploy with the new Biological Integrated Detection System (BIDS).With the support of the 1st Infantry Divisions 12th Chemical Company, and the 455th Chemical Brigade providing certification support, the MORE
SSG Daniel Mitchell, 3rd Platoon, 307th Chemical Company, conducts operations inside new Biological Integrated Detection System (BIDS) shell, known as the Joint Biological Point-Detection System, collects air samples to determine whether a biological threat is present during the units Final Operational Capability Certification exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Nov. 14-21. (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

1-4 Cav. Soldiers receive Combat Action Badge

May 8, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany - During one of the first ceremonies among units within the 1st Infantry Division, 172 Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment were awarded the Combat Action Badge inside Finney Fitness Center at Conn Barracks in Schweinfurt Nov. 21.Approved by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker in May, the CAB gives MORE
CPT Justin Chezem, C Troop commander, 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, pins a Combat Action Badge on SFC Jacob Stockdill of C Troop, during the 1-4 Cav. CAB awards ceremony inside Finney Fitness Center at Conn Barracks in Schweinfurt Nov. 21. (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Training exercise helps 2nd BCT Soldiers prep for Iraq

May 8, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany The 1st Infantry Divisions 2nd Brigade Combat Team is headed to Iraq next year, and that sits well with one of its newer Soldiers.I feel that Im ready, said PV2 Joshua Hupp. I joined to go to war.To help Hupp and his fellow Soldiers in the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment prepare for combat, the unit held a situational MORE
Soldiers with A Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment take up position during a dismounted patrol as part of a situational training exercise Nov. 15 at Conn Barracks. (Photo by SSG W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

1st ID Band represents U.S. at International Music Festival

May 8, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany The 1st Infantry Division Band represented the United States at the fifth International Military Music Festival Nov. 8 in Cologne.The festivals theme was the 50th celebration of the German Army. Along with bands from the German military, the 1st ID Band performed with bands from Denmark, Russia, the United Kingdom, Poland and MORE
The 1st Infantry Division Band represents the United States in the fifth International Military Music Festival Nov. 8 in Cologne. The festival celebrated the 50th anniversary of the German Army.  (Photo courtesy of the 1st Infantry Division Band)

Division leadership visits memorial sites in France during Vets Day

May 8, 2007 — MEUSE-ARGONNE, France - Leaders from the 1st Infantry Division joined 1st ID Soldiers to support Veterans Day ceremonies at different memorial sites across Northern France, Nov. 11-12.BG James O. Barclay, assistant division commander for maneuver, and CSM John D. Fourhman, division command sergeant major, were accompanied by eight Soldiers from the MORE
A French Soldier and an American Soldier, both in traditional World War I dress, stand at attention facing a group of 1st Infantry Division leaders and color guard Soldiers, veterans, French officials and national representatives, and leaders from the 28th Infantry Division during a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 commemorating the 16th Infantry Regiments liberation of Fleville, France, during WWI. (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

1st ID remembers veterans

May 8, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany Soldiers, civilians and families of the 1st Infantry Division attended a special, yet solemn, ceremony Nov. 10 at Victory Park on Leighton Barracks to observe Veterans Day.Guest speakers for the ceremony were BG James O. Barclay, 1st ID assistant division commander for maneuver, and Bruce Withers, trustee for VFW post 10436 in MORE
The color guard from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Infantry Division stands tall during a Veterans Day ceremony at Victory Park on Leighton Barracks Nov. 10. (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Cavalry scouts, tankers conduct live-fire exercise

May 8, 2007 — WILDFLECKEN, Germany Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment participated in a combined arms live fire exercise at Wildflecken Range Nov. 8 as part of Quarterhorse Stakes, an eight-day training event.During the exercise, about 100 scouts and tankers broke into sections to negotiate uphill lanes within 90 minutes. In a wedge MORE
PFC Oscar Acron (left), M240B gunner of 1st Platoon, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, pulls security with teammate SPC Shehaden during the section combined-arms live-fire exercise. (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

1-77 Armor brushes up its tanker skills

May 8, 2007 — GRAFENWOEHR, Germany One important aspect of Soldiering is making sure your equipment is running smoothly, so when it comes time to use it, theres nothing to worry about. But when your equipment includes more than 40 M1A1 Abrams tanks, like it does for the Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, making sure your equipment runs smoothly MORE
SFC Curtis E. Woolsey, C. Co., 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, communicates through his headset prior to a live fire accuracy screening test for his M1A1 Abrams tank at Grafenwoehr Training Area Nov. 4. (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

D-Day veteran recalls historic day

May 8, 2007 — NORMANDY, France - The terrain at Omaha Beach remains as imposing today as it was on June 6, 1944, when the D-Day invasion gave the Allies the momentum necessary to march to victory.More than 61 years later, under dark gray skies and into a sweeping wind that mimicked D-Day conditions, a veteran of the battle tackles the beach and wins once again. MORE
D-Day survivor Ray Lambert stands with 1st Infantry Division Commanding General MG Kenneth W. Hunzeker and military historian Sam Doss at Omaha Beach Oct. 5 as part of the 1st Infantry Divisions staff ride to Normandy, France. On the beach, Lambert recounted his D-Day experiences to 1st ID leaders.  (Photo courtesy of 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

1st ID Prayer Breakfast focuses on Veterans Day

May 8, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany More than 30 Soldiers and family members met at the monthly 1st Infantry Division Prayer Breakfast Nov. 1 at the Cantigny Club on Leighton Barracks.Chaplain (LTC) Michael Lembke, 1st ID command group chaplain, welcomed guests and gave the invocation. After a reading of scripture and group prayer, Lembke treated attendees to a MORE
Chaplain (MAJ) Antonio McElroy, U.S. Army Garrison Franconia chaplains office resource manager, shares personal experiences from his time in Iraq with the more than 30 Soldiers and family members who attended the 1st Infantry Division Prayer Breakfast Nov. 1 at the Cantigny Club on Leighton Barracks. (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

U.S., Israeli air defense crews get head start on Juniper Cobra exercise

May 8, 2007 — ANSBACH, Germany It takes a lot of planning and work to make any military exercise a success but when multiple nations work together, the task becomes much greater. Thats why planning and training are already taking place for the 2007 Juniper Cobra exercise.Juniper Cobra is a joint United States and Israeli air defense exercise designed to test MORE
Israeli and U.S. crews conducted joint training using a Patriot Conduct of Fire Trainer in Ansbach, Germany, Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. The training will help prepare both nations for an upcoming joint United States and Israeli Juniper Cobra air defense exercise in 2007.  (Photo by 1LT Gene Hunt, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Public Affairs)

Lightning strikes in Grafenwoehr

May 8, 2007 — GRAFENWOEHR, Germany Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Divisions 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment only need two words to make the winter weather at the Grafenwoehr Training Area seem like a trivial thing FIRE MISSION! A quick yank of a lanyard and the business end of a 155 mm Paladin erupts like a bolt of lightning as it launches more than MORE
Soldiers of B Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment march along the Main River bike system Dec. 15, halfway through their 26.2-mile tactical road march preparing them for possible deployment to Iraq next year.  The road march started near the town of Hoerblach and ended at Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt.  (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)