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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)

1st ID Soldiers, family members visit Dachau concentration camp

May 7, 2007 — DACHAU, Germany Living in Europe affords servicemembers the unique opportunity to see with their own eyes historical sites that many people would otherwise pass up, such as famous museums, cultural landmarks and distinctive architecture. Some of those landmarks, however, embody another part of the historical landscape a reminder of how horrifying MORE
Officers of the Big Red One, both past and present, gathered at the Alexandria Mark Hilton in Washington, D.C., April 1 for the 87th Annual 1st Infantry Division Officers Dinner. (Photo by SGT Bryant Maude, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

1ID leaders visit Meuse-Argonne region during staff ride

May 7, 2007 — MEUSE-ARGONNE, France More than 40 leaders from the 1st Infantry Division embarked on a staff ride April 2-5 to visit the Meuse-Argonne region of France to learn about the final battles of World War I.Staff ride directors led the group of senior-grade officers and NCOs through more than 20 points of interest throughout the region to illuminate the MORE
MG Kenneth Hunzeker, 1st Infantry Division commanding general, along with CSM John Fourhman, 1st ID command sergeant major, salute the 1st ID memorial after laying a commemorative wreath at the foot of the monument April 4 outside Varennes and Fleville, during the Meuse-Argonne staff ride April 2-5. (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

World War II medals finally catch up to veteran after 61 years

May 7, 2007 — ELAND, Wisconsin Earl Chrudimsky had barely been in the Army six months when he was rushed to Belgium for the Battle of the Bulge. He fought heroically and was seriously wounded in that action to resist the German armys final desperate offensive in the Ardennes.Sixty-one years later, several military awards for Chrudimskys World War II service, to MORE
Sixty-one years later, eight military awards for Chrudimskys World War II service finally caught up to the now 80-year-old veteran, April 12.  Chrudimsky was seriously wounded and taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge, Jan 3, 1945.  (Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard)

Artillery Soldiers practice with new cannons

May 7, 2007 — FORT RILEY, Kansas - About a month ago, Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 32nd Armor, received three of 16 M119A2 light towed howitzers from a unit in Hawaii. This month, the Soldiers began learning the ins and outs of their new portable weapons. A lot of the Soldiers are straight out of training at Fort Sill, Okla., so the training is starting off MORE
Soldiers of 2nd Bn., 32nd FA, run through training exercises April 6 to help them become more efficient at setting up one of the M119A2 light towed howitzers the battalion received from a unit in Hawaii in early March. So far, the unit has received five of the 16 howitzers it will have. (Photo by Anna Morelock, Fort Riley Post)

Big Red One officers meet in DC for 87th reunion

May 7, 2007 — WASHINGTON D.C. - They journeyed from as far away as Germany and as close by as the Military District of Washington, D.C. They referred to themselves as Blue Spaders, Kings of Battle and Black Lions. Some commanded troops in Operation Iraqi Freedom II while others stormed the Beaches of Normandy. They all had stories to tell, and they all were MORE
Officers of the Big Red One, both past and present, gathered at the Alexandria Mark Hilton in Washington, D.C., April 1 for the 87th Annual 1st Infantry Division Officers Dinner. (Photo by SGT Bryant Maude, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Exercise paints training with fun

May 7, 2007 — FORT RILEY, Kansas - A paintball hitting body armor produces a WHAP! sound and leaves a paint splatter, but that doesnt hurt.A paintball hitting skin, however, hurts; and it will leave a mark. When the paint is wiped away, the impact usually leaves a red ring, brings blood to the skins surface or leaves a welt. Soldiers in the 101st Forward MORE
A 101st FSB Soldier playing an opposing force insurgent waits for Soldiers to approach her March 29 so she can fire paintballs at them. The company spent the day at a Fort Riley MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain) site practicing building-clearing techniques while using paintball equipment to simulate enemy and friendly fire.  (Photo by Amanda Kim Stairrett, Fort Riley Post)

Walkers finish Bataan trek

May 7, 2007 — WHITE SANDS, New Mexico 2LT Jason Ryncarz and five other Soldiers from the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, traveled from Fort Riley to White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 26 for the 17th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March.The memorial event honored Soldiers who marched in the Bataan Death March in the MORE
BSTB, 4th IBCT, Soldiers (front, from left) 2LT Jason Ryncarz, PVT Jena Harris, PFC Nathan Dahl, (back, from left) PVT Robert Sweeney, SFC Class Gary Sarapa and PFC Edward Melton walk March 26 during the 17th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. All of the 4th IBCT Soldiers completed the 26.2-mile course.  (Photo by Meredith Erwin)

1st ID tax centers help customers see green

May 7, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany With a combined savings of more than 1.4 million dollars in filing fees and more than 19 million dollars received in refunds, the 1st Infantry Divisions tax assistance centers have been leaving their customers seeing green.The battalion, which was activated as the 1st Battalion, 39th Engineer Combat Regiment in April, 1942, was MORE
Carla Wiggins, tax coordinator for Wurzburg and the 1st Infantry Division, scans her computer screen as she helps a family member complete her taxes. Nearly 90 percent of the people who go to the 1st ID tax assistance centers are entitled to a refund. The other 10 percent will most likely owe. (Photo by SGT John Queen, 69th ADA Brigade Public Affairs)

Giebelstadt aviation unit moves to Riley

May 7, 2007 — GIEBELSTADT, Germany - As March 2006 came to an end so did an era for the 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment on Giebelstadt Army Airfield in central Germany.Just after sunrise on March 30, the last seven UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters belonging to the battalion made a short, low-level flight across the small airfield where they formed into two MORE
Formed into two columns the last remaining helicopters belonging to 1st Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment at Geibelstadt Army Airfield, Germany, climb into the sky on the first leg of a journey sending them to their new home at Fort Riley, Kan.  There, the aircraft will become part of the 1st Infantry Divisions inventory. (Photo by SGT John Queen, 69th ADA Brigade Public Affairs Office)