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Division says goodbye to deputy commanding general, welcomes new deputy commanding officer

By Chad L. Simon | 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS | October 06, 2017

      “My name is Bill Turner, and I am proud to have served as a ‘Big Red One’ Soldier in this great division,” said the retiring 1st Infantry Division deputy commanding general for support during a Victory with Honors ceremony Sept. 27 on the lawn of the division headquarters building on Fort Riley, Kansas.

      Brig. Gen. Turner reflected on his time with the division and his time in Kansas during the ceremony.

     “Here at Fort Riley, we are among the greatest leaders, Soldiers and warriors our Army has produced,” Turner said, “from our commanding general and the command sergeant major to the Soldiers that occupy posts out on our perimeters.

      “Here in the central Flint Hills, we are blessed to be supported by and live amongst the very best citizens that our country knows.”

      The ceremony marked both the end of Turner’s 31-year Army career and his third assignment with the Big Red One.

     Turner first came to Fort Riley as a captain with the 1st Inf. Div. (Mechanized) Artillery in 1991 and served in Operation Desert Storm. Upon his return from Saudi Arabia, Turner then served as the commander of Battery B, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Division Artillery through August 1993.

      He returned to the Flint Hills and the Big Red One in June 2016 as the deputy commanding general of support, 1st Inf. Div.

     “I always longed to be part of a great organization, working together to achieve a goal, to accomplish a mission, to face any challenge and persevere under any conditions,” Turner said. “That, ladies and gentlemen, is what I have enjoyed the most about being assigned to America’s first division and living in the grand state of Kansas.”

     Col. Ross Coffman was welcomed as the new deputy commanding officer for maneuver, 1st Inf. Div. during the ceremony. Coffman comes to the division from the Nation Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, where he served as commander of the operations group.

     “My name is Coffman and I am a Big Red One Soldier, finally,” Coffman said. “I have waited over 20 years to be right here, right in this division with this patch on my sleeve, and I could not be more excited.”

 

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