The 1st Infantry Division concluded
its birthday celebration June 13 by bidding farewell to two key leaders during
a retreat ceremony at the 1st Infantry Division headquarters.
Brig. Gen. Frank Muth, 1st Inf.
Div. deputy commanding general for support, and Col. Mike Morgan, 1st Inf. Div.
chief of staff , were honored for their service to the “Big Red One” before
moving onto their next assignments. The event concluded Victory Week 2014, an
annual weeklong celebration highlighting the Big Red One’s inception and strength.
Both Muth and Morgan served
as commanders of the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Inf. Div., in previous
assignments, before making the move to the division headquarters; Morgan
commanding more recently than Muth.
During the ceremony, Maj.
Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley, spoke
about both officers and the impression they left during their tenure.
“We knew we were getting a
great leader,” Funk said of Muth’s selection to be the deputy commanding general
for support. “What we didn’t know was just how fast he would excel in his new
Muth served as the deputy commanding
general for support for more than a year and is now moving onto the Army’s G8
office in Washington. The office is primarily responsible for the Army’s budget
and fiscal responsibility.
“The Army G8 team is about
to receive a world-class Big Red One Soldier,” Funk said, “and a fantastic
In addition to speaking about
Muth, Funk expound upon Morgan, who is moving on from the division staff back into
Joint Special Operations Command for a second time.
“We’ve had such a leader as
our chief of staff,” Funk said. “He jumped into one of the most thankless jobs
the Army can offer, on a moment’s notice, when the division needed him.”
JSOC leaders requested Morgan
return to their team, Funk said.
“JSOC doesn’t know the rare
find they are about to receive,” he added.
In the same way Funk
expressed his appreciation for the service Muth and Morgan provided to the
division, sentiment for the division was expressed by them as well.
“I am so truly thankful for this incredible
opportunity,” Muth said. “To once again stand in formation in the oldest, most
historic division in the Army, I am a humble Soldier from Kansas honored to be
walking in the footsteps of giants.”