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Fort Riley trains hard, plays hard, celebrates ‘Big Red One’ Soldiers

By Amanda Kim Stairrett | 1ST INF. DIV. PUBLIC AFFAIRS | July 01, 2014

The “Wolverines” walked away with the 1st Infantry Division Victory Cup June 13 at Fort Riley.

While the Victory Cup is typically taken by one the “Big Red One’s” infantry battalions during Victory Week each year, Soldiers with the Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div. stunned the competition during the weeklong event. This was the first time a support unit has won the Victory Cup and bragging rights for a year.

The battalion and winners of 19 of the 2014 Victory Week competitions were recognized during a June 13 awards ceremony at Custer Hill Parade Field. Victory Week competition began June 9 with the combatives competition’s weigh-in. It concluded June 12.

Soldiers with the 75th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, traveled to Fort Riley for Victory Week. A team with the 75th FA Bde. took first-place honors in the bowling competition. Teams with 4th MEB walked away with first-place finishes in combatives and the 10-Miler.

A five-Soldier team with STB, 4th IBCT won the color guard competition, earning a trip to Belgium to participate in the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium.

Lt. Col. Dana Stowell, commander, STB, 4th IBCT, said he couldn’t be prouder of his Soldiers, and they approached Victory Week with the mindset they were going to win the cup.

The end of Victory Week marks a successful few weeks for the STB, 4th IBCT, as 14 of its Soldiers recently returned from a trip to Normandy, France, to help commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The visit was a phenomenal experience for leaders and Soldiers who participated, Stowell said.

According to information from the division, the purpose of Victory Cup competition is to enhance Comprehensive Soldier Fitness and mental agility; build teamwork, resiliency and leadership in Soldiers; and instill pride in units, and allow them to be recognized for excellence in sportsmanship and camaraderie.

“We built teams,” said Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Inf. Div and Fort Riley. “The Army’s about people. This is a people business. And, this is what these kinds of competitions bring: new relationships, new ways to stress each other, new ways to test each other, and, more importantly, just to have some plain, clean fun.”

Also during the ceremony, the Top Tank Award was presented to 1st Lt. Nathan A. Shaffner, Sgt. Daniel K. Pilkington Jr., Spc. Johnathon E. Hagen and Pfc. William A. Chuzie, all with Company D, 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div. The four participated in the 2014 General George S. Sullivan Cup Competition in May at Fort Benning, Georgia.

According to information from the division, the crew “demonstrated extreme proficiency at gunnery, maintenance and platoon tactics during the four-day competition.” The team placed seventh out of seventeen crews from across military branches from several countries.

Capt. James Hoskins and 1st Sgt. Karlton Wade also received the 1st Inf. Div. Top Tank Company Streamer on behalf of Co. D.

To conclude the Victory Cup ceremony, a local car dealership presented four Richard Petty Driving Experiences at the Kansas Speedway to Spc. Dustin Nicholas, Sgt. James Seymour, Master Sgt. Michael Young and Master Sgt. Mike Lavigne.
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