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1st ABCT, Fort Riley honor fallen Soldier

By Sgt. Kerry Lawson | 1ST ABCT PUBLIC AFFAIRS | February 27, 2014

The 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley honored a fallen Soldier, Spc. Calvin Michalak, infantryman, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., Feb. 20 during a memorial ceremony at Morris Hill Chapel.

Michalak died Jan. 21 in Ellsworth, Kan.

“Michalak was always there when somebody needed him,” said Spc. Robert Williamson, infantryman, Co. B, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt. “If you were ever feeling down, Calvin would be there to pick you up.

“He loved his family and his military family just as much. He loved to make people laugh and had a very natural way of making you laugh, even when he wasn’t trying to. He loved you all very much, and it was evident in all that he did.”

Williamson said Calvin always had a way to find the good in whatever he was doing, even if it was something he didn’t want to do himself.

“While others may have shied away from last-minute taskings or an opportunity to volunteer for an unwanted job, he would rise to meet it as an opportunity to help another,” said Capt. Michael Sexton, commander, Co. B, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt. “He was a committed Soldier who loved what he did and took pride in his work.”

Lt. Col. Scott Allen, battalion commander, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt., said Michalak always lived up to the Army values.

“Michalak was steadfast in his strong conviction to complete the mission and support his fellow Soldiers, and always (lived) the Army values in and out of the uniform,” Allen said.

Michalak’s military assignments included basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga., and Baumholder, Germany, with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. He last served as a team leader with Co. B, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt.

Michalak’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement medals, the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

He is survived by his father, Michael; his mother, Carol; one sister, Alissa; one brother, Seth; and his girlfriend, Ashley Porter.