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
“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
“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.
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.