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1st Inf. Div. bids farewell to leaders in retreat ceremony

By Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington | 1ST INF. DIV. PUBLIC AFFAIRS | July 01, 2014

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 position.”

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 brigadier general.”

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.” 
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