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Iraqi army Staff Maj. Fahmy (right) presents a decorative plaque to Capt. John Cumbie, commander of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Feb. 13 at Camp Taji, Iraq, in appreciation for his soldiers’ efforts in training more than 1,400 soldiers with the Iraqi army’s 72nd Brigade.
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Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Greca (left), senior enlisted leader of U.S. Central Command, listens to the feedback Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston provides to a trainer from the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Feb. 10 at Camp Taji, Iraq. Greca received a command brief, an orientation to the training mission and observed training during his two-day visit to Iraq. Grinston, the senior enlisted leader of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq and 1st Inf. Div., is the senior trainer in the building-partner-capacity effort.
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Family members and friends cheer from the bleachers as newly arrived Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, march into formation for their welcome home ceremony Feb. 2 at Fort Riley. The ceremony signaled the successful completion of their nine-month deployment to Djbouti in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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Staff Sgt. Matthew Butler (center), Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, waits Feb. 10 in Fort Riley’s deployment center as other Soldiers line up in preparation for a ceremony where they will reunite with families and loved ones.
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Sgt. 1st Class Eric Conley embraces his wife and son soon after they are reunited Feb. 10 at Fort Riley.  Conley, 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, returned from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait with more than 140 Soldiers from units across the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
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Pvt. Benjamin Riddle of the 1st Inf. Div. fights off an instructor role playing as an enemy combatant in the Modern Army Combatives Program at Fort Riley, Kansas Feb. 6.
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Spc. Aaron Robinson of the 1st ARB, 1st Avn. Regt., 1st CAB, 1st Inf. Div., attempts to distance himself from a simulated enemy combatant in Fort Riley’s Modern Army Combatives Program Feb. 6. The drill, called “React to Contact,” is designed to simulate a real world scenario in which a Soldier is engaged in hand-to-hand combat and must fight off and incapacitate the attacker.
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Lt. Grant Hoover, Fort Riley Fire Department, pulls a firefighter to shore during ice rescue training Feb. 12 at Funston Lake.
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Spc. Timothy Rogers (right), a trumpet player deployed with the 1st Infantry Division Band, was presented the 2014 Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award Feb. 6 in Kuwait. 
Lt. Col. Thomas Hipskind (left), commander, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Inf. Div., was on hand to present Rogers with an Army Achievement Medal in recognition of his accomplishment. As a special surprise, Rogers’ wife, Heathyr, and son, Jimmy, were able to participate in the ceremony via computer. 
The Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award “acknowledges U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard enlisted musicians and honors the memory of Army retired Col. Finley R. Hamilton, who succumbed to cancer while serving as president of the National Band Association,” according to the U.S. Army Music website. “The recipients of this distinguished award exhibit outstanding musical and leadership excellence.”
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Pvt. Benjamin Riddle attempts to break Spc. Fabian Alcantar’s hold during their final session of the Modern Army Combatives Program training Feb. 6 at Fort Riley, Kansas. The two 1st Inf. Div. Soldiers have spent a week sharpening their hand-to-hand combat skills.
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Dan Klecker, manager, New Equipment Training Branch, Vinnell Arabia, speaks during the Vinnell Arabia Employer Day Feb. 10.
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Sgt. Ernest Lucas, 1st ABCT, listens during the Vinnell Arabia Employer Day Feb. 10. Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program sponsors employer days to help Soldiers who are retiring get jobs after the military.
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From left to right, Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Norvell, Brig. Gen. Roger Cloutier Jr., Brig. Gen. Eric Wesley and Col. Karl Konzelman, listen to comments from Kansas citizens Feb. 9 during the Fort Riley Army Listening Session in Junction City. Wesley serves as the 1st Inf. Div.’s senior mission commander and Norvell, Cloutier and Konzelman were part of the Army Force Management delegation that traveled to the Central Flint Hills of Kansas for the event.
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With a standing-room-only crowd inside the Geary County Convention Center at Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, additional community supporters stood outside Feb. 9, listening to a live broadcast of the U.S. Army Community Listening Session in Junction City, Kansas. Between 1,750 and 1,800 attendees filled the ballrooms of the convention center, hearing testimony from area officials and adding their voices in the “public comment” portion of the session. An estimated 4,200 citizens attended the event.
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Brig. Gen. Roger Cloutier Jr., Army director of Force Management, speaks to Kansans Feb. 9 during the U.S. Army Community Listening Session in Junction City.
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Bill Becker, a Manhattan resident, holds up his red-painted finger to show support for the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley on Feb. 9 at the U.S. Army Community Listening Session in Junction City. Citizens from across the state attended the listening session to speak about the impact of potential troop reductions.
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