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First Infantry Division Soldiers honor Bataan survivors at Death March

April 1, 2016 —     More than 6,600 marchers, including a team from the 1st Infantry Division, attended the March 20 Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, honoring those who endured the Bataan Death March.     Teams included one from the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regi­ment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry MORE
Participants march along the route of the 27th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, March 20.

First-year Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets visit museum

December 14, 2015 — Captains Thomas Wasner and Sam Flaming, instructors of the Kansas State University’s Army ROTC program, es­corted 25 first-year Army ROTC cadets for a museum tour and professional devel­opment lecture at the U.S. Cavalry Mu­seum on Oct. 20 as part of their military science class. The students who attended the lab at the museum are all freshman and MORE
First-year Army ROTC cadets pose at the Fort Riley Museum during a visit Oct. 20 as part of their Military Science class. Captains Thomas Wasner and Sam Flaming, instructors of the Kansas State University’s Army ROTC program, escorted 25 cadets for a museum tour and professional develop¬ment lecture at the U.S. Cavalry Museum.

A chat with Libbie Custer

September 16, 2015 — Members of the Fort Riley communitygot some insight into the life of Libbie Custer, wife of Bvt. Maj. Gen. George ArmstrongCuster, Aug. 24.  The Historical andArchaeological Society of Fort Riley President Sara Devine started thehistorical chats after being inspired by Fort Leavenworth’s talk series.  “I want the community to havethe opportunity to MORE
Marla Matkin, as Libbie Custer, speaks to audience members during her Aug. 24 performance.  She has been performing as Mrs. Custer for more than 20 years.

Kansas Capitols

August 12, 2015 — Topeka, Kansasis home to one of the most beautiful capitols in the country. It is locateddowntown on twenty acres and is the state’s most important architecturaltreasure. As you climbthe spiral staircase you can view historic graffiti, the capitol building canbe toured by visitors. They can take a 1923 cage elevator to the 5th floor andbegin a tour MORE
The first Kansas territorial capitol located on Fort Riley, originally the town of Pawnee.

History, attractions in Hometown Fort Riley

July 15, 2015 — Fort Riley is an activemilitary installation.  The number of familyfriendly events, activities and sites on the post make it a hometown worthy ofany local destination.  Located in the Flint Hills,Fort Riley is home to three museums, a bowling alley, a golf course, a movietheater and many other family friendly attractions for little to no cost. MORE
At Huebner Road across from Whitside Fitness Center, sits the First Capitol of Kansas, an historical site.  It is open between April and October.  Hours of operation are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.  For more information about this historic site, call 785-784-5535.

Post museums will receive upgrades

December 9, 2014 — Fort Riley’s two museums, theU.S. Cavalry Museum and the 1st Infantry Division Museum are on their way tomajor upgrades in 2015.  The Center for Military Historyawarded Fort Riley Museums designing contracts to start planning a completeredesign on the existing facilities.  “We need to keep thehistory and traditions of the Army alive, and the best MORE
The main entrance of the Cavalry Museum is pictured in this undated photo. The museum is scheduled to receive major updates in 2015.

GALLOPING CAREER: Speaker talks about Commanche’s legacy

December 8, 2014 — Many may be familiar with Chief,the horse who is buried in the cavalry field by the Custer House. But there isanother popular horse that many may not be as familiar with – Comanche.  The Historical andArchaeological Society of Fort Riley hosted a historic chat Nov. 17, led by RobKornacki, a retired Army lieutenant, who was previously stationed at MORE
Retired 1st Lt. Rob Kornacki notes Comanche as one of the most interesting horses to ever aid in battle during a Nov. 17 Historical Chat series, hosted by HASFR.

‘BRO’ remembers fall of Berlin Wall

November 21, 2014 — Editor’s Note: Nov. 9 marked the 25thanniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany. From the end of World WarII until the collapse of the Soviet Union, the “Big Red One” played a significantrole in insuring the security of Western Europe. From 1945 to 1955, the 1st InfantryDivision remained on German soil assisting with the reconstruction MORE
A portion of the Berlin Wall sits in the 1st Inf. Div.’s Victory Park, located next to division headquarters.

‘Demons’ take step back in time during WWI museum visit

November 21, 2014 — KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Leaderswith the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division visited theNational World War I Museum Oct. 30 in Kansas City to analyze the world’ssocial and political climates in the early 1900s and compare that to today’sclimate. “We are here to discuss howthe 1st Inf. Div. found itself as one of the first American MORE
Maj. Nathaniel Babb, HHC, 1st CAB, studies pieces from WWI aviation history Oct. 30 at the National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Mo. The trip to the museum was part of the brigade’s leader development program, during which participants studied the similarities between the world’s culture before “The Great War” and today.

WWII battalion keeps bonds of service alive at 1st Division Museum

September 16, 2014 — WHEATON, Ill. – They werepart of the Greatest Generation, American Soldiers called to fight the Nazithreat on European battlefields. Those members of the 745th Tank Battalion whosurvived World War II – from the assault on Normandy Beach on D-Day through theBattle of Mons, and, finally, occupying a defeated Germany – formed the 745thTank Battalion MORE
Paul Grupp, Allen “Bud” Spencer and George Hougas, three surviving members of the 745th Tank Bn., gathered for the battalion’s annual reunion Aug. 21 at the First Division Museum in Wheaton, Ill.

To Normandy and back: A Soldier’s perspective

June 11, 2014 — Editor’s note: Soldiers withthe 1st Infantry Division are taking part in ceremonial events June 4 to 7 in conjunctionwith the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. They are setto participate in various ceremonies highlighting the historic World War IIbattle. Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington is a public affairs noncommissioned MORE
Soldiers of the 1st Inf. Div. begin loading into a C-130 as they depart the British Brize Norton Royal Air Force Base June 2 in Oxford, England. The Soldiers flew the final leg of their five-flight journey to France to help commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day landings in Normandy, France. The 1st Inf. Div. Soldiers will participate in more than 20 ceremonies celebrating the sacrifices made that day in 1944.

D-Day vet remembers 1st moments on Omaha Beach

June 11, 2014 — On a Navy ship off the coastof France, all Homer Farley could do was think about his family. This was familyhe wrote letters to – letters he said he hoped would never be read. Homer was ashort time away from one of the most trying times of his life and a beach wherethe lives of many changed. The call was given to boardthe landing craft, and men MORE
Homer Farley, former 1st Inf. Div. Soldier who stormed Omaha Beach, holds his 1st Inf. Div. commander’s coin October 2013 in Washington.

Anticipation builds as ‘Big Red One’ arrives in France for commemoration

June 11, 2014 — NORMANDY, France – A foot tapsfeverishly. Eyes wonder in every direction. Suddenly, the screech of aircraft tireshitting the ground pierces the roaring calm. As the aircraft comes to ahalt, Soldiers begin gathering their gear and stepping foot onto foreign soil.Their presence is not for conflict, but to honor those who stepped foot on the samesoil MORE
D-Day landing in Normandy, France.

Vet can still feel sting in his feet on cold Kansas nights

June 11, 2014 — Jim Sharp was trying to makethe 30-inch deep, three-feet-wide depression they called a foxhole bigger, ashe and his battle buddy heard an artillery round coming their way. There was noway the two of them could fit together, so they started improvising and placedtheir combat packs on the outside. One had to stay crouched lowon guard duty, while the MORE
Jim Sharp, Manhattan, Kan., poses with memorabilia he kept during his time serving in WWII and after during special duty as a sergeant of the guard for the Nuremburg War Crimes trials.

‘BRO’ Vietnam vet’s service begins in WWII battle

June 11, 2014 — Several weeks after theNormandy invasion, a young platoon sergeant from St. Paul, Minnesota, wasreadying his Soldiers in Nancy, France, for what was to come next. “We were on the water when Normandybegan,” said James A. (Jacque) Michienzi. “When we got to England, they moved usout to France, where we began to prepare.” Michienzi, who would later MORE
James A. “Jacque” Michienzi stands to be recognized by fellow 1st Inf. Div. Soldiers during the 95th annual Officers of the 1st Inf. Div. dinner April 26 in Alexandria, Va.

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