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1-77 Armor brushes up its tanker skills

May 08, 2007 — GRAFENWOEHR, Germany One important aspect of Soldiering is making sure your equipment is running smoothly, so when it comes time to use it, theres nothing to worry about. But when your equipment includes more than 40 M1A1 Abrams tanks, like it does for the Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, making sure your equipment runs smoothly MORE
SFC Curtis E. Woolsey, C. Co., 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, communicates through his headset prior to a live fire accuracy screening test for his M1A1 Abrams tank at Grafenwoehr Training Area Nov. 4. (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

D-Day veteran recalls historic day

May 08, 2007 — NORMANDY, France - The terrain at Omaha Beach remains as imposing today as it was on June 6, 1944, when the D-Day invasion gave the Allies the momentum necessary to march to victory.More than 61 years later, under dark gray skies and into a sweeping wind that mimicked D-Day conditions, a veteran of the battle tackles the beach and wins once again. MORE
D-Day survivor Ray Lambert stands with 1st Infantry Division Commanding General MG Kenneth W. Hunzeker and military historian Sam Doss at Omaha Beach Oct. 5 as part of the 1st Infantry Divisions staff ride to Normandy, France. On the beach, Lambert recounted his D-Day experiences to 1st ID leaders.  (Photo courtesy of 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

1st ID Prayer Breakfast focuses on Veterans Day

May 08, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany More than 30 Soldiers and family members met at the monthly 1st Infantry Division Prayer Breakfast Nov. 1 at the Cantigny Club on Leighton Barracks.Chaplain (LTC) Michael Lembke, 1st ID command group chaplain, welcomed guests and gave the invocation. After a reading of scripture and group prayer, Lembke treated attendees to a MORE
Chaplain (MAJ) Antonio McElroy, U.S. Army Garrison Franconia chaplains office resource manager, shares personal experiences from his time in Iraq with the more than 30 Soldiers and family members who attended the 1st Infantry Division Prayer Breakfast Nov. 1 at the Cantigny Club on Leighton Barracks. (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs)

U.S., Israeli air defense crews get head start on Juniper Cobra exercise

May 08, 2007 — ANSBACH, Germany It takes a lot of planning and work to make any military exercise a success but when multiple nations work together, the task becomes much greater. Thats why planning and training are already taking place for the 2007 Juniper Cobra exercise.Juniper Cobra is a joint United States and Israeli air defense exercise designed to test MORE
Israeli and U.S. crews conducted joint training using a Patriot Conduct of Fire Trainer in Ansbach, Germany, Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. The training will help prepare both nations for an upcoming joint United States and Israeli Juniper Cobra air defense exercise in 2007.  (Photo by 1LT Gene Hunt, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Public Affairs)

Lightning strikes in Grafenwoehr

May 08, 2007 — GRAFENWOEHR, Germany Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Divisions 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment only need two words to make the winter weather at the Grafenwoehr Training Area seem like a trivial thing FIRE MISSION! A quick yank of a lanyard and the business end of a 155 mm Paladin erupts like a bolt of lightning as it launches more than MORE
Soldiers of B Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment march along the Main River bike system Dec. 15, halfway through their 26.2-mile tactical road march preparing them for possible deployment to Iraq next year.  The road march started near the town of Hoerblach and ended at Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt.  (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

1-26 Inf. Bn. conducts 26-mile road march

May 08, 2007 — SCHWIENFURT, Germany - In preparation for a possible deployment to Iraq, a company of 1st Infantry Division Soldiers participated in a tactical road march that exceeded the distance of any such previous in recent memory. Using mostly bike trails and smaller, rural side roads, 62 infantrymen from B Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment MORE
Sixty-two Soldiers of B Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment march along the Main River bike system Dec. 15. The purpose of the 26.2-mile tactical road march was to build spirit de corps in the unit and challenge the Soldiers mettle.  (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Blue Spaders pay tribute to fallen brothers

May 08, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany - The 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Blue Spaders, paid tribute to ten members of the unit killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom II with a wreath-laying and memorial dedication ceremony on Ledward Barracks Dec. 12. Lt. Col. Eric Schacht and Command Sgt. Maj. Steven McClaflin laid the wreath at the OIF II Fallen Soldier MORE
Lt. Col. Eric Schacht, foreground, and Command Sgt. Maj. Steven McClaflin lay a wreath at the Operation Iraqi Freedom II Fallen Soldier Memorial dedication ceremony on Ledward Barracks Dec. 12. They honored ten members of the unit killed between Feb. 2004 and Feb. 2005.  (Photo by Mark Heeter, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs Office)

9th Engineers use system of checks to ensure mission success

May 08, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany - The 1stInfantry Divisions 9thEngineer Battalion is training to adapt and overcome any situation it encounters. Whether it is a broken down vehicle or power outage, simulated enemy fire or building cordon and search, the engineers are proving they are fit to fight.Camp Robertson was the engineers training ground Dec. 4-10, and MORE
Soldiers from 1st Platoon, C Company, 9th Engineer Battalion follow behind a M113 Armored Personnel Carrier as they move to clear an insurgent hideout during training at Camp Robertson Dec. 6.  (Photo by Debra Gosinski, U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt Public Affairs Office)

Advanced combat marksmanship training sharpens skills

May 08, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT Nudging and holding them by the backs of their bulletproof vests, Sgt. Maj. Patrick Ogden guided the two-man team along the line of targets during advanced combat marksmanship training at Victory Training Center here Dec. 7.Ogden, who leads training for the 1st Infantry Division operations division, designed the three-day exercise with MORE
Spc. Jeremy Nelson, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Infantry Division, eyes his target during the advanced combat marksmanship training at Victory Training Center in Schweinfurt. (Photo by Mark Heeter, USAG Schweinfurt public affairs office)

Air crews prepare for SEREX

May 08, 2007 — ANSBACH, Germany - Air crews from 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, participated in hands-on Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape instruction at the Urlas training site near Ansbach Dec. 2. The training was set up to prepare the air crews from 2nd Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment and 6th Squadron, 6th U.S. Cavalry Regiment for a SERE exercise MORE
CWO2 Shawn Middleton, a helicopter pilot with the 6th Squadron, 6th U.S. Cavalry Regiment in Illesheim, talks about how to establish initial radio contact with a Combat Search and Rescue team using the PRC-112 at the Urlas training site near Ansbach Dec. 2. The instruction was part of the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training that 4th Battalion, 1st Infantry Division is conducting through Dec. 9. (Photo by SPC Stephen Baack, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

'Iron rangers' climb back inside 'tracks'

May 08, 2007 — FORT RILEY, Kansas - Fourteen Bradley Fighting Vehicles rumbled and growled against the 5 a.m. darkness Jan. 3 in the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry's, motor pool on Custer Hill.While most of Fort Riley still slumbered, Company C Soldiers worked diligently to prepare for departure to Range 18 and what could possibly be their last Bradley gunnery MORE

USAREUR announces latest transformation, force structure changes

May 08, 2007 — HEIDELBERG, Germany In Fiscal Year 2006, U.S. Army, Europe will convert, inactivate and return numerous units to the U.S. as part of the Department of Defense's overall plan to transform the military in order to increase strategic responsiveness and flexibility in the face of the threats posed by the Global War on Terrorism and to support Army MORE

9th Engineer Soldiers receive Combat Action Badges

May 08, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- On May 2, 2005, the Army Chief of Staff approved the creation of the Combat Action Badge to provide special recognition to Soldiers who personally engaged the enemy or were engaged by the enemy during combat operations. About 265 days later 73 Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Divisions 9th Engineer Battalion received their MORE
Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Divisions 9th Engineer Battalion render honors during a ceremony at Kessler Gym in Schweinfurt Jan. 23.  During the ceremony, 73 Soldiers from the battalion received Combat Action Badges for their actions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

4th IBCT Activation Ceremony

May 08, 2007 — FORT RILEY, Kansas - This is a big year of change, MG Dennis Hardy, commanding general, 24th Infantry Division (Mech) and Fort Riley, announced Jan. 12 at the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team activation ceremony. Formations representing the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry; 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry; 2nd Squadron, 4th Cavalry; 2nd Battalion, 32nd MORE
Maj. Gen. Dennis E. Hardy, commanding general 24th Infantry Division (Mech) and Fort Riley passes the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team flag to Col. Ricky D. Gibbs during the Jan. 12 activation ceremony. Gibbs will assume command of the 4th IBCT, which is a brigade being stood up at Fort Riley. More than 900 Soldiers of the 4th IBCT are at Fort Riley now, with the number to reach 3,500.  (Photo by Amanda Kim Stairrett, Fort Riley Post)

Building rededicated to famed cavalryman

May 08, 2007 — FORT Riley, Kansas Jan. 10 marked a special day for the 4th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Riley. After nearly 10 1/2 years, the new 2nd Squadron, Fourth Cavalry Regiment, of the 4th infantry Brigade Combat Team officially moved into Mackenzie Trooper Hall, a building located off Drum Street and Custer Hill.The hall was originally dedicated to COL MORE