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Last platoon of 1ID Soldiers returns from IraqUAV teams flew 700 sorties in support of OIF II

May 08, 2007 — A small ceremony at Larson Barracks marked a significant moment for the 1st Infantry Division May 29 when the last platoon of division Soldiers redeployed from Iraq and returned safely to their unit in Wuerzburg, Germany.The 101st Military Intelligence Battalions A Company welcomed home its Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Platoon after it MORE
SSG Francisco Huereque Jr., a Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle maintenance chief with A Company, 101st Military Intelligence Battalion, greets his children, Cheyenne, age 9; Nicole, age 7; and Ian, age 3, at his platoons welcome home ceremony May 29. Huereque and the rest of the tactical UAV platoon from the 101st MI Bn. served in Iraq for more than one year. Wife, Monica, was next in line for hugs and kisses from her Soldier spouse. (Story by MSG Cameron Porter, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

1st MP Company honored with Griffin Award

May 08, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany The 1st Military Police Co. commander said he couldnt be prouder of his Soldiers, regardless of whether they won the Griffin Award or not.Not that Capt. Tommy Kerr has any problem with his unit taking home the honor, which is awarded annually to the top Military Police Company in United States Army, Europe and the 7th MORE
Col. Brian Bocklage, United States Army, Europe provost marshal, congratulates Soldiers of the 1st Military Police Co. on winning the Griffin Award during a ceremony May 13 at Victory Park on Leighton Barracks.

1st ID celebrates homecoming

May 08, 2007 — HARVEY BARRACKS Kitzingen, Germany - By SGT W. Wayne MarlowWearing smiles and, for the final time this year, Desert Camouflage Uniforms, Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division celebrated their official homecoming from Iraq during a ceremony May 16 at Harvey Barracks.For one jam-packed day, the Harvey airfield was transformed into a carnival and MORE
Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey thanks Soldiers and family members from the 1st Infantry Division for their wartime service during the 1st IDs welcome home ceremony at Harvey Barracks, Kitzingen, May 16.

1st ID Soldiers honor veterans at Meuse-Argonne

May 08, 2007 — MEUSE-ARGONNE, FRANCE - French and U.S. Soldiers were given the opportunity to honor the 14,246 American World War I veterans buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery during a Memorial Day ceremony May 29.As Soldiers and citizens of a free nation, we owe these Soldiers a debt of gratitude we can never fully repay, said MG John R.S. Batiste, MORE
Soldiers from 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division march through the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Meuse-Argonne France, during a Memorial Day ceremony May 29.  (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

1st ID leads Army in Retention Numbers

May 08, 2007 — The 1st Infantry Division retention awards ceremony for fiscal year 2004 and the first and second quarter of fiscal year 2005 was held at the Cantigny Club on Leighton Barracks May 2. During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. John R.S. Batiste, 1st ID commander, handed out awards to units that exceeded their retention missions for the year. According to MORE
The 1st Infantry Divisions career counselors pose with MG John R.S. Batiste, 1st ID commander, at a retention awards ceremony on Leighton Barracks May 2.  (Photo by Spc. Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

1st ID remembers its fallen Soldiers

May 08, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany Soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division took time to honor and remember their fallen comrades June 6. In between spurts of rainfall, 1st ID Soldiers and family members dedicated the Fallen Soldier Memorial in Victory Park on Leighton Barracks. The memorial stands in tribute to the 193 1st ID and Task Force Danger Soldiers, MORE
1st Infantry Division Soldiers look at engraved marble plaques that are part of the 1st IDs Fallen Soldier Memorial. 1st ID Soldiers dedicated the memorial June 6 in Victory Park on Leighton Barracks, honoring the 193 1st ID and Task Force Danger Soldiers, Marines and Airmen who gave their lives during Operation Iraqi Freedom I and II. (Photo by SGT W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

1st Infantry Division welcomes new commander

May 08, 2007 — WURZBURG, Germany Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division said goodbye to the commanding general who led them through Operation Iraqi Freedom II, during a change of command ceremony June 20 at Victory Park on Leighton Barracks.MG John R.S. Batiste relinquished command to MG Kenneth W. Hunzeker as Soldiers, civilians and family members looked on. MORE
MG John R.S. Batiste and his wife, Michelle, say goodbye to Soldiers, family members and civilians prior to the 1st Infantry Divisions change of command ceremony June 20 in Victory Park on Leighton Barracks. Batiste relinquished command to MG Kenneth W. Hunzeker. (Photo by SGT W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

101st Military Intelligence Battalion gets new commander

May 08, 2007 — Outgoing commander heads to 7th Army Training CommandWURZBURG, Germany - A change of command ceremony was held June 23 in Victory Park, Leighton Barracks, Wurzburg, Germany, for the 101st Military Intelligence Battalion. LTC Frank R. Hall, who led the unit since June 2003, relinquished command of the battalion to LTC Michael S. Lewis. This is a MORE
LTC Frank Hall, outgoing 101st Military Intelligence Battalion commander, thanks the 101st MI Soldiers for their service during the units change of command June 23 in Victory Park on Leighton Barracks.  (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

DIVARTY welcomes new commander

May 08, 2007 — Outgoing leader to be XO for USAREUR deputy commanderThere was one person who didnt enjoy the 1st Infantry Division Artillery Brigade change of command ceremony June 28 at Warner Barracks in Bamberg. This is a great day for everyone except me, said COL Richard C. Longo, outgoing DIVARTY commander, who relinquished command to COL Walter L. MORE
Outgoing 1st Division Artillery Brigade Commander, COL Richard C. Longo, gives marching instructions during his change of command ceremony with COL Walter L. Gilliam June 28 at Warner Barracks.   (Photos by SGT W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

2nd Brigade welcomes new commander

May 08, 2007 — Outgoing leader heads to V CorpsSCHWEINFURT, Germany With a year-long deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom under its belt, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team spent little time in Germany under its outgoing commander.But the Dagger Brigade was back home for its change of command ceremony June 22 at Conn Barracks in Schweinfurt, Germany, where MORE
COL James B. Burton takes the 2nd Brigade colors from MG Kenneth W. Hunzeker, 1st Infantry Division commanding general. Burton assumed command of the brigade, replacing COL Randal Dragon. (Photo by SGT W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry gets new commander

May 08, 2007 — Incoming commander led 1st ID rear detachment during OIF IISCHWEINFURT, Germany A change of command for the 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment took place on Conn Barracks in Schweinfurt, Germany, June 21.LTC James H. Chevallier, 1-4 Cavalry commander since June 2002, relinquished command to LTC Christopher D. Kolenda.A change of command is a MORE
LTC James H. Chevallier, outgoing commander of 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, salutes BG John W. Morgan, 1st Infantry Division assistant division commander for maneuver during the units change of command ceremony at Conn Barracks June 21.  (Photo by SPC Joe Alger, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

Cavalryman adds much to the legacy of the Big Red One

May 08, 2007 — SCHWEINFURT, Germany As befits a man whose name literally means cavalryman, the tenure of LTC Jim Chevallier as commander of the 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry was characterized by gallantry and victory, both in combat and in garrison. LTC Chevallier steps down as Squadron Commander on June 21, having led the Squadron for three years and through a MORE
LTC Jim Chevallier

Longest serving 1st ID HHC Commander relinquishes command

May 08, 2007 — Soldiers cherish memories of a leader who lives, represents Armys finest traditions, valuesWURZBURG, Germany Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division witnessed a significant chapter in Big Red One history June 23 when the longest serving Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander in 1st ID history relinquished his command following a year-long MORE
CPT J.R. West, outgoing commander, ceremoniously passes the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Infantry Division, guidon to COL Keith Cooper, Division Chief of Staff.  West relinquished command of HHC to CPT Jose Ocasio-Santiago June 23 at Leighton Barracks, Germany.  (Photo by MSG Cameron Porter, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

1st Bn., 1st Avn. Rgt. inactivates

May 08, 2007 — Gunfighters served the nation for nearly half a centuryANSBACH, Germany The 1st Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, which served the United States in combat from Vietnam to Kosovo to Iraq, inactivated during a ceremony June 13 at Katterbach Kaserne in Ansbach. The unit will move to Fort Hood, Texas, where the aviators will be trained on the AH-64D MORE
The colors of the 1st Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment fly for the final time at Katterbach Kasserne in Ansbach on June 13. The unit has been inactivated and will move to Fort Hood, Texas, for the AH-64D Longbow Unit Fielding and Training Program. (Photo by SGT W. Wayne Marlow, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

1st ID Medal of Honor recipient visits Leighton BarracksVeteran speaks with troops, fires grenade la

May 08, 2007 — Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division were given the opportunity to meet with a true American hero June 8. Retired MSG John R.F. Baker, who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War, spent the day meeting with Soldiers and getting a first-hand look at some of the weapons and tactics Soldiers use in combat today.Baker MORE
Graduates from the fifth Primary Leadership Development Course line up in formation during the graduation ceremony on October 9 at the ING Training Academy in Tikrit. (Photo by Sgt. Roland G. Walters, 196th MPAD)