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Leader of Last Cavalry Charge to Sign Prints at Cavalry Association Headquarters

September 10, 2007 — Fort Riley will host a World War II hero Sept. 21 when retired Lt. Col. Edwin P. Ramsey comes to the U.S. Cavalry Association headquarters. Ramsey will sign Print No. 1 of a new painting of a cavalry charge he led on Bataan in January 1942. The print then will be presented to Bill McKale, director of the U.S. Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley. The MORE

Post Toddler to Hit Big Time in Times Square

September 10, 2007 — Playing on the floor of his parents’ house, 15-month old Damian Roseman doesn’t know he’s about to hit the big time. The son of Spc. Johnathan and Patsy Roseman, Damian is a child with Down syndrome whose photo will be featured in a special presentation in Times Square Sept. 30 in New York City.The photo was selected from more than 2,500 MORE
Damian Roseman smiles up at his grandmother from a pool
in her backyard. The picture of Damian, who has Down syndrome will appear in a special presentation in Times Square Sept. 30 to kick off October’s National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Army’s Senior Aviator Talks with Cab Officers

September 10, 2007 — Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody shared his wisdom and passion for aviation with the officers of the 1st Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade Aug. 29 in the Patton Hall theater.Cody, the Army’s senior aviator, used his time with the officers to impart a clear vision of the Army’s goals in Iraq and Afghanistan, answer concerns about MORE
Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Richard Cody, the Army’s senior aviator, lectures officers of the 1st Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade in the Patton Hall theater here Aug 29.

Ready to Fly: Post Wishes Farewell to Cab Soldiers

September 10, 2007 — A little more than a year ago a small contingent of Soldiers marched onto Fort Riley’s Cavalry Parade Field and became the Combat Aviation Brigade, starting a new chapter in aviation history. On Aug. 30, the CAB Soldiers marched onto the same field to start another chapter during their deployment ceremony.“Today, you stand ready with more than MORE
Combat Aviation Brigade units line Calvary Parade Field during the Deployment Ceremony. (Photo by Sgt. First Class Jeff Troth)

Baby Bounty: Mayors Deliver Diapers to Families

September 10, 2007 — Among the guests at the 1st Sustainment Brigade’s deployment ceremony Aug. 24 at Cavalry Parade Field were three members of the Platte County Mayors Council in Missouri.Mayors Tom Rezentes of Lake Waukomis, Mo.; John Smedley of Platte Woods, Mo.; and Dave Brooks of Platte City, Mo., came to support of the Soldiers of the Special Troops Battalion, MORE
Mayor John Smedley of Platte Woods, Mo., helps a 1st Sustainment Brigade Soldier unload diapers Aug. 24 at the unit’s rear detachment headquarters shortly after the brigade’s deployment ceremony. He is one of three mayors who came in support of the Special Troops Battalion, 1st SB, which they sponsor. “If the Soldiers know their families are taken care of, they can focus on doing their job in Iraq,” Smedley said.

Troops Make Outpost ‘Home’

September 10, 2007 — BAGHDAD – Doing a lot with a little. It’s the story of the U.S. Soldier: being faced with unfavorable odds, being given the necessities to work with, and being expected to accomplish something great.The Soldiers of Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division upheld that tradition in MORE
Cpl. Jon Dorsey, a team leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division from Strong’s Prairie, Wis., takes advantage of the internet service at Coalition Outpost Attack, Aug. 2. In addition to the internet, a phone service is available for Soldiers to call home. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Nathaniel Smith, 4th IBCT, 1st Inf. Div. Public Affairs)

Iraqi Volunteers Help Secure Radwaniyah

September 10, 2007 — BAGHDAD – The goal has always been to return control back to the Iraqis. In recent months, an increasing number of Iraqis have stood up to the challenge of reclaiming their country from terrorists and insurgents by joining the Iraqi Provincial Volunteers. A trip with the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Briagde, 1st Infantry Division, MORE
An Iraqi Provincial Volunteer walks around the checkpoint he guards in Baghdad’s Radwaniyah neighborhood.  The IPVs wear bright colored belts to identify them to Coalition Forces.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ben Washburn, 4th IBCT, 1st Inf. Div. Public Affairs)

Sheiks Meet to Reconcile In Western Rashid

September 10, 2007 — BAGHDAD – Sheiks and other influential men of the western Rashid District met at Forward Operating Base Falcon Sept. 3 to discuss the best way toward peace.“This is the first time since the fall of Saddam that Jayesh Al-Mahdi, coalition forces, Sunni leaders and Iraqi Security Forces commanders have come together to talk of their differences,” said MORE
Cuba, N.Y. native, Lt. Col. Patrick Frank (left), commander of 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, listens to a sheik’s concerns during a reconciliation meeting at Forward Operating Base Falcon in southern Baghdad Sept 3. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Timmons, 4IBCT 1st Inf. Div. Public Affairs)

Artillerymen Pull Out Big Guns for Cadets

September 10, 2007 — For field artillery Soldiers the sight of a group of M109A6 Paladins becomes the norm. For a group of cadets from St. John’s Military School in Salina, Kan., who spent Aug. 24 with the Soldiers of Battery B, 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, learning the ins and outs of the self-propelled cannon systems MORE
Cadets from St. John’s Military School in Salina, Kan., receive a briefing on the capabilities
of the M109A6 Paladin from Soldiers of Battery B, 4th Bn., 1st Field Artillery. After the briefing the cadets were allowed to board the paladin and see its capabilities from the inside.

Cavalry Command Sergeant Major Welcomed By Post History

August 27, 2007 — Cavalrymen from 1st Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment recently gave up their Bradleys and returned to their roots as they took a mounted tour of Fort Riley’s historic Main Post. Lt. Col. John Richardson IV, squadron commander, and a group of 1st Sqdn., 13th Cav. Regt. first sergeants saddled up to welcome their new command sergeant major to their MORE
Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment tour Main Post on horseback.

After-Army Review: Two Former Soldiers Talk about How Army Life Helped Them

August 27, 2007 — It’s something nearly every Soldier will face sooner or later: transitioning from the Army to civilian life. Whether they choose to do so after seven years or after 27 years, the changes in lifestyle and environment can conjure up every emotion in the book. Regardless of what they go on to do, many say their time in the Army more than prepared them MORE

Spouses Offer Tips To Survive Deployment

August 27, 2007 — When Army wives talked about what they rely on the most to get them through a deployment, the reoccurring theme was each other. So it’s not too surprising that their advice for deployment survival included getting a job, becoming involved with your family readiness group, find a community group to be a part of – do whatever you need to do to make MORE

Twins Go ‘Green,’ Serve Near Air Force Dad

August 27, 2007 — BAGHDAD – Air Force Master Sgt. Gregory Anderson always encouraged his sons to join the military. Having served for 21 years, he said he felt the service had always treated him well.His twin sons, Brian and Brad Harlow, joined the military, but not their father’s branch. They chose to join the Army, and now the three men are serving in Operation MORE

Co. A ‘Water Dogs’ Make Summer In Iraq More Comfortable At Fob Falcon

August 27, 2007 — BAGHDAD – When most Soldiers finish a mission, they’re thinking about two things: hot chow and a hot shower.For the latter, they probably never even stop to think about where the water comes from or who processes it. If that water weren’t flowing, then they would be more likely to ask those questions and who was responsible.“Water dogs” or water MORE
Company A, 610th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division’s water purification site at Forward Operating Base Falcon. The ‘Atlas’ has been providing clean water to the base since early June.

‘Black Lion’ Creates Medals For Iraqi Soldiers

August 27, 2007 — BAGHDAD – It wasn’t too long ago that the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment “Black Lions” out of Fort Riley began operating in southwest Baghdad. Staff Sgt. Christopher Duran of Company E, the forward support company for the Black Lions, has become a liaison between the battalion and their Iraqi counterparts. Duran, trained as a cook, has been MORE
Gen. David Petraeus, commander of Multi-National Forces – Iraq, speaks at an award ceremony
for three members of the Iraqi security forces June 30 in southern Baghdad. Petraeus was the first person to present the Iraqi Army medals, designed by a Soldier serving with the “Black Lions” of 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment.