‘BRO’ Soldiers celebrate birthdays
First Lt. Samuel Gulland, Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley; 1st Lt. Christopher Siok, and Fort Riley Command Sgt. Maj. Miguel Rivera prepare to cut the Army and 1st Inf. Div.’s birthday cake June 11 at division headquarters. The division turned 96 June 8, and the Army turned 238 June 14. Gulland and Siok, both with 1st Bn., 28th Inf. Regt., 4th IBCT, represented the 1st Inf. Div. at the most recent Best Ranger Competition, placing 13th – the highest of any division team. Photo by: Amanda Kim Stairrett, 1ST INF. DIV.
Story by: Sgt. Michael Leverton
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Soldiers, Family members and veterans packed the 1st Infantry Division headquarters building June 11 to celebrate the "Big Red One" and Army birthdays.
The ceremony was part of the division's Victory Week celebration to honor past, present and future generations of the Army and the division.
"Victory doesn't happen without you, and it doesn't happen without committed, determined, brave, responsible people being on point for the nation," said Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley.
"This next generation looks up to us, and we have a responsibility to live up to their thoughts, their ideas and their expectations," Funk said.
The birthday celebration was highlighted by a cake cutting, a saber ceremony performed by Soldiers with the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard and cake constructed and served by Soldiers from the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team Food Services.
The division is celebrating its 96th birthday and is heralded as the oldest division in the Army. Its history reaches back to World War I and continues today in the mountains of Afghanistan.
Funk ended the ceremony by reminding all Soldiers, "Be proud of yourselves and be somebody's hero."
The Army's official birthday was June 14, which marked its 238th year.