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Just saw a piece on Viper Company 1st ID stationed in Afghanistan(sp). Just wanted to pass on my well wishes and congratulations for a job well done. Also my heartfelt thank you to those not only from Viper Co. but also all those that gave their life for this country. Served during Desert Storm with the 233rd MP Co., Springfield IL. We had a platoon that was attached with a 1st ID unti while we were there. Again thank you and welcome home. -- Rusty Kirby, Tuesday, June 30, 2009 5:59 PM

Though I can no longer serve my heart and soul is still with those who do. I applaud your bravery and honor in the field. The sacrifices that you make are appreciated. Thank you all. -- Richard Vieira, Friday, June 19, 2009 10:40 AM

 Thank you guys so much! I especially want to send a shout out to PFC Letner and Spc. Putnam, my 'brothers'. I love you guys and miss you so much! Be good; stay out of trouble and remember God is always watching out for you. Again, thank you for all that you do. With love and prayers, Tiana -- Tiana, Monday, June 30, 2008 4:53 PM

I was one of the vets from 1/18th attending the (3/1 AD to 2/1 ID reflagging) ceremony last Friday. The way I (we) were treated was no less than fantastic. I'm a Nam combat vet--68/69-and my trip to Ft Riley stirred up a lot of memories both good and bad. It will take awhile for the "dust to settle" but I would do it again without hesitation. I can't tell you how good it made me feel to visit with the troops. They certainly are something to be proud of. I'll cherish this visit for the rest of my life!  Thanks-Lou  -- Lou Miller, Tuesday, April 01, 2008 4:43 PM

I want to express my appreciation for the wonderful performance of the 1st Infantry Band that performed in Mountain Home, AR recently. I look forward to seeing them again in the near future. The program was truly outstanding. Please forward my comments to the Commanding General and express my appreciation for this band.  -- Jim Thompson, Wednesday, February 13, 2008 3:18 PM

Just wanted to say thanks and keep up the good work. I am a past member of the Big Red One, 1/63 armor. Oct. 1971-Oct. 1974. -- W.F. Elsasser, Monday, January 28, 2008 3:51 PM

As a member of the 1st ID from '76 to '79 it makes me proud to see current members doing such a great job. Over the years I've caught glimps of 1st ID soldiers on the news doing good work. I really appreciate your sacrifices. ...Keep up the good work! -- Tom Watt, Tues., January 8, 2008 12:07 PM

Betty and I on this Christmas Eve enjoyed the TV broadcast of music directed toward the Military around the world. God Bless all of you and those serving in Iraq and worldwide. -- Jim and Betty Landrum, Mon., December 24, 2007 7:31 PM

I just want to say Thank You for your service and dedication. Thank You for our fredom!!!!! Merry Christmas and may God Bless you and your families. -- Wanda Watkins, Mon., December 24, 2007 4:36 AM

I will say, it was wonderful to see the Mp's show SO much concern when it came to how bad the weather was and peeple trying to keep warm. I was in my car most of the time keeping warm. I don't know how many times I had an Mp or A Major General come and make sure I was ok and my windows were cracked :D This was a doozie for Riley. But we made it :D Some how we..as Ft. Riley need to show great appreciation to these men and woman who have helped us recover from this serious hard ship. In 6 years I have been here at Riley, I have never seen anything like this, and these men and women that are helping to get the power up is of grave importance and should be recognized as well. -- Jennifer N., Fri, December 14, 2007 8:49 PM

My father, John Jenkins Chalinder, was a supply sergeant during WWII, and served proudly in the Big Red One. He was one of the lucky ones who came back alive and intact. He subsequently went to work for the East Orange Veteran's Hospital in East Orange, NJ, where he worked until his retirement. He was a hard worker all his life. In his spare time he did house painting, interior and exterior, helped anyone who needed a ride anywhere, and worked part time in his favorite bar, Dave's Glass Bar. I am proud to be his son. -- John Jenkins Chalinder Jr, Sat., November 24, 2007 4:06 PM

My grandfather served in WWII in this unit. Government being like it is, and since granddad didn't share much I hope to learn more about his contribution after I fill out the paper work! It is good to know that we still have service men and women who care about duty first.  -- Charmain Black, Thu., November 22, 2007 3:34 PM

Thank you all. It is important for me to send this as my father served in the Phillippines as part of the Army of the Occupation, seeing what was left after the h bombs, and still knowing that they were necessary. After a long life of farming, steel mill work, he became a pastor. I hope you are all realizing that in generations to come 'children' will be grateful for your service and sacrifice. Again thank you for passing this to the infantry...those who personnally take the first step. Sincerely, Eileen ARmstrong from DE originally Allegheny Mts near Johnstown, PA as nee: Brumbaugh -- Eileen Armstrong, Thu., November 22, 2007 9:06 AM

Not just on Thanksgivings but Every time I see Old Glory pass by I give thanks for our American Freedom Fighters. Bravo Zulu to all our troops, Ralph for the Diamond family Annapolis MD -- Ralph Diamond, Thu., November 22, 2007 6:02 AM 

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