• Sgt. Tommy Evans (foreground), Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard, leads a saber ceremony June 11 at division headquarters. The ceremony was a part of division's victory week honoring the Army and divisions birthday. The 1st Inf. Div. celebrated its 96th year on June 8, and the Army celebrated its 238th on June 14.

    Sgt. Tommy Evans (foreground), Commanding...

    Sgt. Tommy Evans (foreground), Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard, leads a saber ceremony June 11 at division headquarters. The ceremony was a part of division's victory week honoring the Army and divisions birthday. The 1st Inf. Div. celebrated...

  • First Lt. Samuel Gulland; Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general; 1st Lt. Christopher Siok; and Command Sgt. Maj. Miguel Rivera prepare to cut the Army and 1st Infantry Division's birthday cake June 11 at division headquarters. The division turned 96 on June 8, and the Army turned 238 on June 14. Gulland and Siok, from 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, represented the 1st Inf. Div. at the most recent Best Ranger Competition, placing 13th " the highest of any division team. The cake cutting was part of the division's annual Victory Week celebration, which honors current and former brave, responsible and on point Big Red One Soldiers.

    First Lt. Samuel Gulland; Maj. Gen. Paul E...

    First Lt. Samuel Gulland; Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general; 1st Lt. Christopher Siok; and Command Sgt. Maj. Miguel Rivera prepare to cut the Army and 1st Infantry Division's birthday cake June 11 at...

Soldiers, Family members and veterans packed the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters building on June 11 to celebrate the "Big Red One" and Army birthdays.

The ceremony was part of the division's Victory Week celebrations to honor the 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, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general.

"This next generation looks up to us and we have a responsibility to live up to their thoughts, their ideas and their expectations," Funk added.

The birthday celebration was highlighted by a cake cutting, a saber ceremony performed by Soldiers from 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 storied history reaches back to WWI 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 is June 14, which will mark its 238th year.

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