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  • Tours of duty first

    Feb 6, 2010

    The line stretched the length of the USO, and who wouldn't want to meet and get autographs from the Florida Marlins cheerleaders or players or managers' It was the same for country music star Kellie Pickler professional mixed martial-arts fighter Tito Ortiz and even the band Cracker. These entertainers did not land themselves in Iraq, however. It all came together thanks in no small part to Contingency Operating Base Basra's award-winning Morale, Welfare and Recreation team. Jimmy Roddy is an MWR community recreation officer working alongside Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division in the nine provinces that comprise United States Division-South.

  • Music, and all that jazz

    Feb 6, 2010

    While Soldiers relax in "Holy Joes" on Contingency Operating Base Basra, there are clunks and chatter from the stage. The 1st Infantry Division Jazz Band is bringing in their equipment. Power cords are being run, instruments tuned and fingers and lips limbered. Sgt. James D. Shank, saxophone player for the 1st Inf. Div. band and Baltimore, Md. Native, is preparing himself for a nearly two-hour set. Behind him is the rest of the band: Sgt 1st Class Dan Rhoades on bass guitar, Sgt. 1st Class Brandy Hagin on drums, Staff Sgt. Greg Ybarra on trumpet and Sgt. Brendan Osweiler on keyboard. Shank comes off as a quiet sort of Soldier. He isn't overly engaging to the crowd gathered in the chapel, preferring to let them go about their conversations and board games.

  • Scorched but not scarred: a hero's valor honored

    Feb 6, 2010

    Pfc. Cameron Hebert of 17th Fires Brigade, United States Division-South receives Purple Heart after being wounded with a molotov cocktail while on patrol in southern Iraq.

  • Basrah opens nursing college

    Feb 6, 2010

    The medical care of southern Iraq will be getting a big boost in a few years, thanks to the opening of the first 4-year Bachelor of Nursing college in Basrah.

  • Passing the torch

    Feb 6, 2010

    A group of leading Iraqi religious, civilian and military leaders met with the incoming and outgoing commanders of United States Division - South on Contingency Operating Base Basra, Jan. 28th.

  • Pumps link Soldiers, Iraqis

    Feb 6, 2010

    Soldiers with the 546th Maintenance Company and the 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) met with local leaders Jan. 18, and visited the four pump stations along the Euphrates River that provide water to Contingency Operating Base Adder and Camp Cedar II, Iraq.

  • Providing for the future

    Feb 6, 2010

    Soldiers of the 36th Sustainment Brigade deliver school supplies to children outside Nasiriyah, Iraq.

  • Strength through friendship

    Feb 5, 2010

    Story highlights key leader engagement between 36th SB commander and local sheikhs to work on projects in southern Iraq.

  • The eyes in the sky

    Feb 5, 2010

    Story highlights the unmanned aerial vehicle crew of Forward Operating Base Kalsu, who help react to significant events off the base.

  • Commentary: Leadership means more than being a nice guy

    Feb 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - It is a lot easier to define leadership than it is to put your finger on the attributes of a good leader. There are as many ways to look at the question as there are ways to lead effectively. A common thread is often taking care of Soldiers. Looking out for your subordinates' well being is certainly an important consideration, but it always has to be tempered by the knowledge that accomplishing the mission might put those subordinates at grave risk.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord makes its debut

    Feb 4, 2010

    With the final tug of a canvas case, the unfurling and raising of its new flag, Joint Base Lewis-McChord began its history at 10 a.m. Monday during a ceremony in front of its new headquarters on what is now called "JBLM Lewis Main."

  • Soldiers do PT in the p.m. for science

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT SILL, Okla.--Some Fort Sill Soldiers are dong pt in the p.m. as part of an experiment.

  • Kosovo revisited: N.D. engineers return after 10 years

    Feb 4, 2010

    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - About a dozen North Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers currently deployed here are having a reunion of sorts 10 years after they were first sent to this part of the world to build roads, fortifications and military housing. Today, they are NATO peacekeepers, here as part of the North Dakota contingent that makes up Kosovo Forces 12 (KFOR) of Multi-National Battle Group-East. In 1999-2000, they also were in Kosovo, as Bravo Company and Headquarters Support Company (HSC), 142nd Engineer Combat Battalion (ECB), of Wahpeton, N.D. and Fargo, N.D., respectively, embarking on a very different mission.

  • '1st Lightning' Soldiers support Wildcats on 'GameDay'

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kans-A partnership became stronger Jan. 30. More than 150 Soldiers serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division showed up at Bramlage Coliseum, home of the Kansas State University Wildcats men's basketball team, to support the Wildcats on ESPN's nationally televised College GameDay show. The hour-long show is a pre-game broadcast, featuring college basketball analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Reece Davis and Hubert Davis, who hash out the day's predictions and highlight the stand-out players in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's basketball program.

  • Across the world

    Feb 4, 2010

    Story highlights an x-ray tech with the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division who worked as a missionary for six years after serving one enlistment as a medic.

  • Friday night fights

    Feb 3, 2010

    Story highlights 'Friday Night Fights' at Contingency Operating Base Adder in southern Iraq.

  • FORSCOM recognizes 69th ADA culinary team for excellence in food service competition

    Feb 3, 2010

    At Fort Hood, a post packed with tankers, cavalry troops and infantry grunts, even cooks have their place. As the sole providers of hot chow while units train in the field and labor in combat zones, food service specialists uphold a vital mission that helps set the foundation for success on the battlefield. Quite literally, they fuel the Army. A team of hard-charging food service Soldiers from Fort Hood's own 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade is certainly no exception to excellence when it comes to serving food. From March to November 2009, the team changed its pace a bit and dished up some stiff competition in the 42nd annual, Army-wide Phillip A. Connelly Competition for Excellence in Food Service. Gen. Charles Campbell, the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, recognized the seven-man team of Soldiers Tuesday at III Corps' headquarters building for taking top honors at the FORSCOM level in June 2009 and finishing as the runner-up team for the Department of the Army just four months later.

  • 1st Infantry Division takes command of United States Division-South

    Feb 3, 2010

    Story highlights the transfer of authority ceremony between the 1st Infantry Division and 34th Infantry Division in southern Iraq at the helm of United States Division-South. This concludes a ten-month tenure for the 34th Inf. Div., a Minnesota National Guard division.

  • '1st Lightning' Soldiers support Wildcats on 'GameDay'

    Feb 2, 2010

  • Army Family Action Plan on target for 2010

    Feb 2, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Feb. 2, 2010) - In early January, 96 Department of the Army delegates from across the nation selected 16 of 82 pending quality-of-life issues to resolve through the Army Family Action Plan Process. The AFAP process is the principal Army program Army leaders use to enhance the quality of life for Soldiers and their Family members. The delegates who attended the DA-level conference represented the entire Army Family - Active and Reserve Component Soldiers, leaders, Family members, retirees and DA civilians.

  • Continuing the tradition

    Feb 2, 2010

    Photo release showing the 1st Infantry Division's senior noncommisioned officer, Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Champagne, placing the Big Red One combat patch on the shoulder of Maj. Gen. Vincent Brooks, the division's commander.

  • Staying Big Red One Strong

    Feb 2, 2010

    Photo release shows the reenlistment ceremony of the first Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division to reenlist during the unit's current deployment to Iraq.

  • Marlins visit Big Red One

    Feb 1, 2010

    Representatives of the Florida Marlins baseball team visit the 1st Infantry Division headquarters in southern Iraq. Marlins are the first team to visit troops in Iraq since the beginning of OIF in 2003.

  • New group of wounded vets returns to Iraq

    Jan 31, 2010

    Six wounded warriors stepped off a C-130 Hercules in Baghdad, Jan. 31, and took their first steps in Iraq after being severely wounded the last time they were here. It was the fourth time wounded servicemembers returned to Iraq as part of Operation Proper Exit.

  • Mission prep

    Jan 26, 2010

    Photo release showing a noncommissioned officer conducting pre-combat inspections in southern Iraq's Basra province

  • Pulling his weight

    Jan 26, 2010

    Photo release showing a United States Division-South noncommissioned officer conducting physical training while downrange.

  • United through reading

    Jan 26, 2010

    Photo release of Soldier reading to his child via the USO's "United Through Reading" program from Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq.

  • Make a movie, save a life, win $2,000

    Jan 25, 2010

    Prizes totaling nearly $4,000 are still up for grabs as the 2nd Annual Peer to Peer Safety Video Competion heads into the final months.

  • Denying the enemy through friendship

    Jan 25, 2010

    Story of 1-377 FA Soldiers, part of United States Division-South, patrol a market in southern Iraq to make friends in order to help lower the amount of mortar attacks on Contingency Operating Base Basra

  • Brothers in arms

    Jan 25, 2010

    Story highlights the Hohmann brothers of Sheboygan, Wis., who have now both been deployed with separate elements of the 1st Infantry Division to Iraq.

  • Getting his learn on

    Jan 25, 2010

    Photo release of Soldier pursuing degree while deployed to southern Iraq.

  • Ross Perot visits Fort Benning

    Jan 22, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - American businessman and former two-time presidential candidate Ross Perot visited Fort Benning troops Friday.

  • Life lessons come from unlikely group of Soldiers

    Jan 22, 2010

    Commentary: Capt. Sam Brown, 1st Lt. Jim Kirchner, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Olson, Sgt. 1st Class Mike Schlitz and Sgt. Bill Congleton arrived in Baghdad Dec. 28, 2009, as a part of the third installment of Operation Proper Exit. The five Soldiers chose to return to Iraq after being severely injured on their deployments. Their mission, so to speak, was to find the emotional closure they needed. My mission was to document it. It was a week I will not forget.

  • NCO pours heart and soul into rebuilding cars

    Jan 21, 2010

  • Fort Riley shows community leaders its plan for the future

    Jan 21, 2010

  • No Longer an Army of One

    Oct 8, 2009

    A panel discussion on Oct. 2 at Kansas State University marked the opening of the university's new Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families.

  • Ten troopers of the 1st Infantry Division Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard excel at the

    Oct 8, 2009

    Troopers of the 1st ID's CGMCG excelled at 2009 National Cavalry Competition.

  • Fort Riley hosts IMCOM 'Fellows'

    Oct 1, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Two new employees arrived at Fort Riley recently in hopes of gaining a perspective on how a garrison installation runs. These new employees will use the knowledge gained to serve at Installation Management Command headquarters at Fort Sam Houston, Texas upon completion of an IMCOM Fellows program.

  • Big Red One holds division pass in review

    Aug 3, 2009

    First Infantry Division Soldiers capped off a week full of sports competitions, ceremonies and remembrance with a division pass in review ceremony on July 31.

  • Big Red One honors fallen in Victory Park Ceremony

    Jul 31, 2009

    The 1st Infantry Division honors its fallen from the past year in a ceremony next to the Division's headquarters.

  • 1st ID Holds Victory Warrior Competition

    Jul 29, 2009

    Story about 1st Infantry Division's Victory Warrior Competition, part of the Big Red One's Victory Week.

  • Division Run Kicks off Big Red One "Victory Week"

    Jul 27, 2009

    The 1st Infantry Division started its "Victory Week" celebration on July 27th with a division run. This is the second Victory Week on Fort Riley since the Big Red One returned from Germany.

  • Fort Riley, Kan. ceremony honors both Army's 234th and 1st Infantry Division's 92nd birthd

    Jun 12, 2009

    The memory of past wars and Soldiers who fought to defend the freedom and liberty of the United States since the nation's birth were honored during the Army's 234th birthday and the 1st Infantry Division's 92nd birthday celebration June 11 on the parade field in front of the 1st Infantry Division headquarters.

  • MG Brooks Shares Advice With Eager Cadets

    Jun 12, 2009

    Photo and article from June 11, 2009,

  • VIDEO: Chief of Staff Gen. Casey's Army Birthday message

    Jun 12, 2009

    Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Chief of Staff of the Army, has a message for the Army Family on its 234th Birthday.

  • Fort Riley celebrates Army, 1st ID Birthdays

    Jun 11, 2009

    The Army's birthday and the 1st Infantry Division's birthday are less than a week apart, so the "Big Red One" and Fort Riley split the difference and held a joint birthday ceremony on June 11. The Army turns 234 years old on June 14. The 1st Inf. Div., the longest serving division in the US Army, was organized on June 8, 1917, as the 1st Expeditionary Division.

  • 1st Infantry Division honors D-Day veterans

    Jun 8, 2009

    Over 200 Soldiers from the 1st Inf. Div. marched in a parade in Abilene, Kan., on June 6th to commemorate the D-Day invasion. General Eisenhower grew up in Abilene and his presidential library is located there.

  • The life of the National Training Center media relations officer

    Jun 4, 2009

  • Chain of Command Photo, MG Vincent Brooks

    Jun 3, 2009

    High Resolution photo

  • Chain of Command Photo, MG Vincent K. Brooks

    Jun 3, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley

  • March 2009 "Year of the NCO" poster

    Jun 1, 2009

    This third poster features SGM Barbara A. Hunter who is Fort Gordon's School of Information Technology SGM. During March (Woman's History Month), SGM Hunter was quoted for saying that "Leadership is like a 4 x 4 relay; Set the Standard and Pass it On".

  • January 2009 "Year of the NCO" Poster

    Jun 1, 2009

    This poster is the first in a series of monthly posters. January's poster highlights SFC Katrina Richardson, who has made a significant difference at Fort Gordon and within the Signal Corps.

  • 'The Boss' Remembered

    May 26, 2009

    Sotry about memorial for MITT team member killed in Iraq.

  • Big Red One holds Motorcycle Safety Ride

    May 21, 2009

    Photos and story related to inaugural Motorcycle Mentorship Ride May 21, at Fort Riley and the 1st Infantry Division.

  • Air Force unit settles into Knox to support 3rd Brigade combat team

    May 21, 2009

    Mission of new Air Force unit explained to Fort Knox readers

  • Gen. Casey's 2009 Memorial Day Message

    May 21, 2009

    Chief of Staff Gen. Casey takes a few moments to offer words of support and encouragement for Soldiers, Civilians, contractors and their families around the world as we look toward Memorial Day.

  • Brooks assumes command of Big Red One

    Apr 16, 2009

    Story on Maj. Gen. Vincent Brooks assuming command of the 1st Infantry Division

  • Army Combatives Championship draws record field

    Oct 16, 2008

    More than 280 Soldiers from around the Army competed in the fourth annual U.S. Army Combatives Championship Oct. 4-5 at Fort Benning, Ga., with 28 making the finals in seven weight classes.

  • Big Red One Rocks at Harley-Davidson's 105th Anniversary

    Aug 28, 2008

    MILWAUKEE -- The 1st Infantry Division Rock Band from Fort Riley, Kan., was the opening act for the Harley-Davidson 105th anniversary celebration Aug. 28. During World War I, almost half of all Harley-Davidson motorcycles produced were sold for use by the U.S. military. At war's end, it is estimated that the Army used some 20,000 motorcycles in their efforts, most of which were Harley-Davidson. When World War II ended, Harley-Davidson had produced almost 90,000 WLA models for military use.

  • SPC Ross McGinnis Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

    May 28, 2008

    A ceremony will be held on Wednesday. June 4th 2008 to unveil the new headstone for SPC Ross McGinnis.

  • Medal of Honor: Spc. Ross A. McGinnis

    May 23, 2008

    This feature presentation pays tribute to the life, service and legacy of Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, Spc. Ross A. McGinnis.