1st ID bids farewell to Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers during award ceremony
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 1st Infantry Division Deputy Commanding Officer of Support Col. Geoffrey A. Norman poses with Soldiers from Main Command Post - Operational Detachment, Colorado Army National Guard, in Poznan, Poland, March 25, 2022. These Soldiers have served under 1st Infantry Division for the past nine months and received the Army Commendation Medal for their help across the division and in support of Atlantic Resolve. (Photo Credit: Spc. Javen Owens) VIEW ORIGINAL
1st ID bids farewell to Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers during award ceremony
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Col. Geoffrey A. Norman, deputy commanding officer of support, 1st Infantry Division, left, presents 1st Lt. Isaiah Daniels, a targeting intelligence officer with the Colorado Army National Guard, with the Meritorious Service Medal in Poznan, Poland, March 25, 2022. Daniels received the medal for his contributions to the Main Command Post - Operational Detachment in support of Atlantic Resolve. (Photo Credit: Spc. Javen Owens) VIEW ORIGINAL

POZNAN, Poland - The 1st Infantry Division hailed farewell, and held an award ceremony for Soldiers representing the Main Command Post - Operational Detachment, Colorado Army National Guard, March 25.

The MCPOD supported 1st ID for more than nine months in Poznan, Poland. The Soldiers were awarded the Army Commendation Medal for their help throughout the division and in support of Atlantic Resolve.

U.S. Army Europe and Africa has led the Department of Defense’s Atlantic Resolve land efforts by providing rotational U.S.-based units to Europe to show commitment to NATO allies while building readiness, increasing interoperability, and enhancing the bonds between ally and partner militaries.

The Soldiers were a part of the approximately 7,000 Soldiers who participate in Atlantic Resolve at any given time.

“This celebrates all the services we did. Whether it was exercises, helping out forward operations or just supplying a portion of things,” said 1st Lt. Isaiah Daniels, the targeting intelligence officer for the MCPOD.

Following the presentation of the awards, section leaders took the time to highlight how each Soldier played a key role and affected their shop and division as a whole.

“This group of Soldiers came out here and hit the ground running. They took everything we threw at them and surpassed all expectations,” said Col. Geoffrey A. Norman, deputy commanding officer of support, 1st Infantry Division. “Our division would not be in the place we are in right now without these Soldiers, and I would not only like to thank them but their loved ones at home, who let us borrow them for a while.”

The departing Soldiers described leaving as a bittersweet moment, but felt appreciative of all the memories and new friendships they fostered while serving in Poland with the Soldiers of the Big Red One.

“My favorite part was the experience with my teammates, honestly, getting a chance to be able to work with them, learn from them and just be able to live life with them,” Daniels said.

To learn more about the 1st Infantry Division visit: https://home.army.mil/riley/index.php

To learn more about U.S. Army Europe and Africa visit: https://www.europeafrica.army.mil/

To learn more about the Colorado Army National Guard visit: https://co.ng.mil/Army/

To learn more about Atlantic Resolve visit: https://www.europeafrica.army.mil/AtlanticResolve/