FORT HOOD, Texas – The 1st Cavalry Division celebrated its 101st birthday over the course of the past week with friendly competitions and ceremonies to build camaraderie around the heritage of the First Team, Sept. 12-16 at Fort Hood, Texas.
To conclude the week-long celebration, Troopers and local community attended a ceremony that was held to pay respects to the history and tradition of the cavalry.
“Every once in a while we have to step back and reflect on where we came from,” said Maj. Gen. John B. Richardson IV, commanding general, 1st Cavalry Division. “In an Army organization, your history is your foundation. We’re walking in some huge footsteps, and sometimes we have to remind ourselves of that lineage and that history that we have to live up to.”
In 1921, the division was formally organized at Fort Bliss, Texas consisting of two cavalry brigades, a field artillery battalion, an engineer battalion, division quartermaster trains command, special troops command, an ambulance company and a headquarters element.
“To me, a large part of having pride in my unit is knowing the history,” said Sgt. 1st Class Teosha Profit, support operations non-commissioned officer, 1st CD Sustainment Brigade. “With 101 years of history, there’s a never ending sense of pride. Most importantly, teaching junior Soldiers the history and allowing them to witness this year’s events is impactful.”
Troopers within the division were able to come together as a team to have fun, rejuvenate, and celebrate the history of the 1CD.
The friendly competitions held throughout the week included a 5k run, softball, soccer, dodgeball, basketball, flag football, triathlon, tug of war, powerlifting, paintball, cornhole, and bowling.
2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment reigned victorious with the most wins in every competition and claimed the Cavalry Commander’s Cup.