Division Association Updates
Dennis Webster, Executive Director
August 6, 2006
September will be a busy month at Fort Hood.
The 1st Cavalry Division celebrates its 85th Birthday on 13 September. The following is a quote from our history as written in Spur Ride: ďOn 13 September 1921, with the initiation of the National Defense Act, the 1st Cavalry Division was formally activated at Ft. Bliss, Texas. With almost a century of service behind the oldest of its regiments and sixty five years of service for its youngest, the units that had already ridden and fought their way into the pages of history were to be organized into a newly formed divisional structureĒ. Take some time and read the history of the Division on-line at http://www.first-team.us/journals/. Our historian, Harry Boudreau, has done an excellent job of putting this history together and I use his web pages and the Spur Ride every day to help answer questions about the history of the First Team.
The Division Museum has been undergoing some changes in the main exhibit area and will reopen later this month as part of the Divisionís birthday celebration. A Purple Heart Memorial will be dedicated on the Museum Grounds on 21 September in conjunction with the celebration of the Museumís 35th Anniversary. This memorial is being donated by Joe Phipps of Phipps Memorial of Waco, Texas. Phipps Memorial is the company that built the Division Memorial. Joe contacted Bob Tagge, Executive Trustee for the Museum Foundation, and offered to donate the Purple Heart Memorial at no cost to the Museum Foundation or the Army. During your next trip to Fort Hood, stop by the Museum and see the memorial and check out the new exhibits. Please remember that your donations to the 1st Cavalry Division Association Museum Foundation are tax-deductible and will help us build a new and larger museum to preserve the Divisionís history.
The Air Cavalry Brigadeís Colors were cased on 7 September in preparation for their deployment. MG Joe Fil and CSM Phil Johndrow will case the Colors of the 1st Cavalry Division and the rest of the Divisionís BCTs will also case their Colors in a ceremony on Cooper Field on 28 September. The Colors will remain cased until they are uncased in Iraq. The 15th Sustainment Brigade has uncased their Colors in Iraq and has taken over the mission of providing support from the 4th Sustainment Brigade. We hope to receive a list of Troopers that will serve as unit POCs to assist our Trooper Support Program in sending items to the deployed Troopers. If you havenít done so visit our Trooper Support Program web page and see how you can support the First Team.
They will cut a ribbon opening a new barracks for the Division Special Troops Battalion. I know that you are thinking that the Army didnít time that right. Build a new barracks and ship the troops off to war. I was on active duty when that building was planned and no one had an idea that we would be fighting a war on terror. At least the Troopers have a new building to come home to!
Iím sorry if you got your SABER late last month. Reunion put us behind on getting it out and we had a SNAFU with the Post Office and had some of the papers sent to the wrong location and had to get them re-routed. We are currently working on the September/October issue and plan on it going to the printer in the third week of September.
The Association will host a Hospitality Suite at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia from 9-11 November. There will not be an Ia Drang Banquet held this year but we will place wreaths at the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials on Veterans Day. Information is available at http://www.1cda.org/Veterans%20Day%202006.htm.
We have had a total of 1,442 new members join the Association so far in 2006. Of that number, 1,036 are active duty Troopers currently serving with the Division and 386 of them are veterans that previously served with the Division. The largest number of these Troopers, 886, has come from units within the 1st Brigade Combat Team. Iím going to provide you with the number of new members over the last several years which will show you that our largest growth is coming from the Active Duty Troopers in the Division.
2004 Ė 2,066 Total Ė 1,508 Active Duty
2005 Ė 1,628 Total Ė 984 Active Duty
We hope that our memberships will continue to increase during the deployment. The numbers of new members jumped greatly during the Divisionís last deployment in 2004 and early 2005.
The Foundation of the 1st Cavalry Division Association has provided 8 scholarships to the family members of active duty Troopers. We only had 8 apply and all of them were approved. The names of those receiving scholarships will be listed in the November/December SABER. Your donations to the Foundation of the 1st Cavalry Division Association will help to provide scholarships to the children of Troopers that are killed or totally and permanently disabled in combat and our active duty Troopers. Donations are tax-deductible.
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