1st Cavalry  Division Association Updates
Dennis Webster, Executive Director
November 6, 2006

 

Troopers,

All of the main body flights for the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood are gone and the Troopers are either in Iraq or in Kuwait getting ready to move to Iraq.  The 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bliss has already begun their movement and may be getting close to completing their deployment.  The Division is expected to assume control of Baghdad before the middle of November.  Stories on the Divisionís deployment from the Division PAO may be viewed on the Division web page at http://www.hood.army.mil/1stcavdiv/.

The Division had its first Trooper killed in Iraq on 26 October.  1SG Ricky L. McGinnis, 42, from Hamilton, Ohio died in Balad, Iraq, from injuries suffered that same day in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol.  1SG McGinnis was assigned to A Troop, 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.  He leaves behind his wife and four daughters aged 12, 14, 19 and 20 and was buried in the Texas Veterans Cemetery on 3 November.  His family currently resides in Kempner, Texas. 

Since Harry Boudreau is in the process of moving and unable to update his web pages, I have replaced his Fallen Troopers web link on the Associationís homepage with one that Iím doing titled Fallen Troopers.  Once Harry gets set and back on-line we will switch back to his page since it is more professional than the simple page Iím currently using.

The end of October and the beginning of November mark the dates of the fighting around Unsan in 1950.  I placed a link to a section of Harryís history pages on the web page to draw attention to those battles and to remember the sacrifice of the Cav Troopers that fought there fifty-six years ago.  In late October an 8th Cavalry Trooper, CPL Darrell Scarbrough, 8th Cavalry Regiment, who was posthumously promoted to Sergeant, was buried in Beckwith, West Virginia.  His remains were identified through the use of DNA testing by the Armyís Central Identification Laboratory of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command.  He was killed in the fighting at Unsan and was returned recently to his family.  As you know, there are still many First Team Troopers that have not been returned to their families.  Never forget.

Veterans Day is fast approaching and I will be heading to Washington, DC on 7 November to visit the National Archives looking for good photos for future 1st Cavalry Division Association calendars.  If you are in the Washington, DC area, please stop by the Hilton Crystal City and visit with us at the Hospitality Suite which will be open 9-11 November.  We will be placing wreaths at the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials on Veterans Day.  If you canít make it to DC, please participate in a local Veterans Day Ceremony and take your children and grandchildren to help them understand the meaning of Veterans Day.

The 2007 Calendar is off to the printer and will be mailed out later this month.  I think weíve done a decent job on this yearís calendar but I expect that Iíll get some assistance in pointing out the few mistakes that we did make.  I really donít mind if members point out mistakes or offer possible entries because that helps us to do better each year.  There are several days in the year when nothing has been recorded to place on the calendar and there are also days with so many entries that we have to exclude some very important information.  Iíll place an announcement on the Associationís web page when they start going out in the mail.  Please remember that mailing over 28,000 calendars takes a little time and it also becomes an expensive proposition.  We will spend over $24,000 printing and mailing the calendar and inserts to over 28,000 active members of the Association.  Later we will pay for additional postage to receive notification of bad addresses to help keep our records up to date.

In case you didnít know, two former First Team Commanders have been selected for reassignment and one for promotion.  Information on General Officer assignments and nominations are often announced on the Department of Defense web page and in late September they announced that MG Joseph Petersonís appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff, United States Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia.  In the same announcement it said that LTG Peter Chiarelli had been approved for reassignment at his present ran to be the Special Assistant to the Commander, United States Central Command for the Development of Regional Military Capability.  Both of these officers are currently serving in Iraq, LTG Chiarelli as the Multi-National Corps Commander and MG Peterson as the Commander of the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team.

Other General Officers that have served in the Division recently announced for promotion and/or reassignment include:

       LTG Charles (Hondo) Campbell (ADC at Hood) for promotion to General and to command U.S. Army Forces Command

       MG J.D. Thurman (1-32nd AR Desert Storm) from current CG 4th Infantry Division to Commander V Corps

       BG (P) Jeff Hammond (Chief of Staff, DIVARTY at Hood and ADC in OIF II) was selected as the next CG of the 4th Infantry Division

       BG David Halverson (2-82 FA at Hood) to be the Director of Operations, Readiness and Mobilization on the Army staff in the Pentagon

       COL (P) William Grimsley (2-8 and G-3 at Hood) to be an Assistant Division Commander in the 4th Infantry Division

David Wilmes, Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies which is affiliated with the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project, contacted me wanting to interview World War II Veterans of the 1st Cavalry Division.   He has been interviewing World War II veterans since 1995 and in that time has conducted about 200 interviews.   The Center is preparing a publication on the oral histories they have collected over the years.  They want to interview veterans of the 1st Cavalry Division either in person or by phone, or submit questionnaires to about their service in World War II.  Part of the book will be dealing with Pacific campaigns and since the 1st Cavalry played such an important part throughout the war in the Pacific, they would like to include some accounts from 1st Cavalry veterans.  Please share this information with First Team World War II veterans and ask them to contact David Wilmes at his email address - owen1918@msn.com or at his home phone number (908) 269-5230.

The Division has placed Points of Contact at the hospitals where our Troopers may be sent to ensure accountability and add to patient and family care.  If you live in the area or are visiting in the area and would like to visit wounded Troopers please contact them prior to visiting so they can assist you in coordinating your visit.  No personal information can or will be released on wounded Troopers, so we wonít be providing any names or information on our wounded.  We are sending 1st Cavalry Division stickers to the POCs to mark the Troopers rooms and it is likely that other items may be need for these Troopers as well.  Iíll provide more information when I get it.

Walter Reed Army Medical Center (Washington, DC)

SSG Lisa Sanderson lisa.sanderson@us.army.mil, 202-782-6399 (Commercial), 254-415-5818 (CELL)

SGT Steven Buero steven.buero@us.army.mil, 202-782-6399 (Commercial), 254-289-9556 (CELL)

Brook Army Medical Center (San Antonio, TX)

SSG Timothy A. Fletcher timothy.fletcher@us.army.mil, 210-916-8062 (Commercial), 254-415-5816 (CELL)

Landstuhl Army Medical Center (Germany)

MSG Martha A. Green martha.a.green@us.army.mil LOCAL #: 254-458-7368

SFC Jorge Veiga jorge.luis.veiga@us.army.mil, 01149-6371-86-8933 when calling outside Europe, 01622-71-1036 (CELL)

SGT Scott Lee scott.g.lee@us.army.mil, 01149-6371-86-5057 when calling outside Europe, 01622-71-1036 (CELL)

Information on the Trooper Support Program is located at http://www.1cda.org/TSP.htm and will be published in the November/December SABER.

 

Have a great Veterans Day and a Happy Thanksgiving!

First Team!

Dennis

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