1st Cavalry Division
Dennis Webster, Executive Director
February 20, 2007
This is the first update for 2007 and I apologize for taking so long to get this out. Things have been very busy here at the Association offices, primarily due to the illness of Lorinda Davison who just got back to work at the end of January after missing the past month being in the hospital and recovering in Illinois. She went to visit her mother over the holidays and got very sick and was hospitalized for several days in the critical care unit. She isnít totally recovered now but is back for a few of hours each day and that is a big help. Her illness also played a part in the January/February issue of SABER getting finished late. It has been completed and was mailed last week.
First we have some great news to share. The President of the United States will present the Medal of Honor to LTC (R) Bruce P. Crandall in a White House ceremony on 26 February 2007. A Major at the time of the action that earned him the Medal of Honor, his award is for repeatedly flying into LZ X-Ray in support of the ground troops on 14 November 1965. The citation will be posted on our web page as soon as possible after the awarding of the medal. Bruce will be the 38th First Team Trooper to be awarded the nationís highest honor for valor and the third from the fighting at LZ X-Ray. A story by Joe Galloway is available on-line at http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/news/special_packages/galloway/16715229.htm.
Visit http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/crandall/ to read more about this warrior.
The mid-year meeting of the Associationís Board of Governors and the meeting of the Trustees for the Foundation and the Museum Foundation are scheduled for 24 February in the Division Conference Room at Fort Hood, Texas. Conducting the business of the Association and the two foundations is very important and I want to acknowledge the service of these Association members that have been elected to ensure the viability of our Association. If you are interested in being an elected officer or member of the Board please contact me or visit the announcement at http://www.1cda.org/election_notice.htm.
Reunion registration for our 60th Annual Reunion is going well but not as well as the room reservations. The Marriott in Riverside reports that they have filled up our room block. There may be some cancellations so it never hurts to check with them. There are rooms still available at the Mission Inn but they have had quite a jump in reservations in the past couple of weeks. We had 56 Troopers registered for the Reunion with 81 total people scheduled to come as of last week. This is behind last yearís reunion in Louisville but ahead of the reunion in 2004 that we held in Milwaukee. Tours have been finalized and a tour registration form will be included in the SABER and is also available on-line. Make plans now Ė reserve your room and send in your registration form to us now. Information on the reunion and registration forms are available at Link is no longer available.
The number of Troops that are under the control of the 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq is getting larger. In a briefing and interview MG Fil indicated that the Division was currently controlling 10 coalition brigades. You can watch MG Filís briefing if you missed it by visiting http://www4.army.mil/amp/index2.php?video_items_id_key=3789. The influx of units that will be part of Multi-National Division Baghdad has obviously already started with the Presidentís plan to boost troop strength in Iraq. News from Iraq is on the front of almost every network and cable news broadcast. The Division public affairs office is also providing quite a bit of information that is available on the Divisionís web page http://www.hood.army.mil/1stcavdiv/. Keep our Troopers and their families in your prayers.
Information on our Troopers that have died in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom is available at http://www.1cda.org/fallen_troopers.htm . The Department of Defense has released the names of 120 Troopers that are assigned, attached or under the operational control of the Division. Of that number, 54 were assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division. We mourn their loss and ask that you pray for their families.