1st Cavalry Division
Dennis Webster, Executive Director
December 21, 2007
All of us at the Association Headquarters in Copperas Cove hope that your holidays are happy and that the next year will bring you much happiness and joy.
The 1st Cavalry Division transferred authority for the Multi-National Division Baghdad to the 4th Infantry Division on 19 December in a ceremony conducted in Baghdad. MG Joe Fil and the rest of the Command Group, BG Vincent Brooks, BG John Campbell, COL Jack Ballantyne and CSM Phil Johndrow along with a plane load of their closest friends returned to Fort Hood on 20 December and were welcomed home in a ceremony on Cooper Field. I think we are close to 50% of the Division being home now. Flights are currently scheduled to return on Christmas Eve and on Christmas. Information on ceremonies for returning Troopers is at http://www.hood.army.mil/1stcavdiv/returning/returning.htm. We have returning Troopers coming in all weekend and also on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day if the schedule doesn’t change.
A video of the Transfer of Authority ceremony is available at http://www.hood.army.mil/1stcavdiv/media/videos/2007/Dec/MND-B%20TOA.wmv or visit the Division web page at http://www.hood.army.mil/1stcavdiv/ and click on the link. We pray for the continued success of the mission in Iraq and for the safety of the Troopers of the First Team and the other units that are fighting the war on terror.
I attended a Memorial Service for one 1st Cavalry Division Trooper at the Division’s Memorial Chapel. The service was also attended by MG Fil, CSM Johndrow, BG Campbell, COL Ballantyne, and COL Green who all had just returned from Iraq that morning. SGT Alfred G. Paredez, Jr., HHC 1-8th Cavalry was killed when his vehicle struck and improvised explosive device on 20 November. His funeral was conducted in Las Vegas and was attended by several Association members that live in that area. While we have had a few deaths in our attached units, the 1st Cavalry Division has had no other Troopers die since SGT Paredez.
There are currently no Troopers in Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio as in-patients. All of the Troopers that are there are in an out-patient status and will be able to be with family over the holidays. We only have one Trooper at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as an in-patient.
The 2008 calendars are in being mailed out and most of you should receive your calendars before the beginning of 2008 but there is a chance that they will be late. I won’t lay blame on anyone else…send the complaints to me. Once received, I believe that you will enjoy your calendar.
Information and forms to register for the 61st Annual Reunion have been published in the November/December SABER and been sent out with the 2008 calendars. Information and forms is also available on our web page at http://www.1cda.org/61st_Reunion.htm. We hope to see you in Jacksonville in June!
Merry Christmas and First Team!
Phone (254) 547-6537 Fax (254) 547-8853
Web Page: http://www.1cda.org/