1st Cavalry Division
Dennis Webster, Executive Director
February 29, 2008
It has been too long since my last update and for that I apologize. Things have really been busy here at the Association headquarters in Copperas Cove and on Fort Hood. Let me give you a quick update that will not completely bring you up to date on the many events and changes in our great Association and the 1st Cavalry Division.
MG Joseph Fil relinquished command of the 1st Cavalry Division and is now LTG Joseph Fil, Commanding General of Eighth U.S. Army and Chief of Staff, UN Command/Combined Forces Command/UN Forces in Korea. His nomination for promotion and assignment came out just after the Division’s colors were cased in Baghdad. He departed the First Team on 1 February. BG Vincent K. Brooks is now in command of the First Team. BG John Campbell has departed the First Team for assignment to the Joint Staff as the Deputy Director, Regional Operations, J-3.
On 15 February, the 15th Sustainment Brigade changed command with COL Aundre Piggee departing for an assignment on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon and COL Larry Phelps taking command after being the Rear Detachment Commander during the Division’s deployment in Iraq. Unfortunately, the 15th Sustainment Brigade was reassigned from the 1st Cavalry Division to the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). Many of you would recognize the 15th Sustainment Brigade as the Division Support Command. The reorganization of the Army has drastically changed the make-up of our division. Visit http://www.1cda.org/division_organization_and_history.htm to see some of the changes that have occurred in the division structure in the past couple of years.
In the next couple of months the Division will undergo numerous changes of command with every brigade and battalion commander changing. This was the case after the last deployment to Iraq and while it makes for rapid changes of leaders the First Team will be getting some new leaders and having many former First Team Troopers returning to command larger organizations than during their last assignment.
On 4 March the 4th Brigade Combat Team stationed at Fort Bliss will case their colors and be redesignated as the 4th BCT of the 1st Armored Division. This reflagging includes all of their units which are: 1-9th CAV, 2-7th CAV, 2-12th CAV, 5-82nd FA, 27th Brigade Support Bn. and the 4th Special Troops Bn. The 4th BCT of the 4th Infantry Division will case their colors at Fort Hood on 7 March and be redesignated as the 4th BCT of the 1st Cavalry Division with all of its aforementioned subordinate units. This brings the entire 1st Cavalry Division back to Fort Hood, Texas. We bid a sad farewell to the great Troopers that currently serve in the 4th BCT at Fort Bliss and who just returned from duty in Iraq. We hope they remember that “Once Cav, always Cav” is more than just a phrase. If they haven’t joined the Association they need to and make the phrase a reality.
The Officers, Board of Governors and the Trustees of the Foundation and Museum Foundation met at Fort Hood on 23 February to conduct the business of the Association and the two Foundations. Meetings are open to any and all members of the Association and one of our members, Randy George, came and presented a Division patch that was flown in space on one of the shuttles to the Division for inclusion in Museum. Meetings were held in the Division Headquarters with the Foundation Trustees meeting in the morning and the Board of Governors meeting in the afternoon. BG Brooks and CSM Johndrow provided those at the Board of Governors meeting with an excellent briefing on what the division accomplished in Iraq.
The 1st Cavalry Division Association needs you! It is time to submit documentation to serve on the Board of Governors or as a Trustee of one of our Foundations. Visit http://www.1cda.org/Leadership.htm for the listing of the present leaders of the Association. If you wish to serve as a Trustee or be a member of the Board visit http://www.1cda.org/election_notice.htm for information on what is required and send it to us now. I know that we will need to identify someone to serve as a Trustee for the Foundation of the 1st Cavalry Division to replace Tom Hartin who has chosen not to serve another term. He has been involved with the Association and Foundation for the past 25 years.
Vice President Cheney visited with the Troopers of the Division on Tuesday, 26 February. He also attended the colors uncasing ceremony for III Corps that had returned from Iraq. As usual, much work had to be done in preparation for such a visit and the majority of the installation was closed during much of the Vice President’s visit for security reasons. I didn’t attend the speech at the Division Headquarters but one quote from his speech that was covered by the Killeen Daily Herald is worth passing on. VP Cheney said, “In its history, the 1st Cavalry has “covered itself in glory…You’ve proven once again that the big yellow patch stands for skill and courage and honor,” You can read the story done by the Killeen Daily Herald at http://www.kdhnews.com/news/story.aspx?s=23380.
If you haven’t registered for the 61st Annual Reunion yet, please do so quickly. It really helps me in coordination of the reunion and helps all of you to enjoy the reunion more. You can download a registration form from our web page at http://www.1cda.org/61st_Reunion.htm or cut out page 13 in your SABER. Fill it out and send it in to the Association headquarters at 302 N Main St., Copperas Cove, TX 76522-1703 with a check or money order for the full amount. Also please sign up for any of the tours early. Again a form is available on the web page but make sure that you send that form to Active Escapes, Inc., 1177 Garrison Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32092 and not to us.
This is enough for now and I’ll do my best to get out another update in a few weeks.
Phone (254) 547-6537 Fax (254) 547-8853
Web Page: http://www.1cda.org/