1st Cavalry Division
Dennis Webster, Executive Director
December 24, 2008
Lorinda, Martha and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope that your holidays and the New Year will be wonderful.
First some sad news, Norm Osterby, who served as the President of the 1st Cavalry Division Association from 1990-1992, died from a stroke on 29 November in Minnesota. Norm served in B Troop, 1-7th Cavalry during World War II. Services were held at the Methodist Church in Annandale, Minnesota on Friday, 5 December and internment at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery on the following Monday. Norm was 86 years old and is survived by his wife, Peg. He was a really nice man and will be missed greatly.
BG John Murray was promoted in a ceremony yesterday that was conducted at the Horse Cavalry Detachment. GEN Pete Chiarelli came in to do the promotion and was joined by a large crowd of military folks and Killeen community members that turned out on a cold and wet Texas morning to witness the promotion of an excellent officer who currently serves as one of our Assistant Division Commanders. BG Murray previously commanded the 3rd Brigade during OIF II.
The 1st Cavalry Division cased its Colors in a ceremony on 12 December and will uncase them once they are in Iraq and ready to take over the mission from the 4th Infantry Division. The ceremony was well done but they added a twist to the Horse Cavalry Detachment’s charge across Cooper Field for this ceremony. Two Apache, two Blackhawk, and two Chinook helicopters crossed the parade field directly behind the HCD. The story and photos can be seen at http://www.army.mil/-news/2008/12/16/15225-1st-cavalry-division-color-casing-ceremony/index.html.
The 3rd Brigade Combat Team has departed Fort Hood for their tour in Iraq. We will have points of contact for those that wish to send items to the Troopers once they get settled in Iraq and have their APO addresses confirmed. The units in the 3rd BCT are: 6-9th CAV, 3-8th CAV, 1-12th CAV, 2-82nd FA, 215th BSB and the 3rd Special Troops Battalion. The 2nd BCT will be leaving shortly and will be quickly followed by the Division Headquarters and the 1st BCT. There is still no announcement for the deployment of the Air Cavalry Brigade but we expect an announcement soon. The 4th BCT is doing well in Iraq. There are numerous stories on the 4th BCT’s deployment on the Division web page at http://www.hood.army.mil/1stcavdiv/.
The Crossed Sabers Souvenir Shop is in the process of changing leadership. Rebecca Nethercutt is quitting and will be going to Germany to be with her husband. Matthew’s job is sending him to Germany and they did not want to him to serve an unaccompanied tour. We will miss Rebecca who has been the manager in the Souvenir Shop since January 2002. I think she has done excellent work and I have enjoyed working with her. The Crossed Sabers Chapter President, Jerry Eller, has hired her replacement. Michelle Wolfe is currently training with Rebecca and will take over in January. You will get a chance to meet Michelle during visits to the shop or during reunion and we want to welcome her to the First Team.
I apologize for the lateness of the 2009 calendar. There are several reasons that it is not out yet and I will do better next year. It is not on the way yet but will be out soon. The November/December SABER is also late but it is in the mail and will be arriving soon.
President Elect Obama selected GEN (Ret) Erik Shinseki to be the Secretary of the Veterans Administration. GEN Shinseki commanded the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood from 1994 – 1995. I view this selection as an excellent one for the Veterans of our country. GEN Shinseki is an excellent leader and has demonstrated a concern for Soldiers in his time in the military. He will be focused on doing what is right for Veterans.
Information on the 2009 Reunion has been added to the web page at http://www.1cda.org/62nd_Reunion.htm. You can print an application and mail it in and pay by check, money order or credit card. I’m working on adding a way to pay on-line but that won’t be available right away.
Each year the Fort Hood Herald names a Person of the Year. This year they named GEN Ray Odierno who is now commanding all of the forces in Iraq and was the III Corps Commander. He previously commanded the Division Artillery at Fort Hood. The story on his selection is at http://www.theforthoodherald.com/news/story.aspx?s=30190 . They also did a story on some of those considered and that included some folks that many of you will know, Doc McNaney, Ivor McKay and Art Junot. They don’t spell Junot real well but I still recognized him. You can read the story that discusses them at http://www.theforthoodherald.com/news/story.aspx?s=30193. There is also a story on MG Jeff Hammond who commands the 4th Infantry Division and is not in Iraq. He was also the commander of the First Team’s Division Artillery and you can read about him at http://www.theforthoodherald.com/news/story.aspx?s=30192. Congratulations to GEN Odierno, MG Hammond and the Three Amigos (Doc, Ivor and Art).
Once again, have a happy and safe holiday!
Executive Director, 1st Cavalry Division Association
Phone (254) 547-6537 - Fax (254) 547-8853
Web Page: http://www.1cda.org/