The Deployment Diary

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The Big Red One Returns...

We spent several years at Fort Riley and I have to say, husband and I both loved it there. We still have close friends who call Fort Riley home - and we hope to one day possibly move back to the area. The post and the area is rich with history! From Custer to Patton - to Eisenhower's hometown being a short drive west...if you have a love for history like I do, you would truly enjoy Fort Riley.

One of my friends sent me an email this morning with a link to an article. She said, "Guess Christmas will come early for you this year lol!" She knows my feelings about bringing home our troops from Germany and other ungrateful countries. Bring those dollars back to America and tell Germany and their hate America mindset to kiss off.

She was did feel a bit like Christmas when I read the headline:

It's Official: Big Red One Returns
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and U.S. Representative Jim Ryun, R-Kan., officially announced today that the Department of Defense will move the 1st Infantry Division headquarters, the Big Red One, back to Fort Riley in 2006. The Big Red One is the oldest continuously-serving division in the Army, and is currently stationed in Germany.

Roberts said when BRAC recommendations were announced in May, he thought that the Big Red One would most likely return.

"Today, it is a reality. In looking forward, I have placed the Army flag next to the Kansas and American flags outside my Washington office," he said. "It will be there ready, holding the place for the division flag when it returns home to Kansas."

The Secretary of Defense's plan to restructure its global presence also includes placing three of the 1st Infantry Division's Brigade Combat Teams at Fort Riley. Roberts said the three Brigade Combat Teams will consist of two heavy, of 3,900 soldiers each, and one light brigade, of 3,600 soldiers.

This action is in addition to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendations to move supporting units and a Multi Functional Aviation Brigade to Fort Riley, according to a press release from Roberts' office.

Ryan said today's announcement speaks volumes to the asset the military has in Fort Riley and the level of professionalism of the men and women stationed there.

"With this announcement today, the Army has made it clear what we have known all along -- that Fort Riley is truly the crown jewel of the United States Army," Ryun said. "It has been a long awaited return for everyone involved in this process, but today our perseverance has been rewarded."

Welcome Home 1st Infantry Division...Fort Riley and the surrounding communities look forward to welcoming you back to America's Warfighting Center.

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  • Hi Shannon,

    I just found your blog! I'll have to come back sometime when I'm thinking better and read your recent posts! I just wanted to say a quick thanks for all you do for the cause of freedom - although few seem to realize how much the families of deployed men and women actually give.

    I'll be back soon! ~smile~

    By Blogger Peaceful Selah, at 8/05/2005 11:09 PM  

  • I just recently found your blog! I'll be checking back for updates! Stay strong and I just want to say thanks for all you as well as your husband do! Stay strong and take care! God Bless!

    By Anonymous Emmy, at 8/07/2005 7:39 PM  

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