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DVIDS – News – The Artillery of the 1st Infantry Division celebrates its 105th anniversary

ADAZI, Latvia – The morning sun shone on the division colors as the 1st Infantry Division Artillery (DIVARTY) celebrated its 105th anniversary since its establishment as the 1st Field Artillery Brigade infantry division on May 24, 1917.

U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. David Chastain, operations sergeant major, of DIVARTY called the brigade to attention as U.S. Army Col. Richard J. Ikena Jr., commander of the 1st Infantry Division Artillery, s addressed the lineup with remarks on DIVARTY’s anniversary and continued with an awards ceremony. Soldiers received awards for their efforts and dedication to duty from 1st DIVARTY, including the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Division Coins, and Army Coins. battalion, featuring various mottos and symbols important to the brigade. As Ikena walked along the line, presenting the awards to the soldiers, he spoke with them, thanked them and recognized them individually for their effort, hard work and dedication to the mission. Few units in the United States Armed Forces have been around as long as the DIVARTY, whose rich history dates back to World War I.

DIVARTY was formed as Headquarters, 1st Field Artillery Brigade during World War I, and assigned to the 1st Expeditionary Division, later known as the 1st Infantry
Division. He completed his organization in August 1917 in France and took part in various battles, including the Third Battle of the Aisne and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, for which he obtained combat banners.

“32 campaign streamers, if you look, seven campaign streamers from the First World War, in
a period of one year,” said Ikena, during a speech. “Remember our past, remember those 32 Battle streamers cost enough, honor them by standing on their shoulders to operate as we do today, again making a meaningful difference, to reassure our allies.”

After World War I it returned to the United States and moved to various bases before being disbanded on October 16, 1939 at Fort Hoyle, Maryland.

It was activated on October 1, 1940 and participated after the outbreak of World War II, fighting in North Africa and Europe, earning battle streamers for their actions.

After returning from Germany after World War II, it was renamed headquarters and
Headquarters Battery, 1st Division Artillery in 1957, and saw action in the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1970.

From 1990 to 1991, he participated in the Gulf War with the liberation and defense of Kuwait and was inactivated on November 15, 1995 at Fort Riley, Kansas.

It participated in the War on Terror, and on October 16, 2015, the 1st Infantry
Division artillery has been activated and received the attachment of all fire elements to standardize fire and fire support procedures, integrate and fire in support of maneuver operations and synchronize fire effects spouses to ensure combat-ready forces for the 1st Infantry Division.

“I think it’s a lot of trying to carry that weight, the responsibility to make them proud, the people who actually gave their lives for the Big Red One,” said US Army Spc. Christopher White assigned to 1st DIVARTY. “I personally think it means a lot to be able to wear the division crest, you see it in movies and games and all that kind of stuff. So it was kind of surreal to see it there. When you’re actually in unity, there’s a lot of people seeing his story, learning about him, knowing it’s important, it means a lot.

Currently, DIVARTY is one of the units stationed in Europe in support of NATO allies. Historically, it was one of the first units deployed in theater during World War I; its presence, a reminder of its creation, and the history supporting its allies.

“We are now a brigade headquarters here, with the capacity to absorb subordinate battalions. Our NATO allies are all delighted that we are here. We assure them by being here. Each of our soldiers is valuable for their contribution,” Ikena said, addressing his soldiers. “I’m the face in the room representing the organization trying to do this to the best of my abilities, but it’s you, the 1st Infantry Division Artillery Soldiers, and your ability, your will, your sweat and your tears. That’s what they want and need.

DIVARTY provides a single promoter within the 1st Infantry Division for standardized fire certification and leader development while exemplifying effective mission command and supporting seamless unit cross-attachment with standard procedures and understanding shared firefighting capabilities.