America’s First Team celebrated its 100th birthday Monday morning with a cake cutting ceremony. Commanders and Soldiers gathered at Cooper Field to begin festivities in honor of the division’s centennial.
The 1st Cavalry Division was formally activated on Sep. 13, 1921, at Fort Bliss. The division, originally a mounted division, distinguished themselves as the “First Team” when 1st Cav. Div. was first in Manila in February 1945; the first to lead occupational forces into Japan, making it the “First in Tokyo” in September 1945; and the first in Pyongyang in October 1950.
“This week and next week is about unit pride, pride in the 1st Cavalry Division, and pride in the regiment,” Maj. Gen. John Richardson, commanding general, 1st Cav. Div., said. “This birthday is about remembering our past and remembering our heroes. We will live up to the legacy that was set before us.”
Next week, the 1st Cav. Div. will host festivities across the footprint to celebrate and commemorate veterans who served in the division during various conflicts. Throughout the week, veterans have an opportunity to come on post and will visit with current Soldiers and share their experiences while they served with the division. Additionally, there will be several events hosted by 1st Cav. Div.’s six separate brigades as part of “CAV Week” to celebrate the birthday.
During next week’s “CAV Week”, the Division and subordinate brigades will host sports competitions, a division run, a race with unit colors, a 5k race down Legends Way, static displays and a parade.
“It’s an exciting time to be part of the 1st Cavalry Division, every Soldier should be participating
in the celebration and taking time to learn our rich history,” Command Sgt. Maj. Shade Munday, command sergeant major of 1st Cav. Div., said. “The First Team is the most lethal division because of our Soldiers, past and present, and it will continue to be for the next 100 years.”