"Big Red One's" Headquarters To Mark Return From Afghanistan

By: 1st Infantry Division Press Release Posted By Lindsey Rogers
By: 1st Infantry Division Press Release Posted By Lindsey Rogers

FORT RILEY, Kan. -- The 1st Infantry Division headquarters will officially mark its return Friday to Fort Riley after successfully completing its first deployment to Afghanistan.

Major General William Mayville, Jr., and Command Sergeant Major Charles Sasser, Jr., the division’s commander and senior noncommissioned officer, will uncase the division’s colors during a 1 p.m. ceremony at the post’s Victory Park.

Nearly 700 staff members and Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion Soldiers deployed last March for Afghanistan, where the unit took command of Regional Command – East.

Operating as Combined Joint Task Force-1, the 1st Infantry Division commanded and controlled RC-East, an area roughly the size of Virginia, which included 14 provinces, 7.5 million citizens and 450 km of a mountainous border with Pakistan.

More than 1,000 Soldiers assigned to various 1st Infantry Division units remain deployed throughout Afghanistan.

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