Fort Riley Artillery Unit Returns From Iraq

By: Posted by Chris Fisher
By: Posted by Chris Fisher

FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) _ A 1st Infantry Division unit that traces
its lineage to the Revolutionary War is returning to Fort Riley
after deployment to Iraq, the last unit from the division to leave
that country.

More than 350 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 5th Field
Artillery are returning on Tuesday to Fort Riley. They're part of
the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team that spent the past seven months in northern Iraq.

Fort Riley officials say the battalion is the last division unit
to leave Iraq after nearly eight years of continuous presence as
the U.S. mission there ends.

The battalion, commanded by Lt. Col. Keith Casey and Command
Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Espinosa, was formed by Alexander Hamilton during
the Revolutionary War. Its nickname is ``Hamilton's Own.''


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