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Department of the Army Announces Upcoming 1st Infantry Division Units’ Rotation

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FORT RILEY, KS — The Department of the Army announced today the winter 2018-2019 rotation to Europe and Afghanistan of three 1st Infantry Division units stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division will replace 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division stationed at Fort Hood, Texas as part of a regular rotation of forces to Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

“After spending the last several months conducting an intensive and comprehensive training cycle that included a National Training Center rotation, the Devil Brigade is looking forward to deploying to Europe in support of the Atlantic Resolve mission,” said Col. Charles Armstrong, commander, 1st Bridge Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

The 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), will replace 4th Infantry Division CAB, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, as part of a regular rotation of forces to Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st CAB, will deploy as a part of a regular rotation of forces to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

“The 1st CAB is excited to deploy to Europe to support our allies and regional partners. The CAB has been busy building readiness at Fort Riley, Kansas, and we stand ready to take on any mission that is required. We are thankful for the support of our families and know the people of the Flint Hills will be there for our loved ones until we return. Duty First! Above The First!,” said Col. Ronald C. Black, commander, 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade.

The 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, will replace the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as a part of a regular rotation of forces to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

“The 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade is ready and trained to support Operation Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan,” said Col. Jay McGuire, brigade commander. “The brigade dates back to World War I with support to campaigns as early as 1917. Having also seen action in World War II, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and a presence in the Department of the Army announces upcoming 1st Infantry Division units’ rotation Middle East for the last 8 years, we are ready to support our nation wherever it may need us.”

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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