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Fort Riley's Big Red One Turns 96-Years-Old


Fort Riley's 1st Infantry Division - better known as the "Big Red One" for its distinctive shoulder patch - turns 96 years old this week. The division was formed in 1917 during World War I when it arrived in Europe with General John Pershing and was known as the First American Expeditionary Force. The soldiers began wearing the red patch on their left shoulders to identify themselves on the battlefield. The division celebrates its history during Victory Week with a series of events beginning today (MON) at Fort Riley. For more information on Victory Week activities, click here.

Factoid: The U.S Army will celebrate its 238th birthday on June 14.

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