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Fort Riley's Big Red One Celebrates 100 Years

Abrams tank at Fort Riley, Kansas (Photo by J. Schafer)

The "Fighting First" Infantry Division, headquartered at Fort Riley, celebrates its 100th birthday today (THUR).  The "Big Red One," as it's often called, is the oldest continuously serving division in the U.S. Army.  Dr. Robert Smith  knows more about the  First Infantry Division than almost anyone.   He's the supervisor and main curator of the Fort Riley museum complex.  KPR's J. Schafer spoke to him about the Big Red One, as it celebrates its milestone anniversary.

That's Dr. Bob Smith, supervisory curator of the Fort Riley museum complex.  He was speaking to KPR's J. Schafer about the 100th anniversary of the First Infantry Division, headquartered at Fort Riley.

Learn more about the Fighting First here!

From all of us at KPR... we salute the brave men and women of the Fighting First on this, the division's 100th birthday!


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Spear Point of U.S. Army - the First Infantry Division - Celebrates 100 years

When America needs to fight, it calls the First Infantry Division.  The "Fighting First" -- also known as the Big Red One -- was the first American division sent to fight in World War I, World War II and in Vietnam.  And today (THUR), the "Fighting First" celebrates its 100th anniversary.  Dr. Bob Smith is a historian at Fort Riley, the headquarters of the Big Red One.     

Events and activities are being held at Fort Riley today (THUR) to mark the Big Red One's century of service to America.  

J. Schafer speaks with military historian Dr. Robert Smith

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