Well, winter, such as it was, is past and its time to wake up from our hibernations and get to work on all those outdoor projects we’ve been putting off. The past quarter has been relatively slow for the Association as well. No major events but the Board has been active in coordinating several upcoming events this spring and summer. The big one, of course, is the Society of the 1st Infantry Division reunion in Kansas City where we will celebrate the 100th birthday of our beloved Big Red One and the United States entry into World War I. The “Great War” is the theme for this year’s reunion. The Board has been discussing a number of ideas for The Regimental CP activities and decorations, bur we can always use new and good ideas. If there is something you would like to see in the CP in terms of activities, etc., I ask you to contact me or one of the other Board members with your thoughts.
The Association will hold its three-year election at the business meeting during the reunion on Friday, 28 July. Incumbents will run for all seats except for those of 2nd Vice President and Adjutant. If you are interested in running for any of the Board positions, please let John Schatzel know no later than 1 June.
Finally, this year promises to be a busy one especially with the activities planned for the WWI centennial, the 50th Anniversary for the Vietnam War, and the 1st Infantry Division’s 100th birthday. I encourage all Association members to attend as many of the upcoming events and ceremonies as possible. It’s important to participate in these things to remember those Ranger comrades-in-arms who sacrificed so much so long ago to keep us free. If we don’t keep the flame going, there will be no one in the future to remember our own efforts on behalf of our God, family, and country.
Semper Paratus! Always Ready!
1SG (R) Ted Baer
Ted Baer enlisted in the US Army in 1974. After BCT and AIT at Fort Polk, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry at Fort Campbell, KY. In 1977, he was reassigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry at Camp Hovey, Korea, after which he returned to the 3-187 IN in 1978. In 1978, he was transferred to Fort Knox, KY, where he served as a drill instructor until returning to Korea, this time with the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry. In 1980, Ted returned to Fort Knox where he successively served with the 4th Battalion, 54th Infantry; and 18th and 19th Battalions of the 4th Training Brigade.
In 1985, He was transferred to Fort Riley where he was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 16th Infantry, Devil Rangers, as a Platoon Sergeant in B Company. In 1990, he transferred to D Company and served with that unit through Operation DESERT STORM and until being assigned as the Battalion Operations Sergeant. In 1993, Ted served his third tour in Korea with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry and came back to Fort Riley in 1994.
For his final tour in the Army he served in Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry, Iron Rangers, as the first sergeant for C Company, and as acting sergeant major for the battalion. He retired from the US Army in June 1996.
Ted’s honors include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Valorous Unit Award, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), the Kuwait Liberation Medal and numerous other awards. He is a member of the 16th Infantry Regiment Association and the Society of the 1st Infantry Division.
100th Anniversary of the 1st Infantry Division
As former members of the finest Regiment of the Big Red One, we need to make our best effort to attend the 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. The 16th Infantry Regiment Association will conduct its next reunion in conjunction with the Society of the 1st Infantry Division. We anticipate that this reunion will be the largest in several decades. Events will include a day trip to Fort Riley to meet with the Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division, a division World War I memorial dedication, and tours of the Kansas City area in addition to all the regular reunion events.
Join us to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 1st Division’s (and our Regiment’s) participation in World War I. Conveniently located next door to the reunion hotel, The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, is the outstanding National World War I Museum and Liberty Memorial. Please begin making plans now to attend this superb and once in a lifetime event.
SSG (R) Michael Fradera was the Association’s Wounded Ranger at Junction City this year.
The Memorials Program is one of the 16th Infantry Regiment Association’s oldest programs.
Department of Defense Commemorative Partner for the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration and the United States World War I Commemorative Commission