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Steven E. Clay

Steven E. Clay

President, 16th Infantry Regiment Association

This summer, the 100th Anniversary of the esteemed 1st Infantry Division is upon us and our very own 1st Battalion, the Iron Rangers, are returning home from another outstanding and successful mission accomplished by the 16th Infantry. When one looks back on what the Soldiers of the 16th Infantry have accomplished as members of the Big Red One over this last century, it is truly impressive. Since then, the Regiment has fought in five wars; earned 36 campaign streamers, 7 Presidential Unit Citations, and 11 awards from foreign nations; and fought or served in 20 different countries around the world. Its Soldiers have been awarded 7 Medals of Honor, over 200 Distinguished Service Crosses, and countless Silver Stars, Bronze Stars, and Combat Infantryman Badges. Our regiment’s record is truly extraordinary and few, if any, other regiments can match it. You all are part of this amazing history. All of us, in some small way or large, have strove to build the history of the 16th Infantry and should humbly take pride in helping to write that story. On another note, I am sad to report that Bill Arthington will be stepping down as the Honorary Sergeant Major in July. He has done an outstanding job with the DMOR program for the past three years and will be missed. At the same time I would like to welcome the incoming HSGMR, Sergeant Major (R) Tom Pendleton. The Association looks for to working with him in the future.

Semper Paratus!  Always Ready!

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SFC (R) Edward Walding

SFC (R) Edward Walding was assigned to D Company, 5th Battalion, 16th Infantry in 1987 as part of the US Army’s COHORT program. While assigned to D Company, he was initially appointed as a Team Leader and late as a squad leader. As such, he led his squad through Bradley NETT training and became a Bradley commander. Due to his competence, he was also assigned by the company commander to be the unit re-enlistment NCO.

When the 5th Battalion was deployed to Saudi Arabia for DESERT SHIELD in 1990, he functioned as a platoon master gunner.  For DESERT SHIELD/STORM, his company was cross-attached to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor. After his battalion’s return from DESERT STORM, Walding was assigned as the platoon sergeant of 3rd Platoon, D Company. During his time in this position, his platoon was awarded the title of “Division Honor Platoon” for achieving the highest score in the 1st Infantry Division on Bradley Platoon Table XII. He went on to serve for a time as the acting First Sergeant in D Company before leaving Fort Riley in 1992.

SFC Walding is a member of the 16th Infantry Association. As such, he maintains a webpage for Desert Storm members of the 5th Battalion, 16th Infantry and helps coordinate the bi-annual reunion of the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division’s DESERT STORM veterans. He also attends events as he is able such as the dedication of the commemorative plaque for the 25th Anniversary of the 16th Infantry’s participation in Operation DESERT STORM in February 2016 at Fort Riley.

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SGT Jose Garcia, Jr. is the Association’s 2017 Wounded Ranger

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Memorials Program

The Memorials Program is one of the 16th Infantry Regiment Association’s oldest programs.

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Department of Defense Commemorative Partner for the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration and the United States World War I Commemorative Commission

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DMOR Ed Pearce has created an impressive piece of art for the benefit of the 16th Infantry.

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