Semper Paratus! Always Ready!
SFC (R) Edward Walding
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.
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 2014 Wounded Ranger at Junction City.
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