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News | Feb. 11, 2023

The Big Red One returns from Europe

RELEASE NO. 23-003

FORT RILEY, Kansas – The 1st Infantry Division and Division Artillery Headquarters officially marked their return from a 20-month deployment to Europe in support of our NATO Allies and partners by uncasing their colors in a ceremony held here, Feb. 11.

The uncasing ceremony signifies the completion of the Big Red One’s overseas mission.

The Big Red One assumed the mission in July 2021 as the mission command element and in February 2022 the division headquarters and division artillery headquarters deployed following Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.    

Throughout the deployment, Big Red One Soldiers enhanced interoperability with our NATO Allies and partners by building enduring relationships, developing a common understanding of how we fight, and adopting a shared understanding at every level of command.  

As the 1st Infantry Division returns from Europe it begins The Big Red One Year of the Noncommissioned Officer, a campaign that recognizes the hard work, dedication, and legacy of the NCO Corps.

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