This summer was a very active time for the Association. There have been ups and downs, but for the most part, ups. On the downside, we are still in need of a Quartermaster and I was also informed by Fred Tolson that he will need to step down soon as the Webmaster. Thus, those two positions are still open and I solicit your help in finding volunteers to fill the posts. On the upside, the DMOR/HMOR ceremony at Fort Riley in July went extremely well. Ralph and Tom did a wonderful job at ensuring that the event was first class and a memorable experience for those who were invested. In September, the Association was well represented at Jerry Griffin’s funeral. There were about twelve members in attendance and as might be expected, the “Old Guard” gave Jerry a superb send off with the 16th Infantry’s regimental colors honoring our former honorary colonel every step of the way. In September Bob and Judy Humphries, Elizabeth and I linked up with Ian and Dawn Malugani and Max Poorthuis and Charrell, his young lady friend and attended a series of World War I 100th Anniversary commemorations. I was honored to give a speech at Nonsard in which I commemorated the 16th Infantry’s role in the liberation of that town in September 1918. We also attended the commemorations at the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne American cemeteries, as well as the opening of the American WWI Remembrance Trail. You will find more on the latter events in the January DD.
Semper Paratus! Always Ready!
Command Sergeant Major Eric T. Jefferson
CSM Jefferson’s awards and decorations include; the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Iraqi Campaign Medal (4 Campaign Stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, United Nations Medal, NATO Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, Combat Action Badge, and Drill Sergeant Badge among others. Command Sergeant Major Jefferson is a recent graduate from the United States Sergeant Major Academy and currently serves as the Command Sergeant Major for 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.
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