By the time you read this fall will have come and went, but several key events in which the Association participated will linger with us. You can read more about them in the upcoming January issue of the DD which is now posted. First, I mentioned in the October issue that we had several members who participated in a series of World War I 100th Anniversary commemorations in Nonsard, the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne American cemeteries, and the opening of the American WWI Memorial Trail in the Fleville-Cornay area. You will find more on those events in the January issue as well. In addition, DMORs Ray Lambert, Charles Shay, and Bill Arthington and his wife (HMOR) Becky attended the dedication of a new plaque on Omaha Beach in October which honored the regiment’s Medical Detachment for its heroic work to save lives on D-Day. In November the Association also provided a plaque which honors one of our Medal of Honor recipients, SSG James Robinson, which was dedicated at J. Morton Sterling (West) High School in Berwyn, IL, near Chicago where Robinson attended. Finally, it was my honor to attend the annual dining in/military ball in Junction City for the 1st Battalion. At the dinner, I presented the Association’s Leadership awards to five outstanding Iron Ranger leaders. Looking forward to the new year, we have a number of events planned which I encourage you to attend. Right now these include the ceremony to dedicate a plaque for Private Merle D. Hay in his hometown of Glidden, IA, on 14 June. Another is the annual reunion of the Society of the 1st Infantry Division in Baltimore in August. I look forward to seeing you there!
Semper Paratus! Always Ready!
Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel A. Dailey
Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel A. Dailey enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1989 at the age of 17. Since then he has served in every enlisted leadership position in the mechanized infantry, ranging from Bradley Fighting Vehicle Commander to Command Sergeant Major until being sworn in as the 15th Sergeant Major of the Army, on 30 January 2015. As Sergeant Major of the Army, Dailey serves as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army’s personal adviser on all enlisted-related matters, particularly in areas affecting soldier training and quality of life. During his career, SMA Dailey has served with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Infantry Divisions stateside and overseas. Dailey served with the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry at Fort Riley 1993-1996. During that time, he was assigned as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle commander and the Iron Ranger battalion master gunner and rose to the rank of staff sergeant. SMA Dailey deployed in support of Operations DESERT STORM and DESERT SHIELD and served four tours in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. Later, he was selected as the 4th Infantry Division command sergeant major in 2009. Prior to his selection as the Sergeant Major of the Army, he served as the command sergeant major of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. SMA Dailey’s awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (1OLC), Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Bronze Star Medal (3OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (6OLC), Army Achievement Medal (9OLC), South West Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Drivers Badge (wheel). He is a member of The Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion) and the Distinguished Audie Murphy Club. SMA Dailey has been nominated by the Association as a Distinguished member of the Regiment for 2019.
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