Fellow Rangers: Well, winter is behind us and spring is finally here. I hope you all had a relaxing winter season with few or none of the problems that accompany that season such as heavy snows, slippery roads and sidewalks, sniffles, flu, and this year Corona Virus. I don’t know about you, but I am thoroughly weary of hearing about the hysteria foisted on us by the media business. Having said that, however, I trust you all are taking the appropriate measures to stay healthy until this thing blows over. After all, we need everyone to travel to New Orleans for the reunion in August, which by that time, I suspect all will be well. You will find more information on the reunion on page 14 of this issue of the DD. You can also find more and register for the reunion on-line at: https://www.1stid.org/annual-reunion. The Coronavirus has already affected the operations of the Association to some degree. Several of us were set to support the Honorary Colonel’s DMOR/HMOR investiture ceremony at Fort Riley in April, but that event has now been postponed until the reunion in August. As soon as the itinerary for the reunion is available, I will send out a modified version showing what the Association plans to do in addition to the reunion activities. It will include the DMOR/HMOR investiture and other events. The only other event of not for 2020 at this time will be the dedication of the “we were there” plaque at Fort Concho in San Angelo, Texas, which is currently planned for Saturday, 7 November. More on all this in the July issue. In the meantime, remain hale and hearty, but don’t go overboard by stocking up on too much toilet paper!
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