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Steven E. Clay

Steven E. Clay

President, 16th Infantry Regiment Association

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.

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Command Sergeant Major Eric T. Jefferson

CSM Jefferson hails from Centreville, Mississippi. He and entered the Army in June of 1994, where he completed OSUT Training at Fort Knox, KY, and earned the MOS of 19D, Cavalry Scout. Since that time, Command Sergeant Major Jefferson served in a variety of positions to include Dismounted Scout, Driver, Gunner, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Section Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, and First Sergeant. CSM Jefferson has deployed in leadership positions as Section Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, and First Sergeant, to locations such as Macedonia, Albania, Iraq, and Afghanistan, He has also served as a Drill Sergeant, and Senior Drill Sergeant. During his recent assignment, he served as the Basic Leader Course Chief, and Deputy Commandant at the Fort Stewart NCO Academy. His stateside assignments include 1-16th Cavalry at Fort Knox, KY; 3-2nd ACR at Fort Polk, LA; 1-61st Infantry at Fort Jackson, SC; 1-75th Cavalry at Fort Campbell, KY; and Fort Stewart, GA. His overseas assignment consists of 1-6th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Baumholder, Germany.

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.

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SGT Jose Garcia, Jr. is the Association’s 2017 Wounded Ranger

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Memorials Program

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Department of Defense Commemorative Partner for the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration and the United States World War I Commemorative Commission

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DMOR Ed Pearce has created an impressive piece of art for the benefit of the 16th Infantry.

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