Desert Storm Memorial

The primary 2016 16th Infantry Regiment Association memorial project commemorates the 16th Infantry Regiment’s participation in the First Gulf War. The Operation DESERT STORM plaque was dedicated on 25 February 2016 at the 1st Battalion’s Headquarters at Fort Riley, Kansas. The intent was to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Battalions’ participation in that conflict. Images of the plaque dedication ceremonies are provided below. This fitting tribute to our DESRT STORM-era Rangers was made a reality by the donations of all of our members. Semper Paratus!

  • The 16th Infantry Regiment First Gulf War Memorial Plaque dedicated on 25 February 2016 at the 1st Battalion Headquarters at Fort Riley.

  • The Unveiling Party consisted of Steve Clay, Ralph Kauzlarich, Allen West, and LTC Jon Meredith, 1st Battalion Commander.

  • Ralph and Allen unveil the plaque.

  • Good job!

  • About 25 Association Members and Desert Storm veterans attended the ceremonies. Most are pictured here.

  • Us usual, Adjutant John Schatzel functioned as the moderator.

  • Steve provided greetings from 3 of the 4 DS battalion commanders or reps, provided a historical overview of the Regiment’s participation in Desert Storm, and introduced the dedication speaker.

  • LTC (R) Allen B. West gave a rousing speech reinforcing to the audience and the Soldiers of the Iron Ranger battalion of the great legacy of service of the Regiment and the importance of upholding that legaxcy now and in the future.

  • The speech received a standing ovation.

  • Iron Ranger Soldiers brief Allen West on the various weapons employed by the Iron Ranger’s sniper section.

  • The Desert Storm veterans of 5-16 Infantry.

  • Paul Davis and Joe Thompson.

  • Allen West and an Iron Ranger Soldier discuss Joe Biden’s views on foreign policy.