Fort Hood: First Cavalry Div. celebrates 96th birthday

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FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) Fort Hood’s First Cavalry Division celebrated its 96th birthday Wednesday.

(Photo by Sam DeLeon)

The division was activated on Sept. 13, 1921 at Fort Bliss in El Paso.

"When there's a crisis in the world somewhere the number people like to call is 1-800-First-Team and they call it often and our job is to answer on the first ring," said Maj. Gen. John Thompson, the division’s commander.

Thompson says the division is always ready and will remain ready to deploy.

More than 7,000 of the division’s 18,000 soldiers are currently deployed.

Thompson has been associated with the division for more than 40 years.

“I started out in the First Cavalry Division in 1974 as the batboy for the division baseball team. As a young kid I use to go up to horse stables and feed the horses back then. I would have never thought that, I would even be in the First Cavalry Division let alone end up as the commanding general,” he said.

The celebration Wednesday included a cake cutting ceremony with “the most seasoned soldier” and the youngest soldiers in the division.

Pvt. Kayla Kramer, who turned 18 in August, is the youngest soldier in the unit.

“It’s an honor and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to partake in it. It was a lot of fun," she said.

Sgt. First Class David Lindemann is “the most seasoned soldier” in the unit.

"The proud tradition that the division has is very impressive and I’m glad that this is where I’ll be closing up my career," he said.