The 1st Infantry Division Band performed, the Revolutionary War era cannon “Old Thunder” was fired, and there was the historic cavalry charge across the Calvary Parade field. Troops from different units and brigades on post carried the different unit flags, and marched in review past the commanding general Major General John Kolasheski.
Kolasheski spoke to the troops on the parade field. He talked about a key requirement “to fight and win America’s wars.” He said priorities must be established and prioritized. “First we must stay laser focused on building and sustaining individual and collective readiness, to include boosting our capacity to quickly project forces anywhere in the world on a moment’s notice.”
Kolasheski outlined numerous other priorities with some of those including development of leaders to have the knowledge, skills and aptitude to effectively lead under any conditions and in any environment. He stated they must care for their Soldiers, families and civilians, and they must be good professionals and first class teammates.
Kolasheski told the Soldiers they are all ambassadors for the 1st Infantry Division, the Army and the nation. The Division Review capped off the end of the Victory Week celebration at Fort Riley.