Greetings, everyone, from Lombard, IL, just outside of Chicago!
I arrived Thursday evening for the 99th reunion of the First Infantry Division, the famed Big Red One. I served in 1ID between 1988-1991, commanding an artillery unit, and participating in Operation Desert Storm.
It’s a great honor to be here with three World War II Veterans, one who landed on Omaha Beach, and those who served in Vietnam. What we are missing are more Big Red One combat veterans from Operation Desert Storm to the present Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It is imperative that we who remain on this side of Valhalla gather, remember, and commit to honoring and maintaining our traditions. As well, we must support each other and share the stories and memories of our Fallen Warriors.
I am gonna take a little hiatus to enjoy my brothers and sisters, those who lived, and continue to embody the motto, “No mission too difficult. No sacrifice too great. Duty First.”
Oh, by the way, the First Infantry Division Artillery Association reunion will be October 4-5 in Ft. Sill, OK. I will be there, and hope to see you First Infantry Division Redlegs there! Here are a few pictures of the reunion:
This is the First Infantry Division Museum
Me, with the future leadership of the Society of the First Infantry Division, young veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. One hundred years ago, the Big Red One was fighting in World War 1. We are still Guardians of the American Republic.
Here I am with Ray Lambert, 95 years old, and member of the 16th Infantry Regiment, First Infantry Division, veteran of Omaha Beach, D-Day
Steadfast and Loyal!
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.