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Training division hosts centennial ball at Fort Knox

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By 1ST LT. REBECCA SHIRLEY

Tables in the ballroom of the Saber & Quill were decked out with formal place settings, Soldiers wore their dress or service dress uniforms, and companions arrived in formal gowns and tuxes in celebration of the 100th year anniversary of 100th Training Division (Leader Development) during the division’s centennial ball held Sept. 8.

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The 100th, known as the Century Division, was activated July 23, 1918, and then formally organized and headquartered at Camp Bowie, Texas, in October of the same year.

Over the past century, 100th Soldiers have contributed to combat, institutional training, operational support and leader development. The organization has a rich history, not only in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve, but also in the state of Kentucky.

As the execution agent for leader training in the Army Reserve, 100th provides an education, training, and experience framework to develop leaders to succeed in anticipated operational environments.

“It is my honor for me to be standing here before you today, as the commanding general of the 100th Division,” said Brig. Gen. Aaron Walter. “Take pride in your service or support to this division, no matter how long, for if not for all of us, we wouldn’t be gathering here tonight to recognize one of the finest divisions ever in the Army. The unit has a glorious history, resplendent with acts of courage and heroism, valor and fidelity, commitment and loyalty, and the eternal love of fellow Soldiers willing to sacrifice all for our great nation.”

At the start of the celebration, a bugler sounded “Call to Mess.” Those in attendance were then directed to the receiving line, where they were greeted by retired Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Lackey, the event’s guest of honor; Maj. Gen. Bruce Hackett, commanding general of 80th Training Command (TASS), and wife Gabriella; Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Thomas, senior enlisted advisor at 80th, and wife Stacy; Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Betty, senior enlisted advisor at 100th, and wife Donna; and Walter and his wife, Maureen.

As is typically customary at military birthday balls, the crowd raised glasses to a series of toasts, including to the nation, the commander-in-chief, U.S. Army, 100th Training Division Family, and deployed Soldiers. One last toast was rendered to honor the nation’s fallen comrades, to include those missing or killed in action, and the suffering of service members who have been held in captivity.

During the ceremony, Walter presented Lackey with a gift on behalf of the 100th. Lackey then joined Walter, Barron, retired Maj. Gen. Tindall, Command Sgt. Maj. Lombardo, and Command Sgt. Maj. Betty in the traditional cutting of the cake.

Other special guests in attendance included Vine Grove Mayor Blake Proffitt and his wife Cindy, retired Maj. Gen. Silverthorne and his wife Rusti, and retired Maj. Gen. Gorton and his wife Linda.

For more information, follow the Division on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/100thTD/. n