By Spc. Kim Browne
1st Cavalry Division public affairs
A pivotal moment in a 1st Cavalry Division soldier's career is when he or she gets promoted or receives an award. These promotions and awards show the utmost recognition of a job well done.
For the past two years, the 1st Cavalry Division has had Lt. Col Peter Little, a British exchange officer, serve as the chief of operations for the division. In a ceremony July 1, the United Kingdom native was promoted to lieutenant colonel and awarded the Order of Saint Maurice, the Order of Saint Barbara, and the Noble Patron of Armor. He was also given a farewell saber from the division's G3 section.
While deployed with the division from January 2009 to July 2009, Little was responsible for the routine command and control of five brigade combat teams with more than 30,000 soldiers and the integration with six Iraqi army and national police divisions.
Upon his return, he assumed the duties of the division's operations rear detachment.
"He performed masterfully in his position and seamlessly integrated the redeployment, reset planning and preparation or follow-on missions for all the division's units," said Lt. Col. Geoffrey Norman, operations deputy.
With the Army's Personnel Exchange Program at Fort Hood, Little fulfilled several objectives of the program, encouraging the mutual confidence, understanding and respect necessary to generate healthy relationships between the U.S. Army and the armies of other nations.
Little said the relationship between the British and Americans is so critical that it was a pleasure to do it.
"I had no idea it was going to be quite so traditional," Little said. "(We) pride ourselves in being very traditional in the British army and in our regiments but the 1st Cavalry is just as traditional."
"Same support structure and pride," he added.
Since Little's tour with the 1st Cavalry Division is over, he is scheduled to return to London this month where he will be assigned to the Permanent Joint Headquarters, Afghanistan Desk.
When asked how he felt about leaving the division and returning home, he said there are many good people in the division and he was sad to leave.
"There are also another eight states I need to see," he joked.
After the ceremony, Little said he felt a true affinity to the division's soldiers.
"There is no difference between British and American soldiers; they all bleed the same, and we're all fighting the battle at the same time."