FORT HOOD — The 1st Cavalry Division celebrated its 96th active year as a major Army unit Wednesday morning at the 1st Cavalry Division Museum.

The ceremony followed a sequence of events including remarks from division commander Maj. Gen. John C. Thomson III and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Phil Jondrow. A traditional cake-cutting was performed by the oldest soldier and the youngest soldier in the division: Sgt. 1st Class David Lindemann and Pvt. Kayla Kramer, respectively. Thomson commended the 1st Cavalry Division’s “96 years of tough and incredible service to our nation.”

The 1st Cavalry Division, also known as the “First Team,” was formally activated on Sept. 13, 1921, at Fort Bliss, and has performed missions throughout World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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