The 103rd Annual Officers of the First Division Dinner
Please join us on Saturday, April 27, 2024 for the 103rd Annual Dinner of the Officers of the First Division at the Courtyard by Marriott, Junction City, Kansas. The Guest Speaker for this year's dinner will be General (Retired) Fred Franks.
Our dinner is an annual event for commissioned and warrant officers assigned or attached to the First Infantry Division during combat operations, those who served during operational deployments, and those currently serving with the Big Red One.
Founded in 1919 after World War I, the dinner is held on the last Saturday of April with a program that remains largely unchanged: cocktails at 1800; mess call at 1900; regimental colors on display; former commanders in attendance; the Division’s band playing regimental marches; an update from the current Commanding General; and a toast to our fallen comrades followed by taps and Auld Lang Syne.
For a more detailed history, please see Colonel (Retired) Greg Fontenot's article originally published in the Spring 2016 Bridgehead Sentinel.
One previous participant remarked, "The dinner was an amazing event, just being in the room with these professionals was awesome and humbling."
Attendance and Guest Policy
All attendees to the dinner are welcome to attend the chili luncheon on Saturday, the cocktail reception before the dinner, and join the veteran officers in the unit Command Posts throughout the weekend. Each member attending the dinner can bring one guest, in addition to spouses, such as a child or someone with a close relationship to The Division. Surviving spouses of member officers, as well as spouses of deployed officers, are also invited.
Unit Command Posts
Command Posts (CPs) will be located in suites throughout the hotel and convention center based on regimental and unit registration. CPs serve as the social hub for the weekend and are places where members and guests can visit and enjoy drinks.
There is a come-and-go chili luncheon included in the dinner ticket cost on the dinner day, and members often lead book presentations and discussions.
Schedule of Events
- A Fort Riley tour with unit visits is available on Friday. This year's tour will include the dedication of the Desert Storm memorial in Victory Park.
- Command Posts will open at 1700 on Friday. The Dinner Committee meets at 1000 on Saturday.
- The Chili Luncheon takes place at 1200 on Saturday.
- The Cocktail Reception starts at 1800 on Saturday and is followed by
- The Annual Dinner of the Officers of the First Division begins at 1900.
The dinner will be held at the Courtyard by Marriot in Junction City, 310 Hammons Drive. Room are available starting at $98 per night. You may register online or by calling the hotel at (785) 210-1500.
The Dinner Ticket
Tickets for the dinner are $65 per person and online registration will be available soon.
The Dinner ticket barely covers the costs of the dinner, chili luncheon, hotel amenities, and meals for the band and color guard, so we continue to rely on your generous support for the costs of printing, mailing, postage, etc.
Donations may be made online with when dinner registration goes live or by check payable to Officers of the First Division. Please mail checks to Officers of the First Division, 321 N. 16th St., Manhattan, KS 66502
What to Wear
- Active duty: dress mess or blues.
- Veteran officers and guests: tuxedo, dinner jacket, cocktail dress, blazer, or dark business suit.