The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park welcomes Colonel Gregory Fontenot, U.S. Army (Ret.), on Wednesday, November 1. He will discuss “The 1st Infantry Division and the U.S. Army Transformed,” a narrative history of the “Big Red One” from 1970 through the Operation Desert Storm victory celebration in 1991.
The free presentation inside the Cantigny Visitors Center begins at 7:30 pm. Parking also is complimentary.
Published in June and coinciding with the 100th anniversary of 1st Infantry Division’s formation, Fontenot’s book closes a gap in the historiography of the late Cold War U.S. Army and is crucial for understanding the current situation in the Middle East.
The author commanded a tank battalion in Operation Desert Storm and an armor brigade in Bosnia. A former director of the School of Advanced Military Studies and the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies, Fontenot is the co-author of “On Point: The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom.” He is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Kansas State University, commissioned in 1971 as an armor officer.
Doors open at 6:30 pm on November 1. Copies of “The 1st Infantry Division and the U.S. Army Transformed” will be available for sale and a book signing will follow the program. Le Jardin will offer a cash bar and limited food menu. Coffee is complimentary.
This event is part of the First Division Museum’s Date with History, a monthly series featuring lively discussions with authors, panelists, historians and special guests.
November 1st, 2017 at 6:30pm
Courtesy of the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Rd
Wheaton, IL 60189