"The 42nd Infantry Division World War 1 Staff Ride was a truly remarkable experience for me as an Army leader. The logistical support from both NGB and the NYARNG as well as the exemplary guidance of two extremely knowledgeable military historians set the stage for an epic multi-faceted journey. From the trench lines of the Somme, the quiet grandeur of La Croix Rouge Farm, or the memorial dedications at Oise-Aisne Cemetery, the staff ride allowed myself and my fellow NYARNG soldiers the unique opportunity to “share a breath with ghosts” and walk in their solemn footsteps. The experience was profound and moved me greatly knowing that I am part of this collective history and now responsible for carrying on the memories of the fallen and ensuring their sacrifices are never forgotten."
"Learning about the history of the KSARNG and WW1 with boots on the ground gave an understanding and new appreciation to the involvement of the United States in WW1. Seeing the different landscapes and local villages helped gain situational awareness which is otherwise not possible. Important lessons can still be learned, and the sacrifices made should never be forgotten. This was an invaluable experience which must be continued to be offered to deserving Soldiers."