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Fort Riley’s former top NCO dies at 70

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Command Sgt. Maj. Fred W. Davenport, the 1st Infantry Division’s top noncommissioned officer during the first Gulf War, died Feb. 12 at age 70.

The sergeant major joined the Army on Jan. 14, 1964, serving tours to Korea and Vietnam as a combat engineer before leaving the service.

He re-entered the Army as an armored crewman and returned to Vietnam, eventually serving three assignments at Fort Riley before being named sergeant major.

Along with retired Maj. Gen. Thomas Rhame, Davenport led the division in Operation Desert

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