3rd Cavalry “Brave Rifles” Regiment is headed to Afghanistan

U.S. Army Sgt. Zachary Daugherty, a team leader for 1st Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, memorizes the faces on photos that were taped to a conex in an obstacle course set up to test performance enhancement skills Dec. 10, 2013. Soldiers were sent through a maze of conexes with different photos taped to them inside and out, with other obstacles like trip wires and possible improvised explosive devices scattered throughout the area, and then asked to match the photos and mark the danger elements on maps once they returned to the starting point. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Yesterday the Army announced that 3rd Cavalry Regiment, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, will deploy to Afghanistan with about 1,000 personnel this spring.  The deployment is part of a normal rotation of forces in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

The regiment has just completed a rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin in the Mojave Desert in California.  A spokesperson for the First Cavalry Division told Popular Military that in addition the NTC rotation the regiment has been undergoing training at their home base of Fort Hood for their upcoming deployment.

In 2011, the regiment transitioned from an armored unit to a Stryker unit.  The regiment is now “an infantry-centric Stryker-mounted cavalry regiment” and even added a reconnaissance squadron.

The 3rd Cav will be replacing various elements of the 10th Mountain division in Afghanistan but it is not known at his time which squadrons from the regiment will be deploying.

Popular Military asked the First Cavalry Division public affairs officer if the regiment’s combat training has changed or been reduced due to the train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan. She replied by saying, “if anything the training has become more robust.”

She assured Popular Military that the regiment’s training – which has included combat live fires – has prepared them for “decisive action” during Operation Freedom Sentinel.

In 2012, the term “decisive action” replaced the term “full spectrum operations” as the concept of continuous, simultaneous offense, defense, stability, or defense support of civil authorities.

“The troopers of the regiment are well-trained, well-equipped, and most importantly well-led. They are absolutely ready for this important mission,” said Maj. Gen. John C. Thomson III, commander, 1st Cavalry Division.

The regiment’s deployment will likely be nine months in length but that information cannot be confirmed at this time.

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