22nd November 2015
22nd November 2015

5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry

NOVO SELO TRAINING CENTER, Bulgaria – U.S. troops from 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga., and 1st Battalion 61st Mechanized Brigade from the Bulgarian Land Forces joined forces at the opening ceremony for Exercise Peace Sentinel, in support of Atlantic Resolve, at Novo Selo Training Center in Bulgaria, Nov. 20, 2015.

“Peace Sentinel is a joint training exercise that focuses on interoperability between Bulgarian and U.S. forces,” said U.S. Army Maj. Brennan Speakes, the operations officer in charge of 5/7 Cav. “It showcases our ability to provide assurance and deterrence in Europe.”

Atlantic Resolve provides U.S. Soldiers the opportunity to work with and train alongside our NATO allies, forge relationships that foster trust and mutual understanding, strengthen interoperability, and demonstrate the United States’ commitment to the NATO Alliance. Peace Sentinel aims to enhance the combat readiness of Allied forces as they work together to build interoperability between our armies.

“The aim for this exercise is very significant for us,” said Bulgarian Col. Margarit Mihailov, the commander of 61st Mechanized Brigade. “It improves our NATO capabilities and enhances our cooperation. It is a great opportunity for us to share our experiences and to teach and learn from each other.”

Mihailov went on to say that Peace Sentinel will demonstrate the readiness of both forces and preserve our peace, security and human values.

Exercise Peace Sentinel will continue through Nov. 25 with the U.S. and Bulgarian soldiers and leaders working together to complete a series of tactical movements in scenario-based enemy attacks and will conclude with a closing ceremony.

By:Staff Sgt. Steven Colvin
14th November 2015

5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry

CONSTANTA, Romania- Exercise Justice Sword - Soldiers and equipment from 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment kicked off their assumption of the Operation Atlantic Resolve mission in Romania by participating in Exercise Justice Sword 15.2 from Oct. 26 to Nov. 6.

Justice Sword is a multinational exercise that partnered U.S. Army soldiers from 5th Sqdn., 7th Cav. Rgmt. to train alongside the Romanian Land Force’s 282nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade.

Months of planning and logistical support were crucial in meeting a compressed timeline, with the squadron drawing their equipment from the European Activity Set at the Coleman Worksite in Germany and quickly moving it by rail and road marching it to Smardan, Romania in time for the exercise.

Justice Sword allowed the two Armies to work side-by-side to develop operations orders, control a battalion fight, and exercise a collective defense from a mechanized force.

Maj. Adam Cecil, the executive officer for 5th Sqdn., 7th Cav. Rgmt., said the exercise helped build relationships while improving their ability to work with their Romanian counterparts.

“Our involvement in Justice Sword further solidified our commitment to the NATO Alliance and improved our interoperability at the tactical level,” stated Cecil.

The exercise started with an opening ceremony on Oct. 26 with a static display of Romanian Land Forces and U.S. Army equipment for members of both countries to interact while getting a better understanding of each other’s equipment.

Other highlights included a distinguished visitor day and a combined live fire exercise.

The distinguished visitor day focused on leader development, as U.S. Army soldiers were able to listen to and talk with senior leaders from the Romanian Land Forces, to include the Chief of Land Forces, Maj. Gen. Scarlat Dumitru, and the Romanian 2nd Infantry Division Commander, Maj. Gen. Lucian Foca.

The relationship building was the highlight for Lt. Col. Christopher Mahaffey, the commander for 5th Sqdn., 7th Cav. Rgmt.

“The best part of the event was the close tactical relationships we built with our Romanian counterparts,” said Mahaffey.

The combined live fire exercise provided assurance to both the Romanian Land Forces and U.S. Army that combined training could result in successful planning and execution of such an event.

“I feel like this was a great opportunity for us to train in environments and conditions that are unfamiliar,” said Cecil. “It broadened our perspectives of allied partner capability and increased our familiarity with European environmental conditions.”

The success of Justice Sword was a great way for the troopers from the squadron to kick off their assumption of the Operation Atlantic Resolve mission in Romania as they continue to train alongside their Romanian Allies.

U.S. Army Europe’s led Operation Atlantic Resolve is a series of multinational training exercises throughout Europe designed to enhance multinational interoperability, strengthen relationships among allied militaries, contribute to regional stability, and demonstrate U.S. commitment to NATO.

By: CPT Jennifer Cruz
3rd November 2015

1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry

FORT IRWIN, Calif. - In darkness at 2 a.m., Soldiers conducted their final personnel, vehicle and equipment checks Oct. 23, and headed out in their Humvees and Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles to the first checkpoint of the night infiltration mission.

They were cavalry scouts, heading out into a simulated enemy territory as part of a massive campaign to clear an opposing force from a patch of mountainous desert more than 500 square kilometers.

In the first vehicle, a Humvee nicknamed by its crew “the Black Pearl,” Sgt. Matthew Domek and his crew from Battery A, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, headed out into the darkness into enemy territory as the first element of a campaign that would eventually involve three combined arms battalions, a heavy artillery regiment, attack aviation, close air support, combat engineers in Assault Breacher Vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles and others.

“As a reconnaissance element driving forward, our job is to identify and defeat counter recon elements and report on the ‘trafficability’ of routes and the enemy situation,” said Domek, a native of Chicago.

Domek said it was an honor to be the lead vehicle of the brigade’s culminating live fire exercise, an honor his gunner Spc. Jacob Troester, a native of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and his driver, Pvt. Eric Fernandez, a native of Waco, Texas, earned scoring 1,000 out of 1,000 on a Table VI crew gunnery certification at Fort Hood, Texas.

The fourth member of the crew, Spc. Stephen Cuadros, is a dismount team leader and played pivotal roles during the rotation at remote observation posts, observing enemy positions and movements before the culminating mission of the brigade’s decisive action rotation at the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.

“We are currently rated the most lethal crew, that’s why we were the first ones out,” said Domek.

More than 5,000 Soldiers from the 1st ABCT, and enabling units from active, National Guard and Reserve units from 11 states challenged the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment’s Blackhorse opposing forces with more firepower than they’ve seen in many years.

Ironhorse Soldiers brought more than 1,600 vehicles and pieces of equipment to the fight, including 80 M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks and 150 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles.

Combat power begins with planning and relies on good intelligence on the enemy. To negate a determined enemy, good intelligence on the disposition and capabilities of the enemy force, as well as anticipating enemy courses of action is critical, said Capt. Dmitriy Leontyev, intelligence officer, 1st ABCT.

“We analyze the mission, terrain, the enemy composition, and present an enemy course of action so the commander can develop his plans,” said Leontyev, a native of Tampa Bay, Florida, and originally from Moscow. “NTC is good training because you can utilize all intelligence assets and systems against an enemy actively attempting to defeat your intelligence collection plans.”

The larger the military unit or mission is, the more complex the planning.

“The footprint for an armored brigade combat team is immense,” said Maj. Edward Arntson, operations officer, 1st ABCT. “We executed deliberate planning to move and position the force inside our area of operations. We had nine battalions in the task force during the rotation, including a chemical battalion and an aviation battalion. The entire team had to understand the unique capabilities and limitations that each of those formations brought to the fight.”

Planning for a NTC rotation begins at least six months before the unit is scheduled to participate, said Arntson.

“Our home station training plan was intense, and it prepared us well for NTC,” said Arntson. “We executed multiple command post exercises for the brigade staff, multiple tactical operating center jumps, and conducted excellent live fire training. Our August field training and fire coordination exercise, Ironhorse Challenge, was a great culminating training event to exercise all of the battalion and brigade systems before NTC.”

While many young Soldiers were experiencing NTC for the first time, for some, the rotation was not a new experience.

“This is our third time at NTC this year,” said Spc. Richard Russo, communications specialist, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st ABCT.

His company served as opposing forces at NTC in February, and then his battalion was a supporting unit during a 1st Armored Division rotation in June before participating in the Ironhorse brigade’s October rotation.

“Serving as OPFOR [opposing forces] in February was fun, and they had us staying on the main post at Fort Irwin,” said Russo, a Seattle native. “Coming three times in the same year is not ideal, and my wife Marissa is not happy about all the time away, but she understands, and it seems like we get better every time.”

Soldiers undergo rigorous training at NTC, with traditional force-on-force missions, as well as civil-military engagements, detainee operations, humanitarian missions, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive missions, and many other challenging scenarios to prepare for a wide variety of possible missions around the globe.

“The training at NTC is a capstone, not a culminating exercise,” said Col. John DiGiambattista, commander, 1st ABCT. “In less than nine months we have returned units from Europe, completed reset and gunnery tables, certified at NTC, and are ready to deploy wherever our nation calls us. We must sustain the readiness we have achieved throughout training day 14 here. The final thing that underwrites everything is Soldier discipline.”

By: SSG Keith Anderson
28th October 2015

2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry

FORT HOOD, Texas – Soldiers with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, loaded their vehicles onto railcars heading to Fort Polk, Louisiana, for upcoming Joint Readiness Training with the 82nd Airborne.

As the Immediate Response Company in support of the Global Response Force, Company C, 2-7 Cav. is working with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division during the month-long training exercise.

“JRTC provides the company the opportunity to be validated as a part of the GRF,” said Maj. Christian Cook, a Saint Louis native and executive officer of 2-7 Cav. “This will give them an opportunity they wouldn’t otherwise receive, as well as expose them to how we as an armored formation interact with both light infantry formations and Stryker formations.”

The company is shipping via railcar everything they will need to support their JRTC training mission. This includes more than 20 vehicles with a mixture of M1A2 Abrams tanks, M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and other support vehicles.

“We want them to use their vehicles so they can validate the vehicles they will always use,” said Staff Sgt. Brian Darling, an Austin native, and mobility noncommissioned officer for the brigade. “Shipping their equipment by rail is the most cost efficient way of transporting them, because you can get more vehicles on one shipment.”

With the deployment of a company’s worth of Soldiers and their equipment to JRTC, 2 -7 Cav. will use this opportunity to learn from training center observer controllers.

“The deployment and redeployment of the company will allow the Soldiers in the JRTC not only validate with outside agencies,” said Cook. “It’ll allow the Soldiers to invest the time and energy and really see for themselves what they are capable of in an accelerated time frame.”

By: SGT Brandon Banzhaf 1CD PAO

22nd October 2015

5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – U.S. Army Europe expands its Operation Atlantic Resolve land forces training mission into Hungary when 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division officially assumes the mission Oct. 26.

As the regionally allocated force for Europe, the soldiers of 1st Brigade assume the Atlantic Resolve land component mission in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.

“We are looking forward to training alongside our allies with the Hungarian 25th Infantry Brigade,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Mahaffey, the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment commander. “They are a well-trained unit with many of their soldiers having previously trained with U.S. forces. Our goal is to build on this partnership as we look to hone our skills and develop a lethal and interoperable force.”

Since April 2014, the U.S. Army, led by Army Europe, has conducted continuous, enhanced multinational training and security cooperation activities with allies in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland due to increased regional tensions throughout Eastern Europe. The mission expanded to Bulgaria and Romania in March of this year.

“Expanding to Hungary shows the success of Operation Atlantic Resolve,” said Mahaffey. “Dedicating Bradley Fighting Vehicles and a cavalry troop demonstrates our continued commitment to our NATO allies.”

Unlike the continuous OAR training rotations in the Baltics and Poland, where incoming and outgoing units overlap, training rotations to Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria will not be continuous; they will occur periodically as units rotate into the area for major exercises.

Soldiers from 1st Brigade will be using the European Activity Set of equipment throughout their rotation in OAR. The EAS is a brigade-sized group of vehicles and equipment that is pre-positioned in Germany to outfit U.S. Army units when they rotate into theater for training. The EAS fleet includes vehicle systems and equipment that would outfit a U.S. Army Armored Brigade Combat Team, such as tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, artillery pieces, engineer equipment, and a standard array of tracked and wheeled support systems.

“A fleet of heavy cavalry equipment positioned forward allows the U.S. Army to save money, time and effort when rotating units to Europe,” said Mahaffey. “Simply put, with the EAS fleet our troopers can get on planes in the U.S. and within days have a fully ready Cavalry Squadron anywhere in Europe.”

As the regionally allocated force for Europe, 1st Brigade is responsible for serving as the European Rotational Force and the NATO Response Force. U.S. Army Europe continues to lead the Army in integration of RAF by leveraging multiple rotational units.

By: Online news

17th September 2015

2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry

Soldiers attempt to narrow their response time

FORT HOOD, Texas – In an attempt to narrow their response time, Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division performed an emergency deployment response exercise Sept. 11 here.

Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment planned, trained and rehearsed necessary steps that would prepare them to deploy anywhere around the globe at a moment’s notice if called upon.

Some of the tasks that were necessary to accomplish Global Response Force responsibilities included prepping baggage, staging vehicles at the flight line and arranging transportation.

During the EDRE, Soldiers ensured equipment was chained down for safe transport on the aircraft. Vehicles were positioned in the aircraft so that they could be driven easily off the ramp and into battle.

The exercise allowed Soldiers to practice aircraft loading procedures in an effort to reduce the time it takes to get ready for battle.

By: Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf, 3rd ABCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.

11th July 2015

2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry

Soldiers test potential upgrades to combat vehicles

FORT HOOD, Texas (July 8, 2015) -- When clearing a building or room, some infantrymen use the term "fatal funnel" in reference to doorways.

The funnel is a chokepoint, where Soldiers tend to bunch up and make themselves vulnerable to attack.

Similarly, Soldiers riding in the back of an M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle are confined to a relatively small space, and have to wait for the ramp to lower before dismounting. After it lowers, they are exposed immediately to whatever awaits them.

The more information they have about their surroundings before exiting, the better they can quickly orient themselves, identify where they need to go, and find cover.

Soldiers, with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, tested a new capability here, June 25. The budding capability is designed to be installed into existing armored vehicles to give troopers inside a 360-degree picture of what's going on around them.

"When the ramp drops on the Bradley, there is a moment of disorientation," said Maj. Stephen Tegge, a special project officer at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC. "You need to be able to tell where you are; similar to being blindfolded, spun in circles, taking the blindfold off, and orienting yourself. What we are trying to do is to reduce that [disorientation] by getting more information into the back of the vehicle."

It all began when the brigade sent Soldiers to Warren, Michigan, for the Soldiers Innovation Workshop, where they were able to lend their real-word combat experience and expertise to TARDEC's engineers to design the best solutions.

"Our focus is on the Soldiers traveling in the back of armored vehicles that don't have a lot of situational awareness, and bringing them up to speed," Tegge said.

TARDEC's goal is to split squads into two smaller, more lightweight, more agile vehicles, while increasing the amount of intelligence Soldiers have in the back of their vehicle, and then compare it to their efficiency in existing procedures.

"With them taking our ideas and implementing them, they have taken 10 steps forward," said Staff Sgt. Michael Sabo, a Lake Station, Indiana, native and a mounted section leader with 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment. "It makes me feel good that the Army is paying attention to what's happening, what we need, and would like to see in order for us to accomplish our mission."

Sabo attended the workshop and was called upon to try out TARDEC's answer to the improvements the Soldiers had suggested.

The TARDEC team outfitted two Bradleys with cameras outside the vehicles and installed tablets in the areas where infantrymen would sit. The tablets simultaneously displayed up to four different video feeds and a map of the area.

In addition, the two vehicles could tap into each other's camera feeds, allowing them to see around both vehicles.

"We are able to see real-time pictures and able to break down overlays to the lowest level," Sabo said. "We could draw it up right then and there. They [the squad members] actually see it happening live, and if I tell them I need them to go to this particular building, they know which one I'm talking about."

Using the touch-screen capability and the telestrator function on the tablets, leaders can draw out a plan with a stylus, identify buildings and show Soldiers their sectors of fire before they even lower the ramp and exit.

Squads of infantrymen were given a crash course on the newly integrated systems and spent a week learning to use the equipment.

"We were able to adjust to it right off the bat," Sabo said. "It was easy for them to learn. Most of us have tablets and work with them every day. The Soldiers were really excited to see something so futuristic."

Usually, Soldiers sit and wait for a Bradley to come to a halt and then lower the ramp. Equipped with the new upgrades, Soldiers are better prepared to safely execute their missions, Sabo said.

"With these cameras and tablets, it is going to cut back on your decision-making time and enhance the Soldiers' safety a lot," Sabo said. "It will save some lives."

The project, a feat TARDEC took on in partnership with other organizations, is one of a myriad of other projects engineers have on the burner at one time.

"We just bought off-the-shelf equipment or used existing government technology to see if we can do it inside of a vehicle already in the inventory, just to demonstrate the capability," Tegge said. "We picked the Bradley, because we knew Fort Hood had them, and there is an infrastructure for the vehicle. The crews were already trained in 3rd Brigade. We knew there were trained crews ready to help."

Starting with an idea that a Soldier had in his mind, six months later, engineers developed a working prototype that can save lives.

Tegge says TARDEC is also partnering with the Army's Training and Doctrine Command to see if the prototype engineers and Soldiers have developed could benefit the Army as a whole.

"Right now, it's just a capability discussion," Tegge said. "We would like to take the feedback from the Soldiers here, go back to our office, and hopefully upscale the demonstration."

Ultimately, whether the new concept will be implemented, tweaked or discarded is unknown. However, the demonstration shows knowing what's on the other side of the Bradley's hull is invaluable.

By: Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf, 3rd ABCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.

3rd July 2015

2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry

7th Cav Regiment goes Global

FORT HOOD, Texas - On the heels of a successful exercise rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, troopers from 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team "Greywolf," 1st Cavalry Division assumed the mission June 25 as part of the global response force.

In support of the overarching 82nd Airborne Division mission, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment "Garryowen" is training to ensure they maintain the readiness needed as part of this force, which is designed to respond and deploy within 96 hours

According to the Army’s 2013 Army Posture Statement, "The Army maintains a global response force at constant high readiness, providing the nation its only rapid response inland forcible entry capability for unforeseen contingencies."

"We are an armored and mechanized package, designed to support the global response force if it’s determined they need that type of support," said Capt. Robert F. Greene, commander of Company C, 2-7 Cav., 3rd ABCT.

For months, the company has trained, prepared and ensured absolute readiness to assume this mission, with NTC rotation 15-07 serving as the unit’s validation exercise.

"We’ve been spending an abundance of time out at the airfield, not only to conduct maintenance down there, but training as well," said Staff Sgt. Robert A. Patitucci, a platoon sergeant assigned to Company C, 2-7 Cav. "We took a few of the vehicles down there and did actual air load training."

The unit has equipment staged and Soldiers remain at a constant state of readiness in the event they are called to respond to a contingency anywhere around the world.

In addition to those preparations, Soldiers are also heading to tank gunneries within the coming weeks to ensure their crews are fully trained and qualified to handle any potential missions that might come their way.

This constant readiness training can take a toll on the individual Soldier and his family, so the command has processes in place to alleviate stress by building cooperative teams that share responsibility. This way, the unit can accomplish tasks without adding unneeded stress to the Soldiers.

"It’s definitely tough," said Patitucci "We’ve been having to juggle schedules for the guys. We’ve had a lot of late nights. We’ve been affording them time to take passes if they need to; taking a little bit more of the brunt on ourselves to let the troopers go, so that they get the rest and recovery they need. They’re the muscle behind this."

With all the training that has been completed and all the training the Soldiers of Company C will continue to execute to maintain their individual skill sets, these troopers are ready to answer whenever the nation calls on them.

"I’m 100 percent confident," said Greene. "There’s no doubt we can accomplish whatever this mission becomes."

Story By: Staff Sgt. Leah KilpatrickSmall
Photo By: (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf, 3rd ABCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.)

2nd July 2015

4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry

CAMP HOVEY, Korea - At 1042 on July 2, 2015. The 4th Squadron of the 7th United States Cavalry cased their colors in the Republic of Korea and deactivated.

The decades-old 2nd Infantry Division unit stationed near the tense South-North Korea border has been deactivated. The 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry was deactivated on July 2, 2015 and will be immediately replaced by soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division stationed at Fort Hood, Texas the Defense Department announced.

Troops are typically stationed in South Korea on one- or two-year tours, leading to frequent turnover within units. The deactivation and switch to nine-month rotational deployments is part of a U.S. Army rotational plan that calls for similarly sized and capable units from the United States to train and deploy together.

By: Online News

26th June 2015

2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry

7th Cav Regiment Gives Tribute to Hero of Vietnam, 9/11

Lt. Col. Andrew Watson speaks June 11 at Fort Hood, Texas, about why they are dedicating their conference room to Cyril Richard ‘Rick’ Rescorla, a Soldier who served in the battalion during Vietnam. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf)

In the worst of it in the Ia Drang, and decades later in the worst of it as the towers burned on 9/11, Cyril Richard "Rick" Rescorla sang.

They were the tunes of his youth in Cornwall. He sang the Cornish and Welsh songs while serving in the British army in Cyprus and Rhodesia.

After coming to America to join another Army, he sang them as a lieutenant in Vietnam, where he served as leader of 1st Platoon, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team,1st Cavalry Division.

The unit honored him on June 11 by dedicating a conference room at Fort Hood, Texas, in his name.

Then-retired Army Col. Rick Rescorla sang his battle songs for the last time as head of security for Morgan Stanley /Dean Witter in the south tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

They could hear him singing in the background in the frantic phone calls workers in the building placed to loved ones. They could also hear him barking orders to go down the stairs two-by-two as he had drilled them.

Rescorla had been there when the towers were first attacked in 1993 with a truck bomb, killing six. He believed the World Trade Center remained a top target for terrorists, and he relentlessly planned to evacuate Morgan Stanley's 22 floors. He was credited with getting 2,700 people out of the building.

In the chaos of the stairwells, few could later recall exactly what the tune was, just that there was this calm and determined man with a British burr to his voice going about his dangerous work with a song.

Dan Hill remembered. One of Rescorla's last phone calls was to his friend, Hill, who had served with him in Vietnam. Hill had worked previously for Rescorla as a security consultant. Rescorla was now telling him to get his butt up to New York to help deal with the aftermath.

Rescorla broke off to sing again. It was the rousing "Men of Harlech," Hill later told the New Yorker magazine: "Men of Cornwall stand ye steady, It cannot be ever said ye, For the battle were not ready, Stand and never yield!"

Others were telling him to get out. That was not his way. "Everybody said, 'Rick your folks are out. You've done what you need to do.' He pointed up the stairwell and said, 'You hear those screams? There's more people up there. I have to help get them out,'" said Lt. Col. Andrew Watson, commander of the 2nd Battalion of the 7th Cav.

Rescorla would make a final sweep of the Morgan Stanley floors. Then the tower fell. His wife, Susan Rescorla, would later go to Pier 94 with his hair brush to give the forensics teams a DNA match as they searched for remains.

At the Fort Hood ceremony earlier this month, Susan Rescorla took the arm of 1st Lt. Ross Reid, himself a native of Wales and now the leader of Rescorla's old platoon.

"How better can you epitomize selfless service to a nation than to first embark on the conflict in Vietnam, and then to continue to serve your community at every level you find yourself," Watson said.

"And to give that last full measure of dedication of service and support in an unexpected terrorist attack that in lesser countries would bring the country down to their knees, but served as a galvanizing force."

The Army report on the event by Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf quoted members of Rescorla's platoon who were with him in the 1965 battle in Vietnam's Ia Drang valley near the Cambodian border. The battle was vividly recounted in the Joe Galloway book with Lt. Gen. Harold Greene: "We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young."

Rescorla cooperated with Greene on the book and his photo is on the book jacket, but he refused to see the movie made of the book starring Mel Gibson. "All the heroes are dead," he would say. For his service in Vietnam, Rescorla received the Silver and Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart.

In the Ia Drang, Rescorla sang his songs and led cheers in wave after wave of enemy assaults to keep up morale.

Sam Fantino, Rescorla's radio operator in the battle, recalled that "We were all sitting in our holes with our knees knocking, we have dead guys all around us, and here comes Rick singing Cornish songs."

"And pretty soon you are saying to yourself, 'If this guy can walk from hole to hole checking to see if you have your grenades in the right place, checking to see if you have your magazines, and standing up like he is going on a Sunday afternoon's walk -- what do you have to worry about?' "

At the World Trade Center, Rescorla was a 20-something lieutenant again. "He followed the same instincts he followed in Vietnam and led over 2,700 people to safety," Watson said.

Before heading up the stairs again for the final time, Rescorla phoned his wife. "He said to me, 'You have to stop crying. I'm getting my people out, but if something happens to me I want you to know you made my life.' Then I said it back and it was all over," Susan Rescorla said.

Rescorla "then charged one more time into battle singing his Welsh war songs. There will never be another Rick Rescorla," Watson said.

Susan Rescorla told the 7th Cav troops at the ceremony, "I was so proud. He had a choice. He could have walked out of there anytime he wanted to. If he was here today, he would be proud. This is the 7th Cav, this is our home -- our history."

Like the "Men of Harlech," Rick Rescorla would never yield.

By: Richard Sisk Military.com

6th June 2015

2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry

FORT HOOD, Texas – The 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team will dedicate a room to Army Col.(R) Rick Rescorla, a former 7th Cavalry Soldier and an American Vietnam hero whose life was taken on September 11, 2001 as he helped evacuate 2,700 co-workers from the World Trade Center in New York City, June 11 at Fort Hood, Texas.

Col.(R) Rescorla served as a platoon leader in the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam. His actions are featured in “We Were Soldiers Once and Young” and in the 2002 Mel Gibson film “We Were Soldiers.” In honor of the 68th Annual 1st Cavalry Division Reunion, Troopers will pay homage to this veteran, who ultimately gave his life to help his friends.

Invited guests include Mrs. Susan Rescorla, the widow of Col.(R) Rescorla.

By: Online News

15th May 2015

4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry

CAMP HOVEY, Korea - A decades-old 2nd Infantry Division unit stationed near the tense South-North Korea border will be deactivated. The 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry will be deactivated on July 2, 2015 and will be immediately replaced by soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, the Defense Department announced Thursday.

Troops are typically stationed in South Korea on one- or two-year tours, leading to frequent turnover within units. The deactivation and switch to nine-month rotational deployments is part of a U.S. Army rotational plan that calls for similarly sized and capable units from the United States to train and deploy together.

By: Online News

3rd May 2015

1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry

FORT HOOD, Texas - With the "enemy" degraded and isolated, but expecting reinforcements, Cavalry scouts maneuvered into nearby observation posts to begin a four-day maneuver - shooter combined arms live fire exercise April 21.

For the first phase of the operation, the scouts called for fire from 120 mm mortar fire support teams and 155 mm artillery M109A6 Paladins to destroy enemy air defense artillery positions, allowing freedom of movement for AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and other rotary wing aircraft.

After the suppression of enemy air defenses, scouts and dismounted infantry assault teams directed close combat attacks with Apaches on isolated enemy mechanized infantry formations. The race was on to destroy the enemy before reinforcements could arrive.

The complex exercise involved infantry, mortars, cavalry scouts and fire support teams from 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division; along with artillerymen from 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st ABCT; and close air support from the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cav. Div.

"The maneuver - shooter CALFEX builds confidence in our fires support capabilities and confidence in their (1st Sqdn., 7th Cav. Reg.) maneuver capabilities," said Lt. Col. Douglas Hayes, commander, 1st Bn., 82nd FA. "This is how we fight now; everyone has a part to play."

For the exercise, Ironhorse Soldiers focused on finding, fixing, and destroying notional enemy forces within the area of operations by utilizing direct fires, indirect fires, and air assets to give forces the tactical advantage to successfully complete the mission.

Staff Sgt. Adam Fisher, a section chief (similar to a tank commander) in one of the Paladins during the exercise, said his team had just received their Paladin and certified it in the previous week, and the CALFEX was a good opportunity to get familiar with it.

"It’s good for us, because we get to shoot a bunch of rounds," said Fisher, a native of Detroit, Michigan.

The exercise certified air weapons teams, trained Soldiers in coordinating close combat attacks with attack reconnaissance aircraft against enemy forces, and incorporated combat observation and lasing teams. Leaders were also able to assess the refuel, resupply and rearm process.

The training will serve the battalions well during the Ironhorse brigade’s August 2015 decisive action rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, said Maj. Jeremy Williams, executive officer, 1st Sqdn., 7th Cav. Reg.

"1-7 CAV is certifying scout sections and call-for-fire artillery training with the 1-82 FA," said Williams. "This is allowing us to develop TTPs [tactics, techniques and procedures] that will enable us to rapidly and accurately place indirect fires on target."

There was one other milestone reached during the exercise.

"This is the first combined arms live fire exercise since our integration into Division Artillery," said Capt. Lee Roberts, commander, A Battery, 1-82 FA. "What I’ve observed during this exercise is a sense of a real community of fire support. The integration has taken many of the needs of fire support off the plate and has positioned us to better support the brigade."

By: SSG Keith Anderson

9th April 2015

2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry

FORT HOOD - With a National Training Center rotation nearing, units from the 1st Cavalry Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team were busy loading dozens of armored vehicles onto railcars Wednesday at the post’s Rail Operations Center.
Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, and the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, loaded Paladins, Bradleys, Abrams battle tanks and other military vehicles Wednesday to be shipped to Fort Irwin, Calif., where they will be used during training later this month.

To have all the necessary vehicles and machines, the brigade’s operations officer, Maj. James Armstrong, said the brigade is using equipment from other installations, including Fort Bliss, Fort Riley, Kan., and Fort Bragg, N.C.

"Getting a brigade combat team’s equipment from Fort Hood to NTC is a fairly difficult task," he said. "Our rotation is unique in that we’re not only moving equipment from Fort Hood to Fort Irwin, but also from across the country to Fort Irwin, as we build the task force that we’ll have out there."

In total, the brigade will move more than 1,000 pieces of equipment to NTC. The logistics and process of transporting all of the equipment, which began 240 days out from the rotation, is as much a part of the training as what happens at the National Training Center, Armstrong said.

"Being able to build combat power so that it can be used wherever folks want us to use it is a big piece because that’s the first thing that somebody will want to know — based on a timeline, how quickly can you get certain pieces there," he said.

The training at NTC lasts about a month.

By: Eric J. Shelton | Herald

8th April 2015

4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry

CAMP CASEY, South Korea - Republic of Korea army Sgt. 1st Class Seok-won Han has always been interested in advanced, difficult training.

Whether it was a 12-mile ruck march, zone reconnaissance, first aid or recovering a vehicle, that is just the experience he and 19 other ROKA soldiers, alongside their U.S. counterparts, had during the final 4th Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Spur Ride at Camp Casey and Hovey, South Korea, March 30 to April 2.

The 4-7th Cavalry Regiment invited their ROKA counterparts to be a part of this historical event. Every team consisted of two ROKA soldiers from the Capital Mechanized Division, one Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army soldier and four U.S. Soldiers.

I was interested about the event when I first heard about it [the spur ride], said Han, a tank commander from the 35th Armored Battalion, 26th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Capital Mechanized Division. … I believed this would be a good opportunity to experience the U.S. Army training exercises. Most of us joined because we wanted to be challenged.

Completing a spur ride is important for young Soldiers in cavalry units. It is an experience to help them connect with the past. When Soldiers used to ride horses instead of armored vehicles, spurs worked as identifiers to determine whether or not a Soldier was experienced.

The spur ride is a very important event, said Sgt. Taylor Matteson, a section leader from the Troop B, 4-7th Cavalry Regiment and a spur holder. It’s real close to us cavalrymen. It dates back to the beginning of the cavalry. The new troopers were not given spurs. They were given horses with shaved tails to show the more experienced riders they were new. So, they had to go through certain time, certain period and prove they were able to wear spurs and maneuver horses around correctly.

Soldiers had to be ready for every possible situation during the spur ride adding the element of surprise and forcing the candidates to think on their feet. The tasks ranged from engaging enemies while transferring supplies from a broken vehicle to another vehicle, to riding tiny bicycles to conduct a reconnaissance mission pretending those bicycles to be armored vehicles.

The challenges are designed to test the Soldiers mettle and give them a sense of accomplishment and pride upon completion.

I think it [getting spurs] means a lot to the Soldiers, especially to the cavalry Soldiers, said 1st Lt. John Mcfall, unit physician assistant from the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4-7th Cavalry Regiment and a candidate for the spur ride. … when you have spurs, other Soldiers, the troops really look up to you. It’s good for them to have it because when even you are a private, if you are a spur holder, that elevates you in the unit. For me, for them and for everybody, it definitely elevates your status and makes you a part of something bigger.

The last 4-7th Cavalry Regiment Spur Ride demonstrated the Soldier’s dedication. Out of 207 U.S. Soldiers, 45 Soldiers earned their spurs. Out of 24 KATUSA soldiers, 13 passed, and 19 out of 20 ROKA soldiers earned their spurs.

By: CPL SeoWon Lee.

4th April 2015

2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry

FORT HOOD, TX - Connecting soldiers and schools forms a mutually beneficial partnership that’s tough to beat.

Bringing the symbolism to bear on a relationship already bearing fruit, Lt. Col. Andy Watson, battalion commander of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and Mountain View Elementary School administrators and student leaders marked the partnership.

The battalion officially connected with the elementary school in January and has begun to serve, assisting teachers where needed.

On Wednesday, Watson and Staff Sgt. Nicholas Miller, the unit’s Fort Hood Adopt-A-School coordinator helped dedicate a new sign at the front of the Harker Heights school.

"The No. 1 reason this is important," Watson said following the ceremony, "is that Central Texas is our community. We are part of the population and we have sons and daughters in the school system."

"I know we have influence here as mentors," said Miller, who said he has an easy time recruiting soldiers to serve at Mountain View. "We’re here to help, to listen, to talk with kids."

Mountain View principal Randy Podhaski said the military presence on the campus is welcomed and noted that the 2nd Battalion appeared motivated to stay connected to the school.

"The military is such a presence in our community," he said. "It’s fabulous to have that visibility here. It means a lot to our students and families. There is great role modeling and a spirit of working together. We see what community really means."

The battalion commander said he expected soldiers to be active in assisting with tutoring students in math, reading and other academic areas, as well as to lend a hand with social activities.

"We receive such great support from this community," Watson said. "This is a way we can give back to an important population."

He said soldiers enjoy seeing student growth and take satisfaction in the role they play as a positive influence.

"The soldiers love it," Miller said. "I really like to see the younger soldiers get to come out and do it and see more of the community relations side of the military."

Fifth-graders Clemente Esponilla and Ashley Brown, the president and vice president of the Mountain View student council, said they were busy planning spring functions and liked the idea of seeing soldiers in campus on a regular basis.

"We’re excited to get into a rhythm," Podhaski said of the new adoption. "We hope the battalion will establish a permanent place in the school."

By: Todd Martain, special post "The Killeen Daily Herald"

28th March 2015

7th Cavalry Regiment


FORT HOOD - Seventy years after his service during World War II, former Army Sgt. Clinton Ayer Woodley was awarded four medals by 1st Cavalry Division commander Gen. Michael Bills in a ceremony Friday.

Woodley joined the 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, in 1940, and was stationed at Fort Bliss. He participated in four campaigns during the war before being honorably discharged in 1945.

With obvious emotion, the 96-year-old veteran said a quiet "thank you," before receiving the Bronze Star Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal with four bronze service stars and the World War II Victory Medal for his years of service in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1945.

"It’s very emotional that my father is receiving the recognition," said Woodley’s daughter, Shari Bankston. "I’m very proud and honored that he is my father."

Bankston said the process of getting the recognition for her father took nearly a year since she learned he was eligible.

She said she is very thankful for all who helped make it happen, and those who came to honor him at the ceremony.

"We are very excited and pleased to be here," she said. "All of these men and women who have turned out to pay their respects to my father bring tears to my eyes, and we respect them also."

Bills welcomed Woodley back to the division, and thanked him for his years of service. The medals, he said, are much-deserved and long overdue.

"It’s a tremendous opportunity," Bills said. "I’m very proud and humbled to be able to do something like this."

By: JC Jones, The Killeen Daily Herald staff Writer

26th February 2015

2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry

FORT HOOD, TX - Attack helicopters, tanks, infantry and artillery performed harmoniously with each other during the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, combined live-fire exercise Feb. 18 at Fort Hood.

The exercise was meant to evaluate each of the groups’ efficiency in accomplishing their missions while simultaneously communicating with the others to accomplish shared tasks.

“For the last three weeks, we have been conducting our mounted gunnery where we have our M1 Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, infantry squads, our mortars and artillery all out in the training area at range complexes conducting live-fire exercises,” Lt. Col. Andrew Watson, commander of 2-7 Cav. Regt., said. “Starting at the crew level and then progressed, culminating through the last several days to platoon level, which means multiple vehicle live-fire exercises day and night.”

Watson and his battalion have been in the field moving from one level of training to the next, each time polishing the skills they learned from the last.

“We ran a day exercise with our Bradleys where they were moving and shooting at different targets while also incorporating squads of infantrymen shooting,” Staff Sgt. Jason Burgess, platoon sergeant with 2-7 Cav. Regt., said. “A lot of guys haven’t worked together and didn’t know how each job affects each other. This field problem helped them see what the mounted Soldiers do as opposed to the dismounts and put it all together to accomplish one mission.”

On the range adjacent to the Bradleys were the platoon-level qualification tables for the tanks.

“This is my first gunnery,” Pvt. Matthew Chickering, tank driver, said. “Even though it was a lot of hard work, it also was a lot of fun.”

Chickering said his crew developed camaraderie to build a strong team as they progressed through the qualification tables. His crew won the title of “top gun” for their company, which is a sign of an efficient team.

“We get a chance to establish a good bond within the crew,” he said. “We spend free time talking and joking with each other, but my favorite part of the job is hearing the gun go off.”

Many residents living on and around Fort Hood initially heard the “booms” and may have even felt their homes quiver as the exercise grew in intensity and force.

“My wife has always mentioned that she likes to hear the sound of it when I’m in the field doing my job, having a good time, and it’s kind of a comfort to her to know that we are out there doing what we have to do in order to defend our nation, if called upon,” Chickering said.

“With this being the culminating piece of the exercise where they’re fighting a scenario where there is a large enemy force that they have to defeat, it involves the firing of a lot of live munitions,” Watson said. “I think it has to do with the atmospheric conditions as well as the locations of the range complexes. As we fire, it’s like a megaphone affect.”

Part of the CALFEX requires calling for air and artillery support. Soldiers train on the right procedures now, so they can carry out those actions in a real-life situation.

Once communications were made and targets confirmed, the tank crews became still, in anticipation of what would come next.

A pair of AH-64 Apache helicopter crews with the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade flew low into the range complex.

Approaching their targets, the aircraft increased elevation until they had a good vantage point … and then, “Boom!” They fired and swooped out of the area as their rockets hit the top of their intended targets for maximum destruction.

“We have to train as we fight,” Watson said. “We start with lower scale munitions and simulations to start training, but for the final exercise we have to utilize our live ammunition to gain that confidence and our competency that we need in order to handle any mission that we are assigned as a battalion.”

Watson said that during their most recent deployment to Afghanistan, the battalion went as a dismounted formation.

Now they are returning to their original assignment – a combined arms battalion. That involves firing from M1A2 Abrams tanks, M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, along with dismounts.

“We are preparing to go to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, in a couple of months,” Watson said. “This is our last major live-fire training event where we have the opportunity to perfect our skills and increase our proficiency.”

The Soldiers expended a lot of ammunition in order to perfect their skills, which increases their readiness level and further prepares the unit for whatever missions may arise.

By Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf, 3rd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs

20th February 2015

4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry

Camp Hovey, Korea

RODRIGUEZ LIVE FIRE COMPLEX, South Korea – Troops of 4th Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division conducted their last gunnery exercise at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea, Feb. 11-17.

This final gunnery ensured Soldiers were trained and proficient on their weapon systems, ready to deter aggression and "Fight Tonight" if necessary.

“Today we are conducting crew gunnery,” said Maj. Joseph Wells, commanding officer, 4-7th Cavalry Regiment. “The focus of this exercise is to make sure that our crews, that includes our drivers, our gunners, and our Bradley commanders, are trained not only on their individual tasks but also that they are able to work together as a team and maintain their proficiency.”

Laid out in a progressive series, the overall gunnery exercise allows Soldiers to refine the individual skills necessary to progress toward conducting the live-fire mission and qualification as a unit. Crews are running through final preparations while additional crews conduct the live-fire qualification.

“Today we are focusing primarily on crew drills and processing the different type of firing missions these guys will be expected to execute in a combat scenario,” said Capt. Kevin Malmquist, squadron fire support officer in 4-7th Cavalry Regiment, who directed his troops through final missions prior to live fire.

Prepared to apply these skills in a combat environment, Soldiers must stay focused and ready to tackle any unforeseen challenges.

“The tactical scenario is built around exercising all of these different fire missions and allows us to incorporate some tasks that are specifically mortar related, such as conducting a tactical road march, reacting to a chemical attack, sending tactical information, as well as treating and evacuating a casualty,” said Malmquist.

Safety is also an important aspect of the Soldiers’ missions, further establishing the need to be well trained and confident with their equipment and each other, explained Malmquist.

“They have to rely on their training and their expertise, as well as their digital systems to ensure that round gets onto the target and we are shooting safely,” said Malmquist. “Safety is always paramount not only in the aspect of shooting indirect artillery but also when handling live ammunition.”

Through careful coordination, the Soldiers are trained and ready to continue fulfilling their role on the Peninsula.

“It has allowed our new crews to build their confidence, hone their skills, and build and strengthen the relationship with our Republic of Korea allies,” said Staff Sgt. Joseph Hranek, vehicle commander in Troop B, 4-7th Cavalry Regiment.

Gunnery reinforces the commitment 1st ABCT has with the Korean allies.

“We understand how important the alliance is and we are all very appreciative and respectful of the relationship we have with the Republic of Korea,” said Wells. “It’s our goal at our level to maintain readiness … so we are able to respond with our partners, with the Republic of Korea to defend the country.”

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23rd January 2015

3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry

The 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry, was deactivated and the "Regimental Standard" was cased at Fort Stewart, Ga on 17th January 2015.

The Squadron has a long and honored record. Most recently, the 3rd Squadron was the spearhead and the screening force for the main elements of the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division during the Iraq War. The Squadron was the "Eyes and Ears” for the U.S. XVIII Airborne Corps. The Squadron was engaged with the enemy earlier and more often in the war than any other unit.

Combat operations for Operation Iraqi Freedom began on 20 March 2003 when the squadron crossed into Iraq as the lead element of the 3rd Infantry Division. The Squadron attacked towards Baghdad fighting both the Republican Guard and the Sadam Fedayeen. With the capture of Baghdad, the division and the squadron transitioned to stabilization operations. By the time the Squadron had redeployed it had killed 2,200 Iraqi personnel, 64 tanks, 41 armored vehicles, numerous active air defense systems, as well as trucks and civilian vehicles used as suicide bombers.

It is a sad ending to a an outstanding unit that has served our country in war and peace. GarryOwen ! "The Seventh First"

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9th October 2014

1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry

HOHENFELS, Germany " As the sun rises in the Bavarian countryside, a thick fog hugs the forest-covered hills, surrounding the Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and their NATO counterparts as they work and live together.

The troops are participating in Combined Resolve III, in Hohenfels, Germany, where they train in joint-multinational exercises with their NATO allies.

The troops live, train and fight together and the challenges are numerous.

"Language is an obvious obstacle for us," said Staff. Sgt. Luke Williamson, a fire support noncommissioned officer with the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st BCT, 1st CAV. "To try and overcome it, we decided to put our joint-tactical operations center into one room."

As the Soldiers from 1st BCT, 1st CAV and their counterparts from Armenia, Denmark and Romania conduct missions together, they faced problems with having different operating procedures.

"Every country has its own procedures, which we realized when we started doing missions together," said 1st Lt. Vladimir Bejenariu, a public affairs officer for the Romanian army. "Finding operating procedures that would be accepted by all members was invaluable to our abilities to integrate."

Once language and operating barriers were overcome, Soldiers from 1st BCT, 1st CAV enjoyed the experience of working with their NATO counterparts and the opportunity to interact with other cultures at the same time.

"Seeing other cultures provided me with a unique opportunity to learn about our NATO allies first hand," said Pfc. RJ Alan Boyer, a forward observer with 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st BCT, 1st CAV. "Learning how to integrate with them made for some excellent training, which I hope to repeat in the future."

According to Bejenariu, the opportunity to live together and work as a single unit is crucial for NATO allies should a real-world problem arise. He said that in a real-world scenario it would limit our abilities to successfully complete our unified goals if our militaries are kept separate.

Soldiers from all countries came together to overcome the obstacles.

"Our Romanian counterparts were very forward about their capabilities and limitations," said 1st Lt. Zach Metzger, a forward observer officer from 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st BCT, 1st CAV. "Being upfront and honest about each of our abilities allowed us to overcome obstacles together."

For all Soldiers, Combined Resolve III provides training that allows them to work with their NATO allies, capable of accomplishing any task.

"Working with Americans, Romanians and Danish soldiers gave me the impressions that we are brothers to each other, not foreigners," said Kamo Martirosyan, a contractor for the Armenian army. "With all of our differences, we can find a way to work together as a single, strong force."

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