1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment
1st Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (Light)
1st Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment
The mission of the 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment is to deploy rapidly to a designated contingency area and conduct operations to support regimental operations. On order, the Squadron would also redeploy and trains for future operations.
The soldiers of 1st Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment were in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for nearly one year between mid-2003 and 2004. During this time, the War Eagles developed a friendly, working relationship with the people of eastern Baghdad. They built roads, fixed sewers, opened schools, and ultimately given new and refreshed opportunities to the people of 9 Nissan, Sumer, and New Baghdad. 1st Squadron fought side by side with the Iraqi Army.
In October 2003, the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, known as the "Ready First Brigade" received a mission to enter an area of Iraq that had not seen any action during major combat operations. The Ready First Commander realized his fighting force was lacking in one major area. He needed scouts on the ground to provide reconnaissance for his heavy combat force. The War Eagle Squadron was called upon to fill the void for this mission, named Operation Longstreet. The troopers of 1st Squadron did not disappoint. The War Eagles conducted 2 weeks of continuous combat missions to locate and destroy former regime loyalists and deny them sanctuary between Fallujah and Baghdad. There were numerous engagements with the enemy during the 2-week mission. The mission was a huge success, with numerous weapons caches discovered, former regime loyalists captured, and most importantly, no losses to American Forces. Many soldiers from 1st Squadron were decorated for their efforts in support of Operation Longstreet.
Another major event for 1st Squadron in October 2003, was the grand opening of the District Advisory Counsel (DAC) Hall in the 9 Nissan District. Since the first day in Baghdad, 1st Squadron had made many contributions in creating a new government for the people of Iraq. The hard work was beginning to payoff. The new government was making in impact on day-to-day life for the people of Baghdad. One if the more visible signs of this new movement was the opening of the DAC Hall. The Iraqi's now have a place to go and discuss the problems that were important to the people of Iraq. They no longer have to live in fear of the old Regime. The opinion and freewill of all people was welcomed and encouraged to be heard at this new meeting place. The DAC Hall was one of many signs of improvement in Iraq, and 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment was making a major impact in the new Iraq, distinguishing themselves with their actions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The most notable mission the War Eagles had been conducting in November 2003 was the integration of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corp. If anyone had been watching the news in the surrouding months, the push into give Iraq to the Iraqi was the major objective for the Coalition forces. These goals had been pushed down to 1st Squadron. The training of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC) was a significant success. To date the Squadron was wrapping up training of a complete platoon, which was soon to be integrated into the different unit patrols. The Iraqi public was responding to the ICDC, with open arms. Seeing Iraqi men in uniform once again give these people a sense of pride the old regime could never have gained before.
The various advisory councils in the area also enjoyed success that was indicative of the hard work and desire the population have to embrace a legitimate government. This showed that the self-governorship of Iraq could be a reality. The Squadron continued to secure the UN compound and serve as a deterrent to future attacks to this facility. The defense of the UN had been a major mission since the attack on the UN on 19 August 2003. Since the Squadron taking over operations at the UN, there was not be a successful attack on UN grounds.
The War Eagles, of 1st Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, moved from Baghdad to Kut during the latter part of April 2004. During the initial assessment of the town, the War Eagles were greeted with a looted and bombed CPA building. Many of the bridges, much-needed structures in the town that was dominated by dams and reservoirs off the Euphrates River, were damaged or rendered unusable by Muqtada Al Sadr's criminal militia. Many of the other major structures in Kut had also been looted or desecrated.
Just 6 weeks later, all of the buildings mentioned had been fixed and circumstances rectified. City streets had become busier, but remain peaceful, as the threat of violence has been nullified by 1st Squadron, who patrolled the streets with elements of 2-37th Armor. The citizens of Kut responded well to the presence of a more robust Coalition presence.
The War Eagles quickly added Civil Military Operations to their agenda in Kut, reaching out to tribal leaders, businesses, and municipalities in the city. Opening schools, cleaning streets, and getting the multimedia outlets in working order were a few of the opening projects. "We did this in Sadr City for the past year. We can do it here too", said Major George Sarabia, who served as the central Coalition representative in the CMO realm in Kut. Lieutenant Colonel Mark Calvert, Squadron Commander for the War Eagles, quickly established a positive relationship with the tribal leaders of Kut, both meeting numerous times with them and producing several television and radio announcements pledging assistance from Coalition Forces. He speaks candidly and on a regular basis with local officials on issues ranging anywhere from security to on going projects in the community.
The Coalition spent close to $95,000 in materials and labor for the city of Kut. "We make sure everyone gets a chance to bid on a project that wants to do the job. No one tribe gets any favoritism over the other", said Captain Kelvin Mote, one of the officers that oversaw project development in Kut. "It is important that Iraqis do the work. We try to contract Iraqi companies that hire local labor for each project." The Coalition focused a lot of attention on schools in the area, cleaning them up, furnishing supplies, and making sure children of Kut can experience a comfortable learning environment.
Following its redeployment from Iraq, the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment began transformation to the a Stryker Brigade Combat Team, being reactivated in 2006 as the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment. As part of this reorgnaization, the 3 maneuver squadrons were reduced to 3 troops, with the howitzer battery being reassigned to a new FIRES Squadron at Regiment level. Keeping with the tradition of troops following in alphabetical order through the Regiment's squadrons, 2nd Squadron's troops subsequently became A-C, with D troop being inactivated and reactivated as part of the 2nd Squadron. The Regiment as a whole also subsequently redeployed to Rose Barraks, Vilseck Germany, being reassigned to V Corps, as part of US Army Europe.
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