2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment
On 11 February 2006, the 2nd Squaron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment was activated during a ceremony in Virignia. At the same time, 3rd Battalion, 111th Air Defense Artillery was inactivated and its personnel reflagged as the new cavalry squadron. This reorganization was part of the transformation of the Virginia Army National Guard and the 29th Infantry Division to the US Army's modular force structure. The cavalry squadron, the first cavalry squadron in the Virginia Army National Guard in more than 2 decades, was the organic cavalry squadron for the reorganized and redesiganted 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 29th Infantry Division.
2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry was charged with trainining to perform the doctrinal cavalry missions of security, reconnaissance and target acquisition. This mission differed from the 3rd Battalion, 111th Air Defense Artillery's air defense task of providing protection for ground forces from enemy air threats. The 2-183rd Cavalry was to give the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's commander eyes and ears on the battlefield so that he could develop the situation and disrupt the enemy's decision cycle.
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