1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry
The 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) "IRONHORSE," is an armor battalion and one of the two maneuver elements of the 11th ACR, a subordinate of US Army Forces Command. It is organized around a headquarters company and four tank companies and an air defense troop, with a total authorized strength of 587 soldiers. It is equipped with the M551 Sheridan, visually modified to represent the equipment of a T-80 tank regiment. Using this equipment and configuration, the Squadron performs the first of its two primary missions, acting as an uncooperative opposing force (OPFOR) during ten FORSCOM combat training rotations each year.
The Squadron's second mission is to deploy and fight as a tank battalion for various contingency operations throughout the world. In order to support this mission, the Squadron must also maintain, operate and remain proficient on the M1A1 Tank.
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