1st Squadron (RSTA), 89th Cavalry Regiment
The mission of the 1st Squadron (RSTA), 89th Cavalry Regiment, "Wolverines," is to conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations in order to enable the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division to act decisively at a time and place of its own choosing.
The 89th Cavalry Regiment as a whole was originally constituted on 1 June 1940 in the Regular Army of the United States as the 10th Antitank Battalion. It was redesignated 10 days later on 11 June 1940 as the 99th Antitank Battalion. On 1 July 1940 it was redesignated again as the 99th Infantry Battalion and activated at Fort Lewis, Washington.
One year later, on 24 July 1941, it was redesignated as the 99th Infantry Antitank Battalion. On 15 December 1941, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, it was redesignated yet again as the 899th Tank Destroyer Battalion. The 899th Tank Destroyer Battalion saw action throughout World War II and earned campaign participation credits for Tunisia, Rome-Arno, Normandy (streamer with arrowhead indicating participation in the initial assault), Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe. Following the war the 899th was inactivated on 27 December 1945 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey.
On 23 July 1953, the unit was redesignated as the 899th Tank Battalion and was activated in Germany on 17 January 1955. The 899th Tank Battalion was inactivated in Germany on 1 May 1958.
Almost 50 years later, the 899th Tank Battalion was converted and redesignated on 30 March 2004 as the 89th Cavalry, a parent regiment under the United States Army Regimental System. On the 30 March 2004, the 2nd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment was inactivated. The unit was reflagged as the 1st Battalion, 89th Cavalry Regiment, which was subsequently reactivated on 1 October 2005 as part of the reorganzied 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.
On 7 August 2006, the first trooper of the new 1-89nd Cavalry deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08. The last trooper returned 16 months later on 18 November 2007.
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