Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment
Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (Light)
Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment
In 2004, the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment began transformation to the US Army's modular force structure. The Regiment was reactivated in 2006 as the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment. The Regimental Support Squadron was reorganized as a result, with among other changes the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Troop being inactivated. Prior to the modular transformation, the mission of the Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment was to, on order, rapidly deploy to conduct seamless direct supprt logistics in support of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment anywhere in the world, in order to support the fight, and win.
The Regimental Support Squadron deployed with the rest of the Regiment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in May 2003. While there the AVIM troop provided outstanding support to the Aviation Squadron. The Troop also passed an inspection conducted by the Material Management Center with outstanding results, a monument to the efforts of fine soldiers and leaders. The Medical Troop/FST and all the medical personnel in the squadron were approved for the Combat Medical Badge. Medical Troop and the FST provided outstanding medical care to all the soldiers on the base and in the Regiment. The Medical Troop stepped up and took charged as they received and treated over 50 patients that were brought on Muleskinner base following an attack on the compound during their deployment. The Medical Troop provided medical assistance on Muleskinner base and at the UN compound. All the troops showed their support as litter bearers, assisted with IV's, provided water and helped to transport patients.
During the deployment the Maintenance Troop consolidated the motorpool, a success that continued to improve as soldiers worked hard to ensure the serviceability of vehicles in a timely manner. The Supply and Transportation troop had been working consistently hard and with extreme caution on all missions. They continued to provide safe and quality work as they were tasked to pick up all new soldiers for the Regiment. This was only a fraction of their daily missions.
The Squadron started the month of December 2003 with another excellent award ceremony. The Squadron had the great opportunity to recognize outstanding soldiers for their continuous achievements in a combat zone. They welcomed 13 new personnel into the Squadron and all had been very helpful and a valuable asset to the Regimental Support Squadron. The Squadron welcomed 2 new First Sergeants in the beginning of December 2003. The Muleskinner compound also established an AT&T phone bank for all soldiers, increasing the opportunity for soldiers to keep in contact with their families and loved ones back home.
KBR hosted and Field Grade Officers served a great Christmas Dinner to all the soldiers giving the soldiers the opportunity to enjoy a great feast while celebrating the Holidays in a combat zone. The day also kicked off with the Squadron's Jingle Bell Run, in which there were a lot of winners and also a lot of participants. Many soldiers also spent the Holiday competing in numerous sports competitions. The categories included weight lifting, football, basketball, ping-pong and volleyball. In the end, it was the Supply and Transportation Troop that took home the Commander's Cup and the Saber.
The 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment had one of the best Forward Surgical Teams in the world. The 2nd Armored Cavalry FST, located at Camp Muleskinner in Baghdad, saved countless lives and limbs in the 11 months after its deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of Task Force 1st Armored Division. On 19 August 2003, the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment FST, along with personnel from the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, were on the scene in minutes, responding to the mass casualty situation at the United Nations building. The Medical Troop/FST were again prepared upon the news of another bombing attack on the United Nations.
The Food Service personnel were later awarded Achievement Medals for all of their hard efforts with the United Nations. They ensured food was brought out to the UN everyday non-stop.
On 8 March 2004, the same group of medics re-affirmed the term "forward", as they dispatched to the Saint Rafael hospital in Baghdad to perform a delicate operation on an Iraqi child. Led by Lieutenant (Dr.) Alex Stojadinovic and Major (Dr.) Peter Allen, a 5-vehicle convoy consisting of 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment medics and ICDC security personnel, left Camp Muleskinner for the hospital. The convoy reached the hospital, quickly set up an outer cordon around the premises with a joint ICDC/US security team, and the doctors entered the building to do the operation. Flanked by Staff Sergeant Jason Whitaker and Sergeant Michael Mercer, the doctors met with their Iraqi counterparts on the third floor of the hospital to discuss preparations and last minute notes on what was to be about a 2-hour procedure. While discussing the operation, Dr. Stojadinovic was asked to help with an appendectomy in another part of the building.
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. 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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