3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment
In 2004 the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) began transformation to the US Army's new modular force structure. Part of the transformation saw the Division's 3 reorganized and redesignated Brigade Combat Teams, as well as the newly actived 4th Brigade Combat, all gain organic Cavalry Squadrons. 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, a pre-modular part of the 3rd Brigade was reflagged as the 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1-30th Infantry was subsequently reactivated as part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.
In January 2005 the 3rd Brigade Combat Team deployed to Iraq again as part of Task Force Liberty headed by the 42nd Infantry Division, and subsequently attached to elements of the 101st Airborne Division. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, including 3-1st Cavalry, returned from Iraq in January 2006.
In 2007 3-1st Cavalry returned to Iraq with other elements of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team on another tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) remained in Iraq into 2008.
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