• From left, Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Hengst, B Troop -- 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) commander, and Col. Thomas Boone, U.S. Army Garrison commander, recognize Capt. Michael Gerson, U.S. Marine Corps Detachment and Joint Interoperability Test Command, as a recent B -- Troop graduate. The mounted ceremonial unit held its graduation ceremony to promote three new riders May 22 on Brown Parade Field.

    From left, Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Hengst, B Troop ...

    From left, Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Hengst, B Troop -- 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) commander, and Col. Thomas Boone, U.S. Army Garrison commander, recognize Capt. Michael Gerson, U.S. Marine Corps Detachment and Joint Interoperability Test Command...

  • From left, Col. Thomas Boone, U.S. Army Garrison commander, gives Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Glen McFarland a pair of brass spurs upon his graduation from B Troop -- 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) riding school May 22 on Brown Parade Field. In addition to receiving the spurs and a certificate, the three new B Troop riders participated in an open-field pistol charge earlier in the ceremony.

    From left, Col. Thomas Boone, U.S. Army...

    From left, Col. Thomas Boone, U.S. Army Garrison commander, gives Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Glen McFarland a pair of brass spurs upon his graduation from B Troop -- 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) riding school May 22 on Brown Parade Field. In addition...

  • From left, Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Hengst, B Troop -- 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) commander, watches as the three new B Troop riders attach their graduation spurs to their boots during the graduation ceremony on Brown Parade Field May 22. Pictured in the background, from left, Larry Bowman, Thomas Rodkey and Priscilla Davis of K Battery hold the graduates' horses.

    From left, Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Hengst, B Troop ...

    From left, Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Hengst, B Troop -- 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) commander, watches as the three new B Troop riders attach their graduation spurs to their boots during the graduation ceremony on Brown Parade Field May 22. Pictured...

  • Capt. Eduardo Gonzalez, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and recent B Troop -- 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) graduate holds son Nate, 2, after the graduation ceremony on Brown Parade May 22. Gonzalez was one of three graduates to complete the four-month Cavalry Riding School, which begins again in July for new B Troop recruits.

    Capt. Eduardo Gonzalez, U.S. Army Intelligence...

    Capt. Eduardo Gonzalez, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and recent B Troop -- 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) graduate holds son Nate, 2, after the graduation ceremony on Brown Parade May 22. Gonzalez was one of three graduates to...

B Troop -- 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) graduated three new riders May 22 on Brown Parade Field. Around 60 Soldiers, Family members and friends witnessed them complete an open-field pistol charge down the field with the rest of the horsemen and receive their graduation spurs and certificates.

The newly accepted riders, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Glen McFarland, Capt. Michael Gerson and Chaplain, (Capt.) Eduardo Gonzalez, explained that the biggest reason for joining was the unique opportunity the unit offers. B Troop is a cavalry within the U.S. Army which allows officers to join due to its all-volunteer unit status.

"I joined B Troop because I've always wanted to, and admire what they do," said McFarland. The recent graduate has served as an Army chaplain in multiple units around the world and retires this July.

Newly-inducted rider Gonzalez is currently assigned as the Land War Net officer in-charge in support of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence Requirements Determination Directorate. Although he's a New York native, his wife from Texas introduced him to American western culture, which inspired him to join B Troop.

Gerson, U.S. Marine Corps Detachment and Joint Interoperability Test Command, added that for a Marine, the opportunity to join an Army cavalry unit is not only rare, but once-in-a-lifetime.
"Once I joined, the whole camaraderie that went with [B Troop] was just incredible," he said.
All three graduates attended four months of riding school. During their training, the new recruits learned the basics of stable management and military riding. Once these skills were achieved, the men focused on more advanced military riding techniques such as mounted drill, weapons handling and mounted charges.

Col. Thomas Boone, U.S. Army Garrison commander, stated in his remarks that while the training is structured, "the riding school still retains some of the essence of cavalry training.

"They've been taught everything they need to know about taking care of their new 'four-legged battle buddies,'" Boone said. "They've also learned about the organization, the history and heritage of the U.S. Cavalry and mastered the tricky business of handling a pistol and saber while mounted."
B Troop continues to look for volunteers who can make the commitment of 10 to 20 hours a week. No prior experience with horses is needed. The mounted ceremonial unit also supports the Ladies Auxiliary riders and K Battery, which performs artillery demonstrations.

For more information on becoming a B Troop participant, call 538.2178. B Troop's upcoming Cavalry Riding School will start in July.

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