Troopers look to honor Iraq veterans
November 23, 2011
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Third Squadron, 7th Cavalry, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, is asking for help from the community to locate all Troopers whom received a Purple Heart while deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, beginning on March 20, 2003 to the present.
"Help us honor these Troopers by providing a contact name, email address, and phone number of our wounded warriors," said 3/7 Cavalry Targeting Officer, 1st Lt. Leighton Cornish.
The 3/7th Cavalry is part of the United States Army's 7th Cavalry Regiment. Their lineage traces back to a number of designations such as cavalryman, horseman, trooper, or its historical nickname "Garryowen," the nickname given to the 7th Cavalry Regiment and troopers.
"We would like to have our wounded vets from Iraq attend some of our training events such as our Garryowen day, and our Spur Ride, so they could talk to our young troopers and impart their wisdom and experience to them," said Lt. Col. Lance C. Varney, commander, 3/7 Cavalry.
Prior to the Squadrons redeployment in January 2006, they had conducted over 5,500 combat patrols throughout southeastern Baghdad in Iraq.
"Some of the significant heroes who served during that first day of Iraqi Freedom, March 20 2003 were five Troopers from the squadron, Capt. McCoy, Sgt. First Class Broadhead, Sgt. First Class Wheatley, Staff Sgt. Parson, and Staff Sgt. Johnson, each whom earned The Silver Star", Lt. Col. Varney said.
"Remembering the past traditions and accomplishments of the regiment provide Soldiers and leaders with a tangible link to past glories," Lt. Col Varney said. "We draw power from our vets and their service."
According to Lt. Col. Varney, meeting and talking with veterans, gives Soldiers a sense of belonging to something greater than themselves and raises the espirit de corps across the Squadron.