February 2, 2022, marked the 121st year of service to the Nation for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Since its establishment, the unit has been known by many names: at the time of formation, the 11th Cavalry Regiment; during World War 2, the 11th Armored Regiment was organized into the trio: the 11th Tank Battalion, the 11th Cavalry Group (Mechanized), and the 712th Tank Battalion; while patrolling Germany after the war, the 11th Constabulary Regiment; and the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, from when it served in the Fulda Gap, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, to today at the National Training Center. The Regiment is credited with participation in eight campaigns: peacekeeping in the Philippine Islands during the Philippine-American War, chasing Pancho Villa in Mexico during the Mexican Punitive Expedition, fighting across Europe in World War 2, opposing the Viet Cong in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, supporting humanitarian efforts in Turkey and upholding security in Kuwait in Southwest Asia, and conducting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
In celebration of the Regiment's 121st birthday, Horse Detachment, Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, hosted a cavalry demonstration at Fritz Field, Fort Irwin, Calif.. After the demonstration, members of the Horse Detachment held classes on the topics of basic horsemanship familiarization, cavalry history, and unit history. A Horse Detachment celebratory parade slated for the afternoon was canceled due to adverse weather.
On the other side of the country, the Regimental Command Teams, to include the Regimental Commander, Col. Todd Hook, the Regimental Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Walker, and the Commanders and Command Sergeant Majors of the 1st, 2nd, and Regimental Support Squadron placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, to honor the 121-year legacy of the 11th Cavalry Regiment. They also visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Members of our veteran organizations, the Blackhorse Association and the 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia, also made the trip from across the nation to pay respects.