Monday, February 20, 2012

The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment ("Blackhorse Regiment") is a unit of the United States Army garrisoned at Fort Irwin, California. Although termed an armored cavalry regiment, it is currently being re-organized as a multi-component Heavy Brigade Combat Team. The regiment has served in the Philippine-American War, World War II, the Vietnam War, Cold War, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq War). The ACR was serving as the Opposing Force (OPFOR) for the Army, Marine, and National Guard task forces, and foreign military forces that train at the National Training Center. The OPFOR trained America's armed forces in mechanized desert warfare, and following a Soviet Era style threat until June 2002, when the OPFOR and the 11th ACR changed to portraying a modern urban/ asymmetrical warfare style of combat the soldiers are currently being faced with in operations abroad. From June to December 2003, members of the 11th ACR deployed to Afghanistan, where they helped to develop and train the armor and mechanized infantry battalions of the Afghan National Army. These specialized units would defend the Afghan capital during the country's constitutional convention. In January 2005, the 11th ACR deployed to Iraq. The 11th ACR was not reorganized under the CARS System, but has been reorganized under the USARS System.

11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Brigade Special Troops Battalion
1st Squadron, 221st Cavalry Regiment (Armored Reconnaissance Squadron) (NV ARNG)
1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Combined Arms Squadron)
2d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Combined Arms Squadron)
1st Battalion, 144th Field Artillery Regiment (CA ARNG)
Support Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Unit honors
Regimental campaign participation credit

Philippine-American War:
Samar 1902

Mexican Expedition:
Mexico 1916–1917

World War II:
Normandy;
Northern France;
Rhineland;
Ardennes-Alsace;
Central Europe

Vietnam:
Counteroffensive, Phase II;
Counteroffensive, Phase III;
Tet Counteroffensive;
Counteroffensive, Phase IV;
Counteroffensive, Phase V;
Counteroffensive, Phase VI;
Tet 69/Counteroffensive;
Summer-Fall 1969;
Winter-Spring 1970;
Sanctuary Counteroffensive;
Counteroffensive, Phase VII

Southwest Asia:
Cease-Fire

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Phase III; January 2005 – December 2006

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