By 3rd Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Oct. 13, 2017) – The 3rd Squadron, 16th Cavalry, 316th Cavalry Brigade, implemented a new organization aimed at streamlining the training of Reconnaissance and Security Leaders across the Army during a ceremony Oct. 5 at Long Hall on Harmony Church.
As part of the reorganization, D Company and B Troop were inactivated, and the new Department of Reconnaissance and Security and H Troop unfurled their guidons.
D Company has hosted the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leader’s Course (RSLC) and recently the Advanced Situational Awareness (ASA) courses. Tracing their roots to the long-range reconnaissance patrol Soldiers of the Vietnam War, this unit was originally D Co. of the 4th Ranger Training Battalion and transitioned to the 316th Cavalry Brigade five years ago to align functional training schools across the Maneuver Center of Excellence. Lt. Col. Jeff Barta, the squadron commander, praised the company’s instructors “who endured cold nights, jungle hot days, rain, chiggers, and poison ivy in the pursuit of training leaders to best understand their environment, find the enemy and report critical information to the commanders who need it.”
The former D Co. Soldiers will now be aligned under the Department of Reconnaissance and Security (DoRS). Capt. Josh LaFleur and First Sgt. Jeremiah Richards served as the final D Company command team.
B Troop was created in 2014 to oversee the Army Reconnaissance Course (ARC), Cavalry Leader’s Course (CLC), Small Unmanned Aerial Sensor Master Trainer Course (SUAS-MT), and the Dismounted Counter-IED Master Trainer Course (DCT-MT).
“The Bigfoot Troop instructors tread along thousands of miles of muddy woods, logged tens of thousands of flight hours, and trained thousands of leaders, who have gone on to lead a quarter million of American troopers and Soldiers impacting nearly every single active-duty cavalry troop, scout platoon, Raven and Instant Eye unmanned aerial sensor master trainer, and saved countless lives through IED defeat education.”
First Lt. Cord Stanley and Sgt. 1st Class Marc Turner served as the final command team and will transition to command the newly activated H Troop, responsible for institutional training support across the Squadron.
H Troop rejoins the 16th Cavalry for the first time since the squadron was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The squadron’s official lineage is traced through separated air cavalry troops stationed in Vietnam. When the First Cavalry division left Vietnam, F Troop of 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, was reflagged to become H Troop of the 16th CAV. As an air cavalry troop, it consisted of aero scouts, lift, and gunships.
“In a prophetic change of mission, the troop removed their rockets, and became “slicks” without seats, specifically to carry LRRP Soldiers deep into the jungle to perform reconnaissance missions,” said Barta. “Today Hawk Troop will do the same; they will carry our reconnaissance and security instructors onward to towards our mission of forging leaders.”
The remainder of the Squadron will be organized following a university model in place at the noncommissioned officer academies and the Command and General Staff College. The Department of Reconnaissance and Security will now be the centerpiece of efforts to train reconnaissance and security leaders from small team through brigade.
The department will train all reconnaissance and security leaders across the Army. The department now houses CLC, ARC, RSLC, and SUAS-MT, where these mutually supportive courses provide fully trained reconnaissance leaders to fill key positions in the operational force. In courses, which are designed to be physically and mentally challenging, students are forced to expand upon their existing knowledge and thrive in dispersed and uncertain situations. Capt. Eric Shirley will serve as the first director, and 1st Sgt. Corey Willis will serve as the first senior enlisted adviser.
Further streamlining the organization, ASA and DCT-MT will be aligned under the Department of Security Force Assistance along with the Military Advisor Training Academy, which trains combat advisers for the newly formed Security Force Assistance Brigades. The instructors continue to stand prepared to train leaders to shape the battlefield and improve the operational readiness of the Army.
For more on 3rd Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment, visit www.benning.army.mil/armor/316thCav/316.