Welcome to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
2nd Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment



The 13th Cavalry Regiment was constituted as a regular Army unit on Feb. 2, 1901, as K Troop, 13th Cavalry, and organized at Fort Meade, South Dakota, on July 26, 1901. The unit’s first mission was counter-insurgency operations in the Philippines from 1903 to 1905, and later from 1909 to 1910. Upon its return, the 13th Cavalry transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas, in 1911. In 1916, the regiment defended Columbus, New Mexico, from Pancho Villa’s campaign into the Southwest United States. Subsequently, the unit participated in General Pershing’s expedition into Mexico from 1916 to 1917. During the campaign, the regiment distinguished itself at the Battle of Parral in which over 100 Troopers repulsed a numerically superior force of Mexican Federal soldiers. This marked the turning point in the campaign, which ultimately led to the end of cross-border raids from Pancho Villa’s forces and the return of the unit to United States soil. The regiment remained in a high state of readiness on the U.S.-Mexican border until 1921.

The 13th Cavalry reformed on July 15, 1940, as the 13th Armored Regiment. During World War II, the unit participated in Operation Torch, and continued to fight in North Africa under General Patton. After victory in Europe, the unit became a part of the U.S. Constabulary Forces in Germany until deactivation on Sept. 20, 1947.

The 2nd Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment activated in 2008 as part of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. The squadron deployed in 2009 to Iraq and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit deployed again to Iraq in July 2011 in support of Operation New Dawn as part of the Army’s first Advise and Assist Brigade. The squadron’s efforts at this critical juncture set the conditions for the peaceful withdraw of U.S. Forces from Iraq in December 2011. The unit deployed in part as the Army’s Security Force Advisory and Assistance Team in 2012 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Following the 4th Brigade’s re-flagging as 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division in 2015, the 2nd Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment participated in the Brigade’s Regionally Aligned Force (RAF) mission throughout the continent of Africa. The Squadron sent Troopers on various train and assist missions to multiple countries on the African continent to include: Malawi, Morocco, Ethiopia, Namibia, and Zambia. As a result of these missions, the Squadron directly supported the United Nation’s peacekeeping operations, enhanced the Army’s geo-political impact, and increased the readiness of our African allies and partners throughout the continent.

In July 2016, the squadron assumed responsibility of the US Army Central theater security cooperation and partnership missions at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in support of Operation Spartan Shield. By strengthening partnerships with the United Arab Emirate Land Forces, the Royal Army of Oman, and the Kingdom of Bahrain, the efforts of the entire Squadron contributed to peace and stability in the region.


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