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2nd Cavalry Regiment (Stryker)
Regimental coat of arms
Active 23 May 1836 – Present
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Army
Part of United States Army Europe
Garrison/HQ Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Germany
Nickname(s) Second Dragoons[1]
Motto(s) Toujours Prêt (Always Ready)
Remember Your Regiment and follow your officers (Unofficial motto)
Colors Yellow and Orange
Engagements Mexican-American War
Indian Wars
American Civil War
Spanish-American War
Philippine-American War
World War I
World War II
Gulf War
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Colonel Douglas A. Sims
William S. Harney
Henry Hopkins Sibley
David E. Twiggs
Philip St. George Cooke
Joseph T. Dickman
Harry Chamberlin
Creighton Abrams
David M. Maddox
John H. Tilelli, Jr.
Walter L. Sharp
Tommy Franks
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shoulder sleeve insignia US 2nd Cavalry Regiment SSI.jpg
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The 2d Cavalry Regiment (2 CR), also known as the Second Dragoons,[1] is an active "Strykerized" infantry and cavalry regiment of the United States Army. The Second Dragoons is a component of V Corps and United States Army Europe, with its garrison at the Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany. It can trace its lineage back to the early part of the 19th century where the 2nd Cavalry has the distinction of being the longest continuously serving regiment in the Army.

The regiment has previously been known as the 2nd Regiment of Dragoons (5/1836-3/1843, 4/1844-8/1861); 2nd Regiment of Riflemen (3/1843-4/1844); 2nd U.S. Cavalry Regiment (8/1861-7/1942); 2nd Cavalry Regiment (Mecz) (1/1943-12/1943); 2nd Cavalry Group (Mecz) (12/1943-7/1946); 2nd Constabulary Regiment (7/1946-11/1948); 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (11/1948-7/1992); 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (Light) (7/1992-6/2006); 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment (6/2006-7/2011) and most recently 2d Cavalry Regiment (July 2011–present).

Motto and patch

  • The Regimental Motto: Toujours Prêt (French: 'Always Ready') – remember your regiment and follow your officers.
  • The fleur-de-lis on the badge commemorates the Regiment's service in France during WWI.
  • The palmetto Leaf symbolizes the campaign against the Seminole Indians.
  • The eight-pointed shield represents the original badge of a Dragoon as does the color.


Between 1808–1815

In 1808, there was one Regiment of Dragoons and during the War of 1812 another regiment was raised. Units of both Regiments of Dragoons served in engagements at the Mississineway River; the Battle of Lundy's Lane; Fort Erie and the siege of Fort Meigs. These two regiments were consolidated on 30 March 1814 into the Regiment of Light Dragoons but this new unit was dissolved on 15 June 1815.[2]

Early organization

Bezaleel W. Armstrong, 2d Lieutenant, 2d Dragoons, 1846; served in Mexican War at Vera Cruz and Mexico City, 1847–48; died 1849, aged 26. Daguerreotype, c. 1846.

The precursor organization was originally established by President Andrew Jackson on 23 May 1836, as the Second Regiment of Dragoons of the U.S. Army. Two squadrons were originally raised, one at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, and one in Florida to combat the Seminole Indians. It saw its first combat during the Seminole Wars, then served on the Texas frontier under Col. David Twiggs. The regiment fought in the Mexican-American War, the early frontier Indian Wars, Bleeding Kansas, and the Utah War. 2nd cavalry regiment was station in Waterloo, Iowa

Civil War

At the onset of the Civil War in 1861, it was recalled to the Eastern theater and redesignated in August of that year as the Second Cavalry. For much of the war, it was a key part of either the "Reserve Brigade" or the "Regular Brigade" of the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac and served in numerous campaigns and battles. During the Battle of Gettysburg, the 2nd U.S. Cavalry served under Wesley Merritt and engaged the Confederates south of Gettysburg on the third day.

Like the other early mounted units, many members of the Second Cavalry went on to higher ranks and command positions on both sides during the War.

Indian wars

Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II

During the Spanish-American War, the 2nd Cavalry deployed to Cuba, joining Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, fighting at El Canay, San Juan Hill, Aquadores, and Santiago. The Regiment remained in Cuba on pacification duty for the next three years. From Cuba, the Regiment deployed to the Philippines, participating in the Cavite Campaign in 1899 as well as fighting the Moro in 1911 and 1912.

During World War I, the Regiment 'saddled up' again, this time under 'Black Jack' Pershing in Europe, participating in several battles, including the Aisne-Marne Offensive. Troops B, D, F and H became the last elements of the Regiment to ever engage the enemy as mounted horse cavalry.

During World War II, the Regiment (this time under the designation of '2nd Cavalry Group, Mechanized') landed in France in July 1944, becoming part of General Patton's Third Army. During this period, the Regiment became known as the 'Ghosts of Patton's Army' due to their ability to conduct reconnaissance, materializing seemingly at will behind German lines. The Regiment made the deepest penetration of the war, arriving in Czechoslovakia before finally linking up with Soviet forces heading west. Under the leadership of Col. Charles H. Reed, the Regiment rescued the famous Lipizzaner Stallions from the combat zone and brought them to safety in Germany. At the end of the war, the unit was re-designated, yet again, as the 2nd Constabulary Regiment, and eventually the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in 1948.

The Cold War, Desert Storm, and reorganization

During the Cold War, the Regiment was responsible for guard/surveillance duty along the Iron Curtain, acting as a tripwire for the long-expected, but never materializing, Warsaw Pact invasion of Western Europe. The Regiment's border sector varied in its dimensions over the years but always included portions of both the East German and Czechoslovakian borders with the Federal Republic of Germany. The Regiment patrolled the border by air and ground. Ground cavalry troops on the border operated out of border camps close to the frontier. Regular border tours in sizable sectors contributed to the development of independence and self-sufficiency that characterizes cavalry operations and paid great training dividends in leader training to the cavalry squadrons of the Regiment.

In 1978, M Company, 3rd Squadron, 2nd ACR was selected to represent the US in the 1979 Canadian Army Trophy (CAT), finishing 4th – the first time the US entrant had not placed last. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe meant the Regiment had to now redefine its role. During this process, the Regiment was alerted for deployment to Saudi Arabia in response to the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.

The regiment spearheaded the VII Corps end-run deep into Iraq during the Persian Gulf War. During its covering force mission, units of the Regiment destroyed two brigades of the Iraqi Republican Guards Tawakalna Division in the Battle of 73 Easting. The unit earned the Valorous Unit Award for its service in Operation Desert Storm.

Returning from the Gulf, the Regiment was relocated from Germany to Fort Lewis, Washington. The Regiment's ground squadrons were converted into a light cavalry unit consisting of Humvees mounted with TOW launchers, MK-19 grenade launchers, .50 caliber machine guns and squad automatic weapons (SAW). The 2nd ACR "light" was then sent to Ft Polk, LA in 1992. From here, the Regiment deployed in support of the peace enforcement operation in Haiti from 1995 to 1996. The 3rd Squadron ("Wolfpack") was the first ground unit to deploy and operated under the 25th Infantry Division in Port au Prince, Haiti. After six months in Haiti, 1st Squadron arrived to replace 3rd Squadron. 2nd Squadron replaced 3rd Squadron in October 1995 and redeployed in March 1996 completing the cycle.

Bosnia service

In April 1997, the Regiment received orders to be prepared to deploy to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Following the first Mission Rehearsal Exercise held at the JRTC in June, the unit moved to Germany to begin integration with the 1st Armored Division. Meanwhile, all its equipment was shipped to the Intermediate Staging Base at Taszar, Hungary.

The Regiment's participation in Operation Joint Guard began when the 2nd and 3rd Squadrons moved across the Sava River into Bosnia in August 1997 to augment the 1st Infantry Division (Forward) in support of Bosnia-Herzegovina's municipal elections. The Regiment's air cavalry, the 4th Squadron and the Regimental Support Squadron also moved into the country. The Regiment's separate units – the 502nd Military Intelligence Company; the 84th Engineer Company; Company H (Aviation Maintenance), 159th Aviation Regiment; and the Air Defense Battery – completed the Regimental troop list.

While the ground squadrons were in Bosnia, the Regimental headquarters deployed to Germany to train with the 1st Armored Division Headquarters in preparation for assuming command in Bosnia. During August and September, the Regiment was spread across five countries on two continents, and was under the direct command and control of three different general officer commands. This period included another first for any Army unit during a 12-month period: the Regiment participated in major training exercises at all three of the Army's Combat Training Centers: The National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, and the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) at Hohenfels, Germany [1]. In October the remainder of the Regiment rode into theater, assuming responsibility for the American sector of Multinational Division (North), which stretched from the war-torn bridge at Brcko in the north to the shattered city of Srebrenica in the south.

The first major action of the Regiment in Bosnia was the seizing of Serbian radio-television towers to control communications into the Republika Srpska. Other significant operations that the Regiment conducted include: the restructuring of the Republika Srpska Specialist Police; the creation of the first multi-ethnic police department, in the city of Brčko; security for the announcement of the Brcko Arbitration Decision (an effort to resolve the status of this Serb-dominated city within Bosnia); institution of common license plates and currency in Bosnia, and the opening of the Bosnian rail system. In conducting operations in sector, the Regiment executed an estimated 12,500 patrols and 480 weapon storage site inspections, supervised the removal of over 12,000 mines, and oversaw 350 training exercises for the former warring factions. The Regiment served one of the longest tours of military units there.

The 21st century

After returning from Bosnia, the unit remained at Fort Polk, Louisiana until deployed again to the Gulf for Operation Iraqi Freedom, remaining for a total of 16 months earning another presidential unit citation. The Regiment was required to fight against insurgent forces in areas ranging from Baghdad to Najaf to Al Kut. On its return from combat operations, the Regiment found itself heading back to Fort Lewis in Washington in December 2004. The Regiment was re-designated the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and reorganized as a Stryker Brigade Combat Team in April 2005.

A Stryker from the Cavalry Regiment participating in a Joint Task Force-East training exercise at Novo Selo Training Range, Bulgaria, 3 September 2009.

On 1 June 2006 at Fort Lewis, Wash., the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division conducted a joint reflagging and casing ceremony. The 2nd CR was reflagged as the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker). The 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division cased its brigade colors and was reflagged as the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment. The Army restationed 2d SCR to Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Germany, near the Regiment's Cold War home of Nuernberg, as of 15 September 2006. With a foundation of infantry-based tactics and the mobility of the Stryker vehicle, the Stryker unit has become more of a hybrid, filling the gap between pure, light infantry and the mechanized, heavy infantry. This move now truly describes the soldiers of the unit as 'Dragoons' – mounted infantry.

On 8 May 2007, the Department of Defense announced that the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (Stryker) would deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in August 2007. The 3rd Squadron (Wolfpack), with Troop N ("Nemesis") of 4th Squadron attached, along with Troop E ("Eagle"), 2nd Squadron (Cougars), were very successful in rooting out Al-Qaeda forces from their last stronghold in Baghdad's Hadar neighborhood in East Rashid. 1st Squadron participated in the final clearance of Sadr City. The regiment served a 15-month tour in Iraq in both the Baghdad area and later Diyala province. It was at its most consolidated by June 2008 with all units but 1st Squadron, which was in Sadr City. On 25 November 2008, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (Stryker) was officially welcomed back to Vilseck, Germany.

In July 2010, they deployed to Afghanistan upon their return the name was changed from 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment to 2nd Cavalry Regiment (Stryker).

Operation Enduring Freedom

On 15 March 2010, the Department of Defense announced that the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment would deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the International Security Assistance Force in July 2010. In July 2010, 1st Squadron assumed responsibility of Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan in Uruzgan Province as well as the Shah Wali Kot District Serving alongside 2nd Cavalry Regiment (Australia). The remainder of the Regiment was located in the volatile Kandahar Province with Regimental Headquarters located at FOB Lagman.

In the summer of 2013, the 2d Cavalry Regiment deployed to Afghanistan for a second time in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the International Security Assistance Force.

Current structure

2nd Cavalry Regiment(Stryker) Structure

The 2nd Cavalry (Stryker) is organized as a Stryker Brigade Combat Team, consisting of the following units (note that all Squadrons minus 1st Squadron conducted reflagging ceremonies in Summer 2012 to realign the Regiment to historical precedence):

US 2nd Cavalry Regiment SSI.jpg 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment:

  • Regimental Headquarters Troop (Stryker Headquarters Company)
  • 1st Squadron "War Eagles" – (Stryker Battalion)
    • Headquarters Company "Mustangs" – (Stryker Headquarters Company)
    • Apache Company – (Stryker Infantry Company)
    • Bull Company – (Stryker Infantry Company)
    • Comanche Company – (Stryker Infantry Company)
  • 2nd Squadron "Cougars" – (Stryker Battalion)
    • Headquarters Company "Headhunters" – (Stryker Headquarters Company)
    • Eagle Troop – (Stryker Infantry Company)
    • Fox Troop – (Stryker Infantry Company)
    • Ghost Troop – (Stryker Infantry Company)
  • 3rd Squadron "Wolfpack" – (Stryker Battalion)
    • Headquarters Company "Hammer" – (Stryker Headquarters Company)
    • Iron Troop – (Stryker Infantry Company)
    • Killer Troop – (Stryker Infantry Company)
    • Lightning Troop – (Stryker Infantry Company)
  • 4th Squadron "Saber" (Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition Squadron)
    • Headquarters Troop "Warhorse" – (Stryker Headquarters Troop)
    • Nemesis Troop – (Stryker Cavalry Scout Troop)
    • Outlaw Troop – (Stryker Cavalry Scout Troop)
    • Palehorse Troop – (Stryker Cavalry Scout Troop)
    • Reaper Troop – (Anti-Armor Troop – 9 TOW-equipped Stryker vehicles)
  • Fires Squadron "Artillery Hell" (Field Artillery Battalion)
    • Headquarters Battery – "Hellraisers"
    • Archer Battery (6-Gun 155mm Howitzer Battery)
    • Bulldog Battery (6-Gun 155mm Howitzer Battery)
    • Cobra Battery (6-Gun 155mm Howitzer Battery)
    • Maverick Troop – (Military Intelligence Company)
  • Regimental Support Squadron "Muleskinners"
    • Headquarters Troop "Hellraisers"
    • Supply and Transportation Troop "Pack Horse"
    • Maintenance Troop "Blacksmiths"
    • Medical Troop "Stryker Medics"
    • Quickstrike Troop – (Signal Troop)
    • Sapper Troop (Engineer Company)

Medal of Honor recipients of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment

  • Private Heth Canfield. Indian Wars. On 15 May 1870, while serving with Company C at Little Blue, Nebraska, for displaying gallantry in action.[3]
  • Private Michael Himmelsback. Indian Wars. On 15 May 1870, while serving with Company C at Little Blue, Nebraska, for displaying gallantry in action.[3]
  • Private Patrick James Leonard. Indian Wars. On 15 May 1870, while serving with Company C at Little Blue, Nebraska, for displaying gallantry in action.[3]
  • Private Thomas Hubbard. Indian Wars. On 15 May 1870, while serving with Company C at Little Blue, Nebraska, for displaying gallantry in action.[3]
  • Private George W. Thompson. Indian Wars. On 15 May 1870. while serving with Company C at Little Blue, Nebraska, for gallantry in action.[3]
  • Private Wilfred Clark. Indian Wars. On 9 August 1877 at Big Hole, Montana, and on 20 August 1877 at Camas Meadows, Idaho, while serving with Company L, for displaying conspicuous gallantry, especial skill as sharpshooter.[3]
  • Private William Leonard. Indian Wars. On 7 May 1877, while serving with Company L, for bravery in action.[3]
  • First Sergeant Henry Wilkens. Indian Wars. On 7 May 1877, at Little Muddy Creek, Montana, and 20 August 1877 at Camas Meadows, Idaho, for gallantry in action.[3]
  • Private Samuel D. Phillips. Indian Wars. On 7 May 1877, while serving with Company H at Little Muddy Creek, Montana, for gallantry in action.[3]
  • Corporal Harry Garland. Indian Wars. On 7 May 1877 at Little Muddy Creek, Montana, and on 29 August 1877 at Camas Meadows, Idaho, while serving with Company L, for gallantry in action with hostile Sioux, at Little Muddy Creek, Mont.; having been wounded in the hip so as to be unable to stand, at Camas Meadows, Idaho, he still continued to direct the men under his charge until the enemy withdrew.[3]
  • William H. Jones. Indian Wars. While serving with Company L, on 7 May 1877 at Little Muddy Creek, Montana for gallantry in the attack against hostile Sioux Indians, and on 20 August 1877 at Camas Meadows for the engagement with Nez Perces Indians in which he sustained a painful knee wound.[3]
  • Second Lieutenant Edward J. McClernand. Indian Wars. On 20 September 1877, for gallantly attacking a band of hostiles and conducting the combat with excellent skill and boldness.[3]
  • Sergeant T.B. Glover. Indian Wars. On 10 April 1879 at Mizpah Creek, Montana, and at Pumpkin Creek, Montana on 10 February 1880, while serving with Troop B, he was in charge of small scouting parties, fought, charged, surrounded, and captured war parties of Sioux Indians.[3]
  • Captain Eli L. Huggins. Indian Wars. On 1 April 1880, at O'Fallons Creek, Montana, for surprising the Indians in their strong position and fighting them until dark with great boldness.[3]
  • Second Lieutenant Lloyd M. Brett. Indian Wars. On 1 April 1880, at O'Fallons Creek, Montana, his fearless exposure and dashing bravery in cutting off the Indians' pony herd, thereby greatly crippling the hostiles.[3]


  •  Australia – 2nd Cavalry Regiment (Bond of Friendship)
  •  Germany – German Logistikbataillon 4 (Bond of Friendship)


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