From the 66th Colonel of the Regiment
Col. Joseph D. Clark
1st Qtr 2017
Greetings to the Troopers of the Best Damn Regiment. Our Regiment has just returned from Holiday leave and we are eager to get back to the business of training U.S. Army Brigade Combat Teams. The Regiment completed the 20th Annual Long Walk to the Barstow Veterans Home, December 13th, where our troopers shared stories with veterans of each of the armed services. Our visit this year to the veteran’s home was special, as this is the 20th year that the Blackhorse Regiment has conducted this tradition, which also marks how long the veteran’s home has been in operation. Our partnership with this great organization will continue to grow as we pass along the stories and history from one generation to the next.
The Regiment is now preparing to conduct Rotation 17-03, when the National Training Center will host 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
The Blackhorse will provide the best operating environment available to train in as our capabilities continue to evolve, making our Troopers better, while also enhancing the training for the rotational unit. During Rotation 17-03, the 11th ACR will partner with the USMC’s 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
This joint capability is another example of how the Blackhorse Regiment is working to improve the training experience for every Army BCT that comes through the NTC. Additionally, this expands our capabilities by providing our Troopers the experience of working in a joint environment.
The Regiment recently conducted a War Council with the endstate of creating the Blackhorse Vision, which reads: “We are the best Regiment! Together, we shoulder the challenge of making our Army better by developing masters in our craft, and Troopers of character.” Given all that we are doing here in the Mojave, you would be hard pressed to find a superior, better prepared, combat unit in the Army. I am extremely proud at how this Regiment has bonded with the common goal of creating a lasting legacy, while celebrating the Troopers that came before us.
As a reminder, Fort Irwin and the 11th ACR will be celebrating and honoring our Vietnam Veterans in the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War here, February 11th, 2017. All are welcomed to attend and as we continue to plan this event, we will provide you additional details. For more information on the Blackhorse Regiment, please visit and like our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/11th-Armored-Cavalry-Regiment-Blackhorse-158715460811763/
The 67th Colonel