From the 67th Colonel of the Regiment
Col. Joseph D. Clark
3rd Qtr 2017
Greetings from the Fort Irwin National Training Center to the Troopers, family and friends of the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia! On behalf of the Troopers of 11th ACR, I hope that this message finds you well.
Summer has begun, and the Regiment is off to a strong start for what is sure to be a very successful quarter. In May, we participated in the 58th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade in Torrance, California. Blackhorse Troopers represented themselves with pride and distinction with a display of tactical vehicles, horse mounted Cavalrymen, and dismounted formations. The Regimental Support Squadron’s Maintenance Troop was able to restore “11ACR HQ6”, a WWII-era M2 half-track, and she fought valiantly through the entire parade route, without flaw. Audiences were impressed and captivated by it, the M1A1 Abrams, the M2 Bradley fighting vehicle and other tactical vehicles driven by our Troopers. Families were allowed the opportunity to climb in and take photos with Troopers from the Best Damn Regiment. We hope to participate and be just as successful next year, and invite you all to attend with us.
Rotation 17-07 is now in full swing. We are providing the contemporary operating environment for the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team (BCT) of the Mississippi National Guard. As expected during every rotation, Blackhorse is providing complex and decisive training for multi-component Soldiers to be ready to fight and win our nation’s wars. All Soldiers, no matter their component, receive the same intensity from the Blackhorse so we can continue to make the Army better.
Next month we welcome the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division from Fort Carson, Colorado. This rotation will test the Army’s new Reconnaissance and Security Brigade concept. To help provide a complex operating environment the entire Regiment will deploy and replicate two full Brigade Tactical Groups and The Division Tactical Group headquarters. This rotation will be the closest we get to our own rotation while I’m in command, and the Regiment is ready to vanquish our foes. We are excited to test this new formation and make sure it is worthy of taking over the mission of the 11th ACR of fighting for information against an element much larger than itself.
I am eagerly anticipating our reunion with the 11th ACVVC in September. The opportunity to share all of the Blackhorse Regiment’s accomplishments with the finest Troopers in the land is something I could never miss!
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The 67th Colonel