From the 67th Colonel of the Regiment
Col. Joseph D. Clark
2nd Qtr 2018
(Editor’s note: This article was received too late for the 2nd qtr Thunder Run.)
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 in the middle of Rotation 17-03, with the National Training Center hosting 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
The Blackhorse is providing 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 1703, the 11th ACR is partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps 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 end state 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 and 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 who came before us.
Our Vietnam Veterans were also celebrated as we commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War with a parade and banquet here at Fort Irwin. The sheer joy of the Troopers, past and present, was evident in all of the smiling faces. It was a remarkable event that truly solidified the relationship between our veterans, Soldiers, and the community.
The Blackhorse Regiment has a way of demonstrating everything that is great about the Army. From the storied past of the 11th ACR to the current posture that the Regiment maintains, there is nothing like being a Blackhorse Trooper.
Thank you to all who have continued to support the Regiment. We will always strive to truly show how committed we are to each and every mission. We are the Blackhorse, “the Best Damn Regiment that you will ever see!”