316th Cavalry Brigade
The 316th Cavalry Brigade of the United States Army is the brigade responsible for the training of U.S. Army Cavalry and Armor officers and non-commissioned officers. The was redesignated as this unit in July 2010. The 316th Cavalry Brigade is currently Assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia, in accordance with the Base Realignment and Closure of 2005.
Concerning the shoulder insignia, the shape of the device, that of a shield, is representational of "defense and protection of the United States. The color black and the eight stars around the crest are representational of the original parent unit of the brigade, the Eighth Tank Destroyer Group. The colors within the crest, scarlet and white, are the traditional colors of the United States Cavalry, and the color gold represents excellence. The lightning bolt in the center represents "denotes speed, mobility, and effectiveness, the characteristics of the combined forces with which the Brigade cooperates." The saber in the center is part of the United States Cavalry collar insignia.
Concerning the Distinctive Unit Insignia, the panther is a symbol of the Eighth Tank Destroyer Group.
World War II
The 316th Cavalry Brigade was established as a subordinate unit of the in September 1942. It was activated in October of the same year in Camp Hood (now Fort Hood, Texas). It was then inactivated in October 1945 and subsequently re-activated and re-designated as the 316th Cavalry Group in August 1947. After a number of administrative changes, it was inactivated in April 1959 in Roswell, New Mexico.
The United States Army lists its campaign credits as "World War II, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe".
On 7 July 2010, the 316th Cavalry Brigade was re-activated to replace the 16th Cavalry Regiment as the unit charged with education of United States Army soldiers in the Armor branch. Its subordinate squadrons, however, retained the nomenclature for the Sixteenth Cavalry for historical purposes.
Order of Battle
Headquarters and Headquarters Troop
The Headquarters and Headquarters Troop is responsible for the day to day management of the Brigade, including personnel, intelligence, operations, logistics, civial affairs, and information technology.
1st Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment
The First Squadron, Sixteenth Cavalry Regiment (or 1-16 Cav) provides support in the form of both soldiers and equipment for the 316th Cavalry Brigade and its subordinate squadrons, as well as for the courses offered through the brigade. Additionally, the squadron is tasked with providing funeral details for soldiers across the south-eastern region of the United States.
The over-six hundred soldier squadron is commanded by [Lieutenant Colonel] James M. Bramblett. It is composed of six troops: Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Alpha "Apache" Troop, Bravo "BoneCrusher" Troop, Charlie "Cobra" Troop, Delta "Dog" Troop, Echo "Easy" Troop.
2nd Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment
3rd Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment
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