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‘Quarterhorse’ squadron rides toward new horizons, challenges

By Staff Sgt. Aaron P. Duncan | 4TH IBCT PUBLIC AFFAIRS | May 01, 2015

The 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, cased their colors April 15 in a ceremony on Fort Riley’s Cavalry Parade Field.

While their colors are being cased and their personnel are dispersing, what is now 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., will reorganize into 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., 1st ABCT, on June 16.

Befitting the “Quarterhorse” squadron, the ceremony took place on Cavalry Parade Field with the Honorary Colonel of the Regiment, Maj. Gen. (Retired) Leroy Goff III, and other distinguished members of the regiment.

Riding with the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard, Lt. Col. J. Frederick Dente, the 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., commander, conducted his last inspection of troops and cased the squadron colors with the help of Command Sgt. Maj. Wendell J. Franklin.

“You have borne the brunt of the most difficult and dangerous missions here on the home front and across the globe, proudly and professionally representing America and all that she stands for,” said Col. Peter G. Minalga, commander of the 4th IBCT.

During the course of the squadron’s tenure under the 4th IBCT, the Soldiers placed an emphasis on training and mission readiness. In order to maximize their warfighting capabilities, the Quarterhorse squadron has taken part in scout section competitions, spur rides, gunneries, TOW and Javelin missile shoots and a rotation to the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana.

The commitment to training in the Quarterhorse squadron was highlighted by their victory during the 1st Inf. Div.’s Best Squad Competition and Gainey Cup.

The squad, from 3rd Platoon, Apache Troop, 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., competed against the best scout and infantry squads on Fort Riley and earned the right to compete against teams from all over the Army at Fort Benning, Georgia in May.

Lt. Col. Frederick J. Dente stressed the fact that it was because of his troopers, every mission was completed without fail. “It was always the selfless service and courage of our troopers that made this squadron great,” Dente said.

Their dedication to readiness was once again tested when the squadron was called on to plan and execute multiple training missions to Africa during the brigade’s regionally aligned forces mission. The nine-month RAF mission found Quarterhorse troopers leading and executing impactful training in countries all across the continent of Africa.

The Quarterhorse squadron will continue to build upon the history and legacy that its past commanders have built when the squadron transitions over to 1st ABCT.

“I have no doubt those incredible standards and pride of the cavalry trooper will endure and prosper as the 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt. settles into its new home literally just down the street,” Minalga said.