Honoring Fort Huachuca’s Old West cavalry heritage, Navy Commander Troy Wilcox assumed command of B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) April 12 on Brown Parade Field.
After opening remarks and a brief history of Brown Parade Field were given, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Samuel Godfrey delivered the invocation.
Wilcox enlisted in the Navy at 17 and is originally from Durango, Colo. He currently works as a Joint Test Officer here on Fort Huachuca at the Joint Interoperability Test Command. Nicknamed “Mustang” due to his past history in the military, Wilcox graduated riding school in May 2012. He has since participated in 27 events with his third horse, Charlie.
B Troop participates in military ceremonies, parades, riding demonstrations and other ceremonial functions on Fort Huachuca and throughout Arizona. They have become Fort Huachuca’s icon and their presence here on the field provides a unique historical flavor that honors the men and women that once rode here.
Col. Dan McFarland, Fort Huachuca garrison commander, charged Wilcox with the responsibilities of the B Troop, 4th Cavalry. “A ceremony here at Fort Huachuca without the troopers and their daring dash and discipline in the pistol charge is unimaginable, McFarland said. “Troopers you look great. You keep us connected to our Army heritage and tradition, more so here than any other post in the United States of America.
“Troy stands before you today swearing in oath to defend the nation and taking on the extra duty of volunteering to preserve a unique Army tradition. The modern B Troop is made up of entirely willing volunteers … Thank you for what you do.”
Wilcox is married to Amy Wilcox of Durango, Colo. She was presented with flowers for her support and understanding of her husband’s participation in B Troop. They have four boys, Anthony, Ben, Connor and Calvin.
“History has shown, and continues to show today, that behind every great cavalry man is a great woman and that woman is Amy,” said McFarland. “Thank you for supporting B Troop and thank you for supporting Troy … I wish you much success with your new command.”
Following McFarland’s comments, Wilcox led B Troop in his first charge as troop commander.
Refreshments were provided in the gazebo on Brown Parade Field after the ceremony, to include apples and carrots for the horses of the B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment horses.