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November 8, 2013

Newest B Troop Riding School graduates receive their spurs

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Maranda Flynn
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From left, members of B Troop, 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial): Thomas Rodkey, K Battery; Priscilla Davis, K Battery; Anastasia Virden, Ladies Auxiliary; Martina Peters, Ladies Auxiliary; and Pete Criscuolo, B Troop first sergeant, observe the B Troop Riding School graduation ceremony, Nov. 1, from the sidelines of Brown Parade Field. All members of the unit are uniformed, equipped, and armed in accordance with the U.S. Cavalry standards of the 1880s, to include a Ladies Auxiliary and an artillery section known as K Battery.

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Cmdr. Troy Wilcox, B Troop, 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial), congratulates the unit’s newest members, Retired Lt. Col. John Payne, Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Hengst, Capt. Luke Gosnell and Capt. Shea Redmond. B Troop, 4th Cavalry Regiment relies solely on volunteers to fill its ranks. The unit is always looking for the “best of the best” recruits to represent B Troop’s heritage. The unit is currently accepting applications for the next Cavalry Riding School, tentatively scheduled to begin in February 2014. For more information, call 538.2178, or visit http://huachuca-www.army.mil/pages/btroop/index.html.

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B Troop, 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) prepare to honor the most recent graduates during the B Troop Riding School graduation ceremony Nov. 1 on Brown Parade Field. B Troop is a United States Army mounted ceremonial unit whose mission is to promote the heritage and traditions of the U.S. Army in the Southwest during the period of the Indian Wars and support recruiting, community relations, and official and nonofficial ceremonial functions, according to their website.

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Chaplain (Capt.) Bruce Duty delivers the invocation during the B Troop Riding School Graduation ceremony, Nov.1, and blesses both old and new members of B Troop. During the event, the four newest members of the memorial cavalry unit donned their spurs, mouthed their steeds, and participated in their first public cavalry charge.




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