Local

May 30, 2014

B Troop hosts Riding School graduation

Tags:
Gabrielle Kuholski
Staff Writer

From left, Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Hengst, B Troop – 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) commander, watches as the three new B Troop riders attach their graduation spurs to their boots during the graduation ceremony on Brown Parade Field May 22. Pictured in the background, from left, Larry Bowman, Thomas Rodkey and Priscilla Davis of K Battery hold the graduates’ horses.

B Troop – 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) graduated three new riders May 22 on Brown Parade Field. Around 60 Soldiers, Family members and friends witnessed them complete an open-field pistol charge down the field with the rest of the horsemen and receive their graduation spurs and certificates.

The newly accepted riders, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Glen McFarland, Capt. Michael Gerson and Chaplain, (Capt.) Eduardo Gonzalez, explained that the biggest reason for joining was the unique opportunity the unit offers. B Troop is a cavalry unit within the U.S. Army which allows military and Civilians to join due to its all-volunteer unit status.

“I joined B Troop because I’ve always wanted to, and admire what they do,” said McFarland. The recent graduate has served as an Army chaplain in multiple units around the world and retires this July.

Newly-inducted rider Gonzalez is currently assigned as the Land War Net officer-in-charge in support of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence Requirements Determination Directorate. Although he’s a New York native, his wife from Texas introduced him to American western culture, which inspired him to join B Troop.

From left, Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Hengst, B Troop – 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) commander, and Col. Thomas Boone, U.S. Army Garrison commander, recognize Capt. Michael Gerson, U.S. Marine Corps Detachment and Joint Interoperability Test Command, as a recent B – Troop graduate. The mounted ceremonial unit held its graduation ceremony to promote three new riders May 22 on Brown Parade Field.

Gerson, U.S. Marine Corps Detachment and Joint Interoperability Test Command, added that for a Marine, the opportunity to join an Army cavalry unit is not only rare, but once-in-a-lifetime.

“Once I joined, the whole camaraderie that went with [B Troop] was just incredible,” he said.

All three graduates attended four months of riding school. During their training, the new recruits learned the basics of stable management and military riding. Once these skills were achieved, the men focused on more advanced military riding techniques such as mounted drill, weapons handling and mounted charges.

Col. Thomas Boone, U.S. Army Garrison commander, stated in his remarks that while the training is structured, “the riding school still retains some of the essence of cavalry training.

“They’ve been taught everything they need to know about taking care of their new ‘four-legged battle buddies,’” Boone said. “They’ve also learned about the organization, the history and heritage of the U.S. Cavalry and mastered the tricky business of handling a pistol and saber while mounted.”

B Troop continues to look for volunteers who can make the commitment of 10 to 20 hours a week. No prior experience with horses is needed. The mounted ceremonial unit also supports the Ladies Auxiliary riders and K Battery, which performs artillery demonstrations.

For more information on becoming a B Troop participant, call 538.2178. B Troop’s upcoming Cavalry Riding School will start in July.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Army Photo by Lisa Tourtelot

RWBAHC welcomes new top doc to command

U.S. Army Photo by Lisa Tourtelot Lt. Col. Edgar Arroyo, the new commander of Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center, accepts the command colors from Maj. Gen. Thomas Tempel, the commanding general of Western Regional Medical Comm...
 
 
305thCeremony_6.26

305th Military Intelligence Battalion Change of Command Ceremony

Incoming Commander, Lt. Col. Jorge A. Arredondo, takes command of the 305th Military Intelligence Battalion during the passing of the colors at the change of command ceremony Friday.   Fort Huachuca’s 305th Military Inte...
 
 
MIband3_62715_lakosil

Cochise County Outlaws perform with a special guest performer

Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, performs with the Cochise County Outlaws, 62nd Army Rock Band at Eifler Fitness Center. Ashley played three songs wit...
 

 
PeopleatPool_6.23

Keep your summer cool at Irwin Pool

Lifeguards watch visitors at Irwin Pool. This summer, the pool will be open on the 4th of July. With temperatures rising, Fort Huachuca’s Irwin Pool is an inviting way to keep the Family cool this summer. The pool is open thr...
 
 
Natalie Lakosil

HT-JCOE commanders change during June 19 ceremony

From left, outgoing Commander Col. John Boucher, Human Intelligence Training Joint Center of Excellence; Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca; and incoming C...
 
 

BLM Jackson Hotshots hosted at Fort Huachuca for portion of 2015 fire season

TUCSON, Ariz. — The only Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hotshot firefighting crew east of the Mississippi River will be based in southern Arizona for a portion of the 2015 fire season. The 20-member Jackson Hotshot crew from Jackson, Miss. will be housed in the Sierra Vista community thanks to a partnership between BLM and...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>