Fort Benning

U.S. Army Fort Benning and The Maneuver Center of Excellence

1st Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment Site

1st Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment

CSM Dice Photo

CSM Jeffery S. Dice


1st Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment provides POI and non-standard mission support requirements to the 316th Cavalry Brigade, the Armor School and Maneuver Center of Excellence, and develops Soldiers and Leaders on individual, MOS-specific and collective skills to provide the maneuver force with trained, agile, adaptive, and combat ready Soldiers and Leaders performing as part of a combined arms team.


VISION: Our business is Leader Development at all levels. Every soldier/trooper/family member deserves good leadership!

PHILOSOPHY: The Army continues to be at war – we prepare ourselves our soldiers and our family members for the conflict that we are in today, and for the protracted conflict of tomorrow. In a world of limited resources, most importantly time, we must achieve the highest level of Soldier and Leader skills. Training is the key to Leader Development. It includes warfighting for the full spectrum of operations, but it also includes before, during and after maintenance in all areas not just on vehicles and equipment, but our personal and professional lives, as well as physical fitness, discipline, and attitude. We can't buy these once we are in the fight, so we must work to instill them here. Furthermore, at some point we will all end our time in the military. Many of these traits and skills will become useful in civilian life, as well as enhance the quality of life when that time arrives.

Listed below are some of the principles to help you understand how we will operate:

  1. Teamwork. The Squadron is loaded with great individuals, but we are only as good as our ability to work well together. Great teams are built on trust, and trust is built through Integrity, Loyalty, and Selfless Service. I expect us to work as a team at every level – both inside and outside of the Squadron.
  2. Caring. Caring for Soldiers and their families is a key component to Leader Development. Being a good Leader at home is critical to Army Family Team Building. A Soldier's performance is directly related to his/her perception of self and family well-being. First and foremost, we treat others the way we would want to be treated. Treat all Soldiers and their families with dignity and respect! Caring; crosses a wide spectrum of issues including predictability, a solid family support system, and soundly executed training.
  3. Discipline. Discipline is simply doing what is right even when no one is watching or telling you what to do, or how to do it – it's about Personal Responsibility. Discipline; in many cases is built through training profeciency and repetition. Train to perform the task to standard – then enforce it every day. Individual and unit discipline are essential to our ability to execute in a decentralized manner. The standard barer of individual and unit discipline is the first line supervisor – not me, the Command Sergeant Major, or the Troop Commanders. We serve as the resources to enforce the standard when all other methods have failed.
  4. Empowering Subordinates. The strength of this Squadron lies in our great junior leaders. I intend to give them authority to do their jobs and hold them accountable for the standard. If we are successful, it will be because we will achieve great depth and can do many things at once.
  5. Training. We must take every opportunity to train, and use the time to its maximum efficiency; fight to train in everything that we do. Enforce training standards so that every Soldier/leader knows what "right" looks like. Everyone deserves safe, tough realistic, repetitive training to standerd, so he or she is ready to fight as part of our Army Team… and win.
  6. Coaching, Teaching, Mentoring. We are an Outcome Based Organization in the Generating Force– we train to achieve the purpose and desired endstate in our Soldiers/leaders so that we can return them to the Operating Force better than we received them in as many categories as possible. Therfore, we give life to the desired outcome – going the extra mile to share our experiences and insights, as well as to achieve a higher standard along the way will produce the desired outcome.
  7. Have Fun! Some people believe that in order to be a proud professional you can't enjoy what you are doing – not true! Have fun at what you are doing. It makes things easier, especially when the going gets rough. Remember, if it is worth doing, its worth doing right and in a "first class" manner.