3rd Squadron, 16th Cavalry develops future leaders to command, lead and train Reconnaissance organizations and supports the training and preparation of Initial Entry Training Soldiers in order to enable our combined arms formations to defeat any threat and accomplish their mission in current and future conflict
The 3d Squadron, 316th Cavalry Brigade was constituted on 1 July 1916 in the Regular Army as Troop C, 316th Cavalry and organized on 14 July 1916 at Ft Sam Houston, Texas. The unit was later inactivated on 12 November 1921 at Ft Sam Houston, Texas.
The unit was re-designated on 15 June 1942 as Troop C, 316th Cavalry Mechanized and activated at Camp Forrest, Tennessee. The unit was re-organized and re-designated on 22 December 1943 as Troop C, 19th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron Mechanized.
The unit was inactivated on 10 November 1945 at Camp Campbell, Kentucky and absorbed on 1 August 1946 by Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 19th Cavalry Group Mechanized. The unit was later re-designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 19th Cavalry Group on 1 August 1946 at Ft Riley, Kansas.
The unit was re-designated on 2 January 1953 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 19th Cavalry Group in Germany and subsequently re-designated on 1 October 1953 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 19th Armored Cavalry Group. The unit was later inactivated on 1 July 1955 in Germany and consolidated on 2 July 1955 with Headquarters and Headquarters Company,316th Armor Group.
The former Troop C, 19th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron Mechanized was reconstituted on 1 March 1957 in the Regular Army as Troop C, 316th Cavalry. The unit was activated on 20 March 1970 in Vietnam. The unit was later inactivated on 26 February 1973 in Vietnam.
The unit was re-designated on 8 December 1992 as Headquarters, 3d Squadron, 316th Cavalry and concurrently transferred to the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. The unit was activated at Ft Knox, Kentucky.
The unit campaign participation in World War II includes “Rhineland” and “Central Europe.” The unit campaign participation in Vietnam includes the “Winter-Spring 1970,” “Sanctuary Counteroffensive,” “Counter-Offensive Phase VII,” “Consolidation I,” “Consolidation II,” and “Cease-Fire.” The unit decorations include the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Army Superior Unit Award.
In 1963, the 316th Cavalry was redesignated as the 316th Armor. D Company, 316th Armor was the only active duty unit of the 316th Armor. The company served as one of the subordinate units of the 173rd Separate Airborne Brigade during hostilities in Vietnam from 1963-69. D/l6th Armor provided the anti-tank protection for the 173rd Bde. This was the only airborne tank unit at the time as well as the only separate Tank Company in the history of the army. The company was equipped with “Scorpions” which were air droppable Armored Personnel Carriers that were equipped with high velocity 90mm guns. From 1963 through 1969 DI1 6th Armor served in every campaign which the 173rd Airborne Bde fought in. During its service in Vietnam D/l6th Armor is credited with 16 Vietnam Campaign streamers as well as earning the Meritorious Commendation Medal for its valorous service. In 1969, 316th Armor reverted to the designation of 316th Cavalry and was inactivated. Reactivated in Vietnam on 20 March 1970, using the assets of D Troop (Air), 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry (1st Infantry Division), the 316th Cavalry operated as a separate air cavalry troop of the 1st Aviation Brigade. Departing Vietnam on 26 February 1973, the unit was again inactivated. On 25 March, 1987, the 316th Cavalry was withdrawn from the Combat Arms Regimental System, reorganized under the U.S. Army Regimental System and transferred to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine command as a parent Brigade for training units at Ft. Knox where the 6th Squadron was posted. In April 1993, the Brigade was reactivated as the Training and Training Support unit for all leader training conducted at the U.S. Army Armor School, Ft. Knox. Currently with three squadrons and a separate headquarters and headquarters troop the Brigade continues to train the leaders of the mounted force to fight and win on the modern battlefield.
Our vision at the 316thCavalry Brigade is to train and educate Agile Mounted Leaders for the Contemporary Operating Environment with emphasis on Counter-insurgency to be skilled, self-confident, adaptive leaders who can win on any battlefield across the full spectrum of conflict.
Our Mission is to provide Combat Lifesaver, CBRN, Land Navigation, and
Military Communications training and support in order to enhance the
training of individuals and units at USAARMC and Fort Benning.
We serve as the Fort Benning proponent for the CBRN Defense Course as well
as the 316th Cavalry Brigade proponent for the IET Cadre Training and Combat
Lifesaver Certification Courses. We also serve as the 316th Cavalry Brigade
proponent for the scheduling, maintenance and Operational Readiness of the
Confidence and Conditioning Courses, Thunderbolt Rappel Tower and the
Bayonet Assault Course.
We serve as the Fort Benning proponent for the CBRN Defense Course as well as the 194th Armored Brigade proponent for the IET Cadre Training and Combat Lifesaver Certification Courses. We also serve as the 194th Armored Brigade proponent for the scheduling, maintenance and Operational Readiness of the Confidence and Conditioning Courses, Thunderbolt Rappel Tower and the Bayonet Assault Course.
Additional Course Info
The Army Reconnaissance Course focuses on mastering the fundamentals of Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Security at the platoon level. Using adaptive & outcome based training techniques, course instruction is delivered in the small group environment using the conference/discussion method, computer based training, rapid decision making exercises, virtual gaming, and live training scenarios. Designed to train and educate platoon leaders, platoon sergeants, and section sergeants how to effectively lead a reconnaissance platoon, the objective of SLC is to graduate competent and confident leaders who understand the fundamentals of reconnaissance and security doctrine, apply adaptive leader qualities, and can effectively employ a reconnaissance platoon in the modular force in any environment. Click on the SLC AKO Button for a complete course description.
Professional Development Division, 3d Squadron, 316th Cavalry Brigade trains and develops US and Allied officers in order to enable the officers to be agile, adaptive and self confident combined arms company, battalion and brigade level commanders and staff officers capable of planning, preparing, and executing full spectrum operations in a contemporary operational environment (COE).
Our mission is conduct the final Field Training Exercise (FTX) and evaluate the Lieutenants knowledge of Troop Leading Procedures (TLPS), tactical knowledge, and ability to lead Soldiers in order to determine if they are fully capable of serving as Armor or Cavalry officer.
The final FTX or “Gauntlet” is characterized by constant operations in both Contemporary Counter Insurgency and High Intensity Conflict. Unique to these missions is the introduction of multi-echelon training. Lieutenants receive their missions from student captains from 3- 16 (Captain’s Career Course), conduct mission preparation, and engage in a company level engagements. During the missions, Lieutenants are assessed by the their instructors on their ability to understand, plan and brief a mission in addition to decision making and command and control during its execution. Missions integrate both Armor and Reconnaissance assets to better simulate the capabilities of a combined arms company.
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The Excellence In Maintenance (EIM) Program identifies outstanding CMF 91 Soldiers whose performance demonstrates superb leadership potential in Advanced Individual Training (AIT) conducted by 3-81 Armor Battalion.
The EIM Program i+- and develops bright, highly-motivated Ordnance Soldiers whose performance is consistently outstanding; it encourages and facilitates their career progression and growth into noncommissioned leaders.
EIM provides incentives which will lead to the retention of high quality Soldiers.