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The 2nd Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment forges physically fit, mentally agile, technically and tactically proficient leaders grounded in the Army values and capable of decisive operations as a part of a combined arms team.

2-16 Squadron History

The 16th Cavalry was organized in July 1916 at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. The Regiment was charged with providing personnel for units serving overseas in France during World War I. After a post war drawdown the regiment was inactivated in 1921 in Texas. Twenty-one years later, in June 1942, the 16th Cavalry was reactivated at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, as a mechanized unit. To increase flexibility in the assignment of mechanized units, the regiment was broken up into Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 16th Cavalry Group and the 16th and 19th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadrons. All three units were assigned to defend the coastal areas of Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. In November 1944, these units sailed overseas aboard the Queen Elizabeth. After training in the United Kingdom, they landed in France in February 1945, marched across the French countryside, and crossed the border into Germany at the village of Pearl. As part of the 31 6th Provisional Cavalry Brigade, the 16th and 19th Cavalry joined the Third Army’s drive to end enemy resistance in the Palatinate. Entering combat near Waldrach in March, the units engaged in reconnaissance missions for the XII and XX Corps across the Rhine near Wiesbaden and up the autobahn to Kassel. After the fighting ceased, the group and the two squadrons performed occupation duty in the Cologne area. Several months later, the squadrons returned to the United States where they were inactivated. In May 1946, new troops were added to the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 16th Cavalry Group, which became the 16th Constabulary Squadron. The squadron was then inactivated in West Germany in 1950. In 1951, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 16th Constabulary Squadron, became Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 16th Armored Cavalry Group, and was inactivated at Camp Cooke, California. It was redesignated as the 16th Armored Group in 1953. In 1957, the 16th Cavalry was designated as a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System, and its former troops were withdrawn from the 16th Armored Group to become elements of the regiment. In 1963, the 16th Cavalry was redesignated as the 16th Armor. D Company, 16th Armor was the only active duty unit of the 16th 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, 16th Armor reverted to the designation of 16th 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 16th 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 16th 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 regiment for training units at Ft. Knox where the 6th Squadron was posted. In April 1993, the regiment 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 regiment continues to train the leaders of the mounted force to fight and win on the modern battlefield.

Anvil Troop

Foundations Phase

A Troop, 2-16 CAV forges physically fit, mentally agile Lieutenants grounded in the foundations of being a maneuver officer, capable of solving problems and ready for advancement for gunnery phase.

During Phase 1, students first become certified in the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) as a vehicle to help understand the foundations of tactical fighting. Combatives will be used to help understand dominant position, suppression and maneuver, how to manipulate an enemy, how to analyze an enemy’s tactics, and how to finish an enemy with aggression.

Students will then learn to apply the principles of ground mobility by understanding the mechanics of a military map and how to use it, as well as how to utilize navigation tools to determine routes, culminating in a land navigation assessment tailored to student performance.

After the 5-day land navigation block of instruction, students will learn to apply principles of precision direct fire at the individual level utilizing the M4 Carbine and the M9 Pistol. They will practice the fundamentals of marksmanship as well as safety on the range by building from 25m grouping to 300 zeroing and participating in a number of shooting competitions and a night fire. At the end of the rifle marksmanship period of instruction, all students will have successfully completed at least four qualification tables.

Finally, students will learn the basics of communication and tactical route planning, including the basic foundations of patrolling and reconnaissance. Students will also understand how enemy threats can influence the planning process. Students will receive their first formal introduction into Troop Leading Procedures (TLPs), then will practice and exercise TLPs for individual and small group missions during this phase to demonstrate understanding of the process.

This phase concludes with a summative, physically and mentally challenging day-long, assessing all of skills learned as well as the student’s ability to solve problems.

Bandit Troop

Bandit Troop Mission: Squad and Crew Phase II, B Troop, 2-16 CAV forges physically fit, mentally agile Lieutenants knowledgeable in the crew and armored platform skills required to effectively engage and destroy the enemy. These crew-level fundamentals will be the building blocks that allow successful completion of the Tactics Phase.

During Phase 2 students start with technical instruction and develop proficiency on the mechanical manipulation of the M240B and M2 HB .50 caliber machine guns. Students are taught fire commands and crew drills pertaining to the employment of machine guns as dismounted machine gun teams and then progress to a mounted platform. The training progresses from simple to complex targets as the students build proficiency in the emplacement & employment of the weapon systems as well as the crew drills and fire commands required to engage and destroy targets.

Once complete with the machine gun instruction, students will receive six days of instruction on the M1 series Abrams Main Battle Tank and the M3 series Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Instruction will include: Fire Control Systems and gun tube technology, Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services & troubleshooting, and prepare to fire checks that include boresighting the Live Fire Accuracy Screening Test process. This instruction also includes approximately 8 hours in the Conduct of Fire Trainer for the M1A2 Abrams and 6 hours in the Conduct of Fire Trainer for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

During the Tank machine gun live fire exercises the students continue to build the proficiency on the direct fire engagement process through crew drills and fire commands as well as continue to practice the mechanical manipulation of the fire control systems. During Tank and Bradley Live Fire the students will execute multiple engagements that are a combination of main gun and machine gun engagements. This includes both offensive and defensive engagements of stationary and moving targets. The emphasis during the live fire exercises is on the student’s ability to safely operate the vehicle, execute the direct fire engagement process and produce effective fire commands that synchronize the crew’s actions.

The Phase II Gate is the culminating event in which the students demonstrate their ability to effectively perform as a member of a crew. The Gate Event begins with an assessment of the student’s ability to perform the Gunnery Skills Test & GT-1 Common, Tank, and Bradley specific tasks. Once complete with these tasks, the students are assessed on their ability to employ a tank in a live fire scenario with the emphasis on safety, crew drills, fire commands, and the direct fire engagement process. Successful completion of the Phase II gate Event is required to progress to Phase III.

Chaos Troop

C Troops Phase Overview

C/2-16 CAV receives Lieutenants from the force and ensures they are properly in processed into the Army and ABOLC. They then provide administrative support to students for the duration of the time they are in ABOLC, train them in preparation for follow on schools and Platoon Leadership after their ABOLC graduation and finally out-process them to their first unit of assignment. C/2-16 CAV is also responsible for Cadre in-processing and certification and Squadron Staffing functions.

Darkhorse Troop

Mission: D Troop, 2-16 CAV (Phase III) educates and trains Army and Marine Corps Armor officers to become confident, competent leaders, who are grounded in doctrine, and able to successfully lead Tanks and Scout platoons in the Operational Force.

During Phase III, students will become proficient planning, integrating, and employing direct and indirect fire; be proficient at planning Tank and Scout platoon operations; be proficient at effectively communicating a plan (OPORD) orally, written, and graphically; being proficient at effectively employing a Tank and Scout platoon; are proficient at sustaining and maintaining a platoon; and understand their role in Combined Arms Maneuver.

During Phase III, students begin the phase with sixteen days of classroom and simulator instruction and exercises. Students will then spend 10 days conducting situation training exercises in a field environment, followed by a Culminating Maneuver Exercise (CME) that consists of eight days of tactical missions in a field environment, and two days of recovery operations. Successful completion of the CME and Phase III allows the student to move forward and graduate from the course.


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