A 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment soldier readies his weapon as he passes under a bridge on the Tigris River in Baghdad, Iraq, while on a boat patrol with the 671st Engineer Company in August 2003.
2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Home fort: Fort Polk, Louisiana
Deployed to: Iraq
Units: The 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment is a light armored regiment consisting of three Humvee-mounted cavalry squadrons, an aviation squadron and a combat support squadron.
Duties: In Iraq, the regiment is responsible for patrolling the area east of Baghdad. The unit was scheduled to be relieved by a brigade from the 1st Cavalry Division in March and April 2004, and the regiment's 2nd Squadron has returned home to Fort Polk, Louisiana. But the tour of duty for about 2,800 soldiers of the regiment was extended by three months in April 2004. The 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division or the 11th and 24th Marine Expeditionary Units will deploy to relieve those soldiers sometime in 2004.
An armored cavalry regiment is a separate maneuver unit used by an army division or corrps for reconnaissance, security and other missions. The 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment is the oldest serving Regiment on continuous active duty in the United States. During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, it led the VII Corps advance into southern Iraq.