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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

Soldiers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment patrol in Tal Afar, Iraq, in February 2006.  
3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment

Soldiers: 5,200

Home fort: Fort Carson, Colorado

Deployed to: The regiment returned to Iraq in February 2005 for its second tour. After a yearlong tour, the regiment was relieved by the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, on February 19, 2006. The regiment's first tour in Iraq began in mid-April 2003. It was relieved by the Army's new Stryker Brigade in March and April 2004.

Units: The regiment consists of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Cavalry Squadrons, the 4th Aviation Squadron, a support squadron and the regiment's headquarters troop.

Duties: The 3rd ACR was assigned to Al Anbar Province in western Iraq, and includes the cities of Ramadi and Falluja. The regiment is familiar with the area, having served there in its first tour in Iraq along with units of the 82nd Airborne Division. During its second tour, the regiment took back the town of Tal Afar from insurgents that were using the town as a base to launch attacks.

The regiment's 5,200 soldiers make up a highly mobile force equipped with more than 320 armored vehicles, including M1A1 Abrams tanks and M3A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and more than 80 aircraft, including AH-64 Apache attack helicopters.

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