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July 02, 2007
Idaho Brigade with Oregon ties maintains Cavalry tradition in the National Guard
GOWEN FIELD, BOISE, Idaho – The 116th Heavy Brigade Combat Team—the only "cavalry brigade" authorized for the Army National Guard will remain as a cavalry organization, thus keeping with its cavalry heritage and tradition.

Despite the Guard's recent reorganization, the 116th will maintain its lineage to the early 1920s when the first Idaho cavalry regiment formed under the 24th Cavalry Division.

The 116th history began in March 1920 as the 1st Cavalry, located in the Snake River Valley. A short time later the unit was designated the 116th Cavalry, with the Headquarters federally recognized at Boise in 1922.

Today the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Boise currently consists of 1st Battalion, 163rd (Montana), 2nd Squadron, 116th (Idaho), 3rd Battalion, 116th (Oregon), 1st Battalion, 148th (Idaho), 145th Brigade Support Battalion (Idaho, Montana, Oregon) , 116th Headquarters Company (Idaho), and the 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Idaho).

These units represent infantry, cavalry, armor, and artillery; however, in the interest of maintaining the honors and history of the 116th, these units will be designated as Cavalry units.

By maintaining the Cavalry designation, the men and women of the National Guard in Oregon, Montana and Idaho show that lineage and honors crosses state boundaries. By sharing a common Cavalry heritage, they promote cooperation between the states and maintain the esprit d'corps of the Cavalry.

"The lineage of these elements is replete with cavalry heritage," said Maj Gen Larry Lafrenz, Commanding General of the Idaho National Guard.

From November of 2004 to October of 2005, these units of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team served in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III.
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