One of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment’s mantras is impossible missions, minimal guidance, limited resources and unbreakable troopers, but that Soldiering mindset was an afterthought while the regiment hosted Brave Rifles Week May 14-18.
This week-long observance fostered esprit de corps through fierce competition amongst their troopers, but more importantly, Brave Rifles Week celebrated and honored a legacy that spans more than a century.
“We’re celebrating our 173rd birthday, which is pretty awesome because we are the longest continuously serving, brigade-size formation in the United States Army,” said Col. Jonathan Byrom, commander of the 3rd Cav. Regt.
“And it’s important that all of our troopers know where the regiment comes from and on whose shoulders they stand because that knowledge helps them understand what they need to do going forward,” he added.
The week was full of events for everyone to enjoy, which included a regiment run, spouse spur ride, basketball, boxing, dodgeball, flag football, softball, tug-of-war and the best rifle competition.
Throughout the week, teams representing each squadron competed against their fellow comrades to ensure their squadron could be recognized as the best in the regiment.
“This week, we’ve shifted our attention from training and we’re focused on this celebration,” Byrom said.
“So with that shift in focus, all the teams are competing for the commander’s cup, which is awarded to the top squadron in the regiment.”
Once the sports tournaments were complete, the culminating events were a barbecue bash that featured a car and truck show, a static display and a memorial service.
The regimental command team and the 3rd Cav. Association invited former leadership, Family members and friends of the organization to Brave Rifles Week to update the veterans on the state of the regiment and attend any of the scheduled events.
Over 50 former Brave Rifles veterans traveled across the United States to relive old memories and honor their commitment to the organization they served in years ago.
“It feels great to be back,” said Todd Starbuck, a retired officer from the regiment. “It’s really gratifying to see those traditions of the past being carried on today – the regiment is larger now, it’s more diverse in many respects, both from a mission and doctrinal standpoint, and a force structure.”