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Doors open to new Third Cavalry Museum

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January 28, 2010 | News
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Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur L. Coleman Jr., and Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, III Corps’ command team, join Col. Reginald Allen, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment commander and his senior noncommissioned officer, Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Hunt, in cutting a ribbon marking the long-awaited opening of the Third Cavalry Museum Friday at Fort Hood. Staff Sgt. Mark Albright, 3rd ACR Public Affairs
The 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, opening the doors to the new Third Cavalry Museum, and opening an even bigger window to the regiment’s rich and historic past.

“The Third Cavalry Museum is a window to the past, it provides a view back to the beginning of an Army organization that was unique in 1846 as the only Regiment of Mounted Riflemen and is unique today as the only Armored Cavalry Regiment,” 3rd ACR Museum Director, Scott Hamric said to the assembled crowd. “Today, as we open a new chapter in the museum’s history I invoke you to journey back in time more than 163 years and experience the continuing story of the Brave Rifles.”

Col. Reginald Allen, 3rd ACR commander, also emphasized the importance of the museum, expressing his gratitude to those in attendance at the grand opening.

“It’s a important date for us, because it gives us a place to maintain the legacy and history of one of the oldest units in the United States Army,” Allen said. “As one of the only brigade level units in the United States Army to have a museum, with our history and our legacy, it is fitting. We are honored to have everyone here to celebrate.”

In his address to Brave Rifles troopers, guest speaker Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood said, “When I think about the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, I think about one thing, I think about the cavalry trooper. I think about what it means to serve in this regiment.”

Cone previously served as a squadron commander in the regiment, and personally attested to the character possessed by a Brave Rifles trooper.

“I can tell you in my 20 years of close association with the Brave Rifles, I have never been let down by a cavalry trooper or a leader in regards of performing their duties,” he said. “When you go through the museum it comes to life, the sacrifices that others have made, and the standards of excellence that have been achieved by the regiment of mounted riflemen that have gone before you.”

The new Third Cavalry Museum is located in Building 409 on 761st Tank Battalion Ave., and is part of a campus that includes the Third Cavalry Association gift shop, as well as a children’s exhibit, a research room and classroom.

“This is the first time the museum has been housed in a purpose-built facility in the history of the regiment. We have artifacts in the collection dating back to 1846. These objects tell the 163-year story of the regiment,” said Hamric. “Ultimately, the museum is about the officers and troopers in the regiment. The museum will help teach these Soldiers whose shoulders they are standing on.”

The Third Cavalry Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
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