HQs and HQs Battalion
1st Cavalry Division
Organizational Legacy
"First Team"

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"Live The Legend - The Charge"

The painting, "The Charge" (above) by Jack Terry, perfectly depicting the overflight of the helicopters that formed the background of the Horse Detachment performing their historic "Charge". It represents the last fly over, conducted on December 2008, prior to the Iraq Deployment Color Casing Ceremony for the 1st Cavalry Division.

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The 1st Cavalry Division, a major subordinate command of the US Third Mobile Armored Corps, is a 19,000 soldier, heavy armored division stationed at Ft. Hood, TX. As one of the two "on-call" heavy contingency force divisions of the Army, the First Team has an on-order mission to deploy by sea, air or land to any part of the world on a short notice. The following narratives, divided in timeline eras of major operational missions, describes the threat environment, tactical conditions, evolution of equipment technology and the strategic methodology employed by one of its command units, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and its Subordinate Units, to contribute to the successful missions enhancement of the warring organization of the 1st Cavalry Division and the honors they achieved are summarized in the chapters that follow.


On order, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion deploys to a designated contingency area of operations, supports, sustains, moves, and protects the 1st Cavalry Division Main Command Post and Tactical Command Posts in order to facilitate battle command and operations across the spectrum of conflict and provides forces and capabilities as directed in support of subordinate commands.

Organizational Summary:

A division at war is a remarkable, flexible, vital and powerful force. The responses of the subordinate units require extraordinary discipline and initiative. The operational control nerve center of the force of the Division is the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. It contains the divisional command structure, including the Commanding General, his staff and direct subordinates.

The history of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion is a microcosm of the actions of individual units of the Division. The predisposed actions of the Division as a whole were those of the Headquarters and Headquarters Barralion. The Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, the analogy to a brain, has to fulfill its precise and exacting function under the most adverse conditions of war.

On 16 April 2010, as part of the Army's continued transformation towards a modular force, the Headquarters and Tactical Command Posts, 1st Cavalry Division was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. As part of the reorganization, elements of the Battalion were structured to meet the changing needs to support and conduct the new warfare operations.

Organizational functions established for the subordinate elements of the Battalion are:

HSC Headquarters & Service Company
"A" Company Operations
"B" Company Integration & Supply
"C" Company Signal

In addition, the following subordinate units functionally reports to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion.

  • 1st Cavalry Division Band
  • 1st Cavalry Divion Horse Detachment
  • 9th Air Support Operations Squadron
    1st Cav Div HQ & HQ Battalion Organization

    1st Cav Div HQ & HQ Bn

    "HSC", 1st CD HQ & Srvs Co
    "A" Company - Operations
    "B" Company - I & S
    "C" Company - Signal (SIG)

    1st Cav Div Band

    1st Cav Div Horse Cav Det

    9th Air Spt Ops Sqdn

    Date Of Issue - 30 September, 2011

    This folio of material highlights of the many subsequent historical critical missions performed by members of the HQs and HQs Battalion, whose actions, operations and the many critical issues resolved over its 90+ years history to meet the changing threat and the honors they achieved are summarized in the following sections:

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