"D" ("Darkhorse") Troop
9th Cavalry Regiment
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"Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th Cavalry" By Charles M. Russel

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One hundred-thirty six years after their initial activation, Delta Troop, 9th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Reconnaissance Troop, answers the to call of duty once again.

"D" Troop was constituted in the Regular Army on 26 July 1866 as "D" Company, 9th Cavalry Regiment. The new unit, along with the 9th Cavalry Regiment, immediately assumed the call to duty and relocated to the Frontier Territories to protect the western settlers and travelers from hostile Indians.

In 1898, the 9th Cavalry Regiment, as part of the American forces deployed to Cuba to serve in the Spanish-American war. The 9th Cavalry Regiment traveled from Fort Robinson, Nebraska to Tampa, Florida and embarked on 08 June 1898, for Baiquiri and Siboney. One of the first units to go ashore, it fought as dismounted infantry along side the Rough Riders of Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt in battles at Las Guasimas, Santiago, San Juan Hill, and Kettle Hill. It was there, in Cuba, that the Regiment derived the rest of its insignia; the five-bastioned fort patch of the Fifth Army Corps of which the 9th Cavalry was a part. The 9th Cavalry Regiment stayed in Cuba for four years following the war,serving as an occupation force.

With the end of the Spanish American War, the regiment was called again to another trouble spot; the Philippines, which had been acquired as part of the treaty agreements with the Spanish. During the Philippine Insurrection, the 9th Cavalry continued its hard fighting tradition by conducting several successful campaigns against the Moro tribesmen; earning the respect of the Military Governor of the Philippines, General Arthur MacArthur, whose son, Douglas A. MacArthur, would lead the 1st Cavalry Division in future wars.

On 21 September 1921, "D" Troop was demobilized in the Philippine Islands and later, on 19 March 1969, was reactivated and redesignated as the 4th Reconnaissance Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment. The history of the Troop continues up to today, where the unit continues to fight for the United States.

On 20 September, 2002 the 1st Cavalry Division unfurled the guidon of the unit that become the second element representing the beginning of the change over of the Division organization to the FORCE XXI configuration, "D" Troop, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd "BlackJack" Brigade. In addition to the process of reactivating "D" Troop, the Division restored the organizational continuity of a piece of its history. In the post Vietnam War era, on 21 July 1975, the 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry, which had been redesignated as a lineage unit of "D" Troop, was relieved from assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division.

Above: For the reactivation ceremony of "D" Troop, Private Sureigk, a member of "D" Troop, 9th Cavalry, wearing an 1870 era uniform, presents the cased "D" Troop Guidon to Specialist Vizian, who wore a Spanish American War uniform, depicting one of the major campaigns of the 9th Cavalry Regiment.

Lower Left: 1st Sergeant Briseno, left, uncases and unfurrels the "D" Troop Guidon.

Lower Right:Colonel Michael Formica, right, commander of the 2nd Brigade thrusts the "D" Troop Guidon into the hands of Captain Steve Marr, commander of the newly activated Troop, that will perform reconnaissance missions for the 2nd Brigade.

Pfc. Bryan D. Kinkade, 1st Cavalry Division PAO
"D" Troop, 9th Cavalry Regiment Activation Ceremony

As a Reconnaissance Troop, "D" Troop will be the "eyes and ears" of the 2nd Brigade conducting reconnaissance and security missions. In the field, its troops, either on foot or moving swiftly in heavily armed HMMWVs, will be probing ahead, scouting the terrain features, accessing, locating and identifying the presence of hostiles. This action enables the 1st Brigade to survey deep into their assigned sector, anticipate and plan for attack or counteraction operations.

Following its activation and reassignment to the 1st Cavalry Division, "D" Troop, 9th Cavalry Regiment continued to be called upon for hard missions and completed highly successful National Training Center (NTC) rotations and a deployment to Iraq for Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, continuing the proud traditions of the Regiment.

On 24 May 2005 , following six months of extensive planning, officers of the 1st Cavalry Division began executing the monumental task of reorganizing and realigning its manpower and equipment resources into the Army Matrix of Modular Forces. As each Brigade changed command, they changed their colors and become a Brigade Unit of Action (BUA). Under the reorganization, the Division will have six Brigades.

On 08 July 2005, the second unit of the Modular Forces, the 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment was activated at Ft. Hood, TX. and assigned to the 2nd (BlackJack) Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. Concurrently, "D" Trp, 9th Cavalry Regiment was redesignated as "B" Trp, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment and assigned to the 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

The final Change was effected on 18 October as the eleventh unit of the Modular Forces, the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team was reactivated at Ft. Bliss, TX and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division.

While undertaking the transformation changes, the Division experienced nearly a fifty percent turnover in personnel while performing the coordination of arrival and reallocation of critical new equipment required to support their new missions. Simultaneously, with the equipment changeovers, new training and maintenance programs were initiated to prepare for possible combat redeployment as early as 15 April, 2006.

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