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1st Cavalry Division Headquarters
Knowing that the future is always unpredictable and that the basic ingredient of success of a military organization is a structure that allows the greatest speed and flexibility in adapting technologies in the ever changing combat organizations. Upon return to the United States, The 1st Cavalry Division initiated the first of a series of reorganizations in the period May 1991 to August 1993. The Division rebuilt, as a new contingency force, was ready to deploy anywhere in the world on a moments notice.

On 21 May 1991, the 1st Cavalry Division became the largest division in the Army, with the reactivation of its 3rd (Greywolf) Brigade. Organic units included in this reactivation were formally assigned to the 1st (Tiger) Brigade, 2nd Armored Division that, at times, had been attached to the 1st Cavalry Division during the Gulf War. Units filling out the 3rd Brigade were 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st and 3rd Battalions, 67th Armor Regiment, 1st Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment and the 502nd (later redesignated as the 215th) Forward Support Battalion.

In October of 1992 the new Engineer Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division was activated and organized. Though the "Engineering Restructuring Initiative" of the Army, the nucleus of the Brigade was formed around the division's historic 8th Engineer (Combat) Battalion. Additional organic units were assigned to the Brigade. The 20th Engineer Battalion was transferred from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and the 91st Engineer Battalion was activated to complete the alignment of the Brigade.

In November 1992, the unit designations and colors for the battalions from the former (Tiger) Brigade were returned to 2nd Armored Division in preparation for their redesignations at Ft. Hood on 02 December 1992. This action was done to realign the historical designations with their parent divisions.

Subsequently, on 29 November, the 1st Cavalry Division redesignated, realigned and restored the former (Tiger) Brigade, giving its members the titles of its historical units. These changes included:

On 16 December 1992, other 1st Cavalry Division units were redesignated and restored, giving them the titles of their historical units. These changes included:

By 11 August 1993, the reflagging actions were completed when the 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry, 2nd Armored Division was reflagged the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment which was assigned to the First Team's 3rd (Greywolf) Brigade. Following this last reorganization, the 1st Cavalry Division remained the largest division of the Army and the only armored contingency force, ready to deploy anywhere in the world at a moments notice.

National Training Center, Ft. Irwin
Since the reorganization, the First Team has taken great strides to preserve its heritage and live up to the legends created by its forefathers.It has placed training, maintaining readiness and staying on the leading edge of the warfare technology of today are top priorities. To support this initiative on a continuing basis, the 1st Cavalry Division has deployed brigades to two offsite training centers.

The first is the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin located in the High Mojave Desert of California. This facility encompasses one thousand square miles for maneuver training against the best trained opposing force in the world. Its mission is to provide tough, realistic combined arms training at battalion task force level using both live fire and opposing forces. The National Training Center has a computerized, live-fire complex with sophisticated targetry, a full-time opposing force, a state-of-the-art range instrumentation system that monitors training battles, and full-time combat trainers who observe and control units during exercises.

The second training actions are based upon a training agreement between the US and Kuwait. Following the Gulf War, members of US Central Command's Army component and the armed forces of Kuwait agreed to participate in a series of Combined Exercises held within the framework of the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement between Kuwait and the United States. In these exercises, Army battalions rotate into Camp Doha for training with the Kuwaiti while brigade command elements rotate into various locations in the country to gain familiarity with the terrain to develop and practice a mutual set of defensive postures. These exercises represented an opportunity for US Army forces to work with Kuwaiti armed forces in country while at the same time demonstrating US capability and commitment to the region.

Since the 1992 reorganization, elements of the First Team have returned to Kuwait no less than a dozen times in addition to a crisis situation when Iraq again threatened the borders of Kuwait. These actions and timing are detailed in the chapter that follows.

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