5th Cavalry Regiment
The 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, a subordinate command of the 1st Cavalry Division is a heavily armored unit stationed at Fort Hood, Texas as part of the U.S. Third Mobile Armored Corps. As an element of the two "on-call" heavy contingency force divisions of the Army, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment has an on-order mission to deploy by sea, air or land to any part of the world on a short notice.
The early history of 5th Cavalry Regiment was closely tied to the movement of people and trade along the southwest and on the western plains. These routes, a result of perceived "manifest destiny", extended the domination of the United States into the far reaches of a largely unsettled western plains and southwestern territories. Indians were attacking more and more wagon trains loaded with settlers, rolling west. The Army, having large areas of territory to protect, established a number of military posts at strategic locations throughout the West.
The current capability of the 5th Cavalry Regiment was developed in conjunction with the long history of the 1st Cavalry Division. It is the combination of the experienced training received by each dedicated member of the team and adherence to the performance level and traditions of the past. Highlights of the many subsequent historical critical missions performed by members of the 5th Cavalry Regiment and the honors they achieved are summarized in the section that follows.