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Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Cavalry Regiment 
11th ACR Pack Horse 

Support Squadron, 11th CR provides combat support / combat service support to the 11th CR and NTC Opposing Force and conducts deployment, survivability and MOS sustainment training IOT ensure the success of the regiment, OPFOR, and squadron.

"Packhorse", was activated in Germany on 17 September 1985 to support the Blackhorse as it patrolled the East-West German border along the Fulda Gap. The nickname "Packhorse" is derived from the early days of the U.S. Cavalry, when soldiers went on campaigns accompanied by packhorses, additional horses and/or mules that carried all their essential supplies. Everything from food to gunpowder to horseshoes were transported in this manner.

On 9 November 1989, the East-West German border fell. By December 1991 the Soviet Union dissolved. The Squadron’s six-year presence as the supporters of the "Eyes and Ears" of the U.S. Army along the Iron Curtain was over. In August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, prompting the United States to respond.

On 16 May 1991, the Packhorse received orders to deploy to Kuwait to support the Regiment as it secured the country while it struggled to rebuild after the war. By October, the Regiment had completed its mission and the Packhorse returned to Fulda. As the need for U.S. forces in Europe decreased, the Packhorse was inactivated on 15 February 1994, followed by the Blackhorse on 15 March 1994.

Reactivated on 15 October 1994, the Packhorse once again had postured itself to provide world class logistical support to the 11th Cavalry Regiment as it defended the sovereign land of Mother Krasnovia as the U.S. Army’s Opposing Forces at the National Training Center.

Since its reactivation the Support Squadron’s accomplishments are many. The Support Squadron has been the Forces Command (FORSCOM) winner of the Philip A. Connelly award for garrison food service excellence in FY 1992, 1993, 1994, 2003, 2007, 2009, and 2010. The squadron also won this same competition at the Department of the Army (DA) level in FY 1993, 2003, 2007, and 2009. The squadron was a major player in the regiment’s selection as the only Army unit in the Department of Defense for the Phoenix award for Maintenance Excellence in FY 1995, FY 1999 and FY 2000. Headquarters and Headquarters Troop was the winner of the FORSCOM level Award for Maintenance Excellence for FY 2010 in the Intermediate Equipment Density Category.  They have also been the winner of the same award at the DA level in FY 1995 and 1996 in the same category, the only unit to do so in the 16-year history of the program. Maintenance Troop was recognized as the Salute Magazine Unit of the Year for 1995; this competition included units from all branches of the service. The 58th Engineer Company placed 4th in FORSCOM in the DA Award for Maintenance Excellence in the Heavy Equipment Density Category in FY 1995, and were 3rd place winners in FY 1996 and FY 1997. The 511th Military Intelligence Company placed 3rd in FORSCOM in the separate Company category for the Army Supply Excellence Award and was the Starry Award winner for being the best company in the Regiment during 2000. The Squadron also won the FY 2002, 2003 and 2007 FORSCOM Competition for the Supply Support Activity (SSA) and Squadron Supply Operations, the SSA also subsequently received Runner-up at DA Level for FY 2002, 2003 and 2007.

 

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