News Spotlight: On the ground and in the air, Troopers from the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment and 1st Air Cavalry Brigade charge across Cooper Field during a rehearsal of “The Spirit of the Cav” at Fort Hood, Texas June 11. The Spirit of the Cav, a twilight pageant celebrating the history of the cavalry Trooper, was the capstone event of a weeklong celebration known as “Cav Week” hosted by the 1st Cav. Div.
Since the unit’s creation in 1921, the Troopers of the 1st Cavalry Division have mounted up and served in every major United States conflict from World War II to the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. To honor this legacy, the division hosted Cav Week from June 8 to 14, in conjunction with celebrations for the Army’s 240th Birthday and the 68th Annual 1st Cav. Div. Association Reunion.
The week also provided a unique opportunity to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the division being the “First In Tokyo” at the end of World War II, the 65th anniversary of being “First In Pyongyang” in the Korean War, and the 50th anniversary of the activation of the 1st Cav. Div. as the Army’s first airmobile division and the beginning of nearly a decade of service in Vietnam.