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Comment by ErnieKeel on May 5, 2018 at 1:33am

Harold, get well real soon. You are on our prayer list.

Comment by harold goldstein on May 4, 2018 at 4:50pm

Well, the news is  guys I had a mini stroke earlier this week.  I just came out of the hospital.  My brain scan is ok no damage.  I did lose my speech my my right arm was very numb.  My wife rushed me to the hospital rather than

Comment by Sigmund Fertig on May 3, 2018 at 10:06am

Harold, Sam Smolkin's birthday is today, check him out, he was also at Ft. Meade and Gyro'd over !

Comment by Frank L Moseley on May 2, 2018 at 5:08pm

Good afternoon Gentlemen, Troopers of the 2nd Cavalry, Oldtimers ... ..

Stopping by to say, "Hello""Hope everyone is doing well."  The weather  has definitely taken a warm turn, down here in FLORIDA. Currently around 86 deg.F.

The low temps have been dipping into the upper 50s or lower 60s, the past few nights.

Still hoping we will be able to get up to New England this summer, time and money will tell. Need to get the Landing Gear on the trailer repaired or replaced.

Enjoy the day, take care!

Toujours Pret!

Comment by harold goldstein on April 30, 2018 at 3:49pm

Gene, So me, you, and Sig had the same tour of duty. I joined the 2nd in Ft. Meade, Sept 57

I did TDY with the 3rd from Dec 11 57 till March 58 when the 2nd came over 

and I left the beginning of March 59

Comment by harold goldstein on April 30, 2018 at 3:43pm


Comment by harold goldstein on April 30, 2018 at 3:43pm

Story by Capt. Gary Loten-Beckford (DVIDS)
Battle Group Poland

BEMOWO PISKIE TRAINING AREA, Poland—NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland after a year as an established and legitimate battle group in the Baltic Region conducts a transfer of authority ceremony for the third rotational unit.

Battle Group Poland, commanded by U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott Cheney also serves as commander of 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment- Wolfpack, Vilseck, Germany transfers authority to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Adam Lackey, commander of 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment- War Eagles here April 20.

Cheney, led elements of the multinational unit for the past six months. The U.S.-led battle group, comprise of U.S., U.K., Romanian and Croatian soldiers, serve with the Polish 15th Mechanized Brigade as a deterrence and defense force in northeast Poland in support of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence.

For the past six months, the multinational unit trained together in numerous operational and training exercises. The Croatian Volcano Battery conducted their first fires coordination exercise outside its country’s border. The Romanian Army Air Ground and Defense Battery “Black Bats” enhanced their capabilities through practice of targeting and launching munitions from their 35-mm cannons. The U.K. Light Dragoons, Balaklava Troop soldiers engaged in winter training, patrolling tactics and sniper training in support of the battle group. The U.S. Soldiers of 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment- Wolfpack conducted squad and troop live fire exercises and validated their squadron capabilities in a squadron live fire exercise.

The lead up to the NATO eFP Battle Group Poland tested and prepared Soldiers, leaders and equipment of 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment- Wolfpack.

“The year prior to our deployment we deployed and trained with our NATO allies, specifically troops were sent to Romania and Croatia,” said Cheney. “Subsequently, Romania and Croatia deployed elements here to the battle group that further enhanced cultural understanding and training.”

Key preparation before the squadron’s deployment occurred in May 2017. This preparation came in the name of Saber Junction ’17, a U.S. Army Europe-directed exercise designed to assess the readiness of the U.S. Army’s Stryker-based 2nd Cavalry Regiment to conduct unified land operations with a particular emphasis on rehearsing the transition from garrison to combat operations, and exercising operational and tactical decision-making skills.

Battle Group Poland over the span of six months practiced, rehearsed and executed means of enhancing both digital and analog Common Operating Pictures (COPs) for mutual understanding.Through extensive staff preparation and use of the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) potential hazards and gaps were replaced with measures that secured mission success.

In January 2018, Bull Run III was the first major alert exercise and test of the battle group. Communicating as a battle group within a multinational unit was the overall objective. Speed, freedom of movement, defense capabilities and offensive operations were important functions of a multinational unit like that of the Battle Group Poland.

“To overcome and adjust around our challenges we implemented liaison officers and applied people to overcome technical obstacles,” said Cheney. 

The next six months training of the Battle Group Poland will cover combined arms live fire exercises, tests and enhancement in interoperability and defining a mutual understanding through enhanced joint capabilities training. These small-scaled training exercises lead up to Saber Strike 18. Saber Strike is a long-withstanding U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise that helps facilitate cooperation amongst the U.S., Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland with allied and partner nations.

Comment by Dave Gettman on April 28, 2018 at 1:37pm

Comment by gene gunia on April 28, 2018 at 8:39am

Harold,yes,i was 2nd cav from basic to discharge

Comment by Harry Warner on April 27, 2018 at 1:36pm

Right you are Ernie.  Excitement awaits!  Now for a couple hog mollies and we're off and running.  


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8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888



This was the third design of the 2d Cavalry DUI, worn from 1924-1931. The sharp points on the ends of the bottom scroll again called for a redesign.


Machine Gun Troop, 2d Cavalry; Adjutant General.

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