By Sgt. Lance Pounds

3rd Cavalry Regiment public affairs

The 3rd Cavalry Regiment celebrated its 166th birthday last month with various activities throughout the regiment's footprint. The birthday week was designed to bring troopers and their families closer together, build teamwork, and boost morale.

The unit - one of the Army's oldest - is one of just a few that celebrates its birthday each year. With much of the regiment all tied up in its transformation to a Stryker regiment this year, it seemed like troopers took full advantage of the opportunity to let loose and have fun May 14-19.

Troopers spent the first part of the week training and practicing with their teams in preparation for a May 16 sports day. They battled each other in bracket style tournaments of basketball, football, volleyball, baseball and soccer.

Early in the morning on May 18, troopers marched to Veterans Field, where they lined up by squadron for the Regimental Birthday Run. The run began with a motivational speech given by Col. John B. Richardson IV, the commander of the regiment, who also announced the Regimental "Muleskinner" Support Squadron as the Commander's Cup winners.

At the bugle's call, Richardson, who led from the front, set the pace for troopers to follow. Troopers began to call loud thunderous cadence to prove their motivation during the run.

The next day began with the Brave Rifles Run at the 3rd Cavalry Regiment museum, in which friends, families and even pets participated. Later that evening was cocktail party, the final event of the regiment's birthday week. The party began with couples photos, which led up to the regimental toast, were Richardson then thanked all for their support throughout the week.

Leading up to the cutting of the regiment's 166th birthday cake was a speech given by retired Col. David A. Teeples, the 70th colonel of the regiment, a farewell presentation for Brig. Gen. Joseph P. Disalvo, the III Corps Deputy Commanding General at Fort Hood, and the song "I want to be in the Cavalry" by Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans, sung by Richardson.

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