Can you hear the sound of the bugle?

It’s celebration time for the Brave Rifles.

The 3rd Cavalry Regiment is turning 169 years old this week.

That’s a darn good lineage; and even older than the Killeen Daily Herald (125 years).

Known as “Brave Rifles Week,” 3rd Cavalry usually takes a week near the middle of May to celebrate the unit’s birthday. It was created in 1846, and I believe, has participated in just about every major American conflict since then, including the Mexican-American War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, the Gulf War and, of course, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The storied unit started “Brave Rifles Week” on Monday and will continue through Tuesday.

The weeklong event features team sports competitions between representatives from each squadron and will culminate with the 3rd Brave Rifles 5k/10k run on post.

The event this year will also reunite past and present members of the regiment who served in 3CR during Operation Iraqi Freedom,” the unit said in a news release this week.

A spouses spur ride, skeet shooting, flag football, tug of war and even dodge ball are also scheduled throughout the week.

On the weekend, the regiment will honor 3rd Cav Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and host a ceremonial birthday garden party.

Too bad the weather is not nicer this week, because the 3rd Cavalry Regiment has really had a very busy past 12 months, and really deserve to let their hair down.

Just last month, the regiment uncased its colors after spending the better part of a year serving on three continents.

The regiment deployed in June, sending soldiers to Afghanistan, Egypt and Cuba.

After several previous deployments to Iraq, it was the Brave Rifles’ first mission in Afghanistan, helping to close out America’s longest continual combat operation, according to a Herald report published on April 1.

“We couldn’t be more proud of you, and everything you have done,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Bills, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, said at the time. “It was a hot summer day in June of last year when you stood upon this field and cased your unit colors.

“On that day you opened the storied 3rd Cavalry Regiment’s history book to a new chapter, a chapter with blank pages ready to be written.”

Now, it’s time to celebrate.

Jacob Brooks, a former Army tanker, is the Fort Hood Herald editor and military editor of the Killeen Daily Herald. He was stationed at Fort Hood and served with the 1st Cavalry Division from 1993 to 1996. Contact him at or 254-501-7468.

Contact Jacob Brooks or (254) 501-7468

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