FORT HOOD — A reconnaissance squadron task force from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment will deploy to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula this summer as part of the Multinational Force and Observers peacekeeping force, 1st Cavalry Division officials announced today.
The regiment's 4th "Longknife" Squadron will observe and report adherence to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty during its nine-month deployment, officials said. More than 400 soldiers will man observation posts along the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula between Taba and Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, according to the release. The peacekeeping mission will mark the first deployment for Longknife Squadron since it was formed in November 2010.
The squadron developed a comprehensive training program in November 2013 aided by dialogue with members of the division's 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, the unit currently carrying out the mission in Egypt.
Longknife troopers executed individual, leader, and comprehensive training exercises spanning a wide range of mission-specific skills that culminated in a multi-day squadron training scenario.
A series of mobile training teams will travel to Fort Hood over the next few months leading up to deployment to train soldiers on a variety of specific tasks, from cultural awareness and sling-load operations, to up-armored vehicle driving.
This is the second unit for 1st Cavalry Division to send to Egypt for this mission and the third from Fort Hood. A small contingent of 13th Sustainment Command is serving as a company headquarters in the region. Soldiers from 6th Squadron are expected to return to Fort Hood after their nine-month rotation in the coming weeks.
The Multinational Force and Observers is a result of the Camp David Accords and resulting 1979 Treaty of Peace and its 1981 Protocol, which were signed by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli President Menachem Begin, and witnessed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter. The force in the Sinai is currently comprised of service members from 13 nations. U.S. forces have participated in this mission since its inception in 1982.