FORT HOOD — The 3rd Cavalry Regiment held a change of command ceremony at Cameron Field Thursday.
Col. Kevin D. Admiral relinquished command to Col. Jonathan Byrom, who became the 77th commander of the regiment.
Admiral assumed command on Aug. 12, 2015, and deployed with the regiment to Afghanistan from May 2016 to February 2017.
Maj. Gen. John Uberti, III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commander, gave credit to Admiral during the ceremony for the regiment’s recent successes.
“The more recent accomplishments of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment are in no small part due to the dedication and hard work of Col. Kevin “Hurricane” Admiral,” Uberti said. “Through his strong dedicated leadership, his emphasis on fundamentals, his unwavering adherence to standards, Kevin made an already strong team tougher, more effective and more prepared to bring the fight to our enemies.”
Byrom previously served as the operations officer for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas, and this is his second time serving with the regiment.
Admiral’s next assignment will be as the executive officer to Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, the commander of the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and United States Forces Korea.
The 3rd Cavalry Regiment, originally named the “Regiment of Mounted Rifleman,” was authorized by Congress in 1846 and was stationed at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri.
The unit was equipped with horse-mounted rifleman armed with percussion rifles to provide greater range and accuracy. The regiment’s original purpose was to establish military outposts along the route to the Oregon Territory, but the onset of the Mexican War in 1847 diverted them. After the war the regiment finished its 2,000 mile journey to the Oregon Territory.
The regiment participated in the Civil War in 1861, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II and deployed to Germany in 1961 in response to Soviet aggression during the Berlin Crisis. The regiment deployed to Kuwait on Aug. 7, 1990, in support of Operation Desert Storm, completed three rotations in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and at least two rotations to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The regiment has been stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland; Fort Lewis, Washington; Fort Bliss, Texas; and has been at Fort Hood since 2006.
In 2011 the regiment traded in its Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles for the fast moving eight-wheeled Stryker Combat Vehicle.
Past notable regimental commanders include: Jonathan M. Wainwright, George S. Patton Jr., James H. Polk, Martin E. Dempsey, Michael A. Bills and H.R. McMaster.