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11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR)

 

 

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Meet your Blackhorse Troopers
My name is Specialist Jason Robinson Jr. and I am a Blackhorse Trooper. Currently, I am an Infantry in Assassin Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, Calif. This troop is a very effective team. As a team leader, I spend my time working with, training, and mentoring my Troopers not only for our task but for their future advancement in their career.
The Blackhorse Regiment is a very close-knit unit. It's also a very productive and training oriented unit. Whether training the members of my team or training the rotational units in the National Training Center.
I enjoy being at Fort Irwin because it is two hours from everywhere. This is the first time I’ve seen the beach. The ability to explore the desert and mountains is exciting.
I was born and raised in New Baden, Illinois. That’s where I lived until I joined the Army. I joined the military after high school to serve my country and do my part. I appreciate the love and support of my father, Jason Robinson Sr. I am glad I joined the military, and I am proud to serve as a Blackhorse Trooper. (U.S. Army photos and story by Sgt. Justin May)

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The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment conducted its Change of Command ceremony, as U.S. Army Col. Joseph Clark relinquished command of the Blackhorse Regiment to Col. Scott Woodward, June 28, 2018. This time-honored ceremony commemorates the dedication and selfless service demonstrated by Col. Joseph Clark and ushering in a new chapter of leadership for the Blackhorse Regiment.

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The 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment conducted its Change of Command ceremony, as U.S. Army Lt. Col. Christopher Danbeck relinquished command of the Ironhorse Squadron to Lt. Col. Thomas Frohnhoefer, June 27, 2018. This ceremony is to commemorate the dedication and selfless service demonstrated by Lt. Col. Danbeck and ushering in a new chapter for the Ironhorse Squadron with Lt. Col. Frohnhoefer.

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Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment conducted its Change of Command ceremony, as U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ryan Moses relinquished command of the PACKHORSE Squadron, June 26, 2018. Lt. Col. William Parker III assumed command of RSS in the time honored ceremony on Fort Irwin’s Fritz Field.

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Meet your Blackhorse Troopers

My name is Ryan Spencer and I am a Blackhorse Trooper. Currently I am an armor crewman Specialist in Hawg Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, Calif. I enjoy working as a tank gunner in the field. Being able to work defensively as well as maneuver against a near peer force makes me feel like I am doing my part to train the force.

The Blackhorse regiment is well organized. You always know what is happening because our command has already planned it out well in advance. This is greatly appreciated because it allows me to focus on completing the mission without wondering what is next. The Blackhorse Regiment is a great place to hone your craft. As OPFOR for 10 rotations a year we get a lot of time to perfect our knowledge and capabilities in our jobs.

I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. That’s where I lived until I joined the Army on August 22, 2016. I joined the military after high school because I wanted a career that was stable and gave me a sense of purpose. I enjoy the comradery of the Blackhorse Regiment. I appreciate the love and support of my parents, Scott and Melinda, and my girlfriend, Isabella. I am glad I joined, and I am proud to serve as a Blackhorse Trooper. (U.S. Army photos and story by Sgt. Justin May)

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2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment conducted its change of command ceremony, as U.S. Army Lt. Col. Rodney Morgan relinquished command of the EAGLEHORSE Squadron, June 19, 2018. Lt. Col. Russell Wagner assumed command of 2nd Squadron in the time honored ceremony on Fort Irwin’s Fritz Field.

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Meet your Blackhorse Troopers

My name is Brock Post and I am a Blackhorse Trooper. Currently I am a fire controls system repairer Specialist in Maintenance Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, Calif. One of the many things I enjoy about my job is observing and working with all the other aspects of the Army. Being a part of maintenance and working with the different specialties of the Army gives me the opportunity to do things I wouldn’t be able to anywhere else.

In the Blackhorse regiment we have amazing leadership, all the way from my first line to the regimental commander. Their knowledge and guidance ensure that missions work smoothly and without fail.

I was born and raised in Brookston, Indiana. My parents, Paul and Charlotte, have always supported my decision to join and I really appreciate their love and support. I have always wanted to serve in the U.S. Army. I am glad I joined the Army. I am proud to serve as a Blackhorse Trooper. (U.S. Army photos and story by Sgt. Justin May)

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The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment’s Horse Detachment reenacted some iconic photos during a trip to the Presidio of Monterey, Calif. on June 13, 2018. The Presidio of Monterey was home to the 11th ACR from 1916 to 1942.

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In celebration of the United States Army 243rd Birthday, Brig. Gen. Jeff Broadwater, commander, National Training Center and Fort Irwin, and Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew Lowe, Senior enlisted advisor, NTC and Fort Irwin, cut the cake with a saber along side the oldest and youngest soldiers on the installation. This year marks 243 years of continuous defense of our nation.

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FORT IRWIN, Calif. – The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment conducted a final roll by for the outgoing commanders U.S. Army Col. Joseph Clark, commander, 11th ACR, Lt. Col. Christopher Danbeck, commander, 1st Squadron, 11th ACR, and Lt. Col. Rodney Morgan, commander, 2nd Squadron, 11th ACR, at Brigade Hill, National Training Center on June 10,2018. This action by the various units symbolizes the end of a chapter for the outgoing commanders of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the loyalty and respect they have earned.

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FORT IRWIN, Calif. - The11th Armored Cavalry Regiment conducts a defense of the western corridor against assaulting elements of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division from Fort Bliss, Texas on June 10, 2018. This phase of combat challenged the Bulldog Brigade’s ability to gain key terrain against a near-peer opponent. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Heraldez, PAO, 11TH ACR)

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The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment presents U.S. Army COL. Joseph Clark, commander, 11th ACR, with a Place In Desert atop Brigade Hill, National Training Center on June 9,2018. The Place In Desert was awarded to Col. Clark for his more than 70 rotations at the National Training Center and commitment to the Blackhorse regiment.

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FORT IRWIN, Calif. - Troopers from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment assault defend their position during the battle of the central corridor-National Training Center against assaulting elements of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division from Fort Bliss, Texas on June 8, 2018. This phase of combat challenged the Bulldog brigade’s ability to defend key terrain against a near-peer opponent.

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Meet your BlackHorse Troopers
My name is Ricardo Montez and I am a BlackHorse Trooper. Currently I am a motor transport operator Specialist working in the armorer in Regimental Headquarters & Headquarters Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Armored Calvalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, Calif. I enjoy working as the RHHT armorer because it allows me to work with all ranks and allows me to interact with people that others of my rank rarely get the chance to. I also enjoy working in town population on rotational training. It gives me the oppurtunity to do things I wouldnt be able to any where else.
In the Blackhorse regiment we are like a family. I know everyone around here. Being a small community allows us as a regiment and as a post to be a very tight knit community.
I was born and raised in Palm Springs, Calif. Thats where I lived until I joined the Army on August 26, 2016. I was the first in my family to ever serve in the military. I always wanted to be a Soldier, but I never had the courage to join. One day I walked by the recruiting office and decided it was time. I am glad I joined and I am proud to serve as a BlackHorse Trooper.(U.S. Army photos and story by Sgt. Justin May)

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Shipwrecked
A Vacation Bible School Event

Shipwrecked is a week-long event held on the week of June 4-June 8, 2018 at Central Chapel, Fort Irwin, Calif. It is being held with the assistance of members of the Blackhorse Chapel and the Central Chapel. This event is aimed to give the youth of Fort Irwin a constructive and learning environment to have fun during their summer vacation.

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FORT IRWIN, Calif. – 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Troopers defended the city of Razish, National Training Center from assaulting elements of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division from Fort Bliss, Texas on June 6, 2018. This phase of combat challenged the Bulldog Brigade’s ability to capture and retain an urban objective, against a near-peer opponent.

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2LT Matta continues his family tradition of serving in the best damn Regiment.

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Fulfilling a young man’s dream
Fort Irwin, Calif.-The 11th Armored Calvary Regiment grants the wish of Ethan Larimer, a boy with a rare disease who wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Blackhorse Trooper. With the help of 1916th Support Brigade, 11th ACR and Carla Averill, a family friend, Ethan’s dream was made into reality at Fort Irwin, Calif. on May 31, 2018.

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Meet your BlackHorse Troopers
My name is Nathanael Batongbakal and I am a BlackHorse Trooper. Currently I am a Private First Class in Dealer Company, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Calvalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, Calif. I've been told that Fort Irwin is a great way to start your career. I love being on rotation in the box, and constantly learning new skills from my leadership. I appreciate all this knowledge my leaders have taught me.

I was born in Manila, Phillipines but raised in Vivian, La. That's where I lived until I joined the Army on June 20, 2017. Nobody in my family has ever been in the military, but I always knew that I wanted to be a Soldier, even when I was little. The Army is the only place I believed I should be. Serving the community is important to my family. My father is a deacon in the Catholic chuch, and my mom is a public school teacher. Being a Soldier is my way of serving. I would like to thank my fiancee, Shaunna, for her continous support as well as my mom and dad, Amalia and Orlando. I am proud to serve as a BlackHorse Trooper.(U.S. Army photos and story by Sgt. Justin May)

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The 11th Armored Calvary Regiment continues their historic tradition when the 1st Squadron “Ironhorse” conducted their Spur Ride at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. on May 20-21, 2018 and the Regimental Support Squadron “Packhorse” conducted their Spur Ride on May 22-23,2018. A Spur Ride is a time-honored tradition within the Cavalry. Troopers wishing to earn silver spurs are referred to as “Shave Tail’s”.

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