2-6th Cav. Regt in South Korea
U.S. Army 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment stationed at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii completed an array of specialized missions while deployed with 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade in South Korea.
US Army, August 19, 2015 - CAMP CASEY, South Korea — Bags are being packed and minds are starting to think of home. The end is near and they are on the last stretch, but the mission is ongoing and the training does not stop.
The unit completed mission after mission and can proudly reflect on what they did at the end of their nine-month rotation in Korea.
Command Sgt. Maj. Gerardo Gonzalez, the 2-6th Cav. Regt. command sergeant major, talked about the accomplishments and plans for his unit at the end of their deployment.
“While we were here we really wanted everyone to have a chance to see the different historical sites,” Gonzalez said. “We wanted 100 percent of our Soldiers to see the DMZ.”
He said he was glad that they were able to schedule a lot of events for the Soldiers to get out and see Korea. He then went into some of the missions the squadron were able to complete.
A few weeks after arriving in Korea the unit had to drive over 500 miles to the west in support of the ROK Navy. They took 52 vehicles on the convoy and only one broke down.
“I was extremely proud of our maintenance team for that accomplishment,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez also participated in the squadrons ’Spur Ride’ which is a cavalry tradition used for Soldiers to earn their spurs. It had several events to include water, survival, physical and medical training to name a few.
“I was out there like any other trooper,” Gonzalez said. “I am proud to say that every Soldier who started finished.”
The squadron had a strong influence in the volunteering community around Camp Humphreys. Gonzalez said they volunteered at orphanages, elderly homes and at the Fitness Annex.
“It was good for not only the Korean people, but also for our troopers,” Gonzalez said. “The MWR was so appreciative of our help that they are going to be having a barbecue cook-out for us.”
The command sergeant major had some advice for the unit that will replace his squadron. It was to stay focused to fight tonight, there are rules for a reason and to learn the Korean and U.S. history that is here. You have to go out and find it just like the 2-6th Cav. Regt. did.
He ended with saying he was proud of the many things they accomplished here and how he couldn’t have asked for better Soldiers to do it with as they look forward to heading home.