B Troop - 4TH U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Memorial)
The 4th Cavalry Regiment is one of the most famous and most decorated regiments in the United States Army. Since its activation in 1855, the 4th Cavalry has continuously served the United States of America in peace and war. The regiment has fought gallantly in the Indian Wars, the Civil War, the Philippine Insurrection, World War II, Vietnam and the Gulf War. For its wartime service, the 4th Cavalry has been awarded 58 campaign streamers, three Presidential Unit Citations, three Valorous Unit Awards and the French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star.
The unit is officially established by regulation and funded by the Army. The unit has a zero-manpower authorization and relies on volunteers to fill its ranks. Members are drawn from Active Duty, Reserve, and Retired military personnel, Department of Defense civilians employed at Fort Huachuca, and military dependants 18 years of age. Members of the unit are uniformed, equipped, and armed in accordance with U.S. Cavalry standards of the 1880s. A Ladies Auxiliary supports B Troop, primarily by participating in parades riding sidesaddle and wearing period authentic clothing, and may assist with horse care and training. An artillery section known as K Battery also supports B Troop. These members do not ride, but operate the Troop’s 1840 mountain howitzer at ceremonies and public events.
Requesting B Troop
B Troop is a U.S. Army mounted ceremonial unit whose mission is to promote the heritage and traditions of the U.S. Army in the Southwest during the period of the Indian Wars and support recruiting, community relations, and official/nonofficial ceremonial functions. Through appearances at social, cultural, and other activities, B Troop advances the interests of the U.S. Army, military horsemanship of the 1880's, and the history of Fort Huachuca.
B Troop may be requested to support your event or activity through the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security (DPTMS) at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. They can be reached at the following e-mail address - firstname.lastname@example.org B Troop must normally be requested 60 days in advance of the event. However, it is best to contact the Program Coordinator at (520) 538-2178 to determine if the Troop is available before making the official request
B Troop can provide up to seven mounted troopers per event depending on the availability of personnel. The unit is able to support the following types of activities:
- Cavalry riding demonstrations (requires riding arena)
- Parades or mounted drill
- Outdoor ceremonies
- Mounted color guard at rodeos or sporting events
- Educational presentations
- Historical re-enactments or static displays
- Artillery demonstrations
Events requiring overnight stays or long-distance traveling require funding support from the requesting agency. Contact the B Troop Program Coordinator for an estimate of costs.