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Posted: March 1, 2018 8:58 a.m.
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5-7 CAV Conducts KATUSA Patching Ceremony

2nd Lt. Christopher Counihan/

Lt. Col. John Horning and Command Sgt. Maj. Sedrick Brown, commander and senior enlisted advisor, 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, present the 3rd Infantry Division unit patch to Republic of Korea Soldiers assigned to the 5th Sqdn. as part of the Korean Augmentation to the United States Army program Feb. 21. The squadron returned to South Korea with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID as part of the rotational armored brigade combat team supporting the 2nd Infantry Division.

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CAMP CASEY, Republic of Korea—The 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division conducted a patching ceremony, Feb. 21, to pin the 3rd ID unit patch on the Korean Augmentation to the United States Army Soldiers assigned to the Squadron.

The ceremony was part of the month-long transition between rotational armored brigade combat teams as 1st ABCT replaced the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas. 

KATUSAs are members of the Republic of Korea Army and partner with U.S. Soldiers. They provide the U.S. military with Korean-speaking Soldiers, which improves capabilities across the Peninsula. 

The program was established in 1950 at the outbreak of the Korean War. The South Korean Soldiers provided the U.S. Army units with knowledge of the terrain, the ability to distinguish between North and allied South Korean troops, and improved communications between the U.S. and Korean units. 

Lt. Col. Stephen Fairless, commander, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd ABCT, spoke on the relationships the Dark Horse Squadron built with the KATUSA Soldiers. He thanked them for their service over the last nine months and praised the functionality of the KATUSA program. 

“The Korean Augmentation to the United States Army program provides an invaluable and unique relationship between our two armies,” Fairless said. 

Lt. Col. John Horning, commander, 5th Squadron, 7th Cav., welcomed the KATUSA Soldiers, evoked the long and storied history of the 7th Cav. in South Korea, and honored the bravery of the Dog Faced Soldiers who earned Medals of Honor during the Korean War.  

“From the very beginning, the 7th Cavalry, part of the 1st Cavalry Division at the time, took part in the United Nations Defensive starting in June of 1950. The UN Offensive following is where we fought North Korea and captured Pyongyang,” said Horning. “We were here when the communist Chinese intervened and we are once again part of the counteroffensive. The 7th Cavalry fought in Korea until the final winter and armistice in 1953.” 

Horning concluded his comments with a message of brotherhood and a call to remain steadfast. 

“To our Korean brothers, we are proud to have you join our ranks as we join your cause,” said Horning. “Katchi Kapshida! We go together!”

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