Soldiers from 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment celebrated their regiment’s 146th birthday July 27 on Fort Stewart.
The unit, which is part of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, marked the day by highlighting the regiment’s illustrious past, presenting awards and cutting a birthday cake.
The 8th Cavalry Regiment was founded in 1866 with the mission of controlling various Native American tribes and bands in Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas during the Indian Wars between 1867 and 1888.
Throughout history the regiment has accomplished many more missions, including completing a 2,600 mile march — the longest march ever taken by a cavalry unit — in 1888; defending the Philippine Islands from guerrilla warfare in the early 1900s; combating Japanese troops in Australia during World War II; participating in numerous campaigns in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars; and conducting multiple operations in the Middle East.
During the celebration, several soldiers and a family member were recognized for their contributions to the unit and to the regiment.
Those inducted into the Order of St. George with the Black Medallion were Capt. Richard Ehereman, Capt. Timothy Mahoney, Capt. Bryan Dipalermo and 1st Lt. Jacob Garrett. Capt. Craig Brewer and Sgt. 1st Class Robert Bozeman were inducted into the Order of St. George with the Bronze Medallion.
The Order of St. George is an award that honors St. George, whose name is linked to famous battles and mounted warriors throughout the past.
Soldiers inducted into the Order of St. George earn the award for providing long and honorable service to armor and cavalry units.
Family member Lahlah Brewer received the second award of the Order of St. Joan d’Arc. The award honors Joan of Arc, who overcame obstacles and led the French army to many victories against the English in the Hundred Years’ War.
The award is given to women who voluntarily contribute significantly to the morale, spirit and welfare of armor or cavalry units and communities.