Unit History

The unit was initially organized 9 July 1916 as D troop, 17th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas.

On 1 June 1966, it reorganized at Fort Benning, Georgia as an armored cavalry troop and redeployed to Vietnam 13 December 1966 as an element of the 199th Infantry Brigade. The unit deactivated in Vietnam 12 October 1970.

On 15 December 1971, it reactivated in Vietnam as a separate air cavalry troop using assets of D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th cavalry (9th infantry division). It again deactivated on 10 march 1972.

Then reactivated on 30 April 1972 as a separate air cavalry troop, using the assets of D Troop, 1st Squadron, 15th cavalry. The Cavalry departed Vietnam and deactivated 26 February 1973.

On 16 January 1991,the 4th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment (Air) (Recon) reactivated from Task Force 118. The unit was redesignated to the 4th Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry regiment on 15 January 1994.


Task Force 118 was created at the height of the Iran Iraq conflict. The joint chiefs of staff tasked the four services to identify a unit that could operate from U. S. Navy vessels to deter small boat attacks and mining operations in the Arabian gulf.

In the summer of 1987, Task Force 118 was created. On 26 February 1988, the unit deployed to the Arabian gulf to conduct Operation Prime Chance. During Operation Prime Chance and Earnest Will, the Task Force patrolled the entire Persian Gulf and the northern Gulf of Oman, protecting shipping and providing timely intelligence to the U.S. Navy.

On 2 august 1990 when Iraq invaded Kuwait, the unit continued operations in the gulf as a part of the maritime interdiction force in support of Operation Desert Shield . During Operation Desert Storm, the 4/17th Cavalry distinguished itself by capturing the war's first Iraqi prisoners and recapturing the first piece of Kuwaiti territory. The squadron also participated in the liberation of the U.S. and British embassies in Kuwait city.

When it redeployed to Fort Bragg in October 1991, the Squadron had flown over 6500 night vision goggle hours, escorted 500 ships, and operated from 47 naval combatants in the north Arabian gulf. The 4/17th cavalry stood up and stood ready for its world wide contingency mission as the "Eyes and Ears" of the XVIII Airborne Corps.

The unit was redesignated as the 4/2d Armored Cavalry Regiment January 16, 1994. This opened new frontiers in the development of joint operations doctrine. This doctrine was put to the test as the Squadron to deployed to Haitiin support of Operation Uphold Democracy. The Squadron conducted the first reconnaissance in the country and supported the JTF 180 Commander directly with reconnaissance, psyops, and command/control assets during the initial phase of the operation, 4th Squadron was the only army aviation unit to perform joint operations. The unit redeployed to Ft Bragg to continue training with its Prime Chance mission. With their achievements, the men and women of the 4th Squadron are proudly upholding the distinguished heritage of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment



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Last Updated 19 July 1997