Over 70 Cavalry Spouses of the 82nd Airborne Division recently earned the right to be named “Spur Holders.”
Spouses from three of the 82nd’s Cavalry Squadrons; 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment and 1st and 5th Squadrons of the 73rd Cavalry Regiment participated in a Cavalry Spouse Spur Ride February 15th on Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
“Cavalry is a mindset. It is a culture of embracing risk to protect others from surprise and discover opportunities. All Cavalry Squadrons have that in common with one another,” said Lt. Col. Scott Pence, Commander of the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. “When we do an event like this with our spouses, it forges a bond between us all.”
Organized by Pence’s squadron, this was the first spur ride involving spouses from the division’s multiple Cavalry Squadrons. The day-long event began at Pike Field with participants dividing into groups and proceeding to stations testing their physical fitness and mental agility. Stations included the Field Leader’s Reaction Course, the Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer and the U.S. Army Advanced Airborne School.
“We wanted Cavalry Spouses from across the division to come out here and feel pride in accomplishing difficult tasks,” said Lt. Col John Tackaberry, Commander of the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. “Events like this build strong bonds within Family Readiness Groups and strong FRGs are the backbone of support for the Cavalry trooper when we are out in the field or deployed.”
The Spouse Spur Ride developed camaraderie between spouses and within the FRG said Mrs. Jennifer Smith, a spouse of a soldier assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Troop, 1-17 CAV. When spouses see events like this, just get out and participate; you will be glad you did and get to know a lot of people you can rely on in the future she continued.