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The mission of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team is to close with the enemy using fire and movement to destroy or capture enemy forces, to repel enemy attacks by fire, to engage in close combat, and to counterattack to control land areas, including populations and resources.
History of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team
Prepared by the Office of Historical Affairs
4040 W. Guard St.
Boise, ID 83705
The 116th Cavalry, the “Snake River Regiment,” was constituted on March 4th, 1920 as the 1st Cavalry, Idaho National Guard. It was organized between March and November of that year in the Snake River Valley and was re-designated as the 116th Cavalry Regiment, Idaho National Guard in late 1920. The 116th was organized as part of the National Guard’s expansion of horse cavalry after World War I. The guard fielded 20 horse cavalry regiments assigned to the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th Cavalry Divisions and the 56th Cavalry Brigade. Many of the new cavalry regiments were assigned to western states in order to enlist experienced horseman.
In 1940 the War Department decided to inactivate the four cavalry divisions and convert 14 cavalry regiments to artillery. The 116th was converted and re-designated as the 183rd Field Artillery Regiment. The 183rd was mobilized for Federal Service in April of 1941 and landed in France in mid-June of 1944 and fought from Normandy to Germany. The 183rd was de-mobilized and returned to home station at the end of the war.
In 1947 the 183rd was reorganized as the 116th Cavalry Squadron. Two years later it was re-designated as the 116th Armored Cavalry Regiment, one of ten in the Army National Guard. The 116th served for 40 years as an armored cavalry regiment until its reorganization as a heavy armored brigade in September of 1989. The brigade was assigned to round out the 4th Infantry Division.
From September 1989 until November 2005, the 116th Cavalry Brigade had units in Idaho, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, and Oregon. The 116th was one of only 15 enhanced separate brigades in the country as well as Idaho’s largest unit. It consisted of two armor battalions (one located in eastern Oregon), a combat engineer battalion, a support battalion, a field artillery battalion with one battery in Utah, a mechaniz
The 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team is Headquartered at Gowen Field near Boise, ID and comprises of units from Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Nevada.
Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (Gowen Field, Boise Idaho, Idaho Army National Guard)
1st Battalion, 163rd Cavalry Regiment (Combined Arms Battalion, Montana Army National Guard)
2nd Squadron, 116th Cavalry Regiment (Combined Arms Battalion, IDARNG)
3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment (Combined Arms Battalion, Oregon Army National Guard)
1st Squadron, 221st Cavalry Regiment (Cavalry Squadron, Nevada Army National Guard)
1st Battalion, 148th Field Artillery Regiment (IDARNG)
116th Brigade Engineer Battalion (IDARNG)
145th Brigade Support Battalion (Idaho, Montano, Nevada, and Oregon Army National Guards)