Story and photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — Lt. Col. Geoffrey Norman, commander, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. James Taylor, the squadron’s senior enlisted leader, uncased the squadron colors during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Aug. 8.
“Ghost” Squadron replaced Soldiers of the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 1st Sqdn., 104th Cav. Reg., 55th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 28th Inf. Div., assuming responsibility for the mission to bolster regional security and conduct partnership operations with Kuwaiti Forces.
During the ceremony, Col. Nicholas Guarino, commander, Area Support Group Kuwait, 3rd Army, U.S. Army Central Command, thanked Lt. Col. Todd Sowinski, commander, 1st Sqdn., 104th Cav. Reg., and his Soldiers for their dedication to the mission, before welcoming the Ghost troopers.
“During the past year, the 104th has faced many challenges, and certainly overcame them,” Guarino said. “They’ve done this with strong leadership, with selfless teamwork and with a clear sense of who they are as cavalry Soldiers. As we bid farewell to you, I’m excited to be on the team with the ‘Raiders’ of 1st ABCT.”
The Ghost Squadron arrived in Kuwait in July, and immediately began a comprehensive relief in place with the 1st Sqdn., 104th Cav. Reg., setting up cavalry troops at Camp Arifjan and Kuwait Naval Base.
Sowinski expressed gratitude to his troops for their outstanding efforts throughout the deployment and confidence that the cavalry troopers of Ghost Squadron would continue the tradition of excellence.
“Through our vigilant efforts, we have increased the capability, security posture and overall readiness of numerous strategic bases, and enhanced meaningful and enduring partnerships with host nation forces,” Sowinski said. “I have confidence that 7th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., is up to the task of raising the bar even higher, moving the ball forward and continuing to improve (its) fighting position.”
The squadron’s responsibilities include providing security on its assigned bases and partnering with Kuwaiti naval and land forces.
Norman thanked Guarino for the warm welcome and commended Soldiers of 1st Sqdn., 104th Cav. Reg., for setting a standard of excellence for his troopers to follow as they settled into these unique missions.
“This unit did a lot of amazing things and pushed the ball forward to build new and lasting partnerships with the Kuwaiti military forces,” Norman said. “Command Sgt. Maj. Taylor and I want to thank you for the outstanding reception you gave us. Our success is due largely to the effectiveness of the handoff we received from you, and we are off to a good start.”