This year, 2012, is the 151st anniversary of the founding of the 6th Cavalry in 1861. The “Fighting Sixth” has evolved over the years from the Horse Soldiers to the Armored Cavalry to the Air Cavalry. Interestingly enough, the unit’s mission has never changed. The cavalry remains the eyes and ears of the Army. The cav’s mission is to provide reconnaissance, force protection and to facilitate communication. The cavalry units continue to be highly mobile and adaptable to mission requirements.
2012 is another milestone for the 6th U.S. Cavalry Association. We are in the process of rejuvenating and revitalizing the Association. We were known for many years as the 6th Cavalry Veterans Association. The name was changed because members realized that the Association could not continue to exist as a Veterans group as membership declines. The Association then became the 6th U.S. Cavalry Association to reflect its composition of veterans, active duty personnel and family members. The Association, like the Army, needs to recruit and retain members. We must reach out to 6th Cavalry veterans and those on active duty who are not a part of the Association, as well as their family members to join you, join us. I urge you to contact others that have this special relationship with the “Fighting Sixth.”