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The 1st Squadron 158th Cavalry

Year 2000 was a tough time for the Cav, but at the annual Christmas dinner and awards ceremony, the outlook for the future was very positive. Squadron Commander, LTC Ron Price made numerous presentations.

The first to be presented with an award was SGT Terry Hicks (pictured above at far right), who was selected as Soldier of the Year for the Maryland National Guard. At left, holding the framed heritage picture, is PSG Ristaino.

Three Squadron soldiers were recognized for their long contributions of service as they move into retirement. CPT Bryan Johnson (above right) and CW2 Jim Reeb (above left) were honored along with 1SG Dan Davis (not shown).

CPT Duarte and 1SG Borleis of HHT (above left) were presented with a plaque recognizing Headquarters and Headquarters Troop as Unit of the Year for the Maryland Army National Guard. SSG Haskins (above right), of Troop C, was promoted to E7.

John Grady of AUSA (at left) was awarded a Cav t-shirt for becoming an honorary member of the Squadron after being involved in several field exercises.

Former Squadron Commander, COL Thomas Johnson, is shown (below) with current Commander, LTC Price and CSM O'Connell at the presentation of a unit coin.

Looking back to the beginning of the year, it was within the first few months of FY00, that all the AH-1 Cobras were grounded. That required some immediate and significant adjustments to the training schedule.

Aviators and air crews were subsequently provided with briefings on what the future would hold.

The Aviation Brigade Commander, Colonel Alberto Jimenez, was at the center of the discussions because in his civilian job, he serves as the Director of Aviation and Safety for the Army National Guard.

Simulations were recommended to maintain proficiency and interest.

At the same that Squadron aviation units were adjusting their schedule, the ground side of the Cav was adjusting to the prospects of deployment to Bosnia for the SFOR 10 rotation beginning September 2001. Their training schedule required specific and significant operations in conjunction with the 29th Infantry Division.

While the aviation side is waiting for new aircraft, the entire unit constantly seeks qualified individuals for openings within the organization. The Squadron phone number in Annapolis is 410-974-7400. Email inquiries can be directed to 158cav@iyacyas.com

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