The 1st Cavalry Division Association
"Alumni of The First Team"
302 N. Main Street
Copperas Cove, Texas 76522-1703
(254) 547-6537

...22 July 1950 - The 1st Cavalry Division assumes responsibility for blocking the enemy along the main Taejon-Taegu corridor...22 July 1951 - The 1st Cavalry Division Band is awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation for the period of 22 July 1950 to 22 January 1951...23 July 1950 - Troopers of the 1-8th Cavalry destroy three T-34 tanks and 2-8 and 1-5 Cavalry fight off frontal attacks as the First Team sees its first combat during the Korean War...23 July 2003 - The Department of Defense announces the deployment of the 1st Cavalry Division to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM...24 July 1950 - Four different attempts by three American light tanks failed to dislodge enemy behind the 2-8th Cavalry and the Division sends the 1-5th Caalry and 16th Recon Company toward the cutoff battalion; by noon enemy troops were attacking the 61st FA and 99th FA Battalions...25 July 1945 - President Truman authorizes the use of the Atomic bomb...25 July 1947 - The Department of Defense is established by Congress...25 July 1950 - The 1st Cavalry Divison begins its withdrawal into the Pusan Permeter and the 1-7th Cavalry is returned to control of the 7th Cavalry Regiment bringing the entire Division together for the first time in Korea...25 July 1966 - Operation BYRD begins in Vietnam...


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What is the Association?  It is a non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit soldier's and veteran's fraternity.

When did it begin?  On July 17, 1944, a group of FIRST TEAM soldiers in the Admiralty Islands agreed to form an Association of 1st Cavalry Division soldiers and veterans to preserve old friendships and conduct periodic reunions.

Where is itIt is country-wide.  The National headquarters is located in Copperas Cove, Texas. There are several chapters throughout the country, as well as a chapter in the active Division.  

Who is eligible for membershipAnyone who has been assigned or attached to the 1st Cavalry Division anytime, anywhere, is eligible for Life membership in the Association.  There are currently more than 28,300 men and women on our active membership rolls.  Friends of the Cav who have not served with the Division are eligible for Associate membership.

Why should you belongTo preserve and strengthen friendships through annual reunions, chapter activities, and our bi-monthly newspaper, the SABER; to meet new people and make new friendships through Association activities; to obtain tangible evidence of membership in this great fraternity, i.e., lapel pin, membership card and certificate, decals, and a one year subscription to the SABER.  The 1st Cavalry Division Association USAA Rewards™ World MasterCard® is now available to members of the 1st Cavalry Division Association.   You are also eligible to help special projects such as the Scholarship Foundation and Museum Foundation.  We share a great Division heritage -- horse cavalry, ground and airmobile infantry, armor and our current modular configuration -- Once Cav, Always Cav!

Our Scholarship FoundationThe Foundation of the 1st Cavalry Division Association, offers scholarships of $1,200 per year for up to four years to the children of 1st Cavalry Division troopers who have died or become totally and permanently disabled while serving in the Division in any war.  This program was begun to assist the children of battle casualties of the Vietnam War and all previous wars and has expanded to children of peacetime active duty Association members who died while serving in the Division.  We have provided more than $745,000 in grants to 476 applicants through this worthy program which continues today.  Also, 207 descendants of the Ia Drang battle participants have been awarded over $430,000 in grants from this program.  Association members that are currently serving with the 1st Cavalry Division and their families are eligible to receive scholarship grants from the Foundation.  We have awarded over $238,000 to 264 applicants under this portion of our program.  Total money paid out in all programs is over $1,413,400.

Our Museum FoundationThe 1st Cavalry Division Association Museum Foundation is a charitable and educational activity established for the express intent of providing support to the 1st Cavalry Division Museum located at Fort Hood, Texas.  The primary goals and objectives of the Museum Foundation are to: (1) Build a new Museum facility.  (2) Support historical projects, programs, and research that preserve the history of the 1st Cavalry Division and its troopers.  (3) Support Museum programs that educate the public and increase its appreciation for the contributions of the Division.  (4) Promote, counsel, and provide support to organizations, both government and private, that are committed to similar goals and objectives.  The Museum Foundation sponsored the construction and emplacement of a Memorial to honor the Troopers of the Division who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and in future deployments during the war on terrorism.  

In summary: We are a group of soldiers and former soldiers from privates to 4-star generals who share a bond of service with the FIRST TEAM.  We are dedicated to support of the Division and of each other.

Horse Cavalry Detachment on the march at Fort Hood, Texas

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