History of the 7th Cavalry

Though the history of the 7th Cavalry can be traced back to 1866 when Major General John Davidson created the 7th
Cavalry at Fort Riley. Though the ages the 7th Cavalry was always there doing its job and proving its traditions. When
the 7th Cavalry became part of the Montgomery Division, the traditions of the 7th plus that off the Irish traditions of the
359th made for one of the deepest traditional units in the SLDF.

The 359th BattleMech division was stationed on Hellespont in the farthest part of the Taurian Concordat. The division was
made up both a line regiment and a independent regiments making it a versatile military force. The 359th had seen many
victories and defeats during the Periphery war but it never lost its home base on Hellespont. The Castle Brian was on a
island just off the main coast of the southern continent. Here it could mount attacks all over the coast and up the river that
split the mainland in two, much like using the Mississippi river in the old united states. Though the 359th was involved
in many other area's of combat including the final take over of New Vandenberg, the 359th was one of the lucky units to
never fall below 50% strength. Most of the losses came from the Infantry brigade of the division, do to large number of
suicide attacks at starports and bases.

The 359th got its name from Bernard Montgomery, the famous Field Marshal of the British Army of World War II.
Often referred to as "Monty", he was an Anglo-Irish British Army officer and was the an allie to General Patton. The two
of them drove the Germans back from Africa and lower Europe until the Normandy. The division holds up the honor
and spirit of "Monty", and has never looked back since. The 7th Cavalry would become a growing unit over the last years
of the Periphery war and would become the unit of choice of the 359th.

The 7th Cavalry Regiment was a United States Army cavalry regiment, whose lineage traces back to the mid-19th century. Its
official nickname is "GarryOwen", in honor of the Irish drinking song Garryowen that was adopted as its march tune. The word
Garryowen is for the Irish two-step that can be tracked back to 1680. Though the song and traditions have long been part of
the 7th Cavalry, the 1st Cavalry Division would adapt the Garryowen song and traditions. The 7th Cavalry would serve though
many changes and moves during its long history. When Star League was formed, the 7th Cavalry would join and become part
of the 359th Battlemech Division also known as the Montgomery Division. The 7th along with the 359th was part of the liberation
of the Taurian Theater before the Armis coup. When the coup on Earth happened all units where ordered to pack up and head
to new homes. The 359th loaded up on the "SLDF Mongomery", a Potemkin class warship, along with its scout ship the
"Nightmare", a bugeye class warship. Just as the two ships where about to jump, a unknown solar flare arched from the systems
star and caused mass damage to both the jump and navigation systems of the two ships. The year was 2766 and the two ships
would disappear from history.

The 7th Cavalry was on the Scout jumpship that had jumped before the 359th Division's jump. Little did they know, they
would never see the 359th again. Little in history would ever be talked about or written about the 7th Cavalry. It was never
a major player and would work for Comstar all through the years as a hired gun for the Explorer Corps and HPG Garrisions
in the periphery states in the rimward area's. Then the new star league would form and the 7th Cavalry would join bringing back
its full tradition as a Star League unit. It was a shame that things would once again fall apart and thus the 7th Cavalry is back
on its own.

Then came Operation Serpent in which Comstar used the 7th Cavalry to protect their ships from being boarded and as a
reserve force for any Comstar units. Though only a company size force of mechs with the rest made up of infantry, the 7th
Cavalry would make the silent mark during the Operation. Being part of the northern army protecting the spaceport, the 7th
cavalry stood their ground even though all their mechs where destroyed and only one company of infantry made it out in one
piece. Of the twelve mech warriors, only three would live past their wounds to tale their story. They would be the ones to
form the core of the rebuilt 7th Cavalry. Comstar as payment for the services of the 7th Cavalry, recieved 12 mechs of thier
choice and all the clan gear they could load on it. The 7th Cavalry returned to from the Clan home worlds and began the long
road to rebuilding.


Units's Royal March in England, Terra


Regimental Traditions
   The first thing one will notice when dealing with members of the regiment is their uniforms. The uniform is Navy blue with a yellow  piping along the pants leg. A jacket is always worn, and yellow gloves are either worn or arried folded over the belt. All numbers are worn on the left sleeve, and the regiment patch is on the left. The yellow scarf is knotted in front and contains only the squadron number on the back.

   Tankers wear black boots with silver spurs, a reminder of the day when they rode horses into battle. Each member of the
regiment carries a Hawk Eagle Auto-pistol sidearm. A saber is also added to the dress uniform and is worn in the field at
base camps.

   All members are called troops for outsiders. Members call each other by other names of position. Vehicle crews are called
tankers, infantry are called dog soldiers and the regimental commander is always called the "Old Man", no matter what the
commander's race or gender.

   The Royal members wear red cloaks and silver helms when doing parades which they still due from horse back even today.
Only Royal members can have and wear the red cloak as it stands for being the best as it requires one to have golden spurs.

Though the 7th Cavalry can prove their time line, my outsiders place them like the Wolf Dragoons, as spies from some clan.
Little do they know, that their is something bigger going on out past the rimward expanse.



Units Duty/Field Uniform
On the right shoulder, the Garry Owen Patch is worn by all troops.
On the left side collar,the rank is worn on the right side.
The Cavalry Stetson has been a cavalry tradition since 1689 and is still part of the uniform
today. Even in the field, the Stetson is worn as a sign of proud history and honor. Once a
soldier has been in combat at least two time, the hat gets a combat knot band to replace
the standard yellow band.
Unit's Cavalry Arms which all personal wear. Since the unit is designed for speed the cavalry
sabers are kept. All Arms are worn on the Stetson cavalry hat at all times.
The Main field uniform for all troops is an old US military uniform that was brought back
due to its colors and the nature of the 7th Cavalry. Other than the Garry Owen patch, no
other patches are on placed on the uniform, not even the name of the person. All rank is
black and are on the collars only to make it hard to identify rank. The only add on to this
the Silver or Golden spurs worn by veterans and elites.






Awards of the 7th Cavalry


The Order of the Spur
The longest tradition in Cavalry history. Today the Order of the Spur recognizes individual qualifications for those in a cavalry unit. The privilege of being awarded spurs in any Cavalry Unit comes with hard work and challenges. For an individual to qualify and compete for the Order of the Spur within the Unit, the cavalry soldier must first meet or exceed the all the standards of
performance of the task below:

Land Navigation Problem
Leadership Reaction Situation
First Aid
Administration
Weapons Deployment and Use
Signal and Communication Procedures
Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Situation
Qualified Spur Ride [run]

Service in the Battalion for at least 180 days. Service in at least three Field Exercises. A score of
at least 240 in the last Army Physical Fitness Test. Qualify to of "expert" or "sharpshooter" on
personal weapon. Possess the spirit, determination, cunning and initiative in the finest traditions
of the Cavalry.

The first award is the silver Spur. Officers or thous awarded the Golden Spur of Honor get the
golden spur set.

Combat cavalry badge:
A combat service recognition decoration awarded to all Cavalry personal — enlisted men and
officers (commissioned and warrant) holding colonel rank, and lower, who personally fought in
active ground combat while an assigned member of either an infantry or a Special Forces unit,
of brigade size or smaller.

Combat Armor Badge:
A combat service recognition decoration awarded to all Armored Cavalry — enlisted men and
officers (commissioned and warrant) holding colonel rank, and lower, who personally fought in
active ground combat while an assigned member of either an tanker or a mechwarrior unit,
of brigade size or smaller. This is a replacement award for thous that have been in two or more
campaigns and where part of the Armored unit.

Combat Artillery Badge:
A combat service recognition decoration awarded to all Artillery Cavalry — enlisted men and
officers (commissioned and warrant) holding colonel rank, and lower, who personally fought in
active ground combat while an assigned member of either an artillery spec or a recon spotter unit,
of brigade size or smaller. This is a replacement award for thous that have been in two or more
campaigns and where part of the Artillery unit.

Combat Engineer Badge:
A combat service recognition decoration awarded to all Engineer Personal— enlisted men and
officers (commissioned and warrant) holding colonel rank, and lower, who personally fought in
active ground combat while an assigned member of either an infantry or a Special Forces unit,
of brigade size or smaller. This is a replacement award for thous that have been in two or more
campaigns and where part of the Engineers personal support units.