Always In Front
"People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after"
2-38 Calvary has a long history of excellence, dating back to World War II. The 3d Reconnaissance Squadron was activated as part of the 1st Cavalry Division on 15 November 1942 at Fort Bliss, Texas. On 21 November 1943 it was redesignated as the 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized). After World War II the Squadron was inactivated on 28 November 1945 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. 2-38 Calvary Squadron was reactivated, June 2010. The Squadron began another round of significant contributions to the military, and to America as a whole. 2-38 Calvary was assigned to 504th BfSB (Battlefield Surveillance Brigade). The Calvary Regiment had three Squadrons, 1-38Cav, 2-38Cav and 3-38Cav. On 29 May 2015 the 2nd Squadron of the 38th Cavalry regiment cased its colors for inactivation.
LTC Cogbill, said to the Phantom Recon Soldiers during inactivation, "colors can be cased, artifacts can be stored, equipment can be turned in, and personnel can be reassigned, but memories, shared experiences, joy, pain, pride, and a sense of accomplishment, the camaraderie that only a Soldier will ever know, will live on forever in every one of you. When our nation calls again, and it undoubtedly will, the men and women of the Phantom Recon Squadron will stand ready." Always In Front.
1st Lieutenant T. Dillard joined the Alabama National Guard in 2006. Lieutenant Dillard was enlisted as a Sergeant in the 1204th Aviation Battalion stationed at the Birmingham International Airport. During his enlistment in the Alabama National Guard 1st Lieutenant Dillard's unit served in Hurricane Katrina relief and Hurricane Rita relief after the devastating Hurricanes made landfall on August 23rd 2005. 1st Lieutenant Dillard graduated from The University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in military science. During his graduation on May 10th 2008 T. Dillard received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Sergeant Dillard was honorably discharged from the Alabama National Guard and was immediately placed on Active duty, Regular Army. 1st Lieutenant Dillard’s first duty assignment was a Platoon Leader for basic training recruits at Fort Knox, KY from June 11th 2008 to September 12th 2008. 1st Lieutenant was then assigned to Fort Sill, OK for basic infantry tactics and platoon training from September 15th 2008 to October 27th 2008. 1st Lieutenant Dillard went to officer basic course (OBC) in Fort Lee, VA In early March 2009 1st Lieutenant Dillard reported to his first permanent unit, the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, in Fort Hood, TX. Nearly immediately after arriving to his new unit,1st Lieutenant Dillard deployed to Iraq as the 163rd Military Intelligence Battalion’s S-4 or Logistics staff Officer in Charge (OIC). Upon redeployment back to Fort Hood, TX 1st Lieutenant Dillard took command as a Maintenance Platoon Leader in the 509th Forward Support Company. His Platoons consisted of 98 Soldiers. The 509th FSC provided direct maintenance support for the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. 1st Lieutenant Dillard was then reassigned to the brand new 2-38 Calvary Squadron as the Squadron Logistics officer during it's conception, their deployment to Afghanistan, then to Kosovo . After being wounded and suffering other injuries in support of The Global War on Terrorism Lieutenant Dillard was assigned to the Warrior Transition Brigade at Fort Hood, TX. 1st Lieutenant Dillard was retired from the U.S. Army, Regular. His 7 years of service were instrumental to maintaining the security of the nation during a critical time in its history with a devotion to duty and a spirit of sacrifice in keeping with the proud traditions of military service.