On June 13th Capt. Elizabeth Rascon became the first woman commander if the 1st Calvary Division’s Horse Cavalry Detachment. The unit is dedicated to keeping the spirit and traditions of the 1880’s cavalry alive, according to a story by Rose L Thayer in The Killeen Daily Herald. “With 31 horses, five mules and two dogs, the detachment conducts weekly demonstrations of the techniques of the time period, as well as performs in rodeos and parades throughout the local community.”
Sgt. Angel Turner continues the story on the dvids website.
“Getting selected to command the 1st Cav. Div. Horse Cav. Det. was something the Mesquite, Texas, native had to work to obtain.
While deployed to Afghanistan, Rascon had to have her unit nominate her as a candidate, she had to conduct a phone interview with the 1st Cav. Div. deputy chief of staff, and upon her return to Fort Hood, she had to conduct a basic skills test at the detachment.
Each of the divisions’ brigades nominated someone to lead the unit that upholds much of the division’s heritage and tradition, and out of the potential candidates, Rascon made the cut.
“I’m very excited,” said Rascon, who is also the first in her Family to join the military. “This unit has a great mission – all kinds of really cool things with the community – and I hope to expand on that.”
Although the horse detachment brings a change of pace to Rascon’s four-year Army career, horses are familiar territory to her.
She began riding horses when she was about 4 years old and continued to perfect her horsemanship throughout college.”
The Killeen Daily Herald has a final word regarding the young Captain’s goals that prove her a true horsewoman and soldier: “What I’m most looking forward to is leading troopers across the field in my first cavalry charge.”