|Military Horseman Badge Award
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The Military Horseman Identification Badge
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. --The Military Horseman Identification
Badge, the Army's newest badge since 2014's Instructor Badge, was awarded for the first
time to ten members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, Caisson Platoon, on Joint Base
Meyer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept 29, 2017, at Conmy Hall.
Approved by the Acting Secretary of the Army in July 2017, the Military Horseman
Identification Badge recognizes Soldiers who complete the nine-week Basic Horsemanship
course and who demonstrate the skills necessary to become a lead rider in the Caisson
"It's an honor and privilege to receive this badge," said Staff Sgt. Darren Snyder, a squad
leader with the Caisson platoon. "To be a part of the first group of soldiers awarded this
badge, is a really big deal," he said.
The Horseman Badge is the Army's newest badge since the authorization of the Army's
Instructor Badge in 2014 and the Combat Action Badge in 2005.
Before a Soldier can wear the badge, they first must go through rigorous training.
Upon successful completion of the nine-week Basic Horsemanship Course, Caisson
Soldiers must then complete 100 Armed Forces Full Honors Funerals at Arlington National
Cemetery, serve honorably for a minimum of 9 months in the Caisson platoon and be
recommended by the Commander of 1st Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment.
On top of these requirements, Caisson Soldiers must also maintain the standard
ceremonial uniform of an Old Guard Soldier. Additionally, they learn how to use, clean and
maintain ceremonial tack and a harness, which is unique to their overall mission.
Once assigned to the platoon, a Caisson Soldier's day starts at 4 a.m. and each day
presents different challenges.
"There are long hours and sometimes you are put into positions were you may not know
exactly what to do or how to accomplish the mission," said Snyder. "But that's the joy of
working with such a great group of Soldiers, we all work together regardless of how tough
times get around here."
"Some days our horses aren't in the mood to complete mission or willing to work with us,
but get through it anyway," said Spc. Russell Schoenck, a lead rider with Caisson platoon.
Though this group of Caisson Soldiers are the first to wear the new badge, that doesn't
keep them from remembering those who came before them.
"I'm proud of my time that I've served here as a Caisson Soldier, but I'm also proud of
those who came before me and those Soldiers are part of the reason we're receiving
these badges today," said Schoenck.