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1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry
The Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry was originally activated in 1941 as Company A, 4th Armored Regiment, and later became Company A, 40th Tank Battalion, an element of the 7th Armored Division.
After World War II, it became Company A, 40th Amphibian Tractor Battalion, but was inactivated in 1946. It was reactivated at Ford Ord, California, in 1948 as Company A, 40th Heavy Tank Battalion and became part of the 4th Infantry Division. In 1950, it became Company A, 40th Tank Battalion and was inactivated 1 April 1957 at Fort Lewis, Washington. Later that year, it became Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Medium Battalion, 40th Armor, but by 16 December 1957 it was re-designated back to Company A, 40th Armor, and activated at Ladd Air Force Base in Alaska. In 1963 the company was assigned to the 171st Infantry Brigade. It was inactivated 21 September 1969 at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
In 1975 the unit was re-designated as Headquarters and Headquarters 1st Battalion, 40th Armor, and this time its organic elements (its lettered companies) were constituted and activated. The battalion was part of the 5th Infantry Division at Fort Polk from 1975 to 1987 when it was inactivated. In January 1996, the battalion was transferred to the US Operational Test and Evaluation Command and activated at Fort Hunter Ligget, California.
The battalion was inactivated in September 1997. On 14 October 2005, the Army re-activated the battalion as a reconnaissance squadron 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4-25th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne). In October of 2006 the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment conducted its first deployment as part of teh 4th Brigade Combat Team in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 1-40th CAV conducted 14 months of counterinsurgency operation thoughout Southern Baghdad including leading a decisive effort during the 2007 Iraqi Surge Campaign. In December 2007 the unit redeployed back to Fort Richardson, AK. In February of 2009 the 1-40th CAV deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, conducting counterinsurgency operations across Paktya Pronvince in partnership with Afghan Security Forces. In November 2009 teh 1-40th deployed to Western Khost, partnering with 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps of the Afghan National Army, bringing increased stability to the Western districts and setting a path for a successful future. In February 2010 the unit redeployed back to Ft. Richardson, AK.