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Air Cavalry Squadron

Definition/Scope: (FM 3-04.126) The air cavalry squadron (ACS) performs the following missions in support of BCTs: reconnaissance, security, air assault, air movement, attack, movement to contact, C2, and casualty evacuation. The ACS gathers information about enemy and terrain, maintains surveillance, and provides early warning of enemy contact. It provides reconnaissance, surveillance, and security of LOCs to enhance C2 and target acquisition (TA). ACS assets have decisive advantages over other intelligence resources, as they can fight through and counter enemy deception efforts better than any sensor system. The ACS, with its organic air cavalry troops (ACTs) and assault helicopter troop (AHT) helicopters, is an excellent force for developing the situation. As such, the ACS is often given its own sector and missions. Although ground forces extend the ACS’s ability for continuous operations over time, the ACS is fully capable of conducting all reconnaissance missions, screens, and limited guard and cover operations. Attachment of ground forces enables the ACS to conduct guard and cover missions. The ACS also has organic utility aircraft that can insert surveillance teams at observation posts (OPs) and dismounted patrols. The ACS generally conducts attacks as part of actions on contact to develop the situation further. The ACS may also conduct attacks to force the enemy to reveal information or continue the security mission. When the squadron can easily penetrate enemy defenses, it can more rapidly resume the advance or flank guard or screen mission. Such actions save time and maintain momentum. (FM 17-95) The air cavalry squadron is a highly mobile, armed force organized as part of air assault divisions. It is also organic to those corps without an assigned ACR. It is equipped with air cavalry troops. The squadron is structured light to possess the same strategic mobility as the parent division. When deployed, the squadron possesses a significant mobility advantage over the infantry battalions of the division. (FM 1-100) The air cavalry squadron is a highly mobile, armed force organized as part of airborne and air assault divisions. It is also organic to those corps without an assigned ACR. It is equipped predominantly with air cavalry troops, each containing eight OH?58D aircraft. Ground cavalry troops may be part of the squadron. When present, ground troops are mounted in HMMWVs. The squadron is structured light to possess the same strategic mobility as the parent division. When deployed, the squadron possesses a significant mobility advantage over infantry battalions of the division. (FM 1-114) The ACS is an extremely responsive and rapidly deployable force that is part of the air assault division. The ACS is equipped with a headquarters troop, four ACTs, and an AVUM troop. The squadron is structured light to possess the same strategic mobility as the parent division. When deployed, the squadron possesses a significant mobility advantage over the light infantry battalions of the division. OLD VERSION An air cavalry squadron is squadron of heliborne combat maneuver force trained to locate the enemy and delay their attack on friendly forces. They are normally assigned to reconnaissance missions.



Acronym:

ACS

Broader Terms:

Stryker Brigade Combat Team

Narrower Terms:

AH-64 Apache
air assault
air movement
attack
Command and Control
mission command
movement to contact
OH-58 Kiowa
reconnaissance
security
target acquisition
UH-60 Black Hawk

Related Terms:

air cavalry
cavalry
Squadron


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