One of the U.S. Army’s major aviation war-fighting units in South Korea gets a new commander Friday during a ceremony at Camp Humphreys, when Col. Peter W. Foreman takes the reins of the 6th Cavalry Brigade.

Known as the “Blackhorse,” 6th Cav is made up of two Apache attack helicopter squadrons, an air defense artillery battalion and an aviation support group. The brigade recently completed fielding the upgraded Apache Longbow helicopters.

Foreman will take over from Col. Ronald Buffkin, who ends his second 6th Cav stint in South Korea.

Foreman formerly served in the 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division. He also served with the 6th Cav when it was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and later as commander of the 6th Cav’s 3rd Squadron, after the unit moved to South Korea.

Foreman most recently served as the Chief, Transnational Threats at U.S. Southern Command. Among his awards are the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Master Army Aviation Badge.

He holds a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University and has completed the Armor Basic and Advanced Courses, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course and the Command and General Staff College, among others.

The 10 a.m. change of command ceremony will include 8th Army commander Lt. Gen. Charles Campbell and the 8th Army Band.

6th Cav has a long battle history, with roots in 16 Civil War campaigns. The unit, under various different structures, also fought in Cuba, China, the Philippines and Germany and France during both World Wars.

In 1996, the brigade was deployed from Fort Hood to Camp Humphreys, gaining the 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment and in 2003 beginning to field the new Apache Longbows.

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