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GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — One of Europe’s four U.S. Army brigades is going by a new name, reaching back to the unit’s history.

The 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, out of Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany, has quietly become the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. The new commander, Col. Keith Barclay, chose to drop the name of the unit’s platform vehicle, according to press officer Maj. Robert Hoover.

The decision moves the regiment closer to a name it first held in 1861, Second Cavalry, 25 years after the unit’s founding as the 2nd Regiment of Dragoons during the Second Seminole War, according to a timeline on the regiment website. The name has changed over time—after World War II the regiment was redesignated the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, and in 2006 it became the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment.

Only the name is changing, Hoover said. The regiment, in reset after returning from Afghanistan in the spring, recently received its Strykers for training.

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