Order of the Spur

Certificate for induction into the Order of the Spur for combat action in Tal Afar, Iraq.
A spur holder with the U.S. 4th Cavalry Regiment instructs candidates on the assembly of an M2 Browning machine gun after their first try during a 2006 spur ride.
3d Armored Cavalry Regiment's Commander in Iraq wearing the Stetson.
Spurs worn on the U.S. Army's Desert Combat Boots.
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld serves Christmas Eve chow to Soldiers deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. In place of rank, the secretary had a 1st Cavalry Division DUI pin.
Three of the five photographs accompanying the announcement on www.army.mil
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Cavalry tradition within the United States Army.

- Order of the Spur

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Spur

Metal tool designed to be worn in pairs on the heels of riding boots for the purpose of directing a horse or other animal to move forward or laterally while riding.

Western-style cowboy spurs with rowels, chap guards and buttons for the spur straps
Parts of a simple spur
Spur straps on an English "Prince of Wales" spur
"Rowel spur", circa 1400 Metropolitan Museum of Art
Western spur rowel with jingo bobs
Boot with spur, 19th century
English riding spur
Motorcycle spurs from Loop Spurs
A pair of barrel-racing spurs with unique nonrowel design
Prince of Wales
Disc
Swan neck, rowels
Waterford spur

Inductees into the American Order of the Spur receive gold-coloured (usually brass) spurs if they have earned their membership through combat, or silver-coloured (usually nickel) spurs if they have not seen combat, but complete a rite of passage.

United States Cavalry

The designation of the mounted force of the United States Army by an act of Congress on 3 August 1861.

Cavalry branch plaque
Mid-19th-century U.S. Cavalrymen.
Polish nobleman and soldier Casimir Pulaski was one of the founders and "fathers of American cavalry".
Captain Charles A. May's squadron of the 2d Dragoons slashes through the Mexican Army lines.
Cavalryman circa World War I era
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The new M24 Chaffee light tank that was issued to the 106th Cavalry Group in February 1945. Its 75 mm gun was vastly superior to the M5A1 Stuart tank.
1st Cavalry Division's Horse Cavalry Detachment charge during a ceremony at Fort Bliss, Texas, 2005.
With colors flying and guidons down, the lead troops of the famous 9th Cavalry pass in review at the regiment's new home in rebuilt Camp Funston. Ft. Riley, Kansas 28 May 1941
A US Civil war soldier Cavalry [North] with sabre and Lefaucheux pistol; he wears shoulder scales as part of his dress uniform.
Company "A" 1st US Cavalry Sgt wearing Hardee hat, 1866
U.S. Army poster illustrating field uniforms circa 1876
Roasting the Christmas Beef, Frederic Remington, Harper's Weekly, 24 December 1892

These traditions include the Order of the Spur; Spurs are issued to cavalry soldiers in Gold, for the completion of a tour of combat service and in Silver for the completion of what is commonly called the "Spur Ride."

Cavalry Stetson

Cavalry tradition within the United States Army.

A spur holder with the U.S. 4th Cavalry Regiment instructs candidates on the assembly of an M2 machine gun after their first try during a 2006 spur ride.
Three of the five photographs accompanying the announcement on www.army.mil

Because they are not authorized by AR 670-1, the regulation for wear and appearance of the uniform, wear and use of the Stetson and the similar spurs is regulated by the unit commander.

Cavalry scout

Job title of someone who has achieved the military occupational specialty of 19D Armored Reconnaissance Specialist in the Combat Arms branch of the United States Army.

Cavalry branch plaque

As with all enlisted soldiers in the United States Cavalry, the person holding the Scout specialization will still be referred to as a "Trooper", the traditional colloquialism denoted in the cavalry's Order of the Spur.

Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber

Long sword made of steel and brass, used by US cavalry from the American Civil War until the end of the Indian wars; some were still in use during the Spanish–American War.

J.E.B. Stuart with his 1860 saber. It is shorter, lighter and less curved than the 1840 model
1860 saber

Some are also worn, in full Dress Blues, (when earned on a "Spur Ride" or combat tour) with Stetson and Spurs.

John B. Richardson IV

United States Army major general who has been the commanding officer of the 1st Cavalry Division since July 21, 2021.

Official portrait, 2022
Lt. Col. John Richardson, commander, 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, pins on Combat Action Badges and Purple Heart Medals to members of the Squadron Dec. 12, 2008 at Joint Security Station Ghazaliyah following an RKG-3 ambush
While attending Harvard University, in 2011 he published a monograph with a case study which provides a means for analyzing the complexity of organizational leadership
Lt. Col. John Richardson IV (right), commander, 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad is presented with the Bronze Star with 'V' device for valor by Maj. Gen. Daniel Bolger, commander, 1st Cavalry Division, MND-B, March 1, 2009 on Camp Liberty. Richardson received the Army's fourth highest award for valor for his actions personally leading a counter-attack in close combat following an attempted insurgent RKG-3 ambush in the Ghazaliyah neighborhood of northwest Baghdad, Feb. 15
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Order of the Spur (Gold and Silver)

Awards and decorations of the Texas Military

Awards and decorations of the Texas Military are medals, ribbons, badges, tabs, trophies, plaques, certificates, memorials, and monuments that recognize service and achievement while serving in the Texas Military Forces.

The Texas Medal of Honor is the highest decoration of the Texas Military

It was established in 2008 and its namesake is the Order of the Spur, for which the competition mirrors.

Custer's Revenge

Adult action game published by American Multiple Industries for the Atari 2600, first released in November 1982.

Cover art
Custer's Revenge gameplay screenshot

In the game, the player controls the character of Custer, depicted as a man wearing nothing but a cavalry hat, gloves, boots and a bandana, sporting a visible erection.