The Days of Change: After You Left ... We Had
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The opening of the inner German border and end
of the border observation mission brought great changes for both the
Eaglehorse squadron and the BGS at Orlenbach and Coburg. In November
1989, as the border first opened, the cavalry continued to observe
and helped with traffic control as curious East Germans streamed
into the West for a taste of freedom.
The BGS was fully involved in all aspects of the "new" border and
working with both the local police and Zoll, carefully monitored the
new gates that seemed to appear almost overnight. As the political
reality became clear, that the DDR was finished and reunification
was going to occur, the cavalry gradually withdrew from what was
clearly a German civil affair. US Patrol continued into the Spring
of 1990 and OP Tennessee maintained watch on the Meiningen area,
however, the Cold War was rapidly ending.
Within a few short months, the squadron was intensively involved
with helping units train for deployment to the Gulf area and,
following the fighting, the Eaglehorse was on its way to Kuwait as
part of the post war continued US presence. In Germany, the BGS was
also busy. Along the border corridor, former East German Border
Troop units were tasked with the disassembly of the barrier system.
SFC ( Ret) Eric Petoff, SFC Ricardo Herrera and Erwin Ritter recall
the days of change in words and images.
"I was in H Company from December 1989 - January 1992 and remember
those final days of the border. I am pretty sure that H Co was at
Camp Lee when the border actually opened. There had been plenty of
rumors but when we got word that a new crossing point was suddenly
being built by Melpers in the north of our sector, I think everyone
was still very surprised. I donít recall if there was any increase
in patrolling when this happened but I certainly recall all the
roads of the border area were suddenly jammed with East German cars
heading south. I also recall that the SCO, LTC Speaks was in the
area much of the time."
"After our tour was done and we returned to BK, I sort of lost track
of the detail but I think the US Patrol was kept out of the way of
the new crossing points and maintained a low profile. Eventually,
there was talk that Camp Lee would be closed and I think that Troop
E was the last unit to rotate through. Then, we were patrolling
directly from Daley Barracks for a while and I guess it stopped all
together in the late Spring or early Summer of 1990. We were busy
with the usual sorts of training and the international situation in
the Middle East certainly had our attention. We did not take part
directly in the Gulf War but were alerted while we were at
Grafenwoehr that we would deploy for the post war Kuwait mission.
Even with the border mission over, the Eaglehorse was always very
"Between assisting the USAREUR units get ready for the Gulf then our
own deployment to Kuwait, return to BK and almost immediate move to
Wildflecken, I donít think I ever gave a second thought to what was
going on along the border."