2018-09-05 / Milestones

Sams to participate in Armed Forces Day parade in Poland

1st Lt. Taylor Sams 1st Lt. Taylor Sams Taylor Sams, of Roxboro, was selected to represent the U.S. Army in Warsaw, Poland during its annual Armed Forces Day parade in August.

A 1st Lt. in the Army’s 1-7th CAV Regt., Sams was among 40 U.S. soldiers from the regiment’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team “Ironhorse” 1st Cavalry Division who gathered in downtown Warsaw to mark alongside their NATO allies in the Polish Armed Services Day parade. They also brought one M1A2 Abrams main battle tank, one M2A3 Bradley fighting vehicle and one M88 Hercules heavy equipment recovery vehicle to drive in the parade.

Another Abrams tank was placed in a static display outside the PGE Narodowy Stadium for everyone to see and climb on.

The parade started at 1p.m. and lasted for two hours. All kinds of vehicles from NATO countries joined the parade or were on display, including artillery from Croatia, air defense artillery from Romania and reconnaissance vehicles from Great Britain.

“I would have never expected to be the one in charge of representing Ironhorse during an event of this scale,” Sams said from her company headquarters.

Along with Poland, the U.S., Croatia, Great Britain, Romania and Germany participated in the festivities.

“I am glad my command chose me to coordinate and work with our Polish allies,” Sams said. “It is an experience I will never forget.

Other units that participated included soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment and 1-7th Army Air and Missile Defense Command. All U.S Army units participating in the parade are currently stationed in Europe where they consistently train with fellow NATO forces. More than 200 soldiers represented the U.S. Army in the parade.

Sams is the first female to commission as an Armor Officer in the U.S. Army. She is one of the first to lead an armored scout platoon at Fort Hood, Texas.

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