Cavalry is normally tasked with quickly taking an objective. Armor is normally tasked with holding an objective. Operations in the ME have changed that a great deal and both types of units will do either task.
btw, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment was located at Ft. Carson for a while but has since moved to Ft. Hood. They were a "heavy" Regiment and were deployed in the Gulf War and the Iraq War. Some of their units have been converted to "Stryker" units and they use these:
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Cavalry is indirect support. Armor is both direct and indirect support, because armored units can also perform a cavalry mission.