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28TH Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard The Pennsylvania Army National Guard, abbreviated PAARNG, is part of the United States Army National Guard and is based in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The PAARNG maintains 124 armories and is present in 87 communities across the commonwealth.  

1st Battalion, 107th Field Artillery Regiment, Pennsylvania Army National Guard

The 1st Battalion, 107th Field Artillery was tasked to provide a security company for the Region III Homeland Response Force, and training has begun with all batteries, including Golf Company, 128th Brigade Support Battalion, contributing to the force. Annual training conducted at Fort Indiantown Gap Fort Indiantown Gap, also referred to as "the Gap" or "fig", is located along Interstate 81 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, 23 miles (37 km) northeast of Harrisburg. , honed Soldiers skills firing more than 2,000, 105 mm rounds and executing a night rearm re·arm  
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2. To equip with better weapons.

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To arm oneself again.
, refuel, resupply and survey point. Many Soldiers underwent hazardous material training and readiness processing for future missions.

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1st Battalion, 108TH Field Artillery Regiment, Pennsylvania Army National Guard

Task Force Joshua, comprised of 1st Battalion, 108th Field Artillery and the 856th Engineer Company, 6th Stryker Brigade Combat Team The brigade combat team (BCT) is the basic deployable unit of maneuver in the US Army. A brigade combat team consists of one combat arms branched maneuver brigade, and its attached support and fire units. , completed section-level certification, and a live-fire in June marking the first time the battalion fired the M777A2 during training since its initial fielding, preparing the battalion for its annual training at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., in July 2011. During training, the battalion conducted a phased operation including: a successful move from armory locations across Pennsylvania to A.P. Hill, individual weapon qualification, crew-served weapons ranges, Table XV LFX LFX Labuan International Financial Exchange
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, Stryker Gunnery, M777A2 direct fire range, reset and recovery operations and return to home station. The brigade had at least one fire support team from each maneuver battalion conduct missions in a fully digital environment and the FiSTs from 1st Battalion, 111st Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, and 2nd Battalion, 112 IN were instrumental in the success of the LFX. The 856th qualified 11 Stryker crews in table III and IV, Live-Fire Shoot House, squad movement, and route clearance training, completing its first AT with the M777A2.

29th Infantry Division, Virginia U.S Army National Guard

1st Battalion, 113TH Field Artillery Regiment, North Carolina Army National Guard The North Carolina National Guard comprises both Army and Air National Guard components. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions. , Axehandles

The 1st Battalion, 113th Field Artillery, Axehandles headquartered in Charlotte, N.C, accepted the National Guard Rapid Reaction Force mission early in the training year, and the unit re-consolidated after their deployment to Iraq in 2009. The NCNG's RRF mission responds to natural disasters and emergencies affecting the state.

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In the fall of 2010, the Axehandles began training individual and unit collective tasks. The training helped prepare them for their annual training and RRF mission.

In early 2011, the Axehandles qualified on most individual weapons, allowing them to focus on collective training during AT at Camp Butner Training Center, Stem, N.C. The battalion conducted non-lethal training with tasers and pepper spray, and qualified in riot control and convoy operations. The Axehandles were ready for Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, where they worked collectively with a civilian incident commander, assisting in compound security and law enforcement, and various other state and federal agencies. The 1-113 FA has assumed RRF responsibility through July 2012.

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1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery Regiment [1 HBCT], Minnesota Army National Guard The Minnesota National Guard comprises Army and Air National Guard components. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions. ,

Red Bulls

The 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery Regiment received notification and began preparing for a non-standard mission to Kuwait supporting Operation New Dawn. The battalion focused its main effort on personnel readiness and reached 90 percent 'fully medically ready' status. During pre-mobilization training at Camp Ripley, Minn., the battalion conducted lanes training consisting of improvised explosive device Noun 1. improvised explosive device - an explosive device that is improvised
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 defeat, mounted and dismounted patrols, key leader engagements, warrior task and cultural immersion. They also had an opportunity to participate in un-stabilized crew gunnery, and executed all training, qualifying 108 gun truck crews on tables II, V, VII, and VIII.

Following pre-mobilization training, the battalion reported to Fort McCoy, Wis., in May 2011, and task organized into non-standard mission formations focusing on deployment tasks. The Red Bulls are currently deployed as Task Force Thunder at Camp Patriot, Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait, and with the missions of security force southern Kuwait, Camp Command Cell Operations, security of Kuwait Naval Base and sea port of debarkation/embarkation, area reaction force, base defense liaison team and quick reaction force in Camp Arifjan.

35th Infantry Division, Kansas Army National Guard The Kansas National Guard comprises both Army and Air National Guard components. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions.  

1st Battalion, 160TH Field Artillery Regiment, Oklahoma Army National Guard

The 1st Battalion, 160th Field Artillery, headquartered in Chandler, Okla., started major pre-deployment training at Fort Sill, in March, 2011, conducting new equipment training and certification on the M119A2, M198 and M777A2 howitzers providing direct support for the 45th Brigade Combat Team in Afghanistan, as well as providing embedded police mentor teams for the Afghanistan National Police in Kabul.

In April, 1-160 FA returned home to conduct load out operations and left for post mobilization training at Camp Shelby, Miss., including exercises in convoy operations, improvised explosive device recognition and defeat, mine resistant ambush protected vehicle, and key leader engagements.

In early May, the battalion arrived at Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., and in June was notified of a mission change to become the camp command cell at Camp Buehring, a theater gateway escort mission, quick reaction forces for two northern camps, and providing numerous personnel and leaders for redeployment missions in Iraq. The counter-fire radar section deployed with its Q-36 system to Afghanistan supporting the 45th IBCT IBCT Infantry Brigade Combat Team
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 and are scheduled to redeploy in the spring of 2012.

38th Infantry Division, Indiana Army National Guard The Indiana National Guard comprises both Army and Air National Guard components. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions.  

3rd Battalion, 115th Field Artillery Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard

The 3rd Battalion, 115th Field Artillery Regiment, headquartered in Winchester, Tenn., redeployed from Iraq in August 2010, where they conducted convoy security and garrison command for Contingency Operations Site Marez and Logistics Support Area In the United States Army, a Logistics Support Area is a military term which refers to military facilities which act as depot, barracks, and transportation hubs, providing supplies and personnel to facilities closer to or within arenas of armed conflict.  Diamondback. Three squadron convoy security companies conducted more than 300 missions, and the mayor cell oversaw basic life support for more than 10,000 Soldiers and civilians while the base defense operations center A command and control facility established by the base commander to serve as the focal point for base security and defense. It plans, directs, integrates, coordinates, and controls all base defense efforts and coordinates and integrates into area security operations with the rear area  ensured security. When the squadron returned to home station they began preparations to assume their state and federal mission.

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In December 2010, all reintegration reintegration /re·in·te·gra·tion/ (-in-te-gra´shun)
1. biological integration after a state of disruption.

2. restoration of harmonious mental function after disintegration of the personality in mental illness.
 activities were complete and the squadron turned focus to annual training. During AT, the squadron fielded and completed new equipment training on the Excalibur round. Profiler transition training was also conducted for 13Ts giving valuable real-world training to former 13S and 13W. The unit deployed with the Q-36 and Q-37 radar systems conducting reset training for both. The squadron also utilized the iPads to train and conduct survey operations and qualified 16 howitzer crews and three fire direction centers, completing reset within a year of redeployment.

1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery Regiment, Ohio Army National Guard The Ohio Army National Guard is a part of the United States National Guard and a reserve component of the United States Army. It is also a component of the organized militia of the state of Ohio, which also includes the Ohio Naval Militia, the Ohio Military Reserve and the Ohio Air  

The 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery, spent 2011 preparing for their third mobilization since Sept. 11, 2001. Their upcoming deployment, a non-standard mission, provided security force support for the national training mission - Afghanistan. The 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team created Task Force ROC, with six maneuver elements and the addition of Bravo and Delta Companies, 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment. TF ROC conducted multiple training events including an annual training event at Camp Shelby, Miss., in August.

1st Battalion, 163rd Field Artillery Regiment, Indiana Army National Guard, Redhawks

The 1st Battalion, 163rd Field Artillery Regiment, Redhawks, executed three major events in TY 2011, including the last live fire at Fort Campbell, Ky. In May, the battalion traveled to Camp Grayling, Mich., to undergo M119A2 howitzers training/fielding. The Redhawks combined a partnership for peace training event with Slovak Soldiers into a six-day live-fire exercise. In preparation for possible mobilization to Iraq and annual training, the battalion conducted a fully-digital Army Battle Command Systems command-post exercise with the 76th IBCT at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

40th Infantry Division, California Army National Guard The California Army National Guard is a component of the California National Guard, the United States Army and the United States National Guard. The California Army National Guard is composed of about 20,000 soldiers.  

2nd Battalion, 146th Field Artillery Regiment, Washington Army National Guard, Action Front

The 2nd Battalion,146th Field Artillery Action Front deployed Alpha Battery to Korea, drawing equipment, executing rail movement and conducting live-fire operations for Operation Foal Eagle in February 2011. The remainder of the battalion completed annual training at the Yakima Training Center, Wash., in August 2011, and fired rocket assisted projectiles for the first time in 10 years. The AT also integrated Fox Battery, 144th Field Artillery, California Army National Guard, Redlegs and two radar Soldiers, Oregon Army National Guard, who trained with the Q-36 and Q-37 radar sections, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery. This was the first time in five years they had trained with operational radars and nearly 10 years since they conducted registrations. They were supported by Golf Battery, 181st Base Support Battalion and the fire supporters and the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team combat observation laser teams. 'Action Front! '

42nd Infantry Division, New York Army National Guard The New York National Guard comprises both Army and Air National Guard components. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions.  

3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery, New Jersey Army National Guard

The 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery, in Morristown, N.J., a M119A2 towed howitzer battalion, supports the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and has two firing batteries, Alpha, in Morristown and Bravo, in Tom's River. In August, the battalion conducted its last live-fire with the M109A5 self propelled howitzers.

During reset, 3-112 FA continued transformation and received multiple fieldings in alignment with their new modified table of organization and equipment, including fielding of the M119A2 towed howitzer in 2011. The battalion completed training at Camp Grayling, Mich., in July 2011, and certified/ qualified all crews and fire direction centers during annual training, and the battalion will continue sustainment training in 2012.

1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery, New York Army National Guard, Washington Grays

The 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery, Washington Gray is tasked and capable of firing 105 mm and 155 mm howitzers and conducting full spectrum operations, continuously training and deploying supporting the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

In 2011, as the battalion prepared for a focused landowner mission deploying three batteries to Afghanistan, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery trained to provide mission command functions; Alpha Battery trained to operate as a 155 mm M198 firing battery; Bravo Battery trained on the M119A2, retaining proficiency stateside.

During annual training 2011, the battalion completed two wide-section certifications - Alpha with the M198 and Bravo with the M119A2. The headquarters operated as a forward deployed FA headquarters refining its digital mission command ability, and in June, HHB HHB Headquarters Battery
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 and Alpha Battery completed premobilization training at Fort Drum, N.Y. This year the battalion fielded and trained M198 howitzers, a Digital Command Post of the Future The United States Army's Command Post of the Future (CPOF) is a C2 software system that allows commanders to maintain topsight over the battlefield; collaborate with superiors, peers and subordinates over live data; and communicate their intent.  and Profiler, while Alpha and HHB deployed to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. Bravo Battery completed AT at Fort Drum, and a Q36 radar section, 1-258 FA, with the 27th IBCT, is mobilizing for a deployment to Afghanistan. The 1-258th FA remains true to its motto - 'Paratus et Fidelis' which translates into, 'Ready and Faithful.

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1st Battalion, 144th Field Artillery Regiment, California Army National Guard, Blackhorse

The 1st Battalion, 144th Field Artillery Regiment returned from a peacekeeping the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., for the unit's first live-fire exercise in three years. The battalion has been designated as the Southern California quick reaction force, and been tasked to provide a Type II hand crew for wild fire duties.

The Blackhorse Regiment,11thArmored Calvary Regiment, now trains units 'one at a time' at Fort Irwin, as the Army's leading maneuver unit.

45th Fires Brigade, Oklahoma Army National Guard

The 45th Fires Brigade consists of the following artillery battalions:

* 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery Regiment, Oklahoma Army National Guard

* 1st Battalion, 129th Field Artillery Regiment, Missouri Army National Guard The Missouri National Guard comprises both Army and Air National Guard components. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions.  

* 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery Regiment, Texas Army National Guard The Texas National Guard comprises both Army and Air National Guard components. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions.  

* 4th Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery Regiment, Texas Army National Guard

The 45th Fires Brigade made some location changes in conjunction with the Base Realignment and Closure Base Realignment and Closure (or BRAC) is a process of the United States federal government directed at the administration and operation of the Armed Forces, used by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and Congress to close excess military installations and realign  Commission, as well as supporting with pre-deployment training in Task Force Red Thunder. Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 271st Brigade Support Battalion headquarters and Alpha Company moved to the new Armed Forces Reserve Center in Mustang, Okla. The 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery moved from Lawton to a new Armed Forces Reserve Center on Fort Sill.

In March, the 45th FiB conducted annual training supported the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's Afghanistan pre-deployment training by convoying to Camp Shelby, Miss. to train their fellow guardsmen on crew-served and individual weapons as TF Red Thunder. The brigade also conducted section and crew-level training in accordance with Army Force Generation year 2 tasks.

Soldiers with 205th Signal Company, fielded the Warrior Information Network-Tactical and attended WIN-T training courses. The 205th deployed to Camp Gruber, for annual training to configure, test, and operate the equipment, enabling the 45th FiB to operate digitally using the Voice Over Internet Protocol and conducting internet communications via satellite for the first time.

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During annual training, the 1-158 FA trained on various proficiency exercises including Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter The Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter ( or DRASH) is a portable, geodesic shelter that can be set up within minutes of arriving on site with no tools. The structure is supported by composite struts. DHS Systems, LLC. , Command Post of the Future, Artillery Skills Proficiency Test and WIN-T.

Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, deployed to Camp Shelby, to conduct digital systems training on all major digital systems required for tactical operations center A physical groupment of those elements of a general and special staff concerned with the current tactical operations and the tactical support thereof. Also called TOC. See also command post.  operations.

The 45th FiB assisted the 4th Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery, Texas National Guard with M-142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a U.S. light multiple rocket launcher system mounted on a truck.

HIMARS carries six rockets or one Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missile on the U.S.
 training and the 158th FA loaned the equipment and a maintenance team who field tested it. At completion of training, Soldiers reached 100 percent efficiency.

The 1st Battalion, 129th Field Artillery, from Missouri, fielded the new M119A2, 105 mm howitzer and completed a live-fire at Fort Sill. A third alignment for training unit, 1st Battalion, 178th Field Artillery, from South Carolina, is preparing to shoot the Excalibur projectile projectile

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 in 2012.

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, and it currently remains to facilitate digital systems sustainment training as a tactical operations center. The brigade is planning to assume the National Guard reaction force role and preparing for a domestic operations exercise and AT in 2012.

65th Fires Brigade, Utah Army National Guard The Utah National Guard comprises both Army and Air National Guard components. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions. , America's Thunder

The 65th Fires Brigade consists of the following artillery battalions:

* 5th Battalion, 113th Field Artillery Regiment, North Carolina Army National Guard

* 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery Regiment, Utah Army National Guard

1st Battalion, 178th Field Artillery Regiment, South Carolina Army National Guard The South Carolina National Guard comprises both Army and Air National Guard components. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions.  

* 1st Battalion, 214th Field Artillery Regiment, Georgia Army National Guard The Georgia National Guard consists of both Army and Air National Guard components. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions.  

* 2nd Battalion, 222nd Field Artillery Regiment, Utah Army National Guard

In 2011, the 65th Fires Brigade, Utah Army National Guard, participated in Austere Challenge, as well as multiple joint training exercises. The FiB continued the training relationship with the Tactical Training Group-Pacific, San Diego, Calif., working on staff development, digital systems command and control capabilities. The brigade staff also participated in Keris Strike, a joint exercise with the Malaysian military, focusing on peace enforcement operations and interaction with non-governmental organizations.

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The 65th FiB wrapped up its multiple years of fieldings with the execution of the Battle Command System of Systems Integration Events I and II, combining the multitude of automated systems training and fielding into a singular event. Unit logisticians conducted their annual exercise in Monterey, Calif. The 65th FiB and multiple forward support companies came together to exercise, in a 340th Brigade Support Battalion hosted event, the Battle Command Sustainment and Support Systems, educating leaders with use of multiple vignettes and near real time visibility.

The 65th FiB also deployed 2nd Battalion, 222nd Field Artillery to Iraq, requiring non-standard training and flexibility. Whether it is deployments, exercises or state emergency response, the Soldiers of the 65th continue to set the standard and stand ready to serve. 'America's Thunder! '

115th Fires Brigade, Wyoming Army National Guard

After redeployment from Iraq, the 115th Fires Brigade, including subordinate battalions completed reset, focusing efforts on individual Soldier qualifications. The headquarters staff was rebuilt with exercises and classes, such as military decision making process and tactical operations center training. The Battle Command System of Systems Integration exercise was initially scheduled, but trainers were diverted to mobilizing units, and we are currently working to reschedule. The 115th FiB also completed several large fielding events posturing collective training in the future. During reset, the brigade expanded its relationship with aligned for training battalions and the 34th Division Headquarters through co-training events, conferences and sharing of knowledge within the Fires community.

1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery Regiment, Wisconsin Army National Guard

The 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery executed an FA training cycle and annual training exercise at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., in 2011, following transformation to the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System. The 108th Forward Support Company operated independently but cooperatively, working with the 115th FiB for a cooperative training exercise. In preparation for 2011 training, 1-121 FA needed to complete certifications to ensure readiness, and completed annual individual weapons qualification, Army Physical Readiness Test A Physical Readiness Test, also known as a Physical Fitness Assessment, or PFA, is conducted by United States military organizations to determine the physical fitness of their service members. , crew training, and advancement of weapons skills through the engagement skills trainer, rounding out the year. By spring, our leadership gained safety certification, Soldiers completed crew-served weapons qualification, and the individual launcher teams trained up through Artillery Table V and all required equipment was transported to Camp Guernsey for live fire event in June. The 1-121 FA completed AT and returned home with no major incidents.

1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery Regiment, Minnesota Army National Guard

The 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery conducted M777A2 howitzer fielding at Camp Ripley in June 2011, and then focused on transition from a M198 to a M777A2 battalion. The M777A2 has brought digital capabilities, improving responsive Fires, as well as providing an additional set of precision guided munitions mu·ni·tion  
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tr.v. mu·ni·tioned, mu·ni·tion·ing, mu·ni·tions
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 in Excalibur. Soldiers received system training, learning how it affects their area of responsibility. Change remains the constant since 2004, and this new weapon is an example of refinement keeping the FA relevant in the 21st century.

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2nd Battalion, 300th Field Artillery Regiment, Wyoming Army National Guard, Powder River

The 2nd Battalion, 300th Field Artillery Regiment's focus during the Army Force Generation reset was core competencies, professional development for officers and NCOs, and equipment reset. Currently, the battalion has conducted 10 NETs and equipment fielding's, including the Containerized Kitchen and the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical system, just to name few.

During annual training, the Powder River Battalion conducted operator's training and testing programs to license Soldiers on the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System with the newly installed improved crew protection cabs. Additionally, several units provided assistance to state and local authorities responding to floods and fire-fighting efforts throughout the state of Wyoming.

138th Fires Brigade, Kentucky Army National Guard, Kentucky Thunder

In October, the 138th Fires Brigade turned its focus to the Army Battle Command Systems training all in preparation for the capstone exercise of an exportable combat training capability rotation in training year 2012.

The brigade conducted annual training 2011 at Fort Chaffee, Ark., and encountered record heat, breaking a 130-year record. In July, Soldiers from the U.S. Army, Reserve, and National Guard from Arkansas and Kentucky, participated in the annual River Assault exercise. The mission was to secure both sides of the Arkansas River moving the unit from the south side of the river to the north side by constructing a floating bridge. The 1-623 FA task was to complete a simulated fire mission, shooting their High Mobility Rocket Artillery System after crossing the 22-piece section floating bridge. The brigade motto is 'Kentucky Thunder' indicative of the sound coming from our weapon systems.

2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery Regiment, Indiana Army National Guard

The 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery retired the M198 after 18 years, with a final direct fire exercise at Camp Atterbury, Ind., September 2010. The battalion fielded the M777A2, 155 mm light howitzer and have gained more knowledge and confidence with the lighter M777's during the annual training in June 2011. The battalion also fielded its new Command Post of the Future in April 2011, and Standard Integrated Command Post System in August 2011. Continuing to familiarize and qualify with new weapon systems and equipment, Charlie Battery is also preparing for their role as the security force platoon for an agriculture develop team mission in Afghanistan.

1st Battalion, 623d Field Artillery Regiment, Kentucky Army National Guard, Morgan's Men

The 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery transitioned to a High Mobility Rocket Artillery System battalion last year. The unit was recognized and awarded the prestigious 'Hamilton Award' for excellence and readiness in a FA Battery, in May 2011. The battalion responded fast and effectively to floods devastating western Kentucky, assisting local, state, and federal authorities; primarily with emergency management personnel, during immediate flood relief missions and with the state police during the evacuations of citizens to emergency shelters. The battalion received special recognition after the floods, earning the Hamilton award, as well as for their food drive efforts, especially Alpha Battery which received the 'State Food Drive Award,' for most pounds of food donated over the two month period.

In July, Soldiers from the U.S. Army, Reserve, and National Guard from Arkansas and Kentucky participated in a multi-force river crossing across the Arkansas River, constructing a floating bridge to move the unit from the south side of the river to the north side. The battalion's task was to complete a simulated fire mission, after crossing the 22-piece section floating bridge. The battalion consists of three firing batteries and a headquarters element. The 1-623rd FA has a long and distinguished history most recently supporting Operation Desert Storm Noun 1. Operation Desert Storm - the United States and its allies defeated Iraq in a ground war that lasted 100 hours (1991)
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 and Operation Iraqi Freedom 2004-2005.

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The 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery conducted a full telephonic alert supporting the national level seismic exercise a few short weeks before the eastern seaboard including Virginia, North Carolina, Washington D.C. and many others were affected by a 5.9 earthquake.

The unit transitioned to security force operations in preparation for a deployment focusing on security and training African units. Training included familiarization on the M2.50 caliber, M240B and M249 machine guns, as well as the MK19 and M203 grenade launchers. They also conducted call for fire training, a medical lane, improvised explosive device lane, and employed live hand grenades. The training focus has been on junior leader development, weapons training and individual tasks for mobilization in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and helping African security forces.

The battalion set the standard for the new Army Physical Readiness Test and Army Combat Readiness Test. The unit planned and resourced the battalions for Periodic Health Assessment, resilience training, Soldier Readiness Process, Close Quarter Marksmanship 1, Blue Force Tracker training, night vision goggle gog·gle  
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. The regiment's motto is 'Arma Parato Fero,' which translates to 'We Bear Arms in Readiness'.

103rd Brigade Support Battalion, Thunder Support

In 2011, the 103rd Brigade Support Battalion completed the command readiness evaluation and annual training. All Soldiers were combat life saver (re)certified and trained on the Blue Force Tracker and Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System operations. Annual training 2011, conducted at Fort Chaffee, Ark., convoyed tactical vehicles over 800 miles through three states incident and accident free. The training focused on 'lanes training' including the live hand grenade course, call for fire, close quarter marksmanship, crew serve weapons, improvised explosive device defeat, virtual battlefield simulator, mounted and dismounted land navigation. Although the training and travel were extremely demanding, the 103rd continually strives to be the best support unit in the Army National Guard.

142nd Fires Brigade, Arkansas Army National Guard The Arkansas National Guard comprises both Army and Air National Guard components. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions.  

The 142nd Fires Brigade consists of the following artillery battalions:

* 1st Battalion, 117th Field Artillery Regiment, Alabama Army National Guard

* 1st Battalion, 142nd Field Artillery Regiment, Arkansas Army National Guard

* 2nd Battalion, 142nd Field Artillery Regiment, Arkansas Army National Guard

* 1st Battalion, 181st Field Artillery Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard

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In 2011, the 142nd Fires Brigade participated in equipment fielding, warfighter preparation and a variety of state active duty missions. The 142nd completed its unit set fielding and conducted Battle Command System of Systems Integration Training in January 2011 at Chaffee Maneuver Training Center, Ark., and was the validating event for U.S. forces equipment. The USF USF University of South Florida
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 included organic and aligned for training units of the 142d FiB.

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 in June 2011, for their annual training. The 1-181st FA airlifted it's High Mobility Artillery Rocket System. The 1-117th FA conducted a live-fire with the M777A2 at Camp Blanding, Fla., in May 2011, and fielded the M777A2 weapons system in August 2010.

The 217th Brigade Support Battalion sent its support and maintenance companies to Fort Dodge, Iowa Fort Dodge is a city and county seat of Webster County, Iowa, United States, situated on the Des Moines River. The population was 25,136 at the 2000 census. Fort Dodge is a major commercial center for North Central and Northwest Iowa. It is located on U.S. Routes 20 and 169.  to conduct training at the National Maintenance Training Center. Additional sections conducted warehouse training at Robinson Maneuver Training Center in June 2011. For its AT, the battalion staff and support operations cell trained on tactical operations center operations, the military decision making process and the Standard Army Management Information System.

The brigade deployed responding to mission requests, and put convoys on the road within 48 hours in response to flooding in Southeastern Arkansas, May 2011. As this year comes to a close, several of the 142nd's northwest units will consolidate in the new Armed Forces Reserve Center in Bentonville, Ark. In September, Charlie Battery, 1-142nd FA, Rogers, Ark., will be folding its flag as the Multiple Launch Rocket System battalion undergoes reorganization.

1st Battalion, 181st Field Artillery Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard

In June, 1st Battalion, 181st Field Artillery conducted airmobile air·mo·bile also air-mo·bile  
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Capable of being transported and deployed, usually by helicopter, to a combat zone or from one site to another within a theater of operations: an airmobile infantry regiment. 
 operations with the Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia Air National Guard, airlifting 1-181st FA's High Mobility Artillery Rocket System launchers for their annual training with the 142nd Fires Brigade. The 181st FSC FSC

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 redeployed last fall, from their Iraq deployment, with 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment An armored cavalry regiment (ACR) is a regiment of the United States Army or United States National Guard organized for the specific purposes of reconnaissance, surveillance, and security. . Pre-mobilization training has been the focus since June, as the battalion prepares for their third full mobilization since September, 2011. 'Hit 'em First!'

169th Fires Brigade, Colorado Army National Guard, Shamrock

The Shamrock Brigade headquarters command and staff executed training exercises testing their ability to plan, coordinate and execute lethal and non-lethal fire support for full spectrum operations and focusing on wide area security and stability operations. The headquarters completed its transformation and modernization through critical equipment fieldings and an evaluated field exercise. At annual training, Headquarters Battery participated in a bilateral exercise for Yama Sakura 59, giving Soldiers the opportunity to operate in a joint and coalition environment, becoming more effective, cohesive, and efficient warfighters at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The Brigade also sent a contingent to Camp Kengun, Japan.

The HHB, 169th FiB conducted domestic operations training, incorporating the Warfighter Integrated Network-Tactical equipment, and the headquarters also manned, equipped and trained an operational mentoring and liaison team, who is deploying with a battalion from Slovenia to Afghanistan. 'Create the Fires.'

2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment, Illinois Army National Guard The introduction to this article may be too long. Please help improve the introduction by moving some material from it into the body of the article according to the suggestions at  

The 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery arrived in theater July 2010, and conducted the mission of 'observe and report' along the eastern border of the Sinai Peninsula until May 2011.

The battalion returned home for demobilization de·mo·bil·ize  
tr.v. de·mo·bil·ized, de·mo·bil·iz·ing, de·mo·bil·iz·es
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2. To disband (troops).
 activities to Fort McCoy, Wis., in mid-May and recently completed their Freedom Salute in early August, 2011. 'Knights of Fire'

2nd Battalion 130th Field Artillery Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard

The 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery redeployed after a 12-month deployment supporting the multinational force and observer's mission in Sinai, Egypt. The 2-130 FA fielded a new weapons system during annual training at Fort Riley, Kan., May 2011, transitioning to the more efficient High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.

Spring rains caused flooding and northeast Kansas was in desperate need of assistance once the Missouri River had reached 25 ft. The levee levee (lĕv`ē) [Fr.,=raised], embankment built along a river to prevent flooding by high water. Levees are the oldest and the most extensively used method of flood control. , keeping the flood waters from Elwood and the surrounding area, would need constant monitoring. More than 95 Soldiers volunteered for deployments, with the majority going to support the Horn of Africa Horn of Africa, peninsula, NE Africa, opposite the S Arabia Peninsula. Also known as the Somali Peninsula, it encompasses Somalia and E Ethiopia and is the easternmost extension of the continent, separating the Gulf of Aden from the Indian Ocean.  mission, Djibouti.

3rd Battalion, 157th Field Artillery Regiment, Colorado Army National Guard, Lightning

The 3rd Battalion, 157th Field Artillery Regiment, Lightning, concluded its redeployment and reintegration activities following its deployment to Al Anbar, Iraq, and began collective training at the platoon and battery level.

As the battalion re-integrated, it underwent conversion from the Multiple Launch Rocket System to the High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System. After conducting new equipment training, 3-157th FA conducted a live-fire exercise in August, as well as stability operations command post exercise An exercise in which the forces are simulated, involving the commander, the staff, and communications within and between headquarters. Also called CPX. See also exercise; maneuver.  with its headquarters and adjacent battalion. The battalion will provide HIMARS HIMARS High Mobility Artillery Rocket System
HIMARS Highly Mobile Artillery System
 capability in November as it trains with the 169th Fires Brigade during a live-fire exercise at Fort Carson, Colo.

1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, Western Kansas Redlegs

The 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery Regiment, deployed in 2011 in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) is a unit of United States Central Command. It is a component of the United States response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. . The CJTF CJTF combined joint task force (NATO)
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CJTF Coalition Joint Task Force
 conducted civil-military operations, military-to-military engagements, and key leader engagements, provided enabling support, and used outreach communications supporting and enabling security and stability.

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The battalion conducted its pre-deployment training at Camp Atterbury, Ind., in March 2011. The training focused on the force protection missions such as entry control points, flight line security, port security, and patrols. The key point is that the partner nation is the leader in all activities.

For the HOA mission, the Western Kansas Redlegs are supported by the 1161st Forward Support Company, Echo Target Acquisition Battery, and the 35th Military Police Company. 'Faire sans dire'

147th Brigade Support Battalion, Colorado Army National Guard, Mule Train

The 147th Brigade Support Battalion is scheduled to deploy to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., in 2012. The BSB took part in training events at The National Maintenance Training Center, Camp Dodge, Iowa, in June; Vibrant Response at Camp Atterbury, Ind., in March; Standardized Integrated Command Post System Fielding at Boulder, Colo., in August.

Vibrant response afforded the Mule Train Battalion the most realistic training venue it has seen in its three years. Mule Train met its training objectives and sustained its certification as one of 17 CERFPs in the .U S. The147th BSB transitioned receiving new equipment, new communication systems and new tracking systems in August. In addition to the digital tactical operations center, the Soldiers and staff were able to gain an understanding of full situational awareness while out on mission. 'Support the Fires'

197th Fires Brigade, New Hampshire Army National Guard, Granite Thunder

The 197th Fires Brigade consists of the following artillery battalions:

* 1st Battalion, 103rd Field Artillery Regiment, Rhode Island Army National Guard

* 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery Regiment, Michigan Army National Guard

* 1st Battalion, 182nd Field Artillery Regiment, Michigan Army National Guard

* 1st Battalion, 172nd Field Artillery Regiment, New Hampshire Army National Guard

* 1st Battalion, 201st Field Artillery Regiment, West Virginia Army National Guard

* 3rd Battalion, 197th Field Artillery Regiment, New Hampshire Army National Guard,

The 197th Fires Brigade deployed with a theater security force mission, supporting Operation New Dawn from November 2010 to August 2011. The FiB provided quick reaction forces at U.S. Armed Forces Central Command bases located in Kuwait, as well as running all of the camp command cells. The brigade provided security for short and long hauls into Iraq and has supported area reaction force missions in the north and south of Kuwait.

The brigade conducted host-nation training, deployed teams to Afghanistan, assisted the Pentagon with mass-grave documentation and recovery of 'missing in action' remains, and provided support to the Defense Reutilization Management Office.

Over the course of its deployment, the 197th FiB conducted missions in 13 different countries and traveled more than two million miles without a serious accident; conducted nearly 6,000 quick reaction force missions and more than 200 area reaction force missions; completed more than 30 mine resistant ambush protected vehicle escort missions; trained more than 700 Kuwaiti service members on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive operations; and destroyed more than 200,000 pounds of expired munitions. While in Kuwait the brigade provided command and control for a U.S. Navy/ Coast Guard contingent; the 7th Engineer Dive Team; 44th Chemical Company and the 319th Explosive Ordnance Disposal The detection, identification, on-site evaluation, rendering safe, recovery, and final disposal of unexploded explosive ordnance. It may also include explosive ordnance which has become hazardous by damage or deterioration. Also called EOD.  Team, Washington.

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3rd Battalion, 197th Field Artillery Regiment, New Hampshire Army National Guard, Granite Steel

The 3rd Battalion, 197th Field Artillery has been fully engaged in Operation New Dawn since December 2010. The brigade was mobilized, and assigned as the security force brigade in Kuwait. To date, 3-197th has traveled over 700,000 miles and moved 164,000 tons of material. We performed several special missions including the movement of 319 MaxxPro vehicles for an advise and assist brigade to Joint Base Balad, Iraq and additionally trained two batteries to perform as an area reaction force. Upon return to New Hampshire, the battalion will take three months to re-organize with the next live fire scheduled in 2012. 'Granite Steel!
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