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Hamilton Award: 2007 winner: C/1-158 FA, OKARNG.

C Battery, 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery (C/1-158 FA) of Anadarko, Oklahoma Army National Guard (OKARNG), part of the 45th Field Artillery Brigade, won the Hamilton Best ARNG Battery Award for 2007. Captain Donald A. Anderson commands C Battery with NCO leader First Sergeant Dennis R. Cooper.

Named for Alexander Hamilton, a Revolutionary War Artilleryman and American statesman, the Hamilton Award was established in 2002. It annually recognizes a high-performing ARNG battery based on specific criteria and a narrative.

C/1-158 FA executed an extraordinary year focused on strength, new equipment training and recruiting. C Battery exceeded numerous goals set by the National Guard Bureau (NGB) for Training Year 2007 (TY07). The unit consistently maintained high standards in strength and readiness percentages in areas reportable to NGB.

C Battery produced 15 volunteers who deployed in support of Operation Jump Start in Deming, New Mexico, which is a reflection of C/1-158 FA Soldiers desire and willingness to serve the great state of Oklahoma and the OKARNG.

Live-Fire Test. C Battery made history during TY07 with the 45th FA Brigade by conducting the first High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) live fire at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. Soldiers from C/1-158 FA uploaded one platoon of HIMARS onto two C-17 aircraft and conducted an airmobile from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to Fort Chaffee. There, a flawless live fire was conducted sending 18 rockets down range.

Disaster Support. C Battery was called upon for support during the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. Soldiers from C Battery immediately placed their civilian careers and educational pursuits on hold to unselflessly help their fellow Americans. C Battery had Soldiers on the ground soon after the hurricane hit, helping in all aspects of the rescue and recovery operations.

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Also, during TY07, C Battery was called upon to help their neighbors when the drinking water in Chickasha, Oklahoma, was affected adversely by an excessive amount of rainfall. Soldiers from C Battery recognized the importance of this mission and provided help without giving thought to their personal time.

Outstanding Audit. C Battery completed an audit conducted by the Army Audit Agency during TY07. Due to the supply sergeant and all of the Soldiers of C Battery efforts, high praise was received for the outstanding inspection results and preparedness resulting in zero significant outstanding issues.

Recruiting. Maintaining and increasing the strength of C Battery is a true reflection in the unit's ability to transform new recruits, both prior service and non-prior service, into the new lifestyle of the OKARNG.

C/1-158 FA had zero preship and split-training retention losses, exceeding the NGB goal of less than 12 percent. This is a direct result of the hard work performed by the unit's retention NCOs and the work conducted through the unit's Soldier sponsorship program. This program communicates and helps new Soldiers in the State Recruit Sustainment Program.

Recruiting became the number one priority for the OKARNG during TY07. A year-to-date gain of 13 nonprior service Soldiers and seven prior-service Soldiers is a reflection of the increased visibility and image of the ARNG through increased involvement in community events, in addition to supporting primary Field Artillery tasks, conditions and standards simultaneously.

The unit has established static displays in the community and increased a sense of awareness of what our local Readiness Center has to offer.

Community Support. Soldiers sacrificed their time and time with their families to support recruiting events. These events include support of the local Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs; work at local high school and college basketball, baseball, soccer and football games; support of career day functions at area vocational-technical colleges; setup of static displays at the rodeo; participation in city parades and carnivals; and providing color guards for all major events in surrounding areas.

These are just a few community support activities the Soldiers of C/1-158 FA volunteer their time in an effort to keep the positive image of the OKARNG visible to their community.

The Soldiers of C/1-158 FA are the true heroes in the success of the battery and its role in protecting its community, state, nation and overall freedom.

Soldiers and families make sacrifices to ensure the success of all assigned missions.

This unit has Soldiers who are skilled and proficient in their military occupational specialties and also in their civilian occupations.

With dedicated and disciplined Soldiers, C/1-158 FA is capable and ready to accomplish any state or federal mission it receives.
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