Hamilton Award: 2007 winner: C/1-158 FA, OKARNG.C Battery, 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery (C/1-158 FA) of Anadarko, Oklahoma Anadarko is a city in Caddo County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 6,645 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Caddo CountyGR6. The town is the home of the Native American drum group Cozad Singers. Army National Guard (OKARNG), part of the 45th Field Artillery Brigade An artillery brigade is a specialised form of military brigade dedicated to providing artillery support. Other brigades might have an artillery component, but an artillery brigade is a brigade dedicated to artillery and relying on other units for infantry support, especially when , won the Hamilton Best ARNG Battery Award for 2007. Captain Donald A. Anderson commands C Battery with NCO NCO
NCO noncommissioned officer
NCO n abbr (Mil) (= noncommissioned officer) → Uffz. 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 Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Cruces. The population was 14,116 at the 2000 census.
The city, founded in 1881 and incorporated in 1902, is the county seat of Luna CountyGR6 , 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 HIMARS High Mobility Artillery Rocket System
HIMARS Highly Mobile Artillery System ) live fire at Fort Chaffee Fort Chaffee is in the northwest Arkansas region adjacent to the city of Fort Smith, located one mile southeast of Fort Smith Regional Airport. The Arkansas River flows eastward along the northern border of the post. , Arkansas. Soldiers from C/1-158 FA uploaded one platoon of HIMARS onto two C-17 aircraft and conducted an airmobile air·mo·bile also air-mo·bile
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. from Fort Sill Fort Sill, U.S. military reservation, Comanche co., SW Okla., 4 mi (6.4 km) N of Lawton; est. 1869 by Gen. Philip Sheridan. A 95,000-acre (38,445-hectare) field artillery and missile base, it is the home of the U.S. Army Artillery and Missile Center. , 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 Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. 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 Operations conducted to search for, locate, identify, rescue, and return personnel, sensitive equipment, or items critical to national security. .
Also, during TY07, C Battery was called upon to help their neighbors when the drinking water drinking water
supply of water available to animals for drinking supplied via nipples, in troughs, dams, ponds and larger natural water sources; an insufficient supply leads to dehydration; it can be the source of infection, e.g. leptospirosis, salmonellosis, or of poisoning, e.g. 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 Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) is a program of the United States Army National Guard designed to introduce new recruits to the fundamentals of the U.S. Army before they leave to Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT). The goal of RSP is to reduce pipeline losses. .
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 JROTC Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps ) 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.