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1st Armored Division Ar´mored division

1. (Mil.) a division of a land army which is equipped with armored vehicles such as tanks or armored personnel carriers.
, Fort Bliss Fort Bliss, U.S. army post, 1,122,500 acres (454,300 hectares), W Tex., E of El Paso; est. 1849 and named for Col. William Bliss, Gen. Zachary Taylor's adjutant in the Mexican War. Originally strategically located near the only ice-free pass through the Rocky Mts. , Texas, Old Ironsides Old Ironsides: see Constitution, ship.

Old Ironsides

the frigate Constitution, symbol of U.S. success in War of 1812, now preserved as a museum. [Am. Hist.: Benét, 733]

See : America

4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, Gunners

4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment prepared much of the past year for deployment to Southwest Asia Southwest Asia or Southwestern Asia (largely overlapping with the Middle East) is the southwestern portion of Asia. The term Western Asia is sometimes used in writings about the archeology and the late prehistory of the region, and in the United States subregion . The Gunners fielded Alpha Battery with M777A2 howitzers and converted Bravo Battery along with Headquarters, and Headquarters Battery to a maneuver force. Their training ranged from M777A2 gunnery and mounted cavalry gunnery to an in-depth counterinsurgency coun·ter·in·sur·gen·cy  
Political and military strategy or action intended to oppose and forcefully suppress insurgency.

, situational training exercise preparing the Gunners for this challenging mission. The culmination of the battalion's training was a tough mission-readiness exercise at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. The Gunners stand ready to deploy, fight and win across the spectrum of combat operations.


2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, Gunners

In mid-August 2010, the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, Gunners redeployed from Kirkuk province, Iraq. After 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.
, the Gunners turned their efforts toward of the transition of 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division from a heavy brigade A heavy brigade is a formation made up from 'Heavy' Cavalry ie Dragoon Guards and Dragoons.

The Heavy Brigade was a British heavy cavalry unit commanded by Gen. James Scarlett at the Battle of Balaklava in the Crimean War.
 combat team, to a 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. . Beginning with the turn-in of the battalion's M109A6 Paladin Paladin

archetypal gunman who leaves a calling card. [TV: Have Gun, Will Travel in Terrace, I, 341]

See : Wild West
 howitzers, additional assigned vehicles and equipment associated with an HBCT, simultaneously we occupied a new footprint on East Fort Bliss.

Since January, the battalion fielded and conducted training for our AN/TPQ-37 radar, M198 towed howitzers (temporary, until the M777A2 is available), armored HMMWVs, Profilers, and other equipment necessary to begin artillery gunnery tables. The Artillery Skills Proficiency Test proficiency test nprueba de capacitación  began and the battalion conducted Tables I - V, August through October 2011.


Concurrent with new equipment fielding, the battalion began development of the 2-3 FA Redbook, providing a single guide for conducting the ASPT ASPT American Society of Plant Taxonomists
ASPT American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians
ASPT Average Score Per Taxon (neural networks)
ASPT Academy of Screen Printing Technology
ASPT Army School of Physical Training
, certification, qualification, digital sustainment, and necessary training required. Closing out a year of significant transformation we look forward to further developing our skills on new equipment and honing our craft as proud Redlegs.

4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, Iron Thunder

The 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery activated at Fort Bliss, as the direct support artillery Artillery whose primary task is to provide fire requested by the supported unit.  battalion for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division on Sept. 17, 2010, with more than 500 Soldiers and 16 M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzers. After activation, the brigade assumed the additional mission as the Army Evaluation Task Force and then attached to the Brigade Modernization Command. With the transition, the battalion substituted a platoon of four Paladins with M777A2 lightweight towed howitzers. As the Army's first composite battalion, Iron Thunder conducted every level certification and qualification over a six-month period. This prepared them for the first Network Integration Evaluation conducted at Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), formerly known as the White Sands Proving Grounds, is a rocket range in New Mexico operated by the United States Army. The range covers an area of almost 3,200 mi² (8 287 km²), approximately three times the size of Rhode Island, making it  beginning June 2011. The battalion provided Fires supporting wide area security and combined arms Combined arms is an approach to warfare which seeks to integrate different arms of a military to achieve mutually complementary effects.

Though the lower-echelon units of a combined arms team may be of homogeneous types, a balanced mixture of such units are combined into an
 maneuver operations across 4200-square miles. In addition, the battalion exercised the Wideband Networking Waveform using the Ground Mobile Radio system to transmit Advanced Field Artillery Data System data and mass battalion Fires with units separated over 120 kilometers. Platoons also supported company combined arms live-fire exercises, improving the brigade's fire support systems and procedures, testing the ability and capacity of the network to support the Fires war-fighting function, and is leading the Fires Center of Excellence identified requirement, closing two gaps within brigade combat teams: lack of beyond line of sight communications systems to integrate with Army and joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational partners; lack of sufficiently trained fire supporters, certified joint Fires observers, or the authority to perform digital clearance of Fires, employment of close air support, and employment of other joint Fires. The communications packages will grow as the battalion equips the composite battery with the GMR (Giant Magnetoresistance) See magnetoresistance. , the Paladin battery will gain AN/PRC-117G multiband multi mission radio, and lightweight, counter-mortar radars are expected to join the battalion to complement the existing Q-36 and Q-37 systems. Beginning in 2012, 4-27 FA will be the first in the Army to reorganize the fire supporters within the brigade and assign them to the FA battalion. The 4-27 FA stands united with the entire field artillery community ensuring the future contributions of Redlegs as our Army progresses towards the implementation of the objective brigade combat team.


2nd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, Pathfinders

Upon redeployment re·de·ploy  
tr.v. re·de·ployed, re·de·ploy·ing, re·de·ploys
1. To move (military forces) from one combat zone to another.

 from Iraq in May 2010, 2nd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery began a reset training period, focused strictly on 'core competencies' and critical skills. The unit established the first 'Fire Direction Academy,' bringing every battalion 13D together under the battalion fire direction officer and fire direction non-commissioned officer A non-commissioned officer (sometimes noncommissioned officer), also known as an NCO or Noncom, is an enlisted member of an armed force who has been given authority by a commissioned officer. . This nine-week course leaned on the school-house model, culminating in the dry-fire certification of every platoon fire direction center That element of a command post, consisting of gunnery and communications personnel and equipment, by means of which the commander exercises fire direction and/or fire control. The fire direction center receives target intelligence and requests for fire, and translates them into . For the 13Bs, the battalion hosted a two-week long Paladin Leader's Course, retraining all 13B from SPC 1. (business) SPC - Statistical Process Control. Something to do with quality management.

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 through 1LT. Finally, retraining the 13F and combat observation and lasing teams, 2-29 FA established a forward observer An observer operating with front line troops and trained to adjust ground or naval gunfire and pass back battlefield information. In the absence of a forward air controller, the observer may control close air support strikes. Also called FO. See also forward air controller; spotter.  course centralizing all brigade combat team 13Fs under the 2-29 FA umbrella. This two-month course, under the BCT BCT Brigade Combat Team
BCT Basic Combat Training
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BCT Business Cards Tomorrow
BCT Banque Centrale de Tunisie (Central Bank of Tunisia) 
 fire support element officer in charge, and NCO NCO
noncommissioned officer

NCO noncommissioned officer

NCO n abbr (Mil) (= noncommissioned officer) → Uffz. 
 in charge, resulted in 100 percent company-level fire support team certification, and BCT certification exercise, February 2011. By the end of the month-long exercise, every FDC FDC - Floppy Disk Controller , fire support team, and both firing batteries were certified through table XII. In addition to core competency A core competency is something that a firm can do well and that meets the following three conditions specified by Hamel and Prahalad (1990):
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 training, 2-29 FA balanced critical mission-oriented maneuver training throughout.

During the unit's rotation to the National Training Center, at Fort Irwin, Calif., 2-29 FA continued assumed a hybrid mission set, including the re-birth of live-fire battery lanes, live counter-fire missions and Excalibur precision Fires. The Pathfinder Battalion deployed to northern Iraq, in support of Operation New Dawn, July 2011.


1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood Fort Hood, U.S. army post, 209,000 acres (84,580 hectares), central Tex., near Killeen; est. 1942 on the site of old Fort Gates and named for Confederate Gen. John Hood. It is one of the army's largest installations and a major employer of the area. , Texas, First Team

1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, Dragons

The 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 'UDJ, continued providing support Fires for the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Ironhorse, while preparing to deploy supporting Operation New Dawn. The battalion conducted multiple battalion and brigade-level field training exercises, allowing 16 M109A6 Paladin gun crews, five fire direction center crews, and the battalion combat observation and lasing team, to certify through Paladin Table XVIII, an accomplishment not seen since 2001 on Fort Hood. A total of 4,979 rounds were fired, at Fort Hood and the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., without a firing incident, and Bravo Battery conducted a successful, live Excalibur shoot, enabling 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry with global positioning system Global Positioning System: see navigation satellite.
Global Positioning System (GPS)

Precise satellite-based navigation and location system originally developed for U.S. military use.
 guided munitions mu·ni·tion  
War materiel, especially weapons and ammunition. Often used in the plural.

tr.v. mu·ni·tioned, mu·ni·tion·ing, mu·ni·tions
To supply with munitions.

After redeploying from Iraq, the battalion developed an approach to retrain re·train  
tr. & intr.v. re·trained, re·train·ing, re·trains
To train or undergo training again.

 core Fires support skills, reestablishing the combined arms team The full integration and application of two or more arms or elements of one Military Service into an operation. , integrating maneuver officers and noncommissioned officers throughout each training event. Reconnecting the maneuver with Fires was paramount to preparing the battalion for future operations, including the maneuver shooter exercise, and a combined arms live-fire with every brigade company/troop, certifying 11 commanders and fire support teams.

The BCT displayed professionalism at NTC NTC Notice
NTC National Training Center
NTC National Telecommunications Commission
NTC National Transport Commission (Australia)
NTC Negative Temperature Coefficient
NTC Naval Training Center
, and the battalion provided fire support from four independent forward operating bases and controlled its own operational environment.

Headquarters and Headquarters Battery produced the brigade's top fire support team; Alpha Battery set a battalion record, hitting 16/40 targets on a Paladin direct fire range, with their M109A6 self-propelled howitzer; Bravo Battery produced the brigade's top gun and fire direction center.

Golf Forward Support Company flawlessly executed 20 rearm re·arm  
v. re·armed, re·arm·ing, re·arms
1. To arm again.

2. To equip with better weapons.

To arm oneself again.
, refuel re·fu·el  
v. re·fu·eled also re·fu·elled, re·fu·el·ing also re·fu·el·ling, re·fu·els also re·fu·els
To supply again with fuel.

, and refit survey points, as well as other logistical support operations throughout the year. The Dragons, achieved superior success in every task they were assigned.

Currently deployed to Iraq and tasked to secure the Diwaniyah province and provide Fires for the Ironhorse Brigade, 1-82 FA is enabling USF-Is Reduction of Forces. ' Dragons! Ironhorse ! First Team! '

3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, Red Dragons

The 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, 5HG ', followed the howitzer Tables I-XII by configuring the staff and batteries into a maneuver battalion and validating maneuver and artillery skills during a Joint Readiness See: readiness.  Training Center rotation at Fort Polk Fort Polk, U.S. army post, 200,000 acres (80,937 hectares), SW La.; est. 1941 and named for the Rev. Leonidas Polk. It is a major army warm-weather training center. , La., January 2011.

The Red Dragons deployed to Iraq, May 2011, being task organized and employed as a motorized maneuver battalion task force. Task Force 3-82 conducted stability operations and set conditions for the final transition between U.S. forces, Iraqi security forces Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) is the Multi-National Force-Iraq umbrella name for the military and police forces that serve under the Government of Iraq.

The armed forces are administered by the Ministry of Defense (MOD), and the Iraqi Police is administered by the Ministry of
 and the government of Iraq in southern Salah ad Din province. The Red Dragons partnered with, advised, trained, and assisted more than 16,000 Iraqi security forces and ensured protection of Joint Base Balad, the largest logistical hub and airfield in Iraq. Although deployed as a maneuver force, the Red Dragons maintained their ability to provide lethal Fires from the base utilizing M109A6 Paladin hot guns during key operations.

The Red Dragon team continues to stay disciplined, precise and adaptable to a changing environment willing to lead the way accomplishing any mission. ' Red Dragons! Can and Will!


1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley Fort Riley, U.S. military post, 5,760 acres (2,331 hectares), NE Kans., on the Kansas River; est. 1852 to protect travelers on the Santa Fe Trail from attack by Native Americans. , Kansas, Big Red One

The 1st Infantry Division headquarters was deployed to Basra, Iraq as the U.S. Division South Headquarters from January 2009 to 2010. Artillerymen of the division headquarters performed command and control of joint Fires, targeting, and sensor management throughout southern Iraq. Following redeployment they began reset in preparation for the pending deployment to Regional Command-East in Afghanistan.

1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, Destroyers

The 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, 'Destroyers, played a crucial part the Net Warrior System testing (testing) system testing - (Or "application testing") A type of testing to confirm that all code modules work as specified, and that the system as a whole performs adequately on the platform on which it will be deployed. , representing opposing forces, training for an advise and assist mission, and deploying to Iraq as a motorized rifle battalion.

The Soldiers honed their dismounted patrol skills during the two-month exercise, and were given one more opportunity to conduct Paladin platoon-level gunnery from November to December. Alerted in December of their deployment to Iraq, they began preparations, sending the battalion staff to the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., in January for a command-post exercise in conjunction with 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division's rotation, focusing on individual and collective related tasks training. The battalion accomplished its preparations by late April 2011, and welcomed the newly attached Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery from Fort Lewis, Wash.

In early May, the battalion deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq, replacing 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Battalion. The Destroyer's first mission was an advice, train, and assist operation for Kirkuk's outer districts, and train Kurdish soldiers at the Manila Training Center, Sulaymaniyah province. Following a RIP/ TOA with 2nd Squadron, 12th Cavalry Regiment, the 'HVWs assumed responsibility for the combined security area and the command and control for Kirkuk City and Kirkuk province. With the Manila Training Center mission completed, the battalion assumed control for force protection for Contingency Operating Site Warrior. The battalion began executing counter-improvised explosive device, counter-indirect fire, and C-SAIED patrols, in addition to the brigade quick reaction force, tactical over watch of the six combined check points all while continuing to advise and assist the 12th Iraqi army The Iraqi Army is the army of Iraq, active in various forms since the country was formed in the aftermath of World War I.

Today, it is a component of the Iraqi Security Forces tasked with assuming responsibility for all Iraqi land-based military operations following the 2003
, district Iraqi police The creation of this unit was guided by the Coalition Provisional Authority however the command of the Police belongs to the new Government of Iraq. Overview
The Iraqi Police Forces are part of the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior (MOI) which in conjunction with the Civilian
, and the emergency services emergency services Emergency care '…services …necessary to prevent death or serious impairment of health and, because of the danger to life or health, require the use of the most accessible hospital available and equipped to furnish those services'  unit. Hamilton' s Own continues to serve honorably, and contribute to the 236-year history of the longest serving active duty battalion in the U.S. Army. 'Faithful and True' since 1776!


1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Knox Fort Knox [for Henry Knox], U.S. military reservation, 110,000 acres (44,515 hectares), Hardin and Meade counties, N Ky.; est. 1917 as a training camp in World War I. It became a permanent post in 1932. In the steel and concrete vaults of the U.S. , Kentucky, Centaurs

The Centaurs of 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, deployed to Regional Command-East, Afghanistan December 2010. Since January, they have provided Fires across Khost, Paktya, and Ghazni provinces in support of Task Force Duke and TF White Eagle, secured Forward Operating Base An airfield used to support tactical operations without establishing full support facilities. The base may be used for an extended time period. Support by a main operating base will be required to provide backup support for a forward operating base. Also called FOB.  Salerno, conducted full spectrum counterinsurgency operations, partnered with the 4/1/203 Combat Support Kandak of the Afghanistan National Army and the Afghan uniformed police, and provided radar support to our brigade and Bagram Airfield in Parwan. Centaur centaur (sĕn`tôr), in Greek mythology, creature, half man and half horse. The centaurs were fathered by Ixion or by Centaurus, who was Ixion's son.  Redlegs have fired more than 3,000 rounds including several direct fire engagements.


In May, 1-6 FA conducted their first air assault artillery raid, occupying a fire base on top of a mountain in Sperah district for a week supporting 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment's clearing operations. In March, the Rock Hard battery of 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery, attached from the 18th Fires Brigade, fired the task force's first Excalibur round, destroying a building containing explosives.

The Centaurs have demonstrated artillery Soldiers can master a wide variety of missions while continuing to deliver timely, accurate Fires throughout the battle space. 'Swift &Bold! Duty First!'


1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment First Lightning

The 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment has been training and deploying as a maneuver task force operating in United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  Division-Center in support of Operation New Dawn. The battalion reorganized as a motorized infantry battalion June 2010, and conducted individual-skill level tasks to battalion combined operations to facilitate this conversion, and certified at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., in August 2010.

Prior to deployment, the battalion tested and certified the EQ-36 Counterfire Target Acquisition radar and was the first to deploy the EQ-36 in the Baghdad operational area, as a part of the 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade in support of OND OND (in Britain) Ordinary National Diploma

OND n abbr (BRIT) (= Ordinary National Diploma) → título escolar

OND n abbr (Brit) (= Ordinary National Diploma
, enhancing the force protection posture of the entire USD-C and the theater.

The battalion also deployed with the mission of training and advising the 1st Iraqi Federal Police Division, and developing an effective and sustainable force capable of securing the population throughout and after the responsible drawdown Drawdown

The peak to trough decline during a specific record period of an investment or fund. It is usually quoted as the percentage between the peak to the trough.

 of forces in Iraq. This partnership served as the foundation for all operations within the battalion's area of operations and facilitated combined offensive operations and training events. The 1st Iraqi Federal Police Division improved with enhanced targeting efforts, disrupting enemy networks, improved force protection operations and training events, including land navigation, marksmanship Marksmanship
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 and troop leading procedures.


During the deployment, the battalion had seven heroes fall during enemy actions. The battalion lost SPC Jose Torre during a combat operation conducted in eastern Baghdad, January 2011. On June 6, 2011, the battalion lost six heroes in an indirect-fire attack on the living quarters of Joint Security Station Loyalty; SPC Robert Hartwick, PFC PFC
private first class

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 and SPC Marcos Cintron. The professionalism and dedication of the officers, non-commissioned officers and Soldiers of the battalion were in keeping with the values of the unit and displayed honor to the fallen heroes. The battalion persevered and lived up to its motto, 'Never Broken by Hardship or Battle.'

2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, Proud Americans

The proud 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment immediately began retraining on military occupation specialty proficiencies, after their non-standard mission on their deployment to Iraq ending August 2010. The battalion brought the 13F, forward observers back into their ranks, conducting a 90-day Fires Support Academy training individual, fire-support tasks before sending Soldiers back to their maneuver battalions.

After the classroom training, the battalion participated with 75th Fires Brigade, in a brigade live-fire exercise certifying the different MOSs throughout the battalion. The 75th FiB's field exercise, Operation Diamond Freeze, was conducted at 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. , Okla., in conjunction with the U.S. Marines, Air Force, and Special Forces, coordinating Fires between the agencies.

In June and July 2011, the battalion received orders, to execute the critical task of training future officers at the United States Military Academy United States Military Academy, at West Point, N.Y.; for training young men and women to be officers in the U.S. army; founded and opened in 1802. The original act provided that the Corps of Engineers stationed at West Point should constitute a military academy, but , West Point, N.Y, providing Bravo Battery unlimited training resources to re-familiarize and execute basic-crew drills.


In August, while in the preparatory stages of training, 2-32 FA, in conjunction with 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, deployed to Fort Sill for Operation Patriot Charge, a three-week, live-fire field training exercise, simulating conditions of the upcoming deployment. The battalion completed Gunnery Table XII and combined-firepower training with 2-16 IN's 120 mm mortar teams, and is currently in the final phases of preparation for deployment.

The battalion is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan, in early 2012, with the intent of executing its primary mission as a rapidly deployable force; capable of executing multiple operations anywhere, day or night, maintaining pride in themselves, their unit, their families and their country. 'proud Americans! '

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2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Vikings

The 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment assumed responsibility early 2010, for the 9LNLQJoperatingenvironment, 115-square miles of heavily urbanized terrain, in the Khadamiya area of Baghdad. Additionally, 2-12 FA repositioned the majority of its combat power and battalion command and control to Joint Security Station Justice, enabling combined operations with the Iraqi army and national police. Assuming full-operational capability at JSS JSS Junior Secondary School
JSS JICO (Joint Interface Control Officer) Support System
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JSS Network Security Services for Java
JSS Joint Support Ship
 Justice, 2-12 FA became the most widely-dispersed unit within 4th SBCT SBCT Stryker Brigade Combat Team (US Army)
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, having elements at Taji, Nasar Wa Salam, Muthana, Forward Operating Base Liberty and JSS Justice. With additional battle space and partnership units, Task Force Viking Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - North (C/JSOTF-N), also known as Task Force Viking was the command responsible for the northern front during Operation Iraqi Freedom Rotation I (2003-2004).  faced a daunting mission set, interdicting enemy indirect fire, securing key lines of communication "Lines of Communication" is an episode from the fourth season of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5. Synopsis
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 and local population, as well as delivering close-supporting Fires.

Preparing for the Iraqi national elections, 2-12 FA became the Raider Brigade's main effort, working with and through its Iraqi security forces and local community leadership partners preparing and securing more than 400 polling sites working to safeguard against destabilizing incidents. The combined efforts of the ISF ISF - Information Systems Factory  and 2-12 FA, protecting the populace and key infrastructure, leading up to Iraqi national elections set the conditions for a free and fair election.

The Viking Battalionparticipated in the Brigade's 'Last Patrol,' a 360-mile tactical road march from Baghdad to Kuwait, symbolizing the end of their year-long deployment and the departure of the last combat troops in Iraq. The battalion was professional and respectful of the Iraqi government, Iraqi security force, and the people of Iraq.

Since redeployment to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Viking Battalionhas conducted section certification and qualification providing Fires supporting Raider Brigade's future missions. The 2-12 FA completed a successful battalion field training exercise, in August, firing 1302 rounds and ended in Viking Family Day, giving families the opportunity to observe battalion mass fire missions, The Viking Battalion continues to train alongside the Raider Brigade to prepare for any mission the nation requires.

1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Red Lions

The 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment redeployed from Iraq in August 2010 and began the process of the Army Force Generation reset cycle with a mission-essential task list. The emphasis was to move from a counterinsurgency fight and prepare for full spectrum operations.

In December 2010, the officers and 13B and 13D series noncommissioned officers were tested on the Artillery Skills Proficiency Test and the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery implemented a 13R and 13T certification program ensuring the radar, meteorological me·te·or·ol·o·gy  
The science that deals with the phenomena of the atmosphere, especially weather and weather conditions.

[French météorologie, from Greek
 and survey sections could support the overarching end-state, becoming a force field artillery headquarters. The battalion, now prepared to execute platoon level qualifications, during the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, brigade FTX (Fault Tolerant UNIX) Stratus Computer's version of Unix System V for its XA/R fault tolerant computer systems. See also FTTx.

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, in May 2011, participated in a 176-mile road march to Yakima Training Center, Wash., conducting a series of platoon full spectrum operations lanes and a brigade Fires control exercises. This was also the first time Bravo Battery, 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 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.
, 17th Fires Brigade, would be attached, allowing the batteries to work through the intricate synchronization of their FDCs and howitzer section crews before the battalion-level field training. When the 3-2 SBCT received notice of deployment to Afghanistan, they immediately altered the brigade's NTC rotation from full spectrum operations to a mission readiness exercise.


During the squad training exercise lanes, the battalion fired its first XM982 round and for the first time at NTC, and it was able to be tracked by the battalion's Q-37 radar. During force-on-force, the battalion was able to provide live and notional Fires, supporting the counter-fire fight and two named operations. The second operation featured a three-day continuous combined arms fight into a notional Taliban support zone taxing both brigade and opposing force
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3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart Fort Stewart is a census-designated place and U.S. Army post primarily in Liberty County, Georgia, but also occupying significant portions of Bryan County, Georgia. The population was 11,205 at the 2000 census. , Georgia, Marne Division

In the fall of 2010, the 3rd Infantry Division Fires cell completed its year-long deployment to Iraq and was supporting U.S. Division-North operations at Contingency Operating Site, Speicher, Marez, and Warhorse. Since redeploying to Fort Stewart, in November, Marne Fires has conducted equipment reset operations and has begun training for future contingencies.

In an effort to get back to core competencies and share knowledge with fellow fire supporters, the Fires cell began hosting quarterly division Fires forums. These events bring together all of the brigade combat teams' fire support elements, along with the Fires battalions to discuss current Fires community issues, gain consensus on the division Redbook, and share training tactics, techniques and procedures. LTC LTC
lieutenant colonel
 John L. Rafferty, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment commander, Fort Bragg Fort Bragg, U.S. army base, 11,136 acres (4,507 hectares), E N.C., N of Fayetteville; est. 1918. Originally an artillery post, it is now the principal U.S. army airborne-training center and the site of the Special Warfare School. , N.C., was one guest speaker delivering a brief on the Panther Brigade's recent Fire Support Coordination The planning and executing of fire so that targets are adequately covered by a suitable weapon or group of weapons.  Exercise and how they were able to achieve such success, making an excellent template for future 3rd ID FSCXs.

The Fires cell deployed with the division headquarters, in July, to Evans Army Airfield, Fort Stewart, to conduct a command-post exercise focusing on mission command, specifically Army Battle Command Systems, synchronizing the staff, exercising the division battle rhythm and refining the targeting process. In August, Marne Fires deployed again, to Evans Army Airfield, with the division headquarters executing a second iteration of the CPX CPX Command Post Exercise
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CPX Command Post/Paper Exercise
. In September, the Fires cell deployed with the division headquarters for a third time conducting a two-week division mission readiness exercise and are now well postured to deploy and support the division in any contingency.

1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, Battleking

The Battleking Battalion has spent 2011 completing Army Force Generation reset and is currently in a train/ready phase with the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Spartans, preparing for future missions.

The fire support elements of the 2nd HBCT, consolidated under the control of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery for five months to train as a single unit, allowing sharing of valuable lessons learned and training the fundamentals of fire support. The training concluded with the fire supporters competing in two events: the best forward observer and best fire support team competition.

In May, 1-9 FA participated in the combined arms live-fire exercise, for the Chief of Staff of the People's Republic of China army The Republic of China Army (中華民國陸軍; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Mínguó Lùjūn) is the largest of the military branches of the Republic of China (Taiwan).  and his delegation. During this CALFX CALFX Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise , 2nd HBCT massed artillery, mortars, attack aviation, close air support and direct Fires from infantry and armor supporting an infantry platoon air assault to clear the objective. This mission had strategic implications in displaying the Army's capabilities, as well as enhancing our strategic partnership. Prior to completing the CALFX, the battalion executed Artillery Tables I through VI crew certifications and qualifications, Top Gun competition, Fire Support Team certification and qualification, and an intensive two-week train up, firing more than 2000 rounds.

In August, the Battlekings conducted Operation Kobayashi Maru This article is about fictional starship and grade exercise. For custom mod of "Star Trek: Bridge Commander" PC Game, see .

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, a Paladin Table XII platoon qualification. During this lane based tactical situation, platoons were tested and evaluated on artillery fundamentals and tactical decision making.

Throughout the remainder of 2011, the Battlekings continued to focus on weapons proficiency, combat focused physical training, collective level gunnery and artillery fundamentals within the Spartan HBCT. From Paladin Table XV to supporting maneuver Table XII with indirect Fires, the 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery is preparing for any future mission.

1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Benning Fort Benning, U.S. army post, 189,000 acres (76,500 hectares), W Ga., S of Columbus; est. 1918. One of the largest army posts in the United States, it is the nation's largest infantry training center and the home of the Army Infantry School. , Georgia, Rock's Support

Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery have become masters of the non-standard mission in Iraq. The latest deployment, the 5Rock ' s Battalion operated as an advise and assist battalion, supporting the 3rd Heavy Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division operations from October 2009 to September 2010. The battalion operated as a land owner, maneuvering four companies in the Al Kut Al Kut (äl kt), town, SE Iraq, on the Tigris River. It is a port and a market center for grains, dates, fruit, and vegetables.  region, performing as a motorized maneuver force.

Since redeployment, the battalion has made an effort to remaster those technical and tactical skills lost over the past eight years. This effort began by ensuring baseline standards and competencies were achieved at the individual and section level across the battalion, and were displayed during Artillery Gunnery Tables.

The Rock's Support, stationed at Fort Benning, is afforded unique opportunities training with the 75th Ranger Regiment and their supporting aviation units, 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment. The battalion provided Fires support for 3rd Battalion, 75th Rangers' 13F qualifications, as well as a fire control exercise involving ground forces, special operations Operations conducted in hostile, denied, or politically sensitive environments to achieve military, diplomatic, informational, and/or economic objectives employing military capabilities for which there is no broad conventional force requirement.  aviation and AC-130 aircraft. These training events allowed platoons to execute a variety of Fires. The batteries also executed several fire missions, supporting ground and aerial observers, utilizing an AC-130 aircraft as a communications relay platform.

The rigorous application of gunnery standards in combination with training opportunities has tested every aspect of the unit's training plan, providing valuable lessons learned ensuring we continue to refine our skills at an accelerated rate. The 5Rock's Support is well on its way to becoming a world class artillery battalion, once again.

1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, Glory's Guns

After replacing 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in east Baghdad and the Meda'in region, Iraq, the Glory's Guns Battalion completed a successful deployment, partnering with the 1st Iraqi Federal Police Division and the three Iraqi operational commands, enabling their security and stability operations. Additionally, Task Force 1-41 executed several raids between September and November 2010, resulting in the capture of two high-value targets including the highest ranking Promise Day Brigade leader in Iraq. TF 1-41 and the 1st FP Div., in cooperation with the U.S. State Department and Iraqi government, also rescued three Ugandan women sold into a human trafficking ring.

In November 2010, Glory's participated in joint, combined arms defensive live-fire at the Besemayah Range Complex, an exercise that was instrumental in building confidence throughout the Iraqi security forces. TF 1-41 then transitioned east Baghdad to 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.

Conducting reset operations between January and June 2011 provided Glory's Guns the opportunity to establish systems, rebuild combat power and focus on individual-skills training. not available during the battalion's deployment. In May, the battalion fielded Paladins, M1068s, and M992 Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicles through Project Manager Heavy Brigade Combat Team, and prepared to enter collective training. As a culminating event to reset, Glory's combat observation and lasing team platoon participated in Raider Stakes testing warrior skill proficiency, earning the distinction as the brigade's top platoon.

Rebuilding its proficiency in artillery fundamentals, the battalion executed artillery skills proficiency training and testing, fire direction center testing, digital sustainment training, and Guard Unit Armory Device Full Crew Interactive Simulation Trainer, beginning in June, and will be tested through November.

Having transitioned from a maneuver task force in Baghdad, to a direct support field artillery unit, poised to provide timely and accurate indirect Fires for 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, the battalion remains highly agile, and prepared to accomplish any mission, worldwide. 'GLORY'S GUNS, RAIDERS FIRST, ROCK OF THE MARNE!'

1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery Regiment, Patriots

The 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, patriots, conducted security operations in Ramadi, Al Anbar province, Iraq from July 2010 to June 2011. The 1-76 FA assumed responsibility of the security force mission, including 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 , base internal quick reaction force, all Camp Ramadi U.S. forces guard towers and entry control points. Additionally, 1-76 F Soldiers secured the Anbar operations center The facility or location on an installation, base, or facility used by the commander to command, control, and coordinate all crisis activities. See also base defense operations center; command center.  and the Anbar police directorate within the city of Ramadi. The meteorological and Q-36 radar sections conducted their traditional field artillery support missions at Al Asad Airbase Al Asad Airbase (ICAO: ORAA) is the largest US military base in the largely Sunni western Iraq (Al Anbar Province). It is currently home to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.  and the International Zone in Baghdad, respectively.

The BDOC BDOC Biodegradable Dissolved Organic Carbon
BDOC Business Document
BDOC Base Defense Operations Center
BDOC Biodegradable Organic Carbon
BDOC Bed Days of Care
 allowed for a common operating picture for the security force and maintained all communications. As a result, the BDOC was able to operate at a higher performance level allowing greater security and situational awareness Situation awareness or situational awareness [1] (SA) is the mental representation and understanding of objects, events, people, system states, interactions, environmental conditions, and other situation-specific factors affecting human performance in  throughout Camp Ramadi. The battalion manned all U.S. Force towers and entry control points, and working closely with contracted security elements, and internal QRF QRF Quick Reaction Force
QRF Quick Response Force
QRF Quick Response Fund (US reconstruction projects in Iraq)
QRF Quick Release Fitting
QRF Quality Results Formula (sports teams) 
 and other patriots Soldiers worked to strengthen the Camp Ramadi perimeter.

The Q-36 radar section began the deployment at Al Asad Airbase and moved to Forward Operating Base Prosperity in August 2010. This move was to provide the Green Zone, better target acquisition capabilities in response to the area's threat of indirect fire. Their timely and accurate weather data provided the Iraqi joint operations area An area of land, sea, and airspace, defined by a geographic combatant commander or subordinate unified commander, in which a joint force commander (normally a joint task force commander) conducts military operations to accomplish a specific mission. , including assets, with valuable data to complete their planning and operations safely.

Throughout the deployment, the 1-76 FA maintained its focus on force protection, command and control, and safety. Through vigilance, 1-76 FA allowed the 4/3 IBCT IBCT Infantry Brigade Combat Team
IBCT Interim Brigade Combat Team (US Army)
IBCT Initial Brigade Combat Team
IBCT Institute for Business Continuity Training
IBCT Ingénierie et Biologie Cellulaire et Tisulaire
 (AAB) to conduct its partnership mission with the Iraqi security forces in eastern Anbar, the government of Iraq, and provide Iraqi civilians with the opportunity for a more secure and stable environment ensuring an enduring and strategic partnership between the U.S. and Iraq.

4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson Fort Carson is a United States Army installation and a Census Designated Place located immediately south of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States and just north of Pueblo, Colorado in Pueblo County Colorado. , Colorado, Ivy Division

The 4th Infantry Division Redlegs provided direct support to rotating brigade combat team deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the last year, the division's four artillery battalions, along with the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, maintained a high operational tempo, and while at home station, Fort Carson, they continued to hone their artillery and Soldier skills delivering Fires in support of maneuver forces.

The division fire support element deployed, as a part of Task Force Ironhorse, arriving at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, October 2010, assuming duties within United States Division - North. While deployed, the division Fires cell reorganized from a traditional Fires and effects cell to a Fires and stability operations cell. It served as the primary synchronizer and integrator of strategic communications, continued development of Iraqi civil capacity, and transition to other U.S. government and Iraqi agencies, all while maintaining traditional lethal and non-lethal Fires and electronic warfare Noun 1. electronic warfare - military action involving the use of electromagnetic energy to determine or exploit or reduce or prevent hostile use of the electromagnetic spectrum

military action, action - a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"
 duties. The division fire support element assumed the role of lethal and non-lethal Fires integrator for USD-N, integrating 'soft-power' and lethal means of influence from organic assets and the enablers of the brigades placed under operational control of the TF Ironhorse headquarters.

During the deployment, the division Fires cell took on non-traditional tasks, and the eventual overseeing of transition efforts for the Arab and Kurd combined security mechanism. Originally designed to provide additional security for Iraqi elections, it became the de facto [Latin, In fact.] In fact, in deed, actually.

This phrase is used to characterize an officer, a government, a past action, or a state of affairs that must be accepted for all practical purposes, but is illegal or illegitimate.
 forum to address tensions along the fault line between Iraqi Arabs and Iraqi Kurds. The division Fires cell also assisted the Iraqi divisions stationed in northern Iraq, in new equipment fielding and training of the Iraqi Army's first M-198 equipped artillery regiments.

In support of division operations, the division's Fire cell contributed to lethal and non-lethal efforts, such as the drawdown and retrograde of U.S. forces out of Iraq, including the management of sensors and ensuring the incorporation of force protection fire support into base closures and movement of units to their final ports of embarkation.

3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, Rolling Thunder Rolling Thunder Inc., established in 1987, is a veterans advocacy organization that works for the return of prisoners of war and missing in action from all of the conflicts of the United States.  

The Rolling Thunder Battalion began 2011 by reorganizing as a maneuver task force, in preparation for its deployment to Regional Command West, Afghanistan, while maintaining its ability to perform its traditional direct support artillery role. Each platoon executed maneuver live-fire exercises from the individual and team level up, and in a platoon live-fire exercise, integrating mounted and dismounted operations with enablers.

Concurrently, the battalion staff transformed into a headquarters synchronizing assets across the operational environment. To accomplish this, the fire direction center and the targeting section converted into a regular Fires and effects coordination cell integrating close combat, close air support, and mortars, as well as taking the lead in the battalion's lethal and non-lethal targeting process, and the S2 section developed battery intelligence support teams.

Rolling Thunder Soldiers then continued preparation for deployment, executing its mission rehearsal exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., February 2011. This exercise inculcated the confidence in the battalion's Soldiers executing their security force assistance mission as partners with the Afghanistan National Security Forces and the government of the Herat and Badghis provinces in Regional Command West.

3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, Pacesetters

In March 2010, Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, deployed to Iraq and needed to transition from supporting combat operations to supporting stability operations in Dhi Qar and Muthanna provinces, a great challenge for an artillery battalion.

The first priority for the chain of command was to convert a traditional Fires battalion into a motorized infantry battalion for a non-standard artillery mission not new to the pacesetters. During this recent deployment, the battalion was responsible for its own area of operations, the largest AO in the brigade. In order to control this amount of land, the battalion needed to 'task organize' into a larger task force. The brigade chain of command concurred Task Force Pacesetter needed additional maneuver forces to complete its assigned mission; therefore an armor company, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, and an infantry company, Alpha Company, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, were attached to the pacesetters for the duration of the tour.


The TF transitioned the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery into a maneuver force creating two platoons consisting of a motorized infantry and personal security detachment platoon, as well as attaching another tank platoon from Charlie Company, 1-68. By Aug. 31, 2010, the TF controlled 18 platoons conducting counter indirect fire, provincial reconstruction interdiction, route clearance missions, and securing the main supply route Tampa from the border of Dhi Qar and Basrah provinces in the south to the border with Dhi Qar and Qadisiyah province in the north. During the summer months, the task force began noticing an uptick in improvised explosive device Noun 1. improvised explosive device - an explosive device that is improvised

explosive device - device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy
 attacks on convoy escort 1. A naval ship(s) or aircraft in company with a convoy and responsible for its protection.
2. An escort to protect a convoy of vehicles from being scattered, destroyed, or captured. See also escort.
 teams. In order to disrupt the increase in attacks, the task force engineers and S2 developed a comprehensive plan for assured mobility on MSR MSR Microsoft Research
MSR Montserrat (ISO Country code)
MSR Mountain Safety Research (outdoor goods manufacturer)
MSR Magnetic Stripe Reader
MSR Egyptair (ICAO code) 
 Tampa. TF Pacesetter was able to decrease the amount of IEDs and significant activities along MSR Tampa by 36 percent from historical significant actions of the previous year.

Another main objective of the pacesetters was maintaining situational awareness inside the large provincial cities. The TF worked around constraints by initially employing a stability transition team and maneuver platoon at each of the Provisional Joint Coordination Centers located inside the city. Due to the requirements for the responsible drawdown of forces, TF Pacesetter eventually removed the 24 hour presence from the PJCCs. The TF still achieved situational awareness by conducting minimum patrols and was able to leave the PJCC PJCC Provincial Joint Coordination Center (emergency and local governmental services in Iraq.)  footprint gaining the respect and confidence of our provisional chiefs of police. Every Pacesetter served with honor and returned to Fort Carson, in March 2011.

4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, Straight Arrows

The 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, Straight Arrows under the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division spent the last year as an informal battle space owner and mentor to the Afghanistan National Police of Farah province, Afghanistan. The battalion conducted full spectrum operations with a security force assistance mission in conjunction with three separate Italian Task Force South Battle Groups as part of Regional Command-West. The battalion directly secured and supported four districts; Farah, Pusht Rud, Khake Safed and Bala Baluk and was responsible for security of a local population exceeding a million people. The Straight Arrows assumed responsibility from 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division in August 2010, as a motorized infantry task force.

The Straight Arrows conducted battalion, battery and platoon-level operations, which included combined operations with the Afghanistan National Army, the ANP ANP atrial natriuretic peptide.


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 and the National Defense Service to disrupt and capture Taliban criminal elements operating in the four districts. The Fires batteries, Aztecs and Big Dogs Big Dogs, based in Santa Barbara, California, is a chain of stores in the United States which features clothing and apparel holding the "Big Dogs" brand name. The Company  identified, established and expanded multiple joint combat out-posts and forward operating bases establishing permanent security forces in the highly contested areas. Their efforts combined with the effects of Afghanistan National Security Forces succeeded in significantly degrading Taliban and criminal activities across the province and districts.

Simultaneously, the Straight Arrows supported andenhanced the ANP and ANSF ANSF Afghanistan National Security Forces  capabilities and capacities developing and increasing command and control support structures, along with the requisite logistical capabilities, to effectively improve the ANAs ability to support their own organizations. The Straight Arrows, in coordination with the Farah provincial reconstruction team and the U.S. Marine special operations forces Those Active and Reserve Component forces of the Military Services designated by the Secretary of Defense and specifically organized, trained, and equipped to conduct and support special operations. Also called SOF.  also focused on district and provincial governance with emphasis on improving the district governance and security capabilities.

The battalion was one of the first conventional units to successfully assume the Village Stability Operations/Afghan Local Police program. The VSO/ALP was centered in the village of Masaw, Pusht Rud district and the Straight Arrows trained more than 168 local nationals beginning January 2011. Redeploying in early July, 4-42 FA began reset in September, training to rejuvenate re·ju·ve·nate  
tr.v. re·ju·ve·nat·ed, re·ju·ve·nat·ing, re·ju·ve·nates
1. To restore to youthful vigor or appearance; make young again.

 artillery skills, and anticipate spending the next two years reaffirming proficiency in employing artillery until called upon. The Soldiers and families of 4-42 FA, 1st HBCT will always stand ready to defend freedom's frontiers once again. 'Steadfast and Loyal, Baiders and Straight Arrows!

2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, Steel Warrior

The Steel Warrior Battalion returned from Afghanistan June 2010, and began reset operations to refit the battalion's personnel and equipment, building a framework focused on core competencies This process put 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment six weeks ahead of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's collective training cycle, allowing continued success supporting the 4th IBCT Mountain Warriors.

The Steel Warrior Battalion began the fall of 2010, working with its maneuver brethren to train, develop and certify the BCTs fire supporters, by facilitating the execution of a best fire support team and combat observation laser team certification; defining the standards for excellence to be achieved across the entire IBCT. Looking ahead, the battalion assisted the IBCT in establishing a plan ensuring 13F Soldiers were joint Fires observer qualified, for yet another upcoming 2012 deployment. Coordinating with the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron and the Fires Center for Excellence, the 4th IBCT, 4th ID is currently on glide-path to field more than 80 certified JFOs for the deployment. In addition, the IBCT commander realigned the combat observation and lasing team platoon, having 2-77 FA absorb them into Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, improving their training management/utilization, and providing oversight to the IBCTs premier fire support platoon.


In January, the battalion began the certification process for all M119 howitzer The M119 A1 Howitzer is a lightweight howitzer used by the United States Army. It can be easily airlifted, even by helicopter, or dropped by parachute. It does not need a recoil pit.  sections and supporting fire Noun 1. supporting fire - fire delivered by supporting units to protect or assist a unit in combat
firing, fire - the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy; "hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes"; "they retreated in the face of
 direction centers, as well as the organic Q-36 v10 Radar mission Radar Mission (レーダーミッション  , enemy, terrain and troop sections and survey sections. The battalion also sent an element of leaders and noncommissioned officers to the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., supporting our sister battalion, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment from 4th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th ID. This training event passed on the hard lessons learned by the Steel Warrior during their most recent deployment. The critical observer/ controller, trainer/mentor support provided by the battalion was well received and contributed to the overall success of 3-16 FA's mission readiness exercise.

The two firing batteries, Alpha and Bravo Batteries, completed train-up and conducted the Army Training and Evaluation Program training event in March, executing artillery firing tables, through Table XVIII, twice. The batteries successfully fired more than 1400 rounds of high explosive, illumination and white phosphorus white phosphorus

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, as well as trained on position area for artillery operations, counter-fire drills, and mounted movement during this event. Additionally, 2-77 FAs attached, Golf, Forward Support Company, Gladiators were essential to operation success with timely maintenance operations, quality class I support, and tremendous work from the distribution platoon for ammunition delivery. Lastly, the COLT platoon trained the IBCT military police and engineer companies, and also deployed to Pinon Pinon (pī`nŏn), in the Bible, one of the dukes of Edom.  Canyon to train with the brigade support battalion during their battalion field training exercise.

In May, the Steel Warrior Battalion began a composite transition developing an internal maneuver platoon of their own, and select sections from Bravo Battery, Black Sheep black sheep
1. A sheep with black fleece.

2. A member of a family or other group who is considered undesirable or disreputable.
, were now to assume a nonstandard non·stan·dard  
1. Varying from or not adhering to the standard: nonstandard lengths of board.

 mission set while Alpha Battery, Rockhard, would continue delivery of Fires.

Through September, the Steel Warrior Battalion supported IBCT company live-fire exercise training, and fired supporting dismounted attack, convoy live-fire exercise, and base defense live-fire exercise for every battalion in the IBCT. The newly formed maneuver platoon began their team, squad and platoon battle drills and training, and ended the fiscal year with a successful platoon live-fire exercise. The battalion will also provide radar, meteorological and survey support to our fellow Redlegs of the Colorado Army National Guard. The end of 2011 was wrapped up with a Warfighter command-post exercise at Fort Carson, a Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., rotation, and a BCT,4ID. The Soldiers, NCOs and officers of the Steel Warrior Battalion have trained and are prepared to execute fire support for a 2012 deployment to Afghanistan.

10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York This article is about the U.S. Army base in New York State. For other places with a similar name, see Fort Drum.

Fort Drum is a census-designated place and U.S. Army military reservation in Jefferson County, New York, United States.
, Mountaineer

As the first U.S. division headquarters to command and control Regional Command, South, 10th Mountain Division assumed responsibility for RC-S, Kandahar, Afghanistan on Nov. 3, 2010. Though multiple tactics, techniques, and procedures have changed due to the complex environment, the RC-S joint Fires has provided safe, effective and timely Fires throughout the area of responsibility while the non-lethal effects cell composed the majority of the effects cell activities.

The non-lethal effect cell utilized the field artillery targeting process, decide, detect, deliver, and assess to provide collaboration and synchronization of effects across the civilian and military formation. Division-level functions included governance, development, infrastructure, agriculture, medicine, education and rule of law, Afghanistan National Security Force development, religious outreach, and gender considerations. Our 131A targeting officers pioneered and educated all staff sections producing integrated plans and orders.

On the lethal Fires side, RC-S was a major employer of joint Fires support, despite employing only one battalion of M77A2s in the fire support role, 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, RC-S utilized all types of lethal Fires. The 10th MTN MTN

A short-form for Medium Term Note.


Medium term notes issued by corporations, much like shorter-term commercial paper.


See medium-term note (MTN).
 DIV 120 mm mortar Advanced Precision Mortar Initiative Precision Round has filled a critical gap in RC-S's ability to provide a precision guided ammunition capability with a smaller collateral damage collateral damage Surgery A popular term for any undesired but unavoidable co-morbidity associated with a therapy–eg, chemotherapy-induced CD to the BM and GI tract as a side effect of destroying tumor cells  estimate. Along with the 120 mm APMI APMI Asia Pacific Management Institute
APMI American Powder Metallurgy Institute
APMI Application Programs Multiple Interface
, RC-S has extensively utilized Excalibur to target homemade explosives caches.

The joint Fires cell addressed airspace command and control issues existing around the Kandahar/Panjawi area, and after much effort, developed the battle-space management area simplifying and improving airspace clearance procedures, resulting in rapid, responsive joint Fires. RC-S was the first regional command to employ pre-assault Fires in conjunction with air assaults and has successfully executed 33 during our year in Afghanistan. 'Climb to Glory!'

3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, Centaurs

In the last year, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment executed training for Iraq, and was then made part of the surge package for Afghanistan in November 2010. The battalion went to a lethal Fires centric training model, with the change of mission, recertifying fire direction centers and gun crews on the M119, as well as familiarization on the M777A2. As the time for deployment began to solidify, it was determined 1st Brigade Combat Team and 3-6 FA would be given the mission of training Afghanistan National Police, including uniformed police, border police and in some cases, civil order police.

The Centaurs parked their howitzers and reorganized as a battle space owner with the mission of operating in the western portion of Regional Command-North, planning and executing a variety of combat operations including offensive, counter-improvised explosive devices, humanitarian assistance, and development. After relieving Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry 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. , the Centaur Battalion operated out of Forward Operating Base Griffin, increasing the Centaurs' operational footprint, within the Ghormach/Faryab area of operations. Headquarters and Headquarters and Alpha Battery elements established combat outposts.

Task Force Centaur began its partnering mission with the ANP in focused districts, emphasizing the isolation of anti-Afghan forces and enabling the Government of the Islamic Republic An Islamic republic, in its modern context, has come to mean several different things, some contradictory to others. Theoretically, to many religious leaders, it is a state under a particular theocratic form of government advocated by some Muslim religious leaders in the Middle  of Afghanistan to improve security, governance and development. Establishing its presence within the AO, TF Centaur focused on key leader engagements conducted on various levels, assessing developmental needs throughout the province, ANP mentorship, Taliban presence and conducting combat patrols in known anti-Afghan forces AO. Mentorship and training of the ANP force remained at the forefront of the operational priority establishing a well-trained and capable police force.

Assessment of what each area required, what community revitalization projects were currently underway and how TF Centaur could guarantee new improvement projects, of more than $7 million, were started ensuring key developmental and infrastructure needs were fulfilled in a timely manner.

TF Centaur/ANP partnered missions in conjunction with fellow coalition forces, such as the Norwegian Provincial Reconstruction Team and operational mentoring and liaison team and the Afghanistan National Army led to the clearing, securing and holding key areas of Taliban-based operations in the district of Qaisar.

TF Centaur also had a positive impact within the civilian population, assisting local Afghan families in a variety of ways, such as medical treatment, school supplies and road repair. The TF not only focused on training ANP, but defeating insurgency, and supporting a fledgling Afghan government.

In July 2010, Alpha Battery, in conjunction with the ANA, the ANP and Operational Mentor and liaison team conducted a clearance operation in a reported insurgent INSURGENT. One who is concerned in an insurrection. He differs from a rebel in this, that rebel is always understood in a bad sense, or one who unjustly opposes the constituted authorities; insurgent may be one who justly opposes the tyranny of constituted authorities.  safe-haven area within the Meydanak area of southwest Qaisar. They were immediately met with small-arms and machine-gun fire as insurgents were utilizing a nearby ridgeline ridge·line  
See ridge.

Noun 1. ridgeline - a long narrow range of hills

arete - a sharp narrow ridge found in rugged mountains
 and high ground to establish fighting positions.

A 'troops in contact' situation was declared, close air support arrived providing immediate support; insurgents were engaged and the TIC was closed. The completion of the Meydanak operation would serve to build the confidence and capability of the ANA and the ANP. The remainder of the deployment would be scattered with enemy engagements and on Sept. 18, 2010, the Centaur Battalion suffered its first combat killed-in-action. The Centaur Battalion was also able to assist the ANP in protecting the population, isolating the insurgents and negative influences undermining the Afghanistan National Security Force and local government. Most importantly Adv. 1. most importantly - above and beyond all other consideration; "above all, you must be independent"
above all, most especially
, the ANSF took the lead on security for their elections, with the support of coalition forces, holding a successful, free and fair parliamentary election. On Oct. 2, 2010, HHB HHB Headquarters Battery
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HHB Headquarters & Headquarters Battery
HHB Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion
HHB Half Human Band (band)
HHB Hello Honey Bear
 led a medical civil action program, with the goal to simply provide medical aid. The operation cared for more than 400 Ghormach district Ghormach is a district in Badghis Province, Afghanistan. The district centre is Ghormach. Localities in this district include Ab-i-Garmak, Arzanak, Du Abi, Garband, Husayn, Joy-i-Shor, Karez, Khatun, Khushki, Pamakhtu, Petaw, Rangin, Rashid, Sartakit, Sawriwon, Senjetak and Sharshari.  citizens, within two days fostering relations among the local populous, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afhanistan and U.S. forces.

On March 15, 2011, the 3-6 FA Centaur cased its colors at FOB FOB 1) adj. short for Free on Board, meaning shipped to a specific place without cost. 2) Friend of Bill (Clinton). (See: Free on Board)  Griffin and formally transferred responsibility, of the Ghormach district and Faryab province to 1st Battalion, 84th Field Artillery Regiment from Bamberg, Germany. During the 12-month deployment the Soldiers and leaders of 3-6 FA displayed exceptionally valorous conduct awarding multiple medals with valor valor

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. The Centaur ' s tour wrote another proud chapter in the battalion's extensive and rich history, losing three Soldiers Three Soldiers is a 1920[1] novel by the American writer and critic John Dos Passos. It is one of the key American war novels of the First World War, and remains a classic of the realist war novel genre. H.L.  and sustaining nearly 35 other combat-related injuries. The battalion maintained the solid tradition of aggressively exceeding all mission requirements. The Centaurs are currently finishing the reset phase of the Army Force Generation process and are receiving equipment, going through 13D, 13B and 13F mobile training teams in preparation for a move to section and platoon collective training events.

2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, Allons

The 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery, Allons redeployed from Baghdad, Iraq, July 2010. Partnering with Iraqi security forces, the battalion reorganized itself as motorized infantry to secure the Karadah political district during national elections. Redeployment was the first step in regaining proficiency as a direct support field artillery battalion, and as the reset phase was completed, the battalion reestablished a baseline of technical and tactical expertise with a six-month intensive training cycle.

From March to August 2011, the battalion conducted six multi-week field training exercises building to battery external evaluations completed in conjunction with Artillery Table XV. Concurrently, the staff developed an operational environment that mirrored Operation Enduring Freedom, driving the military decision making process throughout the training cycle.

Based on the lessons learned during a local howitzer reset, the Allons rebuilt its sustainment operations, integration of 91F armament mechanics and U6 training, creating technical competence technical competence,
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 at the individual level, followed by systems integration between the Forward Support Company and the Brigade Support Battalion's Maintenance Company. The second part was a multi-stage teaching and execution program of artillery ammunition management, ultimately supporting all aspects of field sustainment for the duration of the intensive training cycle.

Alllons fired more than 7,500 rounds supporting the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and its maneuver battalions, working Fires integration into every platoon live-fire conducted, taking an active role in assisting maneuver leaders in preparation for the BCT's fire support coordination exercise. Additionally, Alllons sponsored BCT-wide leaders training in an academic and live-fire environment.

Through redeployment, reintegration, reset, train/ready, the Alllons Battalion's success is due to the professionalism, desire to achieve, technical and tactical competency, and versatility of its Soldiers and leaders. Looking toward the future, the battalion stands ready to support 2BCT in any environment at any time. 'Let's Go!'

4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, Wolfpack

The 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, completed the Army Force Generation cycle and deployed to Afghanistan and by July, the battalion, having most of its equipment, began its collective training period. Wolfpack Soldiers spent the summer in the field honing their core artillery skills, conducting section-battery artillery certification tables. Firing more than 5,000 artillery rounds, the battalion successfully certified all 16 firing sections and four fire direction centers. As a capstone event, the newly certified battalion fired supporting the Spartan Brigade's fire support coordination exercise. The Wolfpack's target acquisition platoon created procedures merging the meteorological and survey military occupation specialties into one functioning section and in September, fielded the new EQ-36 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radar. Simultaneously, the Wolfpack Battalion also honed their counterinsurgency and full spectrum operations skills participating in a brigade counterinsurgency squad training exercise, a battalion, a platoon and squad live-fire exercises. These exercises gave the battalion the necessary avenues to train and certify platoons on maneuver tasks associated with controlling terrain in Afghanistan. Our collective training period culminated in November with the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team's, mission readiness exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La.

The battalion executed four two-gun air assaults and three platoon live-fire defenses, and was a key component to the BCT's success in validating our training strategy. Upon return from JRTC JRTC Joint Readiness Training Center (Fort Polk, LA, USA) , the battalion conducted final load out and deployed to Afghanistan in April 2011, two months earlier than expected.

The battalion partnered with the 4th (Support) Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 205th Afghanistan National Army and assumed a combined battle space tasked, with the responsibility of security, in the western portion of Zharay district, Kanadahar province. Since April, the battalion has conducted more than 1,000 mounted and dismounted patrols, four battalion air assaults and cleared more than 100 improvised explosive devices while manning two FDCs for 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, providing lethal and precision Fires throughout the Spartan area of operations and beyond. 'Be Silent and Act'

5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Thunder

In the months prior to deployment the battalion trained to conduct maneuver and field artillery missions, and completed readiness training at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., including the qualification on the new M777 'lightweight howitzer.' In October 2010, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery, 4th Brigade Combat Team, deployed to Afghanistan.

After deploying to Regional Command-East, Task Force Thunder was comprised of a field artillery, engineers military police, strategic forces advisory teams, a human intelligence collection team civil affairs Designated Active and Reserve component forces and units organized, trained, and equipped specifically to conduct civil affairs activities and to support civil-military operations. Also called CA. See also civil affairs activities; civil-military operations. , the U.S. Air Force and other coalition units, including a Jordanian army battalion.

Gun crews were sent to six command outposts, and forward operating bases throughout Bayman, Logar and Wardak provinces, providing fire support to battalions throughout the brigade, while the remainder of the battalion took over as battle space owners in COPs and FOBs in four locations in three districts in the Logar province. The batteries trained and mentored the Afghanistan National Army and Afghanistan National Police during the deployment.


Bravo Battery, 5-25 FA assumed the traditional Fires role, firing more than 1,800 artillery rounds in supporting 'troops in contact', conducting operations throughout three provinces. TF Thunder demonstrated to insurgents their capability and efficiency in conducting indirect fire missions on enemy positions, further disrupting enemy freedom of movement.

Maneuver forces in 5-25 FA participated in multiple named operations, conducting combined action offensive and search and attack operations, neutralizing and preventing insurgent freedom of movement. These operations encompassed ground movement and air assaults onto objectives to disrupt insurgent activities showing the local populace the Afghanistan National Security Forces had positive control of the area. Through the hard work and actions of TF Thunder, countless coalition and Afghan lives were saved, maneuver force engagements were successful, and the ability of the insurgent elements to impact the course of Afghan transition was reduced.

Whether the TF Thunder's Soldiers were operating in the mountains, traveling the streets of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan, or working to foster strong relationships enabling the spread of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's civil control and governance capacity.

They all have proven themselves worthy, improving quality of life for the Afghan people within Logar province, and have earned the reputation as the flag bearers of counterinsurgency by applying all of its fundamentals in both lethal and non-lethal operations. 'Steel on Target.'

25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Tropic Lightning 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, never Broken

Following reset, from an Iraqi deployment, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, trained for deployment to northeastern Afghanistan. From summer to fall of 2011, the battalion conducted two live-fire exercises at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, wrapping up with a fire support coordination exercise, in which maneuver patrol leaders and forward observers integrated mortar Fires, artillery Fires, and close air support. After a pre-deployment site survey to the Nuristan, Nanghar, Kunar, and Laghman region of Afghanistan, 3rd Battalion learned it would perform a dual-role mission, serving as a maneuver task force and providing Fires supporting two infantry brigades. They reorganized the batteries forming six two-gun firing platoons and two maneuver platoons, and the headquarters reorganized to command and control a maneuver task force.


In January, the battalion deployed to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., validating its FA skills and organization for combat, providing direct support Fires to maneuver task forces and fire direction centers integrated into task force command posts. Eight howitzer sections completed M198 howitzer The M198 howitzer is a medium-sized, towed artillery piece. It can be dropped by parachute or transported by a CH-53E Super Stallion. The M198 is deployed in separate corps- and army-level field artillery units, as well as in artillery battalions of light and airborne divisions.  crew qualification through a mobile training team, and two M119 platoons supported the brigade's company-level combined arms live-fire exercises. The two maneuver platoons and distribution platoon completed a situational training exercise and training on integration of close combat attack. The battalion headquarters further developed its capability to operate as a maneuver task force, assuming responsibility for a key terrain Any locality, or area, the seizure or retention of which affords a marked advantage to either combatant. See also vital ground.  district and a border crossing point in partnership with host nation forces.

The battalion deployed to the N2KL region with the Bronco bronco: see mustang.  Brigade in April 2011. The Soldiers' hard work and dedication through the training and preparation became evident. Task Force Steel provided fire support to two BCTs with nine, two-gun platoons dispersed across three provinces. The task force's six organic firing platoons manned eight M198, and four M119 howitzers. One of the M198 platoons also qualified on M120 mortars after arrival, providing Fires with both weapon systems. A reinforcing M777 battery, operating in three, two-gun platoons increased the task force's capability to provide fire support to the numerous outposts, combat outposts, and forward operating bases also adding Excalibur capability. TF Steel also assumed responsibility for the eastern half of Mohmand Dara district in the Nangarhar province, including the strategic Torkham Gate border crossing point. The task force led an interagency effort partnered with Afghanistan border police, customs police, and municipal leaders to improve security and governance along the Pakistan border. Whether providing cannon and mortar Fires, conducting partnered operations with Afghanistan National Security Force, or sustaining the task force, the Soldiers of TF Steel lived up to the battalion's motto: 'Never Broken by Hardship or Battle!'

2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Wainwright Fort Wainwright is a United States Army post adjacent to Fairbanks in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is part of the Fairbanks, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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The 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, Automatic, spent2010 and the first part of 2011 preparing for an Operation Enduring Freedom deployment with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. The unit focused on artillery skills and reorganization to nine firing platoons supporting the anticipated mission.The battalion trained on Artillery Tables I through XII, at the Yukon Training Area, Alaska, utilizing several mobile training teams, from the Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Okla., and prepared to serve as maneuver unit, if needed, and fielded the EQ-36 Radar.

The unit's training paid off at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., in February 2011, where the battalion executed the squad training exercise and full spectrum operations portions in both an artillery and maneuver role. The unit conducted several live counter-fire events during the FSO (Free Space Optics) Transmitting optical signals through the air using infrared lasers. Also known as "wireless optics," FSO provides point-to-point and point-to-multipoint transmission at very high speeds without requiring a government license for use of the spectrum.  portion of training, and at the conclusion of the MRE MRE
meal ready to eat
 deployed its equipment and personnel to Southern Afghanistan.

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 deployment, the battalion initially established nine firing points across Regional Command-South in three provinces supporting five brigade-level units. Firing platoons from the Automatic Battalion supported Soldiers and Marines from the U.S., Romania, Australia, Canada, and Afghanistan with indirect Fires from the M777A2 howitzers. The radars and lightweight counter mortar radars provide coverage to several brigades. The battalion headquarters managed the artillery firing points, in addition to serving as a maneuver unit with attached forces in an assigned area of operations. As the deployment progressed some artillery platoons have been re-tasked to serve as maneuver units and picked up the mission quite easily continuing the Automatic tradition of the 8th Field Artillery.


2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment

From July 2010 to June 2011, the 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment deployed to Iraq, and upon arrival at Joint Base Balad, the task force began conducting advise and assist operations with the Samarra Operations Command and the 17th Iraqi Army Brigade. They were responsible for a 6,500 square kilometer area of operations including the Samarra, Balad, and Dujayl Qadas of southern Salah ad Din province. The 2-11th FAR oversaw the movement of the first Iraqi army battalion onto Joint Base Balad, initiating the return of the airbase to Iraqi control.

In addition to its maneuver mission, the TF led the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (Advise and Assist Brigade) decisive effort Operation Mobile Warrior, employing three mobile training teams to train Iraqi army division and brigade staffs, commando companies, and field artillery batteries throughout Salah ad Din and Diyala provinces. A training foundation within the 4th and 5th Iraqi Army Divisions was created assisting the Iraqis in their development of internal and external defense capabilities and increased capacity. Under the supervision of the 2-11th FAR training team, the 5th Iraqi Army Division fired the first live artillery rounds, from the M198(t) howitzer, since the beginning of OIF OIF Operation Iraqi Freedom
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. Together with the 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, the TF created the conditions necessary to support the transition of U.S. forces from Iraq.

82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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Over the past year, the 82nd Airborne Division Joint Fires Cell conducted several significant operations and events. The division headquarters returned from Operation Enduring Freedom-X and started on reconstituting Redleg skills. In coordination with the 18th Fires Brigade, the JFC (Java Foundation Classes) A class library from Sun that provides an application framework and graphical user interface (GUI) routines for Java programmers. Sun, Netscape, IBM and others contributed to JFC, which combines Sun's Abstract Windowing Toolkit (AWT) and  rewrote the 82nd ABN DIV Fire Support Handbook to baseline standards, as well as improving 13F fire support team programs throughout the division. We established a division-level joint Fires observer manager, assigning a master sergeant to manage joint Fires observer training in coordination with the 14th Air Support Operations Squadron. The JFC supported the 4th Brigade Combat Team's commander's consolidated FIST certifications. Lastly, the JFC reestablished its airborne competencies and enhanced its command and control abilities during quarterly joint operational access exercises demonstrating the 82nd's ability to execute a joint forcible entry forcible entry n. the crime of taking possession of a house or other structure, or land by the use of physical force or serious threats against the occupants.  airborne insertion of a BCT task force anywhere in the world as part of the division's global response force mission. The division JFC has again deployed to Afghanistan and is conducting counterinsurgency operations, lethal and non-lethal targeting in support of the All American Division's mission in Regional Command-South.

1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Loyalty

After successfully completing the first full-spectrum operation rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., the 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, assumed responsibility for the Global Response Force mission as part of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. Central to this mission was maintaining core competencies across the fire support war-fighting function, and maintaining readiness standards across the BCT. The battalion aggressively supported all BCT-level collective training events, and enhanced the readiness of the combined arms team at all levels.

The battalion developed and implemented a four-phase fire support coordination exercise, building maneuver leaders' competence, as well as confidence in their fire support teams. Key to this exercise was tailoring each scenario to the mission and training level of the supported maneuver battalion. The reconnaissance squadron executed a troop-level event, integrating mounted BCT combat observation lasing teams, as well as the squadrons' organic advanced optics systems, supporting their unique mission set.

In addition to the FSCXs, the Loyalty Soldierssupported the BCT through four BCT-level airfield seizure exercises; company live-fires, command post exercises, and several emergency deployment readiness exercises firing more than 5,000 rounds and executing 2,000 parachute jumps. The battalion maintained readiness through numerous battery-level live-fire exercises, focusing on split-platoon operations consistent with OEF contingency planning. The battalion continued improving its technical competence through platoon-level external evaluations, and leveraging those lessons learned across the battalion. The fire supporters continue improving their joint Fires observer proficiency and have increased participation in close air support exercises with their assigned joint terminal attack controllers.

The paratroopers of the Loyalty Battalion have built and maintained a true fire support network, capable of integrating joint Fires across the spectrum of conflict with precision and accuracy. The battalion stands ready with the Panther BCT as the global response force. ' Loyalty H-Minus!'

3nd Battalion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Thunderbolts

The 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment, Thunderbolts, is currently providing lethal Fires supporting brigade combat teams from Combined Joint Task Force 82nd Airborne Division and Combined Joint Task Force 1st Cavalry Division. In December 2010, the battalion deployed a general support Fires cell and two M777A2 firing batteries supporting the Internal Security Assistance Forces' Regional Command-East. The two firing batteries, Alpha and Charlie, 3-321st FAR, are operating from six forward operating bases with two M777A2 howitzers and one fire direction center each. The batteries provide Fires supporting 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division's Task Force Bronco and 1st BCT, 1st Infantry Division's Task Force Duke. The Thunderbolts have fired more than 8,000 standard and three Excalibur rounds for various operations. The general support Fires cell served as the division joint Fires coordination cell, responsible for synchronizing howitzer maintenance, ammunition resupply re·sup·ply  
tr.v. re·sup·plied, re·sup·ply·ing, re·sup·plies
To provide with fresh supplies, as of weapons and ammunition.

, and providing assessment and certification of M777A2 employment options. After their redeployment in January 2011, Headquarters and Headquarters and Bravo Batteries, have completed reset and are actively participating in the 82nd ABN Joint Operational Airborne Exercise. Bravo provided Fires supporting 1st BCT, 82nd ABN's fire support coordination exercise. The 583rd Forward Support Company was reorganized and trained as radar repair technicians and spent their deployment operating and maintaining three Q36 and one Q37 radars providing support throughout RC-E.

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell Fort Campbell is a United States Army installation located between Hopkinsville, Kentucky and Clarksville, Tennessee and is home to the 101st Airborne Division.

The fort is named in honor of BG William Bowen Campbell, the last Whig Governor of Tennessee.
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The 101st Airborne Division deployed to Regional Command-East, Afghanistan for the second time, in May 2010. The JFC was truly 'joint' in composition having U.S. Navy and Air Force officers serving as electronic warfare officers and air liaison officers, greatly facilitating the integration of electronic warfare and close air support platforms into support for brigade combat team operations.

Along with overseeing the artillery and mortar employment of five BCTs, the JFC also had the challenge of integrating two coalition brigades into the division scheme of Fires. The French and the Polish brought their own artillery with digital systems and the Polish even brought one of their own target acquisition radars. Challenges were overcome thru their integration and participation into the four times a week joint Fires working group allowing cooperation between the BCTs and mutual fire support across brigade boundaries.

The JFC spearheaded the division's targeting process, through integration and synchronization of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance An activity that synchronizes and integrates the planning and operation of sensors, assets, and processing, exploitation, and dissemination systems in direct support of current and future operations. This is an integrated intelligence and operations function. Also called ISR.  assets, precision Fires and special technical operations, resulting in removal of many key insurgent leaders. The targeting section of the JFC was responsible for the joint targeting board which integrated and synchronized BCT efforts and prioritized asset allocation Asset Allocation

The process of dividing a portfolio among major asset categories such as bonds, stocks or cash. The purpose of asset allocation is to reduce risk by diversifying the portfolio.

The need to reduce or eliminate civilian casualties was paramount and the division command relied on the JFC to ensure all procedures and processes were in accordance with the rules of engagement and the collateral damage estimation process. The 101st ABN turned over authority with 1st Cavalry Division in June 2011, and has begun preparing for its next deployment to Afghanistan scheduled in 2012.

1stBattalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Top Guns

The 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 7RSs was ordered to deploy with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, and be the main effort of the 2010 surge in the Arghandab River Valley, just north of Kandahar City. The deployment proved to be one of the most dramatic in the battalion's 93-year history. Top Guns Soldiers distinguished themselves earning multiple medals with valor and including three Silver Stars. The battalion revitalized the economic output of the Arghandab River Valley and facilitated long-range international produce export for the first time in history.

Top Guns aggressively restructured itself, stressing Infantry cross training, to maximize boots-on-the-ground in its future deployment's non-traditional mission. Each firing battery split into four platoons, partially mimicking a reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition For the RSTA/ISTAR/STA doctrine, see .

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 augmenting their manpower with almost every Soldier from the battalion staff and specialty shops. HHB fielded two platoons the same way, amalgamating survey, meteorological, operations, and other diverse Soldiers. Powering through the growing pains grow·ing pains
Pains in the limbs and joints of children or adolescents, frequently occurring at night and often attributed to rapid growth but arising from various unrelated causes.
, the battalion conducted extensive company and platoon-level maneuver training from January to April 2010, including a rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., becoming the first field artillery battalion to do an air assault at JRTC.

Top Guns planners took a look beyond the fight, establishing aggressive strategies to engage with and empower local leadership and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the district. Arriving in June 2010, 1-320th FAR partnered with 1/1/205 Corps, Afghanistan National Army and task organized as Combined Task Force Top Guns, a provisional infantry force of more than 1,000 Soldiers.

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 Top Guns met with enemy contact throughout the deployment and in the largest battle three Top Guns Soldiers were killed and 26 others wounded, including the executive officer and first sergeant of HHB. On Sept. 30, 2010, an Afghanistan National Army soldier, part of a combined patrol in contact veered off the cleared path in an IED Noun 1. IED - an explosive device that is improvised
I.E.D., improvised explosive device

explosive device - device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy
 field while seeking cover from small arms fire. CPL David Bixler, with total disregard for his personal safety, leapt onto uncleared ground to pull the ANA soldier to safety, but as a result of his own movement pivoted in the minefield and detonated an IED. CPL Bixler survived the devastation of the IED strike, but the event resulted in the amputation amputation (ăm'pyətā`shən), removal of all or part of a limb or other body part. Although amputation has been practiced for centuries, the development of sophisticated techniques for treatment and prevention of infection has greatly  of both of his legs. He was awarded the Silver Star for his gallantry and courage under fire.

After dozens of casualties, CTF Top Guns, augmented by U.S. and Afghanistan Special Forces, and other Afghanistan indigenous forces, initiated a massive drive into the Green Zone on multiple fronts with two attached infantry companies, A Company, 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment and B Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Division from Task Force RAIDER. CTF Top Guns reduced and seized 17 Taliban strongholds, and established 17 outposts across the Green Zone. Over the entire deployment CTF Top Guns would publicly defer to ANSF, and emphasize to the local population the surge had deployed as part of a the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan security plan. With the successful seizure of the Green Zone, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and ANSF gained significant credibility, motivating the generally neutral population of the Arghandab to begin following the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan administrative and rule of law guidelines.

By the end of the deployment, village reconstruction and population engagement resulted in a civilian workforce hundreds strong, and new buildings rising from formerly war-torn and abandoned villages. The corresponding spike in human intelligence led to the identification and capture of 20 high value detainees in the last four months of the deployment -- more than any other conventional unit in the province. As the deployment wound down, local residents, enjoying their newfound prosperity, refused to shelter Taliban infiltrators and actively formed community security councils, denying Taliban fighters access to their longtime strongholds in the Green Zone.

While CTF Top Guns fought hard and valiantly, the objective was never simply to destroy the enemy, but to create an environment of opportunity the local population would be motivated to maintain. This article is dedicated to the CTF Top Gun Soldiers who paid a life-changing price with their injuries, the families that continue to support them in recovery, and most importantly to those who made the ultimate sacrifice along with the family members they leave behind. Their heroism will never be forgotten.

2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Balls of the Eagle

In April 2010, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, Balls of the Eagle, 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Bastogne departed Fort Campbell for Afghanistan. The Balls Battalion assumed a non-traditional artillery mission with a partnership of the Afghanistan National Army's staff of the 2nd Brigade, 201st Corps, along with Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery. While the firing batteries, Alpha and Bravo along with a battery from the 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne), Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery were spread across the four eastern provinces: Nangarhar, Laghman, Nuristan and Kunar, they provided fire support from 14 forward operating bases throughout the Bastogne Brigade. Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery's mission was to support Balls of the Eagle with logistics.

From August through September 2010, Alpha Battery conducted two howitzer raids under the cover of darkness to provide suppressive sup·pres·sive  
Tending or serving to suppress.

Adj. 1. suppressive - tending to suppress; "the government used suppressive measures to control the protest"
 Fires for the 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry. The battalion's combined 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. , along with the 2nd Brigade, 201st Corps ANA, planned and coordinated the security for 681 polling centers in the provincial elections. As a result of the joint planning and coordination, violence at the polling centers was reduced.

In February 2011, the battalion's FA TOC coordinated the realignment re·a·lign  
tr.v. re·a·ligned, re·a·lign·ing, re·a·ligns
1. To put back into proper order or alignment.

2. To make new groupings of or working arrangements between.
 of artillery coverage throughout Bastogne. A firing platoon of two M777A2 howitzers were retrograded from Forward Operating Base Blessing, to Combat Outpost Fortress in southern Kunar. In addition, two M119A2 howitzers, and crew moved into the newly established FOB Joyce.

In May 2011, Balls of the Eagle, successfully completed a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan, firing more than 2,000 missions and 18,000 rounds. Today, the 2-320th FA stands ready to provide combat power to the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division on its next 'rendezvous with destiny,' scheduled for late 2012.

3rd Battalion, 320th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Red Knights

The 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment deployed to Afghanistan in February 2010. The Red were assigned the responsibility as a task force battle space owning unit for Eastern Kowst and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team Force Field Artillery Headquarters for Paktiya, Paktika, and Khowst provinces. To support the mission the battalion was transformed into a TF commanding and controlling 10 company-sized elements. Task Force Red Knight's guns were dispersed among 10 combat outpost and forward operating bases in direct support of their respective battle space owners.

As the maneuver task force responsible for a strategically important border province, the Red Knights partnered withfour four Kandak level Afghanistan National Security Force commands and the provincial police force conducting nearly 4,000 combined patrols with its ANSF partners in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 10-11.

The task force conducted 2,016 fire missions delivering 14,282 artillery rounds, including 246 missions fired in support of 'troops in contact,' and provided by firing platoons employing three weapons systems (M119, M198, M777) from 10 command observation posts, across three provinces.

As the brigade combat team's main effort throughout the deployment, the TF was at the tip of spear in the fight to disrupt the Haqqani network operating in the area of Paktia, Paktika, and Khost. Through the valorous actions of the combined arms team, the Red Knights captured or killed hundreds of insurgents, removed thousands of munitions, weapons and explosives from the province, significantly increased the capacity of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, leading to expanded host nation control over a strategically important border province.

Since returning from deployment, the Red Knights have conducted reset operations and are focusing on a path leading to the completion of Table XVIII Gunnery by the end of 2011. The Soldiers of 3-320 FA have lived up to the reputation of its predecessors and stand ready for their next 'rendezvous with destiny.' 'Willing and Able'

4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Guns of Glory

The Guns of Glory deployed to Paktika province, Afghanistan as part of Task Force Currahee, August 2010. The battalion manned M119A2s, M198s, and M777A2s across seven firebases and played a critical role in the cross border counter-fire fight. The battalion task organized prior to deployment as a composite field artillery battalion and delivered lethal indirect Fires for 4th Brigade Combat Team, TF Currahee. The Alpha Battery, Archangels creatednewfiring positions at both Combat Outpost Curry and COP Zerok, enabling freedom of maneuver for their supported infantry TF. The Bravo Battery, Bonecrushers traded their M119A2 howitzers in for M777A2s and completed the new equipment training 30-days prior to wheels up. The composite task organization also enabled overlapping Fires coverage of the most critical areas in eastern Afghanistan. The Currahee fire supporters excelled at the employment of hostile intent Fires, sweep and zone missions, and multi-weapon firebase fire·base  
A military base or site from which heavy fire is directed against the enemy.

Noun 1. firebase - an artillery base to support advancing troops
 operations. By the end of the deployment, the battalion fired more than 16,000 rounds in support of the brigade. Task Force Glory was highly successful in the use of Excalibur in combat operations, which was used effectively across Paktika province. The battalion was the first to employ the Israeli 120 mm Enhanced Mortar Targeting System. In early February, the Fires Center of Excellence selected Bravo Battery as the winner of the 2010 Knox Award. This was an outstanding achievement for all the Bravo Battery Bonecrusher Soldiers, leadership, and families.


The Headhunters of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery created a combined action team, which established an enduring partnership and D-30 howitzer training program. The team was committed to training the Afghanistan National Army battery to support the 2nd Afghanistan National Army Brigade. In May of 2011, history was made during an ANA operation when the 6th Maneuver Kandak independently called for and adjusted Fires from the ANA D30 battery. The Headhunters also maintained and operated multiple radar systems across the battle space. The Warriors of Golf Forward Support Company provided logistical and maintenance support for the battalion. They also took on the complex task of operating Forward Operating Base Sharana's Base Defense Operation Center during the deployment. In August of 2011, responsibility was transferred to 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment as part of Task Force Blackhawks.

17th Fires Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Thunderbolt

The Thunderbolt Brigade completed the reset phase of the Army Force Generation cycle and began training reestablishing core competencies after a recent deployment to Iraq. Whether serving in a non-standard role, or delivering Fires, this past year has shown the Thunderbolt Brigade is an agile and adaptive unit that can always accomplish the mission.

The 17th Fires Brigade reestablished itself as a FiB headquarters, conducting numerous training events, and for many staff officers and non-commissioned officers operating as a Fires brigade in major combat operations, is a foreign skill set. During staff exercises, Battle Command Systems of Systems Integration training, and Exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the Thunderbolt Brigade made significant progress in building the fire support artillery skill sets.

Units of 17th FiB focused on core competencies while simultaneously preparing for in-lieu of missions demonstrating the agility and adaptive spirit within 17th FiB and a testament to the resiliency and readiness of Soldiers and leaders alike. 'Unleash the Thunder!!!'

5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, First Round

The 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, First Round, redeployed from Operation Enduring Freedom after performing an in-lieu of route clearance mission. Upon completion of Army Force Generation reset, the battalion began training and certification with its High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. Bravo Battery deployed to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., supporting 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division providing rocket and missile Fires, as well as replicating the integration of general support Fires assets/capabilities into combat operations. The mission set for another OEF deployment will require another transition for 5-3 FAR as one battery will serve as an in-lieu of Target Acquisition Battery and one battery will provide rocket and missile Fires supporting maneuver forces. Soldiers with 5-3 FAR continue to train for this important mission.


1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment, Deep Steel

The 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment, Deep Steel began 2011 with training at Yakima Training Center to certify their High Mobility Artillery Rocket System sections and fire direction centers. While continuing to progress in its training and certification program, 1-94 FAR received notification elements of the battalion would deploy to the U.S. Army Central Command area of responsibility to conduct three non-standard missions. Living up to their regimental motto 'Flexible', the Soldiers and leaders of 1-94 FAR quickly reorganized, trained, and prepared for this challenging mission. Alpha Battery transformed to a ground security force to support an advise and assist brigade. Bravo Battery deployed to Jordan to conduct training with their army to prepare their forces for an upcoming Operation Enduring Freedom rotation. The Headquarters and 125th Forward Support Company deployed to Kuwait providing mission command and logistics support for the Jordanian training mission. Charlie Battery remained at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and continued to train and certify until receiving a notice to deploy to Kuwait and conduct theater security cooperation as a HIMARS HIMARS High Mobility Artillery Rocket System
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 Battery, 26th Field Artillery Regiment, Wolfpack

Foxtrot Battery, 26th Field Artillery continued to train on its core competencies of providing radar and meteorological support to 17th Fires Brigade. The Wolfpack conducted numerous rotations to Yakima Training Center, to support adjacent unit training and to build proficiency in its Mission Essential Task List, or METL METL Metal
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. F/26 will deploy with 1-377 FAR to provide indirect fire sense and warn coverage and meteorological support to field artillery units.

308th Brigade Support Battalion, Redlion

Through all of the training and key events conducted over the past year within 17th Fires Brigade, 308th Brigade Support Battalion, Redlion, has consistently provided superb logistics support to make all events a success. Whether providing enhanced communications capabilities through 256th Network Support Company or supporting events with maintenance and recovery assets, 308th BSB BSB Backstreet Boys
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 has sustained the readiness of the brigade. As a testament to its standards, 308th BSB won the 2011 Supply Service Activity award.

1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment, Gunslingers

The 1st Battalion (Air Assault), 377th Field Artillery Regiment, Gunslingers, began training and certifying core competencies after completing Army Force Generation reset. Within five months after redeployment from Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Gunslingers conducted a section certification; certifying 12 howitzer sections and three fire direction centers. In early March, 2011, 1-377 FAR turned in its M198 howitzers and began fielding the M777A2 lightweight howitzer. The leaders and Soldiers of the Gunslinger Gunslinger

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 Battalion quickly adapted to the changes involved with this new system during new equipment training, establishing the baseline proficiency to conduct a bold certification plan. The battalion recertified all sections on the M777A2 howitzer and upon redeploying from Yakima Training Center, reorganized two of its batteries into six, two-gun platoons, each with an FDC, in preparation for an upcoming mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit deployed to YTC YTC Yield to Call (securities-bonds)
YTC Yakima Training Center (US Army; Yakima, Washington state)
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 in August 2011, to perform their mission rehearsal exercise as a final validation. The battalion also conducted their first 'Molly Pitcher Shoot,' in which spouses were able to observe their Soldiers performing their duties as field artillerymen.


18th Fires Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Steel

The 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne) continues to support world-wide contingency operations. Cannon, rocket, and radar units from the brigade are on the frontline in Afghanistan, supporting close and deep precision Fires. M777A2 light howitzers from 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment continue to provide close supporting and precision Fires to combat forces throughout Regional Command-East. High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, from 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment maintain a vigilant eye over the country providing precision long range Fires to multiple units. Additionally, D-26 Target Acquisition Battery, has been providing counter-fire and counter-battery radar coverage using their Firefinder radar systems for the south and eastern parts of Afghanistan.

At Fort Bragg, the 18th FiB maintains a high state of training and readiness while balancing deployment requirements, and continues to support the 82nd Airborne Division's Global Response Force mission. The relationship with the 82nd ABN is not exclusive to the GRF GRF Graph (File Name Extension)
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 mission, 18th FiB units supported multiple joint operational access exercises and numerous brigade combat team level fire support coordination exercises.

1st Battalion, 321 Field Artillery Regiment, Warriors

Following a successful tour in Afghanistan, 1st Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment, Warriors, conducted reset operations as they prepared to transition, focusing on their core competency mission.

As the Army's only 155 mm airborne artillery battalion, 1-321 AFAR supported four brigade combat teams' joint operations access exercises, each time parachuting two M777A2s onto the drop zone providing reinforcing and precision guided Fires supporting the BCT's seizure of an airfield. The Warriors continue to demonstrate it is a significant enabler capability to the Global Response Force, providing lethal and nonlethal long-range Fires.

Warriors' Soldiers also supported U.S. Army Special Operations Command A subordinate unified or other joint command established by a joint force commander to plan, coordinate, conduct, and support joint special operations within the joint force commander's assigned operational area. Also called SOC. See also special operations.  and deployed to Nellis Air Force Base Nellis Air Force Base (IATA: LSV, ICAO: KLSV) is a United States Air Force base, in Clark County, Nevada, on the northeast side of Las Vegas. It is also treated as a census-designated place by the United States Census for statistical purposes, and so specific , Nev., providing close supporting Fires for Jaded Thunder 2011. This special operations fire support live-fire training exercise focused on synchronizing fixed wing, rotary wing and indirect fire platforms while reducing conflicts between air and ground space.

3rd Battalion, 321 Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Thunderbolts

The 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment, Thunderbolts, are currently providing Fires supporting Combined Joint Task Force 101st Assault and CJTF CJTF combined joint task force (NATO)
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CJTF Coalition Joint Task Force
 1st Cavalry brigade combat teams. In December 2010, the battalion deployed a 10-man general support Fires cell and two M777A2 firing batteries supporting the International Security Assistance Forces' Regional Command-East. The two firing batteries, Alpha and Charlie, and have fired more than 8,000 standard and three Excalibur rounds for planned and 'troops in contact' operations.

The general support Fires cell redeployed to Fort Bragg in August 2011 and was responsible for synchronizing howitzer maintenance, 155 mm ammunition resupply, and providing FA assessment and certification of M777A2. Headquarters and Bravo Batteries redeployed in January 2011 and have completed reset and are actively participating in the 82nd ABN DIV JOAX program. Bravo Battery provided Fires supporting 1-82 BCT's FSCX, demonstrating the M777A2 howitzer is a force to contend with. The Thunderbolt Battalion stands ready to provide accurate and timely joint Fires support to the 82nd ABN.

3rd Battalion, 27 Field Artillery Regiment, Steel Rain

The Steel Rain Battalion has continued to maintain its joint deployment mission providing precision Fires in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since the spring of 2006. The battalion operates the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System and is one of only four HIMARS battalions in the active Army.

Currently, Charlie Battery is deployed supporting the ongoing joint mission and will be relieved by Alpha Battery. Between deployments, batteries have participated in several joint and mission readiness exercises, and training supporting the battalion's ongoing mission.

The rapidly transportable capability combined with the HIMARS's range, lethality and precision make 3-27 FAR an integral part of the 82nd ABN's GRF, which stands ready 365-days a year to deploy anywhere within 96 hours of notification.

188th Brigade Support Battalion, Steel Eagles

Over the past year, 188th Brigade Support Battalion has supported numerous joint operational access exercises. Currently, 135th FSC FSC

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 has personnel deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom providing field-level maintenance to 3rd Battalion, 27 Field Artillery Regiment.

The battalion has been practicing convoy operations, and began training with numerous M240B ranges concluding with stationary gunnery from an M1151. Following this training, the battalion spent a week conducting improvised explosive device defeat lanes. The IED defeat lanes challenge Soldiers to negotiate a mounted vehicular course, while avoiding or reacting to IED simulations. The 188th BSB Soldiers participated in a week-long convoy live-fire exercise testing their ability to perform under fire, reacting to near and far ambushes, improvised explosive devices, recover downed vehicles, and conduct medical evacuations under simulated combat conditions.

The Steel Eagles participated in the Steel Eagle Challenge, a week-long tournament competing in marksmanship, a four-mile run, obstacle course, HMVWW push, a test on basic Soldier skills, and a 20-kilometer road march.

This year, Bravo Company conducted recovery training, as well as an FTX in which all maintenance operations were conducted in a field environment. The 135th Forward Support Company participated in two training exercises supporting 3-27 FAR providing tactical-level logistical support. Additionally, Headquarters and Headquarters Company was presented the DUI excellence streamer from the 82nd Airborne Division commander for two years without a DUI incident. Finally, 583rd Forward Support Company returned after a year serving in support of OEF. The 188 BSB's mission support has been complimented with an extensive state-side training program. The Soldiers are ready to continue forward to support the 18th Fires Brigade wherever they are needed.

41st Fires Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division Fort Hood, Texas, Rail Gunner

The 41st Fires Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division successfully concluded the Army Force Generation train/ready phase, focusing on maintaining proficiencies and preparing units for non-standard missions. The brigade's major efforts included comprehensive Soldier and family fitness, leader development, and material readiness. The Rail Gunners remain focused on core competencies supporting full spectrum operations.

In January, the brigade delivered its first rockets downrange down·range  
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In a direction away from the launch site and along the flight line of a missile test range: landed a thousand miles downrange; the downrange target area. 
, qualifying Multiple Launch Rocket Systems, fire direction centers, radar, and ammunition crews to Fires Table VI standards. In March, the 41st FiB deployed a team of leaders to Korea to participate in Key Resolve. In June and July the brigade focused on Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, Joint Network Node/Command Post Node, new equipment training and validation. The brigade concluded the equipment upgrade by validating the brigade's Army Battle Command Systems during a brigade command-post exercise. In October, the brigade focused on qualifying crews to Fires table VI standards and in November, the brigade sharpened its skills as a force FA headquarters during a brigade-level CPX.

Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Hardrock,provided force protection, logistics and medical support to the brigade command posts. The 324th Network Support Company, Phoenix, provided network operations and satellite communications support for battalion and brigade-level exercises. Alpha Battery, 26th Field Artillery, Wolfpack, provided expert radar, meteorological, and survey support for the brigade, and also supported the 1st Battalion, 333rd 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. , as it prepared for deployment.

The 41st FiB remained under the 1st CAV (1) (Component Analog Video) See YPbPr.

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 training and readiness authority throughout the year. Rail Gunner Soldiers take great pride in providing accurate, timely, and decisive Fires for 'America's First Team' and stand ready to answer our nation's call. 'Rail Gunner Strong!'

2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, Deep Strike

From May until August 2011, the 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, Deep Strike, supported the U.S. Military Academy's cadet summer training. The battalion commanded Task Force Strike at Camp Natural Bridge, West Point reservation, providing command and control for units from five installations across the country. Deep Strike Soldiers displayed professionalism and commitment to excellence as they trained the country's future leaders. In May 2011, Bravo Battery, 2-20 FA competed for and was awarded the Chief of Staff Army Award for Maintenance Excellence, achieving a multitude of perfect evaluations.

1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, First Strike

Along with maintaining its field artillery qualifications, the 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, First Strike, achieved its sixth 100 percent in the III Corps environmental compliance standard evaluation. In June 2011, First Strike Soldiers focused on preparing platoons and teams for in lieu of missions, and in September deployed Soldiers to Afghanistan providing a military enhancement training team for an artillery school, for a basic training unit, and for security force platoons.

The 589th Brigade Support Battalion, Iron Caissons

The 589th Brigade Support Battalion, Iron Caissons, is a multifunctional logistics battalion providing continuous sustainment and support to the entire brigade. In August 2011, the Iron Caissons were recognized as one of U.S. Army Forces Command's, (large category) Supply Excellence Award winners for service support activities. In addition to earning their second consecutive 100 percent rating on Fort Hood's Department of Public Works Semi-Annual Environmental Compliance Assessment Team inspection, the Iron Caissons produced water using Tactical Water Purification Systems, the first event of this nature at Fort Hood in over a decade.

75th Fires Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Diamond

The 75th Fires Brigade consists of the following field Artillery battalions:

* 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery Regiment

* 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment

* 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment

In the last year, the Diamond Brigade sharpened its ability to execute its core Fires mission and two of the brigade's units contributed to overseas operations. The 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, Copperheads, deployed to Afghanistan supporting the NATO NATO: see North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
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International military alliance created to defend western Europe against a possible Soviet invasion.
 efforts to train Afghan forces. The 15th Transportation Company deployed to Iraq where it convoyed equipment. The brigade supported these two deployments while it executed a training schedule that included two joint combined arms live-fire exercises and off-post training in Germany, Wyoming and Virginia.

The Copperhead Battalion's latest deployment challenged them to quickly adapt to mission training and advising Afghanistan National Security Forces trading their Paladins to conduct 21 missions at 16 locations. The Copperhead Soldiers performed a host of different training duties impacting more than 100,000 Afghan soldiers, police and airmen. They assisted the Medical Training Advisory Group and Combat Medic Courses, and the Physician Assistant School, and helped train air mentor teams and security force teams. Finally, they managed ANSF contracts, and enabled battlefield circulation by senior coalition leaders. For its outstanding achievements, the 1-17 FAR was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation The Meritorious Unit Commendation is a mid-level unit award of the United States military which is awarded to any military command which displays exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service, heroic deeds, or valorous actions.  on June 19, 2011.


The 15th Transportation Company, Road Warriors, traveled the roads of Iraq, driving more than 200 convoys from Baghdad to Kuwait. These convoys, totally more than 800,000 miles, and brought the combined military resources to Kuwait where they could be reset and put back into service. Every Road Warriors Soldier made it home with no major accidents or injuries due to enemy actions.

The 75th Fires Brigade executed a training schedule, and planned collective training exercises for January and August 2010, which developed into joint combined arms live-fire exercises. They focused on fire support integration functions and have become the critical training venues to establish our multi-echelon fire support functions.

In August 2011, the 75th FiB took the next step in honing its core mission by continuing its bi-annual, large-scale joint CALFEX CALFEX Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise  program, providing unmatched joint Fires training. The brigade has found becoming a truly integrated joint force depends on establishing and cultivating relationships. The brigade's exercises focus on developing leaders' abilities to adapt and fully integrate with other services/units. Unfortunately, the vast majority of joint experiences occur in combat operations. This 10-day exercise has grown and now involves more than 1,700 Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Sailors and Department of Defense civilians. By the end of the January's exercise, the brigade and the Multiple Launch Rocket System battalions, the 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment, and the 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery Regiment had fired more than 4,000, 155 mm rounds and 200 MLRS MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System (US DoD)
MLRS Multiple Launcher Rocket System
MLRS Marine Corps Long-Range Study (US DoD) 
 rockets honing the ability to attack targets, simulating the targeting and mission processing and supporting the two joint CALFEXs.

The 100th Brigade Support Battalion, Diamond Support, demonstrated vast growth over the course of the two joint CALFEXs, developing its ability to support the brigade headquarters, MLRS battalions and additional participants, by providing every class of supply and maintenance, and coordinating its activities with and through the forward support companies. Diamond Support took its supply and maintenance programs to a cross-continent level in April dividing forces between where 2-18th FAR and 3-13th FAR would be training. They also continued maintaining their supply support activity at Fort Sill.

The 2-18th, Mission Ready Battalion rail-loaded more than 100 vehicles and deployed to Camp Guernsey, Wyo., certifying launcher crews, as well as assisting the Wyoming Army National Guard in training select canon crew members to become MLRS crews. The battalion also conducted vehicle roll-over training, STX STX - Start Of Text  lanes and convoy live-fire training.

The 3-13th Red Dragons, deployed to Fort A.P. Hill, Va., training a wide array of artillery and combat skills, including nuclear, biological and chemical reaction training, vehicle roll-over training and combatives training. Soldiers even had the opportunity to experience a realistic MEDEVAC situation.

The brigade staff and the 258th Signal Company deployed to Grafenwohr, Germany, supporting the division-level exercise, European Command Austere Challenge 11. Redeploying after the exercise, the brigade staff launched the 32nd Annual Diamond Brigade Run. 'Tough as Diamond.'

210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, South Korea, Warrior Thunder

The 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division consists of the following field Artillery battalions:

* 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment

* 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment

The 210th FiB Soldiers remain the only continuously forward deployed Fires brigade in the Army and whether supporting the United States Forces Korea United States Forces Korea (USFK) refers to the ground, air and naval divisions of the United States Armed Forces stationed in South Korea.

Major components of the force include the Eighth Army, the Seventh Air Force and US Naval Forces Korea
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, the 8th Pacific Victory Field Army or the 2nd Infantry Division, the Warrior Thunder Brigade must always be ready to 'Fight Tonight.'

Warrior Thunder coordinates fire supportassets across the Korean peninsula and provides 2ID and our Korean allies, maximum flexibility to conduct full-spectrum operations. Katchi-Kapshida! (We go together!). The 210th fosters and maintains a combined operations relationship with several Republic of Korea army The Republic of Korea Army (ROK Army, ROKA, hangul: 대한민국 육군; hanja: 大韓民國 陸軍) is by far the largest of the military branches, with over 560,000 members as of 2004.  units, working daily with our partners developing and strengthening our alliance through critical training events such as live and virtual command-post exercises, monthly tactical discussions and combined-live-fire exercises with Korean artillery battalions and maneuver forces. The 210th FiB continues to hone warfighting skills and tactical interoperability capturing the spirit of Katchi-Kapshida! These relationships also include the full-time teammates within our ranks, the Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army enhancing unit-to-unit bonds.


Additionally, 210th played a crucial role during the division's warpath and warfighter training exercises beginning in September. The brigade will round out its year participating in theater-level exercises, division focused events and brigade driven exercises. Warrior Thunder stands together to defend the Republic of Korea.

Transforming into a modular brigade, 2012 will bring change for 210th FiB, rounding out its ranks with a myriad of specialty and low density military occupational specialties. Warrior Thunder will field new equipment and upgrade their current fleet, expanding their capabilities providing a more flexible, agile force, ready for defense.

Training under realistic conditions, maintaining equipment to standard, counseling and Soldier care are the cornerstones of the brigade's mission. 'Warrior Thunder remains Second to None!'

212th Fires Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, Gunstone

On Aug. 15, 2011, the 212th Fires Brigade uncased its colors as the Army's seventh Fires brigade, bringing back a part of the historic 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss. The Brigade's Signal Company was activated later, on Oct. 14, 2011.

The Gunstone Brigade, located on east Fort Bliss, is currently focused on reset operations, training and preparing for combat and will build on its foundation, receiving hundreds of Fires Soldiers along with equipment specializing in lethal and nonlethal operations.


In addition to building the capabilities of its Fires brigade command post, the brigade headquarters will provide focus in a number of areas to include building on military occupational specialties, proficiency/core competencies, through 1AD Fires seminars & universities, standardizing Fires certification programs, improving collective joint Fires proficiencies implementing an external battery evaluation program for the division. The King of Battle is at Fort Bliss! With the excellent support from the 1AD, Fort Bliss, and the El Paso community, the 212th FiB adds a new chapter in its history and is on its way to becoming a highly skilled and proud team, ready to perform their mission supporting full spectrum operations. 'Courage and Command!'

214th Fires Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Leader

The 214th Fires Brigade continues to perform as they take on diverse missions around the world, from Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan, and display their versatility and skills by successfully performing target acquisition support, target processing, signal support, security forces, and precision Fire missions. The brigade has been successful as a result of a rigorous training plan, utilizing various simulations and training exercises to equip its Soldiers with the latest tactics, techniques and procedures.

The Leader Brigadeprovides the warfighter on the front line with expert target acquisition support in the form of multiple in lieu of Q-36 and Q-37 radar sections, target acquisition, headquarters and target processing sections. Over the past year, all three FA battalions have provided these in lieu of radar sections from their Paladin, Multiple Launch Rocket System, and High Mobility Artillery Rocket System sections and continue to maintain core competencies. The Brigade Support Battalion has also prepared for any future contingency missions conducting various deployment exercises and non-standard training events throughout the year.

The brigade prepares by participating in various joint and combined training events, such as Daring Warrior, mentoring the Singaporean armed forces during their certification exercise. The BSB maintained focus on potential future deployments conducting a joint deployment exercise, with the 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus Air Force Base Altus Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base in southwest Oklahoma that was established in January 1943.

The host wing is the 97th Air Mobility Wing, which includes an operations group, a maintenance directorate, a mission support group, and a medical group.
, designed to rehearse quick loading the BSB's equipment onto C-17 Globemasters for immediate movement to conduct humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery Regiment, Deep Attack

The 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery Regiment, Deep Attack trained, equipped, and deployed Bravo Battery as a target acquisition battery to Iraq and Afghanistan. It has also conducted battalion operations at Fort Bliss, and trained Charlie Battery to perform motorized infantry company operations in preparation for its Afghanistan deployment.

In March 2011, 2-4 FA deployed to Fort Bliss, Texas, and executed Multiple Launch Rocket System live-fire certifications, military operations on urban terrain operations, convoy live-fire, and a multitude of individual and crew served weapons ranges. As an added experience, the battalion conducted convoy operations, with movement approximately 600 miles, to and from Fort Bliss.

In May 2011, the battalion received deployment orders to Afghanistan supporting the Rule of Law Forces. Charlie Battery transitioned, trained and equipped this element within 60 days and deployed in September 2011.

In June 2011, the battery headquarters and target processing sections deployed and assumed command and control over Regional Command South's target acquisition assets. The first section to redeploy re·de·ploy  
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1. To move (military forces) from one combat zone to another.

 from theater arrived at Fort Sill, in August and is currently conducting reintegration and then transition back to core competency skills training.

With the majority of the battalion deployed, performing non-standard or in lieu of missions, the remaining batteries continue training on traditional artillery tasks and logistical support, retaining proficiency in delivering Fires support. The Deep Attack Battalion is fully prepared to answer the nation's call anytime.

2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, Rock Hard

The 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery's mission is to prepare for combat as a M109A6 Paladin equipped unit supporting full spectrum operations, providing surface-to-surface cannon Fires and in lieu of counter fire radar capabilities.

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 radar mission transitioned from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn and successfully redeployed. The battalion conducted numerous battery and battalion-level live-fire exercises maintaining its mission essential task list and quarterly certified all gun sections and fire direction centers. Bravo Battery continues to certify and deploy radar sections supporting operations in the U.S. Army Central Command area of responsibility.

Alpha Battery was called upon to support the 428th Field Artillery Brigade providing Fires supporting the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery and the Field Artillery School's Basic Officer Leader Course III, Field Artillery Career Captains Course, and 13F Advanced Individual Training. The battalion supported the 214th Fires Brigade and 75th FiB throughout the year. The battalion headquarters participated in two Global War on Terrorism Terrorist acts and the threat of Terrorism have occupied the various law enforcement agencies in the U.S. government for many years. The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, as amended by the usa patriot act  scenario command post exercises, utilizing all organic Army Battle Command Systems and resulting in approximately 20,000, 155 mm projectiles fired this year.

1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment, Steel Warriors


The 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery, Steel Warriors, completed reset in November 2010 and participated in Operation Daring Warrior, a joint exercise with the Singapore army. In February 2011, the Steel Warriors successfully executed small-arms and convoy live-fire ranges at Fort Bliss, Texas, as well as battery-level external evaluations. In April 2011, the battalion had a unique training opportunity, participating in a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System training event with the U.S. Air Force, Precision Fires Missiles and Rockets Program Manager and the Fires Center of Excellence Master Gunner Division, flying to and from White Sands Space Harbor White Sands Space Harbor (WSSH) is the primary training area used by NASA for Space Shuttle pilots flying practice approaches and landings in the Shuttle Training Aircraft and T-38 Talon aircraft.  Airstrip, N.M., unloading and firing a total of six Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System rockets in less than four hours.

168th Brigade Support Battalion, Make It Happen

The Make It Happen, 168th Brigade Support Battalion conducted full spectrum operations training as they remained postured in the Army Force Generation available window. Two forward logistic elements deployed, in late winter, to White Sands, N.M., supporting 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery and 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery. In early spring, the battalion deployed to Lexington, Okla., conducting joint training with the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 149th General Support Aviation Battalion. Midsummer brought deployment readiness training, beginning with convoy protection platform gunnery. The 168th BSB participated in a deployment exercise scenario, with the 58th Airlift Squadron, from Altus Air Force Base, focused around a notional humanitarian assistance/disaster relief mission in Kingston, Jamaica, and the summer wrapped up with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive training lanes centered on hasty decontamination decontamination /de·con·tam·i·na·tion/ (de?kon-tam-i-na´shun) the freeing of a person or object of some contaminating substance, e.g., war gas, radioactive material, etc.

 of equipment. The full gamut of 168th BSB capabilities were tested during the disaster response exercise; to include water production, aerial delivery, distribution management, refueling operations, maintenance and recovery operations.

Rounding out the year, the battalion conducted joint operations with the state of Oklahoma's Joint Force Headquarters, supporting the multi-state Operation Sooner Response. The BSB deployed across the state and provided sustainment to several National Guard civil support teams.

Hotel Battery, 26th Field Artillery

Hotel Battery, 26th Target Acquisition Battery completed a successful deployment in Afghanistan, with its last radar section returning in August 2011. While deployed, H-26 integrated a target acquisition sensor management team within the division headquarters, Regional Command-South supporting the joint Fires cell and establishing a centralized sensor management controlling agency, previously nonexistent non·ex·is·tence  
1. The condition of not existing.

2. Something that does not exist.

 capabilities in International Security Assistance Forces and RC-S's area of operations. As the only Fires brigade in the Army with one High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, Multiple Launcher Rocket System, and Paladin battalion, along with a brigade support battalion, network support company, and target acquisition battery, the 214th Fires Brigade maintains constant flexibility to react and provide a full range of fire and logistical support to when they are called upon to execute.

428th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Cornerstone

The Cornerstone Brigade,428thField Artillery Brigade establishes the building blocks, whether developing the technical-skill sets necessary to fight and win or fostering and developing today's leaders. The brigade's training efforts this year focused on leader development and the Profession of Arms Campaign developing changes to program instruction, focusing on core competencies and our ability to integrate Fires with maneuver, in full spectrum operations.

2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery Regiment, Big Deuce

The 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery is the 428th Field Artillery Brigade's training support battalion, delivering Fires, performing logistic operations, supporting the United States Army Field Artillery School The United States Army Field Artillery School (USAFAS) trains field artillery soldiers and Marines in tactics, techniques, and procedures for the employment of fire support systems in support of the maneuver commander. , and providing skilled artillerymen to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Alpha and Bravo Batteries each averaged more than two artillery live-fire exercises per week, delivering Fires supporting call-for-fire training for Basic Officer Leadership Course B students, 13F Advanced Individual Training students, and Marine Scout Observer Course students. Headquarters Service Battery averaged more than seven logistics missions per week supporting the schoolhouse, Marine Detachment, and Non-Commissioned Officer Academy with ammunition and fuel. The battalion spent more than 250-days in the field during the past year firing 44,523 rounds safely and delivering more than 160,000 rounds of ammunition, including eight Redleg Wars, and 112 BOLC BOLC Basic Officer Leader Course  B gunnery exercises, to name a few.

Bravo Battery, the salute battery for the United States Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, executed seven ceremonial salutes, including a salute in honor of General Odierno, at the Field Artillery School's 100th Year Anniversary Celebration.

1st Battalion, 30th Field Artillery Regiment, Hard Charger

The 1st Battalion, 30th Field Artillery Regiment, executes initial military training, professional military education and leader development, training physically fit, competent, and adaptive FA leaders, capable of contributing to their new unit, integrating and executing lethal and non-lethal Fires.

While the battalion is still focused on the basics, BOLC B is adapting to reflect the modernization and growth of the FA. Students are introduced to the Pocket Sized Forward Entry Device, Forward Observer System, Precision Strike Suite software and precision munitions, as well as receiving 32 hours of joint Fires observer training, reporting to their unit as certified JFO JFO Joint Field Office
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JFO Just For Openers
JFO Joint Forces Operations
JFO Joint Fires Observers
JFO Joint Flag Officer
 lieutenants. Upon graduation, students are able to perform as a fire support officer, fire direction officer, and platoon leader in cannon or rocket units.

The FA Captain's Career Course is reducing instruction from 10 days to one day of information operations instruction, allowing integration of the Fire Support Coordinator course, including the 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. , Joint Automated Deep Operations Coordination System, precision Fires integration, the targeting process, scheme of Fires and joint air planning. Emphasis is being placed on automated gunnery troubleshooting, battery maintenance, and Command Supply Discipline Program.

Beginning FY12, our 131A Basic Warrant Officer Course will be decreased from 33 to 30 weeks for active component Soldiers, reducing the instruction of Firefinder maintenance. As the Army MTOEs have changed the place of 131As and they are no longer directly responsible for any single system but an entire platoon Students are given the tools in becoming targeting experts.

The Warrant Officer Advanced Course will be increased from nine weeks to 12 weeks, facilitating the FA commandant's initiative for precision Fires, a three-week, three-block course featuring weaponeering, target coordinate mensuration mensuration /men·su·ra·tion/ (men?ser-a´shun) the act or process of measuring.  and collateral damage estimation.

1st Battalion, 78th Field Artillery Regiment, Teamwork

The 1st Battalion, 78th Field Artillery trains Advanced Individual Training and deploying Soldiers skill-level 1 in core competencies, providing the Army with more than 7,000 Soldiers annually. In addition to training all FA military occupational specialties, the Teamwork Battalion provides logistical and administrative support to the 94M radar repairer and 94S Patriot System repairer's AIT Soldiers. For FY11, the battalion worked diligently with the Fires Center of Excellence Directorate of Training Development to revise the Programs of Instruction and the results will be presented to the TRADOC TRADOC Training & Doctrine Command (US Army)  deputy commanding general for Initial Military Training in early FY12 for approval. The battalion continues the comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program, training cadre how to teach using resiliency and performance enhancing skills.

434th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Destroyer Brigade

The 434th Field Artillery Brigade consists of the following battalions:

* 1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery Regiment

* 1st Battalion, 31st Field Artillery Regiment

* 1st Battalion, 40th Field Artillery Regiment

* 1st Battalion, 79th Field Artillery Regiment

* 1 Battalion, 355th Field Artillery Regiment

* 95th Adjutant ADJUTANT. A military officer, attached to every battalion of a regiment. It is his duty to superintend, under his superiors, all matters relating to the ordinary routine of discipline in the regiment.  General Battalion

* 434 Support Detachment

The 434th Field Artillery Brigade conducts reception for/and Basic Combat Training by transforming civilian volunteers into disciplined, motivated, and fit Soldiers.

Throughout 2010-2011, the brigade refined the execution of the new Basic Combat Training program of instruction, renewing emphasis on back to basics. Developed utilizing feedback from combat-experienced officers and NCOs across the Army, this new POI teaches important basic skills Soldiers need for success, such as: proper handling, firing, and maintaining their individual weapon; the application of tactical combat casualty care (first aid); the preparation of the mind and body for the physical and mental demands of deployment and combat through physical readiness training; the maintenance of situational awareness, 'Every Soldier a Sensor;' voice communication skills; map reading/land navigation and Army values training.

Soldiers conduct an intensive basic and advanced rifle marksmanship series, firing more ammunition than before and simulating stressful combat-like conditions. The brigade implemented the new Physical Readiness Training, designed to improve physical conditioning, while minimizing the potential for injuries. Execution of PRT PRT Print
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 and attention to the scheduling of physically challenging POI events enabled the brigade to report the Army training center's lowest injury rate. Beginning May 2011, batteries conducted pilot execution of the proposed 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.  providing feedback for future implementation decisions. The basic combat training performed annually transforms more than 18,000 civilian volunteers.

Following the Army's decision to discontinue the Warrior Transition Course, 1st Battalion, 79th Field Artillery Battalion reorganized three batteries; and the 1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery stood up a U.S. Army Reserve Battery (Echo Mission) giving the brigade the capability to conduct up to 95 gender-integrated basic training cycles annually with 25 BCT batteries. Additionally, the 1st Battalion, 31st Field Artillery Regiment was activated on Jan. 11, 2011.

Transformation of the 434th Field Artillery Brigade's physical footprint continues with several major facility construction projects and renovations enhancing the brigade's ability to provide world-class training and support to our nation's newest Soldiers.

173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Bamberg, Germany

4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, King of the Herd

In November 2009, 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment deployed as part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan. The battalion converted from an organic M119A2, 105 mm howitzer Fires battalion to man the M777A2, 155 mm howitzer battalion, reorganizing into six firing platoons with two guns and one fire direction center section each, supporting Task Force Bayonet Task Force Bayonet serves as a name for several military task forces throughout history:

United States
  • The deactivated 193rd Infantry Brigade, last stationed in the Panama Canal Zone.
 with decentralized Fires. This reorganization allowed the battalion to locate firing assets throughout TF Bayonet's area of operation in Logar and Wardak provinces. In its second deployment, as a fully-manned artillery battalion and its fifth deployment, as the Fires element for the 173rd ABN BCT, Task Force King relied on its versatility to meet standard and non-standard missions.

Initial mission requirements called for the battalion to be spread in two provinces, with elements supporting four battlespace-owning task forces, three Special Forces task forces, and a number of smaller elements throughout the brigade's footprint. At all these locations, Task Force King paratroopers conducted combined action patrols, combined-action training with Afghanistan National Army soldiers, uniformed police or people's protection program forces, and oversaw daily forward operating base and combat outpost operations, and a myriad of other duties. Including the activities of the attached 118th and 401st Military Police Companies, TF King operated from 12 different locations.

On the lethal side, TF King fired 1,541 artillery rounds in 239 fire missions during its deployment, including two direct fire and one 'Killer Junior' mission. The paratroopers also conducted more than 800 partnership missions and patrols, participated in nearly 500 key leader engagements and more than 100 shuras, discovered or facilitated 25 major weapons cache turn-ins and building relationships with Afghanistan civilians and officials. The TF's approach for many of these improvements, in particular the Afghan uniformed police development program have become the standard across U.S. Forces Afghanistan and Regional Command-East.

The battalion redeployed in November 2010, and began the Army Force Generation process, resetting the unit's equipment and training on the core mission essential tasks. In June 2011, the battalion focused on section certification in accordance with the 173d Redbook, at Grafenwoehr Training Area, conducting the first drop zone airborne assault since activation. Alpha and Bravo Batteries conducted their own drop zone mission, with a total of 72 paratroopers, supporting the core mission essential task list. Finishing the ARFORGEN ARFORGEN Army Force Generation (US DoD)  cycle and preparing for the upcoming training, at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany, the battalion conducted platoon live Fires Table VIII, hip shoots, air assault raids, and airfield seizure operations. The battalion expects to be fully capable for the brigade's next Afghanistan deployment in 2012.


First Army

72nd Field Artillery Brigade, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey

The 72nd Field Artillery Brigade is a training support brigade under First Army Division East, responsible for planning, coordinating and enabling post-mobilization and pre-deployment training supporting specified U.S. Army Reserve, National Guard, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard units. Additionally, since Sept. 1, 2010, the 72nd FA has trained 171 Army units and 78 U.S. Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard units, accounting for more than 7,000 service members, as well as demobilized 171 units totaling 7,047 personnel. In 2011, the brigade began training reserve component Soldiers supporting NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan -- formerly an active component-only mission.

The brigade continues to support pre-deployment training and demobilization de·mo·bil·ize  
tr.v. de·mo·bil·ized, de·mo·bil·iz·ing, de·mo·bil·iz·es
1. To discharge from military service or use.

2. To disband (troops).
 supporting overseas contingency operations. 'On Time, On Target!'

402nd Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas

The 402nd Field Artillery Brigade is a training support brigade under First Army Division West. The brigade serves as the operations center at the Fort Bliss Mobilization Training Center, responsible for planning and executing battalion, brigade and higher-level exercises, preparing and validating engineer, route clearance, vertical and horizontal construction, detainee de·tain·ee  
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 operations, security forces, rear area operations cells, mayor cells, joint area support groups and sustainment, and preparing units for their deployments. Additionally, the brigade provides pre-mobilization training assistance, partnering closely with the 5th Armor Brigade within its capabilities for U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard units.

During 2011, the brigade supported the successful mobilization and training of approximately 13,920 Soldiers and the demobilization of approximately 3,635 Soldiers.

479th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, Strike Hard

The 479th Field Artillery Brigade is a multi-component organization composed of four active components and five U.S. Army Reserve training support battalions under the command of First Army Division West. The 479th FA Brigade serves as the training support brigade at Fort Hood's Mobilization Training Center, providing training and mobilization support to U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard units preparing to deploy. The brigade specializes in weapons qualification, combative, culture and language training, counter improvised explosive devices, mounted gunnery and convoy live-fire operations, force protection and driver's training. The brigade supported the successful mobilization of approximately 10,446 Soldiers and the demobilization of approximately 3,040 Soldiers in FY11. COL William Turner led the brigade's relocation from Fort Sill, Okla., to Fort Hood, in June 2010, as part of First Army's transformation initiative. The brigade incorporated four new active-component training support battalions and assumed a 'round training' role for all reserve component units mobilizing at MTC mtc - A Modula-2 to C translator.
 Hood. The Army Reserve 2nd Battalion, 290th Combat Support/Combat Service Support, from Oklahoma City, Okla., continued to support the reception and demobilization of reserve component units returning from theater to Fort Sill, through December 2010. The brigade also sent 11 Soldiers providing training support to the NATO training mission and Counterinsurgency Training Center in Afghanistan. 'make U.S. Soldiers hard to kill'. On Target, On Target, strike Hard!


1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment, Davis Montham Air Force Base, Arizona

The 1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment, supported several exercises for U.S. Army South, U.S. Air Force South and Southern Command in the past year since returning from a deployment in Al Udeid AFB AFB
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, Qatar. During their deployment the unit worked directly with the 609th Combined Air and Space Operations Center in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 1st BCD (Binary Coded Decimal) The storage of numbers in which each decimal digit is converted into binary and is stored in a single character or byte. For example, a 12-digit number would take 12 bytes. See binary numbers.  worked jointly with allied nations and supported thousands of sorties to include 'troops in contact', dynamic targets and air delivered supplies. In OIF, the 1st BCD was vigilant in supporting Iraqi parliamentary elections and greatly contributed the responsible drawdown of USF-1 forces.


In OEF, the 1st BCD was involved in the presidential elections, the stand up of the International Joint Command, the infamous attack on COP Keating, the surge of 30,000 additional forces into Afghanistan, the largest air assault since Vietnam, Operation Moshtarak, the securing of the key terrain around Kandahar, Operation Hamkari, the Afghanistan Government's Peace Jirga, and the formation of Regional Command South-West.

Members of the 1st BCD overcame many obstacles forward deploying Soldiers to Kandahar and Baghram, Afghanistan, Balad, Iraq and to the USS USS
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Personnel with 1st BCD implemented the deployment's lessons learned into the battle rhythm, proving to be the key in successful execution of training events. The detachment looks ahead to hone individual war fighting skills and to set the example for how important these detachments are in the ground and air to fight as one.

5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, Hickham Air Force Base, Hawaii

The 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii and assigned to the United States Army United States Army

Major branch of the U.S. military forces, charged with preserving peace and security and defending the nation. The first regular U.S. fighting force, the Continental Army, was organized by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775, to supplement local
 Pacific, is the Army's liaison to the 13th Air Force and the 613th Air and Space Operations Center. The unit's mission within the Pacific Command area of responsibility is to create seamless integration of joint Fires, focusing on four key lines of effort: fight tonight, Army - Air Force integration, theater security cooperation, and building strong Soldier and family teams. The 5th BCD participated in various joint and combined exercises working hand-in-hand with Australian counterparts and Japanese Self Defense Force establishing and improving their own operational capability.


Additionally, throughout the year, the 5th BCD provided augmentation to numerous mission readiness exercises and command post exercises. The unit's participation in these exercises enabled the U.S. Army and Air Force to create realistic joint Fires integration training, and air support coordination for contingency operations, as well as served as a combat multiplier.

Its participation in Pacific-partner exercises has strengthened relationships while simultaneously supporting the PACOM PACOM Pacific Command
PACOM Pan-African Committee (for START, the Global Change System for Research, Analysis and Training) 
 and USARPAC USARPAC United States Army, Pacific
USARPAC United States Army, Pacific Command (US DoD) 
 commanders' theater security cooperation programs. During the last year, members of the 5th BCD with members of the 13th Air Force, were deployed to assist in Operation Tomodachi, to Japan supporting the relief operations and assisting victims following the March 2011 tsunami. The Soldiers served as Liaison Officers representing the Joint Forces Air Component commander to the III Marine Expeditionary Force The III Marine Expeditionary Force, is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force of the United States Marine Corps that is forward-deployed and able to deploy rapidly and conduct operations across the spectrum from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to amphibious assault and high , and provided services in the movement of relief supplies to the Japanese people, demonstrating its utility to effectively integrate land and air operations during a humanitarian relief effort. 'United in Victory!'

19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany

The 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment has supported operations and exercises in the U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command areas of responsibility. Stationed at Ramstein Air Base, 19th BCD is embedded within the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center, and provides daily support to 3rd Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Europe, Team 19.

The year started with the commencement of Operation Odyssey Dawn, the U.S. led, multi-national effort to protect the people of Libya enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973. With USAFRICOM USAFRICOM Us Africa Command (proposed unified command)  and USEUCOM USEUCOM United States European Command (US DoD)  heavily involved in OOD See object-oriented design.

OOD - object-oriented design
, the 603rd and 617th AOCs merged and incorporated multi-national liaison teams during March. Team 19 performed this air-centric operation in doctrinal and non-traditional roles. Among the BCD's most significant accomplishments were the effective synchronization of the ground intelligence picture, and providing liaison between the combined AOC AOC,
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 and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit A Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF) that is constructed around an infantry battalion reinforced, a helicopter squadron reinforced, and a task-organized combat service support element. It normally fulfills Marine Corps forward sea-based deployment requirements. .

Throughout 2011, Team 19 has served around the globe with Soldiers simultaneously assigned in and deployed to seven countries as well as afloat with rotational Carrier Air Wings in the AOR AOR

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In addition to real world deployments and support to OOD, 19th BCD has participated in countless exercises and training events throughout 2011, supporting NATO, USEUCOM, USAFRICOM, and the United States Army in Europe.

The 19th BCD continued its work to further the USEUCOM commander's theater security cooperation initiatives; finding new ways to have meaningful dialogue with our allies about air/ground synchronization. In addition to bi-lateral events with the UK, France, and Germany, we were able to find a meaningful way to participate in the NATO exercise Bold Ambition, allowing us to interact with several NATO countries at the Allied Air Component Headquarters at Ramstein Air Base. In June, we began an initiative using the Artillery Systems Cooperation Activities Interoperability Program to enable AFATDS AFATDS Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (US Army)
AFATDS Army Field Artillery Tactical Data System (US Army)
AFATDS Air Force Airborne Tactical Data System (USAF) 
 to communicate with allied fire control systems. Also in the area of theater security cooperation during 2011, 19th BCD has supported two iterations of USAREUR's BAGRAM series exercises preparing that nation's Army for deployment to Afghanistan.

In late summer, the BCD traveled across Ramstein along with the 603rd Air and Space operations center, and occupied a new, state-of-the-art facility. In September the 617th Air and Space operations center again joined forces with the 603rd, merging into a consolidated organization supporting USEUCOM and USAFRICOM from the new facility.

Team 19 has successfully adapted to meet new challenges. Striving for excellence in all we do, our focus remains on maintaining an agile organization with a depth of knowledge and experience enabling us to be a combat multiplier for our supported headquarters. 'Strong Soldiers, Strong Teams!'
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