Silhouettes of Steel

Silhouettes of Steel – America’s Corps Artillery

I Corps Artillery

I Corps Artillery, headquartered in Camp Williams, Utah, continues to provide Total Force fires and effects to I Corps–America’s Corps. During the transformation of the Army and the Field Artillery, I Corps Artillery remains battle-focused and continues to train to deploy and fight in any contingency anywhere and anytime in a joint and coalition scenario.

Training Corps Artillery. This year I Corps Artillery had the great opportunity to serve as part of the security forces for the XIX Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. We attribute our success to the great training our Redleg officers and NCOs received at Fort Sill and in other institutional training schools. The I Corps Artillery TOC and liaison personnel had the unique opportunity to coordinate with a variety of state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the XIX Winter Olympic Games. Our first-line leaders excelled in their tasks and performed the security mission with the utmost professionalism.

I Corps Artillery’s training plans for the year were based on the results of our last BCTP Warfighter exercise in 2001. We focused our training to improve our deficiencies, sustain our strengths and prepare for our upcoming Warfighter in October 2002.

In addition, we participated in two major exercises with I Corps. In January, I Corps Artillery deployed to Japan for another successful Yama Sakura exercise. In August we deployed to Korea for the Ulchi Focus Lens exercise. I Corps Artillery used all available deep systems, such as ATACMS, to significantly influence the battle during the exercises. We focused on high-payoff targets deep in the Corps and division zones and planned, coordinated and executed all SEAD and joint SEAD missions in support of Corps deep attacks. By employing advanced techniques for fighting the corps deep battle, we were instrumental in the OPFOR’s overwhelming defeat.

I Corps Artillery continues to train on and improve its use of AFATDS. I Corps Artillery successfully fielded the most current version of the AFATDS and has further enhanced its ability to command and control fires on the battlefield. I Corps Artillery has completely digitized its TOC, taking full advantage of the products AFATDS has to offer.

In preparation for I Corps’ Warfighter held in the first part of TY03, we participated in several fires and effects coordination cell (FECC) exercises–to include Cascade Cudgel and Cascade Command held at Fort Lewis, Washington. A major emphasis was to improve timely target analysis, deliver responsive and accurate fires and provide the effects needed on the battlefield in support of I Corps operations.

Utah ARNG. As well as its warfighting mission for I Corps, I Corps Artillery assumes an important and active role in the Utah Army National Guard (UTARNG). Serving asamajor subordinate command, we provide administrative, logistical, operational and training support for two instate battalions: 1-145 FA (155-mm towed) in Salt Lake City and 2-222 FA (Paladin) in Cedar City. We also support a firing battery and FIST slice-B/1 – 148 FA (155-mm self propelled) and Detachment 3/HHB of 1-148 FA, which are located in Logan and Salt Lake City, respectively. The latter units are part of 1-148 FA headquartered in Boise Idaho, which is DS to the 116th Armored Cavalry Brigade.

I Corps Artillery continues to be a leader in providing training assistance, guidance and coordination for a major portion of the Reserve Component Field Artillery brigades. These units and their associated Field Artillery battalions are located throughoutthe US. Participation with these brigades during exercises and training conferences continues to be one of the highlights of I Corps Artillery’s responsibilities. America’s Corps Artillery is proud to be associated with these high-quality soldiers who are committed to the defense of our country.

I Corps Fire Support Conference. On January 2002, the I Corps fire support community came together for the 20th Annual Fire Support Conference at Salt Lake City. Brigadier General Patrick D. Wilson, I Corps Artillery Commander, hosted the conference and presented command guidance and direction for the Corps fire support units. This guidance set the standards for the productive missionoriented training for the upcoming year.

Conference presenters covered a variety of fire support issues and subjects, focusing on “Transformation, Targeting the Nexus.” Presenters included LTG Roger C. Schultz, Director of the ARNG from the National Guard Bureau in Washington, DC; MG Roger L. Brautigan, DCG of I Corps at Fort Lewis, Washington; MG Michael D. Maples, Chief of Field Artillery and CG of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and his program managers from the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill; BG James D. Johnson, CG of JTF-Olympics; COL Rodney 0. Anderson, Commander of the 25th Div Arty, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; COL Robert T. Bray, DAC-ARNG from the FA School and National Guard FA Advisory Chairman (FAAC); personnel from the I Corps Simulation Center out of Fort Lewis; TRADOC System Managers; the I Corps G2 and G3; and the I Corps Artillery Deputy Commander.

Representatives from a large portion of the Field Artillery brigades, division artilleries, our Corps Support Command (COSCOM) and many Field Artillery battalions attended the conference.

The conference continues to provide an excellent opportunity for command interface in I Corps and the fire support community. The next I Corps Fire Support Conference is scheduled for 9 through 11 January 2003 in Salt Lake City.

America’s Corps Artillery. The changes of transformation, homeland security missions and new equipment fieldings are challenging, but all take a back seat to ensuring the nation has a viable fire support team ready to deploy worldwide. I Corps Artillery is committed to meeting the challenges and fusing the Total Force into one. We truly are America’s Corps Artillery!

III Corps Artillery

III Corps Artillery Phantom Thunder at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, is the Army’s largest, most powerful concentration of artillery. This year, III Corps Artillery excelled in planning, training and executing potential contingency war plan operations. The soldiers and leadership of III Corps Artillery also are helping Fort Sill in force protection after the tragic events of September 11th.

17th FA Brigade The Thunderbolt Brigade validated its ability to move, shoot, communicate and sustain combat operations by deploying its TOC and elements from all three battalions to White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), New Mexico, for 30 days. The Brigade also conducted battalion-level and below FTXs, EXEVALs and LFXs.

5-3 FA (MLRS) First Round Battalion deployed to WSMR, underwent an EXEVAL and deployed to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. The O&I section showed its proficiency in an NTC rotation in support of 1st Cavalry Division elements.

1-12 FA (MLRS) Raiders deployed to WSMR, underwent an EXEVAL, deployed to the NTC and fielded the M270A1 . Raiders also demonstrated the new M270A1 during an Egyptian VIP live-fire demonstration.

3-18 FA (Paladin) Steel Professionals deployed to WSMR, conducted an EXEVAL for 1-17 FA and deployed to the NTC. The Steel Professionals excelled in every event.

75th FA Brigade The Diamond Team had an action-packed year with many deployments along with brigade- and battalion-level exercises. The Brigade TOC deployed to Fort Hood, Texas, in support of the 1st Cavalry Division’s Warfighter.

1-17 FA (Paladin) Copperheads completed its battalion EXEVAL in September, achieving excellent results. The Copperheads fired over 800 rounds, validating their ability to shoot, move and communicate. Immediately after the EXEVAL and subsequent 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Copperheads provided the quick reactionary force (ORE) for Fort Sill.

6-27 FA (MLRS) Proud Rockets had an extremely challenging year. They deployed a battery to Fort Knox, Kentucky, in support of the USMA’s mounted maneuver exercise, firing over 30 rockets. 6-27 FA also deployed its O&I TOC to the NTC, providing forcing fires for the 2d rotation.

1-77 FA (MLRS) Falcons First deployed “TF Diamond,” a battery-sized element, to Kuwait for six months as part of Operation Intrinsic Action. The Falcons also completed many FTXs/LFXs in preparation for their July EXEVAL and are preparing for a February NTC rotation.

212th FA Brigade. The Courage and Command Brigade continues to execute mission-oriented, battle-focused training. In March and April, the Brigade conducted successful EXEVALs for 2-18 FA at Twentynine Palms, California, and 632 FA at Fort Sill.

The 2-5 FA (Paladin) Rock Hard conducted many battalion- and battery-level FTXs at Fort Sill. In March, it deployed its O&I to the NTC for a rotation with the 4th Infantry Division. In April, 2-5 FA successfully executed an FTX at Fort Sill with the 3d ACR’s FSE, an ALO and Striker teams, focusing on [A.sup.2][C.sup.2], CAS and SEAD. In August, the Battalion deployed to the NTC to provide DS fires for the 3d ACR.

2-18 FA (MLRS), the Mission Ready Battalion, started the year with a battery Best-by-Test Competition and a battalion LFX. In November, 2-18 FA placed 3d in theArmy-wide Phillip A. Connelly (Large Unit) Field Mess competition. In February, 2-18 FA provided deep fires for the 11th Marines in a Desert Firing Exercise at Twentynine Palms. Finally, the Battalion deployed its O&l to the NTC in August to reinforce 2-5 FA.

6-32 FA (MLRS) Proud Americans started the year providing reinforcing fires for the 3d BCT, 1st Armored Division, at the NTC. In March, the Battalion excelled during its EXEVAL. Shortly after, key leaders deployed to WSMR to evaluate 214th Brigade battalions in EXEVALs. 6-32 FA ended the year with a battery Best-byTest Competition and battalion LFX. In the midst of training and fielding requirements, the Proud Americans won first place in the Army-wide Connelly competition “Maintenance Excellence for Large Tactical Units.”

214th FA Brigade. The Leader Brigade aggressively trained for war throughout the year, firing 670 rockets and deploying the Brigade to WSMR for Operation Leader Fury. During, Leader Fury, the Brigade conducted a combined arms and coalition training exercise, administered two challenging battalion EXEVALs and executed a brigade LFX, massing the fires of two battalions simultaneously on time and on target. As a result, the Big Dawgs stand trained and ready to deploy, fight and win the nation’s wars. Additionally, the Brigade deployed to Fort Hood to support the 4th Infantry Division’s Division Capstone Exercise II (DCX II) and the III Corps Warfighter.

1-14 FA (MLRS) Steel Warriors deployed its TOC to Fort Hood and NTC 02-05 to support theist BCT, 4th Infantry Division. It participated in both DCX II and the III Corps Warfighter. It also deployed to WSMR where it completed a rigorous battalion EXEVAL.

2-4 FA (MLRS) Deep Attack conducted a demanding 10-day FTX, Iron Thunder, and deployed to Fort Hood for DCX II and the III Corps Warfighter. It completed a rigorous battalion EXEVAL during Leader Fury.

3-13 FA (MLRS) Red Dragons deployed its TOC to Fort Riley, Kansas, for the Gauntlet FTX and to NTC 02-06 to support the 1st BCT of the 1st Infantry Division. It also deployed soldiers to Fort Hood for both DCX II and the III Corps Warfighter and completed a rigorous battalion FTX/LFX at Fort Sill. 3-13 FA deployed C Battery (-) to Fort Knox to support summer training of USMA cadets.

The More Than Expected 19th Maintenance soldiers deployed to Southwest Asia, the NTC and JRTC, maintaining its high standards of support.

III Corps Artillery’s aggressive training and deployments keep the Phantom Corps Artillery battle-focused and ready to support the III Corps anywhere, anytime

Phantom Thunder!

V Corps Artillery

Corps Artillery, headquartered in Schwetzingen, Germany, continues to conduct rigorous, realistic training “an ocean closer to where we need to be” as the Army’s only forward-deployed corps artillery. Our overall focus during the past year has been on force protection, training, deployability and taking care of soldiers. Despite the extremely high European operational tempo and demands of force protection overseas, our soldiers continue to lead the way in planning, preparing and executing corps-level deep strike operations, remaining trained and ready for peace or war.

V Corps Artillery’s battle-focused training during calendar year 2002 included a BCTP Warfighter exercise (Urgent Victory) as well as a Warfighter ramp-up exercise (Victory Focus), both at Grafenwoehr Training Area. In addition, the Corps participated in two MLRS live-fire exercises at Grafenwoehr; a CMTC rotation with 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division; a corps deployment to Poland for Victory Strike III where we supported the Corps aviation regiment’s EXEVAL and administered an EXEVAL to 1-27 FA (MLRS); and Exercise Cannon Cloud, a multi-national NATO CPX.

Joint/Combined Exercises. In January, Headquarters, V Corps Artillery and the 41st FA Brigade executed Victory Focus, an exercise designed to allow all V Corps staff and subordinate units to train and refine high-intensity conflict operations in a contemporary operational environment (COE) in preparation for the V Corps/1st Armored Division Warfighter in March (Urgent Victory). In both exercises, the increased communications and synergy provided by the Corps Fires and Effects Coordination Cell (FECC) allowed the Corps to target and V Corps Artillery to deliver timely and accurate ATACMS fires on time-sensitive targets and other high-payoff targets, rapidly destroying the enemy deep and shaping the future fight for the divisions, Div Artys and their reinforcing FA brigades.

In August, Headquarters, V Corps Artillery participated in Victory Start, a CPX designed to train the V Corps staff and exercise all three Corps command posts–main, TAC and rear–in preparation for a deployment to Poland in September-October 2001.

In addition, Headquarters, V Corps Artillery, 41st FA Brigade and 1-27 FA deployed in the vicinity of Grafenwoehr in mid-August to conduct Victory Thunder. This was a scenario-driven exercise that prepared the V Corps Artillery team for 1-27 FA’s October EXEVAL in Poland by refining TTPs for the Corps Strike Package Concept. The Corps Strike Concept includes the V Corps FECC’s having direct command and control of 1-27 FA with the Corps FCE’s executing SEAD and time-sensitive target missions directly to the MLRS launcher level using AFATDS 6.3 software.

Victory Thunder also tested the instrumentation support V Corps Artillery subsequently used in Poland in Victory Strike III. The instrumented launchers provided firing data and after-action feedback down to the individual crew-member level.

In September, all of V Corps Artillery deployed for Victory Strike III–an advanced aviation gunnery and Corps FECC exercise in Poland against a realistic, asymmetrical threat over extended ranges. Headquarters, V Corps Artillery and the Corps FECC supported the corps scenario and the 11th Attack Helicopter Regiment EXEVAL, while Headquarters, 41st FA Brigade commanded and controlled the 900-man exercise OPFOR more than 100 kilometers away. 1-27 FA supported the corps deep attacks as part of the Corps Strike Package, while Headquarters, V Corps Artillery and 1-27 FA leaders controlled the Battalion’s EXEVAL. As in previous Victory Strike exercises, V Corps Artillery further developed relations with our Polish allies, integrating Polish air defense artillery and BM-21s into the exercise.

Finally, immediately after Victory Strike III, Headquarters, V Corps Artillery along with German, Polish and Netherlands Corps and Headquarters AirNorth, participated in Cannon Cloud 02, a multinational CPX/CAX that allowed V Corps to train for an Article V scenario in a realistic joint and combined environment.

41st FA Brigade. The Railgunners had an extremely busy and productive year. In addition to playing key roles in most of the exercises already mentioned, 41st FA Brigade actively sought and executed many training opportunities between major events, even as force protection manpower requirements remained high.

After completing the War-fighter, the Brigade, along with both Corps Div Artys and the Battlefield Coordination Detachment (BCD), fielded and trained on AFATDS and 6.3 software and additional AFATDS systems. 1-27 FA then deployed to the CMTC to reinforce 2-3 FA (M109A6) during the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division CMTC rotation. Following CMTC, key brigade and battalion personnel deployed to CON US to participate in annual training with FA units affiliated with the Brigade as part of the Wartrace program. Finally, 1-27 FA’s October EXEVAL in Poland, executed in conjunction with V Corps’ command post training and the 11th Attack Helicopter Regiment’s EXEVAL, set new standards for realistic training. It included deploying to Poland; conducting reception, staging, onward movement and integration (RSOI); preparing for battle; and executing SEAD targets and time-sensitive targets in support of live-attack aviation squadrons. The EXEVALs were conducted while fighting a real, thinking OPFOR at doctrinal distances on the battlefield.

V Corps Artillery remains prepared to respond to world crises. Our solid, war-fighting-focused training over the past year has kept us versatile and agile, ready to rapidly deploy to any contingency; it has kept us focused with V Corps on executing the nation’s strategy and on winning the nation’s wars.

Thunderstrike!

XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery

XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery continues its mission of providing cannon, rocket, missile and radar support to America’s Contingency Corps–XVIII Airborne Corps. 2001 and 2002 were busy years for this Corps Artillery. From Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery maintains a crisis response artillery force manned, equipped and trained to deploy by parachute assault, air assault, air-land or over the shore anywhere in the world. The OPTEMPO is high and so is the level of achievement of our units and their superb soldiers.

Corps Artillery. The Corps Artillery began 2001 synchronizing fires for the Corps during the 10th Mountain Division (Light) War-fighter Exercise and the Corps Embedded War-fighter Exercise with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). These exercises validated our core competencies, and the XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery Headquarters received outstanding marks from the BCTP O/Cs.

As the year progressed, the Corps Artillery continued its close work with the Field Artillery School on several light fire support modernization initiatives, including the high-mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) and the lightweight 155-mm howitzer system (XM777). We also continued our close working relationship with our ARNG Field Artillery brigades by expanding our Long-Range Digital Sustainment Training Program and sending soldiers to serve as integrated members of NG firing batteries during brigade AT periods.

As 2001 came to a close, the Corps Artillery responded to the September 11th terrorist attacks and supported real-world contingency operations in the Balkans. In November, we deployed two cannon batteries to Kosovo in support of the 10th Mountain Division and KFOR3B. We ended 2001 with Corps Artillery soldiers protecting critical facilities on Fort Bragg, which they continue today; ensuring the peace in Kosovo; and conducting operations while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

2002 began with the Corps Artillery again synchronizing fires for the Corps during the 3d Infantry Division (Mech)/82d Airborne Division tandem Warfighter Exercise. In April, we deployed the Corps Fires and Effects Coordination Cell (FECC) to the NTC for the corps deep attack CTC rotation, validating our ability to plan and conduct aviation deep attacks over distances in excess of 200 kilometers using live ammunition. Immediately following this highly successful exercise, we deployed the Corps FSE to Afghanistan to support Combined Joint Task Force-180 (CJTF-180) and Operation Enduring Freedom with a joint fires cell.

The summer brought us a new commanding general and more deployments in support of a major joint exercise Millennium Challenge 2002 and real-world operations in the Balkans and Afghanistan. In the fall, we continued support of CJTF-180 and Operation Enduring Freedom, regained our critical command and control capabilities in a split-based environment as well as participated in a series of exercises to validate the Corps CP’s ability to reconstitute.

18th FA Brigade (Airborne). During the last two years, the tough, proud and disciplined soldiers of the 18th FA Brigade enjoyed an extremely demanding and highly successful period of training and operational missions. We started 2001 by supporting the Corps and the Corps Artillery in both the 10th Mountain Division and the XVIII Corps War-fighters, earning high marks as the counterfire headquarters for both the 10th Mountain Division and the 101st Airborne Division. In April, 1-321 FA deployed to the JRTC and became the first reinforcing artillery battalion to participate live in the maneuver box at that CTC.

After the Brigade change of command in July 2001, we enjoyed a very busy summer of training that included an MLRS battalion air deployment to Fort Campbell by 3-27 FA (MLRS/HIMARS), a 155-mm and MLRS LFX in support of the 82d Aviation Brigade deep attack operations and gate training in preparation for the KFOR3B deployment of C/1-321 FA and A/3-321 FA.

As we supported operations in the wake of the terrorist attacks, the pace of training and deployments stayed high. In October, 1-321 FA deployed to the NTC in support of the 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division. Two of the 18th FA Brigade’s KFOR batteries also deployed for six months to Kosovo. In January 2002, HHB, 18th FA Brigade and 3-27 FA deployed to Fort Stewart, Georgia, for the 82d Airborne Division Warfighter while 3-321 FA deployed to the NTC in support of the 2d ACR and 1-377 FA (Air Assault) deployed to the JRTC in support of 2d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.

In April, the Brigade HHB and 3-27 FA deployed again to the NTC for the corps deep attack rotation. 1-377 FA deployed soldiers to Twentynine Palms, California, to help our USMC artillery brethren put the XM777 through its paces.

Summer brought another deployment for 3-321 FA in support of the 2d ACR, this time to the JRTC, while C Battery, 3-27 FA deployed to the NTC in support of the 82d Airborne Division and Millennium Challenge. Immediately following the latter deployment, C Battery and 3-27 FA moved to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, and executed extensive live fires in support of the Joint Special Operations Command exercise Jaded Thunder 2.

The Brigade HHB and 3-27 FA closed out 2002 with a joint CPX with the Corps Artillery and 10th Marine Regiment while 3-27 FA prepared to deploy a small headquarters element, an MLRS battery and a Q-37 radar section to Kuwait for six months in support of the 3d Infantry Division and Operations Desert Spring and Intrinsic Action.

The pace remains fast and the demands high for the soldiers and leaders of the XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery, but so do the standards of excellence for America’s Contingency Corps Artillery. From Afghanistan to the deserts of the NTC and from Kuwait to the woodlands of Fort Bragg, Fort Campbell and the JRTC, the Redlegs of XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery and 18th FA Brigade (Airborne) remain trained and ready to meet any challenge in defense of our nation.

DragonFire, Steel, Steel Rain, Warriors, Thunderbolts, Gunslingers and Airborne!

Field Artillery Training Command

The first two years of the 21st century have been dynamic for Training Command as we continue to take on the challenges of training a world-class Field Artillery force, fielding new systems and keeping pace with Army transformation efforts.

Located at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Training Command consists of the Field Artillery Training Center (FATC), the NCO Academy (NCOA), the Field Artillery School and the Marine Corps Detachment. The 30th FA Regiment is integral to Training Command, serving as the staff and faculty for the FA School and parent unit for all civilian staff and students.

FATC. FATC is the Army’s premier training center. It trains about 18,000 soldiers per year–10,000 in BCT, 3,000 in OSUT and 5,000 in AIT. The Center has five training battalions, a support battalion and a reception battalion.

FATC has been focused on producing a better soldier for our Army. The Center added rigor to the POI with an additional FTX and tougher standards for end-of-course testing and went to the OSUT model for MOS 13F and 13D (to include implementing a combined end-of-course FTX for both MOS)–to name a few of the changes. The OSUT model produces a better-trained soldier; our best NCOs from the respective MOS lead our newest warriors from the beginning of their careers.

In addition to converting 13M and 13P training into OSUT in the coming year, FATC will continue to seek ways to produce the best-trained soldiers and Marines.

NCOA. The Academy trains more than 2,200 NCOs annually. Our NCOA PLDC now is conducted for all soldiers stationed at Fort Sill and Fort Riley, Kansas. The NCOA trains about 1,000 PLDC students annually. In addition, our NCOA has incorporated MOUT training into PLDC FTXs–the first NCO Academy in the Army to incorporate such training.

The Academy also trains all FA MOS for BNCOC, about 750 per year, and ANCOC, about 500 per year, for the Active Component worldwide. In 2001, these courses were divided into two phases: Phase I focuses on leadership skills and Phase II is oriented on technical skills. The NCOA has capitalized on the latest technologies and was the Army’s first academy to employ “Distributive Learning” to teach BNCOC, ANCOC, Battle Staff and the First Sergeant’s Courses, all via video tele-training.

FA School. The School has undergone a number of changes in the first years of the new century. Developmental functions formerly accomplished by the School’s Directorate of Combat Developments (DCD) and Warfighting Integration and Development Directorate (WIDD) came under centralized management in 2001. The concept was to bring all material, doctrine and training developments together in one organization. This reorganization piloted for TRADOC by Training Command is no longer mandated by TRADOC.

Starting in FY03, the Fort Sill post staff and Training Command will consolidate and reorganize into major staff sections–Chief of Staff, G1, G2, G3 and G4. The latest FY03 reorganization will affect some sections of the current organization of Training Command.

For example, in conjunction with the FY03 organizational changes, the 1st and 3d Battalions of the 30th FA Regiment are being realigned to better support the student population. 1-30 FA will support all enlisted instruction while 3-30 FA will support all officer instruction. The changes also will consolidate student and faculty administrative and training functions. 2-2 FA will continue its mission of providing live-fire support for student training, firing more than 60,000 rounds a year.

Once the Fort Sill reorganization is implemented, Field Artillery will include an article detailing the changes and a new telephone directory for units to contact program managers.

This year, the FA School also ran a pilot program for the FA portion of the Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) that eventually will replace OBC. Phase I is precommissioning training. In Phase II of BOLC, new lieutenants will receive basic leadership training at a centralized location(s) followed by branch-specific training at the proponent school in Phase III. FA BOLC Phase III will prepare lieutenants to assume the duties of platoon leader, FDO or FSO. BOLC is projected to be implemented in the Fourth Quarter of FY03.

The FA School has had several other changes in training, to include the incorporation of a Janus simulation exercise into the Pre-Command Course, addition of Bradley FIST training, establishment of the Light FSO Lane (LFSO) and conversion of Fire Direction Specialist training to the new 13D, FA Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist.

In the area of technology, the FA School continues to lead the way. Snow Hall now features six high-tech distance-learning classrooms, an automated card catalog for Morris Swett Technical Library and computerized projection in all classroom facilities. With the release of the improved Version 6.3 software for AFATDS, the FA School upgraded the hardware in the 14 “Digital University” classrooms in Burleson Hall.

USMC Det. The Marine Corps Detachment continues to play an active role in Training Command. The FATC and the FA School train more than 2,000 Marine Artillerymen annually. As America’s Field Artillery, the Army and Marine Corps Artilleries maintain close ties in the areas of training, doctrine and materiel developments. For example, the Army and Marines are jointly developing the new Lightweight 155-mm howitzer, and the Marine Corps is buying HIMARS for the 14th Marine Regiment.

The FA Training Command stands proud of its accomplishments and poised to meet all challenges as the FA and Army transform in the 21st century.

1st Armored Division Artillery

The 1st Armored Division Artillery, America’s Iron Steel Div Arty, headquartered in Baumholder, Germany, completed another fast-paced year. The Div Arty focused on force protection and realistic combined arms fire support training at the Grafenwoehr Training Area (GTA), CMTC and NTC. The Div Arty also participated in the V Corps Warfighter and NATO’s Arcade Fusion, an Article V exercise.

The Thunder Battalion , 4-27 FA, returned from Kosovo in May 2001 and conducted section, platoon and battery qualifications as well as LFXs for the 2d BCT at GTA. In January, the Battalion deployed to the CMTC for a challenging winter rotation, participated in the V Corps Warfighter and then returned to GTA in May to support the Ready First Combat Team (RFCT) and 2d BCT CMTC LFXs. The Thunder Battalion also provided fires for the German Artillery School in September and returned to GTA and the CMTC for fall gunnery.

The Gunners of the 2-3 FA reintegrated by training and qualifying their sections, platoons and batteries in 2001. In addition, they provided fires in the RFCT CMTC LFXs. In September, Battery A deployed to Hungary in support of Delta 2001, a NATO exercise. The Gunners participated in the Division Warfighter in March and returned to the CMTC to support the RFCT. They redeployed to GTA for a battalion EXEVAL in June while providing fires for the RFCT during CMTC LFXs.

Deep Steel, 1-94 FA (MLRS/TA), was certified as a battalion in May 2001. In November 2001 ,the Battalion participated in Dark Eagle, a combined arms exercise with the 4th Brigade. It also provided deep fires in the Division Warfighter and returned to GTA in May 2002 for section, platoon and battery qualifications.

The Gunners of 4-1 FA, Fort Riley, Kansas, conducted section through battalion gunnery qualifications in summer 2001, culminating with a brigade-level CALFEX. In September 2001 ,the Battalion deployed to the NTC and fired over 2,500 rounds in support of the 3d BCT. 4-1 FA deployed to Germany for the Division Warfighter in March and A Battery to Kuwait for Operation Desert Spring.

The Div Arty remains combat ready in support of America’s Tank Division

Iron Steel! America’s Div Arty!

1st Cavalry Division Artillery

The 1st Cavalry Division Artillery Red Team located at Fort Hood, Texas, completed a year that was challenging, exciting and rewarding. Throughout a year of global unrest and tragedy, the Red Team remained combat ready and proudly provided the First Team with timely and lethal fires from the sands of Fort Irwin, California, to the kabals of Kuwait. The unmatched proficiency of our Redlegs was evident during highly successful NTC rotations, real-world deployments and a celebratory Division Warfighter exercise.

The Dragons of 1-82 FA spent January 2001 at the NTC reinforcing 2-82 FA. The Battalion then provided DS fires for two consecutive Operation Desert Spring deployments to Kuwait. Additionally, the Dragons have led the Div Arty in the transition to full digitization and Force XXI conversion.

The 2-82 FA Steel Dragons returned from the NTC in February 2001, went through a rigorous train-up and then returned to another brilliant rotation to the NTC in December 2001, providing DS fires to 3d Brigade Combat Team. The Battalion began Force XXI modernization in October 2002.

The Red Dragons of 3-82 FA successfully deployed to the NTC in August 2001 and superbly provided destructive fires to the 2d BCT. November2001 through April 2002, HSB and A Battery deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in a show-of-force mission. The Battalion is currently completing Force XXI modernization.

The First Strike Battalion, 1-21 FA, deployed to White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, for a difficult month-long training exercise to begin the summer of 2001 and then provided reinforcing fires for the Red Dragons at the NTC in August 2001. Through a tough year of training, the Battalion also successfully integrated its TXARNG battery, C/2-131 FA (San Angelo, Texas) into Battalion operations.

The Red Team is combat ready–fully prepared to provide devastating fire support to the 1st Cavalry Division. We look forward to another year of challenges as we prepare to deploy, fight and win America’s battles.

Red Team!

1st Infantry Division (Mechanized) Artillery

The 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized) Artillery–Drumfire!–that stretches from Fort Riley, Kansas, to Germany and farther to the war-torn Balkans, continues to train and integrate combat systems for both high-intensity conflict and SASO.

1-5 FA Destroyer faced challenges and rewards this year at every turn. 1-5 FA supported the 1st BCT’s Gauntlet FTX in January, conducted rail loading operations in January and February and deployed to the NTC in April–in the latter, defeating the OPFOR in all force-on-force battles and firing over 4,000 rounds. The Battalion deployed to Oregon in July to fight wild land fires in the Pacific Northwest. 1-5 FA also was selected as III Corps’ 2002 Army Award for Maintenance Excellence Runner-Up. Hamilton’s Own!

1-6 FA Centaurs won top honors for V Corps in the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence and Supply Excellence. They also provided the salute battery and honor platoons for President Bush and President Chirac’s visit to the Normandy American Cemetery on Memorial Day. In August, the unit conducted Paladin Table XVIII at Grafenwoehr and moved to the CMTC to prepare for a rotation with KFOR4B in November. Swift and Bold!

1-7 FA had a busy year, starting with a rigorous Grafenwoehr gunnery density in January and then immediately demonstrating high-intensity conflict proficiency at the CMTC and in a subsequent KFOR4A Mission Readiness Exercise. The training culminated in May when 1-7 FA deployed to Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, and provided “Bright Sky” illumination missions to the Multinational Brigade (East) (MNB(E)). Battery A’s SSG Erick R. Macher was named the 2002 USAREUR NCO of the Year. The First Lightning Team continues Never Broken in Hardship or Battle!

1-33 FA started the year with a gunnery density and transitioned into the KFOR4A mission readiness exercise at the CMTC. In May, the Golden Lions of B and C Batteries deployed to Camp Able Sentry, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, while D Battery deployed to Kosovo to provide radar coverage for MNB(E). In November, 1-33 FA simultaneously returned from KFOR4A and deployed fresh radar sections to KFOR. Strike Deep!

The Big Red One Artillery stands ready to answer our nation’s call. As always–No Mission Too Difficult, No Sacrifice Too Great

Drum fire!

2d Infantry Division Artillery

Warrior Thunder is the Army’s most forward-deployed Div Arty, protecting Freedom’s Frontier with our allies in the Republic of Korea (ROK).

1-15 FA Guns enjoyed another challenging year. The Battalion played an integral role in the outstanding Division Warfighter in December 2001. 1-15 FA also supported the Warrior Thunder Winter Counterfire Exercise in January 2002 followed by the 1st BCT’s EXEVAL. The Guns then had an EXEVAL and prepared for the Division’s counterfire EXEVAL in May 2002. June included fire marking for the 2d BCTs EXEVAL and O/C duty for a sister battalion. The Guns closed 2002 with Warpath I Exercise and Ulchi Focus Lens.

2-17 FA Steel is the largest artillery battalion in the Army with unique missions: supporting two air assault battalions, a mechanized infantry battalion and a tank battalion. 2-17 FA had an aggressive EXEVAL, conducted maneuver training, integrated ADOCS digitally into the counterfire fight and linked ASAS to give ground commanders real-time enemy intelligence.

6-37 FA (MLRS), the Rocket Battalion, completed three LFXs and many divisional exercises, culminating in the Division Warfighter. A highlight was its participation in the US Army/Navy exercise Operation Neptune Thunder in which MLRS launchers practiced shooting off the decks of ships. 6-37 FA participated in the ROK/US Counterfire Exercise in October 2001 and the Division CPX (War Path II)in November. On l6 October 200l, A/38 FA (MLRS) was detached from 6-37 FA and reassigned to 1-38 FA, as was the Div Arty’s F/26 FA (TA).

1-38 FA (MLRS/TA), Steel Behind the Rock, has conducted several training exercises since activating 16 October 2001. In November, 1-38 FA participated in War Path II, a one-week SIMEX to prepare for the Division Warfighter in December. These exercises allowed 1-38 FA to establish battle-tracking procedures in the TOC and exercise command and control of the Battalion. 1-38 FA conducted its first FTX in January 2002 and its first LFX in February, firing 54 rockets and qualifying all launcher crews. 1-38 FA also had an EXEVAL in the ROK-US counterfire ARTEP in May and participated in Ulchi Focus Lens.

The 2d Div Arty is disciplined, proactive and ready to “Fight Tonight”

Warrior Thunder!

3d Infantry Division (Mechanized) Artillery

The 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized) Artillery, Forts Stewart and Benning, Georgia, supported SFOR 8 and 9 in Bosnia and deployed units to Kosovo for KFOR3A and 3B during the past year. Maine Thunder then quickly transitioned back to its warfighting focus and participated in a Division Warfighter Exercise, deployed units to Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Spring and assumed responsibility for the CONUS Crisis Reaction Force (CCRF). The Div Arty also modernized by fielding AFATDS, ASIP radios and the M7 BFIST.

1-9 FA Battlekings began 2001 training several thousand soldiers for deployments to SFOR and KFOR. It then fielded AFATDS and refined its gunnery and fire support skills, preparing for a rotation to the NTC in support of the 2d Spartan Brigade. 1-9 FA also deployed to Kuwait and assumed duties as the Combined and Joint Task Force, Force FA (CJTF FFA) Headquarters.

1-10 FA excelled at the NTC while providing timely, accurate fires in support of the 3d Hammer Brigade. The Rock’s Support Battalion then participated in the Warfighter and deployed to Kuwait as the CJTF FFA HQ. 1-10 FA will return and field AFATDS in preparation for another NTC rotation in early 2003.

1-41 FA deployed to KFOR3A in May 2001. The rotation was marked by the closure of the Ground Security Zone between the provinces of Kosovo and Serbia, the firing of “Bright Skies” interdiction missions and the operational debut of the BFIST. After returning from KFOR, Glory’s Guns fielded AFATDS and prepared for a rotation to the NTC and deployment to Kuwait.

After its activation in 2000, 1-39 FA (MLRS) fielded AFATDS and deployed to the NTC twice in 12 months as a reinforcing battalion for both 1-10 FA and 1-9 FA. The Speed in Action Battalion provided TA radars and a target production cell to the KFOR and also sent MLRS batteries and Q-37 radars to support rotations 02-01 and 02-02 in Kuwait.

The 3d Div Arty is trained and prepared to provide lethal fires in support of the Marne Division. The Div Arty has demonstrated its flexibility and effectiveness in deploying at a moment’s notice in support of contingencies around the world.

Marne Thunder!

4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) Artillery

The Iron Gunners of the 4th Infantry Div Arty, Fort Hood, Texas, the first fully digitized Div Arty, began 2002 with the successful execution of the Ironhorse Warfighter and Division Capstone Exercise (DCX) II. Iron Gunners continue force modernization while deploying units to the NTC, Fort Carson, Kuwait and Fort Knox. In addition, the Div Arty also participated in Ulchi Focus Lens in Korea. As the first fully digitized Div Arty, Iron Gunners massed rocket and cannon fires supporting the 1st BCT FCX in preparation for NTC 02-05. Additionally, each of the DS battalions and elements of the GS battalion assumed portions of the FORSCOM Division Ready Brigade (DRB).

Deep Strike, 2-20 FA, began the year by fielding the new M270A1 MLRS launcher–the Army’s first and only M270A1 battalion. It deployed as a reinforcing headquarters with 3-29 FA in support of the 3d BCT during NTC 03-01. It then immediately began the train-up as the reinforcing headquarters for 4-42 FA in support of 1st Brigade and the Division’s aviation brigade. Deep Strike remains poised for any major deployment with combat force modules as part of the FORSCOM DRB.

Rolling Thunder, 3-16 FA, deployed to the NTC in May and executed devastating fires for the 2d BCT (Warhorse Brigade). The Battalion capitalized on the howitzer section capability to toggle between [FBCB.sup.2] and the AFCS screens. Rolling Thunder then deployed C Battery to Fort Knox, demonstrating FA lethality while training USMA cadets in mounted maneuver operations.

Pacesetters, 3-29 FA, Fort Carson, Colorado, deployed B Battery to Kuwait from the beginning of the year through April for Operation Desert Spring. In July, the Pacesetters massed the Battalion during Mountain Strike home-station training, including Paladin Table XVIII, force-on-force and a FCX. The Pacesetters continue to provide lethal, accurate fires for the 3d BCT Striker Brigade during the 03-01 NTC rotation.

Straight Arrows, 4-42 FA, provided DS fires for the 1st BCT (Raider Brigade) in February at the NTC. In April, it developed and refined adjust-fire TTP in conjunction with the first initial operational test and evaluation of the Brigade’s tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (TUAV). Straight Arrows closed out 2002 with a highly successful live fire and another train-up with the Raider Brigade for NTC 03-05.

The Iron Gunners remain trained and ready to heed our nation’s call…leading fires into the 21st century.

Iron Gunners!

10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) Artillery

Throughout the 1990s, the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York, earned the title “Most deployed Division in the Army.” With the events of 11 September, that trend continues. By January 2002, Mountain Thunder Red legs were deployed overseas to 12 foreign nations as well as CONUS locations in support of the War on Terrorism. During the clash with Al-Qaeda forces in the Shah-e Kot Valley, fire supporters brought to bear fires that destroyed the enemy and his will to fight. Our troops performed magnificently; many were recognized for their valor and two were awarded the Purple Heart. The Division FSE and a Q-36 section remained with the Division HQ until early autumn, completing the nearly 10-month deployment.

The Div Arty also deployed more than 50% of its personnel as part of the MultiNational Force and Observer (MFO) in the Sinai, SFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina and KFOR in Kosovo and Macedonia.

The Centaurs of 3-6 FA executed full-spectrum operations throughout the world this past year. In November 2001, they deployed with Task Force Falcon to the Balkans. 3-6 FA’s FSEs were among the first to respond to the War on Terrorism in Afghanistan. During Operation Anaconda, they displayed uncommon valor in the highest altitude land battle ever fought by US forces. In November 2002, 3-6 FA deployed to the JRTC.

In summer 2001, 2-15 FA, the Allons Battalion, fired over 5,000 rounds for USMA cadets. It also helped train Division soldiers for a myriad of complex missions in Bosnia, Kosovo and as part of MFO 41 in the Sinai. Soldiers from its FSEs participated in most of these missions. After September 11th, the Battalion deployed a fire support platoon, brigade FSO and Q-36 section with the 2d Brigade Task Force in Operations Anaconda and Enduring Freedom. In October 2002, 2-15 FAR deployed to the JRTC.

The Div Arty’s E/7 FA (155-mm, GS) deployed to Kosovo with 3-6 FA for FA and infantry missions, while 10th TAD deployed to Canada and participated in 197th FA Brigade’s annual training.

Deployed around the world, our Red-legs are prepared to provide fires for America as her Mountain Thunder!

25th Infantry Division (Light) Artillery

From its home in Army Paradise, the Redlegs of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) Artillery, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, have executed the Commander-in-Chief’s guidance–“Be Ready!” Tropic Lightning Redlegs synchronized fires for 16 company-level CALFEX’s at the Pilila’au Range Complex in Makua Valley, focusing on the close fight. Elements of the 25th Div Arty deployed on many training and real-world missions, including: SFOR 11 (Bosnia), PACBond (Australia), Cobra Gold (Thailand), Airbridge (Alaska), the JRTC and the NTC.

2-11 FA On Time synchronized fires for the 2d Brigade Warrior Fire Control Exercise while deployed to the Pohakulca Training Area (PTA) on the Big Island of Hawaii. Key training included live SEAD and an air assault insertion followed by close fire support to three simultaneous company attacks. In April, elements of the Battalion deployed to the JRTC. In May, B/2-1 1 FA deployed to Thailand and conducted three company CALFEXs and executed range control operations for Army, Marine and Royal Thai Army direct and indirect fire weapons.

3-7 FA Never Broken synchronized fires and provided danger-close fires for2-5 IN and 2-35 IN during CALFEXs at Makua Valley. In February, FISTs supported NTC and JRTC ORFOR missions. The Battalion deployed as a whole in April to the PTA for an EXEVAL. Fourth quarter’s focus was the PACBond exchange with the Australian Army. A/3-7 FA and F/7 FA deployed to Darwin, Australia, for live-fire training. On Oahu, the 101st Battery, 8/12 Medium Regiment, Australian Army (155mm towed) was integrated into operations, culminating with the 3d Brigade Bronco FTX, the first stepping-stone for JRTC 03-04.

2-8 FA Automatic executed a successful JRTC rotation that featured an IBCT scenario. It also saw the M119 “silenced” and the M198 “put into action” as it fired during its transition to DS to the 1st Brigade Stryker Team.

F/7 FA (155-mm towed) Foxtrot Never Stops deployed to PTA and conducted an EXEVAL, fired SEAD and supported the 2d BCT Air Assault. The 25th FA Det Eyes of Thunder supported Marine and Army indirect fires on Oahu and the PTA.

The 25th Div Arty stands ready to attack and provide timely, accurate close fires in support of the Tropic Lightning Division as its Tropic Thunder!

28th Infantry Division (Mechanized) Artillery

The dominant themes for the 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized) Artillery, PAARNG, since the 2000 Red Book have been transition, modernization and digitization. All Div Arty units fielded SINOGARS in FY01, enhancing communications and connectivity within “The Army” and improving digital operations. HHB received the TMQ-41 meteorological measuring set (MMS), thus modernizing Met support across the Div Arty.

F/109 FA (TA) fielded Version 8 AN/TPQ-36 radar in July 2001. The unit’s NET started high-tempo training to prepare it for deployment to Kosovo, including supporting the 1st Infantry Division Warfighter in Germany and AT live-fire plus conducting a mission rehearsal exercise at the JRTC. The battery, attached to 3-6 FA, 10th Mountain Division, served in Kosovo from November 2001 to May 2002. Also, the Div Arty’s D/229 FA (M1O9A5s) deployed to Europe for a force protection mission as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

1-107 FA completed Paladin NET during AT in August 2002 at Fort Pickett, Virginia. 1-109 FA will begin Paladin NET in FY03 and receive its howitzers in FY04. C/1-109 FA supported force protection in Europe as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

1-108 FA began transforming to become DS to the new 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) in October. 1-108 FA will field the M198 as an interim howitzer before fielding the M777.

The Div Arty made great strides in improving digital operations at all echelons, supporting Janus exercises for 10 maneuver battalions and one attack aviation battalion. Div Arty units supported three brigade Janus exercises, to include the 1-109 FA’s participation with the 55th Brigade in the XVIII Airborne Corps Warfighter in January 2002. The DivArtyTOC also provided brigade/battalion battle simulation (BBS) higher control for three SIMEXs during the past year–two for the 197th FA Brigade and one for the 103d FA Brigade. In addition, the Div Arty ran its first-ever internally generated and resourced Janus exercise during AT in June 2002.

Transition, modernization and digitization–the 28th Div Arty has met every challenge. Anticipating the future, such as fielding AFATDS and standing up an MLRS battalion, the 28th Div Arty in every way remains Charged to Excellence!

29th Infantry Division (Light) Artillery

The 29th Infantry Division (Light) Artillery, with its headquarters part of the VAARNG, consists of units from three eastern states: 1-246 FA, E/111 FA and the 129th FAD in Virginia; 2-110 FA in Maryland; and 2-192 FA in Connecticut. 2-192 FA is due to deactivate in September 2003.

The 29th Div Arty maintained probably its highest peacetime operational tempo to date, participating in Operation Joint Forge (Bosnia), Operation Noble Eagle II (anti-terrorism/Homeland Defense) as well as its AT that included EXEVALs and various community support projects.

The 29th Div Arty’s training program this year focused on fire support coordination and the delivery of FA fires. Moreover, every element of the Div Arty participated in three brigade battle staff training exercises. Virginia elements of the 29th Div Arty deployed to Fort Pickett, Virginia, to participate in an FTX, delivering fires in an accurate and timely manner. Units were in the field for nine days and shot more than 2,800 rounds. Essential and advanced fire support skills and all manner of digital equipment were exercised within a very successful collective training field problem.

The leadership and alumni of the Div Arty are especially proud of the soldiers who have been called to Federal active service in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The 2-110 FA, 1-246 FA and E/111 FA were called to perform a homeland security mission. With just a few weeks’ notice, these Div Arty units quickly participated in soldier readiness processing, mobilized and were on station performing security missions along the east coast. This level of readiness distinguishes the 29th Div Arty within the National Guard as a leader in force protection.

The Div Arty will apply the excellent lessons learned during this fast-paced year to lead the 29th Infantry Division (Light) into its Division Warfighter exercise in August 2003 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The 29th Infantry Division Artillery continues to shoot, move and communicate–as always, We Stand Ready!

34th Infantry Division (Mechanized) Artillery

The Redlegs of the north continue to push to be the best Div Arty in the ARNG. The Div Arty, headquartered in Minnesota, focuses on training with three artillery systems-M1 09A5 and M198 98 in Minnesota and M102 in Iowa. E/151 FA(TA) received version VIII for the Q-36 radar and spent the year training on this new version, including a lane to qualify sections for combat operations. In TY02 the Div Arty staff began yearly section certifications to maintain their proficiency despite not having outside evaluations each year.

1-125 FA (MNARNG), DS to the 1st Brigade, had a very busy year in 2002. With soldiers deploying to Norway in a military exchange and training in Minnesota for annual FTXs and AT, it used every IDT weekend to the fullest. A successful AT in July at Camp Ripley culminated the year.

1-151 FA (MNARNG), a corps battalion, spent the year working with a training support battalion to hone its combat skills. To qualify every gun section, the Battalion planned creatively, taking sections from different units to qualify outside of the regular AT. Called “Battery Z,” the training took place in July. The Battalion conducted its August AT Tables through XVIII.

1-194 FA (IAARNG), air assault and DS to the 2d Brigade, conducted June AT at Fort Riley, Kansas. The Battalion deployed directly to the field and began its five-phase AT: command evaluation team, gunnery validation, battery qualification lanes for Tables VII-XV, a 96-hour STX and an intensive recovery lane. The Battalion conducted many battery-battalion- and brigade-level air assault operations, including an early-in, deep-raid, live SEAD for the Brigade. 1-194 FA fired 3,388 rounds, including a flawlessly executed 423-round, six-minute schedule of fires to support a notional TF’s deliberate assault.

F/151 FA (MNARNG) focused 2002 on achieving Table XV and conducted live fires in September to support E/151 FA’s fielding of version VIII. In February, it supported the Minnesota-Norway troop exchange firepower demonstration and, in June and July, conducted section and platoon qualifications. AT began ramp-up training for an OPFOR rotation to the NTC. It fielded SINCGARS in September and completed artillery and crew-served weapons live fire in October.

The soldiers and families of the 34th Div Arty stand at the ready when America gives us the call. Storm Artillery!

35th Infantry Division (Mechanized) Artillery

The 35th Infantry Division Artillery, the Santa Fe Div Arty (Kansas, Illinois and Kentucky ARNG), headquartered in Kansas, is on the cutting edge with multiple equipment fieldings, transforming the Div Arty into a relevant force.

2-122 FA(Illinois ARNG) had an EXEVAL at AT with the 35th Div Arty at Fort Carson in TY01. The focus was on ARTEP standards, artillery raids and massing fires with the Div Arty. In TY02, 2-122 FA deployed to Germany for Operation Enduring Freedom. The remaining soldiers completed weapons qualifications, artillery raids, direct and indirect fire missions, and a Janus exercise.

2-138 FA (Kentucky ARNG) fielded six major systems in the past two years: Paladin, hand-held terminal unit (HTU), palletized loading system, SINCGARS, automated net control device and the Q-36 Firefinder. It restructured two batteries into one, helped the FA School with the MOS 13B and 13E courses, and converted a heavy engineer company into a firing battery. Also, more than 100 2-138 Redlegs participated in homeland security missions.

1-161 FA (Kansas ARNG) is providing 200 soldiers for homeland security force protection mission, TF Guardian. The Battalion also provided 28 soldiers to Enduring Freedom in Germany. It conducted AT01 at Fort Carson with the Div Arty, focusing on digital fires. AT02 at Fort Riley emphasized mobilization tasks and digital fires. 1-161 FA is fielding SINCGARS.

E/161 FA (TA) Animals (Kansas ARNG) fielded Version 8 of the Q-36 Firefinder in TY01. It also conducted several support missions for units outside the 35th Div Arty and underwent an EXEVAL in AT02 at Fort Riley. After rotations to Bosnia in 1996 and Kosovo in 2000 and strength issues, the Battery continues to receive high praise for its performance.

HHB, Div Arty is training to be a joint military affairs (JMA) section for SFOR13. After September 11th, it provided soldiers for airport security and the 2002 Women’s Golf Open in Hutchinson, Kansas.

The 35th Div Arty is ready to provide unparalleled worldwide fire support to the Santa Fe Division and the US Army!

38th Infantry Division (Mechanized) Artillery

38th Infantry Division Artillery, Cyclone’s Thunder, INARNG, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, participated in a variety of missions this year. HHB supported each annual training period and provided soldiers to the National Guard Bureau (NGB), Slovakia, and security missions throughout the state and nation in support of homeland defense.

The Division FSE played a corps artillery in the 42d Infantry Division Warfighter exercise at Fort Leavenworth.

2-150 FA, headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, participated in Operation Hoosier Guardian, a 36-hour, multi-agency homeland defense exercise. The Battalion also conducted an intensive AT period at Camp Grayling, Michigan. It began the training period in a consolidated firebase and transitioned to offensive operations. 2-150 FA is part of the 54th FA Brigade.

3-139 FA, headquartered in Crawfordsville, Indiana, underwent a mobilization exercise and conducted battery lanes at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Batteries participated in a defensive lane and live-fire certification. In the defense, each battery conducted live-fire operations while dug-in. Additionally, personnel were attached to the headquarters of the 142d FA Brigade in support of the V Corps Warfighter. Later in the year, 3-139 FA participated in a homeland defense exercise.

1-134 FA, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, conducted an aggressive AT at the NTC in support of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) as OPFOR artillery. The unit looks forward to returning to the NTC in 2004. The Battalion conducted annual training at Camp Grayling where batteries qualified on FA Table XV. The training culminated in a battalion and division artillery LFX.

1-119 FA, headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, engaged in a challenging training year, culminating with AT at Camp Grayling. The Battalion is at a high level of readiness and looks forward to building upon this year’s successes.

E/139 FA (TA), Indianapolis, supported all Div Arty training exercises and several out-of-state units. Battery E continues to maintain a high level of readiness.

The 38th Div Arty is on the road of excellence where “Do it right” is the only standard.

Cyclone’s Thunder!

40th Infantry Division (Mechanized) Artillery

Since the 2000 Red Book, the Sunburst Division’s Artillery, CARRNG, has been focusing on improving and sustaining section- and battery-level proficiencies and deploying soldiers in the nation and world-wide.

At the unit level, we had a number of accomplishments. First, soldiers from F/144 FA (TA) added to their previous tour in Bosnia by completing one in Kosovo from November 2000 to April 2001, supporting the KFOR.

Second, HHB Div Arty, 1-143 FA and 1-144 FA participated in highly successful brigade and below battle command training rotations at Fort Hunter Liggett, California. These multi-day CPXs stressed both commanders and their staffs and enhanced tactical and technical skills down to the staff-section level.

Third, soldiers from all Div Arty units participated in I Corps’ Warfighter at Fort Lewis in October and November 2001. This training further enhanced our command and staff skills and our links with 1 Corps and Corps Artillery.

Next, 1-144 FA sent B Battery to train with the OPFOR at the NTC during 2002. This rotation honed B Battery’s already considerable tactical skills.

We also supported other operations, such as the US Army Japan and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force during Yama Sakura in 2001 and 2002; the 2d Infantry Division Warfighter in Korea in November and December 2001 (involved the 1-144 FA and 2d Brigade commanders and staff plus the Brigade FSE); and Cobra Gold, in Thailand, a combined FTX/CPX with 1 Corps and the Royal Thai Army.

In addition, 40th Div Arty soldiers mobilized and deployed in support of Operation Noble Eagle. Although most of our soldiers who deployed remained in California, they helped conduct security operations at 15 different airports across the state and various military facilities in California or in the western US.

Equipment fielding also continued apace. In the last two years, the Div Arty fielded GLPS and MMS and has started to receive palletized loading system trucks to replace our HEMTTs and five-ton trucks.

The Sunburst Division’s Artillery stands ready to support our nation and communities in the coming year.

Steel Lighting!

42d Infantry Division (Mechanized) Artillery

The Redlegs of the 42d Rainbow Infantry Division (Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey ARNG), with its headquarters in MAARNG, started this training year caught in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The operational pace has not slowed.

1-258 FA, headquartered in Jamaica, New York, began the year conducting security for and providing assistance to civil authorities at Ground Zero in Manhattan. The Battalion lost two soldiers and a soldier’s son who worked in the World Trade Center. 1-258 FA soldiers secured bridges, tunnels, Grand Central Station and the USMA at West Point. 1-258 FA also continued IDT, conducting Tables VI and VII crew certifications, and deployed to the NTC for an OPFOR rotation.

1-101 FA out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, had a year full of operations and changes. In November 2001, C/1-101 FA completed an NTC OPFOR rotation. 1-101 FA trained its staff in a multi-national brigade Warfighter exercise Cooperative Nugget that had phases in Camp Ethan Allen, Vermont; Stockholm, Sweden; and Fort Drum in June 2002. It also started converting from M109A5s to M102s in preparation for reassignment to the 29th Infantry Division (Light) in September 2003. AT was at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts, and Fort Drum, and included the first LFX with the Ml02s.

3-112 FA, headquartered out of Morristown, New Jersey, started the year supporting Operation Noble Eagle. The Battalion wrapped up the year with an AT at nearby Fort Dix. The batteries rotated through crew-served MK-19, SAW, PLGR, IFSAS and FIST training, along with an LFX.

1-102 FA in Quincy, Massachusetts (part of the 113th FA Brigade, NCARNG), had a year of firsts and new beginnings. It participated in its first SIMEX as a reinforcing unit to the 103d Field Artillery Brigade (RIARNG) and conducted a split-AT, deploying twice to Fort Pickett, Virginia, for LFXs within a three-month period. Between the two ATs, the command fielded SINCGARS, IFSAS/BCS Version 11 and the HTU.

The Div Arty capped off the year fighting the COE OPFOR in Balkan Rainbow, the Division Warfighter at Fort Leavenworth. These challenges and accomplishments increased the 42d’s ability to fight and win on the battlefield. Rainbow Thunder!

49th Armored Division Artillery

The 49th Armored Division Artillery Balls of Fire, TXARNG, had an exciting year. Soldiers from the Div Arty trained and deployed in support of state and Federal missions. The deployments started with the activation of members of HHB Div Arty, HHS and A12-131 FA (MLRS), and 3-133 FA in October 2001 to help the Federal Aviation Administration secure Texas’ airports. This activation lasted until June 2002.

In March 2002, 3-133 FA was activated in support of Operation Noble Eagle 1. Soldiers from HHB Div Arty, 1-133 FA and 4-133 FA augmented 3-133 FA. These soldiers formed Task Force FORSCOM Border Support (Texas) and were responsible for helping the US Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s Inspection Division secure the US-Mexico border from southeastern New Mexico to south Texas. All along the border, proud members of the 49th Div Arty did an outstanding job.

Along with state and Federal activations, the 49th Div Arty continued honing its artillery and warfighting skills. The three DS battalions trained for and supported brigade Warfighter exercises, and the entire Div Arty supported the 49th Armored Division in the III Corps Ramp-Up exercise and the III Corps Warfighter. The Div Arty then deployed to Forts Hood and Bliss for AT. B/2-131 FA trained with 2-20 FA (MLRS), 4th Infantry Division. The battery fielded and fired the M270A1, MLRS launcher. C/4-133 FA deployed to the NTC for a rotation to augment the OPFOR. The Div Arty helped its neighbors during major flooding that struck the San Antonio area in July 2002. Soldiers from HHB Div Arty, 2-131 FA and 4-133 FA helped evacuate local residents from their homes in floodwater-damaged areas. The soldiers used five-ton trucks to transport victims to safety. This state activation lasted 14 days.

In August 2002, 4-133 FA was activated in support of Operation Noble Eagle II. The Battalion deployed to replace other National Guardsmen who have been supporting the homeland security mission since September 2001.

The 49th Armored Division Artillery proved it stands ready to accomplish the mission in support of Texas and the US.

Balls of Fire!

82d Airborne Division Artillery

The 82d Airborne Div Arty, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, maintains its ability to deploy worldwide with no notice and synchronize lethal and nonlethal effects for the Division.

The Div Arty Headquarters demonstrated its warfighting skills in two major exercises–the Division Warfighter in January and Exercise Millennium Challenge in July. During the Warfighter, the Div Arty was the force FA headquarters, controlling an active and ARNG FA brigade. In Millennium Challenge at the NTC, the Div Arty leveraged the capabilities of new [C.sup.4] software and integrated effects into combined/joint operations, to include naval gunfire, Marine and Air Force CAS, organic 105-mm assets, HIMARS and the IBCT’s M198s. During the airfield seizure, Div Arty commanded and controlled pre-assault fires from an E8 JSTARS. The Div Arty also conducted two battalion and four battery EXEVALs and many FTXs and CALFEXs.

1-319 AFAR, the Loyalty Battalion, deployed to the NTC in November 2001 to support 3d Brigade. In April, it completed intensive training that culminated with a multi-phased, company close-support CALFEX. The Loyalty Battalion recently broke new ground by forming three provisional 120-mm mortar batteries manned exclusively by 13Bs. These batteries were certified via live-fire and deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom along with a 105-mm howitzer battery.

Paratroopers of 2-319 AFAR, Falcon’s Fury, continued their tradition of excellence: twice at the NTC during heavy/ light rotations and for Millennium Challenge. Additionally, it executed a tough Div Arty readiness test (DART) and massed the Battalion during a battalion artillery readiness test (BART). 2-319 provided fires during two infantry task force EXEVALs, including live-fire SEAD, LZ prep and DZ missions. 2-319 now has the new Striker vehicles and the enhanced capabilities of 6.3 AFATDS and other ATCCS.

3-319 AFAR, the Gun Devils, set the standard in METL-based training. It deployed in two JRTC rotations and conducted two extensive DARTs. The Battalion executed many DZ missions, FTXs and LFXs in support of the Devil Brigade. The Gun Devils are training for a potential deployment in the War on Terrorism.

The 319th AFAR is poised to deliver airborne fires 18 hours from the call, anywhere in the world, any time and in any environment. Airborne-All the Way!

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Artillery

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Artillery Gun of Glory, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, had a dynamic year of training, deploying and supporting the world’s only Air Assault Division. After the tragedy on September 11th, Div Arty was chosen to command and control the force protection mission for the Division and post–once again establishing high standards. The Div Arty HQ maintained its warfighting skills during Ulchi Focus Lens, Korea, in August 2001. The Guns of Glory also fielded AFATDS 6.3 along with the new mission planning and rehearsal system (MPARS).

1-320 FA Top Guns had a busy year with C Battery and a Firefinder section deployed to Kosovo in support of the 2d BCT Strike and Task Force Falcon in KFOR3A. The Battery conducted many air assault raids and “Bright Sky” missions to facilitate the interdiction of smuggling operations. Top Guns also deployed to the JRTC and supported 38 CALFEXs, closing out this year with an Eagle Fires IV battalion EXEVAL in October.

2-320 FA Balls of the Eagle continued to provide outstanding fire support to the 1st BCT Bastogne. The Battalion deployed to the JRTC in October 2001 via river barges. In spring 2002, it participated in “Bastogne Schmal” exercise simultaneously with its EXEVAL. A and C Batteries along with fire supporters from Headquarters and Service Battery introduced USMA cadets to light artillery from June to August.

3-320 FA Red Knights displayed their combat skills while supporting the 3d BCT Rakkasans. The Battalion personnel, including fire supporters and a radar, deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Anaconda from November 2001 until August 2002. The Battalion closed out 2002 with a rotation to the JRTC.

C/1-377 FA (155-mm towed) deployed to Fort Bragg in support of the 18th FA Brigade November through December 2001 and again in April 2002 and to the JRTC with the 1-320 FA in February 2002. 2d FA Detachment Guardians deployed a Q-37 section to KFOR3A in June 2001.

The 101st Div Arty is ready to deploy anywhere, anytime and provide fire support for the Screaming Eagles–in our next rendezvous with destiny. Air Assault!

10th Marine Regiment

As the 2d Marine Division’s Arm of Decision, the 10th Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, maintains excellence in tactical proficiency and operational readiness. This year, regimental elements were forward deployed around the world: the frozen mountains of Norway, steamy jungles of the Philippines, hot plains of Spain and rugged terrain of Afghanistan.

The 10th Marines, the centerpiece of the MAGTF’s fire support capability, maintains the ability to task organize for the division and MEU (SOC) operations. Elements of the 10th Marines were forward deployed with the 22d, 24th and 26th MEU (SOC), demonstrating the concept of operational maneuver from the sea. Additionally, we supported the 3d Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan, in the Unit Deployment Program.

In FY02, 1/10 deployed with the 2d Marines for Exercise Battle Griffin/Strong Resolve with the Norwegian 6th Division throughout the central part of Norway. 2/10 deployed with the 6th Marines to San Gregorio, Spain, for Operation Dynamic Mix, conducting joint operations with various NATO forces. Elements of 2/10, 3/10 and 5/10 participated in the rigorous MAGTF CAX at the MAGTF Combined Arms Training Center, Twentynine Palms, California. T/5/10 0 was the first US artillery unit to live fire in the Philippines during Balikitan 2002 since the US withdrawal in 1993.

The 10th Marines deployed twice to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for exercise Rolling Thunder. These fire exercises allowed the regiment to fine-tune its capability to command and control multiple battalions and conduct joint training with Army MLRS, towed artillery and Q-37 radar units. Both Rolling Thunders incorporated aviation assets, executing both fixed-wing CAS and heliborne operations.

FY02 was unique due to the many assignments of non-standard artillery missions. K/3/10 executed security missions at the American Embassy, Kabul, and at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, as a provisional rifle company during Operation Enduring/Swift Freedom. Elements of 3/10, 5/10 and Headquarters Battery had quick reaction force (QRF) duties as provisional rifle battalions in support of homeland defense.

The 10th Marines, the oldest artillery regiment in the Marine Corps, stands ready to provide timely, accurate fires as the 2d Marine Division’s Arm of Decision!

11th Marine Regiment

The 11th Marines Cannon Cockers, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California (1/11, 2/11 and 5/11) and one battalion (3/11) at Twentynine Palms, California, supported many deployments, exercises, technological demonstrations and contingency requirements in the past year. At the tip of the spear, the 11th Marines provided firing batteries in support of eight deployments to the Western Pacific with the 11th, 13th, 15th and 31st MEU (SOC). Batteries on these deployments trained in Okinawa, Japan; Australia; Hawaii; the United Arab Emirates; and Kuwait. Of note, one firing battery participated in Operation Enduring Freedom from September 2001 until March 2002 in Pakistan while deployed with the 15th MEU (SOC).

Closer to home, the Regiment sharpened its warfighting skills with continuous METL-based training during the year. The schedule included six CAXs at the MAGTF Training Command (MAGTFTC), Twentynine Palms, in support of the 1st and 5th Marines. Each CAX solidified the fire support relationships between the artillery and supported maneuver and focused on digital-sensor-to-shooter procedures. Operation Kernal Blitz, a regimental landing team (RLT)-sized amphibious operation, proved that Marine artillery is fully capable of providing lethal fire support from the beach for the 21st century MAGTF.

Additionally, 11th Marines participated in two division-level CPXs across the Southern California and Arizona deserts (Desert Scimitar), which included staff planning, fire planning and command and control for an actual crossing of the Colorado River and offensive operations over 150 miles of the Mojave Desert. 11th Marines conducted a regimental firing exercise at Camp Pendleton with its four organic battalions with the objectives of honing core competencies, training new staffs and maximizing the use of all training areas on the base.

The Regiment also deployed for two Desert Fire Exercises and a Steel Knight exercise at the MAGTFTC and, while focusing on the five requirements for accurate predicted fire, integrated devastating lethality with massed fires on time and target.

In any capacity, climate or place, the 11th Marines continue to deliver fires on time and on target for theist Marine Division. Cannon Cockers!

12th Marine Regiment

The 12th Marine Regiment, the Marine Corps’ forward-deployed artillery regiment, is headquartered on Okinawa, Japan, and maintains one battalion on Okinawa (3/12) and one on Hawaii (1/12). During the past year, elements of the Regiment deployed throughout the region as they trained in Okinawa, mainland Japan, Hawaii, California, South Korea, the Philippine Islands and Thailand.

In November 2001, elements of the Regiment deployed to Pohang, South Korea, to participate in the Korea Incremental Training Program. In January, 12th Marine elements conducted jungle warfare training at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa. In January and February, elements deployed to Sendai, Japan, to participate in Yama Sakura 41, a joint and combined exercise conducted with the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and the US Army I Corps.

The Regiment conducted a division-level CAX in February and March at Fuji, Japan, while 1/12 deployed to California to participate in a Desert Firing Exercise and Desert Scimitar. In March, the Regiment supported the 3d Marine Division’s CPX, Pacific Impact 2002.

In April, May and June 2002, 3/12 participated in Cobra Gold 2002, a combined exercise with the Singapore and Thai Armed Forces. They honed their ability to deploy rapidly by using maritime prepositioned gear for the exercise.

In April and May, units of the Regiment deployed and participated in Balikatan 2002, a combined exercise with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. 12th Marine elements deployed to South Korea in August and September to participate in the joint CPX Ulchi Focus Lens, while others participated from Okinawa.

While no live firing of artillery is conducted on Okinawa, the Regiment deployed elements to mainland Japan seven times to conduct battalion-and battery-level live-firing exercises.

Forward deployed in the Pacific Theater, the 12th Marines remain America’s Thunder and Steel!

14th Marine Regiment

14th Marines is the largest regiment in the Marine Corps, organized into five battalions at 19 sites throughout 13 states. 14th Marines, headquartered at Naval Air Station, Fort Worth, Texas, has had a busy year living up to its motto–At the Ready!

In March, 2/14 participated in an LFX with 11th Marines at the MAGTF Training Center (MAGCTC), Twentynine Palms, California; the Battalion validated the Total Force concept by successfully integrating selected Marine Corps reserve (SMCR) units with their active-duty counterparts.

Our headquarters provided a liaison team for 1st Marine Division’s annual Desert Scimitar in April. In Desert Scimitar, the Division exercised command and control over doctrinal distances as it moved from MAGCTC to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona.

In April and May, our MAGTF liaison team supported I MEF at Camp Pendleton, California, during Desert Spear; 14th Marines helped develop and execute the MEF’s counterfire plan.

1/14 and 3/14 participated in separate CAXs at MAGCTC in July and August. The Battalions focused on coordinating airand ground-delivered fires for infantry battalions. Both successfully honed their artillery skills in the arduous desert environment. In addition, they trained on smallarms and crew-served weapons.

Also in June, 4/14 conducted an LFX at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. The Battalion fired more than 2,000 artillery rounds and conducted nearly 100 individual battery moves.

In July, our Headquarters Battery and 5/14 deployed to Camp Pendleton for an LFX, conducting battery- through force artillery-level operations. We broke new ground using Version 10 EPLRS to transmit digital fire missions from the MEF to the Battalion.

The Regiment supported III MEF in August as its force artillery for Ulchi Focus Lens in Korea; 14th Marines improved staff planning skills and developed tech- niques and procedures for the force artillery mission. Battery K, 4/14 traveled to the Ukraine in October for the NATO livefire Exercise Cooperative Adventure Exchange, involving English, Ukrainian and Belgian units.

14th Marines is constantly training to live up to its motto

At the Ready!

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