posted by 147 FA on Apr 6

C Btry LogoFourteen months after Charlie Battery returned from a Security Force (SECFOR) mission to Baghdad, Iraq, the unit’s leadership received a call from their Battalion about another pending deployment in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In March of 2008, just after Easter, the 147th Field Artillery Battalion of which Yankton’s Charlie Battery is a part of was given a “pre-alert for training” warning for a summer of 2009 SECFOR deployment. The summer annual training (AT) at Camp Guernsey, Wyoming was changed. The Batteries involved still fired rockets with their Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) however an emphasis was placed on training required for the upcoming deployment. When the AT ended, Soldiers stored away their launchers and equipment and began the process of preparing for their next year’s deployment to Kuwait. Read on...

posted by 147 FA on Apr 4

Hello to you all and welcome to the Joint Operations Center, or JOC for short. We understand if you feel the need to laugh, but we do ask that you please keep the “athletic support garment” jokes to yourselves. The JOC itself is one of many rooms inside the CJLOC, along with the BDOC and the MAST, carrying out the TTP’s, SOP’s, and CCIR’s of SECFOR put down by ASG-KU and ARCENT...whew!! Hopefully, this short write-up will give you a bit of a window into the routines and regular faces here in the bat cave…without so many confusing acronyms. Read on...

posted by 147 FA on Apr 2

C2 Soldiers emplacing a new office trailerTo help fight the War on Terrorism there are thousands of contractors on each base in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. They are called force multipliers because they enable Soldiers to focus on their missions then relax and recharge before they do it again the next day. This is nice because Soldiers don’t have extra duties of Cleaning Shower trailers, or garbage and sewage removal. The Contractors also replace the number of units needed in theater. Instead of Engineer, Transportation, Administration or other Combat Support Units being deployed, we hire civilian contractors to help support our U.S troops for less tax payer dollars. Read on...

posted by 147 FA on Mar 31

HHB LogoJuly 2009 HHB started their mission overseas as three platoons each conducting different missions. The platoon’s missions are Command and Control (Battalion Staff Sections) of land side port security, Camp Command (Mayor Cell) of Camp Patriot, and an Area Reaction Force for all of southern Kuwait. The Area Reaction Force covered over 6000 square kilometers of battle space known as SECFOR South. HHB has brought their Midwest mentality with them raising the bar and exceeding Army standards. The Soldiers are continually complimented on how well they are performing their duties! South Dakota can be proud of the 1/147th Field Artillery Battalion. Read on...

posted by 147 FA on Mar 29

Charlie Battery First Time Deployed Soldiers Speak Out What is it like to be deployed for the first time? Eighteen first time deployed Soldiers from Charlie Battery were asked about their experience on their year long deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. SPC Daryl SieverdingSpecialist Daryl Sieverding – “Being deployed for a year has made me appreciate the small things in life; Family. It has also been rewarding, serving with my brother Matt in Operation Iraqi Freedom.”       SPC Lindsey RichardsSpecialist Lindsey Richards – “I think the most difficult thing is getting used to the time changes and being away from family and friends.”       Read on...

posted by 147 FA on Mar 28

Hello to all our dear friends back in the states. We are winding down here at Camp Patriot, but yet our task at hand is to stay focused and continue to be safe in all we do. We want to come home in tact physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Read on...

posted by 147 FA on Mar 26

Quick Reaction Force members from the 1-147 Field Artillery secure the entry to the pier to ensure only required personnel are near the oil spill to ensure safety of everyone during an Oil Spill Response Exercise Dec. 14.Alpha Battery mobilized on 15 April 2009 in support of OIF 9.2, with the combining of 133 Soldiers from 5 different units and a multitude of MOS's. The SECFOR Company was Commanded by CPT Collin Enstad with 1SG Terry Ching serving as Battery First Sergeant. This group of fine men and women created 1 Headquarters Platoon and 3 SECFOR Platoons. Alpha Battery 1st Battalion 147th Field Artillery (MLRS) was called to active duty to perform a nonstandard mission for the Security Force (SECFOR) at Camp Patriot and Kuwait Naval Base (KNB). Read on...

posted by 147 FA on Mar 25

ARF - KNG MRAP TrainingIn July 2009, Major Faleafine and MSG Odoardi of the 487th FA (Hawaii) escorted Major Koehler, MSG Thyne and SGM Diede to the Samoud military training facility just outside of Kuwait City. There they were introduced to Randy Williams and the staff of MPRI (Military Professional Resource Inc.). The folks at MPRI are part of a contracted group that trains the Kuwaiti Military, and 1/147 FA would be working with them to help train the Kuwait National Guard (KNG) as part of our Host Nation mission. Read on...

posted by 147 FA on Mar 22

LTC David ChaseHello Everyone, Well it is finally here – the LAST newsletter from Kuwait! As I write this we are in the final phases of our relief in place (RIP). That is the term for the process we go through to train our replacements to take over our mission. The RIP process takes between 2-3 weeks and is very detailed and intensive. The beauty of it is we are about 99% complete. We will have our official Transfer of Authority (TOA) on the 23rd of March. That is when we officially relinquish command and our follow on unit from Florida officially takes command. Read on...

posted by 147 FA on Feb 28

The combat medical section of the 147th FA has had a long and illustrious history. Its members have gone on to become artillery officers as well as janitors and doctors. The medical section has supported Global War on Terrorism missions since 2003 and continues to serve with distinction. This deployment has been no different. The medics started their training in March at Fort McCoy, WI ranging from 2 weeks to 3 weeks in length for recertification of their EMT licenses. Read on...