Archive for October, 2009

posted by 147 FA on Oct 29

LTC Dave Chase, COL Mike Herman, and MAJ Jim Linn at Ali Al Salem Air Base, KuwaitCOL Mike Herman, South Dakota Army National Guard, was stopped for a layover on his way to Afghanistan. LTC Dave Chase and MAJ Jim Linn were able to meet up with COL Herman at Ali Al Salem Air Base. COL Herman kept a watchful eye on the Battalion's 4 new Soldiers as they traveled from Fort Benning to Kuwait in early September.

posted by 147 FA on Oct 27

Warrant EnsigniaThe phrase “Quiet Professionals” represents the Warrant Officer in today’s Army as it has since July 9, 1918, the birthday of the Warrant Corps. Because the Warrant officer Corps makes up such a small amount of today’s total force, many of our fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Guardians don’t know what a Warrant Officer is. "The Army WO is a self–aware and adaptive technical expert, combat leader, trainer, and advisor. Through progressive levels of expertise in assignments, training, and education, the WO administers, manages, maintains, operates, and integrates Army systems and equipment across the full spectrum of Army operations. Warrant Officers are innovative integrators of emerging technologies, dynamic teachers, confident war fighters, and developers of specialized teams of soldiers. They support a wide range of Army missions throughout their career. Warrant officers in the Army are accessed with specific levels of technical ability. They refine their technical expertise and develop their leadership and management skills through tiered progressive assignment and education." At Camp Patriot, located on the Kuwaiti Naval Base, five Warrant Officers are continuing the proud tradition of the Warrant Officer Corps, and making themselves heard. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Oct 24

Click the link below to download a copy of the Battalion Family Support Newsletter for September 2009… 1-147 FA BN FSG Newsletter September 2009

posted by 147 FA on Oct 24

Quilts for TroopsOver five years ago Thelma Pickett of Wessington, SD, read an article in a Kansas newspaper about a soldier serving in Iraq who wrote to his mother telling her how cold it could get in the desert. The soldier’s mother made and sent him a quilt to stay warm during those chilly nights. This story inspired Pickett to start Quilts for Troops in Wessington. Since its establishment five and a half years ago Quilts for Troops has made and given away 618 quilts; some went to cancer patients locally, but the bulk of the quilts have been sent to troops serving in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. Pickett said, “We feel that in a small way we are letting our troops know how proud we are of them and wish to thank them for their service.” Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Oct 23

Soldiers stationed at Camp Patriot take their jobs seriously, but there are also many outlets for fun. Volleyball, basketball, running and comedians are just a few of the events they enjoyed. Here are a few pictures of the different events they enjoyed in September.

posted by 147 FA on Oct 22

The 115th Fires Brigade published their latest issue of Cowboy Thunder, the monthly newsletter for the 115 FiB. Spc Robert Buechler of Battery C 1st Battalion 147 Field Artillery is featured in the article titled "Protecting Home from Abroad" on pages 12-13. Click on the link below to download the pdf of the newsletter to read this and other stories from around the brigade. Cowboy Thunder Vol 1 # 3 Sept 09

posted by 147 FA on Oct 21

MAJ James LinnMarhaba (Hi) from the XO, As we approach 100 days in theater and almost 50% of our mobilization and deployment complete, I would like to look back at a couple of the many new things we have learned. Our mission has placed us in a very unique situation in a very unique place. Our Batteries are the only units in Kuwait that live and operate inside Kuwait facilities. In this situation, we have many more challenges than other units that operate in the Kuwait Area of Responsibility. As a direct result of working hand in hand with the Kuwait Military we have a lot of opportunities to learn about their culture. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Oct 18

Camp Arifjan, Kuwait: Charlie Battery has been in Kuwait now for three months, one month longer than Fort Hood. The SecFor (security force) mission that the Soldiers have been doing has kept them busy. Soldiers generally spend about 12 hours daily preparing for and securing Ash Shuaibah Port. This port was recently visited by the United States Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General George Casey, Jr. In his visit to the busiest U.S. military shipping port in the world, General Casey stated that he was confident in the ability of the military to handle the draw-down of troops in Iraq. General Casey was pleased with the operations and security of the port, which is secured by Charlie Battery. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Oct 17

On September 22, HHB held a promotion and awards ceremony on Camp Patriot. The awards presented were ARCOM (Army Commendation Medal), AAM (Army Achievement Medal) and South Dakota Distinguished Service Ribbon. Pictures by SFC Anderson and SGT Simmons

posted by 147 FA on Oct 16

I have been a fairly avid Scuba Diver for about 17 years; I am open water two certified and have around 150 dives logged. (As deep as 145 ft) I have dived in various locations around the world from Mexico, to California, to Lake Superior along with several locations in the mid west. To this point all of my diving has been normal scuba, I have never had the opportunity to dive with a helmet or any surface supplied air. Read the rest of this entry »