Archive for November, 2009

posted by 147 FA on Nov 30

Greetings from the overnight shift (2nd Platoon)!!! We are approaching our 4 month anniversary of being in the Kuwaiti theater, and operations have been running as smooth as they were since our first day on the job. Second platoon members would like to think that we lucked out with our shift times, which run from 2300-0700 hours. Temperatures during our shift range from the mid-60’s to upper 80’s. We miss out on the hot parts of the day over here and we all enjoy that luxury. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Nov 28

dscn0234Thanksgiving is known as the start of the Holiday season. It is the day people take the time to pause and remember what they are thankful for. On 26 November 2009 the Camp Patriot Dining Facility, or “DFAC” as we call it, gave the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines serving at Kuwait Navel Base “KNB” an event to remember. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Nov 28

Army 10 Miler ParticipantsSouth Dakota National Guard Runners Take 2nd Place Camp Buehring, Kuwait: On October 4, 2009 the United States Army put on the largest 10-miler race in the country with over 30,000 participants in Washington, DC. On that same day in Kuwait, members of the deployed Charlie Battery, First Battalion, 147th Field Artillery from the South Dakota Army National Guard participated in the Army 10-miler race of their own at a U.S. base. Five members of Charlie Battery participated in the race with two Soldiers placing in their respective age divisions. SGT Dan Murtha placed second overall in the male, under 30 year old division and Staff Sergeant Jeremy Brady placed 2nd overall in the male, 30 to 39 year old division. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Nov 26

S-6 Commo SectionThe S6 (communications) section is in charge of all communication for the Battalion. We make sure that all the Soldiers can communicate with other Soldiers and with their families back home. The S6 section spends a good portion of time ensuring that Soldiers can do their day to day operations with the assistance of computers. The section ensures that all security measures are met. This allows the 1/147th Battalion to share sensitive information with other members of the Depart of Defense. The section also ensures that our Soldiers have the most up to date and most appropriate software & hardware available. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Nov 24

HHB held a promotion and awards ceremony on Camp Patriot. Two HHB Soldiers received promotions and another five Soldiers were given various awards. The awards presented were MSM (Meritorious Service Medal), AAM (Army Achievement Medal) and South Dakota Distinguished Service Ribbon. Click on the pictures below to see the presentations.

posted by 147 FA on Nov 20

C Btry LogoHello everyone, I am First Lieutenant Johann Stokes. I am Charlie Battery’s Executive Officer (XO). My duties are the day to day operations of the Battery and to act as the Commander in his absence. Charlie Battery Soldiers have started to take leave and CPT Green is one of those Soldiers. That is why I am writing this article. Our Soldiers that are going on leave are excited about going home. Most are bragging about the number of days until they are home. Those that are coming back are returning refreshed and ready to return to the duty at hand. I have enjoyed talking to those coming back to Kuwait about their time home. They have a gleam in their eyes and a grin on their faces. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Nov 18

HHB LogoWe have made it over the hump and we continue to exceed the standards. The C2 (Mayor Cell of our Camp) has completed a project that all of the residents in the Blue Brick Buildings are grateful for, now that the temps at night are cooler. They were able to move the hot water heaters into a location that makes them safe and operational. A big THANK YOU goes out to the Base Support Operations (CW3 Schreurs, SFC Schladweiler, SSG Heilman, SSG Beisch, SSG Pulscher, and PFC Thyne). We are also doing our host nations part in helping the Kuwaitis clean up the base in the preparation for a Gulf Coast Conference (GCC). The GCC will consist of 5 other Gulf Coast countries and additional 1,000 Troops. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Nov 16

Army, Navy and Coast Guard Force ProtectionCharlie 2nd Platoon Sea Port of Debarkation, Kuwait: Second Platoon of Charlie Battery, First Battalion, 147th Field Artillery based out of Yankton, SD is integrating their mission with the Coast Guard and Navy at the Sea Port of Deportation (SPOD) in Kuwait. When the South Dakota National Guard second Platoon arrived at the SPOD in July, the Army manned all entry control points (ECP’s) on the land side of the port and the Coast Guard and Navy manned the pier side ECP’s. Platoon Sergeant First Class Adam Haas and his Platoon Leader Second Lieutenant Ben Abbey were entertained with the idea of integrating all points and Quick Reaction Force (QRF) patrols with a combination of Army, Coast Guard and Navy personnel. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Nov 14

CSM George ArendsAll, This month we hit a huge milestone for the deployment; on October 15th we hit the half way point, so everything from here is downhill. For most of the Soldiers the first half has seemed to have gone by pretty fast, I hope this is the same for everyone back home. I know that there are days that drag on from time to time, but for us our battle buddies are always willing to get us through those tough times. I hope everyone back home has that same support and if not will ask for help. Our Midwest beliefs seem to get in the way sometimes from us to seek help; don’t let that be the case. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Nov 12

The Military Intelligence section (S2) is not a large or often heard of section but plays an integral part of any exercise or deployment by providing critical and often classified information about the enemy’s plans as well as operations and capabilities. During our daily operations we collect information from many sources to include the internet, the SIPR net ( a classified internet), Humint (human intelligence), as well as many other methods, and compile and analyze all of the information and advise the Battalion Commander on the greatest perceived threats in the area. Read the rest of this entry »