Archive for December, 2009

posted by 147 FA on Dec 24

posted by BN Admin on Dec 22

Alpha Battery has experienced a baby boom! A total of eleven fathers had to say their good-byes to their loved ones knowing that during their yearlong deployment to Kuwait they would have an addition to their families when they arrived back at home. Seven Soldiers have already welcomed the new additions to their families. A few of the Soldiers were able to leave the mobilization site while others scheduled their leave to be present for the birth of their babies. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by BN Admin on Dec 21

C Btry LogoCamp Arifjan/Sea Port of Debarkation, Kuwait: It has been a long, standing order in the Army that once a Soldier sets up his fighting position, he starts to improve on it. By improving his position, the Soldier increases his chance of survival and the successful completion of his mission. This is no different for a Battery. Charlie Battery, 1-147th FA started its mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in April of 2009. After a two month predeployment to Fort Hood, Texas, Charlie Battery made its way to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait and took over an essential Force Protection mission at the Sea Port of Debarkation/Embarkation (SPOD/E) in Kuwait. This port is responsible for supplying nearly 100% of all tactical equipment that is used in both the Iraqi and Afghanistan theaters of operation. Protecting the personnel who operate this port and the billions of dollars worth of military and civilian equipment that is located there is a mission that Charlie Battery has taken quite seriously. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Dec 18

posted by BN Admin on Dec 17

Ground Breaking“Our goal is to maintain and improve the quality of life for all U.S. forces stationed at Kuwait Naval Base” Base Support Operations is responsible for all base property maintenance, repair, and projects on Kuwait Naval Base. BSO is also charged with ensuring the stability of installation facilities and implementing fire and safety practices throughout Camp Patriot. Our tasks are continuous and as night falls our responsibilities are not over. BSO is responsible for providing lighting and light carts so personnel can continue their missions. We also provide and conduct maintenance on all generators used for lighting throughout Kuwait Naval Base. Additionally, BSO maintains a 24 Hour phone service that provides service members from all branches Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, and Coast Guard with around the clock emergency services. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by BN Admin on Dec 13

C Btry LogoAll the Soldiers are still doing well and doing an excellent job. The Soldiers have received numerous accolades on their outstanding duty performance and professionalism. We, as a command, cannot be more proud of what our Soldiers have done on this mission. Continuously, Soldiers and contractors come to the Sea Port of Debarkation and recognize how the Soldiers have cleaned up the areas, made the area of operation look professional, and how the operations have improved since our Soldiers have taken over. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by BN Admin on Dec 12

Weight Lose VisualizeUnder normal circumstance that may be an alarming headline. In this case it is definitely a positive for three Alpha Battery Soldiers. The total weight lost by these 3 soldiers is equal to the weight of PFC Jasper Pray, the Battery’s newest Soldier. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by BN Admin on Dec 10

CSM George ArendsSoldiers & Family, Another month gone and what a busy month with holidays and our ammo mission completed. Seems like the weeks are flying by and for everyone this letter is addressed to is probably alright with the speed of our deployment. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by BN Admin on Dec 8

HHB LogoHappy Thanksgiving to all HHB Soldiers. One more special holiday spent overseas BUT one less holiday before we re-deploy in the spring. As Americans, we have so much to be thankful for. We as Soldiers play such a key roll in ensuring America will always be blessed with freedom and opportunities. Entering the Military in 1972, I have seen firsthand how Soldiers were treated as they returned from Vietnam. It’s hard for me to describe my feelings now as America honors and respects its Military men and women. With a lump in my throat, all I can say is THANK YOU to those at home waiting for our safe return. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by BN Admin on Dec 6

Whew, thank goodness Thanksgiving is over! We have cleared that hurdle without any major incident, and are ready to start getting ready for the next one---the big one---Christmas. But wait a minute; are we really ready to move on to the Christmas season if Thanksgiving is just another hurdle we have to jump on the way? “Oh, come on, Chaplain!” some of you may be protesting, “That’s just a figure of speech. Nobody really means it that way.” Are you sure? How many news stories did you hear about riots and fights and arrests that were made just a few hours after Thanksgiving day during the “Black Friday” sales events. How many times have you watched someone lose their temper already with a check-out person not quite keeping up with the holiday rush? Have you, perhaps, even been one of them? Read the rest of this entry »