Archive for February, 2010

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 the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Feb 26

A belated Happy New Year from A Battery! As 2010 begins our duties on KNB and Camp Patriot have remained the same. Our main focus is enforcing camp policies; with new units arriving all the time and changes to the rules from above, we have kept busy to say the least. Questions always arise as to why the policies are emplaced. Through good communication with all parties involved the importance of the rules are understood and followed, with only an occasional reminder needed. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Feb 24

Last July the 147th FSC Maintenance Section rolled into Kuwait Naval Base and gave the SECFOR Motor Pool an “Extreme Makeover” and a new chance at high readiness rates. The weather in July was severe, the dirt and dust blew through the tattered maintenance bays. Electrical problems caused safety hazards and equipment problems. As the year progressed and the weather cooled the rains came causing the tattered tents to leak and the area to flood. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Feb 22

C Btry LogoHello from HQ’s Platoon - Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. It is hard to believe that 2010 is here. It has been the year we all have been waiting for, to return home again to our loved ones and families. We are now starting our seventh month in Kuwait and everyone here is getting anxious to start wrapping it up and slowly waiting for our replacements. The PLT (all 14 of us) are staying very busy with many different types of job assigned to HQ’s such as: 24 hr Vault Duty, Supply, Admin, Operations, along with 1SG, Commander and Executive Officer duties. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Feb 20

LTC David ChaseHello this is LTC Chase, This is a quick message to keep you as informed as possible about the upcoming events as we near the end of our deployment. We are expecting our replacements in the next couple of weeks, we will then begin the process of training them to take over our mission. Once that training is completed we will take the flight designated for us by the Department of defense to our Demobilization site where we will out-process for around five days. At this time we do not have any exact dates for these events, however if everything goes according to plan we should be home sometime around Easter. As we get closer to our homecoming we will keep you as informed as possible. We are planning deactivation ceremonies in the same four communities we activated from, when our final dates are set and our plan is in place we will inform you of those plans through the family support group. I have been extremely proud of our soldiers and especially our families back home during this entire deployment, everyone has done an excellent job of controlling rumors. As we close out this deployment we hope to continue practicing rumor control. With operational security in mind we will keep you as informed as possible as we learn the specifics of our homecoming. I would also ask you to remain patient and flexible since like all things military every plan is subject to change. Until we are physically on a plane and heading for home our dates can change. Thank-you once again for all that you do we are very much looking forward to being home soon, this message will be re-published in the March Family Support Group News letter. Thank you. LTC David P. Chase Commander 1/147th FA

posted by 147 FA on Feb 20

Hello from Kuwait Naval base. After nearly nine months on active duty the headquarters platoon has become a very close knit team. At the end of the day, the headquarters platoon is in charge of all the Supplies, an Admin Cell and a 24 hour Arms Room. They spend their day taking care of soldiers, which could include cleaning their weapon, ordering supplies and doing all administrative paperwork. There is never a problem that someone in headquarters will not fight to fix. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Feb 18

HHB LogoHappy New Year. I hope that your new year will be filled with health, happiness and prosperity. For all of us here, 2010 will be a year to remember, it’s the year we came home! Christmas Eve and Christmas Day came and went. For many, this was the first time being away from friends and family. As we checked the weather back home and heard from our families we learned that like us, most of our families also spent their Christmas without family due to the winter weather and hazardous driving conditions. We felt their pain! Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Feb 16

CSM George ArendsSoldiers and Families, January has been a busy month with our mission; we also are starting the planning process for our re-deployment which energizes and brings smiles to all involved. Something that is being worked on is all of the awards that will be presented to the Soldiers of the Battalion. I can’t express how proud I am of all that you have accomplished while reading through each award. You truly are America’s finest and have made a direct impact against the war on terror. I accredit a lot of the unit’s dedication to duty and diligent work ethics to our mid-western upbringing and moral beliefs…so for all the mom and dad’s reading this letter, job well done!! Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Feb 14

Chaplain Tedmon is on R & R (much needed) so I will share a few thoughts this month. We have been busy with a full complement of services here at the Camp Patriot chapel. The chaplain has been ministering in the morning and evening services with a guest speaker (Sr. Chief Maupin) helping every 3rd Sunday night. Chaplain Tedmon has also been teaching on Spiritual Disciplines and currently doing a series on the 7 Revelation churches. I did a 15 week study on Psalm 91 (the soldier’s Psalm) and presently am doing a study in Philippians and Ephesians. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Feb 12

C Btry LogoTime seems to be going by fast. It seems liked yesterday, when I wrote about the seasons, leave just began, and football. Now, the football season has come to end, the last leave cycle is here, and winter season, here, is over. Everyone here knows the end of the deployment is coming to close. The first indication was the replacing unit arrived at their mobilization site at the beginning of January, a very comforting feeling for the Soldiers. With that, the planning process has begun to prepare Charlie Battery to return back to the States. As every day has passed in January the excitement in the Soldiers faces grows. Read the rest of this entry »