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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 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 10

LTC David ChaseThe traditional fishing boat used in Kuwait for centuries is a hand-made wooden craft called a “Dhow” (pronounced “DOW” ). The Dhow was the craft used by the Kuwaitis throughout their history as the primary fishing and commerce vessel in the Arabian Gulf region. The Dhow was critical for the early economic success of Kuwait since a large portion of commerce was conducted up and down the Arabian and Persian Gulf. Dhows hauled fresh water, stones for building, and wood for construction. They were also used extensively for commercial fishing and pearl diving. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Jan 12

LTC David ChaseGreetings, By the time you get this it will be after the holiday season and the relatives should be back home, the kids should be back in school and life should be somewhat back to normal. For us the holidays came and went much like any other day. As you know, we run 24/7 so we do not really have the luxury of taking a holiday as a unit. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by BN Admin on Dec 4

LTC David ChaseHappy Thanksgiving! I am writing this the day after Thanksgiving hoping everyone had a truly happy turkey day. At Camp Patriot we had a very nice traditional Thanksgiving meal with all of the trimmings that you would find at home. Most of us upheld the tradition of eating way too much, but as with any normal Thanksgiving (with all of that great food) it is very hard not to want to enjoy a little bit of everything. Other than the meal, for most of us it was another day at work so very few soldiers got to enjoy the traditional afternoon nap after enjoying a huge meal. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Nov 6

LTC David ChaseHello everyone, Once again it’s time for our monthly update. We are entering the Kuwaiti fall, the nights are starting to cool off into the 70’s. We even had a sprinkle of rain two days ago; the first since we have been here. With the cooler fall season comes the desert camping season. Each year in the fall, thousands of Kuwaitis set up huge encampments in the desert by erecting groups of large canvas tents. Desert camping is the traditional way for the Kuwaitis to unwind, take some time off from the stresses of daily life and enjoy the serenity of the desert at a time when the weather is at its best. It also takes them back to their age-old traditions of the days when many of their ancestors lived in the desert . Camping in the desert today is much different than it was in the past. Today a family encampment may consist of up to ten tents, including individual sleeping tents, kitchen tents, restroom facilities complete with running water, and of course the large gathering tent commonly known as a Dewaniya . Read the rest of this entry »

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 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 »

posted by 147 FA on Oct 5

LTC David ChaseGreetings from South West Asia, It is hard to believe another month has passed already since our last newsletter as I had mentioned keeping busy has really helped the time pass quickly. Speaking of busy this will put the work our soldiers are doing in perspective. As you know we have a huge security mission covering two critical facilities in our area of responsibility. Part of keeping those facilities safe involves individual searches of civilian workers, contractors, and military personnel as they enter and exit our facilities. The numbers of personnel that our soldiers search is mind boggling. Since we have taken over this mission our soldiers have searched roughly the equivalent of the population of Sioux Falls! Think of that - how long would it take to search every man, woman and child in the city of Sioux Falls that would be a daunting task. For the soldiers of the 147th it’s just another day at the office. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Sep 13

LTC David ChaseHello from Kuwait, It seems hard to believe we have been in Kuwait for two months already the time has really flown by. It just seems like yesterday when we were boarding a plane to Ft. Hood TX to begin our pre-mobilization training. I guess time going by quickly is a good thing that means we are busy and I can say in all honesty we have been very busy. Our mission is a big one and what we do in our day to day mission directly affects thousands of soldiers throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. Our mission makes for some very long hot, tiring, and down - right miserable days. In fact, the last week has brought some of the most brutal heat and humidity I have ever seen. Your Soldiers will have some great stories to share about this latest weather pattern when they get home. As far as living conditions, our Soldiers are very well taken care of. The living quarters are very good as is the food. We have great facilities for Physical Training, MWR, and good internet access. Nearly all the comforts of home except privacy. Read the rest of this entry »