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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 11

Please do not send any more mail for your deployed Soldiers after FEBRUARY 15, 2010. Anything sent after that date may not be received due to our upcoming redeployment. Thank you!!

posted by 147 FA on Jan 12

So here we are at the beginning of another new year. This a time when we reflect on the year past, and consider what we may have done differently and resolve to do better in the upcoming year. I am not personally a big fan of New Year’s resolutions; in fact, I have simply resolved not to make any. Although, I suppose that if I have resolved not to make any resolutions, I have already failed on account of the resolution I resolved not to make. I could chase this rabbit around in circles all day, (or all year, for that matter,) but I think you get my point. This resolution has worked out about as well as the ones I have made in past years. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Jan 11

1/147 FA published their January 2010 newsletter. Click on the link below to download the pdf of the newsletter. 1-147 FA BN Kuwait Newsletter January 2010

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 »

posted by 147 FA on Nov 11

Four Hundred and one American FlagsA shipment of American flags has literally filled 1SG Thoelke’s office. The flags will be presented to every soldier of the 1st-147th FA BN for his or her service during the deployment. 1SG Thoelke is pictured with the flags that have recently been distributed throughout the battalion. The flags were ordered by Tammy Chase and funded through our Family Support Group. The flags are being flown by the batteries and will be presented to each soldier with a certificate stating the soldiers name and date the flag was flown overseas. Thank You Family Support! Photo and Story by SSG Aadland

posted by 147 FA on Nov 11

The Betsy Ross flag is an early design of the flag of the United States popularly attributed to Betsy Ross using the common motifs of alternating red-and-white striped field with white stars in a blue canton. The flag was designed during the American Revolution and features 13 stars to represent the original 13 colonies. The distinctive feature of the Ross flag is the arrangement of the five-pointed stars in a circle. Although most flag historians do not believe Betsy Ross to be the maker of the first American flag, the Betsy Ross story has become publicized and common, accepted by many Americans. According to the legend, the original Betsy Ross flag was made in 1776, when a small committee -- including George Washington and George Ross, a relative of hers -- visited Betsy and discussed the need for a new American flag. Betsy's contribution to the design was a five-pointed star (instead of a six-pointed star, as Francis Hopkinson used), and she accepted the job to sew the first.

posted by 147 FA on Nov 7

1/147 FA published their November 2009 newsletter. Click on the link below to download the pdf of the newsletter. 1-147 FA BN Kuwait Newsletter November 2009

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 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.