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posted by 147 FA on Apr 4

Hello to you all and welcome to the Joint Operations Center, or JOC for short. We understand if you feel the need to laugh, but we do ask that you please keep the “athletic support garment” jokes to yourselves. The JOC itself is one of many rooms inside the CJLOC, along with the BDOC and the MAST, carrying out the TTP’s, SOP’s, and CCIR’s of SECFOR put down by ASG-KU and ARCENT...whew!! Hopefully, this short write-up will give you a bit of a window into the routines and regular faces here in the bat cave…without so many confusing acronyms. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Apr 2

C2 Soldiers emplacing a new office trailerTo help fight the War on Terrorism there are thousands of contractors on each base in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. They are called force multipliers because they enable Soldiers to focus on their missions then relax and recharge before they do it again the next day. This is nice because Soldiers don’t have extra duties of Cleaning Shower trailers, or garbage and sewage removal. The Contractors also replace the number of units needed in theater. Instead of Engineer, Transportation, Administration or other Combat Support Units being deployed, we hire civilian contractors to help support our U.S troops for less tax payer dollars. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Mar 31

HHB LogoJuly 2009 HHB started their mission overseas as three platoons each conducting different missions. The platoon’s missions are Command and Control (Battalion Staff Sections) of land side port security, Camp Command (Mayor Cell) of Camp Patriot, and an Area Reaction Force for all of southern Kuwait. The Area Reaction Force covered over 6000 square kilometers of battle space known as SECFOR South. HHB has brought their Midwest mentality with them raising the bar and exceeding Army standards. The Soldiers are continually complimented on how well they are performing their duties! South Dakota can be proud of the 1/147th Field Artillery Battalion. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Mar 28

Hello to all our dear friends back in the states. We are winding down here at Camp Patriot, but yet our task at hand is to stay focused and continue to be safe in all we do. We want to come home in tact physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by 147 FA on Mar 25

ARF - KNG MRAP TrainingIn July 2009, Major Faleafine and MSG Odoardi of the 487th FA (Hawaii) escorted Major Koehler, MSG Thyne and SGM Diede to the Samoud military training facility just outside of Kuwait City. There they were introduced to Randy Williams and the staff of MPRI (Military Professional Resource Inc.). The folks at MPRI are part of a contracted group that trains the Kuwaiti Military, and 1/147 FA would be working with them to help train the Kuwait National Guard (KNG) as part of our Host Nation mission. Read the rest of this entry »

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 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 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 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 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 »