North Carolina Guardsmen of A Battery, 113th Field Artillery Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, headquarterd in Clinton, N.C., became the first Army National Guard crew to fire an Excalibur precision artillery round at Forward Operating Base Mahmudiyah, Iraq, May 21. Commenting on A Battery's expertise and professionalism, Patnode said, "I evaluate all the time; I cannot tell the difference between this crew and [one from] the active Army."
established written standard. before the systems are in place. Coalition target acquisition radar can be Key personnel from the platoon had Because of the immense responsibilities successful as a counterfire team. to pass written tests. The entire section placed on artillery mentors, someone must This should be the first step toward our had to demonstrate their competence in assume the duty of formally training them end state. Successful accomplishment of occupation and live-fire crew drills. Once enroute to Afghanistan. The challenges this mission will build pride and satisfaction the platoon completed the course and was faced by these mentors are too great to and will speed the ANA artillery’s growth certified, the soldiers returned to their expect them to learn on the fly. Before their and break its current stagnation. ▪ forward operating base — ready to provide deployments, they must receive hands-on basic counterfire support. training on the D30 and its peculiarities. T he way ahead. With the hard work of the artillery mentors, the partnership of Coalition units, new TTPs, standardized They must understand the advances made by the previous mentor teams to continue those efforts. The current learning and Major Daryl L. Fullerton, field artillery, is the Deputy Lethal Fires Chief for the 82nd Airborne Division and Combined-Joint Task Force-82. terms and documents, and the new relearning has stifled the ANA’s progress. He served as the executive officer for 2nd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery, (Airborne), 82nd automated A-FAC, the ANA artillery can We can do better. Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, conduct basic indirect fire relatively soon. Without trained observers and fire deploying in support of Operation Enduring However, this capability is not sustainable supporters in the ANA maneuver units and Freedom. Previous assignments include Firing until the future ANA field artillery school an Afghan-led standardization program, the Battery Observer/Controller–Trainer for Army begins training fire direction specialists, long-term goal of ANA artillery’s firing in National Guard units in Virginia, West Virginia forward observers and artillery NCO
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