41st Fires Brigade
1st Cavalry Division
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The 41st Fires Brigade And Its Assigned RailGunner Units On A Roll

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The 1st Cavalry Division, a major subordinate command of the US Third Mobile Armored Corps, is a 19,000 soldier, heavy armored division stationed at Ft. Hood, TX. As one of the two "on-call" heavy contingency force divisions of the Army, the First Team has an on-order mission to deploy by sea, air or land to any part of the world on a short notice. The following narratives, divided in timeline eras of major operational missions, describes the threat environment, tactical conditions, evolution of equipment technology and the strategic methodology employed by one of its command units, the 41st Fires Brigade and its Subordinate Units, to contribute to the successful missions enhancement of the warring organization of the 1st Cavalry Division and the honors they achieved are summarized in the chapters that follow.


To plan, coordinate, and execute lethal and non-lethal fire support of the designated division or joint armed forces command. Its non-lethal missions include electronic warfare, psychological operations, offensive information operations and deployment of munitions such as illumination, smoke and riot-control agents.

Rail Gunner Vision

Leadership Philosophy

Organizational Summary

A "Fires" Brigade can conduct full-spectrum operations with attached air or ground maneuver forces. It operates across the full spectrum of conflict, including stability operations, security force operations and foreign internal defense. The Fires brigade has several key elements that give it the flexibility to receive assigned or attached units, including an organic brigade support battalion and signal company.

The 41st Fires Brigade, an artillary organization an Army military unit of the United States Army, has roots back to 26 August 1918 in the Regular Army as the 41st Artillery (Coast Artillery Corps), It has evolved into a Fires Brigade, that organizationally - has revolved around elements of field artillery that functionally embraced recent structural changes in Divisional support, transforming the historical Division Artillery (DIVARTY) units into Fires Brigades.

The main functions included in a Fires Brigade System are:

The current functional "fire" elements of the 41st Fires Brigade include:

On 28 March 2006, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 41st Field Artillery Brigade (previously deactivated in Gernamy) was redsignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 41st Fires Brigade and on 16 April, 2007 was reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas. The 41st Fires Brigade included the Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1-21st Field Artillery, 2-20th Field Artillery, "A" Battery, 26th Field Artillery (Target Acquisition), 589th Brigade Support Battalion, and the 324th Signal Company (Network Support). Assigned to III Corps, the 41st Fires Brigade established a relationship supporting the 1st Cavalry Division, also based at Fort Hood, Texas.

As January 2008 began, the 41st Fires Brigade was trained and ready, serving as a contingency expeditionary force with a prepare-to-deploy-order mission, providing lethal and nonlethal fires and fire support anywhere in the world. Then in late January, the Brigade received a change in mission, directing the unit to deploy to Wasit Province as a battlespace owning brigade serving as a brigade combat team in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Brigade reorganized, trained at home station and in 28 May 2008, began to deploy personnel and equipmentto Iraq for the third time. Arriving in Wasit, the brigade served under the 10th Mountain Division and Multi-National Division-Central.

On 16 October, 2008, in a change of command ceremony, the 41st Fires Brigade was attached to the 1st Cavalry Division with full Administrative Control (ADCON) and Training and Readiness Authority (TRA).

On 03 August 2009, in a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Delta, members of the 41st Fires Brigade transferred responsibility of coalition operations in Wasit province, to the 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade. For the Soldiers of the 41st FB, the ceremony marked the end of a 15-month deployment that has spanned the transition from counter insurgency to nation building.

As of today, the 41st Fires Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, stands ready to lead the way to any contingency area world-wide to accomplish any mission that the future might bring. The 41str Fires Brigade, represented by the following active subordinate units, is functionally organized and are diligently training and preparing to answer the call of duty.

A "Look Back" To "How It Was"

41st Fires Brigade Organization

"HHB", 41st Fires Brogade

589th Brigade Supt Bn

"HHC", 589th Bde Supt Bn
"A" & "B" Company

324th Network Supt Co

2nd Bn, 20th Field Arty

"HHB 20h Field Arty
"A", "B" & "C" Cos
67th Forward Supt Co

1st Bn, 21th Field Arty

"HHB 21h Field Arty
"A", "B" & "C" Cos
575th Forward Supt Co

"A" Btry, 26th Field Arty

Date Of Issue - 25 Apr, 2012

Today, the soldiers of the 41st Fires Brigade stand ready to answer an on-order mission to reset, train, deploy, conduct combat operations as directed, and redeploy while ensuring great care is provided for our families.

The following folio of material highlights the many subsequent historical and critical missions performed by members of the 41swt Fires Brigade, whose actions, operations and the many critical issues resolved over its 95 year history to meet the changing threat and the honors they achieved are summarized in the following sections:

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