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|MLRS Launched From FOB Q-West, Iraq|
When directed, the 2nd Battalion of the 20th Field Artillery deploys to a designated contingency area of operations, conducts Reception, Staging, Onward movement and Integration (RSO&I) and on order plans, and coordinates for and synchronizes the use of all direct and indirect fires in support of combat operations.
United States Artillery can be traced back to the Military Company of Massachusetts, which was chartered in 1638, and with other colonial artillery companies formed what became the Continental Artillery. More than a century later, in April 1775, the legislature authorized the formation of an artillery regiment. This unit was first commanded by Colonel Richard Gridley, a former British artillery officer who later was replaced by Colonel Henry Knox. Colonel Knox eventually became the Chief of Artillery and is credited with shaping artillery tactics for the remainder of the Revolution.
From the historical battlefields of Yorktown and Gettysburg, through the Western Plains, Mexican and Spanish American Wars, the artillery was always there. In fact, the nickname, "Redlegs", comes from that era when artillery uniforms had a 2-inch red stripe on their trousers and horse artillery men wore red canvas leggings. Continuing through the modern days of the European and Asian Theaters of WWII, the Pusan Perimeter in Korea, the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam, to the "Steel Rain" of Desert Storm, "Redlegs" have served with distinction and valor in all of our country's armed conflicts.
The roots of the 20st Field Artillery Regiment, "Deep Strike," can be traced back to 01 July, 1916 when constituted in the Regular Army as "B" Battery, 20th Field Artillery and organized on 01 June 1917 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, as an element of the 5th Division. It served with the 5th Division during the World War I in two major campaigns: St Mihiel and Lorraine 1918.
To Be continued ...............
|20th Field Artillery Regiment Cannon Salute|
Brigadier General Terence J. Hildner, a highly-decorated officer who received the Bronze Star Medal for combat heroism, died 03 Febuary 2012 in Kabul of apparent natural causes. BG Hildner, the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) commanding general, was the highest ranking officer to die in Afghanistan.
On 09 February, the family and friends of Brigadier General Hildner joined Fort Hood leaders at the base of the III Corps flagpole as the the 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade conducted a cannon salute of 11 rounds in his honor. The cannon salute is a traditional courtesy bestowed upon a general officer following his or her death. The number of rounds fired is associated with their rank.
Functions performed by the subordinate elements of the Battalion are:
|"HHB"||Headquarters & Headquarters Battery|
|"B" Battery||Dark Knights|
|67FS Company||Maintenance and Support Company|
This folio of material highlights of the many subsequent historical critical missions performed by members of the 20nd Field Artillery, whose actions, operations and the many critical issues resolved over its 96+ years history to meet the changing threat and the honors they achieved are summarized in the following sections:
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