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The current generation of Soldiers of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment
"Steel Warriors Lead the Way"
 
Soldiers of the Steel Warrior Battalion: Thank you for your service to our Nation. May God guide and protect you through challenging times.

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A recent article from the Fort Sill Cannoneer regarding the Steel Warriors' field certification exercise.

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1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery
Assumption of Command Ceremony
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
27 February 2013

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LTC Jon Paul Maddaloni
Commander
1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery

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2-5 FA Live Fire Exercise
August 2012
 
 
The Steel Warriors' sister battalion, 2nd Battalion 5th Field Artillery conducted live fire training at Fort Sill on 24 August 2012. 2-5 FA is an M109A6 155mm unit. David Laukat attended the training and provided these photos.
 

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MAJ Christopher Adams and CSM(R) David Laukat

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MAJ Christopher Adams, CSM(R) David Laukat, and LTC Seth T. Pilgrim

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Steel Warrior Training Activities
November 2011



Air Load Training at Altus AFB, Oklahoma

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International training with Singapore Armed Forces Artillerymen

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B Battery Change of Command
17 August 2011

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C Battery Deactivation
17 August 2011

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Steel Warriors in the News
July 2011

Articles from the Fort Sill Cannoneer describing an HHB 1-14FA training exercise and the Battalion's efforts fighting fires in the Fort Sill and Medicine Park areas.
(Articles provided by LTC Rob Picht, Commander, 1-14FA)

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Alpha and Charlie Batteries
Training at Fort Bliss, TX
February - March 2011

Alpha and Charlie Batteries, 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery have successfully returned to Fort Sill after extensive training at Fort Bliss, TX. The accompanying article outlines the training event.
(Article provided by LTC Rob Picht, Commander, 1-14FA)

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36th Annual
DoD Culinary Arts Competion
27 February - 9 March 2011


Steel Warrior Soldiers, SPC Fadden and SPC Howard, were members of the Fort Sill Culinary Arts Team in the Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, VA. SPCs Fadden and Howard won six of the 34 medals won by the Fort Sill Team.
(Article provided by LTC Rob Picht, Commander, 1-14FA)

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214th Fires Brigade
St. Barbara's Ball
28 January 2011


The 214th Fires Brigade annual Saint Barbara’s Day Ball was held 28 January 2011 at the Fort Sill Patriot Club with close to 500 Soldiers, spouses, and guests attending.


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ollowing the social and dinner hour remarks were given by the honored guest MG Mark A. Graham, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 (Readiness), FORSCOM at Fort McPherson, GA.  MG Graham had served as Deputy Commander/Assistant Commandant, U.S. Army Field Artillery Center and School, Fort Sill, OK.  MG David D. Halverson, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, OK also spoke.

Soon began the annual ritual of preparing the celebratory Artillery Punch with each represented battalion commander and sergeant major bringing forth their portion for the mix.  The base charge was located and brought from its Signal Mountain location and a pair of used socks were added for good measure.  Following the official sampling of the punch it was set aside to brew as names of a select few were called of Soldiers and their spouses for presentation of the Order of Saint Barbara and Molly Pitcher awards.

Following the presentation of the Saint Barbara’s awards the floor was opened up for casual dancing and further sampling of the Artillery Punch by those brave Redlegs present.

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Bravo Battery Live Fire Exercise
25 August 2010

Bravo Battery, 1-14 FA conducted a live exercise at Fort Sill on 25 August. The Soldiers of B Battery were featured in a front page, above the fold article in the Fort Sill Cannoneer.
(Provided by LTC Rob Picht, Commander, 1-14 FA.)
 

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Alpha and Charlie Batteries Return to Fort Sill
 
On 8 June, at 2155 hrs, both Alpha and Charley Batteries returned from a successful fire support mission within Iraq.  While there, only 42 rockets were launched in anger from the new HIMARS system, but with great effect.
 
These two batteries made such an impression on the maneuver commanders that they were requested to have their tours extended for several more months.  Fortunately for the Soldiers, their families, and us, the Force Commander declined the request and they returned home on schedule.
 
After being bussed from the Lawton, OK airport and turning in their equipment, the units marched into the Rhinehart Gymnasium at Fort Sill, where after a few words were said, they were released to their families.  The pictures show the many happy Soldiers & families.  Several brigade commanders, CSM’s, the 77th Army Band, a Lawton city councilman, and others were there to greet them home.

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News from FOB Hammer, Iraq
On 01 May 2010, SGT Aaron Lang of 2/A/1-14 FA was promoted to SSG. He is a 94P, Multiple Launch Rocket System Repairer and currently serves as the Maintence Section Chief. SSG Lang has served in both the Minnesota National Guard and the Active Army. He has submitted a Green to Gold packet and looks forward to becoming a Field Artillery Officer. In his post promotion ceremony speech, he stressed the importance of higher education to his fellow Assassins. Congratulations SSG Lang!

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SSG Aaron Lang salutes Alpha Battery Detachment Commander 1LT Michael Lovett shortly after receiving his new rank on 01 May 2010 at FOB Hammer, Iraq.

 

SPC Richard "Patches" Adams re-enlisted recently at FOB Hammer, Iraq. Adams is currently a HIMARS Launcher driver in 2/A/1-14 FA. He re-enlisted for MOS 13M, Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember. SPC Adams looks forward to continuing his Army career in Korea with his wife Heaven and infant son Aydin, born 25 April 2010. Congratulations SPC Adams!

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SPC Adams, a 13M in 2/A/1-14 FA poses with 2LT Chrysa Gumbs, Platoon Leader
of 2/A/1-14 FA after his re-enlistment at FOB Hammer, Iraq.

 
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Promotion Ceremony in Iraq
 
1LT Chrysa Gumbs and SFC Darvin Dickerson, Platoon Leader and Platoon Sergeant for 2nd Platoon, A Battery 1-14 FA were promoted on 23 Apr 2010 at FOB Hammer, Iraq.

23 April marked a special day for Second Platoon, Alpha Battery, 1St Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment currently stationed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Hammer, east of Baghdad in Iraq.

 

             Not even stormy weather could stop MAJ Gordon Crawford (Task Force Leader Commander), CPT Douglas Hoer (Alpha Battery Commander) and MSG Bret Mellott (Task Force Leader Sergeant Major) from attending the promotion ceremony of two Assassin Soldiers; Platoon Leader Chrysa Gumbs to First Lieutenant and Platoon Sergeant Darvin Dickerson to Sergeant First Class. The ceremony was held besides two High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) Launchers, the dedicated weapon system of 1St Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment.

 

             1LT Gumbs, 24 is one of the few female Field Artillery Officers (MOS 13A) in the Army. Despite their commissioning source (Officer Candidate School for 1LT Gumbs), females cannot be force branched Field Artillery like their male counterparts. “1LT Gumbs is an extremely rare case because she serves as an actual firing Platoon Leader,” remarked CPT Hoer at the beginning of the ceremony in front of 31 Assassin Soldiers. “She has done a fine job thus far and we look forward to her continuing to work hard for our unit.” MAJ Crawford “pinned” on Gumbs’s rank and solidified her as a 1LT by a handshake of congratulations. CPT Hoer took a magic marker to her Patrol Cap and colored the gold bar black.

 

             For SFC Dickerson, the promotion was long awaited and much appreciated. “I’d like to thank 1SG White and CPT Hoer for giving me the opportunity to lead this great Platoon,” he said after receiving his new rank from the Alpha Battery command team. SFC Dickerson has served as a Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember (MOS 13M) at Fort Sill, OK and Camp Stanley, Korea as well as a Drill Sergeant at Fort Jackson, SC. This is his second deployment with 1-14 FA to Iraq. Originally from Selma, AL, SFC Dickerson’s wife and two children currently reside in Lawton, OK.

 

             After the ceremony, the Assassins enjoyed a pizza lunch and afternoon of camaraderie through sports competition and laughter. TF Leader, which is comprised of Alpha, Charlie and elements of Headquarters and Headquarters Batteries, 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment (-) and E-151 Target Acquisition Battery (TAB)  has been deployed since November 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. TF Leader provides precision missile and rocket fires in support of coalition forces.

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Task Force Leader Commander MAJ Gordon Crawford shares a laugh with 2LT Chrysa
Gumbs, Platoon Leader 2/A/1-14 FA before he promotes her to 1LT on 23 April 2010.
SSG Darvin Dickerson, Platoon Sergeant 2/A/1-14 FA, later promoted to SFC that
same day, looks on. The ceremony took place at FOB Hammer, Iraq.

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CPT Douglas Hoer, Alpha Battery Commander speaks to the Soldiers of 2/A/1-14 FA before he
promotes Platoon Leader 2LT Chrysa Gumbs and Platoon Sergeant SSG Darvin Dickerson at
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Reset After Multiple In-Lieu Missions
 
Reset After Multiple In-Lieu-of Missions is an article written by LTC(Ret) Geoffrey Buhlig, former commander of 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment. The article was published in the September/October 2008 edition of The Field Artillery Journal.

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214th Fires Brigade
St. Barbara's Ball
19 February 2010
 

The annual Field Artillery Saint Barbara’s Ball was held at the Patriot Club at Fort Sill, Oklahoma on 19 Feb.  The ball was hosted by the 214th Fires Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, to which 1-14 FA is currently assigned.  Despite the many current deployments, over 500 Soldiers and guests were present.

 

MG Arthur M. Bartell, Commanding General of the United States Army Cadet Command, was the guest speaker.  His background is solidly field artillery.  MG Bartell spoke about the many nonstandard missions artillery soldiers and units have been tasked to do during the Global War On Terror and spoke about the Soldier's Creed.

 

Pages from the St. Barbara's Ball program are shown below:

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1-14FAR ARTEP
5-6 May 2009
 
1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment conducted a battalion Army Training and Evaluation Program (ARTEP) evaluation on 5-6 May. Soldiers from Headquarters, Alpha, and Charlie Batteries participated in the evaluation. The exercise included each firing battery shooting a 19 round salvo fire mission

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D Battery 1-14FA Deactivation Ceremony
30 January 2009
 
Delta Battery, 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment, was deactivated in a ceremony at Fort Sill, OK, on 30 Jan 2009. The Battery was recognized for its recent deployment to Iraq.
 
Participating in the ceremony were LTC Anthony Gonzales, Battalion Commander; CSM David Carr, Battalion Command Sergeant Major; CPT Layne Matthews, Delta Battery Commander; SFC Hall, Acting Delta Battery First Sergeant; and members of Delta Battery.
 

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1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment
Volunteer Recognition Ceremony
18 November 2008

 

“Strong Families, Strong Warriors” is a familiar motto used to describe the tremendous importance families are to the Steel Warrior Battalion.

 

On Nov. 18, 1st Battalion, 14 Field Artillery Regiment recognized 63 spouses during its Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at the Religious Support Operation Center.

 

“We appreciate them and the sacrifices they make everyday. Although our battalion mission is important, we could not accomplish our mission without the support and service of our volunteers.” said Lt. Col. Anthony Gonzales, 1-14 FAR Battalion Commander.   

 

The 63 spouses across the Battalion were awarded the Freedom Team Salute Award for their countless hours of work, selfless service, and everyday acts of kindness to the Steel Warrior Soldiers, said Gonzales. The Freedom Team Salute Award exists to recognize the enduring bond between Soldiers, family, community, and veterans and celebrates the sacrifices made by those who support America’s Soldiers.  Freedom Team Salute honors the millions of Army Veterans who have served and is a living connection to the ideals of duty, honor, and patriotism.

     

            Of the 63 volunteers that were recognized, 10 were awarded the Certificate of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service by Gonzales. The award is given to the most patriotic civilian service that contributes to the mission of an Army activity, command, or staff agency, or to the welfare of Army personnel. Those recipients were Angela Wiggins and Lori Ludwig with Headquarters, Headquarters Battery; Pam Cuffe, with Battery A, 1-14th FAR; Jessica Mullennix and Kendra Piasecki with B Battery, 1-14th FAR; Angela Remington and Sharon Kedrowski from Battery D, 1-14th FAR; Tami Clark and Barbara Clark  from the 578th Forward Support Company; and Christine Chapeau with Battery H, 26th Target Acquisition Battery.

 

LTC Gonzales closed the ceremony by stating, “You are all ‘heroes of selflessness.’ And we owe all of you a great debt of gratitude, appreciation and thanks,” said Gonzales in salute to the volunteers.

 

 

 
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BRAVO BATTERY 1-14 FA
HIMARS Live Fire Exercise
30 October 2008
 
Click here to learn more about the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.
Photos of the B Btry "Shoot":

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CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY
16 July 2008

LTC Anthony V. Gonzales assumed command of 1st Battalion 14 Field Artillery ("Steel Warriors") from LTC Geoffrey P. Buhlig in a ceremony at Goldner Gym, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, on 16 July 2008. COL Peter R. Baker, Commander, 214th Fires Brigade presided over the ceremony.
 
Mrs. Everley Buhlig received several awards recognizing her efforts working with the Battalion's families and the Fort Sill Community.
 
LTC Buhlig was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for the leadership and guidance he provided to the Battalion during his tenure as Commander.
 
LTC Gonzales comes to the Steel Warriors from his assignment as Deputy Commander, 214th Fires Brigade including service in Iraq.
 
The 14th Field Artillery Regimental Association welcomes LTC Gonzales and CSM David Carr, incoming Command Sergeant Major of 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery, to the regimental family.

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LTC Buhlig receives the Meritorious Service Medal
 
 
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LTC Anthony V. Gonzales, Commander, 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery

 
 

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HIMARS Certification
1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery successfully completed certification as a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) unit. Congratulations Steel Warriors!

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C Battery, 1st Battalion 14th Field Artilllery
Change of Command Ceremony
29 February 2008
 
CPT Stephen Alley assumes command from CPT Matt Hammons.
 
 

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CPT Stephen R. Alley
Commander
C Battery, 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery

 
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WELCOME HOME STEEL WARRIORS!
 
Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery returned home to Fort Sill, OK, on 1 September 2007.
 
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Alpha Battery, 1-14 FA
("Assassins")
Update

The Association received the following e-mail from 1SG Bret Mellott, First Sergeant, Alpha Btry 1-14 FA, on duty in Iraq:

 

From: Mellott, Bret 1SG 1-14 FA Battery First Sergeant
To: mpatrickmoomoo@yahoo.com
Sent: Tue, 5 Jun 2007 8:33 pm
Subject: [U] A big Hello from Alpha 1-14 FA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Hello Mr. Maldonado,
 
This is 1SG Mellott from Alpha.  Just found the association website and figured I’d drop you a line and let you know how the “Assassins” are doing.
 
We are now working on our ninth month in country and have been really lucky in our success.
 
We now have sections operating in eight different FOBs throughout MNC-I in all areas to include Multi National Division-Baghdad, Mutli National Division-North, and Multi-National Forces- West.  I actually got to leave in a few minutes to go sit on a board.  Seems that the administrations stuff never ends. 
 
Our main Battery is attached to 1st Cavalry Division and we have sections attached to the 25th Infantry Division, 82d Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division, and the 1st Marine Division. 
 
Thank the lord, we have had no casualties or injuries and have really been lucky in our dealings off the FOBs.  The radar sections have directly contributed to multiple captures of insurgent rocket and mortar teams,  and our HQ platoon has conducted over 105 convoys in support of both 4th ID and 1st Cav.
 
Got to go, but attaching a picture.
 
V/r
 
Bret A. Mellott
1SG, USA
First Sergeant
DSN: 318-847-2315
VOIP: 242-7877/4105

First Sergeant, you and the Assassins make us proud. Thanks to all of you and to your families for what you do for the rest of us.
 
 
On Duty in Iraq
(Photo collage courtesy 1SG Bret Mellott, 1SG, A 1-14FA)

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Bravo Battery, 1-14 FA
("Blackhorse")
Update

 
Bravo Battery is serving in both theaters with 4 radar sections and the Battery Headquarters in Afghanistan, and 4 radar sections in Iraq. They operate three AN/TPQ 36(V)8 and one AN/TPQ 37(V) 8 in Afghanistan. In Iraq they have three Q36s and one Q37. The battery will begin redeploying back to Fort Sill in early March with all Soldiers back home by August.
 
(The 14th Field Artillery Regimental Association salutes our fellow Artillerymen. We're proud of all of you. We thank you and your families for all you do for the rest of us. God bless you. We anxiously wait to welcome you home soon.)
 
 
On Duty in Afghanistan
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Deployment Ceremony
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
16 March 2006
 
 
 

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Click on Photo to go to the 1-14FA Family Readiness Group Website

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Specialist Blockmon, Soldier of the Quarter. Fire Direction Specialist assigned to Alpha Battery. Specialist Blockmon is married and he and his wife have two daughters.

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Multiple Launch Rocket System

Steel Warriors in Iraq
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Steel Warriors in Iraq
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02 Nov 05
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MSG Therrien & LTC (R) John Eno. Regt Room

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Village Training Area

OCT/NOV 05
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Training Briefing

OCT/NOV 05
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Iraq Freedom Training

OCT/NOV 05
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Live Fire Convoy-Ambush Training

OCT/NOV 05
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C Btry Convoy Live Fire Training

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                                       The warrior Creed
 
                                       Of every one-hundred men,
                                       Ten shouldn't even be there,
                                       Eighty are nothing but targets,
                                             Nine are real fighters....
                                          We are lucky to have them,
                                                they make the battle.
 
                                                         Ah but one,
                                             One of them is a Warrior
                                         .....He will bring the others back.

1st Bn, 14th FA Soldiers training at Fort McCoy

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The "Where am I" training

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FDC, 1-14FA

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1-14FA Soldiers training at Fort McCoy

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Training at Fort McCoy

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