24 June 2021: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment conducts a Change of Command ceremony
passing command from LTC Andrew Hercik to LTC Emiliano Tellado. The Association was cited for its support to the Battalion in
remarks by the Brigade Commander and both the incoming and outgoing Battalion Commanders. David Laukat, Clem Smiley and David
Termin represented the Association at the ceremony.
LTC Andrew Hercik was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by COL Ryan McCormack.
COL Ryan McCormack, Commander 75th Field Artillery Brigade, presents the Battalion Colors to LTC
LTC Andrew Hercik, outgoing Commander, bids farewell to the Steel Warriors.
LTC Emiliano Tellado, incoming Commander, addresses the audience.
16 June 2021: Upcoming Change of Command ceremony for 1-14 FAR:
1 June 2021: Laurie Tucker
is looking for information regarding her father, David Lee Wright. David was assigned to 1/14 in 1970 in Vietnam. From Laurie:
We are searching for
information about an award ceremony that took place on May 24, 1970 on LZ
Bayonet. The medals were awarded for actions as part of a reactionary
force on April 1, 1970. This reactionary force responded to
an attack/hit on an outpost (Outpost #1—not theirs, but they were the
closest to be able to help them). These men loaded up on a truck, left their
perimeter, went through a gun battery and on to the outpost. It was on fire and
they rescued several badly injured men from inside. They loaded them up and
brought them back to the gun battery where the choppers met them to medevac
them to Chu Lai. We have some pictures of the award ceremony--though
they are blurry. Some of the last names of some of the other men who
received awards--Fields (Jimmy?), Scott, Lee and Dodd.
So—we are trying to
find some evidence (pictorial, memos, names of men who could verify this, etc.)
that would corroborate this. Or anyone who remembers this.
Can anyone help
me? Or can you point me in the right direction? I’d be appreciative
of ANY help you could give me!!
Please reply to Laurie.Charles.Tucker@gmail.com
9 May 2021: The Steel Warriors of 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment return
home to Fort Sill following their successful deployment supporting Operations Spartan Shield and Inherent Resolve. LTC Andrew
Hercik and CSM Stephen Hammond uncased the Battalion colors signifying the unit's return to its duty station.
Clem Smiley, David Laukat and David Termin represented the
Association at the homecoming ceremonies.
26 April 2021: Dale Hensley has a new email
address: firstname.lastname@example.org .
20 April 2021: Colonel Don Clay was laid to rest at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX. David
Termin represented the Association at the services.
7 April 2021: Colonel Clifford D. ("Don") Clay passed away in Killeen, TX. Don commanded B Battery, 1st Battalion
in 1965-66. The Association sends its thoughts and condolences to Mrs. Clay and Don's family.
Visitation is scheduled for Monday April 19 from 6pm to 8pm
at the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, 1615 South Fort Hood Road, Killeen. Funeral services will be held Tuesday April 20
at 8:30am at the funeral home. Internment will follow at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 South Highway 195,
5 April 2021:
From Rex Weaver...
"Base piece Btry A 1st Bn 18th FA Regt, 1st Cavalry Division
on the Mang Yang Pass before redeploying to Plei Me in 1966. After arriving at Plei Mei we were re-designated as Btry D 6th
Bn 14th FA Regt, IFFV Artillery and assigned as General Support to 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division."
(Photo courtesy of Rex Weaver)
25 February 2021: Soldiers from 1st Battalion participated in the International Defense Exhibition and Conference
(IDEX 2021) in Abu Dubai, United Arab Emirates. During the exhibition the Steel Warriors met with Vice Admiral Samuel Paparo,
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Brigadier General Keith Phillips, U.S. Defense Attache in Abu Dubai, and Sean
Murphy, Charge d' Affaires at the U.S.Embassy in Abu Dubai.
13 February 2021: The Association welcomes Roger Balmer, 3rd Battalion, as our newest member.
4 December 2020: Saint Barbara's Day.
2 December 2020: In the CENTCOM Area of Operations, Captain Glenn Roser passes command of A Battery, 1st Battalion,
to Captain Ken Ebner.
11 November 2020: Greetings from 1st Battalion:
"The Steel Warrior Battalion wishes a happy Veterans Day to all who have served honorably. Stay strong as steel!"
2 November 2020: A tribute to Vietnam Veterans. Welcome
(Courtesy: Rex Weaver)
20 October 2020: A Battery, 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery, conducts live fire training in the U.S. Central Command
Area of Operations (CENTCOM AO).
5 October 2020: We welcome Albert Alfaro,
6th Battalion, as an Annual Member.
21 July 2020: 1-14FAR Commander, LTC Andrew Hercik, and Command Sergeant Major, CSM Stephen Hammond,
case the Battalion colors. The colors will be uncased when the Steel Warriors assume their deployment station in support of
Operation Spartan Shield. The Association sends its best wishes to the Steel Warriors for a successful and safe mission. We
thank each Soldier and Family Member for the sacrifices they are making to keep us safe. Godspeed Steel Warriors!
2020: Steel Warriors of 1-14FAR recently conducted air-land training by loading HIMARS launchers onto USAF C-130 aircraft
at Fort Sill and flying to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, LA. Upon arrival at Fort Polk, the Soldiers
offloaded the launchers and conducted "hipshoots". The mission concluded with reloading the launchers onto the aircraft and
returning to home base at Fort Sill. Click here to view a video of the exercise.
6 June 2020: The 1-14 FAR Steel Warriors pay tribute to D-Day: "Steel Warriors remember that we are a part of a great
Army legacy. Let us live and serve daily in a way that honors those who went before us. Strong as steel!"
23 May 2020: The Association welcomes our newest member – Eric Sims, 1st Battalion.
21 May 2020: In a unique dual Change of Command ceremony, CPT
Julian Allison and CPT Justin Aid "exchanged" batteries. CPT Allison assumed command of HHB 1-14 FAR from CPT Aid, and CPT
Aid assumed command of B Battery 1-14 FAR from CPT Allison. Click here for a video of the ceremony. 17 April 2020: CSM Stephen Hammond assumes Senior Enlisted responsibility of 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment
from CSM Paul Larsen. Video of the ceremony
25 March 2020: Joe Goeke, Association Chaplain
offers a prayer to give us a spiritual lift during these unusual times. The prayer is on the Chaplain's Corner page.
25 March 2020: The 1-14 FAR exercises social distancing and maintains small group discipline during
today's Staff-Sync in the Regimental Room.
Due to technical reasons, news posts from 12 November 2019 through 24 March
2020 are no longer available.
11 November 2019: The Association welcomes two new Annual Members:
-- Johnnie Esquivel, Jr., 6th
-- G. Richard Staychock, 6th Battalion
11 November 2019: A special Veterans Day tribute to Vietnam
Veterans. (Courtesy Rex Weaver)
29 October2019: From Dave McMillian:
this year, my wife, Jean, and I are planning to be at the Wall in DC on Veterans' Day. If any other Warbonnets are planning
to be there, I would like to meet. Let me know." Dave's email is email@example.com .
25 October 2019: A request regarding
SP5 David Lee Wright, A Battery 1-14 FA, 1969-70:
I am assisting my friend to find information concerning her
father, David Lee Wright, that served in A Btry, 1-14th FA on LZ Bayonet from
about June 1969-June 1970. Specifically, he and 11 other soldiers were
awarded the bronze star with V due to their response to an incident, we think,
in April 1970. The awards ceremony was on LZ Bayonet on or about May
24-26, 1970, with a Brigadier General being the presenting officer. He
was accompanied by a CW2 Buono. There was a mix up on names and the
orders meant for David Lee Wright actually had another soldier's name on
them. That soldier also had the last name Wright. CW2 Buono told
David Lee Wright that it would be corrected; however, David Lee Wright
PCSed/ETSed in June 1970 and it appears the paperwork was lost (or never done)
in transition. David Lee Wright was a tow truck operator. He was a
SP5 but serving as an acting jack SGT.
He and his daughter are trying
to find folks that might have
a recollection of the incident and/or the awards ceremony to help him get
things corrected for the record.
We'd appreciate any information that you
be able to provide. "
If you can provide any information regarding this request, please contact Chris White at
30 August 2019: 1st Battalion invites Association members to attend the All Ranks Ball, Saturday 21
September at the Patriot Club, Fort Sill.
15 August 2019: The Association is pleased to welcome LTC John Auten as our newest Life
Member. He is the former commander of 1st Battalion at Fort Sill. LTC Auten led the Steel Warriors during their successful
deployment from December 2017 through September 2018.
14 June 2019: Today we celebrate the 244th anniversary of the United States Army.
4-9 June 2019: As the Nation commemorates the 75th anniversary
of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, we remember and honor the Soldiers of the 14th Armored Field Artillery Battalion who landed
on Omaha Beach with the 2nd Armored Division. The colors of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment proudly bear the "Normandy"
campaign streamer in tribute to our fellow 14th Field Artillerymen.
25 May 2019: The Association welcomes Curtis White Sr., 1st and 2nd Battalions, as our newest member.
18 May 2019: Dearl ("Butch") Kearns, 6th Battalion, joins
the Association. Welcome Butch!
5 April 2019: CPT Julian Allison assumes command of B Battery 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery. CPT Patrick Staha,
the outgoing commander was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Clem Smiley represented the Association at the ceremony.
Cpt Allison receives the Bravo Battery guidon from LTC Hercik
Clem Smiley mans a Bravo Battery HIMARS launcher
29 March 2019: Today is National Vietnam Veterans' Day. The 14th Field Artillery Regiment Association
recognizes every Soldier who served with honor and valor during the Vietnam War. "Welcome Home, Brother."
13 March 2019: Association member Clem Smiley received the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara medal from COL Stephen
P. Carpenter, Commander, 75th Field Artillery Brigade. The award recognizes Clem's lifelong contributions to the Field
Artillery and to the U.S. Army.
Clem Smiley with CSM Larsen, COL Carpenter and LTC Auten. At the far right is MG Kenneth Kamper,
Deputy Commanding General, III Corps.
13 March 2019: LTC Andrew M. Hercik assumes command of 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery
from LTC John M. Auten III. The Association welcomes LTC Hercik and we look forward to continuing a strong relationship with
the Steel Warriors. We thank LTC Auten for the support he provided to the Association and wish him and his family all the
best in the future. Representing the Association at the ceremony were Geoff Buhlig, David Laukat, Clem Smiley, Joe Goeke,
Michael Schwank and David Termin.
LTC Andrew M. Hercik receives the Battalion colors from COL Stephen P. Carpenter, Commander,
75th Field Artillery Brigade.
Joe Goeke and David Laukat with descendants
of Chief Satanta at the 1-14FA Change of Command ceremony.
12 March 2019: The Association welcomes Tommy Stewart, 6th Battalion as its newest member.
21 and 22 February 2019: Funeral services for Colonel Roger L. Bernardi, Honorary Colonel of the 14th Field
Artillery Regiment, were held in Gainesville, VA. Burial services were held in Thomas, WV. Association members attending the
services were Rick Brown, Bob Bruce, Joe Goeke, Jim Marlow, Tom Rezentes, Michael Schwank and David Termin. LTC John Auten,
Commander, 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery, represented the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion and the 14th Field Artillery
Regiment. Flowers from the Association were present at both services.
12 February 2019:
The Association Board of Officers has approved two actions to honor the memory of Colonel Roger Bernardi:
biographical plaque to be displayed in the 14th FA Regimental Room at Fort Sill.
— Expenditure of up to $100.00 for a flower arrangement from the Association to be present at funeral and burial
12 February 2019: Funeral services for Colonel Bernardi will be held
at 1330 (EST) on 21 February at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Linton Hall Road in Gainesville, VA.
Burial services will be held at 1330 on 22 February at the
Mount Calvary Cemetery in Thomas, WV.
8 February 2019: Colonel Roger L. Bernardi, Honorary Colonel of the
14th Field Artillery Regiment, passed away at 0108 EST. Information regarding services for him will be posted on this log
when it is received.
Association Chaplain, Joe Goeke, prepared a prayer for COL Bernardi. His prayer is on the Chaplain's Corner page.
sends our warmest thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Marty Bernardi and to Ann and Jim.
10 January 2019:
A Buddy Search request regarding Joseph E. May. From Jason Nye:
"I am the nephew of Joseph E. May
(born in Troy, Pennsylvania).
Joe sadly passed away last year and our family is attempting to gain information regarding his military service.
The information I have to date:
Stationed at Ft. Sill Oct 64 through Dec 64.
Jan 66 through Jan 67 — Served with B Battery 6th Bn !4th FA. Was located in Pleiku, Kontum and Duc Co. Promoted to
E5 during his tour. Possibly was a MACV Advisor based on pictures of im in uniform (MACV Patch).
Pictures of him in a ARVN Rangers Beret and a ARVN Paratrooper Beret.
pictures of a SP5 Allman, SP4 Sievers, SP4 Henning and PFC Tipton.
Would love to gain further knowledge of my uncle's service or talk with anyone whom may have known or served alongside
I can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org."
7 December 2018:
The Association welcomes Clyde Boykin, 1st Battalion, as a new Life Member.
4 December 2018:
From Rex Weaver, former Association President:
"Greetings to all
stone hurlers, archers, spear clunkers, catapulters, rocketeers, gunners, and,
missilers, on this birthday of our patron saint. Each of you are a unique
member of the band of brothers. Thank you for your service. Tonight as the sun
slips below the yardarm, please join me in lifting a glass in memory of our
brothers and sisters that are waiting at Fiddlers Green. May God bless you all."
SAINT BARBARA'S DAY
November 2018: From Dave McMillan.
"My wife, Jean, and I attended the
ceremonies at The Wall
on Veterans' Day. It was also the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Women's Memorial, so that was the
theme of the special ceremony. The picture of Jean and me at of the wall was
taken in front of the panel where the name of 1LT George T. Kelly, of
6/14 Artillery, appears. There is also a picture of us by the Three Soldiers
Statue. This has become one of the "obligatory" pictures we take each
year. The plaque in one of the other pictures is new. It recognizes those who
died as a result of the war in Vietnam, but, perhaps, many years later, e.g.
victims of Agent Orange. The day was a beautiful, crisp autumn day in
Washington, DC. Jean and I plan to make the trip every year, as long as we are
We thank Jean and Dave for sharing their
experiences and pictures with the rest of us.
November 2018: From Jack Gaudette: "Hello I just found your site and am so very proud to be a veteran of the 1st Bn, 14th
Field Arty. I served from 1980 to 1986 most of my time in Germany. Just so nice to see part of my life is not forgotten. Thank
you so much for this great site. I was in Garlstedt from 1980 to 1983. I was in A battery 1/14th. I was in FDC. Also
have a few pictures. Nice to see you on here. This was my first time ever on this site. Thank you my brother for your service
hope you and all you love have a great holiday season."
13 October 2018: From David McMillan: "Again this year my wife,
Jean, and I are
planning to visit The Wall in Washington, DC, on Veterans' Day. For those of
you who have not visited The Wall, Veterans' Day is a great day to do so. Be
sure to wear something showing your association with the 14th FA. If any
Satanta Regiment alumni will be there, let's arrange to meet. There is always a
very nice ceremony at 1:00. It will take place on Sunday, 11/11."
25 September 2018: The Association welcomes John Harris
as our newest Life Member.
1 September 2018: This is a Milestone Date in the 102-year
history of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment. The 1st Battalion Steel Warriors, having successfully completed their overseas
mission, returned home to Fort Sill, Oklahoma to be reunited with their Families.
both flights were held in the Rinehart Fitness Center. Betty Washburn and her niece, descendants of Chief Satanta, attended.
Their presence upholds the Regiment's Kiowa tribal heritage. The Association was represented by David Laukat, Clem Smiley
and David Termin.
Veterans of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment Association are proud of our legacy, the Steel Warriors. We are grateful
for the safe return of every Soldier. We thank them and their Family Members for their service and sacrifice — at home
and when deployed. WELCOME HOME.
More details of the Battalion's deployment and return, including photos
and videos, are on the 1-14 FAR Returns Home page.
24 August 2018: The Association welcomes Alvin Jackson,
6th Battalion, as our newest member.
28 July 2018: Walter Felscher, 6th Battalion, joins the
Association as our newest Life Member. Welcome Walter!
21 - 24 June 2018: The Association conducted its 2018 Reunion at Branson, MO.
The Reunion marks the end of the six-year tenure by Rex Weaver
as Association President. We thank Rex for his leadership and for the successes the Association accomplished under
return to Branson for the Reunion in 2020.
Officers for the 2018-2020 term were elected:
President: David Termin
Vice President: Tom Rezentes
Secretary: Bob Sorensen
Treasurer: Rick Brown
Quartermaster: Clarence MarrsChaplain: Joe Goeke
14 June 2018: Today is Flag
Day and the 243rd Anniversary of the United States Army.
11 June 2018:
An invitation to the Army Birthday and Flag Day celebration at Fort Sill on 14 June.
11 May 2018: Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Members
of the Association recognize the support our spouses gave during our military service and the sacrifices they made on our
behalf. The Association gives a special salute to the spouses of 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment as they make
daily contributions and sacrifices while their Soldiers are deployed. Thank you Steel Warrior Spouses!!
8 May 2018: A reminder: the final day to make hotel reservations for the Reunion is 21 May. Registration
details are on the Reunion Page.
1 May 2018: A request from Don Taber:
“I was a member of the 14th Artillery Battalion,
4th Armored Division, in Nuremberg, Germany from 1961 to 1963. We were
quartered at Monteith Barracks, in Fuerth.
I cannot remember the name of the colonel who was the battalion head. Anyone
remember who that was?”
If you can answer Don's
question, reply to him at email@example.com.
24 April 2018: The Association
has learned of two former members of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment who have passed away.
Charles "Mick" Odom who served with 6th Battalion in 1968 passed away 27 March 2017.
Joe Fridley was Chief of Smoke (Chief of Firing Battery) for
Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 1967-1968. Joe passed away 12 April 2018.
9 April 2018:
A film showing Soldiers of 1-14FAR in combat action. The film is narrated by LTG Michael Garrett, Commanding General, U.S.
Army Central. LTG Garrett states: "This is the most precise application of firepower in the history of our Army."
3 April 2018: The Association has received word that Walt Smith passed
away in March. Walt served with C Battery, 6th Battalion in Vietnam, February 1967 - February 1968. We extend our condolences
to Walt's family.
29 March 2018: On this Vietnam Veterans Day, the Association salutes all
Veterans who served in Vietnam. We thank you for your service and sacrifice. Welcome Home, Brother!
6 March 2018: "Steel Warriors" of 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment, on deployment, visited Sailors
aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). More pictures of their visit can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/gp/153000439@N04/21v21t
17 February 2018: David Weise, 5th Battalion has joined the Association as an Annual Member.
2018: Rick Brown upgraded his membership to Life Member.
3 February 2018: The Association is pleased to welcome Gary Howell as a new Annual Member.
2 February 2018: 1-14 FA Soldiers conduct a combat fire mission
in support of Operation Inherent Resolve:
6 January 2018: We are pleased to welcome Fred Allen, 6th Battalion to the Association as an Annual
2 December 2017:
The Association welcomes Dale Hensley as our newest Life Member.
1 December 2017: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment cased its Colors in a ceremony at Fort Sill. The Battalion
will deploy to support Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve and will unfurl the Colors when they are operational
in the Middle East Theater of Operations. The Association wishes Godspeed to each Soldier and their Families. We look forward
to welcoming the Battalion back home upon their return. David Laukat, Clem Smiley, and David Termin represented the Association
at the ceremony.
LTC Auten, Battalion Commander and CSM Larsen, Battalion Command Sergeant Major, case the 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery
Regiment colors at Fort Sill. The colors will be unfurled when the Battalion assumes its position in support of Operation
11 November 2017: Robert Fulwiler (firstname.lastname@example.org), formerly assigned to Metro Section, 6th Battalion, and later to B Battery, 6th Battalion, has provided photos and an excerpt
from the 6th Battalion Daily Staff Journal detailing the overrun of A Battery at LZ Oasis on 30 October 1970. See the photos
and the journal on the 6th Battalion page. 24 October 2017:
1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment will conduct a Casing of the Colors Ceremony prior to deployment. The ceremony
will be on 1 December at 1000 hours at Rinehart Gym, Fort Sill. Association members are invited to attend. Click here to RSVP.
17 October 2017: From Dave McMillian:
Jean, and I plan to be at The Wall in Washington, DC,
on Veterans' Day. This marks the Wall's 35 anniversary. Are any other 14 FA
vets planning to be there? If so, I would like to arrange a meeting point."
16 October 2017: Be
sure to check this site as we finalize plans for next summer's reunion in Branson, MO.
22 August 2017:
The Museum of the United States Army has received our donation. The Association's name has been added to the Bronze Service
Star level on virtual Veterans' Hall Wall on the Museum's website.
5 August 2017: The 14th Field Artillery Regiment Association reached its goal to raise $2,500 for the Museum
of the United States Army. A plaque recognizing the service and contributions of our Regiment, and its Soldiers and Veterans,
will be placed in the Museum's Hall of Veterans. The Association's Board of Officers thanks all who participated
in this worthwhile effort.
5 August 2017: Mark A. Sullivan, 1st
Battalion, has joined the Association as a Life Member. Welcome Mark!
22 July 2017: The Association welcomes Frankie L. Smith as our newest Annual Member.
14 June 2017: We celebrate the 242nd Birthday of the
United States Army. It's also Flag Day. 6th Battalion Veterans are keenly aware of the symbolic importance of 6-14!
10 June 2017: Joe Goeke, Association Chaplain has offered
a special prayer for Vietnam Veterans and Veterans of the Vietnam era. Go to the Chaplain's Corner page.
7 May 2017:
The Association welcomes John Sorvari, 2nd Battalion, as our newest Life Member.
21 March 2017: LTC John M. Auten assumes command of 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment.
20 March 2017: Remarks from LTC Pete Sittenauer, outgoing
1-14 FAR Commander.
"Among the most memorable
things about my time in command is spending it
with the Regimental Association and the honor of participating
in the 100 year
anniversary of such a great organization."
The Association is grateful to LTC Sittenauer for his support. We wish him and
his family best wishes for the future.
20 March 2017: From Gregg Malicki – "
wanted to pass on to my fellow 14th Field Artillery
Regiment Association members that the Americal Division Veterans Association will be hosting
the dedication of a monument to the Americal Division Artillery.
dedication will take place at Fort Sill on 10 May 2017
and other events are planned around that day and the next for attendees."
16 March 2017: 1st
Battalion will conduct a change of command ceremony at Fort Sill on 21 March. Association members are invited to
28 January 2017: We are pleased to welcome Gregg Malicki, 1st Battalion, as our newest Life Member.
14 January 2017: The Association welcomes Charles (Charlie)
Brown, 2nd Battalion, as our newest Life Member.
1 January 2017: Kicking off the New Year with the announcement that John Large has renewed his membership.
2016: From David McMillan:
wife, Jean, and I visited The Wall on Veterans' Day and
attended the annual ceremony. While visiting, we wanted to locate the name of
one of the soldiers from my battery (HHB) who was killed in a tragic accident
on Artillery Hill. We walked up to one of the National Park Service volunteers
to help us find the name. The volunteer recognized the 14th Artillery crest on
my hat and shirt. It turns out that he served in the ammo section of Service
Battery 6/14 from November, 1968, until January, 1970. This overlapped for a
few months with my time in the battalion. His name is Tom Tabor. He said he
went by the nickname, "Top." He has served as a volunteer at the Wall
since 1986. I told him about our recent reunion. He seemed to be aware of the
website. I told him to consider joining the gang in 2018. Does anyone remember
Tom? When we visit the Wall, we are always hopeful that we will connect with
someone who served with the 14th Artillery. So, this year's visit was very
26 October 2016: There is a new request from Skip Hughes on the
Buddy Search page.
September 2016: Clem Smiley update. Clem continues to recover and is scheduled to return home on Friday 9/30. We thank David
Laukat and Clarence Marrs for being with Clem while in the hospital, and we thanks the members of the 1st Battalion Steel
Warriors who travelled from Fort Sill to Oklahoma City to visit Clem.
27 September 2016: Clem Smiley is recovering from surgery. He is will return home later this week and is
expected to make a full recovery. If you would like to send get well wishes to Clem and Hanne, their address is 125
SE French Road, Lawton, OK 73501.
20 August 2016: Art Miller, 6th Battalion, upgraded his membership to Life Member. Welcome Art!
5 June 2016: The family of 1LT Kenneth Kirkpatrick, B 1/14FA, has posted a request on the Buddy Search page.
1 June 2016: Rick
Simmerman, 6th Battalion, has upgraded to Life Membership. Welcome Rick.
27 May 2016: The Association welcomes John Coons, 2nd Battalion, as a Life Member.
21 May 2016: The Association welcomes our newest members
Alex Reid who upgraded to Life Member, and Tomas Caraballo, Annual Member.
12 May 2016: REUNION REMINDER. Hotel reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn using our Reunion rate
need to be made NLT 26 May. Check the Reunion 2016 page for details.
3 May 2016: 1-14 FA conducted an Officer Professional Development class in the Regimental Room at Battalion Headquarters
on Fort Sill. The class subject was the history of each of the six battalions of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment. Members
of the Association participated in the class to add first-hand accounts of their experiences while serving in the Regiment.
Representing the Association were: Rex Weaver, David Laukat, Loma Allen, Andrew Pearson, Geoffrey Buhlig, Clarence Marrs,
Bob Sorensen, Clem Smiley, Jerry Goos, Joe Moehrle, and David Termin.
14 April 2016: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. 1st Battalion at Fort Sill will hold an Officer Professional Development class
on 3 May. The subject will be the HISTORY OF THE 14TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT. The Battalion is seeking veterans from each
Battalion of the Regiment to portray their experiences from an historical perspective.
Although being present at Fort Sill for the class would be
meaningful, it's not necessary. A conference call is being planned so participants can call in to participate.
If interested, contact David Laukat, Clem Smiley, or David
2016: Roy Huff, who has served as Treasurer since the Association was founded more than 10 years ago, has announced he is
retiring from the position. The Association's officers and membership are grateful to Roy for his dedication and hard work
and we recognize he is an important part of the Association's success.
WE NEED A VOLUNTEER TO SERVE AS TREASURER for the term that will begin at the Reunion in June. If you are interested
in serving, please contact Roy at email@example.com or David Termin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
29 March 2016: Today is Vietnam Veterans Day marking the
day in 1973 when the final troops returned to the United States from Vietnam, signaling the end of U.S. involvement in
all who served in Vietnam, thank you for your service there and for your many contributions over the years following your
27 March 2016: The Association has received word that Colonel James H.
Pierce, 6th Battalion, passed away on 25 March 2013. From his stepson, Bob Lundfelt, "...a true soldier...the Army was his
life...he had a full military funeral...from Fort Knox...I will forward his obituary in the future...I wish he could have
attended the 2016 reunion..." The Association sends our thoughts and prayers to Jim's family.
16 February 2016: Bob Bruce upgraded his membership to Life Member.
14 February 2016:
Rick Brown, 6th Battalion, renewed his annual membership. Welcome, Rick!
9 February 2016:
Dennis McMilian upgraded his membership to a Life Membership.
5 February 2016:
We received a note from Tom Grinnell regarding the upcoming Reunion:
you for the e-mail and reunion form. At this time, I
will just send in a donation, to be used for the assistance of active duty
soldiers and their family members, because I do not plan on attending the
gathering. I have been to Lawton/Ft. Sill twice, since 2004, and I have
seen many places I went to back in 1964-65, so I have already “done
that.” There are at least a couple of guys I would like to see again, but
I do not think I will undertake such a long journey for that. Of course,
I reserve the right to change my mind! I have many good memories of
Lawton/Ft. Sill, C/6/14, the people I knew, Charles Maldonado and more.
to you and the other Association members for a
4 February 2016: We welcome Lloyd Edens, 6th Battalion, who has renewed his annual membership.
30 January 2016: Registration for the 2016 Reunion and 100th Anniversary celebration is now open. For more
details and to register for the Reunion, go to the Reunion 2016 page.
27 January 2016: We have received the sad news that our member Reggie Figueroa
has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
25 October 2015:
The Association welcomes Gary Hollis, 1st Battalion, as our newest life member.
5 October 2015: Gary
Hollis has contacted the Association with the following request:
"My name is Charles Gary Hollis. During 1968 - 1969, I was with D Battery
1/14th Artillery, 198th Infantry, Americal Division. I am
looking for history on D battery 1/14th Artillery for a VA claim for
PTSD. I need locations of D battery."
If you have any information that would be helpful to Gary, please contact him at email@example.com.
29 September 2015: The Association
welcomes Donald Sylvester, 1st Battalion, as a Life Member.<
7 August 2015: The Association welcomes its newest Life Member,
19 June 2015: The Association, represented by David Laukat, presents a bugle to
Betty Satanta Washburn, descendant of Chief Satanta. The bugle represents a bugle captured by the Kiowa Tribe from Custer's
4 May 2015: Bravo Battery 1-14FAR will conduct a Deployment
Ceremony on 20 May at 1030 at Rinehart Gym on Fort Sill.
22 April 2015: Joyce Goeke,
wife of our Association Chaplain Joe, passed away yesterday. Services for Joyce will be held on Saturday, 2 May at 1:00PM
Central Time at the First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield, II.
Please remember Joe and his
family in your thoughts and prayers.
19 February 2015: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment will conduct a Change
of Command ceremony on 26 March at Fort Sill.
10 February 2015: A new request from Dearl ("Butch") is on the Buddy Search page. 23 January 2015:
A new request from Allen Ham is on the Buddy Search page. 30 November
2014: Click here to see a Forum entry from Ben Youmans looking for information about a battle near Dak Seang in April 1970.
21 November 2014: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment
held it's Dining Out in Lawton, OK.
During the event, Roger Bernardi was reinstalled as Honorary Colonel of the Regiment. David Laukat, accompanied by
his wife Debbie, was reinstalled as Honorary Command Sergeant Major of the Regiment.
Clem Smiley was recognized for his outstanding service and
contributions to the Regiment and has been designated a Distinguished Member of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment by the Secretary
of the Army.
Termin was the guest speaker for the evening. He spoke about how Soldiers' experiences in the Army give them the skills and
tools to succeed in their lives after the Army.
Jerry and Shirley Goos also attended the event.
4 November 2014: Veterans Day is next Tuesday, 11 November. Several national and regional restaurant chains are offering
free meals or coffee to Veterans on Veterans Day. Click here to see a list of participating restaurants (courtesy of David Laukat), and click here for a second list (courtesy of Dennis Proulx).
2 November 2014: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment "Steel Warrior" invite members of the Association to
attend a Dining Out in Lawton on 21 November.
Tickets are $40.00 per person. RSVP to 2LT Rebecca Espinosa, Battalion S-1, NLT 7 November. 2LT Espinosa
can be reached at 972-603-5545 (cell) or 580-442-2158 (work).
1 November 2014: Several Buddy Search requests have been added to
the Buddy Search page.
Jim McCormack, HHB 2-14FA, 1968-70
John Berkoben, D Btry 1-14FA, 1970-71
Gerald ("Jerry") Meek, A Btry 6-14FA, 1969-71
15 July 2014: Donnie Scarbough from Seminary, MS, served as a Recon Sergeant with A Battery
1st Battalion in Vietnam from October 1967 to January 1968. He is seeking information regarding a mission in which he was
airlifted into 3 LZ (or LZ 3) while serving under 1LT Howard Snyder. Donnie needs the information for a PTSD claim with the
VA. If you recall any details regarding the mission, please contact Lawrence Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 July 2014: The Association welcomes Art Sipes as a Life Member.
June 2014: An article about 1-14 FA's recent certification field exercise has been posted to the Steel Warriors page.
26 May 2014: See Aaron Foster's request for information regarding Larry Kesler, KIA 25 June
1966, on the Buddy Search page . 19 May 2014: Joe Blackwell has new contact information. See the Active Members page.
9 May 2014: Clyde Boykin has renewed his Annual Membership.
15 April 2014: The Association welcomes Alex Reid and Steve ("Doc") Weishaar as Annual Members.
17 March 2014: John Carter provided a photo of Bob Hamilton's Retirement Ceremony in 1990. See the 6th Battalion
9 March 2014: The Association welcomes Anthony Ciociola as a new Annual
6 - 9 March 2014: The Association conducted the 2014 Reunion at San Antonio, Texas.
27 February 2014: The Association welcomes Einar Tyvela as our newest Life Member.
2014: Dedication and Tribute to the Vietnam Veteran.
(Provided by Rex Weaver)
06 January 2014: Gary Patton is the Association's
newest Life Member, upgrading his membership from Annual Member.