Field Artillery: The King of Battle
The field artillery soldiers are the King of Battle, and they will always protect their Queen, the infantry. They have been part of the military for centuries. They have kept our nation safe, protecting freedom with their blood and their own lives. They have been there from the beginning with George Washington to lead the charge at Valley Forge, and they’ve been there in the sands of Iraq. The artillery will always be a vital part of our military, and we will always depend on them to lead in battle and win the war.
What Makes Up the Field Artillery?
The field artillery team consist of four parts. The first is the “Fist,” Fire Support Team. They work at a company level in armor, infantry, and cavalry units. They are responsible for developing the fire support plan to support and protect a unit. The Fist team is the front end of the field artillery’s devastating fire. The second team is target acquisition. The radar platoon will be responsible for acquiring deep targets and destroying them with advanced artillery fire. The third is the fire direction center (FDC), the brain of the field artillery team. They’re the hub that focus all the field artillery assets onto the enemy. The fourth team is the firing battery. These are the howitzers, cannons, rockets, and missiles that deliver the steel on target.
Many field artillery units stand out in history with great heritage and tradition, such as the 5th Field Artillery Regiment. Or Old Ironsides from the 1st Armored Division with a history of eliminating an enemy in a devastating and speedy way. Then there’s the 10th Mountain Division Artillery that is constantly ready to deploy at a moment’s notice with their infantry. These are just a few of the Kings of Battle that have cleared the way for the infantry and other units to go in and eliminate an enemy and win the battle in a safer way with fewer wounded or killed in action.
The field artillery will always lead and play a vital role in our nation’s success in battle against any enemy anywhere. Their role is to clear the way and begin to defeat the enemy prior to ground troops moving in. They have been our nation’s King of Battle for centuries by leading and winning battles and wars throughout history. They will always be our king of battle and we will always depend on them.