Winter Fire Training

 

Written by Sgt. Scott Faddis

Published January 12, 2004

   
Smoke exits the tube after a team from C company 1/145th Field Artillery fires a 155mm round at Camp Williams.
U.S. Army Photo by SPC Scott FAddis

Smoke exits the tube after a team from C company 1/145th Field Artillery fires a 155mm round at Camp Williams.

Camp Williams- The 1/145th Field Artillery Battalion conducted field-training exercises in the snow the weekend of January 9-11th.  The Battalion of about 450 soldiers set up their M-198, a towed 155mm howitzers, and trained in tough conditions and cold weather. 

“This training is tough because of the cold weather, but it helps us prepare for our real world mission,” said Lt. Col. Jerry Acton, commander of the 1/145th.  “The enemy doesn’t fight just in the summer.  We need to be able to fight in every environment.”

The snow was at least a foot deep in most places at Camp Williams this weekend.

That challenge did not seem to deter the members of the 1/145th.  “We train in the winter because it is a lot different.  We need to react to the cold and the snow,” said Acton.  The snow required chains on all the 2- ton trucks that pull the guns.   

These are a part of the more than 500 rounds that the 1/145th fired furing their weekend training at Camp Williams.
U.S. Army Photo by SPC Scott FAddis

These are a part of the more than 500

rounds that the 1/145 fired during their

weekend training at Camp Williams.  

“The snow and cold weather are great for team building,” said Capt. Steven Fairbourn, commander of C battery 1/145th in Spanish Fork.

Staff Sgt. Jason Myers checks the alignments put in by gunner Spc. Mike Jones before Sgt. Rick Strong fires the round.
U.S. Army Photo by SPC Todd Sparks

 

Staff Sgt. Jason Myers checks the

alignments put in by gunner Spc. Mike

 Jones before Sgt. Rick Strong fires

 the round.