first published on July 29, 2018 by Josh
In Arkansas, the National Guard has officially stood up their newest field artillery battery. Charlie Battery “Cold Steel”, 1st Battalion, 206th Field Artillery Regiment, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Booneville, Arkansas, is a brand new field artillery battery that has been added to the Arkansas National Guard. In a first ever field test, the unit fired their M777A2 “Triple Seven” towed 155 mm howitzer cannon. It marks a first in the history of the unit for the issuance and use of the weapon system.
In a release from the Department of Defense, and Arkansas National Guard, the following statement was made. “The 1st Battalion, 206th Field Artillery Regiment is now designated as a Composite Artillery Battalion since the battalion has now been issued the M777A2 howitzers along with the newest variant of the M119 howitzer. Composite Artillery Battalions deliver fires to suppress, neutralize and destroy the full spectrum of enemy ground based combat, combat support and combat service support forces. The battalion strikes throughout the depth of enemy formations interdicting ground forces and suppressing enemy air defense and fire support and command and control systems. Due to the upgraded technology and enhanced capabilities the composite battalion may be called to perform all four of the standard tactical missions: direct support, general support, general support reinforcing and reinforcing.”
Below is the footage of the triple seven being fired for the first time by National Guard soldiers from Arkansas. It comes to us courtesy of the Arkansas National Guard and Spc. Stephen M. Wright.