Pop star Enrique Iglesias rocked Fort Sill at his June 26 concert. See more photos in this week’s Cannoneer newspaper... View Release »
The commanding general’s safety message for Independence Day. Read More »
Photo illustration of the Cyber Battlefield Range - a new training tool for the Army’s cyber warriors... View Release »
Safety message for motorcycle riders at Fort Sill... View Release »
Spc. Jerry Friend (left) and Pfc. Dale Moody perform a skit during vacation Bible school June 18, at Frontier Chapel. View Release »
Vietnamese dignitaries and former South Vietnamese soldiers gather June 17, at Fort Sill during the dedication of the 1st Battalion, 40th Field Artillery Vietnam War memorial ... View Release »
Veterans from the American Legion welcome a group of Soldiers from forts Sill and Riley to Pilsen, Kan., the hometown of Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun. A color guard and much fanfare followed the completion of the 60-mile journey... View Release »
Fire inspector Michael McDevitt demonstrates a laser-LED fire extinguisher trainer June 12, 2015, at the Fire Prevention Branch at Fort Sill, Okla... View Release »
SHOP THE PX IN JULY
DALLAS - To mark 120 years of support to America's service members and their families, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is giving military shoppers a chance at $25,000 in account credits with the “MILITARY STAR® Because of You” sweepstakes. From July 1 to 31, military shoppers will be automatically entered in the sweepstakes each time they use their card to pay for purchases at any Army or Air Force Exchange location or on shopmyexchange.com. Each purchase counts as one entry.
One grand-prize winner will receive a $5,000 account credit, and 20 first-prizes winners will receive $1,000 credits. If the winners' balance is less than prize amount, the remainder will be added as a credit. The contest is part of a yearlong effort to recognize and reward service members for their sacrifice and dedication to America. Sweepstakes winners will be announced on or about Sept. 30. See the store for details.
MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY
The 30th Air Defense Artillery Brigade teams up with FMWR for the EXTREME All-Terrain Run and Military Appreciation Day at Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area starting at 8 a.m., July 11.
Lawton-Fort Sill celebrates Independence Day at Elmer Thomas Park in Lawton starting at 10 a.m., July 4.
TODAY IN HISTORY
1862 - In the Civil War, Col. Henry J. Hunt, chief of artillery for the Army of the Potomac, served under Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan. The Army of the Potomac had around 250 cannons available. The Union line was further supported by U.S. Navy gunboats in the river to the south. Hunt could put between 30 to 35 cannon on a hill at any given point. During one battle, the Union cannon caused over 5,000 Confederate casualties as they attacked up a hill.
1898 - During the Spanish-American War, Capt. George S. Grimes’s four-gun battery poured field artillery fire on Spanish positions on San Juan Hill, Santiago, Cuba, and caused a Spanish retreat.
1908 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Murray became the chief of Coast Artillery and served in this position until Mar. 14, 1911.
1940 - The Field Artillery School started its mobilization classes as the Army prepared for possible combat action in Europe.
1941 - During World War II, the War Department established the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill to train enlisted soldiers to be officers.
1953 - The Army Aviation School at Fort Sill was organized to conduct tactical training for light aircraft or helicopters pilots and mechanics of all branches.
1957 - The Army re-designated the U.S. Army Artillery and Guided Missile School as the U.S. Army Artillery and Missile School and the U.S. Army Artillery and Guided Missile Center as the U.S. Army Artillery and Missile Center.
1975 - The Field Artillery Training Center became a separate major command on Fort Sill. Previously, it had been under the Field Artillery School.
1958 – Congress passed a law authorizing the admission of Alaska as the 49th state in the Union, the first new state since 1912.