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214th FIRES BRIGADE / COMMANDERS CORNER
Soldiers, Civilians, Family Members, and Friends of the Leaders Brigade, your Brigade continues to be busy and it has been a very exciting spring so far. CSM Aaron and I continue to be proud of and amazed at all the Brigade is accomplishing!
The Steel Warriors of 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment are back at full strength following their mission in the United Arab Emirates. They did a spectacular job and we are pleased that everyone made it back safely. The entire Brigade, Family members, Fort Sill and Lawton leaders, Veterans organizations and other supporters cheered them on as they returned. The Steel Warriors also just sent a team that fired test missiles at White Sands Missile Range and shot 6 GPS guided MLRS, keeping them on the tip of the spear of innovation. They also conducted two battery changes of command and recently welcomed CSM Richard Fisk to their ranks. He is a proven leader that will undoubtedly take them to higher heights.
Around the same time the Steel Warriors returned home we were bidding farewell to Task Force Charlie, a team of roughly 100 Soldiers from the Rock Hard Battalion of 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment. They are currently in Bahrain conducting security operations. This mission is unique for a Field Artillery unit; however they trained hard and are performing well. We look forward to them accomplishing their mission and their arrival back home later this year. The Rock Hard Battalion is also keeping busy with property transactions that will ultimately lead to their inactivation later this year. They are hard at work preparing equipment for inspections and turn-in, supported by our Brigade Support Battalion.
The Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery Regiment are training hard to be ready to answer our Nation’s call. They have recently completed MLRS platoon live fire, numerous ranges, a successful “All Ranks Ball”, and a “Family Work Day Shoot” which gave the opportunity for their Families to see what exactly our Soldiers are doing day in and day out to keep our country safe. The Deep Attack Battalion will be conducting a month-long field training exercise and brigade evaluation at White Sands Missile Range in June, and I am confident they will excel.
The 168th Brigade Support Battalion just completed a Field Training Exercise which prepared them for spending two weeks at Camp Gruber this coming June. I was able to visit them last year during a similar exercise and observe the hard training, teamwork and dedication the “Make It Happen” Battalion displays on a daily basis. They are continuing their Operation Fix-It on a quarterly basis as well as working hard getting equipment to Fort Carson with Operation Long Haul. True teamwork is readily found in the motor pool during Operation Fix-It, as everyone, including the commanders and sergeants major, get down and dirty to help out.
We were very pleased with the Brigade volunteer recognition ceremony that took place last January. It is clear that Leaders and their Family members are making great contributions to the Lawton-Fort Sill community and we are extremely proud of all our volunteers. The stories of selflessness were amazing to hear. Looking forward, an opportunity is coming for all spouses within the Brigade on the 16th of May. We will hold a brigade-wide event for spouses to experience some of what their Soldier experiences in the execution of his or her duties. The “Spouses Day of Duty” will feature a HIMARS live fire demonstration, confidence course, engagement skills trainer, weapons class and more.
Lastly, a reminder about our Command Virtual Open Door policy. If anyone wants to contact me or CSM Aaron with comments or concerns, please either set up an office call or utilize our virtual open door policy by emailing email@example.com Your concerns will be personally addressed by the Brigade Command Team. Feel free to send in good news also- we enjoy hearing what our Soldiers and Families think is going well or needs to improve. Thank you all for all you do as a valued member of the Leaders Brigade, keeping the Brigade READY to answer our Nation’s call. I could not be more proud.
Colonel Andrew D. Preston