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FIELD ARTILLERY VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT
MISSION

     1-78th Field Artillery Battalion trains and develops adaptive soldiers to provide effective and timely fire support. Supports the design of fire support training in order to provide the Army with combat ready, Field Artillery Soldiers.


     On order, 1-78th FA conducts other training and support as directed by 428th Field Artillery Brigade.


LTC McRae

LTC David McRae

     David Orson McRae is a native of Bountiful, UT and received his commission in the Field Artillery (FA) as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Utah. He first served as a Platoon Fire Direction Officer with 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea; Company Fire Support Officer then Battery Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA.

     His subsequent assignments were: Battalion/Squadron Fire Support Officer 1st Battalion, 33rd Armor later 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry (RSTA), 1st Brigade, 25th ID, Fort Lewis, WA; Battalion S4 and Battalion Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 27th Field Artillery, 41st FA BDE, Babenhausen, GE; Squadron Fire Support Officer, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Budingen, GE; MLRS Battery Commander, 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery, 1st Armored Division, Idar-Oberstein, GE, then 17th Fires Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA (JBLM); Corps Assistant Fires Support Coordinator (AFSCOORD), I Corps; and Chief, I CORPS ARFORGEN Execution Cell, JBLM.

     His key leadership assignments include serving as a MLRS Battery Commander in Germany, Romania, and JBLM; Battalion S3 and Executive Officer, 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery (HIMARS) at JBLM, WA; Brigade S3, 17th Fires Brigade in Kuwait and Iraq, and most recently as the Artillery Test Division Chief for the Fires Test Directorate; Operational Test Command at Fort Sill, OK.

     LTC McRae had multiple combat tours in the Global War on Terrorism including: deputy FUOPS targeting officer, Combined Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC), 3rd Army, Kuwait/Iraq; Corps AFSCOORD, Iraq; and 17th Fires BDE S3 in Kuwait then Iraq. He also deployed to Romania as part of Joint Task Force – East.

     LTC McRae holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Utah, and a Master of Science in Management from the University of Maryland University College.

     His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Parachutist Badge, and various other awards and foreign parachutist badges.

     Lieutenant Colonel McRae is married to Major (Retired) Andrea McRae and they have four children (quadruplets); three boys, Mason, Nathan, and Peyton, and a girl, Molly.




CSM Schomaker

Command Sgt. Maj. Scott J. Schomaker

     Command Sergeant Major Scott J. Schomaker joined the Kansas Army National Guard in September 1993 and attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma as a 13E, Cannon Fire Direction Specialist. He attended Kansas State University from August 1994 until December 1996. CSM Schomaker enlisted in the US Army in January 1997.

     CSM Schomaker has held every position in a cannon Fire Direction Center while assigned to Fort Riley, KS from 1997-2003, culminating as Chief Computer. CSM Schomaker served as a Drill Sergeant and Senior Drill Sergeant in One Station Unit Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 2003-2006. He served as the Senior Chief Fire Control Sergeant and First Sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Bn, 7th Field Artillery Regiment from 2006-2012. While assigned to 3-7 FA, CSM Schomaker deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served as the Battle Captain, Projects Purchasing Officer and First Sergeant, and once to Operation Enduring Freedom as the First Sergeant of HHB. CSM Schomaker served in the 1st Bn, 30th Field Artillery as Chief Instructor Writer, Bravo Battery (BOLC) First Sergeant, and as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major. CSM Schomaker served as Senior Military Science Instructor in the Cameron University ROTC program. He successfully completed the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 66.

     CSM Schomaker’s military education includes all levels of NCOES commensurate with his grade as well as the Observer/Controller Trainer Academy at the NTC and Drill Sergeant School. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies and a Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Organizational Leadership.

     CSM Schomaker’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (12 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal (1 silver loop), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (bronze service star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 bronze campaign stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 bronze campaign stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 4), Overseas Ribbon (numeral 4), Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Driver’s Badge (wheel and track), and Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 oak leaf clusters). CSM Schomaker is a recipient of The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara and is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

     He is married to the former Martina Adams, and they have two children, Alyssa (18) and Brayden (13).

1-78th Alpha Commander

A Battery Commander

1-78th Alpha 1SG

A Battery 1SG

 

1-78th Bravo Commander

B Battery Commander

1-78th Bravo 1SG

B Battery 1SG


1-78th Charlie Commander

C Battery Commander

1-78th Charlie 1SG

C Battery 1SG

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Unit Insignia

Description:
     A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 13/32 inches (3.57 cm) in height consisting of the shield, crest and motto of the coat of arms.

Symbolism:
     The field is red for Artillery. The gold billets are from the arms of Franche Comté, the canton from the badge of the parent organization. The crest is the divisional shoulder sleeve insignia charged with the number of the regiment.

Motto:
     SEMEL ET SIMUL "At Once and Together".

Background:
     The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 78th Field Artillery Regiment on 20 April 1928. It was redesignated for the 78th Field Artillery Battalion (Armored) on 2 January 1941. It was redesignated for the 78th Armored Field Artillery Battalion on 20 April 1954. It was redesignated for the 78th Artillery Regiment on 17 November 1958. The insignia was redesignated for the 78th Field Artillery Regiment effective 1 September 1971.



Coat of Arms Insignia

Unit Coat of Arms

Shield:
     Gules, billetté Or; on a canton of the last voided Sable, a sun in splendor of the second charged with the Arabic number "13" of the third (for the 13th Cavalry). The field is red for Artillery. The gold billets are from the arms of Franche Comté, the canton from the badge of the parent organization.

Crest:
     On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, a six point mullet Gules charged with the Arabic number "78". The crest is the divisional shoulder sleeve insignia charged with the number of the regiment.

Background:
     The coat of arms was originally approved for the 78th Field Artillery Regiment on 16 May 1921. It was redesignated for the 78th Field Artillery Battalion (Armored) on 2 January 1941. It was redesignated for the 78th Armored Field Artillery Battalion on 20 April 1954. It was redesignated for the 78th Artillery Regiment on 17 November 1958. The insignia was redesignated for the 78th Field Artillery Regiment effective 1 September 1971.

Constituted 1 July 1916 in the Regular Army as Troops A and B, 20th Cavalry. Organized 1 June 1917 at Fort Riley, Kansas. Consolidated, converted, and re-designated 18 November 1917 as Battery A, 78th Field Artillery, an element of the6th Division. Inactivated 7 September 1921 at Camp Grant, Illinois. (78th Field Artillery relieved 2 October 1939 from assignment to the 6th Division). Re-designated 15 July 1940 as Battery A, 78th Field Artillery Battalion, and activated at Fort Benning, Georgia, as an element of the 2d Armored Division. Re-designated 1 January 1942 as Battery A, 78th Armored Field Artillery.


Re-organized and re-designed 1 July 1957 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Howitzer Battalion, 78th Artillery, an element of the 2d Armored Division (organic elements concurrently constituted and activated). Re-designated 8 July 1963 as the 1st Battalion, 78th Artillery. Re-designated 1 September 1972 as the 1st Battalion, 78th Field Artillery. Inactivated 1 October 1983 at Fort Hood, Texas, and relieved from assignment to the 2d Armored Division Headquarters transferred 28 February 1987 to the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command and activated at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.


Campaign Participation Credit:

World War I

  • Streamer without inscription

World War II

  • Algeria-French Morocco (with arrowhead)
  • Sicily (with arrowhead)
  • Normandy
  • Northern France
  • Rhineland
  • Ardennes-Alsace
  • Central Europe


Decorations
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered NORMANDY (78th Armored Field Artillery Battalion cited; DA GO 28, 1948)
  • French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star, World War II, Streamer embroidered NORMANDY (78th Armored Field Artillery Battalion cited: WD GO 43, 1950)
  • Belgian Fourragere 1940 (78th Armored Field Artillery Battalion cited: DA GO 43, 1950)
  • Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in Belgium (78th Armored Field Artillery Battalion cited: DA GO 43, 1950)
  • Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the Ardennes (78th Armored Field Artillery Battalion cited: DA GO 43, 1950)

13B Cannon Crewmember

     A Cannon Crewmember is an important part of the Army's success on the battlefield. Artillery teams are used to support infantry and tank units in combat, but also have responsibilities during peacetime. Cannon Crewmembers work on cannons known as 'howitzers,' a heavy artillery machine piece with single-barrel firing capability.

Duties performed by this MOS include:
Integral member of a crew that operates high technology cannon artillery weapon systems. Loads and fires howitzers. Sets fuse and charge on a variety of munitions, including high explosive artillery rounds, laser guided projectiles, scatterable mines, and rocket assisted projectiles. Uses computer generated fire direction data to set elevation of cannon tube for loading and firing. Employs rifles, machine guns, and grenade and rocket launchers in offensive and defensive operations. Drives and operates heavy and light wheeled trucks and tracked vehicles. Transports and manages artillery ammunition. Participates in reconnaissance operations to include security operations and position preparation. Operates in reduced visibility environments with infrared and starlight enhanc ing night vision devices and other equipment. Coordinates move ment into position. Camouflages position area. Communicates using voice and digital wire and radio equipment. Uses critical combat survival skills to operate in a hostile environment. Maintains opera tional readiness of vehicles and equipment.Supervises handling, transportation, accountability, and distribution of ammunition. Assists section chief in supervision of howitzer operations, maintenance, and training. Lays weapon for direction, conducts bore sighting and basic periodic tests. Supervises the operation, loading, and maintenance of the Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle.
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13D FA Automated Data Systems Specialist

     A Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist (FAATDS) is an important member of the Army's field artillery team. FAATDS Specialists are primarily responsible for operating the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems for both Cannon and Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS). Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialists play a critical role in the safe, accurate, and lethal delivery of the Field Artillery's various fire support systems. Both cannon and MLRS systems are used to support infantry and tank units in combat.

Duties performed by this MOS include:
Establishes, maintains and operates communications systems. Assists in preparation of computer center for operation and shutdown. Prepares field artillery tactical data systems for operation to include cabling, installation, and removal procedures. Inputs initialization data and data base information to field artillery tactical data systems. Maintain fire capabilities maps and charts. Operates and performs operator maintenance on field artillery tactical data systems equipment, section vehicles and generators associated with field artillery tactical data systems. Performs crew maintenance and participates in organizational maintenance of section equipment.

Assists field artillery tactical data systems noncommissioned officer in supervision of all fire control operations in multiple launch rocket system platoon fire direction center. Operates field artillery tactical data systems at multiple launch rocket system battery and battalion, cannon battalion and higher echelons. Performs computer operations including fire mission processing, fire plan schedules and data base construction. Initiates computer center operations, including establishing control information, communications with digital subscribers and data base initialization. Performs operator, crew and organizational maintenance on section equipment.
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13F Fire Support Specialist

     A fire support specialist serves with the Army's field artillery team. Artillery Soldiers use weapons that fire large rounds, rockets or missiles to support infantry and tank units in combat. The fire support specialist leads, supervises or serves in intelligence activities such as target processing for artillery units and maneuver brigades.

Duties performed by this MOS include:

  • Lead and train the forward observer team and combat observation lasing technician in combat operations.
  • Prepare observer target lists and assist in formulating offensive and defensive fire support plans.
  • Initiate requests and adjust field artillery, mortar and naval gunfire using all methods of adjustment including continuous and coordinated illumination.
  • Initiate suppressive and screening fire to support scheme of maneuver and perform crater analysis.
  • Select and occupy observation post. Orient map and prepare terrain sketch and visibility diagram.

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13M MLRS Crewmember

     A Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) crew member plays an important part of the Army's combat team. MLRS teams support infantry and tank units and supplement cannon artillery in combat. The MLRS launches various missiles in quick strikes during combat. The crewmembers operate and maintain the entire MLRS system.

Duties performed by this MOS include:

  • Make manual fire control entries and enter meteorological data into the fire control system.
  • Fire weapon on command
  • Perform fire control system diagnostic test using built-in test equipment
  • Prepare launcher-loader module for reload and performs maintenance operations
  • Conduct reconnaissance to determine routes and precise firing location sites.

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13P MLRS Fire Direction Specialist

     A Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Automated Tactical Data Systems specialist supports infantry and tank units while supplementing cannon artillery in combat. The MLRS launches various missiles in quick strikes during combat. This specialist records and transmits the firing data for the MLRS.

Duties performed by this MOS include:

  • Record and transmit firing data using the fire direction system and voice radio
  • Operate fire direction systems, Platoon Leaders Digital Message Device and MLRS communications equipment
  • Participate in gathering of operations and intelligence data
  • Plot using fire capability charts and friendly and enemy situation maps
  • Record ammunition expenditure, equipment serviceability, situation, firing point, target and mission reports
  • Drive section vehicles and perform operator/crew maintenance on section vehicles, generators and equipment
  • Aid in collection and transmission of data
  • Install, maintain and operate radio wire communications, digital communications devices and secure voice equipment
  • Assist in leading and directing fire direction personnel
  • Lead other Soldiers in MLRS platoon fire direction center
  • Plot information using firing capabilities chart, friendly and enemy situation maps
  • Operate fire direction systems, platoon leaders digital message device, and MLRS communications equipment. Converts fire orders to fire command

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13R FA Weapon Locating Radar Operator

     The weapon locating radar operator is crucial to the Army’s Field Artillery radar team. Weapon locating radars use radio frequencies at the speed of light to detect artillery, rockets and mortars. The WLR operator uses the radar to detect enemy indirect weapons systems by following the track of their artillery rounds. The radar operator then transmits the data to a fire direction center for clearance of fires. The center sends targeting data to artillery batteries to destroy those weapons in a timely manner. The radar operator adds to force protection as the “radar eyes” of a brigade combat team.

The radar operator provides gun registration for firing batteries utilizing six buffers for six artillery pieces firing one round at a time tracking on the descending leg of the trajectory for verification normally performed during peacetime operations.

Duties performed by these radar operators include:

  • Emplaces and displaces the radar and ancillary equipment
  • Initializes and operates all radar and ancillary equipment
  • Determines and corrects the altitudes of weapon locations from a contour map, when required
  • Transmits the point of origin to the counterfire operations section or as directed
  • Maintains record of transmitted locations
  • Operates and performs maintenance on the radar's prime movers
  • Performs unit maintenance using built-in-test/built-in-test-equipment, fault detection and isolation
  • Isolates failures to a line replaceable unit or shop replaceable unit that can be replaced by a crewmember
  • Provides local security


13T FA Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember

     The field artillery surveyor/meteorological crewmembers monitor weather conditions so the field artillery team can fire cannon and launch missiles accurately. Their role is crucial in the support of infantry and tank units during combat.

Duties performed by this MOS include:

  • Operate meteorological, peripheral and computer equipment
  • Perform astronomic observations
  • Prepare meteorological balloons for launching
  • Develop meteorology data, record field data, prepare schematic sketches and mark survey stations
  • Perform maintenance on vehicles, radios, weapons and all survey equipment

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UPCOMING CLASSES

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POINTS OF CONTACT
National Guard

(405) 351-0425

Battalion HQ

Bldg 4402 (580) 442-6480

Staff Duty
(580) 442-6480