The 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery conducts a unit move to Fort Sill, Oklahoma NLT 15SEP16 in order to establish a base of operations and set conditions to prepare for expeditionary employment; be prepared to globally deploy to any operational environment, ready to provide lethal, accurate, and timely MLRS fires in support of Unified Land Operations.

Congratulations on your assignment to the best field artillery battalion in the Army - 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery! Our motto is “Deep Strike!” and our attitude is “No Sweat!” 2-20 FA relies on a cohesive team of ethical leaders who demonstrate dignity and respect for all, support resilient Families, and hold ourselves accountable for mastering our basic skills to enthusiastically accomplish the mission.

On behalf of the proud and professional Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Soldiers we want to welcome you into our ranks. Command Sergeant Major Bowens and I are extremely proud of the unit reputation for excellence and we will make sure you are sponsored, received, and integrated into our fantastic team.

The 75th Field Artillery Brigade and III Corps enjoy a distinguished reputation for world-wide responsibilities and global engagement. We are confident that you will find your tour of duty with the Deep Strike Battalion exciting and professionally rewarding, whether you are a new Soldier or an experienced veteran.

Just south of the Wichita Mountains, the Lawton-Fort Sill community offers plenty of opportunities to get out and see the American Southwest. From local festivals to dirt track racing and college sports to the wildlife refuge by Mount Scott there are things to get out and do. Lawton is a medium-sized city that offers great housing, job opportunities, adult and child education, and family entertainment. If you don’t mind traveling we are only 80 miles from Oklahoma City and three hours from Dallas.

Prior to your arrival, please review the information about Fort Sill and the in-processing procedures provided in the links below.

a. Fort Sill: http://sill-www.army.mil/
b. 75th Field Artillery Brigade: http://sill-www.army.mil/75th_Field_Artillery_Brigade/index.htm

If you want to start following the unit on Facebook our page is 2-20 Field Artillery Battalion. If you haven’t been contacted by a sponsor and you arrive in less than 30 days please send a private message to the Commander’s Facebook profile, DeepStrike Six, so that we can put you in contact with someone that will make your transition easier.

There is great pride in this unit because of the efforts of every Soldier, Civilian, and Family member within our organization. You are coming to the best battalion in the Army because Soldiers just like you made it that way! CSM Bowens and I look forward to your arrival and contributions to the team!

DEEP STRIKE!


KEVIN J. BOWENS
CSM, USA
Command Sergeant Major
ANDREW J. KNIGHT
LTC, FA
Commanding

LTC Andrew J. Knight

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew J. Knight was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1999 through the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. Upon completion of the Field Artillery Basic Course he was assigned to 17th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He served as an MLRS Platoon Leader, Headquarters Battery Executive Officer, Battalion S-4, and Brigade S-4 with a deployment to OIF I. After completion of the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course, LTC Knight was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York where he served as Battalion Fire Support Officer, Rifle Company Commander, and Brigade Fire Support Officer with deployments to OEF VI-VII and IX-V. His next assignment was as the Field Artillery Branch Representative and Military Science Instructor at West Point. Following completion of Intermediate Level Education at Marine Corps University he was stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska as the 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery S-3 and Executive Officer. Most recently LTC Knight served as the Chief of Plans for the 7th Army Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

LTC Knight’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Unit Citation, Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, and Parachutist Badge.

LTC Knight is married to Amanda Knight and they have four children; Addison, Andrew Jr., Allegra, and Aurora.

CSM Bowens

Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Bowens is a native of Russellville, S.C. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on February 23, 1993. He completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Okla. where he was awarded the field artillery (FA) (13B) military occupational specialty.

Bowens’ previous assignments include: operations sergeant major, 2nd Battalion 20th FA, Fort Sill; student, U.S. Army Sergeant Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas; first sergeant, E Company, DLIELC, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; first sergeant, B Battery 1-19th FA basic training, Fort Sill; first sergeant, HHB 2-5th FA, Fort Sill; first sergeant, C Battery 2-5th FA, Fort Sill; senior observer/controller trainer, 2-395th FA, Fort Hood, Texas; brigade military transition team advisor, Camp Taji, Iraq; senior drill sergeant, A Company 3-34th Infantry, Fort Jackson, S.C; platoon sergeant, 1-82nd FA, Fort Hood; howitzer section chief, B Battery 1-377 FA, Fort Bragg, NC.

Bowens has attended all levels of professional military education, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 66), Battle Staff Course, Command Sergeant Major Development Program Course, Battalion Pre-Command Course, Company Commander/First Sergeant’s Pre-Command Course FORSCOM/TRADOC, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, Anti-Terrorism Officer Basic Course Level II, Observer/Controller Trainer Academy, Advance Military Transition Team Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, Drill Sergeant school (Leadership Awardee), Air Assault School, Modern Army Combative Course Level I, Equal Opportunity Leader Course, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Course, Unit Victim Advocate Course, Simplified Acquisition Procedure Course, Battalion Intelligence Operation Sergeant Course, Supervisor Development Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Air Movement Operation Course, 40 Hour HAZMAT Course, Local Radiation Safety Officer Course, U6 Maintenance Course. He has a certification as a Black Belt Lean Six Sigma and certification from the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Program.

His education degrees include a Master of Science in management, Bachelor’s in criminal justice, and an Associate of Science in liberal arts from Excelsior College.

His awards and decorations include; Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal (10th award), Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (12th award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2nd award), Army Superior Unit Award (2nd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (8th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (4 bronze stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (wit numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (with numeral 4), Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Expert Field Artillery Badge, and Driver’s Badge (Wheeled).

Bowens is married to the former Maria Johnson; they have one son, Terrelle, and two daughters, Brianna and Alyssa.

2-20th FAR Unit History

The Deep Strike Battalion was first constituted on 1 July 1916 in the Regular Army as Battery B, 20th Field Artillery and was activated in June 1940 at Fort Benning, Georgia, as an element of the 4th Division, later re-designated as the 4th Infantry Division. In 1957, the battalion was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division and activated in Korea. In 1960, the battalion was re-designated the 2nd Rocket Howitzer Battalion, 20th Field Artillery until taking its present moniker of 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery in a 1971 re-designation.

During the Vietnam War, 2-20 Field Artillery was an aerial rocket artillery battalion, equipped with UH-1 B/C and AH-1G model helicopters.[1] It was known as "Blue Max." In 1972, the battalion was relieved from assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division, assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, and activated at Fort Carson, Colorado.

In 1976, the battalion was attached to the 8th Infantry Division in Wiesbaden, Germany, where it would remain until it was deactivated in 1984, subsequently reactivated in 1987, and again deactivated in 1992. In September 1998, 9-1 Field Artillery was reflagged as the 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Battalion. In 2001, the battalion supported the Army’s testing and fielding of the M270A1 launcher and became the first M270A1 MLRS unit in the Army. Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, held a launching ceremony on 17 April 2001 to present the new MLRS model to the 4th Infantry Division. The ceremony consisted of a live-fire exercise attended by key members of the 4th Infantry Division and the 49th Armored Division, Texas National Guard.

The battalion has deployed to Iraq three times beginning in March 2003, again in 2005, and lastly in 2008. While supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, they performed not only their traditional Field Artillery tasks, to include firing the division’s first deep missile fires in combat, but performed armed reconnaissance missions, joint security patrols, cordon and searches, raids, and a wide variety of civil military operations.

In March 2015, as part of 1st Cavalry Division Artillery and later 75th Field Artillery Brigade, the battalion deployed to South Korea in support of the 210th Field Artillery Brigade and the 2nd Infantry Division. The battalion served as the first Rotationally Deployed MLRS Unit performing traditional duties, while strengthening the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea Forces. The battalion redeployed to Fort Hood in February 2016 and is currently in the process of re-stationing to Fort Sill, Oklahoma.