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 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Battalion, located at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. On behalf of the proud and professional Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Soldiers of one of the busiest and most combat ready battalions in the Army, WELCOME!! Our battalion motto is “Deep Strike!” The 75th Field Artillery Brigade’s motto is “Tough as Diamonds.”

Your assignment to Oklahoma will be one of your most memorable military tours. The 75th Field Artillery Brigade and III Corps enjoy a distinguished reputation. We are confident that you will find your tour of duty with the Deep Strike Battalion both challenging and rewarding. Training within the battalion is tough and rigorous as we certify and qualify at the crew and platoon levels twice a year. Our physical readiness training is combat focused and goal oriented ensuring that Soldiers can move quickly under a load, rapidly recover, and take action. We test our mettle monthly in the ‘Deep Strike Crucible’ and venerate our achievers accordingly. However, we balance our arduous and demanding training with quality of life initiatives. We fully invite you to volunteer with our CO-OP and Cache Middle and High School Partners, as we know you will find the experience rewarding.

The Lawton area is a growing community that offers great housing, job opportunities, adult and child education, and family entertainment. We are only a short drive to Oklahoma City and Dallas, Texas.

Prior to your arrival, please review the information about Fort Sill, the unit, and the in-processing procedures provided in the links below. Use these resources to become familiar with the unit, its history, and standards in order to understand the purpose and direction of our mission.

a. Fort Sill: http://sill-www.army.mil/
b. 75th Field Artillery Brigade: http://sill-www.army.mil/75th_Field_Artillery_Brigade/index.htm
c. BLUE Book (Soldier Standards): http://sill-www.army.mil/_docs/2015/Bluebook2015.pdf

I am honored to be your Commander and take great pride in the service of every Soldier, Civilian, and Family member within our organization. You are in the best battalion in the Army because YOU are here! CSM Ball and I look forward to your arrival and contributions to the team!

DEEP STRIKE!


KENNETH W. BALL
CSM, USA
Command Sergeant Major
G. DAMON WELLS
LTC, FA
Commanding

LTC Wells

Lt. Col G. Damon Wells was born in Pasadena, Texas. He received his commission from Officer Candidate School in 1998. Lt Col. Wells completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Campbell University, North Carolina in 2001, and a Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 2008.

Lt. Col. Wells’ first Army assignment was at Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as a Fire Support Specialist (13F). While at Fort Carson, Lt. Col. Wells attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Upon commissioning, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During this assignment he served as a Company Fire Support Officer for 3rd Battalion, 325th Infantry and as a Battery Fire Direction Officer for C/2-319th AFAR.

Lt. Col Wells was then assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters and Service Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery (Multiple Launch Rocket System), 4th Infantry Division, in Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as the Squadron Fire Support Officer for 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment. While serving as the Squadron Fire Support Officer, Lt. Col. Wells deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Following this assignment, he assumed command of HHS/2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery (MLRS), and subsequently assumed command of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Division Artillery, 4th Infantry Division where he again deployed to Iraq for 12 months. After his tour at Fort Hood, Lt. Col. Wells was assigned to the United States Military Academy at West Point and served as an instructor for Army Combatives and boxing, and as a Regimental Guidance Officer.

Upon completion of his duties at West Point, Lt. Col. Wells moved to Fort Sill, and was assigned as the Battalion Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery (Multiple Launch Rocket System), 214th Fires Brigade in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. While in this position, Lt. Col. Wells deployed to Afghanistan as a Security Force Assistance Team leader for a 9 month rotation. Upon return, Lt. Col. Wells was assigned as the Deputy Commanding Officer of the 214th Fires Brigade. Lt. Col. Wells then moved back to Fort Hood, where he became the Rear Detachment Commander for 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division during their 9 month rotation to the Republic of Korea.

Lt. Col. Wells’ military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Field Artillery Officer Advance Course, the Combined Arms Service Staff School, and the Command and General Staff College. Lt. Col. Wells’ civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, and a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology. Lt. Col. Wells’ 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, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Action Badge, and the Army Parachutist Badge.

Lt. Col Wells’ wife of 13 years is Andrea J. Wells from Calgary, Alberta.

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.