2-20 Field Artillery Battalion
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. CSM Ingram 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/
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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 Ingram and I look forward to your arrival and contributions to the team!
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. 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.