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1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery making an impact 
 
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FORT DRUM, NY - The Soldiers from Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery, Massachusetts Army National Guard, conduct a sling load mission with a M119A2 howitzer at Fort Drum, NY (U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Fred West, Fort Drum, NY).
By Army National Guard Lt. Col. James Sahady, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs  

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass.
 - The soldiers, noncommissioned officers and officers of the 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery had an intense 2013 training year and participated in multiple State Active Duty missions during floods and snow storms impacting Massachusetts.

Following section certifications, the battalion completed a live fire exercise in June at Camp Ethan Allen, Vermont, successfully firing 340 rounds in order to complete the live fire portion of their required Mission Essential Training Tasks.

The battalion’s operational tempo remained high throughout 2013, culminating in two major exercises at Fort Drum, NY in July and August 2013. The battalion participated in an 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Command Post Exercise for ten days followed by a 15 day eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) rotation. The battalion operated at the platoon level to accomplish their required tasks and immediately followed by a live fire exercise.  The individual platoons then occupied firing points in support of maneuver live fire lanes adjusting fire en route to their objectives.

Simultaneous to maneuver live fire support, the battalion also participated in several tactical lanes including an Air Assault raid. Each firing platoon completed a Field Artillery tactical movement lane, while the firing batteries culminated their training in battery defense lanes. The battalion’s Forward Support Company completed vehicle recovery lanes while the battalion medics completed mass casualty lanes, incorporating MEDEVAC aviation.

All units performed at an incredible level of proficiency and successfully completed all missions laying the foundation for deployment to JRTC in June 2014.  In total, the battalion successfully and safely fired 3,432 105mm rounds during XCTC 2013.  

10/25/2013