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    1-37 FA conducts the Battalion Artillery Readiness Test

    Battalion Artillery Readiness Test

    Photo By Sgt. DJ Borden | Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Division Artillery,...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. DJ Borden 

    20th Public Affairs Detachment

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The thunderous roar of 155 millimeter rounds fired from M777 howitzers could be heard echoing through the woodline near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, on Feb. 17-18, 2016.

    More than 160 Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division Artillery, participated in the Battalion Artillery Readiness Test. For two days Alpha and Bravo Battery, 1-37 FA conducted the live-fire exercises to perfect their accuracy and loading skills.

    “It’s a way to certify the battery- as well as battalion- at all of their [Mission Essential Task List] and ensure that they can deliver fires for the brigades we support,” said 1st Lt. Ty Gambill, Alpha Battery, 1-37th FA platoon leader.

    The readiness test is an important way to verify the unit meets the standards set by the Army’s artillery community, Gambill said. It also helped the Soldiers and leaders determine what improvements the unit needed to make and how well the unit did as a whole.

    The BART was the last major training event 1-37 will participate in before heading to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, this summer.

    “This is kind of our last look before we go,” Gambill said.

    First Lt. Matthew Travieso, Delta Battery, 1-37 FA platoon leader assisted in facilitating the certification of Alpha and Bravo Batteries.

    Travieso and his Soldiers checked for target accuracy and safety during the live-fire exercises.

    The observers made sure the rounds landed safely to be certain there was no issue of fratricide or endangering the surrounding animal population, said Travieso.

    Alpha and Bravo Battery performed well during their two days of live-fire and successfully completed the readiness test.

    “We just did a battalion time on target and 75 percent of the rounds were in 75 meters of the target area,” Travieso said.

    With the testing complete one thing is clear to the 1-37 FA , the artillery training had a big impact on the unit’s success and therefore the success of the Army.



    Date Taken: 02.17.2016
    Date Posted: 02.19.2016 14:47
    Story ID: 189378

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