KYNG Artillery Battalion Will Conduct Live Fire Event at Fort Knox

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Courtesy Fort Knox PAO

Photo by Capt. Stephen Martin, KYNG Public Affairs Office

FORT KNOX,  Ky. (July 15, 2010)– The Kentucky Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery will host a live fire event at Old St. Vith Range at Fort Knox, Ky., Friday, July 16 at 2 p.m.

Family members, employers, and media are invited to the event showcasing the unit’s artillery equipment, which includes small arms weapons, crew-served weapons and howitzers, displayed at the range starting at 1:00 p.m.

The official ceremony will commence at 2 p.m. and will include a presentation to family members and fifteen employers for their continued support and will honor the service of the battalion’s retirees. Other awards presented will be the Ancient Order of St. Barber and The Legion of Merit Award to retirees of the battalion.

The ceremony will conclude with a memorial tribute to the sixteen soldiers from the battalion who lost their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, the Vietnam War and other non-combat related incidents.

“We haven’t done an event like this in nine years,” said Lt. Col. Brian Wertzler, commander of 2/138th Fires Battalion.  “This allows the families and employers to see what we do when we attend drill and annual training and are gone for two weeks.”

Media who wish to cover this event must contact the Fort Knox Public Affairs Office at (502) 624-4413 or (502)296-4798 to make arrangements.

Photos of the equipment and activities are permitted by all attendees.

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