1st Battalion 623rd Field Artillery Archive

  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Click here for video of the mission. RUKLA, Lithuania –Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery’s Alpha and Bravo Batteries were flown to from Poland to Lithuania for a rapid air insertion exercise with their High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) during Saber Strike 18, June 12. The mission was to showcase the unit’s ability to deploy their powerful rocket system to any location necessary to make a rapid insertion. Two HIMARS trucks were loaded into a C-17 Globemaster from the 437th Airlift Wing out of Charleston, South Carolina, two […]

    Rapid artillery exercise successful for Kentucky unit in Europe

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Click here for video of the mission. RUKLA, Lithuania –Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery’s Alpha and Bravo Batteries were flown to from Poland to Lithuania for a rapid air insertion exercise with their High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) during Saber Strike 18, June 12. The mission was to showcase the unit’s ability to deploy their powerful rocket system to any location necessary to make a rapid insertion. Two HIMARS trucks were loaded into a C-17 Globemaster from the 437th Airlift Wing out of Charleston, South Carolina, two […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment BEMOWO PISKIE TRAINING AREA, Poland – Nearly 300 Soldiers with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery and the 203rd Forward Support Company integrated with NATO forces in a multi-national exercise, Saber Strike 18 in Poland June 3-15. The field artillery Soldiers were there in support of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment during Saber Strike, a European exercise that takes place in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. It is a long-standing U. S. Army-Europe led exercise in its eighth iteration that enhances readiness and interoperability with allied […]

    Morgan’s Men integrate with NATO forces in European exercise

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment BEMOWO PISKIE TRAINING AREA, Poland – Nearly 300 Soldiers with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery and the 203rd Forward Support Company integrated with NATO forces in a multi-national exercise, Saber Strike 18 in Poland June 3-15. The field artillery Soldiers were there in support of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment during Saber Strike, a European exercise that takes place in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. It is a long-standing U. S. Army-Europe led exercise in its eighth iteration that enhances readiness and interoperability with allied […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, KY – Heroes are made in an instant and for a local Army National Guardsman, instant reactions and military training saved lives and he was recognized  for his heroics Sept. 8. Governor Matt Bevin and Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan were on hand to award Staff Sgt. Michael R. Tester the Kentucky Medal for Valor for his actions last year. Tester serves as a supply non-commissioned officer with Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery in Glasgow, Kentucky. On Sept. 14, 2016, as Tester was at his home in […]

    Guardsman awarded Kentucky’s top military honor

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, KY – Heroes are made in an instant and for a local Army National Guardsman, instant reactions and military training saved lives and he was recognized  for his heroics Sept. 8. Governor Matt Bevin and Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan were on hand to award Staff Sgt. Michael R. Tester the Kentucky Medal for Valor for his actions last year. Tester serves as a supply non-commissioned officer with Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery in Glasgow, Kentucky. On Sept. 14, 2016, as Tester was at his home in […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Michael McGuire, 1/623rd Field Artillery Fort Knox, Ky. — With the last rocket’s glare the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 623d Field Artillery recently gave proof of their Soldiers’ unflagging determination to certify on the military’s most advanced field artillery weapon system. The 1-623rd Field Artillery – with batteries in Glasgow, Tompkinsville, Monticello and the Forward Support Company in Campbellsville – took full advantage of a window of opportunity to train on and fire the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 13. On the morning of the 13th, Soldiers of the unit began making […]

    Morgan’s Men put on show for family, employers

    By Staff Sgt. Michael McGuire, 1/623rd Field Artillery Fort Knox, Ky. — With the last rocket’s glare the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 623d Field Artillery recently gave proof of their Soldiers’ unflagging determination to certify on the military’s most advanced field artillery weapon system. The 1-623rd Field Artillery – with batteries in Glasgow, Tompkinsville, Monticello and the Forward Support Company in Campbellsville – took full advantage of a window of opportunity to train on and fire the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 13. On the morning of the 13th, Soldiers of the unit began making […]

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  • By, Maj. Jimmie Warinner, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Soldiers of the 1st Battalion 623rd Field Artillery recently completed an innovative and successful annual training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The key training event for AT 2015 was a seven day field training exercise that concluded July 24 with all crews in the battalion conducting multiple live fires with the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). This was the first Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) or HIMARS live fire ever conducted at Camp Atterbury, and was made possible through close coordination with the 1/623rd and Camp […]

    Morgan’s Men break barriers sending rounds downrange

    By, Maj. Jimmie Warinner, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Soldiers of the 1st Battalion 623rd Field Artillery recently completed an innovative and successful annual training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The key training event for AT 2015 was a seven day field training exercise that concluded July 24 with all crews in the battalion conducting multiple live fires with the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). This was the first Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) or HIMARS live fire ever conducted at Camp Atterbury, and was made possible through close coordination with the 1/623rd and Camp […]

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  • Charlie Battery in Monticello transitions to Bravo Battery Story and photos by Lt. Col Kirk Hibrecht, Director of Public Affair, Kentucky National Guard MONTICELLO, Ky (August 2, 2014) -U.S. Representative Harold ‘Hal’ Rogers presided over the casing of the colors ceremony of the Kentucky National Guard’s C Battery, 1st Battalion 623rd Field Artillery in southern Kentucky on Saturday. The artillery unit unveiled its new designation as Battery B, continuing its 168-year legacy as “Morgan’s Men” in Monticello. The unit dates back to 1846 as the 1st Kentucky Calvary. Morgan’s men fought with John Hunt Morgan and the Confederacy during the Civil […]

    Former Kentucky Guardsman Congressman Rogers attends his unit’s casing ceremony

    Charlie Battery in Monticello transitions to Bravo Battery Story and photos by Lt. Col Kirk Hibrecht, Director of Public Affair, Kentucky National Guard MONTICELLO, Ky (August 2, 2014) -U.S. Representative Harold ‘Hal’ Rogers presided over the casing of the colors ceremony of the Kentucky National Guard’s C Battery, 1st Battalion 623rd Field Artillery in southern Kentucky on Saturday. The artillery unit unveiled its new designation as Battery B, continuing its 168-year legacy as “Morgan’s Men” in Monticello. The unit dates back to 1846 as the 1st Kentucky Calvary. Morgan’s men fought with John Hunt Morgan and the Confederacy during the Civil […]

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  • Story by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative SOUTHWEST ASIA — Maintenance of mission essential equipment is challenging and educational at an installation in southwest Asia that is currently supporting several hundred individuals and is looking to expand to more than double its current population. Currently the Kentucky National Guard’s 1st Battalion 623rd Field Artillery is responsible for and maintains 68 different pieces of equipment. In addition to their own gear they are supporting incoming and transient units’ maintenance needs as well. With that scenario the Soldiers said it presents several challenges as […]

    Mission depends on maintenance for Kentucky Guard overseas

    Story by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative SOUTHWEST ASIA — Maintenance of mission essential equipment is challenging and educational at an installation in southwest Asia that is currently supporting several hundred individuals and is looking to expand to more than double its current population. Currently the Kentucky National Guard’s 1st Battalion 623rd Field Artillery is responsible for and maintains 68 different pieces of equipment. In addition to their own gear they are supporting incoming and transient units’ maintenance needs as well. With that scenario the Soldiers said it presents several challenges as […]

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  • Story and photos by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative CAMP SHELBY, Miss. — On a sloping grassy area in Camp Shelby, Miss. the nearly 200 deploying members of the 1st Battalion, 623d Field Artillery gathered in formation, broken down by their perspective firing battery with the 623d battalion colors leading the front of the formation. The battalion commander, Lt. Col. Timothy Fanter, and Sgt. Maj. Robert Neathery, took to the front of the formation and began the official ceremony. The casing of the colors is an Army tradition that symbolizes the movement of a unit […]

    Morgan’s Men case colors, depart for overseas mission

    Story and photos by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative CAMP SHELBY, Miss. — On a sloping grassy area in Camp Shelby, Miss. the nearly 200 deploying members of the 1st Battalion, 623d Field Artillery gathered in formation, broken down by their perspective firing battery with the 623d battalion colors leading the front of the formation. The battalion commander, Lt. Col. Timothy Fanter, and Sgt. Maj. Robert Neathery, took to the front of the formation and began the official ceremony. The casing of the colors is an Army tradition that symbolizes the movement of a unit […]

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  • Story by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 1/623rd Public Affairs CAMP SHELBY, Miss. —  January 5 marked another milestone for the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 623d Field Artillery, in their long lineage of supporting missions stateside and around the world. As Morgan’s Men assembled and roll call was conducted, family members stood close by with tear filled eyes. The family members were about to see their Soldiers load buses and depart for the journey to Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Mississippi. The Soldiers will conduct training to prepare for mobilization to Jordan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. For many […]

    From tears to training for Morgan’s Men

    Story by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 1/623rd Public Affairs CAMP SHELBY, Miss. —  January 5 marked another milestone for the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 623d Field Artillery, in their long lineage of supporting missions stateside and around the world. As Morgan’s Men assembled and roll call was conducted, family members stood close by with tear filled eyes. The family members were about to see their Soldiers load buses and depart for the journey to Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Mississippi. The Soldiers will conduct training to prepare for mobilization to Jordan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. For many […]

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  • By Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.–Col. Scott Campbell, former commander of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade headquartered out of Louisville, Ky., was presented the Legion of Merit during an award ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 11. The award was presented by Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General of Kentucky, for Campbell’s meritorious service as commander while deployed in support of Operation New Dawn in 2011. The award highlighted Campbell’s leadership, dedication and devotion to his Soldiers across the 2,500 strong brigade.   His hard work in planning, resourcing […]

    Former Brigade Commander presented with Prestigious Award

    By Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.–Col. Scott Campbell, former commander of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade headquartered out of Louisville, Ky., was presented the Legion of Merit during an award ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 11. The award was presented by Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General of Kentucky, for Campbell’s meritorious service as commander while deployed in support of Operation New Dawn in 2011. The award highlighted Campbell’s leadership, dedication and devotion to his Soldiers across the 2,500 strong brigade.   His hard work in planning, resourcing […]

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