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1st Battalion - 119th Field Artillery Regiment
"Red Lions"

On March 24, 2001, more than 300 members of 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery, deployed to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA, for a 20-day training Division Capstone Exercise where battlefield orders were to be given digitally, marking both the first time the 119th must interpret coded battle orders via digital communications rather than using the traditional method of voice communications and also the first time in more than two decades that the entire battalion was to deploy, together, out of state for training.

During the exercise, the 119th was to pose as the opposing forces (OPFOR)--the enemy, playing offensive and defensive roles using unit equipment, which includes 14 M-109 Howitzers and 80 Humvees, trucks and armored tracked vehicles. The equipment was shipped earlier that month from a rail yard in both Grayling and Lansing to California.

The 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery normally trains at Camp Grayling, MI.



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