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1st Battalion - 145th Field Artillery

The 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, Big Red, commanded by LT. Col. Michael R. Liechty is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Command Sergeant Major is CSM Steven T. Stone. Headquarters, Headquarters and Service Battery is located in Salt Lake City. Battery A is located in Ogden, with Detachment 1 in Fillmore. Battery B is in Manti, and Battery C is in Spanish Fork. The 2145th Direct Support Maintenance Team provides maintenance support from Ogden. The Battalion is supported by OMS 5 in Salt Lake City, OMS 2 in Ogden, OMS 4 in Manti, OMS 9 in Spanish Fork, and a sub-shop of OMS 10 in Fillmore.

The mission of 1st Bn 145th FA is to deliver field artillery fires to units of a division or corps as part of a field artillery brigade. The M-198 towed howitzer is the primary weapon system for the Battalion. It is a medium range, 155-mm Howitzer towed by the M925 5-ton truck. It has a maximum range of 30 kilometers and can fire 17 types of projectiles including high explosive, improved conventional munitions, smoke, rocket assisted, scatterable mine, and the copperhead laser guided munition. The M198 can be transported in a C-130, C-141, C-17 or C-5 aircraft and can be airlifted by the CH-47D helicopter.

In April 1999, the Battalion conducted a live-fire exercise at Dugway, Utah. During this training, among other tasks, we fired the Copperhead, laser guided projectile, resulting in an outstanding 22 of 30 direct target kills. During April, the Battalion was reorganized to consist of 18 authorized Howitzer sections (6 per firing battery) instead of 24. Headquarters and Service Batteries were consolidated into Headquarters and Service Battery (HHS).

In May, 1999 the Battalion conducted a very successful Annual Training at Camp Guernsey, Wyoming with the 115th FA Brigade, and the 1/190th FA Battalion (Montana Guard), and 2/300th FA Battalion (Wyoming Guard). They conducted the 600-mile (one way) convoy and 8 consecutive field training days without serious accidents or injuries and improved proficiency on all mission essential tasks. As a result of this outstanding training experience, morale was at an all time high in the Battalion.

The Battalion enjoys outstanding support from local communities, local leaders, and the family support organization. This support, combined with aggressive, realistic training, enables the 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery to constantly stand ready to provide field artillery fires on time and on target.

Units from the Utah National Guard as well as members of the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) and Utah Sheriff's offices conducted civil disturbance training together at Camp Williams, Utah in preparation for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. US Joint Forces Command stood up the Joint Task Force Olympics to provide command and control for routine support to the Salt Lake City games. Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery (towed) and the 141st Military Intelligence Battalion (Linguists) are preparing to assist Utah law enforcement agencies in the event of a civil disturbance by receiving MACDIS (Military Assistance to a Civil Disturbance) training.

The Korean War began on 25 June 1950 when North Korean troops crossed the 38th parallel in an invasion of South Korea. Utah had five battalions of the National Guard called up, which included approximately 2,070 officers and men, or 61.7 percent of the entire Utah Army National Guard, and all of the Utah Air National Guard. The units called up included the 204th Field Artillery Battalion, the 213th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, the 145th Field Artillery Battalion, the 653rd Field Artillery Observation Battalion, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, the 115th Engineer Combat Battalion, the 190th Fighter Squadron, the 191st Weather Station, the 130th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, and the 210th Tow Target Flight. Of these units, three--the 204th Field Artillery Battalion, the 213th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, and the 145th Field Artillery Battalion--served in Korea.




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