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3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment
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In late 2004, as part of planned inactivation of III Corps Artillery and the transformation of the US Army to the new modular force structure, 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment was inactivated.

The 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment was constituted on 1 July 1916 in the Regular Army as Battery C, 18th Field Artillery, and organized at Fort Bliss, Texas. The 18th Field Artillery as a whole was asssigned to the 3rd Division on 12 November 1917. After participation in World War I, the unit was inactivated 15 February 1922 at Camp Pike, Arkansas.

The 18th Field Artillery was again activated 31 December 1922 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The 18th Field Artillery was relieved on 24 March 1923 from assignment to the 3rd Division and assigned to the 9th Division. It was then relieved from assignment to the 9th Division and assigned to the 6th Division in August 1927.

On 1 January 1930, the 18th Field Artillery was reassigned from the 6th Division to the 3rd Division, and then to the 2nd Cavalry Division on September 1932. The 18th Field Artillery was inactivated on 1 January 1935 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. the 18th Field Artillery was relieved on 1 July 1940 from assignment to the 2nd Cavalry divison. The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 1 March 1943 as Battery C, 685th Field Artillery Battalion. It was redesignated on 9 August 1943 as Battery C, 18th Field Artllery Battalion.

After World War II, the 18th Field Artillery Battalion was inactivated on 3 March 1946 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. The 18th Field Artillery Battalion was reactivated on 1 August 1946 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Battery C, 18th Field Artillery Battalion was reorganized and redesignated on 1 June 1958 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Howitzer Battalion, 18th Artillery.

The Battalion was redesignated in March 1964 as the 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery. Following valorous participation in Vietnam, the unit became the 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery on 1 September 1971.

During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 3-18th Field Artillery was attached to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, which was under the control of XVIII Airborne Corps, and was among the lead elements in the ground offensive into Iraq. Although a general support artillery battalion, the 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery was tasked with the difficult job of providing direct support. In May 1991, the Battalion returned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where it served as part of the III Corps Artillery.

The 3-18th Field Artillery started the year 2000 with a battery EXEVAL and battalion LFX. In June 2000, the 3-18th Field Artillery excelled during a demanding EXEVAL, testing its ability to deploy, move, shoot, communicate and sustain.




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