1st Battalion - 102nd Field Artillery
The 1-102FA is a unit of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. It is are part of the 113th Field Artillery Brigade from North Carolina. The Headquarters and Service batteries are in Quincy. Battery A is in Hudson, B is in Methuen, and C is in Lynn. The battalion's weapon system is M109 155mm self-propelled howitzers.
Training at Fort McCoy went so well for a Massachusetts Army National Guard field artillery unit that unit members hope to make the 1,000-mile journey again at some future time. The unit originally was scheduled for annual training (AT) at Camp Shelby, Miss. When those plans didn't work out, representatives from the 57th Field Artillery, a Wisconsin Army National Guard unit from Milwaukee, Wis., let the 1st/102nd know about training opportunities at Fort McCoy. The 1st/102nd trained there from April 21-May 4, 2001. equipment was here at MATES (the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site) that they could uses. Members of the 1st/102nd loaded some of its equipment, such as high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles, on railcars and sent it via rail to Fort McCoy.
The unit fires M-109A5s, 155 mm self-propelled artillery. The howitzers are one generation behind the Paladin self-propelled howitzers and can shoot and move, but do not have on-board computerized equipment, such as the global positioning equipment, that Paladins have. Unit representatives attended the Annual Training 2001 Site Conference at Fort McCoy in January 2001 to begin training coordination. Everyone on post, such as the Equipment Concentration Site-67, Range Operations and the Wisconsin Military Academy (WMA) Field Artillery Brigade, was very helpful. Several unit members took advantage of field artillery schooling available at the WMA during their training here. The variety of Fort McCoy's terrain provided the unit with a lot of good training opportunities. The FDCs provide firing missions and coordinates to the batteries. The training facilities and conditions at McCoy were excellent. The unit often trains at Fort Drum, N.Y., and unit members have become so familiar with the area that they know where everything is. It forces them to do a lot of map reading and use good land-navigation skills.
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