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1st Battalion - 148th Field Artillery

The battalion is headquartered in Pocatello, Idaho. The 1-148th is located throughout Eastern Idaho with units in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Salmon The missions of the National Guard differ from the Army in that the National Guard typically supports three missions instead of one primary mission. The missions of the 1-148th are as follows. The Wartime Mission is to destroy, neutralize or suppress the enemy by cannon fire. The State Mission is to provide units/personnel trained and equipped for immediate deployment in support of natural disasters and civil disturbances within the State of Idaho as an aid to civil authorities. The Community Support Mission is to provide units/personnel in support of community events/activities.

The units of the 1st Bn, 148th Field Artillery are Utah' northern most units. The units mission is to prepare combat-ready forces and, on order, to mobilizes and conducts post-mobilization training, deploy and prepare for and execute direct support FA fires against enemy forces in support of enhanced brigade combat operations. The units can also perform domestic support operations in support of the state contingency plan as required by the states emergency mission. The Utah units are B Battery in Logan, and it's Detachment 1 in Brigham City. The Salt Lake City unit is Det 3 HHB, and is a slice from the Headquarters Battery and consists of 8 FIST teams. Their primary mission is target observation and fire support coordination.

The Battalion's primary weapon system is the M109A5 Howitzer. This weapon is a fully tracked, medium self-propelled, 155MM Howitzer which weighs approximately 55,000 lbs and is capable of firing with unparalleled accuracy to a maximum range of 23 km. The FIST teams in Salt Lake City operate out of M113A1s full-tracked armored personnel carriers. They are also equipped with a ground laser location designator which accurately pinpoints potential enemy targets for conventional artillery and designates laser-guided munitions. The mission is direct support to the 116th Cavalry Brigade located in Boise, Idaho. It provides the indirect fire support and the target location for the armor maneuver commanders.

During AT 1999, the units supported the 116th Cav. Bde. at Orchard Training Area, Gowen Field, Idaho, as they successfully trained in the mountainous desert terrain during June. Battery B accomplished all critical METL tasks to a "P" level, and was selected as the best firing battery in the battalion. The FIST Teams from Det 3 were tasked from the Brigade to tank and mechanized infantry units to support target locating operations. The tough lessons learned in the desert at the National Training Center in 1998 have not been forgotten. They grew better each day and returned better soldiers than when they started. The unit strives to train to high standards to be able to survive in a combat environment. With their standards set for "FIRST TO FIRE," no matter where they go, they will again lead the way for the field artillery as "King of Battle."



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