151st Field Artillery Brigade
The 151st Field Artillery Brigade's wartime mission is to provide command and control of two to five attached field artillery battalions. Two field artillery battalions and an ordnance detachment are attached to it for command and control.
Congressman John Spratt secured $120 million in funding in 1994, 1995, and 1996 to purchase the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), the nation's premier artillery system for the 3/178 Artillery Battalion, headquartered in Lancaster with batteries in Cheraw, Jefferson, Bennettsville, and Hartsville. This led to re-activation of the 4/178 Artillery Battalion in Georgetown, and filled out the 1/151 Artillery Brigade, which is headquartered in Sumter.
For his staunch support of the National Guard, the National Guard Association of the United States awarded Congressman John Spratt one of its highest honors, the Charles Dick Medal of Merit. In accepting, Spratt said his support for the Guard comes naturally, because he knows so many "first-rate citizen-soldiers" who serve in the South Carolina National Guard. Spratt views the Guard as a cost-effective way of keeping combat-ready forces. But for the Guard to be combat-ready, he believes its units have to be on parity with their parent units in the regular Army when it comes to weapons and equipment.
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 151st Artillery Group on 12 Mar 1971. It was redesignated for the 151st Field Artillery Group on 15 May 1972. On 8 Jun 1979 the insignia was redesignated for the 151st Field Artillery Brigade, consisting of a scarlet enamel background bearing a white enamel saltire throughout surmounted by a black enamel fighting gamecock depicted in a typical attack position, in base a gold five-pointed star, all enclosed within a gold horseshoe charged with six green enamel five-pointed stars, all below a semi-circular scarlet enamel scroll inscribed, "Duty Above All" in gold letters. Scarlet and gold (yellow) are colors used by Artillery units. The six stars represent the unit's World War II service in Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, and Po Valley. The colors red, white and green are the National Colors of Italy, while the colors green and red with the single gold star allude to the award of the French Croix-de-Guerre with Silver Gilt Star, World War II, for action at Cassino. The gamecock refers to General Thomas Sumter, "The Gamecock of the Revolution," for whom the city and county of Sumter, South Carolina, were named. The horseshoe relates to the organization's historical background as a horse drawn Field Artillery unit and the saltire symbolizes the organization's firepower.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 22 Dec 1978. Centered on a scarlet rectangle arched at top and bottom, a black cannon barrel surmounting and partially enclosed by a yellow horseshoe in base and the barrel surmounted above center by a white crescent, all enclosed by a yellow border. Scarlet and yellow are the colors used for Artillery. The revolutionary period cannon barrel and the horseshoe are historic symbols of artillery and refer to the mission of the modern artillery branch as well. The crescent is adapted from the State Flag and Seal of South Carolina, the unit's home state.
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