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2nd Battalion - 114th Field Artillery Regiment

There was once a 1st, 2nd, 3rd , 4th and even a 5th Battalions of the 114th Field Artillery, but reorganizations, draw-downs, realignments, etc. have reduced the regiment to two battalions the 1st and 2nd. The roots of the 2nd Battalion, 114th Field Artillery are found in the hill country of central Mississippi. The parent organization of all artillery in the state is the 1st Mississippi Light Artillery which served with distinction in the War Between the States. Called again for service in the Spanish American War and World War I (as the 140th FA).

The 114th Field Artillery offically came into existence during the 1920's. Through many reorganization and realignments, the battalion entered combat during World War II as the 932nd Field Artillery Battalion. The 932nd saw action in Italy, France and Germany. After two years with the Army of Occupation the battalion returned to central Mississippi in time for the call-up for Korea.

In December of 1990 the battalion was again called to active duty in Operation Desert Storm. Between wars the battalion serves the state of Mississippi in Natural Disasters and times of Civil Unrest. By 1999 both the 1st and 2nd Battalions were to be M109A6 equipped.

On August 23 1999 the battalion converted to the M109A6 PALADIN System, thus becoming at the time one of only eight National Guard battalions to be so equipped and one of only three direct support battalions in the nation to receive PALADIN. As of mid-1998, Mississippi was the only state in the nation to be solely PALADIN equipped. The regimental headquarters is located in Grenada, MS with the 631st Field Artillery Brigade.

The 2nd Battalion, 114th Field Artillery, took part in a TOC Rotation with the 116th Separate Cavalry Brigade (ID ARNG).

The unit was also scheduled to take part in a Full Battalion NTC rotation in the summer of 1999.

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