2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment
The mission of the 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, "On Time," is to provide direct fire support to the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Its focus is the Pacific Ocean and all the countries that form the Pacific Rim. To accomplish its mission, it trains to deploy anywhere, at anytime, to fight and win. This often takes it all over the world to places like Australia, Japan, Korea, and Thailand. The Battalion was equipped with 105mm M119A1 towed howitzers.
The 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, was first constituted on 1 July 1916 in the Regular Army as Battery B, 11th Field Artillery. It wa organized on 1 June 1917 at Douglas, Arizona. The 11th Field Artillery as a whole was assigned in November 1917 to the 6th Division and relieved on 12 November 1920 from that assignment. It was assigned on 1 March 1921 to the Hawaiian Division (later redesignated as the 24th Infantry Division). The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 1 October 1941 as Battery B, 11th Field Artillery Battalion.
The unit was inactivated on 31 March 1958 and was relieved from assignment to the 24th Infantry Division. It was concurrently redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Artillery. The unit was redesignated on 2 June 1958 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Howitzer Battalion, 11th Artillery with its organic elements concurrently constituted. The Battalion was reactivated on 21 June 1958 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, along with its organic elements. It was redesignated on 8 April 1966 as the 2nd Battalion, 11th Artillery. It was redesignated again on 1 September 1971 as the 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery. 2-11th Field Artillery was reassigned on 13 September 1972 to the 25th Infantry Division.
In mid-January of 2004, the 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment deployed from its home base at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii to Camp Virginia, Kuwait to stage for combat operations in Iraq. On 1 February 2004, following a brief staging period, the Battalion moved by air and ground assault convoy more the 600 miles to the northern city of Kirkuk, Iraq. The Battalion conducted both traditional artillery roles and traditional maneuver roles. The Battalion had 2 batteries conducting traditional artillery roles and fired over 4000 rounds in direct support of 2nd Brigade Combat Team (not to be confused with the subsequent modular brigade combat team) ground operations and counterfire for the Brigade.
Attached to the Battalion were the 25th Field Artillery Detachment (Target Acquisition), with 2 Q-37 radars, as well as E/151st Field Artillery with one Q-36 radar from the Minnesota National Guard and a Light Weight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR) to provide radar coverage for the Brigade's counterfire fight. The Battalion also had one battery conducting traditional infantry maneuver operations in the cities of Altun Kupri and Dibis, which were located north of the city of Kirkuk. This battery has conducted cordon and search raid missions, combat mounted patrolling, as well as assisting in humanitarian missions in rebuilding the Iraqi Infrastructure. The Battalion also had a battery with it COLT teams located in the Sulayaminyah Province and assisted by other combat multipliers to patrol the Iran/Iraq border to deny enemy foreign forces sanctuary or passage.
2-11th Field Artillery also trained, coached and mentored the Iraqi Security Forces, including the Local Police, Iraqi National Guard, and Iraqi Border Patrol to be stronger and efficient against the terrorists who meant to undermine the security and the rebuilding of Iraq. The Battalion played a crucial role in security operations for a successful Transition of Authority to the Iraqi Government on 28 June 2004. The Battalion systematically disposed of land mines and other explosives. The Battalion was also part of a historic event when it was part of the country's first Democratic National Election. The Battalion played the primary role in the training of Iraqi Forces, force protection around polling sites and security at polling sites and key infrastructure sites for the first General Election in Iraq conducted on 30 January 2005.
In 2006, as part of the transformation of the 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division to the US Army's modular force structure, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery was inactivated and relieved from assignment to the 25th Infantry Division. It was reorganized and reactivated assigned to the reorganized and redesignated 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.
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