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28th Infantry Division (Mechanized) Artillery (DIVARTY)

The 28th Division Artillery, on order, mobilizes and deploys to a forwardarea of operation, moves to an assigned sector/zone and provides fires in support of offensive or defensive operations. On order, conducts federal disaster or emergency assistance missions.

On order of the Governor of Pennsylvania, 28th Infantry Division Artillery plans for, mobilizes and deploys to provide for or to assist in the protection of life, property, preservation of peace, order and public safety. On order, assists other agencies in emergencymitigation and recovery operations.

The cannoneers of the 28th "Keystone" Division have a long history of service to the Commonwealth and to the nation. The field artillery units have roots that can be traced back to the pre-Revolutionary militia. The command has battle streamers earned in campaigns from nearly every conflict in American history.

The 28th Division Artillery (DIVARTY), headquartered in Hershey, is made up of three artillery battalions located in Carlisle, Wilkes-Barre and New Castle. The DIVARTY arsenal includes 155mm self-propelled Howitzers.

The mission of Battery F, 1-109th Field Artillery is to detect, locate, and report mortar, artillery, and rocket fire.

Battery F (Target Acquisition), 109th Field Artillery, was set to mobilize in October 2001, for six months of peacekeeping duty in Kosovo at Camp Bondsteel, thereby affecting 36 soldiers in the 80-member outfit. The unit, while deployed, was to support the Army's 10th Mountain Division (Light), from Fort Drum, NY. Preparations for this mission have included certification training in August of 2001 on the unit's newly upgraded "Firefinder" radar systems at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA. The unit also prepared for the deployment by training durig September at Fort Polk, LA. The deployment marks Battery F's second tour in the war-torn region. About 30 unit members spent six months in 1996 as part of the multinational peacekeeping force in neighboring Bosnia where they monitored weapons fire threatening the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.

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