Kentucky Guard unit performs HIMARS live fire exercise
Story and photos by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe/ 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Unit Public Affairs Representative
FT. KNOX, Ky. (May 28, 2010 )–The Kentucky National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery conducted their inaugural firing of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System(HIMARS) at Fort Knox, Ky., May 15. The Battalion transitioned from Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) to the new generation of field artillery, the HiMARS, in February 2010. Within six weeks, the units completed the fielding and prepared to become certified and take to the battlefield.
This historical event for the Kentucky Army National Guard and the Battalion was monumental to the Guardsmen involved. The Soldiers of 1/623rd FA displayed time and time again their versatility and willingness to take on new challenges and every time they are faced with an opportunity to do so, they conquer the task with a level of accomplishment that is unmatched. The Soldiers are proud of what they have accomplished in the past and are looking to continue the legacy of their units in the future.
The Battalion performed their first certification and live fire of the HIMARS at Fort Knox May 13-16 and on Armed Services Day had more than 700 spectators in attendance from multiple states. The enthusiastic crowd sent out the first fire mission in unison and watched in amazement as the HIMARS fired 18 rounds down range and eliminated the targets with pin-point precision. Brig. Gen. Mike Richie, Deputy Adjutant General for Army, called for the closing rounds of fire for the monumental event.
The day was a success and a chance for the Battalion to display their awesome fire power and demonstrate for the leaders of the community,that the 623d FA is ready and prepared to take on whatever task the modern battle field has to throw their way.