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Army Guardsmen:  Utah National Guard’s Delta Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery Regiment had an opportunity to get out from behind their cannons and prove themselves on other battlefield tasks during a complex training exercise near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 28, 2018.

“We’re usually field artillerymen, so we’re used to being the guys supporting the guys doing this,” said Specialist Matthew Miyasaki, a cannon crewmember with Delta Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery Regiment. “So actually getting in their boots and doing whatever they do gives us a better picture on both ends of the battlefield.”

After eight weeks of training in the field, Delta Battery executed Operation Diamond Strike, an exercise testing the Soldiers’ combat skills in urban terrain. The objective of the operation was to infiltrate a simulated local populace and locate an informant who would subsequently give the whereabouts of a high value target.

After securing a landing zone for two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to land, the artillerymen were picked up and inserted into a location in close proximity to the village that they needed to infiltrate. Immediately the squads got to work on their objective.

Three squad leaders directed their teams in accordance to their element’s respective role of either assault, support, or security.

As they made haste towards the village, the battery prepared to fall back on every skill that they learned during the previous weeks of training. Not all of the training was combat-oriented. Read more

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Army Guardsmen:  Utah National Guard’s Delta Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery Regiment had an opportunity to get out from behind their cannons and prove themselves on other battlefield tasks during a complex training exercise near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 28, 2018.

“We’re usually field artillerymen, so we’re used to being the guys supporting the guys doing this,” said Specialist Matthew Miyasaki, a cannon crewmember with Delta Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery Regiment. “So actually getting in their boots and doing whatever they do gives us a better picture on both ends of the battlefield.”