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As part of the reorganization of the 1st Armored Division to the US Army's new modular force structure, various units previously held at the division level were made organic to the brigades they habitually supported. 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment was subsequently reassigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division from the Division Artillry (DIVARTY). The DIVARTY was subsequently inactivated. The 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment remained a 155mm self-propelled artillery battalion as it had been before the modular reorganization. Prior to the reorganization, 4-27th Field Artillery had habitually supported the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division. Prior to the relocation of the 1st Armored Division to Fort Bliss, Texas, the Battalion had been located with forward elements of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division at Baumholder, Germany. The 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery was first constituted on 5 July 1918 in the National Army as Battery D, 27th Field Artillery, an element of the 9th Division. It was organized on 2 August 1918 at Camp McClellan, Alabama and subsequently demobilized on 8 February 1919 at Camp McClellan, Alabama. The unit was reconstituted on 24 March 1923 in the Regular Army as Battery D, 27th Field Artillery, an element of the 9th Division. The 27th Field Artillery as a whole was relieved on 1 October 1933 from assignment to the 9th Division. The unit was redesignated on 15 July 1940 as Battery D, 27th Field Artillery Battalion, and activated at Fort Knox, Kentucky, as an element of the 1st Armored Division. The unit was absorbed on 15 December 1941 by Battery A, 27th Field Artillery Battalion. Battery A, 27th Field Artillery Battalion, was redesignated on 1 January 1942 as Battery A, 27th Armored Field Artillery Battalion. As part of Battery A, 27th Armored Field Artillery, the unit's personnel served through seven campaigns in World War II. These were Algeria-French Morocco (as part of the initial invasion), Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, and Po Valley. After the Second World War, Battery A, 27th Armored Field Artillery was converted and redesignated on 1 May 1946 as Troop A, 27th Constabulary Squadron, and relieved from assignment to the 1st Armored Division. It was inactivated on 20 December 1948 in Germany and converted and redesignated as Battery A, 27th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, an element of the 1st Armored Division. War in Korea precipitated the need once again for Armored Divisions in the Active Force Structure and on 7 March 1951, the 27th Armored Field Artillery Battalion was activated at Fort Hood, Texas as part of the newly reactivated 1st Armored Division. Battery A, 27th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, still containing the lineage and honors of D Battery, 27th Field Artillery Battalion, was activated on the same day. The 27th Armored Field Artillery Battalion subsequently moved to Fort Polk, Louisiana. Former Battery D, 27th Field Artillery Battalion, was formally reconstituted on 15 February 1957 in the Regular Army and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 27th Artillery. It was redesignated on 19 March 1959 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Howitzer Battalion, 27th Artillery. At this point it was concurrently withdrawn from the Regular Army, allotted to the Army Reserve, and assigned to the 83rd Infantry Division with its organic elements concurrently constituted. It was not until 20 March 1959 that the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery was formally activated, with Headquarters at Chillicothe, Ohio. There it was inactivated on 15 April 1963 and relieved from assignment to the 83rd Infantry Division. While inactivate, the unit was redesignated on 1 September 1971 as the 4th Howitzer Battalion, 27th Field Artillery. On 16 June 1985 the unit was redesignated as the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery, concurrently withdrawn from the Army Reserve, allotted to the Regular Army, and activated in Germany. A non-divisional artillery battalion assigned to VII Corps, the unit was equipped with the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Ststem and based in Wertheim, Germany. The Battalion spent the next 5 years as a reinforcing unit to the 1st Armored Division with many gunnery rotations to the Grafenwoehr Training Area. On 2 August 1990, the Army of Iraq invaded Kuwait. This invasion set in motion the largest deployment of US Forces since World War II and the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery was an active participant. On 4 November 1990, the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery was alerted for service in the Persian Gulf War, deploying between late December 1990 and early January 1991 as an element of the 75th Field Artillery Brigade, VII Corps Artillery. The relationships that the Battalion had established with the 1st Armored Division served it well in the Gulf and the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery was assigned the mission of reinforcing to the 1st Armored Division Artillery. Equipped with 27 M270 MLRS vehicles, the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery provided awesome fire power in support of the 1st Armored Division. On 20 February 1991, the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery and Battery A, 94th Field Artillery, both equipped with the MLRS, moved east from FAA Garcia to a position near the Kuwait-Iraq-Saudi Arabia tri-border area. On 21 February 1991, the Battalion joined with elements of the 1st Cavalry Division Artillery to attack known and suspected enemy locations in Iraq at noon and 1500 hours. During the missions the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery fired 312 rockets on the first mission and 276 rockets on the second mission prepping the battlefield for ground offensive operations, which began on 24 February 1991. For its service in the Persian Gulf War, the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation and 3 Campaign Participation Streamers. Following action in the Persian Gulf War, the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery returned to Germany with assignment to the 41st Field Artillery Brigade. The battalion was subsequently redeployed to Fort Sill, Oklahoma and inactivated on 15 January 1996. On 16 February 1997, the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery was reactivated at Baumholder, Germany, equipped with the M109A6 Paladin 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer, and assigned to the 1st Armored Division. There the Battalion participated in many national missions and major training exercises. In 1997, the Battalion provided fire support personnel to the NORDPOL Brigade in Bosnia. Battery A, augmented by slice elements from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, and Service Battery saw action with Task Force Hawk during Operation Noble Anvil in Albania and Kosovo. Additionally, the Battalion conducted realistic training during Exercise Rolling Steel 98 and 99, Exercise Rolling Thunder 99, Grafenwoehr Gunnery, supported to the 1st Armored Division and V Corps during Warfighters, and provided direct support field artillery fires and coordination for the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division at the Combat Maneuver Training Center. C Battery, 4-27th Field Artillery also had the honor of being the Salute Battery for the 1st Armored Division between May 1999 to July 2000. The most important and greatest duty in this capacity was to help commemorate the 55th Anniversary of the D-Day landings. During 3 days in June 1999 C Battery performed retreat ceremonies, salutes, and placed over 18,000 flags on the graves of US Service Members who gave their all during the invasion. On 1 October 2005, the unit was redesignated as the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment

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1st Armored Division
09/04/2020

1st Armored Division

"As we recognize National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month this September, we must take this opportunity to renew our efforts and prioritize care for ourselves, our Soldiers, Civilians, and Family Members.

We have both an individual and collective responsibility to promote the health and well-being of our people and to ensure that those who need help receive it."

#UDontStandAlone #SSPM2020 #ConnectToProtect #PeopleFirst

Fort Bliss, Texas
09/04/2020

Fort Bliss, Texas

This order rescinds and replaces the "Fort Bliss Work Safe, Live Safe" order issued June 11, 2020.

Sgt. First Class Justin Webb, the Battalion Senior Medic and Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), informed the So...
09/04/2020

Sgt. First Class Justin Webb, the Battalion Senior Medic and Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), informed the Soldiers of the Fox Forward Support Company (FSC) on reporting procedures and resources.

(U.S. Army 📸 by 2nd Lt. Mendez)



“SARCs and VAs assist Soldiers with sexual assault reports, providing a 24/7 response capability. These professionals also support commanders with prevention, training and awareness efforts.”

“The SARC/SHARP Specialist is considered the center of gravity when it comes to ensuring that victims of sexual assault receive appropriate and responsive care. They serve as the single point of contact to coordinate sexual assault victim care.”

SHARP 24/7 HOTLINES

Fort Bliss
(915) 245-8991
DoD
(877) 995-5247



Additional resources can be found below:

https://home.army.mil/bliss/index.php/my-fort/all-services/SHARP

https://www.sexualassault.army.mil/index.aspx

#ICYMI Staff Sgt. Spara, a 13F with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB), was recognized by Capt. Wright as “...
09/04/2020

#ICYMI Staff Sgt. Spara, a 13F with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB), was recognized by Capt. Wright as “Hellraiser of the Week”. He was presented with a Battery Coin of Excellence for his great work.

#NCOsLeadTheWay #KingOfBattle

(U.S. Army 📸 by 2nd Lt. Mendez)

09/03/2020

Video of Capt. Remily’s promotion. 🇺🇸

(U.S. Army 🎥 by 2nd Lt. Mendez)

Congratulations are in order as Zachary Remily gets promoted to the rank of Captain‼️🇺🇸 Congratulations, Sir!(U.S. Army ...
09/03/2020

Congratulations are in order as Zachary Remily gets promoted to the rank of Captain‼️🇺🇸

Congratulations, Sir!

(U.S. Army 📸 by 2nd Lt. Mendez)

This morning at the New Mexico State University, the 4-27 Operations Sergeant Major, Sfc. Christopher Martinez and Lt. J...
09/03/2020

This morning at the New Mexico State University, the 4-27 Operations Sergeant Major, Sfc. Christopher Martinez and Lt. John Corey linked in with the Senior Military Instructor, Msg. Knobloch, Cadet Cano, and Cadets of the “Bataan Battalion” ROTC Program to demonstrate crew drills and preventative maintenance checks and services (PMCS) on the PAC75.

For those interesting in ROTC, make sure to stop by Freedom Crossing for some information!
09/01/2020

For those interesting in ROTC, make sure to stop by Freedom Crossing for some information!

🗓IN ONE WEEK🗓
UTEP ROTC will be having a tabling session on Wednesday, September 2 in our food court 👍
You can learn more information on how to enroll in the Green To Gold program at the link below!

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#FreedomCrossing #FBTX #FortBliss #FtBliss #FtBlissTexas #UTEP #UnversityOfTexasAtElPaso #GoMiners #UTEPArmyROTC #GreenToGold

1st Armored Division
09/01/2020
1st Armored Division

1st Armored Division

NEWS YOU CAN USE!

Election season do's and don'ts for DOD personnel

Service members and civilian employees are to refrain from partisan political activities. Any political activity they take part in should clearly avoid implying DOD sponsorship, approval or endorsement of a candidate, campaign or cause.

Prohibited activities include:

1. Campaigning for a candidate
2. Soliciting contributions
3. Marching in a partisan parade
4. Writing signed partisan political articles, letters or endorsements in an attempt to solicit votes
5. Performing any duty for a political committee or candidate during a campaign

Click below for additional details.

08/30/2020
2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division

FROM STRIKE 6:

"As the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division continues with its
mission, it is important to pause and send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers
to the friends and family who have been affected by Hurricane Laura. We hope
all are safe and wish them a speedy recovery from the storm's devastation.

1st Armored Division's 2-501st General Support Aviation Battalion have already sent their Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Blackhawks to Fort Hood, Texas to provide support to local authorities if called upon by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)."

“Building continuity” The BN Master Gunner, Sfc. Parham, talks through his plan for TOC security.(U.S. Army 📸 by Capt. L...
08/27/2020

“Building continuity”
The BN Master Gunner, Sfc. Parham, talks through his plan for TOC security.

(U.S. Army 📸 by Capt. Loran)

#WomensEquality
08/27/2020

#WomensEquality

WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY

August 26th is celebrated in the United States to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.

It was first celebrated in 1972, designated by Congress in 1973, and is proclaimed each year by the United States President.

Women of the 1-501st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion "Iron Dragons" came together to celebrate National Women’s Equality Day.

Today marks the 100th anniversary! We’re thankful for the women who serve not only in 1AD but across the U.S. Army.

#IronSoldiers #IronDragons #WomensEqualityDay

The sun has set on CSM Jeffrey F. Minton's time as the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment Command Sergeant Maj...
08/25/2020

The sun has set on CSM Jeffrey F. Minton's time as the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment Command Sergeant Major. We are grateful for his inspiring leadership and the unrelenting service of his Family for over 2 years and wish them well as he moves on to retirement.

We welcome the new Command Sergeant Major of the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, CSM Joshua C. Holthus, and his wife Tiffany to the Iron Thunder Family.

#IronThunder

(U.S. Army 📸 by Capt. Andrea Young)

08/25/2020

‼️We will be going LIVE for the Change of Responsibility Ceremony between CSM Jeffrey Minton (outgoing) and CSM Joshua Holthus (incoming)‼️

Join us at 0900 on this page 🇺🇸

FYSA 🇺🇸
08/24/2020
1st Armored Division

FYSA 🇺🇸

NEWS YOU CAN USE!

The U.S. Army recently published the latest version of its Army Command Policy since 2014, which now includes updates to corrective training, sexual harassment reporting and extremist activity on social media.

The 200-plus page policy, also known as Army Regulation 600-20, is the official guidance for commanders across the Army, and is typically revised every five years.

#GoodToKnow

Help is available, Iron Thunder Family!
08/22/2020

Help is available, Iron Thunder Family!

Trained crisis counselors are only a phone call away. If you need to talk to someone, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

#ArmyFamily #ArmyTeam #UdontStandAlone

13F forward observers conduct Digital sustainment in order to shoot fast and accurate fire missions.(U.S. Army 📸 by Capt...
08/21/2020

13F forward observers conduct Digital sustainment in order to shoot fast and accurate fire missions.

(U.S. Army 📸 by Capt. Loran)

Soldiers from the Iron Thunder Battalion conduct Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS) to maintain readine...
08/18/2020

Soldiers from the Iron Thunder Battalion conduct Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS) to maintain readiness.

(US Army 📸 by 2LT Mendez)

#ICYMI Today, the Iron Thunder Battalion assumed responsibility of the Quarantine Task Force for West Bliss.Capt. Alveri...
08/04/2020

#ICYMI Today, the Iron Thunder Battalion assumed responsibility of the Quarantine Task Force for West Bliss.

Capt. Alverio and 1st. Sgt. Grimes of Ares Battery lead the effort as site OIC and NCOIC, respectively, along with their Soldiers.

This mission is no small task and we understand how extremely important it is. Our goal is to do our best in facilitating an environment where our guests and residents, that have been affected by COVID-19, can be monitored to ensure a safe recovery and so that we can protect the force overall.

Staff primaries, along with the Executive Officer, Maj. Rhoads, and Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Hutnik, conducted a walkthrough to ensure a smooth transition and to identify anything that could be improved on.

Medics from 1-1CAV aid in the operation by providing additional medical support as the majority of our medics are tasked with the quarantine task force at Westbrook.

(U.S. Army 📸 by 2nd Lt. Mendez)

Congratulations to our newly promoted Iron Thunder Medics, Spc. Juan Diaz and Spc. Geoffrey Anderson! 🇺🇸 2nd Brigade, 1s...
07/25/2020

Congratulations to our newly promoted Iron Thunder Medics, Spc. Juan Diaz and Spc. Geoffrey Anderson! 🇺🇸

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 1st Armored Division Fort Bliss, Texas

(U.S. Army 📸 by 2nd Lt. Mendez)

07/24/2020
1st Armored Division

1st Armored Division

Effective immediately by order of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, Texas Commanding General, all Soldiers will wear masks while in uniform, both inside and outside buildings other than inside a Soldier's personal domicile or personal barracks room, regardless of the ability to socially distance themselves from others. This applies on and off-post. For Soldiers when in civilian attire, you are asked to wear a mask under those same conditions.

Soldiers will also wear the mask while in the Army's physical fitness uniform, unless you are conducting physical fitness training. Once Soldiers are done conducting PT, they will be required to immediately put the mask on and wear it.

To our Fort Bliss family members and community, while we cannot formally direct you to do so the same, we ask everyone to support and maintain this same level of protection to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This requirement will remain in place until further notice.

1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade 1st Armored Division Artillery Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss Jmc Fort Bliss William Beaumont Army Medical Center Fort Bliss MWR

07/23/2020

Promotion Ceremony for Cpt. Roman Mulvihill 🇺🇸

(U.S. Army 🎥 by 2nd Lt. Mendez)

07/17/2020
Fort Bliss, Texas

Fort Bliss, Texas

🚨Updated Leave Guidance🚨

On June 30, 1AD FRAGORD 2 to OPORD 20300 amended the leave policy for Fort Bliss personnel in accordance with HQDA and SECDEF guidance. Specifically, approval authority for leave travel (including leave outside the local area) is the unit commander.

Units will follow procedures in AR 600-8-10 to process leave and pass requests for Soldiers. This authority may be further restricted by commanders or supervisors in the chain of command or supervision.

#KingOfBattle 🇺🇸🔥 #427FA2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 1st Armored Division Fort Bliss, Texas(U.S. Army 📸 by Sgt. Rob...
07/17/2020

#KingOfBattle 🇺🇸🔥 #427FA

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 1st Armored Division Fort Bliss, Texas

(U.S. Army 📸 by Sgt. Roberts)

Great job, “Fearless”!2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 1st Armored Division Fort Bliss, Texas(U.S. Army 📸 by Spc. Stans...
07/17/2020

Great job, “Fearless”!

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 1st Armored Division Fort Bliss, Texas

(U.S. Army 📸 by Spc. Stansberry)

Chaplain (Capt.) Timothy Godding and his assistant, Sgt. John Roberts, got to spend some time with the Soldiers during t...
07/17/2020

Chaplain (Capt.) Timothy Godding and his assistant, Sgt. John Roberts, got to spend some time with the Soldiers during the exercise/certifications.

Spc. Jacques, a 13F assigned to 1-37 Armor, gave him a crash course on operating the Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder (LLDR) which is used by the FiST Teams when observing FIRES.

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 1st Armored Division Fort Bliss, Texas

(U.S. Army 📸 by 2nd Lt. Roberto Mendez)

Mission Complete! Soldiers from the Fox Forward Support Company prepare to head back after a few days in the field. 🇺🇸🙌G...
07/17/2020

Mission Complete! Soldiers from the Fox Forward Support Company prepare to head back after a few days in the field. 🇺🇸🙌

Great job, “Fearless”!

Maintenance, Disto, Field Company, and HQ.

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 1st Armored Division Fort Bliss, Texas

(U.S. Army 📸 by Spc. Stansberry)

FYSA
07/16/2020

FYSA

Don't shoot the messenger. There just isn't enough traffic through the gate to keep it 24/7.

07/16/2020
1st Armored Division

1st Armored Division

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Cobb will relinquish responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Williams.

Bravo Battery hosted Col. Roede, Deputy Commander of U.S. Army Joint Modernization Command, down at the line today. Col....
07/15/2020

Bravo Battery hosted Col. Roede, Deputy Commander of U.S. Army Joint Modernization Command, down at the line today. Col. Roede will be retiring in 7 days after 28 years of faithful service. We're honored that he chose to spend one of his final days in uniform with our Field Artillery Soldiers and wish him a happy retirement.
#JMC #IronThunder #BearTheLoad

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas

(U.S. Army photo 📸 by Sgt. 1st Class Parham)

SFC Scott Parham better known as, “Mike Golf,” is the 4-27FA Master Gunner.SFC Parham has played a critical role as the ...
07/15/2020

SFC Scott Parham better known as, “Mike Golf,” is the 4-27FA Master Gunner.

SFC Parham has played a critical role as the technical and tactical expert of the BN’s weapon systems platforms.

His role is to advise the commander and execute the planning, training, employment, and everything else included before, during, and after the mission.

His involvement and attention to detail in the execution of gunnery and live-fire exercises have been imperative to the success of the BN.

Thank you for everything you do on a daily basis, “Mike Golf”!

#NCOsLeadTheWay #BackBoneOfTheArmy #KingOfBattle #427FA #IronThunder

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 1st Armored Division Fort Bliss, Texas

(U.S. Army 📸 by 2nd Lt. Mendez)

Bravo Battery “Bears” #BearingTheLoad during their certifications.2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 1st Armored Division...
07/15/2020

Bravo Battery “Bears” #BearingTheLoad during their certifications.

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 1st Armored Division Fort Bliss, Texas

(U.S. Army 📸 by 2nd Lt. Mendez)

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