NEW WINDSOR, NY – The New York National Guard’s Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery, has been recognized as the nation’s most outstanding Guards Artillery Battery by the Field Artillery School .
The Alexander Hamilton Award for 2020 was presented to Battery Soldiers by Brig. Gen. Andrew D. Preston, Commandant of the Field Artillery School and Chief of Army Artillery, at the unit’s home at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in New Windsor on September 11.
The annual award recognizes the nation’s most outstanding National Guard field artillery unit.
“I rarely differentiate between the active duty army and the national guard,” Preston said. “But more than half of the military field artillery is part of the National Guard; we are one force and one team, and I am honored to recognize this year’s best field artillery battery.”
The battery was recognized for meeting Army standards for training, logistics, maintenance, and fitness, while playing a key role in the New York National Guard’s response to the pandemic. COVID-19.
The Alexander Hamilton Award was established in 2002 and is named after American statesman and Continental Army gunner Alexander Hamilton.
Hamilton was an outstanding artillery battery commander and aide to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. He shaped the Constitution and served as the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury.
Lt. Col. Marc Lindemann, commander of the 258th Field Artillery, congratulated the soldiers of Alpha Battery for winning the award.
“Their versatility in the face of adversity to overcome pandemic-related challenges but also maintain their tactical skills was amazing,” Lindemann said.
Soldiers were evaluated on mission execution, training, deployment duty, equipment maintenance, logistics program, physical fitness, family readiness and community service from October 2019 to September 2020.
During this period, soldiers conducted training and firing exercises with their M119A3 105mm howitzers, trained on individual soldier skills, and played a key role in the state’s response to the pandemic, Lindemann said.
The battery also earned perfect marks in maintenance and logistics inspections.
During the pandemic, the battery distributed millions of meals to vulnerable New York residents and helped administer thousands of COVID-19 tests while training over the weekend of exercise, he said. .
“The past year has been difficult, with the activation of soldiers and the distribution of our forces in the multiple missions. But the soldiers and the leaders that we had brought together and accomplished all that we still had to do,” said the staff sergeant. Drew Brown, Battery Training Sgt.
The battery of 75 soldiers is commanded by Captain Daniel Rogers.
1st sergeant. Senior Battery Chief Brian Badgero said he was proud of his soldiers.
“They’ve come a long way over the past year and continue to maintain their preparation and proficiency in their work,” Badgero said.