FORT SILL, Okla. (KFOR) – An Oklahoma National Guard unit has been named the National Guard’s Top Field Artillery Battery.
Soldiers from B Battery, 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery Regiment, 45th Field Artillery Brigade, received the 2021 Alexander Hamilton Award for being the National Guard’s Top Field Artillery Battery.
The award is named after Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who served as a key aide to George Washington and was an accomplished gunner in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
“The Hamilton Award was established in 2002 and is awarded annually for outstanding mission accomplishment and overall unit excellence, to the best field artillery battery in the entire Army National Guard,” said Brig. General Andrew Preston, commandant of the United States Army Field Artillery School.
Soldiers from Battery B were selected from 140 other National Guard artillery batteries.
“You don’t win an award for being the best field artillery unit in the National Guard without working, not training hard, and training to standards, and training the way National Guard soldiers are supposed to train,” said Staff Sgt. Mykle Bull, Unit Administrator for Battery B.
The battery deployed to Afghanistan in 2021 in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
“It’s a huge honor, we’ve done a lot of training,” said Capt. Zebadiah Wilson, B Battery Commander. to be able to come together and get an award for all the events and activities that have taken place during this deployment.”
Soldiers have also faced tornadoes, floods and other natural disasters over the years.
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