History is booming for the Georgia Army National Guard, literally! The Savannah-based "Hickory’s Howitzers" 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment and the 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment teamed to conduct the first air mobile raid in Georgia Guard history at Fort Stewart. With the "Way Forward" being a ready, expedient and mobile force element, the "drop and pop" maneuvers were an integral part of the 118th Field Artillery’s annual training. Joining with aviation elements made the training experience a little less mundane. “It’s very exciting training,” Spc. Joshua Holz, a Sava

History is booming for the Georgia Army National Guard, literally! The Savannah-based "Hickory’s Howitzers" 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment and the 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment teamed to conduct the first air mobile raid in Georgia Guard history at Fort Stewart.  With the "Way Forward" being a ready, expedient and mobile force element, the "drop and pop" maneuvers were an integral part of the 118th Field Artillery’s annual training.  Joining with aviation elements made the training experience a little less mundane. “It’s very exciting training,” Spc. Joshua Holz, a Sava Stock Photo
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16 May 2014

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History is booming for the Georgia Army National Guard, literally! The Savannah-based "Hickory’s Howitzers" 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment and the 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment teamed to conduct the first air mobile raid in Georgia Guard history at Fort Stewart. With the "Way Forward" being a ready, expedient and mobile force element, the "drop and pop" maneuvers were an integral part of the 118th Field Artillery’s annual training. Joining with aviation elements made the training experience a little less mundane. “It’s very exciting training,” Spc. Joshua Holz, a Savannah-Chatham Metro Police officer when he’s not hauling 14-pound rounds to the pit, has embraced the new experience. “It’s also about making history, cross training with other units and the helicopter ride!” As a lightweight, air-droppable, towed howitzer, the M119A1 gun crews were able to set up hasty "powder pits," dig in deep and fire-at-will. Once the big guns are dropped, the "gun bunnies," the affectionate name given the Soldiers who make up the crew, fire off their six and pack it up for the ride out. Happening within minutes, the team-driven process flows with well-oiled precision. “A great deal of responsibility falls on the shoulders of our youngest Soldiers,” Sgt. 1st Class Celidus Martin, B Battery gun crew chief said. “Communication is key out here and as we talk to each other we become better communicators with our warriors on the battlefield.” The concept of war may not have changed but innovation has given way to an all-forces expeditionary battle approach that will improve mission effectiveness and continue to save lives. (Georgia Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tracy J. Smith) 118th FA Raid by Georgia National Guard

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