Field Artillery Operations in the Artic
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ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Field Artillery operations in the Artic, although not new to the U.S. Army, have recently taken on increased importance with the activation of the 6th Infantry Division Light in Alaska and the 10th Mountain Division at Ft. Drum, New York. Both divisions train for employment in extreme cold weather. Organization of the field artillery in a low intensity conflict in the far north warrants special consideration. The employment of the field artillery in a battalion task force is the most likely way it can expect to fight. Artillery batteries may be attached to an infantry battalion, but the preferred organization is that they remain as part of the direct support battalion. Both field artillery and maneuver commanders must have the flexibility and breadth of understanding to deploy in task force configuration. In addition to organization, artillery units in the Artic must take into account the unique requirements for training to include physical, training, gunnery skills, maintenance training and cold weather training. Recent fielding of equipment such as the Small Unit Support Vehicle, Battery Computer System and Firefinder Radar have been very successful in Artic operations.
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