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1927 CAJ V67 n6

1927 CAJ V67 n6

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Picks up from the J US Artillery reflecting the concerns for coastal defence after WW1.
Picks up from the J US Artillery reflecting the concerns for coastal defence after WW1.

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Volume 67DECEMBER, 1927 Number 6
Annual Reportof the Chief of Coast Artillery
The fiscal year ending June 30, 1927, has been marked by gen-eral cordiality in the relations of the Coast Artillery with otherbranches, both in the discussions and conferences within the WarDepartment on matters of common interest and in the field wherejointaction has been possible. This officehas received many valuable sug-gestions from representatives of other branches as to training regula-tions and defense plans, and has, at times and with advantage, carriedthe system of concurrences beyond the requirements of the War De-partment.
During the fiscal year reported upon the undersigned has in-spected CoastArtillery troops and installations in the Harbor Defensesof Cristobal, Amador, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, LosAngeles, San Diego, The Columbi~, and Puget Sound. Incident tothese inspectations, and for the purpose of discussingdefenseand train-ing plans as affecting Coast Artillery, visits have been made to theHeadquarters Panama Canal Department and the Panama Coast Artil-lery District, to the Headquarters Hawaiian Department and theHawaiian Coast Artillery District, and to the Headquarters IX CorpsArea and the Ninth Coast Artillery District. In addition, inspectionshave heen made of the 63d CoastArtillery
the 64th Coast Artil-lery (AAI, and the 65th Coast Artillery (AA). The 61st Coast Artil-lery (AA) has been observed during its work in connection with thetests of antiaircraft materiel at Aberdeen Proving Ground and the 62dCoast Artillery ~AA) during tactical exercises on Long Island. TheCoast Artillery School also has heen inspected and opportunity takento visit the Coast Artillery installations and units at Forts Monroe andEustis. In all 2 months 19 days have been spent on inspet;tion dutyand 46~~ of the organizations of the arm inspected or observed.
Coast Artillery organizations serve under conditions markedlydiffering in character. "\Vhileall are at reduced strength, the garrisonsof our overseas possessions are maintained at a much higher percent-
age of the manning table and are free to devotetheir time to their ownadministrative, planning, and training problems. Both in the PanamaCanal and the Hawaiian Departments I found that conditions as tomateriel, training, and morale compare favorably with those thatobtained in our most efficientCoast Artillery posts of pre.war days,with'the added asset of a broader appreciation of the Coast Artillery'spart in the combat team.
Within the continental United States, even at the more activestations, the available personnel permits only a small fraction of thearmament of harbor defenses to be manned and the units assignedbatteries are at a lesser strength than in our overseaspossessions.Manyharbor defenses are on a caretaker status. Practically all active unitsdevote a large part of the outdoor season to the preparations for, andthe conduct of, training camps for other components of the Army.In general, it may be said that the response to these demands is m~twith high spirit, but it cannot be denied that this varies with thetemperament of the higher commanders. Where these are optimistic,are filled with interest in their work, are determined to do the bestwith the means at hand, arrange the work so that each unit in turnhas the maximum personnel for certain periods and then assumes thefull burden of "house-keeping" duties at others, encourage the person-nel by their presence especially at the most onerous tasks, and discour-age fault finding at the frequent and unavoidable calls upon unitsfor unexpected detachments to aid in duties necessary but not relatedto the special problems of their own commands, the results are allthat can be asked. It is believed this spirit among our officers isbecoming more general.
is believed there is a growing recognitionof the fact that one of the principal training obligations of our per-sonnel in the United States is to prepare for mobilization and that thevery difficultiesof carrying on with the small garrisons and the con-stant turn-over of personnel tends to promote that flexibility of mindnecessary for the many adjustments that must be made during expan-sion in war. A few years ago this officereceived many letters indi-cating a sense of discouragement due tq the many demands and thelack of means; protests against detachments and requests for addi-tional personnel were common.. While requests for personnel con-tinue, there is a marked change in the general tone of the lettersreceived; there are many evidences of pride of accomplishment underdifficulties. One of the most gratifying featUTesof-the inspections wasthe condition of materiel in harbor defenses on a caretaker status.Futhermore, it is evident that officersare able to visualize morefully the general training activities of the Army, are beginning to see

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