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A New Name For An Old Journal
\X'ith this issue, the COASTARTILLERY]OlJRNr\L for a second time lays aside a time-honored name to assume one more truly descriptive of the activities of its subscribers. Inkeeping with the significant traditions of our arm of the service, and after an over-whelming vote by members of the Association, the JOURNALbecomes the ANTIAIR-CRAFT JOURNAL.The JOURNALis 56 years old, but it has held the title COASTARTILLERYJOURNALfor less than half of that time. From 1892, when it was founded, until 1922, it wascalled the
1011maL of the United States Artillery.
became the official publication of theUnited States Coast Artillery Association on 10January 193
when the Association wasfounded. \Xfhen the JOURNALwas first established, there was but one artillery of the UnitedStates and it consisted of 5 regiments. Each of these regiments had 12 batteries, of which
were coast batteries, and 2 were field batteries. This meant that at the time of the founding of the JOURNAL,five-sixths of all United States artillery was seacoast. Theneed for a journal was felt because the artillery was awakening from a long period of peacetime complacency that had existed since Civil \Xfar days, and the development of amodern technique in both seacoast and field artillery was just getting under way.Because development in gunnery and in new weapons seemed to lie more immedi-ately in the field of moving targets, a preponderance of Coast Artillery articles madetheir appearance in the
10llmal of the United States Artillery.
The JOURNALdid not change its name, however, until 15 years after the establi~h-ment of the Coast Artillery and the Field Artillery by Act of Congress in 1907. In 1922,after 30 years as the
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maL of the United StateJ Artillery}
the press of opinion amongthe subscribers demanded a change and the JOURNALbecame the COASTARTILLERYJOURNAL.Now there has developed another change of emphasis in the mission of the Corpsand a consequent change in Association members' interest. Since \Xfodd \Xfar I, theantiaircraft mission has increasingly overshadowed the harbor defense mission untilnow a preponderance of antiaircraft articles is seen in the JOURNAL.This change by no means implies lack
f interest on the part of the Association inSeacoast Artillery matters.
is merely a change of emphasis. Seacoast Artillery activi-ties will be accorded the attention they deserve as long as this mission continues to exist,and as long as Association members have an interest in them.The conclusion of the editorial in the July 1922 issue of the JOURNAL,which markedthe name change of that time, is as appropriate today as it was then:"During all these years of the JOURNAL'Shistory its policy has gradually changed toconform to the modifying trend of though t and policy of the Coast Artillery ....
isto be hoped that with the assumption of its new name, the JOURNALmay open a newchapter of even \';ider usefulness to the Corps."