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Yol. 25, No. 8
56th Fleld Artlllery Command
November 1987

One of Brl\lO Battery. 4th Batt1llon. 9th Field Artlllery·s Pershing II mlHIIH 1tenda at attention during Carbon Archer, the 56th Fltld Artl111ry Command'• 10-dly ll1ld
training Htrclff. For more ac:enes of the field Inside.

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From the
General
1'\" cmb<r marks ,he b,ginnin~ of ,he ho•
Iida.- season. Th,nk, ~ivin~ c, 11, 10 mind
ima~c~ ot familit) sin int: around the ublt>
mi:.r,htr cnioyin~ ,h, holid•• fun.
It u. a time ., htn 1'· r rtmtmbu the br•
gin nin~s of our ~rrat countr~·, the nrug~lt
oi 1hr early srnlcr> "' !u,.. i,·•. ,nd ,h~ help
th\'\' rt-.:ti\'td from lric:ndl in mlk1n; H
thrOu~h 1hr fir.st -..·1n1rrs.
Thank"~"·ing is a.ho a 1imt 9,•htn all of \U
c,n rcnw upon ,ht m,ny ,hinis far , ·h,ch
"'' c,n b, proud , nd ,h,nkiul T his Th,nk•·
~,dn~. 1hr 10IJ1<r1 ,nd families of the ;&,h
F,<ld Artill,n· Comm, nd h ..c • grca, dc, I
" ' b• prouJ 01 and ,h,nkiul for.
Our units returned safe!~ from .1 m a1or
fic!J 1r,inin~ cxtrci1<. "Cuhon Ar,hcr",
culi<r 1hi1 mon1h Li~< ,he P,l~r,ms. Ptr·
,hin~ ,old,trs tndurtd ,ht cold ,nd mn.
mud. Ion~ hours and nduous mks our ,ol·
d,t rs sho"·ed ,hai disciplin,· and 1eam,·ork
&till a.re u ust nti.111 10 sur,·inl u they , err
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Our,ng Carbon Arch«. ,he Command
mo,·td anon 1h• ii"• G,rman """ of B•·
, ..,;,, Badtn· ~ ·umtmbtrg. Htsstn, Sa., r·
land and Rhtinland Pfalz, accomplish1n~
m.1n, diificult minions including a uctic.al
, n• ,; .:ronin~ oi 1hr Rh1nt. Ptnh,n~ 1oldirn
'. pro,cd on..:,: 11un that thC'~' rould mow:.

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156th Field Artillerv Command

thln~ ~11 those.· • ho concribulC"d

Reenlistm.ent

rh" )U1o...:~> oi .. Carbon •.a.r-:-hcr·. Thr sol,
dirr, 1n the ii rid m.idc thi: ob, Jou) i:ontribu·
11or. , Bu, ,he hundrtds oi f,mil" mtmbtr,
"·h<> mnd bthind under11ood and sup·
port<d our ,olditn. Th, 1,m1lic1 d<mon·
sirncd I f"C"SOUrC'tiulnt)S ind commitment
,ha, • ·ould make our l'il~r,m ancwors
proud. I am 1hankful ior 1h• opportuni1y 10
1\ or~ t\'lth s uch out>Unding milila.0 fami•
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SGT L'ndm, ,..,,J, !Str,
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Tiu :\mtnc•n ptoplc con bt 1h1nkiul 1or

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a peace
1 <nsu red and .:onmnd, ~uudcJ b) J'>cr1hini
,old,tr, of 1h11 Comm•nd.

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Thanh ior tht hud " 'Ork and long hours
durin~ "Cubon .>,rcher·. Enjm 1ht iruii, of
)'Our l,b.:m. Sprnd time ~·11h ) our iamily
and frienJ). :\nJ most imp1.>runtl~ h.1,·t.· a
$:\I-.E and h,pp/ hol,dai· '°"on.

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Ro~or K. Bean
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Command in~

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Sgt Wlllllffl Perrigo, left, I Perehlng II mlHIII Cl'eWlnllTlblr, 2nd Plltoon, Delta
Blttery, 4th B1ttallon, 9th Fillet Artillery, ln1truct1 Pfc. Vincent Nlclo1ky, 1
Perehlng II 111ctronlc1 metlflll lf)eeilllet In lhl 11me plltoon, on 1111 pn,per
UM of I light Antf.Utnlt Wnpon (LAW). Thi common Utlb trelnlng wae held
lnlkll tents during one of C.rtlon Archer'• dlmper dlys. (Photo by Su11n
Bt.daberry>.

Pershing
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Commender
Brig. Gen. Roger K. Bean
Public Affairs Officer
Maj, Ge<1rd J . Han

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ARMY

BE ALL YOU CAN BE
REENLIST

NCOtC ..................................................................... S,C John K. D'4meto
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Pv2 J•fflff Vlny•rd (left) •nd SSgt. T•rr•nce Rlch.,dson, two er-members of 3rd
Pi.toon, Delta Blltt•ry, 4-9, r•placa the radar section cov•r of their missile In preparation to roll out.

Cpl. Richard Noe (right) and Pie. David Cook, ol Delta B•ttery. 4- 1. preper~
their GIEU (Ground Integrated Electronic Unit) lor • countdown.

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Moment, altar heerlng th• kluton, th... Delt• B1ttary, 'th Battalion, 9th Field Ar·
tlllery. soldiers ,warm on tt..lr mlaslle and ruah to ready It tor i.unchl"9, Realistic
training In the field la I m1jor contributer to the Comm1nd'1 combat raedlnaH.

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Mamben of I Delta B1ttary. 4-1. mlHlle craw run through the final checu of their
mlHlle before • 1lmulated t•unch.

All photos In this lsaue by the Pershing Cable HO Staff unless
otherwise noted.

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Pie. David Cook llstens to Intruction, from the operations center. du·
ring a 1lmul1ted countdown.

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Rolling

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Rhine

T ..•o M.A.N. ,·ehicic, (the prime mo,·er for the er«tor
launchers) could cross on tht samt raft • .tloni;: 9.·ith .as many
other ..·heeled v<hicles ., would phpic•llr fit on the nft .

by M2j. William Throop
Command Engin«r

"" I think the>< guys ha,·c done this before!" These words
we-rC' h('ird SC'\'Cral times amontt the observers of the recent
Comm;md Rh·tr CrossinG, exercise. T he~· • ·tr<" ~·atchin~

th< C<rman u h ing c,c..·s skillfully guidin& their n lu ac·
r('I !-~ thC' S1Q;jft Rhint ri\·C'r to ~ preci5ion Lmding .it the
shor('.

The crossing for the ontirc b1m lion ..·as e11im0tcd 10
,.kc approximate!,· 8 hours, but at abou, 11 :3C 1.m. mom•
bers of the Pc-ace movemtnt from M ud.ingcn showed up
and Staned to harr•ss the vehicles that ...·ere "·aitin~ in Jin,·
10 cross. B)· this time, roughk hall of th,· bm alion had al•
readv crossed, and the remill.inder of the ban alion took a decour' ind crossed a ncarb~· autobahn bridgl'.'.

'fh"· R1, c:r Cn,~)11'1~ ,,...u hdd v n O ctObL·r 1.., a!. pan of

l., 1.·1~·1, \• C3rt,.lr,)n An.:her.

Th .. ~nJ .and 3rd Comp1nic') oi the: S)Oth 5ch"·imm~n..,i.,· Batt.1liC1n pr<', idcd their rahs. p,•r,onncl. and
rel.'.hni( .11 .:.-..:p~rti~e in .support oi th1.• Cumnund.

f.k mL'nt" o f ~nd 8:m.alion. 9th J-id d .~ rtilk r \ ~rnS)c'd the
r:, 1. r' 1 t t 1''0 (ltt.S. Ltimt·rsht im .3nd Phillip)bu;,:, 1u M nurth
,..,: KJrlHuh,..·. Along " ·uh 1- 9 wc:r, the d emen1s ot thei r
, upr ,•n slic< irom 38th Signal Battalion. 5:>th Suppon 5.,_
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;m dl 2nd B.uulion. 4rh lnfanrr,·. B 8JUC't\' . J st

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tll.u:, . 'Ith J ,d d Artillerl' , ho cw, , cd lata thot 'ni~ht. un ·
J 1,·, r dh· ~(H·t r of darkn,. ·~s.
The iirn unit to cross "-"U Z- 9 FA Batu lion. Tht ir first
el<m<n1> rolled up at about 7:3C p.m. and the 850th ....,
r~·JJ, 1\,r ·tht.·m. Tv.·o raiH ~·ere alrt".1d~ in po~ition. rt:ad~·
h..• l;'l1,·~in 1h1,·, .:rossint.

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Thl· r,·..:cH"t'n · q ·hid c i~ ~~nt iir, : in ord1.·r 10 pro,·id!: th<'
C"3fl l,1ht~ <\I r't m<.H in~ .1 \ ,.: fll(.!(- fr<.>m d ,..:- T3 i t 1.hou J.:.f th1.•

\ 1.· h,.:!1.· ~1.·~0mC' diubk J. Lu..:kdr . ~u\·h J probkm did no,
,,.,( ·J r :\ n inl.;mtn 1c.:urlt \' clemcn, w3 ~ scm o ver a~ well.
:,, ...~·.:urc th..: far ~hore. ·

Mtcr th< /iri t 1·eh1d<1 ...er< lo,Jcd
::i~ l\'cnt likl!' dock"ork.

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The ni~ht ri,·c-r crossing conducted by B Battery. 1-9
FA Baru lion. was a challense- It " 'as conducted under
blackout conditions. ,nd , II of the control problem, ..-hich
arc prest m during normal daytime fflO\'CmentS arr. u
e\'eryone kno~:s. morf prt \'alt"nl at night. If ~ou ha,·1.· ne,·e.r
tried to dri\'C , M.A .'N. and erector l,un,her up a <t«p r,ft
ramp unto .a rafi ~·ou can 't ste. ~·ou o u~ht to try u some ..
time. You jun hope the fellow ..·ho is ~uidins you on ..·ith
the two 11,shlights kno..·s ...h,. he is doing.

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T he personnel from the 850th Schwimmbru«kc Bmalion, which operated , II of the nits and controlled loading
and unlo, ding op<mions, definitely kno..· "'h" they are
doing. The bat,.lion is mponsibl< for all fixed bridgin11
,nd rafting sites , Jong the Rhine from Main, 10 Frankfurt,
,1; d isunce of approximarely 190 kilometers. The unit ·or as
org•nized in 1950 " the 69&Cth German Labor S<rvice
Group, ,nd was conven ed tCI a Bundes..·<hr (Germ,n

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Bundes..,ehr soldi<r, Thes< soldiers my ..·ith 1h< unit per ·
man,ntli·, ,nd the result is • highly trained and competent
un it.

This ri \'tr crossing opcr:mon " ·; ) • surcu s due to th~ de-·
taiJc-d plinnin~ 3nd coo rdrnJt1o n th;i1 "<\"3 S done b~ JIJ unit~
th:a1 puti..:ipJted. Americ an Jnd G crmln a.1iki:-. It prn, ed to
be an c,ccc lknt trainins expcricn1.·~ ior all who puti..:ip.w :d.

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...Ot,ee they l1ndtd on the wut bt nk of the Rhine, the convoy• lormtd up ind hit the rotd ag1ln,

Battling the currents, the ferries smoothly carried
56th Field Artillery Commend vehicles across t he
Rhine River In IHI then five minutes.

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Army) Bau.alion in 196S. Many of th e former labo r lCr\'ic.:pt:"rsonne! art- still nurin~ m .a.nd~to ~ · rct!rc.'mc."nt . A r, 0':lc.' o f
tht- labor ser... icc pt-rson nel tttirt s , he 1s rcpl1ced 1''1th .a

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