United States Army Field Artillery School

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United States Army Field Artillery School
United States Army Field Artillery School device.png
Device of the of the United States Army Field Artillery School
Founded 1911
Branch U.S Army
Type Field Artillery
Garrison/HQ Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Motto(s) Cedat Fortuna Peritis (Let Fortune Yield to Experience, or Skill is Better than Luck)
Website http://sill-www.army.mil/USAFAS/
Insignia
Shoulder sleeve insignia United States Army Field Artillery School SSI.png
Distinctive unit insignia United States Army Field Artillery School DUI.png

The United States Army Field Artillery School (USAFAS) trains Field Artillery Soldiers and Marines in tactics, techniques, and procedures for the employment of fire support systems in support of the maneuver commander. The school further develops leaders who are tactically and technically proficient, develops and refines warfighting doctrine, and designs units capable of winning on future battlefields. The school is currently located at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Goal[edit]

The goal of the United States Army Field Artillery School is to prepare Soldiers and Marines for war and operations other than war.

Training command accomplishes this goal through instruction for Soldiers and Marines from initial entry level through battalion, division artillery and Field Artillery brigade pre-command courses

Mission[edit]

  • The Mission of the Field Artillery: is to destroy, defeat, or disrupt the enemy with integrated fires to enable maneuver commanders to dominate in unified land operations.
    • To accomplish the Field Artillery mission, Training Command must train Field Artillery Soldiers and Marines in tactics, techniques, and procedures for the employment of fire support systems in support of the maneuver commander. Training Command further develops leaders who are tactically and technically proficient, develops and refines warfighting doctrine, and designs units capable of winning on future battlefields.
  • The Mission of the Firing Battery: is to destroy, neutralize, or suppress the enemy by cannon, rocket and missile fires and to help integrate all fire support assets into combined arms operations.

Heraldry[edit]

Device[edit]

Shield: Gules, a field piece of the 16th century paleways in plan Or.

Crest: On a wreath of the colors (Or and Gules) the arm of Saint Barbara embowed clothed of the second, issuing from the upper portion of an embattled tower Argent, and grasping flashes of lightning Proper.

Motto: CEDAT FORTUNA PERITIS (Let Fortune Yield to Experience, or Skill is Better than Luck).

Symbolism:The shield is red for Artillery; the field piece depicted, having been used in the 16th century, is the forerunner of the modern artillery. The crest is the arm of Saint Barbara, the patron saint of Artillery, holding flashes of lightning alluding to the pagan idea of Jove's ability to destroy with his bolts that which offended him.

Background: The device was originally approved for The Field Artillery School in 8 Apr 1926. It was redesignated for The Artillery School on 19 May 1954. On 11 Sep 1957 the device was redesignated for the U.S. Artillery and Missile School. On 13 Feb 1969 it was redesignated for the U.S. Field Artillery School.[1]

Shoulder sleeve insignia[edit]

Description/Blazon: On a scarlet shield edged with a 1/8 inch (.32cm) yellow border, 3 inches (7.62cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08cm) in width overall, a yellow field piece.

Symbolism: The ancient field piece is taken from the device of the Field Artillery School, as well as the colors scarlet and yellow which are for Artillery.

Background: The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved on 17 Jul 1970 for the U.S. Army Field Artillery School. It was amended on 9 Jun 1981 to extend authorization for wear to include personnel assigned to the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-188)[1]

Distinctive Unit Insignia[edit]

Description/Blazon: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 inch (2.54cm) in height overall on a shield Gules, a field piece of the 16th century paleways in plan Or.

Symbolism: The shield is red for Artillery; the field piece depicted, having been used in the 16th century, is the forerunner of the modern artillery.

Background: The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the Field Artillery School on 29 Mar 1930. It was redesignated for the Artillery School on 19 May 1954. On 11 Sep 1957 the insignia was redesignated for the U.S. Army Artillery and Missile School. The distinctive unit insignia was redesignated for the U.S. Field Army Artillery School on 13 Feb 1969. It was amended on 9 Jun 1981 to extend authorization for wear to personnel assigned to the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center.[1]

History[edit]

The origin of USAFAS can be traced back to the 1907 reorganization of the Artillery Corps and to the character of Fort Sill at that time. The 1907 reorganization created Coastal and Field Artillery Branches. In the process of this reorganization, the Field Artillery was deprived of its former home at Fort Monroe, Virginia. Fort Sill was considered the best location for a Field Artillery school, since its 15,000-acre (61 km2) reservation allowed ample room for target practice and its great variety of terrain offered an excellent area for different types of tactical training. In addition, the post had already assumed the character of the home of artillery with a large number of artillery units assigned.

The first artillery school, the US Army School of Fire, was organized in 1911 by Captain Dan Tyler Moore. With the exception of a brief period in 1916 when school troops were used as frontier security guards during the Mexican Revolution, the School has operated and expanded continuously. Hundreds of thousands of artillerymen have been trained at Fort Sill since the inception of the School.

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Coordinates: 34°39′04″N 98°24′32″W / 34.6511°N 98.4089°W / 34.6511; -98.4089