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Friends and families of class 21-18,

We hope you enjoyed today's ceremony. It has come to our attention that some of the photo CDs were of a previous class. It is possible that a volunteer grabbed some old discs and shuffled them into the current disks made your class 21-18. In the event you have a issue, please contact the battery commander personally via email at raymond.g.fletcher.mil@mail.mil or call the unit desk at 580-442-5635. We will work immediately to rectify the ...situation. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We hope you enjoy the rest of your day with your Soldier.

Sincerely,

The Assassin Battery Team

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Friends and families of class 21-18,

Due to our schedule for the weekend, phone calls will be conducted over Sunday and Monday to allow each of your Soldiers the opportunity to call home. We have a lot to prepare for with your arrival around the corner and this helps us take care of our requirements while ensuring you get a chance to hear from your Soldiers. We look forward to seeing you all next week. Have a safe weekend.

Sincerely,

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Friends and families of class 21-18,

This will be the last photo update prior to your arrival if you are coming for graduation. It has been a long week for your Soldiers and the cadre as we accomplished our final field training exercise consisting of a live fire stress shoot, 16km road march, operational training in an urban environment, and the rest of our small unit field craft. Everyone is looking good and proud to be moving towards their final week. Rehearsals and prepara...tion for departure is on the agenda next week and we look forward to your arrival. Have a great weekend and see you soon!

Sincerely,

The Assassin Battery Team

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Friends and families of class 21-18,

The Fires Center of Excellence streams live video of the basic combat training unit graduation ceremony of A Battery, 1st Battalion 19th Field Artillery at 10 a.m., Friday, Apr. 13. The videos will be streamed on our webpage: www.FiresCenterLiveEvents.com. On that page, you can also find the links to other recently streamed ceremonies at the Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill.

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Friends an families of class 21-18,

On behalf of the battery team, we want to again say thank you for your support to the battery and for your Soldiers. As we count down the days to graduation, the team is preparing photo CDs of your Soldier's time spent with us at the unit. Our team has collected more than 1,300 photographs over the last 9 weeks and will have the CDs available for a $5 donation to those wanting to see more of what their Soldiers endured during their transfo...rmation.

The CDs and other items are hosted by the battery Family Readiness Group (FRG), which is a group of volunteer spouses who organize events as well as provide support to the Drill Sergeants and their families. Any visitors who are attending the ceremonies need only look for the banner attached to this post. The FRG banner looks exactly like the picture. Updates will be coming at the end of the week as usual so be sure to check back then. Thanks for the support and have a good night.

Sincerely,

The Assassin Battery Team

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Friends and families of class 21-18,

This week the class took a trip to the Field Artillery Museum on the post to learn about their adopted history as United States Army Soldiers. They also learned a little more about themselves and each other during the hand to hand fighting and rifle fighting instruction. After all of that and tackling another obstacle course, the class is ready to be moving into the final field training exercise next week! Be sure to wrap up any mail that... you are planning to send. It is very possible your Soldier may depart Ft. Sill by the time it gets here if you are planning to send it in the next two weeks. Wish everyone luck for next week the capstone event is very physically and mentally demanding and they need all the support they can get. Thanks for all the positive posts and words of encouragement to the class over the last weeks.

Sincerely,

The Assassin Battery Team

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Friends and families of class 21-18,

The time has come for the graduation letter start getting mailed out. For ease of reference, we have included it on the page. Please be aware that the final PT test is Monday morning. If your Soldier calls you on Monday it is to directly notify you that they are not meeting graduation requirements. That will be the time to have a real conversation about finalizing arrangements to visit for the ceremonies on April 12th and 13th. Passes are ...not granted to nongraduates on family or graduation day.

Finally, this is the last week we recommend families to stop sending mail. Anything sent after this week may end up arriving after your Soldier has departed. Anything received post graduation is returned to sender.

Keep your Fingers crossed for Monday!

Sincerely,

The Assassin Battery Team

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Friends and families of class 21-18,

This week was a lot of learning how to conduct hand to hand fighting techniques along with our second field exercise. The final PT test is on Monday morning and the stress for some of your Soldiers is high. Be sure to wish them luck as soon as you get a chance. Big things are in store for the final few weeks of this class.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and be sure to check back soon.

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Sincerely,

The Assassin Battery Team

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Friends and families of class 21-18,

Another busy week for your Soldiers. This week they threw live hand grenades, qualified with hand grenades, took another PT test, road marched 8K, and trained on both the grenade launcher and M249 SAW. More Army training right around the corner for next week. Have a safe weekend.

Sincerely,

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The Assassin Battery Team

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Friends and families of class 21-18,

This concludes the long process of getting everyone to qualify to US Army standards. the last 2 weeks have been nothing but physical training in the morning and trigger time on the rifle range. For those who feared that their Soldier wouldn't be able to get over this hurdle towards graduation, breath easy, we are 100% a go for this task. Enjoy your Sunday.

Sincerely,

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The Assassin Battery Team

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Friends and families of class 21-18,

I present to you the class top shot, PVT Garett Wright from Easthampton, MA. He shot a perfect qualification striking 40 out of 40. He is the first to do so in the last 5 classes to come through this battery. His family and friends should be very proud of his performance.

Sincerely,

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Friends and families of class 21-18,

This week was all about getting your Soldiers ready for qualification at the end of next week. Sorry if you have a hard time seeing faces in the photos, but it's hard when the ammunition is live and the safest place to be is behind the shooter. More of the same coming up with updates for next week as we continue our journey into rifle marksmanship. Happy Sunday everyone.

Sincerely,

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The Assassin Battery Team

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The Breed's Hill Institute

February 26 (alt 27) 1775
The war almost started early with British Colonel Alexander Leslie's Sunday morning attempt to take Salem MA’s cannons. Leslie (sent ...by General Gage) and his commanders in Boston were sure that the Puritans of Salem would be too busy in church to notice. The sailors at Marblehead (where they embarked from) were not the same churchgoing folk as the rest of Salem and raised the alarm. The citizens of the town met the soldiers at the North draw bridge and the ensuing standoff ended when the town Pastor negotiated a compromise for the British. The town allowed the British soldiers to cross the bridge and travel 50 rods into town before turning around and departing. This was done so that the British could claim to have followed their orders and reached their destination. The cannons and other arms however had been moved aways while the standoff was going on. Three months later a similar situation at Lexington and Concord would not end as easily. (The facts around this event were largely compiled by historians after all the participants were deceased. While the event did occur, all the details surrounding it cannot be positively established.

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Friends and families of class 21-18,

This week began with a warm and humid 70-80 degree climate that rapidly turned into freezing rain, hail, and single digit lows. Your Soldiers, however, rose to the challenge and pushed on with their training (with a little encouragement from the Drill Sergeants). The biggest events of the week were the notorious gas chamber and the combat conditioning course. Please enjoy the pictures and be prepared for the range photos from our rifle mar...ksmanship training. The next two weeks are all about learning to shoot and the days will be long for everyone. Have a great weekend and check back for updates.

Sincerely,

The Assassin Battery Team

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Friends and families of class 21-18,

Congratulations are in order for 2nd Platoon Spartans, who won the Battery competition for fastest time as a team. These Soldiers in the photo were chosen from among their peers by their peers to represent their platoon and did an outstanding job. Great teamwork!

Sincerely,

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Friends and families of class 21-18,

PV2 Carley Cook from Maryville, TN, and SPC Derek Yorek from Bentonville, AR are the top Soldiers from today's combat confidence course. These two had the fastest times in the unit and distinguished themselves through their demonstrated physical prowess. We expect great things from them moving forward in training and their families should be very proud.

Sincerely,

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The Assassin Battery Team

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