Soldiers with Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment work as a team to train and conduct timed crew gun drills with their 105 mm Howitzer at Pike Field on Jan. 17. This day long training for certification enables the Soldiers to gain proficiency and combat readiness to rapidly assemble, disassemble, and position the artillery gun piece.

“The mission for this readiness training is troops leading timed gun drills, assembling and dismantling artillery, and Soldiers mastering their stations by the setting up and taking down of artillery within Army standards,” said Staff Sgt. Alphra Johnson.

Certification requires Soldiers complete the task under six minutes. This unit, directly supporting the 1st Brigade Combat Team in the 82nd Airborne Division, were successful in their efforts of achieving a time 15 seconds under the standard.

“I am very proud of these Soldiers, they began at nine minutes for readiness and their time excelled to now 5:45” said Staff Sgt. Kyle France.