FORT SILL, Okla. (Aug. 17, 2017) -- Patriotism runs high at the Lawton Rangers Rodeo, and the Fort Sill Artillery Half Section has been a perennial favorite to open the competition.

The horsemen and gunners gallop around the arena, halt to unhitch the cannon, quickly load the ammunition, and fire a round before hitching it back to the limber. The two gunners on each end of the seat hop in first, then the middle Soldier leaps between them before the team gallops off.

It's a reminder of Fort Sill's history, when horses were the major mode of transport of men, supplies, and weapons.

They carry the guidon of Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill commanding general Maj. Gen. Brian McKiernan's first command.