FORT STEWART, GA Soldiers receive equipment throughout their military career. They are issued equipment at basic training, advanced individual training, and when they first report to a new duty station.

Field Artillery SoldiersAca,!a,,c equipment is often heavy due to the size of the guns they use, so when they are issued new equipment, the Soldiers are faced with the challenge of unloading and loading it.

While lugging around heavy equipment may be tiring for some troops, Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, were excited to receive their new issue.

The Aca,!A"Battle KingsAca,!A? received refurbished equipment for all of their Paladin Control Firing Systems, one of their most used weapons system, Jan. 30.

Specialist Corey Draeger, Company A, 1/9 FA, said the SoldiersAca,!a,,c anticipation of the equipment has been high ever since the unit returned home from Iraq in July 2008.

Aca,!A"After every deployment, the PCFSs are totally refurbished,Aca,!A? said Draeger. Aca,!A"Although the equipment is not brand new, it is rebuilt and we, Soldiers, are super excited to get it.Aca,!A?
Oil, fuel, water cans and various tools to all go inside the PCFS made up a portion of the new equipment received.

Like-new computer systems, which operate the weapons system, replaced all old systems and were installed immediately.
Soldiers said that having the equipment makes their job much more enjoyable and comfortable.

Aca,!A"We were so excited to finally get the guns. We knew that we were getting them but now that they actually came, our jobs will be much easier and more comfortable since we donAca,!a,,ct have to work as hard to keep the equipment up to par,Aca,!A? said Pfc. Adam Gewargis, Co. A, 1/9 FA.

The Soldiers also felt a sense of relief when their new equipment arrived, said Draeger.
Aca,!A"It feels good to know that we have reliable equipment to use,Aca,!A? he said. Aca,!A"Going into a deployment, these are the kind of things that keep you worry-free and allow you to concentrate on what youAca,!a,,cre actually there for.Aca,!A?