Fort Sill Artillery Half Section rides in Lawton Rangers Rodeo
By Cindy McIntyre, Fort Sill Tribune
August 17, 2017 1 / 8 The Fort Sill Artillery Half Section warms up before its demonstration at the Lawton Rangers Rodeo, held at the LO Ranch, Aug. 9, 2017. The rodeo has been a local staple since 1939. VIEW ORIGINAL 2 / 8 The Fort Sill Artillery Half Section warms up before its demonstration at the Lawton Rangers Rodeo, held at the LO Ranch, Aug. 9, 2017. The rodeo has been a local staple since 1939. The guidon is from B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery, which was Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill Commanding General Maj. Gen. Brian McKiernan's first command. VIEW ORIGINAL 3 / 8 The tour of special duty for the Soldiers assigned to the Half Section is typically one year. Previous riding experience is not necessary. On Military Day (Aug. 11, 2017), Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Fagan rode in the Grand Entry. VIEW ORIGINAL 4 / 8 The Half Section gunners leap off the limber to unhitch the cannon as the prepare to fire it, Aug. 9, 2017, at the Lawton LO Ranch. VIEW ORIGINAL 5 / 8 The gun crew fires once, to the cheers of the crowd, then re-hitch their artillery piece to the limber. VIEW ORIGINAL 6 / 8 Staff Sgt. David Palmer and his steed. VIEW ORIGINAL 7 / 8 Horses, named after former Fort Sill generals, wear an Army rosette. VIEW ORIGINAL 8 / 8 The Fort Sill Artillery Half-Section practices maneuvers for their demonstration. VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
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