Field artillery association revives local chapter

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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 9:02 am

Maj. Matt Anderson is calling all field artillery men to be a force for good.

Efforts are under way to re-establish the North Alabama/Redstone chapter of the U.S. Field Artillery Association, a band of field artillery brothers, as well as a means for its members to make an impact in the community. Spearheaded by Anderson, assistant product manager for field artillery launchers, organizers held their first meeting in December and are electing officers, who will establish priorities and a vision for the reorganized chapter. Lt. Gen. Richard Formica is behind the reorganization efforts.

“I’m encouraged by the initiative to reinvigorate the FA Association here in Huntsville and on Redstone Arsenal, and I appreciate the efforts of Maj. Matt Anderson and Dave Johnson on this effort,” Formica said. “It’s important to do this so we can be a voice for the pride and legacy of the Field Artillery branch and to recognize its past, current and future contributions to our Army, U.S. Marine Corps and the joint force.”

Nominations for chapter officer positions of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer should be forwarded to Anderson at william.anderson@msl.army.mil by 5 p.m. Friday. Voting information will be sent via email and conducted online the following week. Results will be announced at the next meeting of the association March 1.

Through the chapter, Anderson and fellow organizer Jim Elliott aim to not only bring field artillery men and their families together, but to also provide support to the community in various capacities. Potential outreach to veterans and other public service engagements may one day include a golf scramble in support of wounded warriors, appearing in the Veterans Day parades or supporting deployed units, Anderson and Elliott said.

“It’s really a camaraderie of field artillery men and also their spouses and family members,” Elliott said. “We want to get back out into the community, and not allow only the ADA to be strong and vibrant here. We want to get that camaraderie back and do some support for the community and Redstone.”

Organization leaders hope to partner with the FA Association’s sister organization, the Air Defense Artillery Association, which has a vibrant chapter in the Tennessee Valley, to further their outreach to the community.

“A reinvigorated FA Association should partner with the already active and vibrant ADA Association to bring synergy and common purpose to the Fires community,” Formica said. “This community has many organizations that host activities that do so much good around here to support Soldiers, veterans, wounded warriors and families. The FA Association has an opportunity to join with those organizations to support those activities and become a force for good in the community.”

The FA Association’s next meeting is 5:30 p.m. March 1 at The Summit. All current and former members, as well as anyone interested in joining the association are welcome to attend. For more information or if you are interested in becoming a member or transferring your chapter membership, email Anderson at william.anderson@msl.army.mil.

“I encourage active, retired and former FA officers, and those who support the FA branch to join in this effort to rebuild the FA Association and contribute to the branch and the community,” Formica said.

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