1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery (United States)

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1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery
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1/258 FA Distinctive Unit Insignia
Active {1786-Founded 9 October 1809}
16 March 1959 – present
Country USA
Branch United States Army
Role Field Artillery
Part of 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Enhanced) (Separate)
Garrison/HQ Jamaica, New York
Nickname(s) Washington Grays
Motto(s) Paratus et Fidelis (Ready and Faithful)
Engagements War of 1812
Civil War
Spanish–American War
World War I
World War II
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Commanders
Current
commander
LTC Peter J Mehling

The 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery Regiment (United States) is a field artillery battalion of the New York Army National Guard. It was originally constituted as the 4th Regiment, New York State Artillery and organized on 9 October 1809 at New York, from two existing battalions of Volunteer Militia Artillery dating back to 1786. It was redesignated on 13 June 1812 as the 3d Regiment, New York State Artillery.

History[edit]

The 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery was formed on October 9, 1809 as the 4th Regiment, New York State Artillery by merging two battalions of existing volunteer militias.[1] The unit was brought into federal service in 1812, and again in 1814.[1] In 1847, it was redesignated as the 8th Regiment, New York State Militia. The unit returned to federal service in 1861, 1862 and 1863.[1] The unit briefly returned to federal service in 1898 as the 8th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment.[1]

In 1917, the unit (now the 8th Coast Defense Command) moved from Manhattan to the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx and was mustered into federal service again. It was substantially reorganized in 1919 to form several component units, then again in 1921 when it was redesignated the 258th Field Artillery. The unit returned to federal service from 1941 to 1945 and was redesignated the 258th Field Artillery Battalion.[1]

The current 258th FA[edit]

1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery is currently composed of three batteries and a support company. Battery A is located in New Windsor, New York.[2] Battery B in Bronx, New York.[3] Headquarters and Headquarters Battery in Jamaica, New York[4] and Company G, 427th BSB in Jamaica, NY.[5] The current armament of 1/258th FA is the M119 105mm Towed howitzer. They are programmed to re-equip with the new M777 155-mm towed howitzer in 2019 at Fort Sill, OK.

Since 2001 the unit has sent soldiers to both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "1st Battalion - 258th Field Artillery Regiment". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "A Battery 1 Battalion 258th Field Artillery, NYARNG". dmna.ny.gov. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 2018-02-27. 
  3. ^ "B Battery 1 Battalion 258th Field Artillery, NYARNG". dmna.ny.gov. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 2018-02-27. 
  4. ^ "HHB 1 Battalion 258th Field Artillery, NYARNG". dmna.ny.gov. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 2018-02-27. 
  5. ^ "G Co. 427 Brigade Support Battalion, NYARNG". dmna.ny.gov. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 2018-02-27. 

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