FA commandant attends 2-11th award ceremony

| May 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Pfc. Robert England
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

Brig. Gen. Ross Ridge, commandant of the Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Okla., presents five Army Commendation and 45 Army Achievement medals to Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, at Schofield Barracks, April 22, for their performance during their training cycle at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Brig. Gen. Ross Ridge, commandant, Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Okla., presented awards to selected members of 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, during a formal ceremony at D-Quad, here, April 22.

Ridge addressed the Soldiers of 2-11th FA after the awards were handed out, and he thanked them for their dedicated service to the Army and to the field artillery branch. 

“We continue to be strong while we expand our skill sets,” said Ridge, a former member of 2-11th FA who was assigned as the 2nd Brigade fire support officer from 1993 to 1995. 

Ridge presented five Army Commendation and 45 Army Achievement medals to battalion officers, noncommissioned officers and Soldiers for their performance during their training cycle at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. 

“The battalion trained as an advise and assist battalion during NTC rotation,” explained Lt. Col. Andrew Preston, commander, 2-11th FA. “We conducted AAB missions, but also maintained a hot artillery platoon, which provided fire support to units of the brigade combat team.”

After the awards ceremony, Ridge attended a working lunch at the 3rd BCT dining facility with Brig. Gen. James Nixon, deputy commander (operations) 25th ID; Col. Malcolm Frost, commander, 2nd BCT; and field grade artillery officers of the 25th ID. 

Ridge later met with Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux, commanding general, 25th ID, at division headquarters. 

Ridge attended 2-11 FA’s St. Barbara’s Day Ball, held April 23, at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, as the guest of honor. 

At the ball, individuals who have contributed to the field artillery branch were inducted into the Order Of Saint Barbara. 

Normally conducted in December, the event was held early due to 2nd BCT’s upcoming deployment to Iraq this summer.

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