3-7th FA activates ‘Copperheads’

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
A formation of soldiers

Soldiers of Battery C, 3rd Regiment, 7th Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, proudly stand tall behind their new guidon following an activation ceremony, Aug 6.

Staff Sgt. Catrina Herbert
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The guidon of a new M777 howitzer battery was unfurled for the first time during an activation ceremony,
Aug. 5.

A drawing of a snake curled around two cannons

What’s in a name?
The call-sign for Battery C, 3-7th FA Regt., is an insignia with a snake wrapped around two M777 Howitzer tubes. Its the motto, “Deep Strike,” represents the quick and accurate strike of the copperhead snake, and the ability to reach out further than any other weapon system.
The insignia signifies the destructive power that the Copperheads bring to the battlefield.

The guidon for Battery C, 3rd Battalion,  7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, was uncased by battalion commander Lt. Col. George Hammar and passed to the new Charlie Battery commander, Capt. Jason J. Vanderheyden, charging him with leading the unit and caring for its Soldiers.
The 3-7th is currently undergoing a restructuring, and part of this process is the addition of an M777 howitzer battery.
“It’s a great day to be an artilleryman in Hawaii,” said Hammar to Vanderheyden. “I know you are fully capable of leading, training and taking care of these Soldiers and their
families.”

“An opportunity like this is rare, and I consider myself lucky to have been presented with this responsibility,” replied Vanderheyden.
Vanderheyden then addressed the Soldiers of Btry C.
“This ceremony is to celebrate you. … To this dream team I have in front of me, we have a challenge to meet. We have the task of creating something new — a unit that will be in place for years and most likely outlast us,” said Vanderheyden.
Vanderheyden said that the current “Copperheads” need to build a strong foundation and set a high bar for future Charlie Battery warriors.
“I hope that each of you is as excited and proud to be a part of this great opportunity as I am,” Vanderheyden continued. “Right now, we are writing the legacy for this unit. Those standing here today are the original Copperheads.”
He added, “Together, let’s build something that we can all be proud of and that future artillerymen will aspire to be a part of in five, 10, 20 years from now. This is the task presented to us, and I am eager to rise to the challenge with all of you.”

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