25th DIVARTY reborn after almost a decade

| October 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, fires in salute  during the DIVARTY Reactivation Ceremony on Weyand Field, Wednesday.

Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, fires in salute during the DIVARTY Reactivation Ceremony on Weyand Field, Wednesday.

 

Staff Sgt. Sean Everette
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Boom! sounded the artillery, and smoke from the guns wafted across the field.

This was no battlefield, however. This was a reawakening on Weyand Field, here. After nearly a decade, the 25th Infantry Division Artillery was reborn in a ceremony, Wednesday.

DIVARTY cased its colors June 15, 2005, as the Army transitioned to a then-new warfighting configuration.

“It’s kind of like being cut from a team,” said the last DIVARTY commander, Col. (now Maj. Gen.) Gary H. Cheek.

As the saying goes, however, what’s old is new again. The Army is again refining warfighting configurations and the 25th ID saw a need to bring DIVARTY back to life.

Col. Christopher Cardoni (center), commander, DIVARTY, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Cabrera Sr., DIVARTY senior enlisted advisor, uncase the colors at the DIVARTY reactivation ceremony on Weyand Field, Wednesday.

Col. Christopher Cardoni (center), commander, DIVARTY, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Cabrera Sr., DIVARTY senior enlisted advisor, uncase the colors at the DIVARTY reactivation ceremony on Weyand Field, Wednesday.

“There’s two different reasons,” Col. Christopher Cardoni, the new DIVARTY commander. “One, to bring back that operational-level planning and execution capacity and capability for the division. And then also, create division-wide standards and certification programs to ensure we get back to our core skills.”

Cardoni said those core artillery skills — planning, integration, synchronization and execution of fires — were in decline. Some brigades were fine, but above the brigade level, the capacity and capability to do it just wasn’t there. Fixing this is DIVARTY’S primary mission.

“We have the experts at DIVARTY,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Cabrera Sr., DIVARTY senior enlisted leader. “We certify the battalions, making sure they’re on the same sheet of music, then they go to the brigades for deployment.”

Cardoni and Cabrera both said that artillery battalions today are a little different than they were when DIVARTY was deactivated.

“The artillery battalions, as a whole, have evolved,” Cardoni said. “They have a lot more capability than they used to when I was a captain or major in a battalion. Whether it’s target acquisition capability, better weapon systems or precision fires, they have a lot more they are responsible for within the artillery battalion.”

One thing DIVARTY is not here to do is to tell the brigades what to do with their field artillery battalions.

“We’re one big team,” Cardoni said. “I don’t intend to put a fence around this DIVARTY and say, ‘This is ours and that’s yours, and we’ll go play with our stuff and you go play with your stuff.’ We have to be the leaders in cooperation. We have to be the first ones to reach out in any situation to the maneuver brigades and provide anything they need.”

With DIVARTY reactivated and taking on the operational-level planning for the division, the field artillery battalions, already lethal and effective, should only see their capabilities increase.

 

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