By Sgt. Nathaniel Free
| 65th Field Artillery Brigade | May 20, 2019
Members of the 65th Field Artillery greet the awaiting crowd upon their return from a Middle East deployment Jan 31 to the Rolland R. Wright Air Base, Salt Lake City. (Photo by Tech Sgt. John Winn)
Spc. Randy Van, Signal Support System Specialist for the 65th Field Artillery Brigade, leads the deploying Soldiers onto the aircraft while proudly holding the unit colors, culminating the departure ceremony conducted at Wright Air Base March 26. (Photo by Nathaniel Free)
More than 100 Soldiers from the Utah Army National Guard’s 65th Field Artillery Brigade, ‘America’s Thunder,’ returned from a Middle East deployment on Jan. 31, 2019, at the Utah Air National Guard’s Wright Air Base, Salt Lake City.
“The Soldiers of this unit have completed, with honor, the mission assigned them in the U.S.
Central Command area of responsibility,” said Col. Adam Robinson, commander of the 65th
FAB. “Their efforts are in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Army and the Utah National Guard. They represented well the citizens of the great state of Utah.”
The 65th FAB deployed in support of Operation Spartan Shield assisting CENTCOM in maintaining its military posture in Southwest Asia by strengthening defensive relationships, building partner capacity, and when necessary, exercising contingency plans. They served on this deployment for more than 10 months after leaving from the same air base, March 26, 2018.
“It is with great pride that I can say I am a member of the 65th FAB,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Ryan Josie. “Soldiers in all locations performed above expectations and completed the mission. I truly believe that our soldiers are the best team you could pick.”