By Sgt. Nathaniel Free
65th Field Artillery Brigade
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.”
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