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BDE APFT Challenge

The First Strike Officers come together to win the Rail Gunner APFT Challenge for the third time and returned the APFT Challenge Cup back to the 1-21 FA Battalion’s trophy case. The previous Rail Gunner Challenge was the first and only defeat that the 1-21 FA had ever faced, but thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication the officers of 1-21 have brought back the prize. The competition was tough but the First Strike Officers put on a dominant performance and won by an average of nearly twenty points over the runner-ups. The First Strike Battalion received the APFT Challenge Cup from the Brigade Commander, COL Thompson. LTC Davel shared with his victorious officers," Last year we stumbled a bit, but this year with all the hard work and effort that was put into the preparation, 1-21 is now, once again, home of the Rail Gunner Challenge Cup for another six months.”


Captain Zapf has served proudly as the Bravo Battery Commander for over a year. Prior to taking command Captain Zapf served in the 101st Airborne Division and then as a Battle Caption in 41st Fires Brigade during the Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 08-09 deployment. He will be followed by Captain Harris who prior to taking command served in the 1st Cavalry Division Head Quarters and as the Battalion S4 for 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment FA. FIRST STRIKE!


Everyone is getting their game faces on as the smell of Operation Orders and vehicle dispatches fill the air. Starting next week (September 18th), HHB 1-21 FA, along with the rest of 41st Fires Brigade will be conducting a field exercise lasting over 10 days. Many Headhunters were tasked with establishing the Tactical Operations Center a week prior to the field exercise and manning it until the kickoff of the official exercise. While this is far from 1-21 FA’s first time in the field, this will be the Brigade’s first time conducting a field exercise. The Headquarters and Headquarters Battery of 1-21 FA have demonstrated flexibility and have remained resilient with the constant changes to the exercise thanks in large part to the motivation of the soldiers. This field problem, designed to evaluate Batteries on their mission essential tasks and drills, utilizes scenarios that it would likely encounter.

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