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Having a Blast at the Last Round Celebration

posted Sep 11, 2013, 11:07 PM by Scott Dean

South Sound members join the crew of ths M777 of the 1st Battalion 377th Field Artillery Regiment.

Our own Deputy Commander for Cadets, Maj Frank deBros, is also a 1st Lt in the Army and an Artillery Officer with the 1st Battalion (Air Assault) 377th Field Artillery Regiment.  They recently got word that their unit was being deactivated, and the South Sound Composite Squadron was invited to the Last Round Ceremony at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

After a briefing about the M777 artillery weapon used by the unit, cadets were able to get a good look at the Firefinder Weapon Locating System that detects the origins of ballistic projectiles, then get up close with a variety of man-portable weapon systems including the Mk 19, M240, and M16.

After seeing the Army's tools, the ceremony began, during which they fired rounds representing the campaigns the 1-377 has participated in and last rounds for the Commanders.  The primer from the round fired in commemoration of the Normandy campaign was presented to the daughter of the first commander of the unit, who parachuted with the unit into Normandy in WWII.