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Minnesota National Guard
1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery

Paladin

After a day of fires and maneuvers, a Paladin crew with the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery, brings its self-propelled cannon system to a rest at Camp Ripley Training Center on June 10, 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Uecker)
Unit Information

The 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery, is a Minnesota Army National Guard battalion headquartered in New Ulm.

The 1-125 FA provides artillery fire support to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division. Each of the unit's three batteries field six guns to answer calls for fire. In the 1-125 FA's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Soldiers are trained to assist with targeting and assess the enemy's counter-fire capabilities.

In 2015 the battalion participated in both the Brigade Warfighter exercise and the eXportable Combat Training Capabilities exercise. The battalion underwent extensive training to refine its proficiency in the Military Decision Making Process and Mission Command. Additionally, Soldiers were validated on perimeter defense, mass casualty, tactical convoy, survivability and relocation, and communications.

In June 2015, the 1-125 FA welcomed Maj. Christopher Ward as the battalion commander. MAJ Ward will lead the unit as the BN prepares for a rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., in June 2016. There are six major units in the 1-125 FA: Headquarters and Headquarters Battery in New Ulm, A Battery in Pipestone and Luverne, B Battery in Jackson, C Battery in Fairmont, F Company in St. Peter and St. James and the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery Detachment in Anoka.

The 1-125 AR motto is "Faithful.




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Community Connections

Unit Address: 205 N Broadway St, New Ulm MN 56073
Unit Telephone: 507.233.7800
Recruiter Telephone: 507.233.7803

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Minnesota National Guard Leadership

TAG  CSM
Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen.
Richard C. Nash
Generally Speaking
Senior Enlisted Advisor
Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham
On Center Ice
Unit Command Structure

Joint Force Headquarters

- 34th Infantry Division

- - 1/34th Brigade Combat Team
- - - 1-125 Field Artillery Battalion
- - - - HQ & Headquarters Battery
- - - - A Battery
- - - - B Battery
- - - - C Battery
- - - - F Co., 134 BSB

Unit Leadership

Commander  CSM
Maj. Christopher Ward
Commander
1-125 FA
Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Whitehead
CSM
1-125 FA
Major Unit Equipment

M109 Paladin

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Unit Occupational Specialties

13B, Cannon Crewmember

13F, Fire Support Specialist

13D, Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist

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Unit Links

1-125 Unit History

34th Infantry Division Association

34th ID Family Support

Sgt. Kyle R. Miller

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Unit Articles

Thunder? It might be Camp Ripley: Sights, sounds and smells of training
06/03/2015

Landmark year for the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team
02/13/2015

Camp Ripley Court of Honor inducts three
10/22/2013

Camp Ripley Court of Honor Inducts Three for 2013
10/10/2013

Minnesota National Guard welcomes UK exchange
06/19/2013

Minnesota Soldiers compete for spot on Combatives Team
02/11/2013

New commander for New Ulm artillery battalion
10/01/2012

Team MN Places Sixth at All-Army Combatives Tournament
07/28/2012

Female competitor trains for All Army combatives tournament
05/29/2012

Chilly weather doesn't hamper warm welcome for returning soldiers
04/29/2012

Artillery Soldiers train with live ammo in Kuwait
02/23/2012

Minnesota Guard Red Leg artillery trains with U.S. Army in Kuwait
02/17/2012

Hockey Day Minnesota from Kuwait
01/24/2012

Canadian service members receive awards from 1-125 FA
01/12/2012

Fighting the Good Fight
10/22/2011

Hard work by one Soldier leaves a historical marker
10/20/2011

Gartner part of Guard deployment
06/17/2011

Memorial Day Hits Home for Family of 5
05/30/2011

Soldiers Depart Halloween Capital for Deployment to Kuwait
05/15/2011

South-west prepares troop send-offs
05/09/2011

New Ulm Hosts Huge National Guard Send Off (video)
04/03/2011

Send-off for Minn. National Guard members
04/02/2011

460 Minnesota Army National Guard Prepare To Deploy
04/02/2011

Love, reverence for Kuwait-bound guardsmen
04/02/2011

Reader's view: Red Bull Division has a proud history
03/08/2011

Pine City National Guard leaves for war March 3, 1941
03/03/2011

Rosemount National Guard unit prepared for deployment
02/27/2011

Minnesota National Guard takes 4th at All Army Combatives Tournament
10/03/2010

DIVARTY Remembered
08/27/2010

Duluth WWII vet finally gets his battle medals
04/25/2010

Brown County takes first step in becoming Yellow Ribbon County
03/21/2010

Citizens Committee seeks to bring Community and Military together
03/09/2010

Veterans Day events
11/10/2009

1-125th FA Change of Command
10/07/2009

Today in History - Chairman of the Joint Chief's of Staff General John W. Vessey retires
09/30/2009

Citizens panel for Guard discusses future events
08/27/2009

Meritorious Unit Commendation Award presented to 1-125 FA
05/03/2009

Cermony held to honor local Soldier killed by blast two years ago, while deployed to Iraq
11/12/2008

An Iraqi girl, a Minneapolis firefighter, and a smile that can make you cry
05/15/2008

WWII Battalion Marks 67 Years Since Its Call to Arms
02/07/2008

Single Soldiers retreat from Deployment
02/03/2008

Change of Command in New Ulm
01/12/2008

Bravo B-Battery of 1-125 comes home
07/28/2007

Home - Sleepy Eye National Guard Soldiers back from Iraq
07/26/2007

Bravo comes home
07/25/2007

Iraq veterans return home: Now, a 'new normal'
07/24/2007

Back in the U.S.A.
07/17/2007

Soldier Injured In Iraq Glad To Be Home
05/25/2007

SFC David R. Berry remembered as a Selfless Soldier
04/21/2007

Rochester 'military comic' gains national TV exposure
04/16/2007

Minnesota National Guard improves roadways in Iraq
04/06/2007

1-34th BCT surpasses $15 million in reenlistment bonuses
03/14/2007

First Timers
02/23/2007

Marti reports from Iraq
01/23/2007

Pediatric burn unit in Iraqis oasis of goodwill
01/07/2007

You can offer balm to the badly burned kids of Iraq
11/05/2006

Soldiers Use Skills Learned at Home
10/31/2006

Sleepy Eye troops serving in Iraq
09/28/2006

Behrends discusses service of 125th Field Artillery
08/20/2006

PHOTO GALLERY: July 23, 2007
Reunion, Fairmont

PHOTO GALLERY: August 3, 2006
In Iraq with the 1-125 FA

PODCAST: August 3, 2006
In Iraq with the 1-125 FA - Command Sgt. Maj. Behrends

DESERT BULLS: June 6, 2006
Medics Train Iraqi Police

 
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