Washington Army Guard Field Artillery Unit Moving to Walla Walla
Battery A 146th Field Artillery -- Ft. Walla Walla -- 1917
WALLA WALLA, Wash. - The Washington Army National Guard says the Alpha Battery 2-146th Field Artillery plans to restation from the Montesanto Armory to the Walla Walla Armory.
The move brings the Washington Army National Guard field artillery unit back to Walla Walla, where field artillery began in the Washington National Guard almost 100 years ago.
Alpha Battery has 54 guardsmen who specialities range from cannon crewmember to Fire Direction Specialists. The unit also provides long range fire support during combat operations.
Walla Walla and the 146th Field Artillery Regiment have strong historical ties that go back to WWI when the first field artillery unit in Washington was mustered to service. Those guardsmen served at Fort Walla
Walla before moving into the Walla Walla Armory. 146th Regiment has
served in multiple overseas engagements including the European theatre
of World War I and in the Pacific theatre during World War II. Recently,
Guardsmen from the regiment have served in Iraq as part of Operation
Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004 and 2008.