Local Artillery Battery coming home from deployment Friday
Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:56 holtonadmin
Kansas National Guardsmen of Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, which is based in Holton, will be welcomed home by family and friends Friday, March 16, at the Topeka Regional Airport, 600 SE Airport Drive. The soldiers are arriving in two separate groups. The first group will arrive at 12 p.m. and the second group at 6 p.m.
“This was an exciting mission for the soldiers of the battery,” said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general. “It's the first time since World War II they have deployed to function as a field artillery unit. It is what they train for and they were happy to do it, but now we're grateful to have them home.”
The battery, along with other Soldiers and elements of the Kansas Army National Guard, deployed in April 2017 to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve. Their mission was to support regional partners with field artillery for operational missions, bilateral and multilateral military exercises and theater security cooperation activities in the Central Command area of responsibility.
This was the third deployment for this unit since 2001.