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NEWS and SITE UPDATE:

13 October 2018: From David McMillan: "Again this year my wife, Jean, and I are planning to visit The Wall in Washington, DC, on Veterans' Day. For those of you who have not visited The Wall, Veterans' Day is a great day to do so. Be sure to wear something showing your association with the 14th FA. If any Satanta Regiment alumni will be there, let's arrange to meet. There is always a very nice ceremony at 1:00. It will take place on Sunday, 11/11."

25 September 2018: The Association welcomes John Harris as our newest Life Member.

1 September 2018: This is a Milestone Date in the 102-year history of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment. The 1st Battalion Steel Warriors, having successfully completed their overseas mission, returned home to Fort Sill, Oklahoma to be reunited with their Families.

Ceremonies welcoming both flights were held in the Rinehart Fitness Center. Betty Washburn and her niece, descendants of Chief Satanta, attended. Their presence upholds the Regiment's Kiowa tribal heritage. The Association was represented by David Laukat, Clem Smiley and David Termin.

The Veterans of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment Association are proud of our legacy, the Steel Warriors. We are grateful for the safe return of every Soldier. We thank them and their Family Members for their service and sacrifice — at home and when deployed. WELCOME HOME.

More details of the Battalion's deployment and return, including photos and videos, are on the 1-14 FAR Returns Home page.

24 August 2018: The Association welcomes Alvin Jackson, 6th Battalion, as our newest member.

28 July 2018: Walter Felscher, 6th Battalion, joins the Association as our newest Life Member. Welcome Walter!


21 - 24 June 2018: The Association conducted its 2018 Reunion at Branson, MO.

The Reunion marks the end of the six-year tenure by Rex Weaver as Association President. We thank Rex for his leadership and for the successes the Association accomplished under his guidance.

We will return to Branson for the Reunion in 2020.

Officers for the 2018-2020 term were elected:

President: David Termin
Vice President: Tom Rezentes
Secretary: Bob Sorensen
Treasurer: Rick Brown
Quartermaster: Clarence Marrs
Chaplain: Joe Goeke

14 June 2018: Today is Flag Day and the 243rd Anniversary of the United States Army.

11 June 2018: An invitation to the Army Birthday and Flag Day celebration at Fort Sill on 14 June.

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11 May 2018: Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Members of the Association recognize the support our spouses gave during our military service and the sacrifices they made on our behalf. The Association gives a special salute to the spouses of 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment as they make daily contributions and sacrifices while their Soldiers are deployed. Thank you Steel Warrior Spouses!!

8 May 2018: A reminder: the final day to make hotel reservations for the Reunion is 21 May. Registration details are on the Reunion Page.
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1 May 2018: A request from Don Taber:

“I was a member of the 14th Artillery Battalion, 4th Armored Division, in Nuremberg, Germany from 1961 to 1963. We were quartered at Monteith Barracks, in Fuerth. I cannot remember the name of the colonel who was the battalion head. Anyone remember who that was?”

If you can answer Don's question, reply to him at rover1638@comcast.net.


24 April 2018: The Association has learned of two former members of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment who have passed away.


Charles "Mick" Odom who served with 6th Battalion in 1968 passed away 27 March 2017.

Joe Fridley was Chief of Smoke (Chief of Firing Battery) for Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 1967-1968. Joe passed away 12 April 2018.

9 April 2018: A film showing Soldiers of 1-14FAR in combat action. The film is narrated by LTG Michael Garrett, Commanding General, U.S. Army Central. LTG Garrett states: "This is the most precise application of firepower in the history of our Army."

3 April 2018: The Association has received word that Walt Smith passed away in March. Walt served with C Battery, 6th Battalion in Vietnam, February 1967 - February 1968. We extend our condolences to Walt's family.

29 March 2018: On this Vietnam Veterans Day, the Association salutes all Veterans who served in Vietnam. We thank you for your service and sacrifice. Welcome Home, Brother!

23 March 2018: A tribute to Vietnam Veterans: https://www.facebook.com/ae15dave/videos/1107635929257131/

6 March 2018: "Steel Warriors" of 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment, on deployment, visited Sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). More pictures of their visit can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/gp/153000439@N04/21v21t

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17 February 2018: David Weise, 5th Battalion has joined the Association as an Annual Member. Welcome David!

17 February 2018: Rick Brown upgraded his membership to Life Member.

3 February 2018: The Association is pleased to welcome Gary Howell as a new Annual Member.

2 February 2018: 1-14 FA Soldiers conduct a combat fire mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve:

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6 January 2018: We are pleased to welcome Fred Allen, 6th Battalion to the Association as an Annual Member

2 December 2017: The Association welcomes Dale Hensley as our newest Life Member.

1 December 2017: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment cased its Colors in a ceremony at Fort Sill. The Battalion will deploy to support Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve and will unfurl the Colors when they are operational in the Middle East Theater of Operations. The Association wishes Godspeed to each Soldier and their Families. We look forward to welcoming the Battalion back home upon their return. David Laukat, Clem Smiley, and David Termin represented the Association at the ceremony.

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LTC Auten, Battalion Commander and CSM Larsen, Battalion Command Sergeant Major, case the 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment colors at Fort Sill. The colors will be unfurled when the Battalion assumes its position in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

Follow the Steel Warriors while they are deployed at:
https://www.facebook.com/114steelwarriors/


11 November 2017: Robert Fulwiler (prkjava@verizon.net), formerly assigned to Metro Section, 6th Battalion, and later to B Battery, 6th Battalion, has provided photos and an excerpt from the 6th Battalion Daily Staff Journal detailing the overrun of A Battery at LZ Oasis on 30 October 1970. See the photos and the journal on the 6th Battalion page.

24 October 2017: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment will conduct a Casing of the Colors Ceremony prior to deployment. The ceremony will be on 1 December at 1000 hours at Rinehart Gym, Fort Sill. Association members are invited to attend. Click here to RSVP.

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17 October 2017: From Dave McMillian:
"My wife, Jean, and I plan to be at The Wall in Washington, DC, on Veterans' Day. This marks the Wall's 35 anniversary. Are any other 14 FA vets planning to be there? If so, I would like to arrange a meeting point."

16 October 2017: Be sure to check this site as we finalize plans for next summer's reunion in Branson, MO.

A new slate of Association officers will be elected at the reunion. If you are interested is serving as an Association officer, please contact Roger Bernardi (colrogfa@gmail.com), David Laukat (americalvet@cox.net) or David Termin (14fawebmaster@gmail.com).

22 August 2017: The Museum of the United States Army has received our donation. The Association's name has been added to the Bronze Service Star level on virtual Veterans' Hall Wall on the Museum's website. 

5 August 2017: The 14th Field Artillery Regiment Association reached its goal to raise $2,500 for the Museum of the United States Army. A plaque recognizing the service and contributions of our Regiment, and its Soldiers and Veterans, will be placed in the Museum's Hall of Veterans. The Association's Board of Officers thanks all who participated in this worthwhile effort.

For more information about the museum, go to www.armyhistory.org

5 August 2017: Mark A. Sullivan, 1st Battalion, has joined the Association as a Life Member. Welcome Mark!

22 July 2017: The Association welcomes Frankie L. Smith as our newest Annual Member.

14 June 2017: We celebrate the 242nd Birthday of the United States Army. It's also Flag Day. 6th Battalion Veterans are keenly aware of the symbolic importance of 6-14!

10 June 2017: Joe Goeke, Association Chaplain has offered a special prayer for Vietnam Veterans and Veterans of the Vietnam era. Go to the Chaplain's Corner page.

7 May 2017: The Association welcomes John Sorvari, 2nd Battalion, as our newest Life Member.

21 March 2017: LTC John M. Auten assumes command of 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment.

20 March 2017: Remarks from LTC Pete Sittenauer, outgoing 1-14 FAR Commander.

"Among the most memorable and

rewarding things about my time in command is spending it with the Regimental Association and the honor of participating in the 100 year anniversary of such a great organization."

The Association is grateful to LTC Sittenauer for his support. We wish him and his family best wishes for the future.


20 March 2017: From Gregg Malicki – " I wanted to pass on to my fellow 14th Field Artillery Regiment Association members that the Americal Division Veterans Association will be hosting the dedication of a monument to the Americal Division Artillery. 

The dedication will take place at Fort Sill on 10 May 2017 and other events are planned around that day and the next for attendees."



16 March 2017: 1st Battalion will conduct a change of command ceremony at Fort Sill on 21 March. Association members are invited to attend.

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28 January 2017: We are pleased to welcome Gregg Malicki, 1st Battalion, as our newest Life Member.

14 January 2017: The Association welcomes Charles (Charlie) Brown, 2nd Battalion, as our newest Life Member.

1 January 2017: Kicking off the New Year with the announcement that John Large has renewed his membership. Welcome John!

22 November 2016: From David McMillan:

My wife, Jean, and I visited The Wall on Veterans' Day and attended the annual ceremony. While visiting, we wanted to locate the name of one of the soldiers from my battery (HHB) who was killed in a tragic accident on Artillery Hill. We walked up to one of the National Park Service volunteers to help us find the name. The volunteer recognized the 14th Artillery crest on my hat and shirt. It turns out that he served in the ammo section of Service Battery 6/14 from November, 1968, until January, 1970. This overlapped for a few months with my time in the battalion. His name is Tom Tabor. He said he went by the nickname, "Top." He has served as a volunteer at the Wall since 1986. I told him about our recent reunion. He seemed to be aware of the website. I told him to consider joining the gang in 2018. Does anyone remember Tom? When we visit the Wall, we are always hopeful that we will connect with someone who served with the 14th Artillery. So, this year's visit was very special.

26 October 2016: There is a new request from Skip Hughes on the Buddy Search page.

29 September 2016: Clem Smiley update. Clem continues to recover and is scheduled to return home on Friday 9/30. We thank David Laukat and Clarence Marrs for being with Clem while in the hospital, and we thanks the members of the 1st Battalion Steel Warriors who travelled from Fort Sill to Oklahoma City to visit Clem. 

27 September 2016: Clem Smiley is recovering from surgery. He is will return home later this week and is expected to make a full recovery. If you would like to send get well wishes to Clem and Hanne, their address is 125 SE French Road, Lawton, OK 73501.

20 August 2016: Art Miller, 6th Battalion, upgraded his membership to Life Member. Welcome Art!

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5 June 2016: The family of 1LT Kenneth Kirkpatrick, B 1/14FA, has posted a request on the Buddy Search page.

1 June 2016: Rick Simmerman, 6th Battalion,  has upgraded to Life Membership. Welcome Rick.

27 May 2016: The Association welcomes John Coons, 2nd Battalion, as a Life Member.

21 May 2016: The Association welcomes our newest members Alex Reid who upgraded to Life Member, and Tomas Caraballo, Annual Member.

14 May 2016: Useful links.

To order a copy of your DD-214 from your service records, go to
www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records. [Provided by David Laukat.]

There is a resource with a very comprehensive collection of information on Vietnam at www-static.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/Vietnam.html. [Provided by Rex Weaver.]

These links will be published on the Links page.

12 May 2016: REUNION REMINDER. Hotel reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn using our Reunion rate need to be made NLT 26 May. Check the Reunion 2016 page for details.

3 May 2016: 1-14 FA conducted an Officer Professional Development class in the Regimental Room at Battalion Headquarters on Fort Sill. The class subject was the history of each of the six battalions of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment. Members of the Association participated in the class to add first-hand accounts of their experiences while serving in the Regiment. Representing the Association were: Rex Weaver, David Laukat, Loma Allen, Andrew Pearson, Geoffrey Buhlig, Clarence Marrs, Bob Sorensen, Clem Smiley, Jerry Goos, Joe Moehrle, and David Termin.

14 April 2016: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. 1st Battalion at Fort Sill will hold an Officer Professional Development class on 3 May. The subject will be the HISTORY OF THE 14TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT. The Battalion is seeking veterans from each Battalion of the Regiment to portray their experiences from an historical perspective.

Although being present at Fort Sill for the class would be meaningful, it's not necessary. A conference call is being planned so participants can call in to participate.

If interested, contact David Laukat, Clem Smiley, or David Termin.

10 April 2016: Roy Huff, who has served as Treasurer since the Association was founded more than 10 years ago, has announced he is retiring from the position. The Association's officers and membership are grateful to Roy for his dedication and hard work and we recognize he is an important part of the Association's success.

WE NEED A VOLUNTEER TO SERVE AS TREASURER for the term that will begin at the Reunion in June. If you are interested in serving, please contact Roy at royhuff@utexas.edu or David Termin at 14fawebmaster@gmail.com.

29 March 2016: Today is Vietnam Veterans Day marking the day in 1973 when the final troops returned to the United States from Vietnam, signaling the end of U.S. involvement in the war.

To all who served in Vietnam, thank you for your service there and for your many contributions over the years following your return.

Welcome Home!

Click here for more tributes.


27 March 2016: The Association has received word that Colonel James H. Pierce, 6th Battalion, passed away on 25 March 2013. From his stepson, Bob Lundfelt, "...a true soldier...the Army was his life...he had a full military funeral...from Fort Knox...I will forward his obituary in the future...I wish he could have attended the 2016 reunion..." The Association sends our thoughts and prayers to Jim's family.

16 February 2016: Bob Bruce upgraded his membership to Life Member.

14 February 2016: Rick Brown, 6th Battalion, renewed his annual membership. Welcome, Rick!

9 February 2016: Dennis McMilian upgraded his membership to a Life Membership.

5 February 2016: We received a note from Tom Grinnell regarding the upcoming Reunion:
"Thank you for the e-mail and reunion form.  At this time, I will just send in a donation, to be used for the assistance of active duty soldiers and their family members, because I do not plan on attending the gathering.  I have been to Lawton/Ft. Sill twice, since 2004, and I have seen many places I went to back in 1964-65, so I have already “done that.”  There are at least a couple of guys I would like to see again, but I do not think I will undertake such a long journey for that.  Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind!  I have many good memories of Lawton/Ft. Sill, C/6/14, the people I knew, Charles Maldonado and more.

 Best wishes to you and the other Association members for a successful reunion."


4 February 2016: We welcome Lloyd Edens, 6th Battalion, who has renewed his annual membership.

30 January 2016: Registration for the 2016 Reunion and 100th Anniversary celebration is now open. For more details and to register for the Reunion, go to the Reunion 2016 page.

27 January 2016: We have received the sad news that our member Reggie Figueroa has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

25 October 2015: The Association welcomes Gary Hollis, 1st Battalion, as our newest life member.

5 October 2015: Gary Hollis has contacted the Association with the following request:
"My name is Charles Gary Hollis. During 1968 - 1969, I was with D Battery 1/14th Artillery, 198th Infantry, Americal Division. I am looking for history on D battery 1/14th Artillery for a VA claim for PTSD. I need locations of D battery." 

If you have any information that would be helpful to Gary, please contact him at gchollis19@gmail.com.

29 September 2015: The Association welcomes Donald Sylvester, 1st Battalion, as a Life Member.
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7 August 2015: The Association welcomes its newest Life Member, Phillip Heater.

19 June 2015: The Association, represented by David Laukat, presents a bugle to Betty Satanta Washburn, descendant of Chief Satanta. The bugle represents a bugle captured by the Kiowa Tribe from Custer's 7th Cavalry.

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4 May 2015: Bravo Battery 1-14FAR will conduct a Deployment Ceremony on 20 May at 1030 at Rinehart Gym on Fort Sill.

22 April 2015: Joyce Goeke, wife of our Association Chaplain Joe, passed away yesterday. Services for Joyce will be held on Saturday, 2 May at 1:00PM Central Time at the First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield, II.

Please remember Joe and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

19 February 2015: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment will conduct a Change of Command ceremony on 26 March at Fort Sill.

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10 February 2015: A new request from Dearl ("Butch") is on the Buddy Search page.

23 January 2015: A new request from Allen Ham is on the Buddy Search page.

30 November 2014: Click here to see a Forum entry from Ben Youmans looking for information about a battle near Dak Seang in April 1970.

21 November 2014: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment held it's Dining Out in Lawton, OK.

During the event, Roger Bernardi was reinstalled as Honorary Colonel of the Regiment. David Laukat, accompanied by his wife Debbie, was reinstalled as Honorary Command Sergeant Major of the Regiment.

Clem Smiley was recognized for his outstanding service and contributions to the Regiment and has been designated a Distinguished Member of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment by the Secretary of the Army.

David Termin was the guest speaker for the evening. He spoke about how Soldiers' experiences in the Army give them the skills and tools to succeed in their lives after the Army.

Jerry and Shirley Goos also attended the event.

4 November 2014: Veterans Day is next Tuesday, 11 November. Several national and regional restaurant chains are offering free meals or coffee to Veterans on Veterans Day. Click here to see a list of participating restaurants (courtesy of David Laukat), and click here for a second list (courtesy of Dennis Proulx).

2 November 2014: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment "Steel Warrior" invite members of the Association to attend a Dining Out in Lawton on 21 November.

Tickets are $40.00 per person. RSVP to 2LT Rebecca Espinosa, Battalion S-1, NLT 7 November. 2LT Espinosa can be reached at 972-603-5545 (cell) or 580-442-2158 (work).

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1 November 2014: Several Buddy Search requests have been added to the Buddy Search page.
  • Jim McCormack, HHB 2-14FA, 1968-70
  • John Berkoben, D Btry 1-14FA, 1970-71
  • Gerald ("Jerry") Meek, A Btry 6-14FA, 1969-71

25 September 2014: David Laukat has a new e-mail address: americalvet@cox.net .

15 July 2014: Donnie Scarbough from Seminary, MS, served as a Recon Sergeant with A Battery 1st Battalion in Vietnam from October 1967 to January 1968. He is seeking information regarding a mission in which he was airlifted into 3 LZ (or LZ 3) while serving under 1LT Howard Snyder. Donnie needs the information for a PTSD claim with the VA. If you recall any details regarding the mission, please contact Lawrence Austin at laustin@netdoor.com.

3 July 2014: The Association welcomes Art Sipes as a Life Member.

15 June 2014: An article about 1-14 FA's recent certification field exercise has been posted to the Steel Warriors page.

6 June 2014: Clarence Marrs' new e-mail address is clarencemarrs1947@gmail.com .

30 May 2014: Clem Smiley's new e-mail address is clem.smiley@yahoo.com .

26 May 2014: See Aaron Foster's request for information regarding Larry Kesler, KIA 25 June 1966, on the Buddy Search page .

19 May 2014: Joe Blackwell has new contact information. See the Active Members page.

9 May 2014: Clyde Boykin has renewed his Annual Membership.

5 May 2014: See Gary Berry's request for information on the Buddy Search page .

15 April 2014: The Association welcomes Alex Reid and Steve ("Doc") Weishaar as Annual Members.

17 March 2014: John Carter provided a photo of Bob Hamilton's Retirement Ceremony in 1990. See the 6th Battalion Reflections page.

9 March 2014: The Association welcomes Anthony Ciociola as a new Annual Member.

6 - 9  March 2014: The Association conducted the 2014 Reunion at San Antonio, Texas.

27 February 2014: The Association welcomes Einar Tyvela as our newest Life Member.

21 January 2014: Dedication and Tribute to the Vietnam Veteran.
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06 January 2014: Gary Patton is the Association's newest Life Member, upgrading his membership from Annual Member.