Big guns fire at Fort Drum

FORT DRUM-New York National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery fire a M777 Howitzer during a live fire exercise at Fort Drum, New York on Tuesday July 30th, 2019. The unit was conducting annual training at Fort Drum along with other elements of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

Aug 01, 2019

Soldiers conduct casualty drill at Fort Drum

FORT DRUM--New York National Guard Soldiers assigned to Headquarters Battery of the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery exit a CH-47 flown by B Company of the 3rd Battalion , 126th Aviation Regiment during a mass casualty drill held at Fort Drum on Monday July 29th, 2019. The 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery is conducting annual training at Fort Drum.

Jul 31, 2019

Soldiers train with tiny aircraft at Fort Drum

FORT DRUM, N.Y.-- Matthew Mena field artillery tactical data system specialist assigned to Charlie Battery 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery Regiment launches a RQ-11B Raven small unmanned aircraft system during the units annual training at Fort Drum NY July 21. During the training Soldiers across the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were able to log flight time on the Raven to keep their operator certifications current.

Jul 25, 2019

New cannons for 258th Field Artillery

FORT DRUM-- New York National Guard Soldiers from Charlie Battery 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery fire a M777 Howitzer on Fort Drum Watertown N.Y. May 22nd 2018. The 258 was conducting Annual Training which this year included training for the new M777. This was the first shot taken by the full crew.

May 25, 2018

Artillery Soldiers celebrate

NEW WINDSOR--Members of the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery gathered for the battalion's annual St. Barbara's Ball here on Dec. 8, 2017. St. Barbara is the patron saint of artillerymen and the battalion honored outstanding Soldiers, leaders and family members.

Dec 12, 2017

258th Artillery training at Fort Drum

FORT DRUM-- A UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter transports a M119A2 Howitzer over Fort Drum, N.Y., June 8, 2017. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery were conducting annual training, which involved setting up Howitzers, firing,then extracting them.

Jun 22, 2017

Artillery raid training at Fort Drum

FORT DRUM, N.Y. Soldiers assigned to Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery regiment, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, prepares to attach a 105mm M119A2 Howitzer to UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter during a air assault artillery raid here June 9. The training mission was completed with 2 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters provided by the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade.

Jun 14, 2017

Big Guns Fire at Fort Polk

FORT POLK--New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Gun 8 Bravo Battery 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery based in Bronx N.Y. fire their M119 Howitzer during training at the Joint Readiness Training Center Ft. Polk La. July 26 2016. Approximately 3000 Soldiers from New York joined 2000 other state Army National Guard units active Army and Army Reserve troops as part of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team task force.

Jul 29, 2016

Secretary of the Army Visits 27th Brigade

FORT POLK--New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery provide Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning with a description of a "call for fire" July 20, 2016 at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La. The battalion provides these artillery fire missions in support of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's JRTC rotation. Approximately 5,000 Soldiers are participating in the force on force training exercise.

Jul 21, 2016

Field Artillery Soldier top enlisted in 27th Bde

FORT DRUM--Col. Joseph Biehler( right) commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat TEam , congratulates Specialist Dylan Lunde, from Patchogue, on being selected as the brigade's best enlisted Soldier for 2016. Lunde is a member of Battery B 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery. Another member of the battery, Staff Sgt. Atrem Feldman, was selected as the brigade's non-commissioned officer of the year.

Jan 22, 2016

Couple honored at St. Barbara's Day Dinner

LONG ISLAND CITY--New York Army National Guard Sgt 1st Class Jonathan Morrison a member of Headquarters Battery 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery poses with his wife Danielle Morrison during the annual St. Barbaras Day Dinner held on Friday Dec. 4 2015. Morrison was awarded the Order of St. Barbara for his contributions to the Field Artillery Community while his wife was honored with the Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher for her support of the battalion.

Dec 08, 2015

New Commander for 258th Field Artillery

CAMP SMITH-- Lt. Col. Pete Mehling accepts the colors of the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery from Col. Joseph Biehler, the commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, during change-of-command ceremonies here on Saturday Oct. 24. Mehling takes over from Lt. Col. Dave Feeley. The Battalion also conducted a change of responsibility ceremony in which Command Sgt. Major Sgt. Major Edwin Garris took on those duties.

Oct 28, 2015

Artillerymen fire at Fort Drum

FORT DRUM, N.Y. New York Army National Guard cannon crewmembers from Battery A, 1st Battalion, 258th Artillery Regiment based out of New Windsor, New York, fires an M119 howitzer July 17. The unit, part of the 27th IBCT is at Fort Drum conducting gunnery training in preparation for its rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La. scheduled for summer 2016.

Jul 23, 2015

Field Artillery Fires at Fort Dix

FORT DIX, NJ- New York Army National Guard Sgt. Robert Gadsden looks throught the aiming device in order to line an initial deflection prior to a live fire excersise at Artillery Firing Point 14, Fort Dix, N.J., May 2. Gadsden and other members of the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery were preparing for a tour at the Joint Readiness Trianing Center, Fort Polk, La. next summer.

May 04, 2015

258th Artillery Recognized

Col. Joseph Biehler, commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team presents the 200 Years of Service Award to Lt. Col. Feeley and Command Sgt. Maj. Reyes of the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery in recognition of its official effective date during an address to Commanders and First Sergeants at latest commanders call on the importance of recruiting and retention at brigade headquarters.

Feb 19, 2015

Best Warrior Competition at 27th Brigade

HANCOCK FIELD, Syracuse--Spec. Dylan Lunde, from Yaphank, New York, a cannon crew member assigned to the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery Regiment, performs a functions check on a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon during the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's Best Warrior Competition at Hancock Field on Feb. 07.

Feb 09, 2015

Guard Artillerymen Recognized

NEW YORK- Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery pose after receiving the Order of St. Barbara during the unit St. Barbara's Ball on Dec. 20, 2014. The Saint Barbara Award was presented to Major Richard W. Powell, Captain Nicholas Tommaso, Sergeant First Class Alexander Vargas, Sergeant first Class Garth Harris, and Staff Sergeant Felix Camacho. Recipients of the award, named after the patron saint of artillerymen, are recognized for excellence.

Jan 05, 2015

Round Downrange

FORT DRUM, NY--A soldier with Battery A, 1st Battalion of the 258th Field Artillery Regiment, runs toward Gun 5 moments after it fired in the rain and snow at Fort Drum, N.Y. April 5.

Apr 07, 2014

Artillery Troops Honored For Sandy Response

NEW YORK - New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Swezey, commander of the 53rd Troop Command and the dual status commander of Joint Task Force Sandy, the state’s response force following Hurricane Sandy this fall, presents a certificate of appreciation to Lt. Col. Michael Hoblin, center, and Command Sgt. Maj. Arnold Reyes to recognize the work of the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery for their rescue and recovery efforts Dec. 4. The presentation at the unit’s annual Feast of St. Barbara here in Jamaica honored the more than 230 Soldiers ordered to state active duty for the disaster response mission. U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Mark Getman, New York Army National Guard. (Released)

Dec 07, 2012

Artillery Training for Troops at NTC

NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER, FORT IRWIN, Calif. " New York Army National Guard Soldiers from Battery A, 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery Regiment from New Windsor, N.Y., perform an exercise gun fire drill on their M119A2 howitzer here Oct. 16. The NTC training rotation, through late October, provides Soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team with a realistic, demanding training environment. The exercise stresses leaders, Soldiers and staffs in a simulated combat environment. The Soldiers are training here as part of the unit’s preparations for mobilization and deployment to Afghanistan with the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in early 2012. About 1,500 of the Soldiers are currently scheduled to deploy.

Oct 16, 2011

Fort Hamilton Remembers, Honors NYC Soldier

NEW YORK -- Members of the Taylor family dedicate the baseball field at Fort Hamilton here in Brooklyn May 2. New York Army National Guard Sgt. Deon Taylor was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2008. Taylor was honored by the NYPD where he had served as a police officer and by his former unit, the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery. From left, Col. Michael Gould, garrison commander of Fort Hamilton, Pamela Taylor, mother, Officer Damarr McBean, Taylor’s brother, Darue Taylor, his son, Leon Taylor, his father and Family Morale Welfare and Recreation Director Sarah Johnson. In the background are Lt. Col. Michael Hoblin, commander of the 258th Field Artillery and NYPD Brooklyn Narcotics Deputy Inspector Frank Cangiarella.

May 06, 2011

Modern Day Molly Pitcher Honored by Troops

Janet Marie Conte (center) receives the Artillery Order of Molly Pitcher from Lt. Col. Michael Hoblin, commander of the 1-258 Field Artillery at the Saint Barbara&rsquot; Day Celebration in Jamaica, N.Y., February 22, 2011 for her dedication to her husband, Lt. Col. Paul Conte, during his many years in service to the Field Artillery community.

Mar 02, 2011

New York Graduates New Lieutenants, New Leaders

FORT SILL, Ok. - The New York Army National Guard welcomed five new field artillery officers following graduation of the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader"s Course here Jan. 11. Pictured from left are Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Vandal, Commandant of the Field Artillery School, 2nd Lt. Chad Teger, 2nd Lt. Elite Won and Lt. Col. Michael Hoblin, commander of the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery from Jamaica, N.Y. The course provides new officers with in-depth knowledge in the area of fire support, observed fire, fire direction and platoon leadership as it pertains to the Field Artillery Branch. The 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery"s newest lieutenants achieved high marks in the course, including 2nd Lts. Elite Won from Lansdale, Penn. as Honor Graduate and both Anthony Scollante from Brooklyn, N.Y. and Eric Staufenberg from New York, N.Y. achieving Commandant"s List. Second Lieutenants Chad Teger and Christopher Wallace, both from from the Bronx, N.Y., rounded out the new artillery officer graduates.

Jan 12, 2011

Awarding Saint Barbara’s Medal to Soldier’s Family

NEW YORK - New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Michael Hoblin, left, commander of the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery in Jamaica, presents the Saint Barbara Order of the Field Artillery to Marisol DeJesus, mother of Sgt. Dayana Portela here Dec. 11. Portela posthumously received the Saint Barbara award after passing away suddenly from a rare form of cancer at the age of 27 on Oct. 26, 2010. Portela distinguished herself as a Supply Clerk and Armorer assigned to Company G, 427th Forward Support Battalion in support of the field artillery battalion. She demonstrated exemplary performance of her duties by recently completing over 15 lateral transfers, moving over 1 million dollars worth of equipment, relaying and recording all logistical operations that was vital to the success of the unit. Portela was also a serving Soldier with Joint Task Force Empire Shield, the New York National Guard’s standing security task force in New York City. Portela served in a key position as a Force Protection Specialist to support the unit mission to detect, deter, and prevent potential terrorist operations. The 258th Field Artillery family assistance center in the unit armory was also dedicated in Portela’s honor during the award presentation. Photo by 1st Lt. Mark Getman, 1-258th Field Artillery.

Dec 29, 2010

258th FDC Controls Rounds Fired at Fort Drum

FORT DRUM,NY--Private First Class Sixto Flete, a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Batter, 1st battalion, 258 Field Artillery from New York City, and operator of the ANTMQ-52B Profiler, performs a system check on the computer and radio systems of the weather truck during the unit’s live fire missions October 15, 2010 at Fort Drum, NY. The Profiler provides the fire direction center with enhanced data collection and automated analysis of current weather conditions.

Oct 19, 2010

Cannon Christening At Fort Drum

FORT DRUM--Lt. Col. Mike Hoblin, commander of the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery christens an M-119 howitzer belonging to B Battery of during live fire training at the Fort Drum artillery range September 16-19 before sending the first round downrange. This weekend drill was the battalion’s first live fire exercise with its new 105 millimeter guns. The new modern artillery pieces replace the M-102 howitzer’s the battalion had been using.

Sep 22, 2010

Guardsman Guides West Pointers

WEST POINT-- A Soldier from the New York Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery9 right) gives tips on firing the big guns to a West Point cadet during a training exercise at the United States Military Academy’s training areas on Monday, July 12. The National Guard Artillery unit provided guns and Soldiers to help man them and teach the cadets the basics of artillery.

Jul 15, 2010

Small Arms Range Qualification

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Members of the Jamaica, N.Y. based 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery conduct small arms weapons qualification training here April 24, 2010. The artillery troops fire and qualify with pistols or M16 / M4 automatic rifles.

Apr 30, 2010

Preaching to the Choir

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- New York Army National Guard Chaplain Candidate 1st Lt. Mark Getman delivers a sermon during Jewish Services March 28. Getman, from Lawrence, N.Y., is training to serve as the chaplain for the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery. With Getman at the military training course is Chaplain Candidate 1st Lt. Raziel Amar, from Brooklyn, N.Y. and assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation. The training program at Fort Jackson includes instruction for potential military chaplains to perform ramp services for fallen troops, field religious services and Soldier Counseling. Other training included Casualty Notification Duty, Grief Counseling, Religious Support for Mass Casualties & Battlefield Wounded.

Mar 30, 2010

Field Artillery Medics Train

CAMP BLANDING, FLA-- New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Onix Lugo, a member of Target Acquisition Platoon Sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery Regiment, holds an IV bag for a simulated casualty during his unit's mass casualty exercise at Camp Blanding, Florida, March 13.

Mar 24, 2010

Santa Makes Early Appearance for Troops, Families

Santa Claus visits Soldiers and Families at the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery Regiment holiday celebration Dec 13, arriving on a humvee tactical vehicle to bring holiday wishes and gifts for Soldiers' children at the unit headquarters in Jamaica, N.Y. Photo by 1st Lt. Mark Getman.

Dec 21, 2009

Artillery Troops Honor Top Guns

New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Mike Hoblin (center right), commander of the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery, congratulates Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Morales from Battery B as part of the battalion's presentation of this year's Ancient Order of Saint Barbara Dec 1. In the foreground is Staff Sgt. Carlos Morel from Battery A and in the background Capt. Marc Lindemann from Battery B. All three received their honorary award on behalf of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Association. The Ancient Order recognizes those Soldiers of the artillery community for conspicious service over careers that embodied the sense of commitment of Saint Barbara, the patron saint of the field artillery community.

Dec 21, 2009

New Windsor Reserve Center Dedicated

NEW WINDSOR --Soldiers of the New York Military Forces Honor Guard retrieve the colors following a ceremony dedicating the Armed Forces Reserve Center here in honor of Army Reserve Sgt. Catalin D. Dima, a Romania immigrant and Army Reserve member who was killed in action in Baghdad on Nov. 13, 2004. Dima was a member of the Army Reserve's 411th Engineer Brigade. The New York Army National Guard's Battery A, 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery and 1569th Transportation Company are also based at the center.

Nov 22, 2009

Dedicating a NYC Street for a Fallen Soldier

A military forces honor guard stands next to a portrait of New York Army National Guard Sgt. Deon Taylor, killed in Afghanistan while serving as part of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix. His hometown street in the Bronx was renamed as Police Officer Deon Taylor Way on October 29 in honor of his service as an NYPD officer and Citizen Soldier.

Nov 05, 2009

NY Soldier Receives Salute from Hofstra University

UNIONDALE, LONG ISLAND -- Retired Lt. Col. Paul Farinella, Hofstra University Class of 1969 and President of the University Veteran Alumni Chapter presents the Veteran of the Year salute to New York Army National Guard Second Lieutenant Mark H. Getman for his service to state and nation on October 24th 2009. Getman, a 1994 graduate of Hofstra, joined 1968 grad retired Col. Paul J. Flora for this year's award presentation. He also received his promotion orders to 1st Lieutenant the same week. Photo by Lizaveta Litvak.

Oct 29, 2009

258th Field Artillery Changes Command

JAMAICA, QUEENS--Lt. Col. Mike Hoblin (left) takes the colors of the 1st Battalion 258th Infantry from 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Commander Col. Geoff Slack during Change of Command ceremonies on Saturday, August 29, here. Hoblin is a veteran of the 27th Brigade Combat Team's deployment to Afghanistan in 2008, where he served as Civil-Military Operations Office. He replaces Lt. Col. Paul Conte who is now the brigade's executive officer.

Sep 02, 2009

A Rainbow in the Army like a Rainbow in the Sky

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- A rainbow across the sky at Fort Drum’s live-fire range August 22 spans the training site of Soldiers from the 1-258th Field Artillery annual training. In the foreground are vehicles from the 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (BSTB) communications team. The brigade Soldiers were on site to train leaders, staff and operators on the Joint Network Node (JNN) system of digital communications. The JNN package is very mobile and designed to provide communication services to the battalion command posts up to the brigade combat team. Photo by Sgt. Darryl Mehnert, 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion.

Aug 24, 2009

Artillery Troops Remember a Fallen Comrade

JAMAICA -- Rose McKay (seated at left), son Shane and daughter Tanisha (seated at right) gather July 10 with comrades from the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery to receive an artist's print of their loved one killed in Afghanistan last year serving with the New York Army National Guard. Joseph McKay was among 1700 members of the New York National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team that were mobilized and deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 as combined Joint Task Force Phoenix VII. Sergeant First Class McKay, Specialist Mark Palmateer from Poughkeepsie and Sergeant First Class Matthew Hilton of Livonia, Michigan were killed in an ambush on their convoy on June 26th 2008 when and Improvised Explosive Device struck their vehicle in Eastern, Afghanistan. He was a career New York National Guard Soldier who first joined in 1977 and served continuously until his death last year. He was a naturalized American citizen from Guyana, South America and lived with his wife and two children in Queens. Texas artist Phil Taylor and his wife Lisa of the American Fallen Soldiers Project presented Mrs. Rose McKay with a portrait of her late husband Joseph at a special ceremony at the Soldier's former armory in Jamaica Queens on July 10. The American Fallen Soldiers Project is a 501? 3 non-profit organization committed to honoring the memory of fallen military personnel by presenting the next of kin with custom portraits of their late loved one at no cost. For more information go to www.americanfallensoldiers.com

Jul 10, 2009

Guard Troops Bound for Blanding

NEWBURGH, NY, Stewart Airport Army 2nd Aviation -- Soldiers from the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery loading baggage into an 107th Airlift Wing C-130. Citizen Soldiers from Jamaica and the Bronx will deploy to Camp Blanding, Florida for an extended drill training weekend.

Apr 17, 2009

Troops Fight Through the Fog of War During Training

CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery and supporting Soldiers from Company G, 427th Forward Support Battalion conduct combat training for urban terrain here March 14. The Soldiers used smoke to mask their movements through the restrictive terrain as part of their training. The 258th Field Artillery headquarters and Company G Soldiers are based in Jamaica, N.Y. with the artillery battery Soldiers based in armories in the Bronx and Newburgh. Photo by 2nd Lt. Mark Getman.

Mar 19, 2009

National Guard Soldiers Find the Way

FORT DIX, N.J.- Sergenat Wilfredo Taveras of Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Bn, 258th Field Artillery instructs a fellow Soldier on Land Navigation Sept. 27. The weekend-long Field Training Exercise involved members of HHB, 1st Bn, 258th FA and Company G, 427th Brigade Support Battalion from Jamaica, N.Y.

Oct 10, 2008

Artillery Airlift

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery, prepare to sling load an M-102 105-mm howitzer during annual training. The National Guard artillerymen conducted live fire training following the air assault exercise, June 16.

Jun 17, 2008

National Guardsman on Guard During Exercise

New York Army National Guard Pvt Shawn Straub, of the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery, stands wwatch as a security force during a joint New York National Guard/ Fire Department New York training exercise held May 3 at the Fire Training Academy on Randall's Island. Members of the New York Army and Air National Guard, and the all-volunteer New York Guard, teamed up with FDNY to practice the skills they would employ jointly in extracting victims from a building hit be a terrorist attack or a suspect explosion. More than 500 members of the New York National Guard took part in the exercise which ran from May 2 to May 4.

May 04, 2008

Guardsman On Guard During NYC Exercise

New York Army National Guard Pvt Shawn Straub, of the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery, stands wwatch as a security force during a joint New York National Guard/ Fire Department New York training exercise held May 3 at the Fire Training Academy on Randall's Island. Members of the New York Army and Air National Guard, and the all-volunteer New York Guard, teamed up with FDNY to practice the skills they would employ jointly in extracting victims from a building hit be a terrorist attack or a suspect explosion. More than 500 members of the New York National Guard took part in the exercise which ran from May 2 to May 4.

May 02, 2008

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