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41st Field Artillery Brigade
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The 41st Field Artillery Brigade; provides long range, precision fires across Europe, headquartered in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

 

The 41st Field Artillery Brigade uncased its colors in an activation ceremony that was combined with an assumption of command and responsibility for the unit, Nov. 30, 2018, in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Read more.

U.S. Army Europe will activate new units within Germany as a display of our continued commitment to NATO and our collective resolve to support European security. 

 

This overseas force structure change is a result of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act directing the U.S. Army to increase its numbers. As the U.S. Army grows, a significant portion of that growth will take place in Europe as the mission to defend NATO allies and deter aggression continues to be a priority. 

New permanently-stationed forces in Europe will result from new unit activations rather than units re-locating from the United States. The addition of these forces increases U.S Army readiness in Europe and ensures we are better able to respond to any crisis.

New unit activations are scheduled to begin this year and should be completed by September 2020. Find out more.

Inprocessing to 41st FA BDE?

Are you assigned to the incoming 41st Field Artillery Brigade? Visit USAG-Bavaria for information on Grafenwoehr.

41st FA BDE History

The 41st Artillery Regiment was formed Aug. 26, 1918, at Fort Monroe, Virginia. On Jan. 15, 1921, the unit was demobilized and the colors were transferred to the Pacific Theater, where the 41st Artillery was re-constituted as the Hawaiian Railway Battalion. On July 1, 1924, the unit was re-designated as the 41st Coast Artillery and remained in Hawaii until its deactivation on June 30, 1931.

On April 21, 1942, the 41st Coast Artillery was re-activated, this time at Fort Hase, Hawaii, where it served until May 25, 1944. It was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Streamer for its role in World War II. At that time, it was retired from the rolls of the regular Army and incorporated into the Hawaiian Department.

On June 28, 1950, Headquarters Battery, 41st Coast Artillery was re-constituted as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 41st Field Artillery Group and was later activated Jan. 18, 1952, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

In April 1967, the 41st Field Artillery Group deployed to the Republic of Vietnam, where it earned nine campaign streamers. On Nov. 15, 1969, the group was inactivated and its colors returned to the United States.

On March 15, 1972, the 41st Field Artillery Group was re-activated in Babenhausen, West Germany. The unit was re-designated as the 41st Field Artillery Brigade on June 16, 1982, and assigned to V Corps Artillery. On Sept. 1, 1986, the brigade was authorized the distinctive unit designation "Railgunners" in honor of its origin in the railway coast artillery.

In 1999, the brigade deployed from Germany to Albania as part of Task Force Hawk. In 2003, the brigade deployed with V Corps to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following its service in Iraq, the unit was inactivated July 15, 2005.

The 41st Fires Brigade was re-activated at Fort Hood, Texas, April 16, 2007, taking over the units of the inactivated 4th Fires Brigade. One year later, the 41st Fires Brigade deployed again to the Wasit Province of Iraq where it provided security and stabilization to the people of Iraq for 14 months.                          

In 2014, the Army changed the name of the brigade back to 41st Field Artillery Brigade. On April 1, 2015, 41st Field Artillery Brigade was inactivated and its colors cased.