3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment
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  • Battalion History

3d Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division has a proud and distinguished history. Originally constituted as the 7th Field Artillery Regiment and activated in July 1916 at Fort Sam Houston Texas. They were assigned to 1st Division on 8 June 1917. Arriving in France with the 1st Division in 1917, the 7th Field Artillery fired the first American rounds of WWI. The 7th Field Artillery participated in seven campaigns of WW I receiving two awards of the French Croix de Guerre with Palm. It was there that the 7th FA adopted the motto stated by General Pershing about the first Infantry Division, "...never broken through hardship or battle". The 7th FA remained in Germany after the armistice on occupation duty returning to the U.S. in September 1919 to Camp Zachery Taylor, Ky. The 7th Field Artillery Regiment then moved to Fort Ethan Allen VT as a 75mm gun truck-towed regiment.

On 1 October 1940, it was re-designated as the 7th Field Artillery Battalion and re-equipped with 105mm howitzers. The 7th FA participated in the amphibious assault landing in Algeria with the 1st Infantry Division on 8 November 1942. The 7th FA went on to see heavy action in Tunisia, Sicily, the landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day, the drive across France and campaigns in the Rhineland, the Ardennes and Germany. In WW II the 7th FA received two additional awards of the French Croix de Guerre with Palm and the French and Belgian Fourrageres. After Germany's surrender the 7th FA remained on duty in Germany with the 1st Infantry Division until 1955 when it was reassigned to Fort Riley KS.

On 15 February 1957, the 7th Field Artillery Battalion was inactivated. Battery C, 7th Field Artillery was consolidated with C Battery, 7th Antiaircraft Artillery (AAA) Battalion on 1 September 1958 and re-designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB) 3rd Gun Battalion, 7th Artillery Regiment and activated in Germany.

The 3rd Battalion was assigned to the 25th Division on 16 July 1986 and activated at Schofield Barracks. 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Joint Task Force 76 in Operation Enduring Freedom in April 2004. During the deployment, Bravo (Bulls) Battery was recorded as being the first 25th ID unit to shoot artillery in combat since Vietnam. 3-7 FA was again awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation upon returning from Afghanistan in April 2005.

3d Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment was relieved from assignment to the 25th Infantry Division and assigned to the 3d Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division on 16 November 2005. On 5 August 2006 3-7 FA deployed to the Province of Kirkuk in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Not only did they conduct a traditional counter-fire mission, 3-7 FA also set themselves apart as a maneuver taskforce conducting Infantry type mission sets. The use of 3-7 FA as a maneuver asset instead of a Direct Support FA Battalion was a result of the implementation of the Counter Insurgency (COIN) doctrine in Iraq. The method of removing the insurgency and strengthening the government could not be done through heavy fires, but rather squad size elements and partnerships with specific spheres of influence.

On 15 October 2007, 3-7 FA returned from Iraq to Schofield Barracks Hawaii and was again awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation. They spent the next year conducting a refit and training in preparation for their return to Northern Iraq.

On 16 October 2008, 3-7 FA deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF 09-11) to Salah Ad Din Province in Iraq. Operating out of Contingency Operating Base (COB) Speicher, they were responsible for over 4600 Square Kilometers in and around Tikrit, the provincial capital of Salah Ad Din. From October 2008 to October 2009 they broke from their traditional Artillery role and supported the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team as a maneuver element partnering with Iraqi Security Forces and the Iraqi Government to strengthen security and build civil capacity improving the quality of life for the people of the Tikrit Qada (District).

They returned to Schofield Barracks, HI in October 2009 where they were awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation. Currently, they are conducting reset operations and training to prepare for future deployments in the Contemporary Operational Environment.

In April 2011, 3-7 FA deployed to Regional Command East (RC-East) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XI-XII. Task Force Steel provided continuous fire support for two Brigade Combat Teams with nine firing platoons throughout four provinces in RC-East. Simultaneously, the battalion partnered with ANSF and GIRoA Customs Officials conducting stability operations at Torkham Gate to allow GIRoA to increase capacity, revenue, and ANSF ability to interdict insurgents and criminal activity. 3-7 FA contributed to the improved security and operations not only at Torkham Gate, but throughout the Bronco Brigade area of responsibility through intense partnership and positive influence that increase GIRoA and ANSF capacity and capability.

Currently, we are conducting reset operations and training for future deployments wherever required throughout the world.






  • Campaign Participation
WWI       WWII
Montdidier–Noyon Algeria–French Morrocco (with Arrowhead)
Aisne-Marne Tunisia
St. Mihiel Sicily (with Arrowhead)
Meuse–Argonne Normandy (with Arrowhead)
Lorraine 1917 Northern France
Lorraine 1918 Rhineland
Central Europe





  • Campaign Decorations

French Croix De Guerre with Palm, World War I (Streamer Embroidered Lorraine– Picardy)

French Corix De Guerre with Palm, World War I (Streamer Embroidered Aisne-Marne and Meuse-Argonne)

French Croix De Guerre with Palm, World War II for KASSERINE

French Croix De Guerre with Palm, World War II for NORMANDY

French Medaille Militaire, Fourragere

Belgian Fourragere 1940 (Cited in the order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at MONs and cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at EUPEN-MALMEDY)

Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 Oak Leaf Clusters)