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3-29 FA hosts ‘Molly Pitcher’ day

Staff Sgt. Jamal Davis, Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, shows a group of children around the back of an M109-A6 Paladin, which was one of many static displays set up on Fort Carson’s Training Area 16 during Molly Pitcher Family Day, Aug. 30.

Story and photos by Sgt. Khori Johnson

3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division

Nearly 300 Family members of the 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were given a taste of what the “Pacesetter” Battalion is all about during a Molly Pitcher Family Day, Aug. 30.

“Molly Pitcher was the spouse of a Revolutionary War cannon member, and when he fell in battle, she picked up the ramming staff for the cannon and began to work the cannon in his absence,” said Lt. Col. Derek Knuffke, commander, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg. “This was an opportunity for all of the Families to come out and kind of see what their Soldiers do on a day-to-day basis.”

The event began in Training Area 16 on Fort Carson, where the Pacesetters set up static displays of the many vehicles used by the battalion during daily operations. Family members also got a chance to ride in several different types of military vehicles and experience the different weapons and equipment used in the artillery unit today.

“I had lots of fun,” said Eli Brown, son of Capt. Wyatt Brown, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, currently deployed in support of 3rd Brigade’s mission in Afghanistan.

After the Pacesetters and their Families received their fill of gunfire and explosions in the Fort Carson training area, they ended the festivities at the 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg., headquarters to receive their fill of hamburgers and hot dogs.

“Overall, I think it was a very successful day,” said Knuffke. “All of the Family members seemed to really enjoy it.”

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