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Brittney Kesler negotiate the wall hurdle obstacle during 13th Field Artillery's regimental week at Fort Sill, Okla., Oct. Teams were quizzed on their knowledge of the unit at the end of the Combat Conditioning Course and their score added to their final time. Officers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery 13th Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Okla., examine the historical marker at Flipper's Ditch, near the Patriot Club during a scavenger hunt for the unit's regimental week Oct. The competition challenged teams to locate points around post. Retired veterans who served in the unit traveled to Fort Sill and attended the events, Oct. The battalion kicked off its Regimental Week with the "Inferno Run,"a special seven-kilometer formation run.

Erich Braun during a pugil stick tournament inside Artillery Bowl during 13th Field Artillery's regimental week at Fort Sill, Okla., Oct. Soldiers were organized by weight class and fought in gladiator-style matches. 12, 2015 -- Third Battalion, 13th Field Artillery recently had a weeklong celebration honoring its proud history dating from World War I to the present.

Today, 3rd Battalion is the only remaining component in active service. 1st Class Derek Smart, currently a platoon sergeant from B Battery, looked back on his time with the battalion.

"I came to the unit as a fresh sergeant in January 2004.

I deployed twice to Iraq in 20 and was stationed in Korea before returning to Fort Sill.

Later that morning, Soldiers welcomed visiting veterans for the inauguration of the newly constructed Regimental Room, featuring old photos, maps, uniforms and other memorabilia from throughout 13th FA's long history.

The vintage items were donated by retired Soldiers and surviving family members of veterans who previously served in the unit.

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