The Virginia National Guard is now trained on new equipment that allows soldiers to better deploy in combat and serve the community here at home.
13News Now joined soldiers normally stationed in Hanover, Hampton and Norfolk for a live fire exercise at Fort Pickett. This equipment transformation will make these units faster and more powerful.
Just the mention of the National Guard's new howitzers makes Sgt. Joanne Sears grin.
“Let me tell you they're a lot of fun,” she said. “I absolutely love it.”
Why does she love it? Let's let her tell you.
“I love making things go boom, easiest way to put it ma'am,” Sears exclaimed. “You get that adrenaline rush. Myself, I'm an adrenaline junkie.”
But adrenaline rushes aren't the only benefit of the new artillery. The M119A and M777A2 give the battalion better capability to support infantry combat teams.
“To be able to be on the gun and work as a team and accomplish a mission and when the round hits the right place and the right time, it's awesome,” Sears described.
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