30th FA Regiment celebrates 100th birthday
What better time than the week of the Army's birthday to celebrate the 100th birthday of the 30th Field Artillery Regiment?
Early arrivals began showing up Saturday, three days ahead of the actual check-in day on Tuesday. A hospitality room at the host hotel, Homewood Suites, 415 SE Interstate Drive, is open most of the week to greet all comers. The president of the 30th FA Regimental Association is retired Col. Ted Janosko of Lawton, who commanded 1st Battalion, 30th FA in 1998-2000. He says at least 70 "Hard Chargers" and their spouses plan to be here. The association has 322 on its roster, according to Dan Mitchell of Duncan, second vice president.
Attendees have a full schedule from which to choose, starting with a general membership meeting at 8:30 a.m. today in 1-30 FA's Regimental Room, Room 114, Snow Hall. Their first order of business will be to select the site of the 2019 reunion and then they'll elect the next president and vice presidents. Spouses have the alternative of learning about "Growing Spouses Army Strong" in Room 112, Snow Hall.
From 10-11 a.m., they will have a memorial service in remembrance of their fallen members. Following a barbecue lunch with 100 soldiers from 1-30 FA, including a platoon each from Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) and Captains' Career Course, Dan Gillotti, regimental historian and first vice president, will take guests around the room to explain the history of the regiment. He brings with him at least 20 photo albums, and Janosko said members of the regimental association are encouraged to share whatever they have as well.