COL Christopher W. Wendland


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Command Sergeant Major:

CSM Joe B. Winstead III


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17th Field Artillery Brigade

17th Fires Brigade fires a HIMARS

Thunderbolt Mission:


17th Field Artillery Brigade trains and prepares for combat; on order deploys to any area of operations to plan, synchronize,

and execute combined, and joint fires and effects; integrate attached ground and air maneuver forces

and be prepared to function as a maneuver headquarters in support of full spectrum operations.


BDE Address
Headquarters, 17th Field Artillery Brigade
BLDG 13711 12th Street
JBLM, WA 98433
BN Facebook Pages
BN Phone Numbers

256th Signal Co:(253) 477-4670


F, 26th FA TAB:(253) 967-8151


5-3 FA:(253) 966-5209


1-94th FA:(253) 477-5815


308th BSB:(253) 477-4670











Sponsorship Info

BDE Phone Numbers

Staff Duty: (253) 967-5267


SURG: (253)477-5178


Legal: (253) 477-5967


Chaplain: (253) 477-4731


PAO: (253) 966-8038


FRSA: (253) 966-9886


S1: (253) 477-4640


S2: (253) 966-9383


S3: (253) 967-4259


S4: (253) 967-2566


S6: (253) 966-3922


17th Field Artillery Brigade History


The 17th Field Artillery Brigade began as the 17th Field Artillery Brigade part of the 17th Division at Camp Bowie, Texas on 31 July 1918. It demobilized on February 1919

after World War I.

The 17th Field Artillery Brigade activated again at Fort Sill January 1943. During World War II the 17th Field Artillery Brigade participated in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe.

The 17th Field Artillery deployed to Iraq in 2003 and again in 2005. In 2007 the 17th Field Artillery Brigade moved to Fort Lewis, Washington.

The 17th Field Artillery Brigade deployed to the Basra Province in the summer of 2009.







*Constituted 31 July 1918 in the Regular Army as Headquarters, 17th Field Artillery Brigade, and assigned to the 17th Division
*Organized 19 August 1918 at Camp Bowie, Texas
*Demobilized 8 February 1919 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma
*Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 17th Field Artillery Brigade Constituted 1 October 1933 in the Regular Army.
*Headquarters, 17th Field Artillery Brigade Reconstituted 12 October 1936 in the Regular Army
*Activated 19 January 1943 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma
*Staged at Camp Myles Standish from 20 February 1944.
*Departed Boston, Massachusetts Port of Embarkation on 28 February 1944.
*Arrived in England on 8 March 1944.
*Reorganized, redesignated, and joined 13 March 1944 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, VII Corps Artillery.
*Landed in France on 12 June 1944 and entered the Normandy campaign.
*Normandy Campaign concluded on 24 July 1944.
*Northern France campaign started 25 July 1944.
*Crossed into Belgium on 5 September 1944.
*Northern France campaign concluded on 14 September 1944.
*Entered Germany on 15 September 1944 and started Rhineland campaign.
*Returned to Belgium on 1 October 1944.
*Reentered Germany on 1 November 1944.
*Returned to Belgium on 23 December 1944 to participate in the Ardennes-Alsace campaign.
*Reentered Germany on 4 February 1945, and resumed Rhineland campaign.
*Rhineland Campaign concluded on 21 March 1945.
*Central Europe campaign starts 22 March 1945.
*Central Europe campaign concluded 11 May 1945, and unit prepares to be withdrawn from ETO, and deployment to PTO.
*Unit withdrawn from Germany, and arrived Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation to prepare for invasion of Japan on 9 July 1945
*Unit moved to Camp San Luis Obispo, California on 15 July 1945 to train and re-equip for Pacific Theater.
*Unit at Camp San Luis Obispo on VJ Day.
*Unit moved to Fort Ord, California for demobilization on 20 September 1945.
*Inactivated 15 November 1945 at Fort Ord, California
*Activated 22 January 1951 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
*Inactivated 21 June 1975 in Germany
*Redesignated 21 March 1978 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 17th Field Artillery Brigade
*Activated 21 September 1978 in Germany
*Reorganized and redesignated 17 July 2007 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 17th Fires Brigade

*Designated as a subordinate unit of reactivated 7th Infantry Division, 01 October 2012