Big Gun

Glenn Parrish
gparrish@boonevilledemocrat.com
Unable to live train at Fort Chaffee due to the COVID-19 pandemic did not change the fact that the unit needed to train so the 1st 206th Field Artillery, spent last week training at the local armory. Included in the training was the first five tables necessary to be certified for use of the N-777 Howitzer, one of which is stored at the Booneville Armory. Included in the training were several Booneville soldiers. Soldiers will complete the live fire portion of the weapon, which can shoot a projectile 24 to 30 kilometers -- about 15 to more than 18.5 miles -- at a later date. The weapon pictured, which has been assigned to the Booneville unit since July of 2018, is named the Bearcat, complete with lettering on the barrel.

Unable to live train at Fort Chaffee due to the COVID-19 pandemic did not change the fact that the unit needed to train so the 1st 206th Field Artillery, spent last week training at the local armory. Included in the training was the first five tables necessary to be certified for use of the N-777 Howitzer, one of which is stored at the Booneville Armory.

The barrell of the N-777 Howitzer which is stored at the Booneville National Guard Armory.