The 2nd Field Artillery Regiment was originally con-stituted as the 2nd Field Artillery in January 1907, but its 2nd Battalion—the only still active since the 1st Battalion was inactivated in 1984—traces its roots back to 13 February 1901 and the establishment of the 18th Battery, Field Artillery in the Artillery Corps. It became a part of the 2nd Field Artillery Regiment on 6 June 1907 when it was reorganized and redesignated as Battery B, 2nd Field Artillery.

In 1961, the 2nd Artillery (a regiment) was formed by consolidating several anti-aircraft batteries with the HQ and HQ Battery, 2nd Artillery Group and the then-inactivated 2nd Rocket Field Artillery Battalion. Ten years later, in 1971, 2nd Artillery (minus the anti-aircraft batteries and its HHB) was reorganized and redesignated as the 2nd Field Artillery under CARS (Combat Arms Regimental System), only to be withdrawn from CARS in 1986 and reorganized under the U.S. Army Regimental System. Five years later (1991), it was assigned U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), and in 2005 was designated as the 2nd Field Artillery Regiment, with the 2nd Battalion carrying out training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

The 2nd Field Artillery Regiment Regimental Distinctive Insignia, or unit crest, is taken from the crest of its coast of arms, replacing that insignia’s gold artillery piece with a black cannon and adding the unit motto of “The Second First” on a scroll at the bottom.

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