Taken from the crest of its coat of arms, the 6th Field Artillery Regiment’s Regimental Distinctive Insignia features a centaur wielding a drawn bow, a combination that symbolizes mobility as well as the prospect of flying artillery (the insignia was approved on 1 April 1922) and which led to the Regiment’s special designation as “Centaurs.” The unit motto, “CELER ET AUDAX,” is also found on the coat of arms and translates as “Swift And Bold.”

The 6th Field Artillery Regiment was constituted on 25 January 1907 as 6th Field Artillery and was organized a little over five months later from existing units at Fort Riley, Kansas on 1 June 1907. Assigned to the 1st Expeditionary Division (later redesignated 1st Division), the Regiment took part in seven campaigns during World War I. It was honored for its World War I service with two French Croix de Guerre with Palm as well as a French Croix de Guerre fourragère.

Reorganized and redesignated as the 6th Infantry Battalion in 1941, the unit was assigned to the 37th Infantry and earned credit for taking part in two campaigns in the Pacific Theater during World War, garnering an Arrowhead for the assault landing at Luzon and a Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. As the 6th Artillery, a parent regiment in the Combat Arms Regimental System, the unit saw action in eleven of the seventeen named campaigns in Vietnam and it service recognized with two Meritorious Unit Commendations.

It became part of the U.S. Army Regimental System in 1987, and during the War on Terrorism the Regiment or its component Battalions were awarded an astonishing nine Meritorious Unit Commendations and a Valorous Unit Award for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2014.

In 2014, the 3rd Battalion was inactivated and it passed the Regimental colors to the 1st Battalion, which is assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

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