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Historic artillery battalion deactivated in army downsizing

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The sounds of freedom will still ring at Joint Base Lewis-McChord but not quite as often.

Army downsizing on Wednesday cost the base one of its principal artillery units, the howitzer-firing 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment.

The battalion deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan out of Lewis-McChord, but the Army no longer needs so many cannons with one war over and the other nearing its end. Its 350 soldiers will join other units over the next few months.

“It’s difficult…

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