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Fort Sill battalion promotes pair of 4-legged members

A pair of members of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery were recognized for their hard work and dedication with promotions during a special ceremony Tuesday.

On a foggy morning, the men and women of the “Big Deuce Battalion” lined up in formation in front of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum to witness the presentation of honors for Big Deuce VII and Short Round VI — a donkey and a goat that have served as mascots for the division dating back to the 1950s, courtesy of Sgt. Maj. John Sanders. Big Deuce VII was promoted to staff sergeant, while Short Round VI received a promotion to specialist.

It was Sanders who first introduced the donkey and a goat companion as live mascots to carry on the legacy of their contributions.

“In World War I, donkeys and mules were instrumental in carrying howitzers into the battlefield over rough terrain and long distances,” said 1st. Sgt. Robert McGinnis, Alpha Battery. “Command Sgt. Maj. Sanders wanted to keep that lineage alive by incorporating mascots within the battalion. It’s a proud part of our history in Deuce Deuce.”

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