US Army Base Fort Sill celebrated Halloween this year by loading a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) with candy and launching it at eager children.
The HIMARS is a wheeled artillery launcher that helped Ukraine fight off the Russian invasion. It was celebrated in song and greeted by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. At Fort Sill, the U.S. Army 1-78 Field Artillery Battalion loaded a HIMARS with candy and threw it at a group of costumed children.
“How else would you expect us to give candy to children on Halloween? The official Fort Sill Twitter account said in a tweet above a video of the kids running to get their candy. “MISSION FIRE!!!”
Fort Sill is a military base in Oklahoma with a population of approximately 10,000. It houses the US Army Field Artillery School and is where soldiers go to train in the use of weapons like the HIMARS. Military bases across the country tend to have their own culture. Soldiers live there with their families and celebrate holidays with other military families. For much of the country, the HIMARS candy launch video will seem very strange, but for military families, it’s just another day on base.
Ukraine has 16 HIMARS systems and the Pentagon announced at the end of September that it was sending Kyiv 18 more. Like the Javelin, the HIMARS has become an iconic weapon on the Ukrainian battlefield. This allowed the country to launch strikes against Russian lines and pull away before the Russian military had a chance to retaliate. It blows up tanks and fuel depots, and outruns the best artillery Moscow can put on the ground.