Ancient Order of Saint Barbara

The Ancient Order is reserved for an elite few whose long-term dedication to the Field Artillery has embodied the spirit, dignity and sense of sacrifice and commitment epitomized by Saint Barbara.  It recognizes the select few who stand above their brethren of the Honorable Order in terms of conspicuous, life time service for or on behalf of the United States Army Field Artillery or Marine Corps Field Artillery.  The Ancient Order is the more distinguished of the two levels of the Order of Saint Barbara.  

** The approval authority for the Ancient Order is the Commanding General of the Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill.  The Commanding General may approve, disapprove or downgrade the nomination to the Honorable Order.  USMC nominations will be submitted through the Fort Sill MARDET Commander.

Honorable Order of Saint Barbara

The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character; displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence; served the United States Army or Marine Corps Field Artillery with selflessness; and contributed to the promotion of the Field Artillery in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient’s seniors, subordinates and peers alike.

** The approval authority for the Honorable Order are Field Artillery Colonels in current command.  Field Artillery Lieutenant Colonels have approval authority where there is no Field Artillery Colonel in their immediate chain of command (e.g., Brigade Combat Teams of the Army National Guard).  When there is no Field Artillery commander available, an approving authority will be selected by the Association.

Artillery Order of Molly Pitcher

The Order of Molly Pitcher recognizes those individuals who have voluntarily contributed in significant and meaningful ways to the improvement of the Field Artillery Community.

** The approval authority for the Order of Molly Pitcher is the same as the Honorable Order.

Award Packet Procedures

Please read the following guidelines to ensure you receive your awards in a timely manner:


• All nominees (Ancient Order, Honorable Order and Molly Pitcher) must be current
members of the United States Field Artillery Association. Molly Pitcher nominees are
not required to purchase a membership if their spouse is a current member in good
standing. Please include spouses’ full name and SSN last four if they are a current
USFAA member. Any nominee who is not a current member may purchase a
membership at

• If you have an Approving Authority and are ready to submit the award packet, you may
submit your forms via email with a credit card payment. Once packet is reviewed, we
will contact you to let you know an estimated date of delivery. If you have questions on
how to submit an awards packet, please call our office at (580) 355-4677.

• If you do not have an Approving Authority (FA O6 or above currently in command), or
for National Guard, FA 05 or above, a Nomination Recommendation Letter must be
submitted for each nominee for all Honorable and Molly Pitcher nominees to be
approved by the Association. See Nomination Recommendation Letter Samples at Ancient Order nominees must always have a
Nomination Recommendation Letter and will be reviewed for approval by the FA
Commandant. The Commanding General of the Fires Center of Excellence of Fort Sill is
the Ancient approving authority.

• All forms needed for nominations and examples of nomination memorandums are
available online at If you have any questions, please
call the Awards Desk at (580) 355-4677

• All award packets must be postmarked 30 days or more prior to the presentation date
to avoid late fees. Those postmarked within 30 days of presentation will be accessed a
25% late fee per award and those postmarked within 2 weeks of presentation will add
50% late fee per award. You may also be accessed a shipping fee due to the required
turnaround time for delivery.

If you have questions or concerns about your awards packet, please do not hesitate to contact the USFAA
National Headquarters at (580) 355-4677 or email:
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