Ancient Order of Saint Barbara

The Ancient Order is the more distinguished of the two levels of the Military Society of Saint Barbara. It recognizes the select few who stand above their brethren of the Honorable Order. The specific criteria for accession into the Ancient Order is to have performed conspicuous, long-term service for or on behalf of the United States Army Field Artillery or Marine Corps Field Artillery. The Ancient Order is reserved for an elite few whose careers have embodied the spirit, dignity and sense of sacrifice and commitment epitomized by Saint Barbara. Membership in the Honorable Order is not a prerequisite for membership in the Ancient Order.​ **The approving authority for all awards of the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara 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 as he deems appropriate.

ALL USMC ANCIENT ORDER NOMNINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE MARDET AT FORT SILL FOR THE COMMANDER’S REVIEW

Honorable Order of Saint Barbara

The award authority for the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara is centralized to the Field Artillery commanders who are O-6 or above in current command.  Field Artillery brigade commanders, Marine artillery regiment commanders or corps artillery commanders have approval authority. Such commanders may approve the award for those in or associated with their commands. When there is no such Field Artillery commander available, an approving authority will be selected by the Association as the approving authority for the 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.

Artillery Order of Molly Pitcher

The award authority for the Artillery Order of Molly Pitcher is decentralized to the Field Artillery commanders, O-6 or above in current FA command. Such commanders may approve the award for individuals in their communities. When there is no such Field Artillery commander available, an approving authority will be selected by the Association for the Artillery Order of Molly Pitcher. The Artillery Order of Molly Pitcher recognizes individuals who have voluntarily contributed in a significant way to the improvement of the Field Artillery Community.

Award Packet Procedures

ALL USMC ANCIENT ORDER NOMNINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED THRU THE MARDET AT FORT SILL FOR THE COMMANDER’S REVIEW

  1.  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 also being nominated or is a current member.  Please include spouses’ first name and last four if a current member).  Any nominee who is not a current member may purchase a one year membership.
  2. If the unit is purchasing a one year membership for a nominee, you must include the $25 one year membership fee in addition to the $30 award packet.  You must also include a separate document listing all non member nominees’ home address, email and phone number.If the unit is purchasing a one year membership for a nominee, you must include the $25 one year membership fee in addition to the $30 award packet.

    You must also include a separate document listing all non member nominees, home address, email and phone number.

  3. If you do not have an approving authority (FA O6 or above currently in command), letters of recommendation must be submitted for each nominee for all Honorable and Molly Pitcher nominees to be approved by our post O6 commander. Ancient Order nominees must always have a letter of recommendation and will be approved by FA Commandant.
  4. If you have more than one nominee being nominated, your packet will need to include one multiple nomination form signed by your approving authority, one memorandum with all nominees listed (Ancient, Honorable and Molly Pitchers) signed by your approving authority and ONE form of payment for all awards. Packets submitted with multiple forms of payment will be returned unprocessed. Multiple nomination forms and multiple payments cannot be accepted and the packet will be returned to sender potentially causing late charges to apply.  If you only have one nomination, you will need to submit one Individual Nomination form signed by your approving authority and a letter of recommendation if you do NOT have an approving authority.
  5. All award packets must be postmarked thirty days or more prior to the presentation date to avoid late fees.  Those postmarked within thirty to fifteen days of presentation will add a 25% late fee per award and those postmarked within two weeks of presentation will add 50% late fee per award plus an express shipping fee depending on the number of awards submitted.  (1-5 awards, $12.95, 6-15 awards, $16.95, 16-30 awards, $22.95, 30+ awards, $29.95)
  6. REMEMBER:  A COMPLETE PACKET MUST BE SUBMITTED TO AVOID LATE CHARGES.  THIS INCLUDES A SIGNED NOMINATION FORM, A SIGNED MEMORANDUM (IF MULTIPLE NOMINEES), ONE FORM OF PAYMENT FOR ALL NOMINEES AND THE HOME ADDRESS, EMAIL AND PHONE NUMBERS FOR ALL NON USFAA MEMBERS FOR WHICH THE UNIT IS PURCHASING A MEMBERSHIP.  FOR THOSE THAT DO NOT HAVE AN APPROVING AUTHORITY, LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION MUST ACCOMPANY THE PACKET.
Please do not hesitate to call our office if you have any questions.  We are happy to help.  Call 580-355-4677 and ask to speak to the Awards Manager.