Fort Sill’s Namesake
Fort Sill, Oklahoma was named after BG Joshua W. Sill. On December 6, 1831, Joshua W. Sill was born in Chillicothe, Ohio. His parents had lived there since 1814. His father, a lawyer, was responsible for Sill’s childhood education and wanted his son to follow him by studying law. Sill had other ideas, and on his own application, was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy in 1849. His military career took him from Watervliet Arsenal, West Troy, New York, to West Point, to Pittsburg Arsenal, before landing at Fort Leavenworth. In 1860, he resigned his commission to become a mathematics and civil engineering professor a the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute. After the attack on Fort Sumter by the Confederate States Army, Sill resigned from teaching and volunteered his services to the Governor of Ohio, where he was commissioned a Colonel of the 33rd Ohio volunteers.
Promoted to Brigadier General in 1662, he was one of the Union’s rising military stars. Assigned to General Sheridan’s Third Division, the 31-year-old led a brigade in one of the bloodiest battles of the civil war. On the second day of the Battle of Stone’s River, BG Sill was driving his men forward when killed by rifle fire. He was one of four brigadier generals who died in combat in what has been called the bloodiest battle of the civil war. Both sides suffered the highest percentage of casualties than any other single campaign.
Military Lawyer Representing Soldiers at Fort Sill
First, each military lawyer at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon knows how difficult it can be to face the challenges and uncertainty that comes with every military legal matter. Our goal is to make the military law process as easy as possible for you. Our firm dedicates a part of our practice to helping clients throughout the Fort Sill and Lawton area. From court-martial defense to separation boards to GOMOR rebuttals, each military lawyer at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon is ready to help. Whatever military law challenges you may be facing, know that they are no challenge for our team here at Law Office of Will M. Helixon.
Second, no matter what military law issues or UCMJ allegations you face in the Fort Sill and Lawton area courts, our military law and criminal law services can help you through this tough time in your life. We provide you professional, detailed, and focused legal advice for your case. We charge each military lawyer with the standard of providing you exceptional legal representation. Together, our military lawyers have over 108 years of experience in helping military clients succeed. Our team at Law Office of Will M. Helixon is confident that their diligence and professionalism can help your military case in the Fort Sill and Lawton area.
Fort Sill Cases
Importantly, our team at Law Office of Will M. Helixon stands as one of the leading law firms in providing counsel on military law matters for the Fort Sill and Lawton area courts. Here at Law Office of Will M. Helixon, each military lawyer focuses on helping you navigate the circumstances of your military law issues with the care and understanding you deserve.
Furthermore, in addition to one of our lawyers serving as a former trial counsel (prosecutor) at Fort Sill, our firm represents or represented Solders at Fort Sill on matters ranging from responding to an Army Regulation 15-6 Investigation and Line of Duty Investigation, to defending multiple Soldiers accused of rape and sexual assault at courts-martial.
If you are in the Fort Sill and Lawton area, call us today!
With over 108 years of combined military practice, we are confident that each military lawyer at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon is uniquely qualified to represent you in any variety of military cases. If you need an experienced military lawyer in the Fort Sill and Lawton area, call us today at (844) 435-4966.
Origins of Fort Sill
Fort Sill is the only active Army installation established on the South Plains during the Indian Wars. Officially established in 1869 by General Philip H. Sheridan in the Indian Territory, Oklahoma would not become a state until 1907. Sheridan developed the plans for the military post, and named it after BG Joshua Sill who served under him during the Civil War. The 9th & 10th U.S. Cavalry, and the 24th & 25th U.S. Infantry Regiments would all serve at Fort Sill in the late 19th century. This were the four Black regiments that would be referred to as the “Buffalo Soldiers.” In 1909-11, addition construction at Fort Sill was necessary to enable the shift from cavalry and infantry to artillery.
Fort Sill Today
Today, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, serves as the home of the U.S. Army Field Artillery School and the Marine Corps’ Field Artillery MOS school.
Located 85 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, Fort Sill hosts the following tenant units:
- 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment
- 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment
- 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment
- 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery Regiment
- 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery Regiment
- 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment
- 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment
- 100th Brigade Support Battalion
- 258th Network Support Company
- 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery Regiment
- 1st Battalion, 30th Field Artillery Regiment
- 1st Battalion, 78th Field Artillery Regiment
Surrounding Area: Lawton, OK
Lawton, Oklahoma, is located in Comanche County, about 90 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, and South of Fort Sill. Founded in 1901, Lawton was the last of the Indian Lands in the Oklahoma Territory to be settled.
Today, a town of nearly 100,000, Lawton serves as the County Seat for Comanche County. Home to the Museum of the Great Plains, the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center, and the Medicine Park Aquarium & Natural Sciences Center, Lawton has several local hiking trails for the outdoors enthusiast, and local casinos (Apache Casino Hotel and Comanche Nation Casino) for the indoor adventurers.
Background of The Law Office of Will M. Helixon
Will M. Helixon established the Law Office of Will M. Helixon in 2016. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, he launched the firm to defend members of the military in courts-martial, adverse administrative proceedings and other criminal proceedings. Today, the firm’s members and military lawyers have handled multiple complex and high-profile military cases in their over 108 years of combined military law experience. The firm now handles most military matters, including medical issues involving the MEB/PEB process, business and securities law, trusts and estate planning, and family law including juvenile matters, adoption and guardianship issues. In addition to Kansas City, the firm has lawyers at Fort Hood, Fort Bragg, Fort Leavenworth, and in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
All military lawyers and of counsel at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon maintain licenses to practice before all military trial courts. Further, they hold state licenses in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Florida, California, Massachusetts, Arkansas, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
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