31st AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY - "READY AND VIGILANT"

Our Mission-
The mission of the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade is to prepare Soldiers and units for combat and take care of Soldiers and their families."

BRIGADE LEADERSHIP / HISTORY
Colonel Lisa M. Bartel

COL Lisa Bartel is a native of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 1990 and was commissioned into the Air Defense Artillery through ROTC from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 1994. She has served in a variety of leadership and staff positions both in the United States and overseas.

In 1995, COL Bartel’s first duty assignment was with the 1-43 ADA Battalion at Suwon, South Korea where she served in a variety of positions to include Platoon Leader, Battalion Tactical Evaluations Officer and Battery Executive Officer. Upon completion of her assignment at Suwon in 1997, she was assigned to the 35th ADA Brigade at Ft. Bliss, Texas as a Brigade Tactical Director. COL Bartel moved to the 6-52 ADA Battalion in Ansbach, Germany from 1999-2002 serving as the Battalion Deputy Operations Officer and Battery Commander for Charlie Battery, deploying her battery to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in October 2001.

Her next assignment, from 2002-2006, took her to Burbach and, subsequently, Heidelberg, Germany where she was assigned to the tri-national Extended Air Defense Task Force (EADTF) in the Operations Branch. COL Bartel deployed to Eskisehir, Turkey with NATO during the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and she served with the EADTF until June 2006. From 2007-2009, COL Bartel was assigned as the Battalion Operations Officer for the 6-52 ADA Battalion at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and subsequently served as the Brigade Operations Officer for the 31st ADA Brigade also at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. In 2009, she deployed to Kuwait where she served as the Executive Officer to the Army Central Command Deputy Commanding General, and in February of 2010, COL Bartel continued her deployment in Bahrain as the Battalion Executive Officer for the 1-7 ADA Battalion. In July 2010, she was assigned as Aide de Camp for the Commanding General of United States Army Europe in Heidelberg, Germany, and in March 2011, she moved to Stuttgart as Aide de Camp to the Commander, United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM). She served as the Strategy Branch Chief in the J5 Directorate at USAFRICOM from July 2011 until July 2012 and followed on as the Strategy and Theater Posture Deputy Division Chief until June 2013. From June 2013 to June 2015, COL Bartel commanded the 5-7 ADA Battalion at Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Kaiserslautern, Germany. While in command, she deployed the unit to Turkey for the NATO Mission Operation Active Fence and moved the battalion to Smith Barracks, Baumholder, Germany. From June 2016 to April 2018 she served as the Deputy Director of the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Coordination Group. Since May 2018 COL Bartel is assigned as the Commander, 31st ADA Brigade at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.

COL Bartel holds a Master’s of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, a Master’s of Leadership, Management and Defense Studies from the University of Ireland at Maynooth and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Her overseas deployments and experience include Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, South Korea, Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey with NATO’s support to Operation Iraqi Freedom and NATO’s mission Operation Active Fence, Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Her awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, eight awards of the Army Meritorious Service Medal, four awards of the Army Commendation Medal and four awards of the Army Achievement Medal.

CSM Jerry E. Jacobitz

Command Sergeant Major Jerry E. Jacobitz was born in South Sioux City, Nebraska. He graduated Henderson Community School and entered the Army in October 28, 1992. He attended OSUT at Fort Benning GA. Upon completion of OSUT he was awarded the Military Occupation Specialty 11B. In June 1997 he reclassified as 14T, Patriot Launcher Advance Operator/Maintainer, at Fort Bliss, TX. His last assignment was the Command Sergeant Major of 5-5th ADA BN Fort Lewis.

His assignments include HHC Co. 5-87th INF BN (L), Fort Davis, Panama; B Co. 5-87th BN INF (L) Fort Kobee, Panama; B BTRY 3-43rd ADA BN, Fort Bliss, TX; D BTRY 6-52ND ADA BN, Shipton Kaserne, Germany; Non Commissioned Officer Academy, Fort Bliss, TX; E BTRY 2-43rd ADA BN, Fort Bliss, TX; HHB 108th ADA BDE, Fort Bragg, NC; 0631 MiTT, Patrol Base Lions Den, Iraq; A BTRY 3-4th ADAR, Fort Bragg NC; HHB 32d AAMDC, Fort Bliss; A Co USASMA, Fort Bliss; and HHB 31st ADA BDE, Fort Sill. He is currently serving as the 31st ADA BDE Command Sergeant Major. Command Sergeant Major Jacobitz has held every leadership position from Team Leader to First Sergeant, as well as NCO Academy Small Group Leader (PLDC) and Intelligence and Team NCOIC on an external MiTT in Iraq.

His awards include Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (5), Army Commendation Medal (4), Army Achievement Medal (4), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (5), Nation Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, and Air Assault Badge. His military schools include Infantryman OSUT, Patriot Launcher Advanced Operator/Maintainer AIT, Basic Instructor Course, NBC Officer Course, Air Assault Course, NCO Battle Staff course, PLDC, BNCOC, ANCOC, and USASMA. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and is working on his MBA.

CSM Jacobitz is married to the former Jannett Reyes Lee, and has three children Jennifer, Jodie, and Jordan.

The 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade was constituted on January 1, 1918, in the National Army as Headquarters, 31st Heavy Artillery Brigade, Coast Artillery Corps at Key West, Fla. but would see numerous name changes over the lifetime of the unit. The unit rapidly transitioned into World War I where the brigade earned four battle streamers for participation in the campaigns Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, Meuse-Argonne, and Champagne 1918.

The unit was demobilized at Fort Lewis, Wash. June 30, 1921. The brigade was reconstituted October 14, 1936 in the regular Army as Headquarters, 31st Coast Artillery Brigade and was later designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 31st Coast Artillery Brigade. In November 1942 the brigade was activated as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 31st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade as part of the coastal air defense stationed at Camp Haan, Cali. and was later deployed to the European Theater where it participated in and earned three more battle streamers for campaigns in Rome-Arno, Southern France, and the Rhineland. On June 30, 1946, the brigade was deactivated at Laned-Sebold, Germany. This unit would encounter numerous activations and inactivations over the years to come to include a 1946 inactivation in Germany, reactivation in 1948 at Fort Bliss, Tex. and in 1958 was reorganized as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 31st Artillery Brigade.

The unit would be inactivated in 1960 at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. and then reactivated in 1961 at Lockport Air Force Station, N.Y. In response to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the brigade formed with nine Hercules and Hawk battalions defending southern Florida from attack by Cuba and the Soviet Union. The brigade was designated under its present name on March 15, 1972, and after one final inactivation in 1979 at Homestead Air Force Base in Fla., the brigade would be reactivated again on April 1, 1988, at Fort Hood, Tex. to support III Corps. In February, 1996, the brigade once again received movement orders, this time to Fort Bliss, Tex. 31st ADA underwent a BRAC-directed move from Fort Bliss, Tex. to Fort Sill, Okla. in July of 2008.

In August of 2009, the brigade deployed approximately 50 Soldiers from the Headquarters Battery to Qatar for one year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and returned its Soldiers home safely in July of 2010. The brigade also deployed a battalion, 3rd Battalion 2nd Air Defense Artillery, to Southwest Asia in March 2010, returning them home safely in 2011. Currently, 31st has two units deployed worldwide in defense of our nation. 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment is deployed to Kuwait for a year to support our allies abroad, while 3-2 ADA has rewritten ADA history by deploying to Turkey, establishing two Patriot missile batteries to help defend the region from possible air and missile threats that may occur as a result of the ongoing civil war in Syria. The brigade consists of a Headquarters and Headquarters Battery; 3-2 ADA Battalion (Patriot), 4-3 ADA Battalion (Patriot), Fort Sill, Okla. and 5-5 ADA Battalion (AMD), Fort Lewis, Washington. On order, the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade deploys to a Theater of Operations in support of the 32nd AAMDC, conducts decisive air and missile defense operations, and redeploys.

Unit Citations Include:
Meritorious Unit Citation Award