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Battalion History
The 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment was constituted on May 8, 1794, in the Regular Army as the 3d Company, 4th Battalion, Corps ofArtillerists and Engineers. The unit was first designated Captain Robert Sweeney's Company of Artillery in 1802 and served actively in the War of 1812.

The Battalion’s distinctive lineage spanned two centuries and almost every major conflict throughout the world in defense of the homeland in Field, Costal and Anti-aircraft Units. During World War II, the 3rd Regiment was broken up into battalions, and the unit was designated briefly as the 520th Coast Artillery Battalion, then as the 3rd Coast Artillery Battalion. The unit was inactivated following the end of the war.In January 1950, the Battalion was reconstituted in the regular Army and consolidated with the 3rd Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons), an element of the 3rd Infantry Division. It fought throughout the Korean War with the 3rd Infantry Division. In September 2005 the unit was again inactivated. Once again, on July 27, 2010, the 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment was officially activated at Fort Sill to support the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade.

Lt. Col. Timothy L. Woodruff

A native of Ohio, Timothy L. Woodruff enlisted in November 1995 as an intelligence analyst. He was assigned to the 66th Military Intelligence Group in Augsburg, Germany where he deployed to Sarajevo, Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Endeavour in 1997. He was commissioned an Air Defense Artillery (ADA) officer from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. in 1998.

Woodruff’s previous assignments include launcher and fire control platoon leader, tactical director and assistant S-3 for1st Battalion 7th ADA, Fort Bliss, Texas where he deployed with the battalion to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch in 2001; as an Officers Basic Course mentor in 4-6th ADA; as an assistant S-3 in the 108th ADA Brigade; as the battery commander for A Battery, 2-43rd ADA, Fort Bliss; as the ADA planner for the opposing forces (OPFOR), Battle Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; as the battalion S-3 for BSB-North, where he deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007; as a plans team chief for Operations Group COE, Battle Command Training Program; as the battalion XO for 1-7th ADA, Fort Bragg, N.C.; and most recently as the BMD sensor manager and senior U.S. Army officer at NATO, Allied Air Command, Ramstein, Germany.

LTC Woodruff’s military education and training includes Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training, Officer Candidate School, the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Air Defense Artillery Captain’s Career Course, the Combined Arms Service Staff School, Command and General Staff College, the Joint Firepower Course and Airborne School.

His civilian education includes a bachelor in art degree in history from Miami University (Ohio) and a master of arts in management from Webster University.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with four oak leaf clusters (OLC)); the Joint Service Commendation Medal; the Army Commendation Medal (with one silver OLC and one bronze OLC); and the Army Achievement Medal (with four OLC).

Woodruff is married to the former Lesley Oplinger of Geneva, Ohio. They have three children.

Command Sgt. Maj. Steven P. Bunch

CSM Steven P. Bunch is a native of Edenton, NC, he entered the Army in September 1984, and he attended basic combat training and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Bliss, Texas as a 16S Manpads Missile Crewman. In July 1987 he ETS, and joined his hometown National Guard unit. He served 16 months in the NG as 64C Transportation. He returned back to active duty on 10 November 1988, back into the MOS 16S. His previous assignments include: CSM, 1st BN 56th ADA, Fort Sill, OK; SFAT SGM, 4th BCT Fort Riley KS; S2 SGM, 11th ADA BDE Fort Bliss, TX; Operation SGM, 1- 43 ADA Fort Bliss, TX; First Sergeant, B/3-2 ADA, Osan Korea; S2 NCOIC 5- 52 AMD, Fort Bliss TX; First Sergeant A and C 1-56 ADA, Fort Bliss TX; Observer Controller, NTC Fort Irwin CA; Avenger Platoon Sergeant, 2/D/2-44 ADA, Fort Campbell KY; Senior Drill Sergeant, C/1-56 ADA, Fort Bliss TX; Drill Sergeant A/1-56 ADA, Fort Bliss TX; Stinger Section Sergeant 3/C/1-4 ADA, Fort Riley KS; Stinger Section Sergeant, 3/D/2-3 ADA, Fort Riley KS; Stinger Section Sergeant, 3/D/4-3 ADA, Kitzingen Germany; Stinger Team Chief, 3/A/5-62 ADA, Fort Bliss TX; Stinger Team Chief, 4/A/1-4 ADA, Fort Lewis WA; Stinger Gunner, 3/D/2-59 ADA, Schwabach , Germany.
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (4th OLC), Army Commendation Medal (6th OLC), Army Achievement Medal ( 6th OLC); Good Conduct Medal (9th Award); National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star; Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 3 BSS); Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korea Defense Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon ( Numeral 4); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 4); ISAF NATO Medal; Kuwait/Saudi Liberation Medal; Valorous Unit Award; Army Superior Unit Award; Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge; Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.
His military and civilian education includes: Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic NCO Course, Advanced NCO Course, United States Army First Sergeant Course, Drill Sergeant School, Master Fitness School, Equal Opportunity Course, Army Retention Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Slingload Master Course, Observer Controller Academy, Military Assistance & Security Advisor Course, Pre-Command Course, CSM Development Program for Battalions, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 60. He has a Associate degree from Excelsior College in Administration Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Excelsior College.
He is married to the former Carolyn F. Armstead of Edenton, NC for 29 years. He has two daughters, Jasmine and Nicole.

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