The 4th BATTALION, 3rd AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY REGIMENT
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Battalion HistoryThe 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.
4-3 ADA LEADERSHIP
Lt. Col. Todd Schmidt
Before assuming command of the 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, Todd Schmidt recently served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, G5/Chief, Strategy and Plans for Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He served multiple tours throughout the military’s Central Command area of responsibility, including Afghanistan, Qatar and Kuwait. He served in the Pentagon on the immediate staff of the Secretary of Defense; as a strategic planner in the Army Staff’s Budget Initiatives Group; and in the office of the Chief of Staff, Army.
He has served in key developmental positions in the 82d Airborne Division as a Platoon Leader and Battery Executive Officer; in the 2nd Infantry Division as a Division Air Defense Officer and Assistant Operations Officer; in the 25th Infantry Division as a Battalion S1, S4, and Battery Commander; in the 69th ADA Brigade as a Deputy Commander; and in the 1st Battalion, 44th ADA Regiment as Battalion Executive Officer.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (with one oak leaf cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with three OLC), Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Office of the Secretary of Defense Staff Badge, Army Staff Badge, and German Parachutist Badge. He is an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate of Indiana University, with Masters Degree from Georgetown University and the School of Advanced Military Studies.
He is joined by his beautiful wife Leslie and two children, Emily and Colby.
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.
KEY PHONE NUMBERS
|Command Group NCOIC||580-558-0541|
|S3 Ops CSM||580-558-0670|