The 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery was first constituted June 13, 1861, in the Regular Army as Battery H, 5th Regiment of Artillery and was organized July 4, 1871, at Fort Greble, Penn. During this time, the unit participated in the Civil War and earned twenty four Campaign streamers in battles such as Manassas, Antietem, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Chickamauga. From 1901 to 1924, the unit was reorganized and redesignated several times and finally disbanded on June 26, 1944.

Prior to its inactivation, the unit once again answered the call to duty and earned nine campaign streamers for its participation in battle fought during World War II. The unit was again reconstituted in the Regular Army on June 28, 1950, with a consolidated redesignation as Battery A, 24th Anti-Aircraft Battalion. The unit was activated April 16, 1952, in the Republic of Korea and earned four Korean War campaign streamers. The unit was later inactivated in 1954. After its short existence in the Republic of Korea, the Battalion was redesignated a year later as Battery A, 24th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Missile Battalion and was activated June 1, 1955, at Fort Banks, Mass. Once again, the Battalion suffered numerous reconstructions and reorganizations which included designations as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 5th Rocket Howitzer Battalion, 5th Artillery (Army Reserve), assigned to the 94th Infantry Division; and 5th Howitzer Battalion, 5th Artillery (Army Reserve), assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea. Additional decorations include two Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations: the first is embroidered KOREA; the second is embroidered DEFENSE OF KOREA.

Today, the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery stands ready and vigilant to strategically deploy to any theater in the world and provide air and missile defense to critical assets in support of 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command.

Lieutenant Colonel Troy C. Bucher

LTC Bucher enlisted in the Army in 1989 and deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm with his first unit of assignment, 2-52 ADA BN (HAWK). After serving as an enlisted Soldier in three different occupational specialties, he commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1998 as an Air Defense Artillery Officer.

Upon completion of the Officer Basic Course, LTC Bucher served as an Avenger Platoon Leader, a Linebacker Platoon Leader and then the Assistant Regimental Air Defense Officer in 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Car

LTC Bucher next served as the Brigade Adjutant for the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss, Texas, assisting in re-stationing the unit to its current home in Korea. He then returned to Fort Carson, Colorado, to command the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment’s Air Defense Artillery Battery. LTC Bucher deployed his battery to Iraq in 2005, serving in Baghdad, Sinjar and Tal Afar before returning and deactivating as the last heavy SHORAD battery in the US Army in 2006.

LTC Bucher assumed his second commanded of Alpha Company, 3-11 Infantry Battalion (OCS), at Fort Benning, Georgia, and commissioned more than 800 officers from 2006-2008. From 2008-2011, LTC Bucher served as the operations officer and an instructor at the Defence Against Terrorism Center of Excellence in Ankara, Turkey, training and educating officers from Allied and Partnership for Peace nations in anti-terrorism and convoy security procedures.

After completing Command and General Staff College, LTC Bucher was assigned to the 30th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 2012, where he served as the Battalion Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, and later as the Brigade Deputy Commanding Officer. In 2014, LTC Bucher moved to the Fires Battle Lab at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he planned and executed experiments as the Air and Missile Defense Experimentation and Wargaming Officer.

Selected for duty as a Professor of Military Science, LTC Bucher was assigned to Oklahoma State University from 2015-2017, where he supervised the education and training of the university’s 120 Cadets.

On June 1st, 2017, LTC Bucher assumed command of the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.

LTC Bucher’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4), the Army Commendation Medal (5), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (6), and the Combat Action Badge.

LTC Bucher is married to the former Ms. Rachel Harris, a native of Ryan, Oklahoma, and has three children. His oldest son, Dylan, serves in the U.S. Navy. LTC Bucher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cameron University and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Fiction from Seton Hill University.

Command Sergeant Major Steve Hall

Command Sergeant Major Hall was born and raised in East Saint Louis, IL. He enlisted in the Army September of 1997 as an Air Defense Artilleryman(14S). Command Sergeant Major Hall attended Basic Training at Fort Sill, OK and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Bliss, TX.

Command Sergeant Major Hall has served at all levels of leadership such as team chief, section sergeant, platoon sergeant, drill sergeant, operation sergeant, and first sergeant.

Command Sergeant Major Hall’s assignments include; C/2-44 ADA , Ft. Campbell, KY(1998-2001) where he served as a Stinger Team Chief; A/5-5 ADA, Camp Casey, Korea(2001-2002) where he served as a Stinger Team Chief/ Section Sergeant; B/3-4 ADAR, Ft. Bragg , NC(2002-2005) where he served as a Avenger Section Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant; D/1-56 ADA Ft. Bliss, TX(2005-2007) where he served as a Drill Sergeant and SR Drill Sergeant; E/5-52 ADA, Ft . Bliss, TX (2007-2008) where he served as a Avenger Platoon Sergeant; TF 3-3 ADA, Ft. Bliss, TX (2008-2009) where he served as BN Operations NCOIC and C-RAM Sense and Warn Platoon Sergeant; HHB 5-52 ADA, Ft. Bliss, TX (2009-2010) where he served as BN Operations NCOIC; E/4-5 ADA, Ft. Hood, TX (2010-2014) where he served as the First Sergeant before he deactivated the last Short Range Air Defense unit in 4-5 BN history. Also, he served in D/2-6 ADA (C-RAM), Fort Sill, OK (2014-2015) as First Sergeant of a Counter Rocket Artillery Mortar (C-RAM) unit in a TRADOC environment that trained FORSCOM units for worldwide deployment mission. His previous duty assignment was Fort Bliss, TX (2015-2016) United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) as a Resident Student where he graduated from Class 66, “DRIVE THE FORCE”. CSM Hall’s first assignment as a Sergeant Major was 5-5 ADAR Fort Lewis, WA (2016- to present) were he assumed responsibility as the Command Sergeant Major.

Command Sergeant Major Hall’s deployments include; Iraq (OIF II Sept 2003-Feb 2004), (OIF VI Mar 2009-Feb 2010), Afghanistan (OEF XII/XIII Aug 2012-Apr 2013), and Iraq/Afghanistan (OIR/OFS Oct 2016-Jul 2017).

Command Sergeant Major Hall’s military and civilian education includes; WLC, ALC, SLC, First Sergeant Course, Battle Staff Course, Drill Sergeant School, Combative Level 1, Air Assault Course, Airborne School, Combat Life Saviors Course, Cadre Training Course, and Master Resilient Training. He is a proud graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 66.

He has an Associate’s Degree in General Studies through Central Texas College (2013), a Bachelors Degree of Science in Liberal Arts through Excelsior College (2016), and is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Management through Excelsior College.

Command Sergeant Major Hall’s awards and decorations include; the BSM (2OLC), MSM (1OLC), ARCOM (3OLC), AAM (1SLVC/ 1OLC), MUC (2nd AWD), AGCM (6th AWD), NDSM, ACM-CS, ICM-CS, GWTEM, GWTESM, KDSM , NOPDR(#4), ASR, OSR(#3), NATOMDL , the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the Drivers Badge.

Command Sergeant Major Hall is married to the former Natasha Metreice McClure of East Saint Louis, IL. Together they have three beautiful children Steve Jr., Brianna and Brittany.

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