1-30th Hard Chargers
MISSION

     The Hard Charger Battalion executes Initial Military Training and Professional Military Education to develop physically fit, competent, resilient, confident and adaptable Field Artillery Leaders to the operating force; individually capable of immediately contributing to their unit of assignment by integrating and executing lethal and non-lethal fires.


STAFF SECTIONS

LTC Egan

Lt. Col. James Egan

     James Egan is a native of Juneau, Alaska. He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and received his commission in the Field Artillery as a second lieutenant in May 1998.

     Egan’s assignments include MLRS platoon leader, operations officer, ammunition platoon leader, Active Component/Reserve Component integration officer and battalion maintenance officer, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment (FAR), 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; G-3 battle captain and Headquarters and Headquarters Company rear detachment commander, HHC, 1st Infantry Division (ID), Wuerzburg, Germany; squadron fire support officer, 1st Battalion 4th Cavalry, 1st ID, Schweinfurt, Germany; battalion fire direction officer and battery commander, 1-7th FAR, forward deployed in Baghdad, Iraq; Brigade Fire Support Officer, 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 1st ID, Schweinfurt, Germany; senior Army instructor for JFO/JFC/JTAC-QC, USAFE AGOS, Einsiedlerhof, Germany prior to attending the Command and General Staff College.

     Following this assignment he served as the brigade fire support officer, 4th BCT, 1st Armored Division, forward deployed in Tikrit, Iraq; battalion executive officer and Security Force Advisory and Assistance Team 21 team chief, 2-29th FAR, 1st Armored Division (AD), forward deployed to Khost Province, Afghanistan; and brigade executive officer, 4th BCT, 1AD, Fort Bliss, Texas. Egan’s most recent assignment was as the deputy fires trainer, Wolf Team, operations group, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Cali.

     His military schools include the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Airborne School, Joint Fires Observer Course, Joint Firepower Course, Joint Fires and Effects Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Observer Controller Academy, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

His awards include Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters (OLC), Meritorious Service Medal with two OLC, Army Commendation Medal with two OLC, Army Achievement Medal with one silver OLC, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal 4th Award, NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Airborne Badge, and is a proud member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara and Noble Patron of Armor. He holds a bachelor’s of science from USMA in International History, and a master of arts from Webster University in International Relations.

Egan’s deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08, Operation New Dawn 2011 and Operation Enduring Freedom 12-13.

Egan is married to the former Gabriela Yaselli of Caracas, Venezuela and is the proud father of Alexander Egan, Nicholas Egan, Ryan Egan, and Lucas Egan.

CSM Randy D. Thornton

     CSM Randy D, Thornton Enlisted in the United States Army May of 1982, he attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson S.C. with Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Va., in which he was awarded the MOS 92R, Parachute Rigger. CSM Thornton had a break in service and re-entered active duty in September 2005 as a 13B Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember.

     CSM Thornton’ assignments include overseas tours in Germany and South Korea. His stateside assignments include Fort Sill, Ok; Fort Drum, NY; Fort Riley, KS; Fort Chaffee, AR; Hunter Army Airfield, GA. and Fort Bragg, NC. He has served three combat tours of duty: Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. While assigned to 10th Mountain Division, he deployed as Fires Operations SGM transitioning to Operation Resolute. He has served in every leadership position from Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, to First Sergeant.

     CSM Thornton’ military education includes all levels commensurate with his grade to include attendance at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 63, Jumpmaster and Drill Sergeant School. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Multidisciplinary Studies at Grantham University.

     CSM Thornton’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal ( two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with three OLC), Army Commendation Medal (with six OLC), Army Achievement Medal (with three OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal National Defense Service Medal (with bronze service star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (with two bronze service stars), Presidential Unit Citation, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 4), Overseas Ribbon (with numeral 4), Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Meritorious Unit Commendation.

ALPHA BATTERY

1-30th Alpha Battery Commander

Commander

1-30th Alpha Battery 1SG

1SG


BRAVO BATTERY

1-30th Bravo Battery Commander

Commander

1-30th Bravo Battery 1SG

1SG

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Unit Insignia

Description:
     A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, two barrulets wavy between a mullet and a lindwurm passant Or. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed "STRIVING TO THE HIGHEST" in Red letters.

Symbolism:
     The field is red for the Field Artillery. The barrulets wavy symbolize the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean areas of service, with the North Star indicating Aleutian honors and the lindwurm (a German dragon) representing service in that theater.

Background:
     The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 30th Field Artillery Battalion on 24 August 1951. It was redesignated for the 30th Artillery Regiment on 12 November 1958. The insignia was redesignated for the 30th Field Artillery Regiment effective 1 September 1971.



Coat of Arms Insignia

Unit Coat of Arms

Shield:
     The field is red for the Field Artillery. The barrulets wavy symbolize the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean areas of service, with the North Star indicating Aleutian honors and the lindwurm (a German dragon) representing service in that theater.

Crest:
     The design of the crest refers to the unit's service in Germany during the critical years between 1951 and 1957. The tower stands for strength and vigilance. In addition, the tower with three windows is the symbol of St. Barbara, patroness of Artillerymen. The cross is taken from the arms of the city of Bonn, Capital of the Federal Republic of Germany which the organization stood ready to defend. The black clouds refer to the threat of war which hung over Europe during the above years when the organization was one of the units manning our first line of defense in Western Europe.

Background:
     The coat of arms was originally approved for the 30th Field Artillery Battalion on 24 August 1951. It was redesignated for the 30th Artillery Regiment on 12 November 1958. It was amended to add a crest on 4 November 1964. The insignia was redesignated for the 30th Field Artillery Regiment effective 1 September 1971.