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 Jelly

Lt. Col. Jeremy Jelly

     LTC Jeremy Jelly is a native of St. Joseph, Illinois. He enlisted in the Illinois National Guard in May of 1991 and subsequently attended Infantry Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia as part of the Split Option Program. Upon completion of Advanced Individual Training, he attended Illinois State University and during his junior year joined the ROTC program. Upon graduating from Illinois State, Jeremy received a Regular Army commission as a Second Lieutenant, Field Artillery in May of 1996.

     LTC Jeremy Jelly’s assignments include Troop Fire Support Officer, 1-1 Cavalry, 1AD, Buedigan, Germany, HSB Reconnaissance Survey officer/XO, Paladin Platoon Leader, and Battalion Assistant Operations Officer, 2nd BN, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1AD, Giessen, Germany, Battalion Fire Support officer for 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Div (AASLT), Forward Deployed to Vitina Municipality, Kosovo, Battery Commander, Charlie Battery, 1st BN, 320th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Div (AASLT), Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, Forward Deployed to Iraq, Senior Officer Basic Course Fire Support Instructor and Basic Fire Support Branch Chief, Senior Instructor/Writer, 3rd Battalion, 30th Field Artillery Regiment, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, Combat Advisor/Deputy CG/Effects Advisor and Executive officer for the 5th Iraqi Army Division Military Transition Team Forward Deployed to Baqubah, Iraq, prior to attending the Command and General Staff College.

     Following this assignment he served as the Brigade Fire Support Coordinator, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Div (AASLT), Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, Battalion Executive Officer, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne, Forward Deployed in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. Battalion Executive Officer/BDE Assistant S3, 1-290th FA, 205th IN BDE, Camp Atterbury, IN. LTC Jelly’s most recent assignment was as the Battalion Commander of 1-335th IN TsBN, 205th IN BDE, Camp Atterbury, IN.

     LTC Jeremy Jelly’s military schools include Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Course, CAS3, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Tactical Information Operations Course, Military Transition Team and Advance Military Transition Team Course, and the US Army Command and General Staff College.

His awards include Bronze Star with 2 oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with a Bronze Service Star, Kosovo Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal 2nd Award, NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Award (Army), Combat Action Badge, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, and is a proud member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara. He holds a Bachelors of Science from Illinois State University in Sociology: Concentration in Deviant Behavior, and a Master of Arts from Webster University in Management and Leadership.

LTC Jelly’s deployments include Kosovo (KFOR 3A), Operation Iraqi Freedom I, Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09, and Operation Enduring Freedom 10-11.

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.