HHB Gladiators
MISSION

     HHB, 428th FA Brigade provides battery level administrative, logistical, maintenance, Soldier and Family Readiness, and property accountability support to the all Soldiers and Civilians in the Brigade Headquarters and Brigade staff sections.


Capt. Justin J. Lopez

Capt. Justin J. Lopez


     Cpt. Justin J. Lopez was born in San Antonio in 1986. He was commissioned in 2009 from the U.S. Military Academy, with a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering.


     Following completion of the Field Artillery (FA) Officer Basic Course, Lopez reported to Fort Hood, Texas where he was assigned to Troop B, 2nd Battalion 7th Cavalry, 4th Heavy Battle Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. In September 2010, Lopez deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn where he operated near Mosul as a company fire support officer for 12 months.


     Upon redeployment in 2011 he was assigned to B Battery, 5-82nd FA where he served as a platoon leader. In 2012, he was assigned to A Battery, 5-82nd FA as a platoon leader. Lopez deployed again as a platoon leader in 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he operated in Kapisa Province, RC-E, Afghanistan. Upon redeployment, Lopez reported to Fort Sill, Okla. to attend the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course. Following completion of FACCC, Lopez was assigned to A Battery, 1-30th FA, 428th FA Brigade where he served as a Basic Officer Leader Course gunnery instructor.


     In January 2016, CPT Lopez took command of C Battery, 1-78th FA where he commanded for 15 months.


     His awards and badges include: the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.


428 Field Artillery Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Description:
     On a scarlet quatrefoil 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) in diameter, a yellow wheel surmounted by a yellow cross potent with a curved fin-like segment issuing from each end, all with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) yellow border.


Symbolism:
     Scarlet and yellow are used for Artillery. The wheel and cross potent (simulating the muzzles of guns in action) symbolize the basic mission of the organization. In addition, the numerical designation of the unit is indicated by the quatrefoil, two colors, and the eight segments between the spokes of the wheel and cross.


Background:
     The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 23 October 1979.



428 Field Artillery Distinctive Unit Insignia


Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description:
     A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height overall consisting of a triple-arched scarlet scroll bearing in gold letters the three words “SUPPORT” “REINFORCE” and “DEFEND” on the left, right and bottom arches respectively, and the arches separated by three gold flames issuing from a gold bomb centered on a field of gold concentric rays, the flame tips turned to the left.


Symbolism:
     Scarlet and yellow (gold) are the colors used for Field Artillery. The three bomb bursts symbolize the unit’s three Italian campaigns: Rome-Arno, North Apennines and Po Valley during World War II.


Background:
     The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 428th Artillery Group on 17 December 1968. It was redesignated for the 428th Field Artillery Group on 7 April 1972. The insignia was redesignated for the 428th Field Artillery Brigade and amended to revise the description on 9 November 1978.