The 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment, prepares for expeditionary employment; on order deploys to any area of operations ready to provide accurate, timely, and decisive rocket and missile fires in support of Unified Land Operations.

LTC JOHN M. AUTEN III

Lieutenant Colonel Auten received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History from Bucknell University in 1993. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate and received a Regular Army commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery.

Upon graduation from the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course and Airborne School, he reported to the 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), Fort Drum, NY. There he served as a Company Fire Support Officer, Battery Fire Direction Officer, Brigade Targeting Officer, Battalion S1, and DIVARTY S4. While at Fort Drum, he deployed in support of Operation Restore/Uphold Democracy, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

In 1997, LTC Auten left active duty, entered the Individual Ready Reserve, and attended the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA. He graduated in 2000, and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Following graduation, LTC Auten worked for Arthur Andersen in Philadelphia, PA. In September 2002, LTC Auten requested an appointment to active duty. He was ordered to Fort Sill, OK to attend the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course. Upon graduation, he reported to Camp Stanley, Korea where he served at the Battalion S4 for the 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment. Following the completion of a one-year tour, he redeployed and once again joined the 10th Mountain Division (LI). He served as a Battalion Fire Support Officer, Battalion Assistant S3, Commander of Alpha Battery, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, and Commander of a Police Transition Team. While at Fort Drum, LTC Auten deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; serving in Mosul and Baghdad from October 2005 to July 2006, and Kirkuk from August 2007 to October 2008.

LTC Auten was then assigned to a training battalion at Fort Dix, NJ where he trained mobilizing guard and reserve service members from all branches of the military. In June 2010, LTC Auten reported to Fort Leavenworth, KS to attend the Army’s Command and General Staff College. He successfully completed Intermediate Level Education (ILE), and was selected to attend the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). He graduated in May 2012 with a Master of Military Art and Science Degree. Following graduation, he volunteered to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He served as the J5 Chief of Plans for NATO Rule of Law Field Support Mission and Rule of Law Field Force-Afghanistan in Kabul. Upon completion of his tour he was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. There he served as a Brigade Fire Support Officer, Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer for the 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, Deputy Commanding Officer for the 17th Field Artillery Brigade and the Commander’s Initiatives Group Chief for the I Corps Commanding General. While serving at JBLM he deployed to Camp Redleg, in the United Arab Emirates in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

Lieutenant Colonel Auten hails from Sunbury, PA. He is married to the former Michel Lynn Hamilton of Manchester, MD. They have one daughter, Miriam Grace

1-14th Welcome Letter

CSM Paul V. Larsen

Command Sgt. Maj. Paul V. Larsen is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah and entered the Army on July 9, 1991. He attended basic training and advanced individual training as a Multiple Launch Rocket Systems crewmember at Fort Sill, Okla. His stateside assignments include Fort Sill; Fort Bliss, Texas; and as an Army recruiter, in Antioch, Cali. His overseas assignments include two tours in Germany: with the 1st Armored Division and the 7th Army Training Center, and two tours in the Republic of Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division. He is also a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Larsen’s leadership positions include ammunition section chief, launcher section chief, MLRS platoon sergeant, observer controller/trainer, first sergeant, battalion command sergeant major, Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate sergeant major and senior observer coach-trainer. His military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, First Sergeant Course, Sergeants Major Academy, Recruiting Station Commander Course, Hazardous Material Handling Course, Combat Life Saver Course, Army Recruiter Course, Army Retention Course, Unit Drug and Alcohol Coordinator Course, and Army Combative Course (Level 1). He is working on a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

Larsen’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with six oak leaf clusters (OLC)), Army Commendation Medal (with four OLC), Army Achievement Medal (with six OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th award), National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze star), Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Recruiters Gold Badge with two sapphires, Drivers Mechanic Wheels badge and the Combat Action Badge.

Larsen is married with three children who reside in Lawton-Fort Sill area. He was inducted into the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara in October 2002 and inducted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club in January 1997.

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1-14th FAR Unit History

Constituted on July 1, 1916 in the regular Army as the 14th Field Artillery Regiment, the unit was organized June 1, 1917 at Fort Sill, Okla. The unit was redesignated Jan. 8, 1942 as the 14th Armored Field Artillery Battalion and saw action in World War II. In 1944, the battalion was part of the allied amphibious assault at Normandy and the subsequent drive across northern France, the Rhineland, the Ardennes-Alsace and central Europe.

On Feb. 15, 1969 the battalion was reassigned to the 23rd Infantry Division and placed into action in Vietnam where it participated in numerous campaigns to include the 1968 and 1969 Tet Counteroffensives.

In May 1993, Fort Hood, Texas became its home for a short period before it was relocated to Fort Sill and activated on June 7, 1996 as part of the 214th Field Artillery Brigade, III Corps Artillery. From the beginning of the Global War on Terror, the 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery has continued its proud tradition of service to our Nation.

On Mar. 20, 2003, the battalion deployed to Iraq and was attached to the 41st Field Artillery Brigade as part of Task Force Bullet.

In 2006, the battalion’s firing batteries trained on the use of the Q36 and Q37 fire-finder radar systems, after which they deployed on three target acquisition missions to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006-2008 in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

In July 2007, the battalion received the 578th Forward Support Company to provide support to the battalion during high-intensity operations.

In March 2008, the battalion received the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), which gave the battalion the ability to rapidly deploy and deliver precision-guided fires.

In April 2013 to January 2014 the battalion deployed to the United Arab Emirates in support of both Operations Spartan Shield and Enduring Freedom.

In 2015, the battalion was reassigned to the 75th Field Artillery Brigade, III Corps Artillery. The unit deployed two firing batteries to separate locations to provide surface-to-surface precision fires in the Central Command area of operations in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve.

Today, the battalion stands ready as III Corps' only HIMARS-equipped battalion supported by a highly skilled forward support company ready to conduct rapid deployment and provide lethal precision and area fires around the world.