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 Richard Larson

Richard E. Larson, Jr. was born in Connecticut and raised predominantly on Cape Cod, Mass. where he graduated from high school in 1988. He entered the U.S. Army later that year, and he attended basic training and fire support specialist training at Fort Sill, Okla.

He was then assigned to Ft. Lewis, Wash. where he served for almost three years before he left the Army and served in the Army Reserves and in the Massachusetts National Guard. He re-entered the Army in 1994 and was assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky. Other assignments included Camp Casey, Korea; Heidelberg and Babenhausen, Germany; Fort Carson, Colo.; ROTC duty at Siena College; attendance of US Army Sergeants Major Course; and most recently Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany. Larson served in many leadership positions throughout his career to include forward observer; fire support sergeant at the company, battalion and brigade levels; Primary Leadership Development Course instructor and operations sergeant for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) NCO Academy; operations sergeant for both the 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division and the V Corps Artillery Fire and Effects Coordination Cells; first sergeant for three separate units; and as the 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment sergeant major. He deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom on four different occasions; twice as a first sergeant and twice as an operations sergeant.

Throughout his career, Larson graduated as the distinguished honor graduate or with honors from all levels of NCOES through the Sergeants Major Course, as well as with honors from both the Battle Staff NCO course, and the First Sergeant’s Course. His civilian education includes a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Thomas Edison State College.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (with four OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (with one silver OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (with one silver OLC), the Good Conduct Medal (8th award), the National Defense Service Medal (with bronze star), the Iraq Campaign Medal (with six bronze stars), the Global War on Terrorism-Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral-4), the Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral-6). He was awarded the Air Assault and Parachutist badges. Larson was selected as the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the XVIII Airborne Corps NCO of the Year in 1995 and he is a member of both the prestigious Sergeant Morales and Sergeant Audie Murphy Clubs and is a recipient of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.

Larson is married to the former Laura Jean Boschen and they have two children; son Zachary is a commissioned officer in the Army, and daughter Courtney is a college student.

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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.