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 Peter Sittenauer
LTC Peter Sittenauer was a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Kansas and commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer in 1997. His first assignment was at Fort Campbell, KY where he served as a Fire Support Officer, Fire Direction Officer, and Battery Executive Officer in 2-320th FA and the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT). After a deployment with 1-327th IN to Kosovo, he attended the Armor Captains Career Course at Fort Knox, KY. Upon graduation he was stationed in Baumholder and Idar-Oberstein, Germany where he served as a Fire Control Officer for the 1st Armored DIVARTY. He then assumed command of B/1-94FA during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Upon redeployment, he was selected to participate in the Project Warrior Program and stationed at Fort Polk, LA where he was a Task Force Fire Support Observer/Controller (O/C) and Battalion Fire Direction O/C. Afterward, he completed the program as a Small Group Instructor at the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course at Fort Sill, OK. He then served another tour in Iraq as the Deputy Chief of Targeting in the CJ3 at MNF-I Headquarters in Baghdad. Upon redeployment he was assigned to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and attended Intermediate Level Education at the Command and General Staff College.
After graduation, he was stationed at Fort Bliss, TX where he served as Battalion S3 and Battalion XO of 4-27th FA of the 2nd ABCT of the 1st Armored Division. He was then selected to attend the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, KS. Upon arrival back at Fort Sill in 2014, he has served at the Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, OK as the Ready and Resilient Campaign Lead and Director of the Installation SHARP program. His most recent assignment since March of 2015 is Commander of 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment (HIMARS).
LTC Sittenauer has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and masters degrees from Central Michigan University, the Command and General Staff College, and the School of Advanced Military Studies.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
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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.