WELCOME TO
THE 2ND BATTALION, 4TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT

2-4 FA trains and prepares for combat; on order, deploys to any area of operations to provide field artillery rocket and missile fires in support of unified land operations.

LTC Paul Lashley

LTC Paul Lashley is a native of Huntsville, Alabama and received his commission as a field artillery officer upon graduation from the University of North Alabama in December of 2001.

Upon graduation from the Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he began his career in the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, Bamberg, Germany. Paul served as a fire direction officer, platoon leader, and battery executive officer. During his time in Germany, Paul deployed to Baqubah, Iraq, to serve in OIF II and III.

Upon graduation from the Field Artillery Captains Career Course, he was assigned to 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea. During his time in Korea, Paul served as the 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Battalion Fire Support Officer, Battery Commander for A Battery, 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, and later Aide-de-Camp to the 2nd Infantry Division Commanding General. Upon returning to the United States, LTC Lashley served at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, as a fire support Observer/Coach Trainer at the Battalion and Brigade level, as well as the Chief of Protocol for the NTC Commanding General.

After completing Intermediate Level Education at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Paul was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Artillery Battalion, 214th Fires Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and served as the Battalion Operations Officer and later Executive Officer. LTC Lashley transitioned from the 214th Fires Brigade to become the Brigade Operations officer in the 75th Field Artillery Brigade where he deployed as part of the Brigade Headquarters to participate in Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve based out of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, and later Jordan. Returning from the Brigade’s deployment, Paul finished his service to the 75th Field Artillery Brigade as the Brigade’s Deputy Commanding Officer.

Following his assignment to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, LTC Lashley attended graduate school at the University of Alabama. Upon completion, Paul was assigned to Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky where he served as the Plans and Analysis Branch Chief for the Officer Personnel Management Directorate.

LTC Lashley holds Masters Degrees in Management and Leadership (Webster University) and Public Administration (University of Alabama). He is a graduate of the US Army Airborne and Air Assault schools.

His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. LTC Lashley is married to the former Karen Lentz of Caddo, Alabama. They have two daughters, Addie (7) and Emmy (4). .

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CSM Kurt Douglas

Command Sergeant Major Kurt Douglas is a native of Seymour, IN where he enlisted in the Army August 1990 as a field artillery cannon crewmember. He attended one station unit training at Fort Sill, OK. CSM Douglas served in every position from basic cannon crewmember to section chief, platoon sergeant, first sergeant, and operations sergeant major. He also performed duties as a detailed recruiter, senior military science instructor, and senior operations NCO.

CSM Douglas’ stateside assignments include Fort Hood, TX, Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion in Plainwell, MI, Fort Sill, OK, and the University of Toledo in OH. His overseas assignment locations are Nurnberg and Vilseck, Germany and the Republic of South Korea. He deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.

CSM Douglas’ military education includes primary leadership development course, basic non-commissioned officer course, Army recruiter course, advanced non-commissioned officer course, first sergeant course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 67. He also holds a Master’s in Leadership Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso. CSM Douglas’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (2nd award), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Army Commendation Medal (6th award), Army Achievement Medal (9th award), and the Gold Recruiter Badge. He is also a member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara and the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. CSM Douglas’ wife of 23 years, Michele, and their daughter, Abigail, currently reside in Lawton, OK."