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 Julian T. Urquidez

LTC Urquidez is from Midland, Texas and a 1999 graduate of the US Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. After graduating OCS he attended the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, OK. His first duty assignment was the 1st Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Battalion (MLRS), Fort Sill, OK. Where he served as a Platoon Leader and Support Platoon Leader. In his follow on assignment, 2nd Battalion 18th Field Artillery Regiment (MLRS) LTC Urquidez deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom I as part of the initial invasion as the Battalion Assistant S3 and Reconnaissance Officer.

After attending the Field Artillery Officers’ Advance Course at Fort Sill, OK, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, NC, 18th Field Artillery Brigade, 3rd Battalion 27th Field Artillery Regiment (HIMARS) where he served as the Battalion Fire Direction Officer and later commanded Bravo Battery 3-27 FA (HIMARS). While in command of Bravo Battery 3rd Battalion 27th Field Artillery Regiment LTC Urquidez deployed Bravo Battery 3-27 FA (HIMARS) in support of the National Counterterrorism Joint Task Force. Following command, LTC Urquidez was assigned to 3rd Battalion 3rd Special Forces Group where he served as the Battalion Fire Support Officer.

After leaving 3rd Battalion 3rd Special Forces Group he was assigned to US Army Human Resource Command where LTC Urquidez worked at the Field Artillery Branch as an assignment officer and later as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Director for Officer Personnel Management.

After graduating both the United States Marine Corps Command and General Staff College and Georgetown University LTC Urquidez was assigned to 1st Battalion 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Field Artillery Brigade, and 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas as the Battalion Operations Officer and later as the 41st Field Artillery Brigade Operations Officer.

Following his assignment to Fort Hood, Texas LTC Urquidez was assigned to the Joint Staff in Washington, DC to serve as an Operation Officer in the J35, Joint Operations Directorate with a concentration in Northwest Africa. Currently, LTC Urquidez is the Executive Officer to the Deputy Director for Regional Operations and Force Management. LTC Urquidez holds Masters Degrees in Military studies (United States Marine Corps University) and Public Policy Management (Georgetown University). He is also a graduate of the US Army Airborne School.

His military decorations and awards include three Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Joint Staff Identification Badge. LTC Urquidez is married to the former Emily Elizabeth Simpson of Dallas, Texas. They have two children; Julian Patrick (19), and Kaitlyn (7). .

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CSM Anthony James Oliver

Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony James Oliver was born in Fort Myers, Fla. He enlisted in the Army in January 1989 and graduated from Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Okla. as a cannon crewmember.

In his rise through noncommissioned officer ranks, he performed superbly in every key position of his career development and received numerous accolades from peers and superiors alike.

His assignments include service with 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey, Korea; 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky., 1st Battalion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. as a first sergeant; and at Fort Polk, La. as a first sergeant.

He is a graduate of numerous educational courses to include the Sergeants Major Academy, Class 63 and holds a bachelor of science degree from Excelsior University in Albany, N.Y. His military decorations and awards include the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for heroism, three Bronze Star Medals for service, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, nine Army Achievement Medals and numerous foreign and service awards. He has also been awarded the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge, coupled with the Canadian Parachutist Badge and a recipient of the Order of Saint Barbara.

He resides in Lawton, Okla. with his fiancé the lovely Demetria McMillian and her daughter Briala.