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 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 Torland Edwards

Command Sergeant Major Torland Edwards was born in Bay City, TX. He enlisted in the Army in February 1995. He graduated from Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery as a Multiple Launch Fire Direction Specialist.

His assignments include Fire Direction Specialist Headquarters and Headquarters Service Battery 5th Battalion, 18th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fire Direction Specialist Headquarters and Headquarters Battery 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery(MLRS), Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Platoon Operations Chief Charlie Battery, 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery(HIMARS), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Battery Operations Chief Alpha Battery, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery(MLRS), Camp Stanley, Korea; Battery Operations Sergeant Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 39th Field Artillery(MLRS), Fort Stewart, Georgia; Battalion Fire Direction Chief Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery(HIMARS), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Operations Sergeant OC/T 1st Battalion, 410th Field Artillery(AC/RC), Fort Knox, Kentucky; Battery Operations Sergeant 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery(MLRS), Fort Hood, Texas; Battalion Intelligence Sergeant 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery(MLRS), Fort Hood, Texas; First Sergeant Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery(MLRS), Fort Hood, Texas; First Sergeant Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 319th Field Artillery(Airborne), Grafenwoerh, Germany. His deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom I, and Operation Enduring Freedom 05-07.

His military and civilian education includes all levels of NCOES and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 66); He also graduated Battle Staff Course, Field Artillery Master Gunner Course, Master Fitness School, Master Resiliency Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Combat Lifesaver Course, and Field Sanitation Course. He has an Associate’s degree in General Studies from Fayetteville Technical College and a Bachelor in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College.

CSM Edwards’ awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4th OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4th OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCOPD Ribbon (numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Over Seas Ribbon (number 2), Combat Action Badge, Drivers Badge (wheel and track); he is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie L. Murphy Club and a member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.