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 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."