Welcome to the 3-13th Field Artillery Regiment, one of the most active Battalions here at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. We are composed of a Headquarters Battery, three combat-ready Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Batteries, and a Forward Support Company. Our mission is to deploy anywhere in the world at anytime to provide timely, accurate and safe fires in support of our nation's interests.
LTC Will B. Freds
LTC Will B. Freds hails from Bluffton, IN. In 1997, he graduated from United States Military Academy at West Point and commissioned into the Field Artillery. Prior attending the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, OK, LTC Freds served as the Graduate Assistant Coach to the United States Army Soccer Team.
After graduating OBC, LTC Freds first served with 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, holding several duty positions including Company Fire Support Officer, Battery Executive Officer, and Battalion Fire Direction Officer. Afterwards, LTC Freds attended the Armor Officer Captains Career Course at Fort Knox, KY. LTC Freds took an assignment with the 1st Infantry Division Staff in Wurzburg, Germany where he served under the G3 Office. Following his time in the G3, he moved to the 1st Battalion, 33rd Field Artillery Regiment in Bamberg, Germany where he took command of Headquarters and Headquarters Service Battery during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following battery command, LTC Freds earned an MBA from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA and was subsequently assigned as the Great Lakes Regional Commander of West Point Admissions at West Point, NY.
LTC Freds later attended the Canadian Forces Joint Command and Staff Program (ILE equivalent) in Toronto, Canada earning a Master’s Degree in Defense Studies before being assigned to the 1st Battalion (AASLT), 377th Field Artillery Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to serve as the Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer. Following this, LTC Freds served as the Deputy Commanding Officer for the 210th Field Artillery Brigade at Camp Casey, Korea. After his year in Korea, LTC Freds returned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord to serve as the Secretary of the General Staff, I Corps before arriving at Fort Sill to take command of 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery Regiment in November 2015.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Air Assault Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
LTC Freds is married to Amanda G. Freds of Broadway, VA. The couple have two sons, William and Jackson.
CSM James S. Atchison
James S. Atchison entered the Army as a 13B cannon crew member Oct. 1, 1987 from Baltimore, Md. Atchison’s assignments include Friedberg, Germany; Fort Sill, Okla.; Kirchgeoens, Germany; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Carson, Colo.; Bamberg, Germany; Santa Clara University, Cali., Ft. Bliss, Texas and Yongsan, Korea. Atchison has served in the U. S. Forces Korea Combined Joint Fires Element and as the 4th Infantry Division Fires sergeant major, 1st Infantry Division Artillery operations sergeant major, first sergeant, senior intelligence NCO, senior military instructor, observer controller/trainer, platoon sergeant, gunnery sergeant and section chief.
Atchison’s deployments include Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield, 1990-1991, in support of SFOR 7 Bosnia in 2000, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, 2004-2005, and Operation New Dawn from 2010-2011. Korea rotation 16. He has attended all NCOES schools and the First Sergeant, Battle Staff and Master Gunner courses. He also attended the Pre Command Course, Military History Instructor’s Course, Security Management Course, the Commander’s Safety Course, Equal Opportunity Management Course, Unit Prevention Leaders Course, Combative level 1 certified, and he is a certified Rappel Master. He is a graduate of Sergeants Major Academy class 59. Atchison holds a bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College.
CSM Atchison’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster (OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with silver OLC, Army Commendation Medal with silver OLC, Army Achievement medal with six OLC, Joint Military Unit Award with OLC, Military Unit Commendation with OLC, Korean Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal -ninth award, National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, NATO Medal ,the Southwest Asia Service Medal three bronze stars, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Saudi Arabia Liberation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with five stars, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terror Service medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 4, and Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 9.
Atchison is a Sgt. Audie Murphy Club member, has been awarded the Order Saint Barbara, Order of the Spur and German Shooting Badge (silver) and is the recipient of the Aubrey” Red” Newman Award. Atchison was awarded the Combat Action Badge for his actions in OIF II.
He has been married to his wife Priscilla for over 24 years. They have two daughters: Marina and Sarai.