1st Fires Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment (Paladin) conducts training and prepares for combat, and deploys to a theater of operation to provide lethal fires in support of combat operations in the national defense.

Lt. Col. Mark P. Krieger, Jr.

Mark P. Krieger, Jr. is from Circleville, Ohio. In 1992 he graduated from Ohio University with a bachelors of science degree in secondary education and was a distinguished military graduate of the ROTC program, receiving a commission as a second lieutenant in the field artillery. After completion of the Field Artillery Officer’s Basic Course and Ranger School, Krieger was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division where he served as a company fire support officer, fire direction officer, platoon leader, and as the 101st Division Artillery fire control officer. After completion of the Armor Officer’s Advance Course and the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Krieger’s next assignment was in Korea where he served as an assistant plans officer for 3rd Battlefield Coordination Detachment-Korea at Osan Air Base, assistant S3 for 2nd Battalion 17th FA, commander, C Battery, 2nd Battalion 17th FA, and commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Infantry Division Artillery.

In 2002, Krieger left Korea for The National Training Center where he served as an observer controller for cannon batteries, battalion logistics, and brigade fire support elements before attending Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. in 2005. Upon completion of CGSC and earning a master’s degree in management from Webster University in 2006, Krieger went back to Korea where he served as the brigade fire support officer for 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, the battalion S3 for 1-15th FA, and the 210th Fires Brigade S3. In 2009, he deployed from Korea to Iraq where he served as a corp planner for Multi-National Corps – Iraq (I Corps) and then United States Forces – Iraq.

Upon redeployment from Iraq back to Korea, he served as the deputy and chief of operations for 8th Army prior to assuming command of 1-17th FA. Krieger’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (1st oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (3rd oak leaf cluster), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal (with bronze star device), Iraq Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star), Korea Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (with numeral 3), the Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Ranger Tab. Krieger is married to the former Jung-ah Hong of Suwon, Korea. They have two children, Kayla and Gabriel.

Command Sgt. Maj. George S. Bullard

Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Philip J. BrunwaldGeorge S. Bullard entered the Army in January 1991. He completed Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Okla.

Bullard's assignments include gunner, 1st Battalion 7th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt Germany; section chief, 3-321st FA Regiment, Fort Bragg, N. C.; drill sergeant, 1-22nd FA, Fort Sill; platoon sergeant, 1-78th FA, Fort Sill; platoon sergeant, first sergeant and operations sergeant, 2-82nd FA, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; operations sergeant major for the 75th Fires Brigade, Fort Sill.

His deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-05, 07-08, and 09-10. Bullard. is a graduate of every NCOES school from Warrior Leader Course to the Sergeants Major Course (Class #61).He is also a graduate of the Air Assault School, Master Fitness School, Drill Sergeant School and Combat Life Saver course.

Bullard's awards and decorations include: Bronze Star (with two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with one OLC), Army Commendation Medal (with one OLC), Army Achievement Medal (with three OLC), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Air Assault Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.

Bullard is married to the former Denise N Callahan of Forrest City, Ark., and they have five children.