The Fires Center of Excellence continually and progressively educates, trains, and inspires Fires Soldiers and leaders and develops requisite capabilities to ensure current and future Fires forces can accomplish their missions, while providing unparalleled support to the Fort Sill community.
WHO WE ARE
The role of Fort Sill has evolved since Maj. Gen. Phillip H. Sheridan drove the first stake here in 1869. Fort Sill soldiers originally protected settlers in Texas from raids by the plains Indian tribes. Soldiers from famous units like the 7th Cavalry, led by Col. George A. Custer, and the 10th Cavalry, known as the Buffalo Soldiers, used Fort Sill as a base in the Indian Wars.
As the tribes accepted peace with the U.S., Fort Sill's mission changed. The Army's School of Musketry, now known as the Infantry School, moved and the cavalry and infantry soldiers were replaced by one of the Army's largest concentrations of field artillery units. The War Department established the School of Fires (field artillery) here in 1911. The field artillery, known as the "king of battle", has long been king of Fort Sill.
Today, the field artillery is joined by the air defense artillery and electronic warfare branches as part of the Fires Center of Excellence. This center makes an incredible contribution to the nation's defense (and our Oklahoma home):
Air Defense Artillery School
Basic Officer Leaders Course
Field Artillery School
Fort Sill NCO Academy
We give officers and Soldiers a lifetime of professional training in the schoolhouse, in simulators and in the field. From private to sergeant first class, our experts give Soldiers world-class education using the latest in equipment and tactics.
A highly effective and efficient organization recognized as an integral member of the combined, joint, Army, Fires and local communities consistently enhancing the Fires force of today and tomorrow while based from a world class installation fostering the well-being and overall preparedness of our service members, civilians and families.
- Organize and equip for successful conduct of combined and joint Fires initial military training, basic combat training, professional military education and functional training
- Develop competent and committed leaders of character and members of the Army profession
- Develop, evaluate and institute future Fires concepts, doctrine and capabilities synchronized with the Army’s vision for Force 2025 and beyond
- In concert with our local communities, create a secure, safe, functional and hospitable environment providing requisite services and support
- Acquire and diligently steward support and resourcing to facilitate FCOE mission accomplishment
Major General John G. RossiCommanding General
Major General Rossi grew up on Long Island, New York, the son of a New York City police officer. He graduated from West Point in 1983 and was commissioned in the Army as an Air Defense Artillery Officer. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Arts from Webster University and a Master of Arts from the U.S. Naval War College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. Major General Rossi has served in the United States, Korea, Germany, Southwest Asia, and Iraq.
He has led at every level from platoon to his current assignment as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill at Fort Sill, OK. His prior assignment was as the Director of the Army Quadrennial Defense Review Office in the Pentagon.
MG Rossi’s command assignments include Commanding General, 32d AAMDC, Fort Bliss, Texas; Commander, 35th ADA Brigade in the Republic of Korea; Commander, Task Force Lion, Southwest Asia; Commander 2-1 ADA, Fort Bliss, Texas; Commander, C 1-6 ADA Fort Bliss, Texas; Commander, A 3-1 ADA, Fort Hood, Texas; and platoon leader 1/B 3-60 ADA, Regensburg Germany. Major General Rossi’s principal staff assignments include J33 U.S. Forces Iraq, Baghdad Iraq; DCG (Fires), III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas; DCG and Chief of Staff, Fort Bliss, Texas; G3, 32d AAMDC, Fort Bliss, Texas; Chief, U.S. Central Command Air and Missile Defense Division, Tampa, Florida; Operations Officer, 1-7 ADA and 94th ADA Brigade in Germany; and Deputy Operations Officer, 3- 43 ADA, Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), the Legion of Merit (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Bronze Star (Oak Leaf Cluster).
MG Rossi’s wife Liz is from El Paso, Texas. They have three children and one grandchild. Their son and son-in-law are both serving in the United States Army.
Mr. Joe E. GallagherDeputy to the Commanding General
Mr. Joe E. Gallagher was selected for the Senior Executive Service in November 2009. Mr. Joe Gallagher was appointed as the Deputy to the Commanding General, Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, effective 16 January 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Gallagher works in collaboration with and under the general direction of the Commanding General in the development and execution of organizational goals, objectives, and policies to ensure the Warfighting commanders receive world class Field Artillery and Air Defense Artillery Soldiers, equipment and organizations. Mr. Gallagher has full responsibility to direct the action of the Center's 3300 military and civilian personnel, technical and managerial efforts and the 130 million dollar annual operating budget. He provides direct supervision to the Center's 700 military and civilian workforce engaged in Force Management and the development of capabilities, concepts, doctrine, organizations, materiel, leader education, personnel, and facilities. Additionally, he serves as the Commander's principal advisor and the Center's senior expert in force management, joint capabilities integration and development system, requirements determination, and material acquisition.
• November 2009-January 2013: DCS, G3/5, Headquarters, U. S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Joint Base Langley/Eustis, VA
• September 1982 – September 2009: U.S. Army Officer (Retired from active duty at the rank of Colonel following 27 years)
• January 2009 – August 2009: Acting Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5, Operations and Plans, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, Headquarters, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, VA
• July 2006 – December 2008: Chief, Plans Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 , Headquarters, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, VA
• July 2003 – July 2005: Deputy Fire Support Coordinator, U.S. Army, III (US) Corps, Fort Hood, TX (Deployed OIF II)
• July 2001 – July 2003: Battalion Commander, U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX
• June 2000 – July 2001: Chief, Plans Branch, U.S. Army Combined/Joint Effects Cell, 8th U.S. Army, Republic of Korea, Yong San, Korea
• August 1997 – June 2000: Chief, Capabilities Integration Division, Deputy Chief of Staff for Combat Development, Headquarters, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, VA
• BS, Biology, University of Connecticut, 1982
• MA, Strategic Studies, US Army War College, 2006
• US Army Command and General Staff College - June 1995
• US Army Combined Arms Staff School - December 1991
• US Army Operations Research/Systems Analysis Military Applications Course Level I - August 1991
AWARDS AND HONORS:
• Meritorious Civilian Service Award
• Legion of Merit
• Bronze Star (2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
• Defense Meritorious Service Medal
• Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
• Army Commendation Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
• Army Achievement Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
• Multiple Campaign Ribbons
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS:
(None at present)
Command Sergeant Major Brian K. LindseyCommand Sergeant Major
CSM Brian K. Lindsey attended Lawton Senior High School in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he earned his high school diploma in May 1985. In 1988, CSM Lindsey enlisted in the U.S. Army as a field artilleryman at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. CSM Lindsey holds an associate’s degree in Business Management from Barstow Community College in Barstow California, a bachelor of science degree in liberal arts (administrative/management) from Excelsior College in Albany, New York, and a masters degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma in Norman Oklahoma.
CSM Lindsey has held various positions as a cannoneer, to include: howitzer crewman, gunner, section chief, gunnery sergeant, platoon sergeant, drill sergeant, observer controller, first sergeant, battalion command sergeant major for the 1-79th FA, 1-15 FA and the 2-2 FA and brigade command sergeant major for the 434 Field Artillery Brigade. His former assignment was as the Department of the Army G-35 Strategic Plans and Policy sergeant major.
CSM Lindsey graduated from the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, First Sergeants Course, Observer Controller Academy, Drill Sergeant School, Basic Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault School, Equal Opportunity Representative Course, Force Management Course, Command Sergeant Major Senior Leader Legal Orientation Course and the United States Army Sergeant’s Major Academy, Class 56.
CSM Lindsey's awards and decorations include: The Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (8th award), Overseas Ribbon, Korea Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (with number 4), Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (two bronze stars), South West Asia Service Medal, Saudi Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Master Parachute Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Combat Action Badge, Drivers Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
CSM Lindsey’s memberships include the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and he received the Honorable and Ancient Order of Saint Barbara. CSM Lindsey is married to the former Dr. Vickie R. Hendricks and they have four children Marvin III, Krystal, Zacary, and Brian Jr.
Brigadier General William A. TurnerCommandant Field Artillery School
William A. Turner is a graduate of the United States Military Academy in 1986 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant of field artillery. He holds a masters degree in national security and strategic studies from the National War College. His military education includes the Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College.
Brig. Gen. Turner has commanded artillery units at the battery, battalion and brigade levels. His service as a staff officer includes tours as an executive officer at the battalion and operations officer at the Division Artillery level, Personnel Command as an assignment officer, USARPAC plans officer, deputy director executive communications and control, special assistant to the chief of staff of the Army, deputy director/director Joint Interagency Task Force for Multi-National Force- Iraq, director Army Campaign Plan, executive officer to the Headquarters, Department of the Army G-3/5/7, and executive officer to the vice chief of staff of the Army (VCSA) and, most recently, chief VCSA Initiatives Group.
Brig. Gen.Turner has been afforded many unique professional experiences and opportunities to include tours in the Federal Republic of Germany, the 1st Infantry Division, the 25th Infantry Division, 18th Fires Brigade, 1st Army and the Pentagon. Currently, he serves as the 51st commandant of the U.S. Army Field Artillery School and chief of the field artillery. Brig. Gen. Turner’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (with one oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with four OLC), Army Commendation Medal (with three OLC), and the Army Achievement Medal (with three OLC).
He is authorized the Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge. He is married to Lt. Col. (retired) Alissa Deuel Turner and they have four children: Eric, Sarah, Rita, and Morgan.
Brigadier General Christopher L. SpillmanCommandant Air Defense Artillery School
Brigadier General Christopher L. Spillman is currently serving as the 40th Commandant of the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School and as the Chief of Air Defense Artillery. He is a 1985 ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from California State University, San Bernardino and has served in various Air Defense Artillery assignments to include service as a Stinger and Vulcan platoon leader in Germany, Vulcan Battery Commander and later Battalion Executive Officer while assigned to 1stInfantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas and Kitzingen, Germany. Brigadier General Spillman also commanded 5-5 ADA while assigned to 2d Infantry Division in South Korea and the 108th ADA Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Brigadier General Spillman is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the United States Air Force Air War College. His operational deployments include Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Joint Guardian in Macedonia, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The former Assistant Commandant of the Air Defense Artillery School, Brigadier General Spillman recently completed assignment as the Director of the Fires Division, Army G8 Force Development.
Brigadier General Spillman’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal, NATO Medal, Kosovo Medal, Korean Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and he has earned the US Army Parachutist Badge, and the airborne badges of Germany and Canada.
Brigadier General Spillman and his wife Joanne have four children: Emily (31), Elizabeth (28), Meredith (25) and Christopher Jr. (24), and they are blessed with six grandchildren.
Brig. Gen. Keith A. KlemmerDeputy Commanding General (Army National Guard) for Field Artillery
Brig. Gen. Keith A. Klemmer assumed duties as Deputy Commanding General (ARNG) for Field Artillery in May 2015. Klemmer served as an enlisted Soldier in the s Army Reserve prior to entering the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark. where he received his commission in 1985. His military experience includes more than 23 years of service in field artillery and infantry units to include deployments during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005. His key assignments include Recruiting and Retention Manager, State Area Command, Arkansas National Guard; Deputy United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Arkansas; Commander, 1st Battalion 206th Field Artillery Regiment, 39th Infantry Brigade; Commander, 142nd Fires Brigade; and Chief of Staff, Arkansas Army National Guard.
Klemmer's most recent assignment was Assistant Adjutant General (Army), Arkansas Joint Force Headquarters, Army National Guard.
1987 Arkansas State University, Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, Jonesboro, Ark.
2007 Army War College, Master of Strategic Studies, Carlisle Barracks, Penn.
May 1985 - Dec 1985 Army Reserve Control Group, Ready Reserve, Saint Louis, Mo.
Dec 1985 - Mar 1986 Fire Support Team Chief, Detachment 1, 5th Battalion, 206th Field Artillery Regiment (FAR), Little Rock, Ark.
Mar 1986 - Aug 1986 Fire Support Team Chief, Battery C, 5-206th FAR, Harrisburg, Ark.
Sep 1986 - Apr 1987 Fire Support Team Chief, 2nd Battalion, 153rd Infantry, Searcy, Ark.
Apr 1987 - Sep 1987 Student, Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Okla.
Sep 1987 - Dec 1987 Fire Support Team Chief, 5-206th FAR, West Memphis, Ark.
Jan 1988 - Sep 1989 Fire Direction Officer, Battery C, 5-206th FAR, Harrisburg, Ark.
Oct 1989 - Jul 1990 Executive Officer, Battery B, 5-206th FAR, Forrest City, Arkansas
Aug 1990 - Nov 1990 Executive Officer, Battery C, 5-206th FAR, Forrest City, Ark.
Nov 1990 - Jun 1991 Liaison Officer, 2nd Battalion, 142nd Field Artillery, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq
Jun 1991 – Aug 1991 Liaison Officer, 2nd Battalion, 142nd Field Artillery, Fort Smith, Ark.
Aug 1991 - Aug 1993 Commander, Battery B, 5-206th FAR, Forrest City, Ark.
Sep 1993 - Jan 1995 Fire Direction Officer, 5-206th FAR, West Memphis, Ark.
Jan 1995 - Dec 1995 Plans Officer, 5-206th FAR, West Memphis, Ark.
Dec 1995 - Sep 1996 S-3, 5-206th FAR, West Memphis, Ark.
Oct 1996 – Sep 1997 Fire Support Officer, Detachment 1, Headquarters, Headquarters and Service Battery, 1-206th FAR, North Little Rock, Arkansas
Oct 1997 - Aug 1998 Executive Officer, Headquarters, Headquarters and Service Battery, 1-206th FAR, Russellville, Ark.
Aug 1998 - Jan 1999 S-3, 1-206th Field Artillery Regiment, Russellville, Ark.
Jan 1999 - Apr 2001 Operations and Training Officer, State Area Command, Arkansas Army National Guard, North Little Rock, Ark.
Apr 2001 - Jan 2002 Recruiting and Retention Manager, State Area Command, Arkansas Army National Guard, North Little Rock, Ark.
Feb 2002 - Oct 2003 Commander, 1-206th FAR, Russellville, Ark.
Oct 2003 - Apr 2005 Commander, 1-206th FAR, Operation Iraqi Freedom
Apr 2005 - May 2005 Commander, 1-206th Field Artillery Regiment, Russellville, Ark.
May 2005 - Jul 2006 Executive Officer, 87th Troop Command, North Little Rock, Ark.
Jul 2006 - Jun 2007 Student, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Penn.
Jun 2007 - May 2008 Operations and Training Branch Chief, Arkansas Joint Force Headquarters, Arkansas Army National Guard, Camp Robinson, Ark.
May 2008 - Oct 2011 Commander, 142nd Fires Brigade, Fayetteville, Ark.
Oct 2011 - Dec 2012 Director, Joint Staff, Arkansas Joint Force Headquarters, Arkansas National Guard, Little Rock, Ark.
Dec 2012 – May 2015 Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Arkansas National Guard, North Little Rock, Ark.
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster (OLC))
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal (with two bronze OLC)
Army Achievement Medal (with two bronze OLC)
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with four bronze OLC)
National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze service star)
Southwest Asia Service Medal (with three bronze service stars)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with silver hourglass, M device and numeral 2)
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (with numeral 2)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Emirate of Kuwait)
Arkansas Distinguished Service Medal
Arkansas Exceptional Service Medal
Arkansas Commendation Medal
Arkansas Federal Service Ribbon (with one bronze diamond)
Arkansas Service Ribbon (with four bronze diamonds)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Combat Action Badge
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant 11 May 1985
First Lieutenant 10 May 1988
Captain 20 November 1990
Major 15 December 1995
Lieutenant Colonel 21 May 2001
Colonel 13 May 2008
Brigadier General 30 December 2012
Col. (P) Timothy J. Sheriff Deputy Commanding General (Army National Guard) for Air Defense Artillery
Tri-County Technical College --- AA Degree - Associate of Arts
Clemson University --- BS Degree - Industrial Education
Army War College --- MS Degree - Strategic Studies
MILITARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED
Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Course
Chaparral/Vulcan Officer Qualification Course
Company Level Pre-Command Course
Combined Arms and Services Staff School
NBC Officer Defense Course
Air and Missile Defense Advanced Course
Joint Defense Planner Course
Air and Missile Defense Workstation Course
Air and Missile Defense Planning and Command System
Joint Firepower Course
Command and General Staff College
Commander’s Safety Course
Air Defense Artillery Pre Command Course
US Army War College
Dual Status Commander Course
Joint Task Force Commander Course
PROMOTIONS DATE OF APPOINTMENT
2LT 15 Aug 86
1LT 14 Aug 89
CPT 02 Apr 92
MAJ 05 Jun 97
LTC 28 Mar 03
COL 11 Dec 07
BG 15 May 15
FROM TO ASSIGNMENT
Aug 86 - Jul 89 Platoon Leader, Battery C, 2-263 ADA Battalion, Clemson, S.C.
Jul 89 - Sep 91 Executive Officer, Battery C, 2-263 ADA Battalion, Clemson, S.C.
Sep 91 - Jan 92 Assistant ADA TAC Operations Officer, HHB, 2-263 ADA Battalion, Anderson, S.C.
Jan 92 - Aug 94 Commander, Battery C, 2-263 ADA Battalion, Clemson, S.C.
Aug 94 - Oct 96 Assistant S-3, HHB, 2-263 ADA Battalion, Anderson, S.C.
Oct 96 - Mar 99 S-3, HHB, 2-263 ADA Battalion, Anderson, S.C.
Mar 99 - Mar 00 Executive Officer, 1-263 ADA Battalion, Columbia, S.C.
Mar 00 - Jun 01 Executive Officer, 2-263 ADA Battalion, Anderson, S.C.
Jun 01 - Nov 01 Liaison Officer, 263d AAMDC, Anderson, S.C.
Nov 01 - Apr 02 Intelligence Officer, 263d AAMDC, Anderson, S.C.
Apr 02 - Dec 02 Asst Air Defense Coordinator, 263d AAMDC, Anderson, S.C.
Dec 02 - Sep 04 Senior AD Coord / MGMT Officer, 263d AAMDC, Anderson, S.C.
Sep 04 - Jun 06 Commander, HHB 1 BN 263d ADA, Columbia, S.C.
Jun 06 - Nov 08 Deputy G-3, 263d AAMDC, Anderson, S.C.
Nov 08 - Feb 14 Assistant Chief of Staff --- G3, 263d AAMDC, Anderson, S.C.
Feb 14 --- May 15 Deputy Commanding General, 263d AAMDC, Anderson, SC
May 15 Deputy Commanding General ARNG ADA, U.S. Army Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Okla.
SUMMARY OF OPERATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS
Air Defense Officer, 263d AAMDC NET/NEF, Fort Bliss, Texas Nov 00-Jan 01
Air Defense Officer, ISO Operation Noble Eagle, 263d AAMDC Jan 01-Jul 04
Anderson, S.C. Battalion Commander, 1-263 ADA Battalion, Kuwait Nov 04-Oct 05
Deputy TF Commander, National Capital Region Integrated Nov 07-May 08
Air Defense Mission Washington, D.C. TRO/TRA OIC, TF Commander, D-IADS, Minimum Feb 10-Feb 14
Deployment Package Anderson, S.C.
US DECORATIONS AND BADGES
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters (OLC)
Army Commendation Medal with one silver OLC and two bronze OLC
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal with 4 bronze OLC
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with one silver OLC and three bronze OLC
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze OLC
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass Device and M Device
Korean Defense Service Medal
NCO Professional Development Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon
Meritorious Unit Citation
Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
South Carolina Meritorious Service Medal
South Carolina Achievement Ribbon with one bronze OLC
South Carolina Mobilization Ribbon
South Carolina Active State Service Medal with two silver stars
South Carolina Governor’s Unit Citation