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Battalion History
The 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment was constituted on May 8, 1794, in the Regular Army as the 3d Company, 4th Battalion, Corps ofArtillerists and Engineers. The unit was first designated Captain Robert Sweeney's Company of Artillery in 1802 and served actively in the War of 1812.

The Battalion’s distinctive lineage spanned two centuries and almost every major conflict throughout the world in defense of the homeland in Field, Costal and Anti-aircraft Units. During World War II, the 3rd Regiment was broken up into battalions, and the unit was designated briefly as the 520th Coast Artillery Battalion, then as the 3rd Coast Artillery Battalion. The unit was inactivated following the end of the war.In January 1950, the Battalion was reconstituted in the regular Army and consolidated with the 3rd Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons), an element of the 3rd Infantry Division. It fought throughout the Korean War with the 3rd Infantry Division. In September 2005 the unit was again inactivated. Once again, on July 27, 2010, the 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment was officially activated at Fort Sill to support the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade.

Lt. Col. Jeff Porter

Jeff Porter was born and raised in Kentucky. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery (ADA) branch through the U.S. Army ROTC program.

He has served in several leadership and staff positions to include: Plans and Operations Division chief, Operations Group X-Ray, Mission Command Training Program (2016-2018), fires and protection observer, coach/trainer, Operations Group Foxtrot, Mission Command Training Program (2015-2016), 108th ADA Brigade deputy commanding officer (2014-2015), 3rd Battalion 4th ADA executive officer (2013-2014), 3-4th ADA S-3 (2012-2013), J-5 Plans and Policy Branch chief (Pacific), Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense (JFCC-IMD) (2009-2011) and JFCC-IMD operations watch officer (2008-2009).

Company grade assignments include commander B Battery, 5-5th ADA (Fort Lewis, Wash.), battery executive officer A Battery, 4-5th ADA (Fort Hood, Texas), and Bradley Linebacker platoon leader A Battery, 4-5th ADA (Fort Hood).

He holds a Bachelor of science degree in police administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master of arts in leadership studies from the University of Texas at El Paso. His military education includes the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Air Defense Artillery Captain’s Career Course, and the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course.

His decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with one oak leaf cluster (OLC)), Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (with one OLC), Army Commendation Medal (with one OLC), and the Army Achievement Medal (with one OLC). He has earned the Combat Action Badge and Parachutists Badge. Porter and his wife, Julia, have three children: Grant, Coleman, and Anna.

Command Sgt. Maj. Bryon T. Mulligan

Command Sgt. Maj. Bryon T. Mulligan has been married to Michelle for 22 years; they have two daughters Mikala, 21-years old, and Megin, 18-years old, who currently reside in Copperas Cove, Texas. Mulligan was born in Colorado Springs, Colo. and enlisted in the Army on Sept. 11, 1990. He completed basic combat training at Fort Sill, Okla. and advanced individual training at Fort Bliss, Texas as a man-portable Stinger crew member. His assignments Include: Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion 3rd Air Defense Artillery (ADA), Kitzingen, Germany; A Battery, 4-3rd ADA, Kitzingen, Germany; A Battery, 1-3rd ADA, Fort Carson, Colo.; ADA Battery, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson; A Battery, 1-62nd ADA, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; C Battery, 1-56th ADA, Fort Bliss; D Battery, 1-56th ADA, Fort Bliss; A Battery, 1-56th ADA, Fort Bliss; B Battery, 1-56th ADA, Fort Bliss; NCO Academy, Fort Bliss; Training and Doctrine Command G-3/5/7, Fort Monroe, Va.; A Battery, 3-3rd ADA, Fort Hood, Texas; E Battery, 4-5th ADA, Fort Hood.

Mulligan’s leadership positions include: Stinger team chief, Stinger section sergeant, Avenger team chief, Avenger section sergeant, drill sergeant, senior drill sergeant, platoon sergeant, first sergeant, battalion S2/force protection/Operations Security noncommissioned officer in charge and the Soldier for Life Western Region deputy director.

Mulligan’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (4), ARCOM (4), AAM (3), Good Conduct Medal , NDSM (bronze star), Iraq Campaign Medal (bronze star), Humanitarian Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Ribbon, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Ribbon, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (1), Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Special Operation Service Ribbon, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Driver’s Badge with wheel clasp, and he is a member of the Order of Saint Barbara and the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. Mulligan’s military and civilian education includes: AIT, PLDC, BNCOC , ANCOC, First Sergeants Course; Sergeants Major Academy, 14S Avenger Crewmember Course, Combat Life Saver Course, Unit Armorer Course, Total Army Retention Course, Collateral Duty Safety Training, Northern Warfare Training Center, AT Level I&II, OPSEC Level I&II, EO Course, Drill Sergeant School, Army ASIST Training, Air Assault School, Rappel Masters Course, MRT, he also holds an associate’s degree in information technologies through Pierce College, a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a Masters in science management with a concentration in organizational management.

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