The 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery was first constituted June 13, 1861, in the Regular Army as Battery H, 5th Regiment of Artillery and was organized July 4, 1871, at Fort Greble, Penn. During this time, the unit participated in the Civil War and earned twenty four Campaign streamers in battles such as Manassas, Antietem, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Chickamauga. From 1901 to 1924, the unit was reorganized and redesignated several times and finally disbanded on June 26, 1944.

Prior to its inactivation, the unit once again answered the call to duty and earned nine campaign streamers for its participation in battle fought during World War II. The unit was again reconstituted in the Regular Army on June 28, 1950, with a consolidated redesignation as Battery A, 24th Anti-Aircraft Battalion. The unit was activated April 16, 1952, in the Republic of Korea and earned four Korean War campaign streamers. The unit was later inactivated in 1954. After its short existence in the Republic of Korea, the Battalion was redesignated a year later as Battery A, 24th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Missile Battalion and was activated June 1, 1955, at Fort Banks, Mass. Once again, the Battalion suffered numerous reconstructions and reorganizations which included designations as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 5th Rocket Howitzer Battalion, 5th Artillery (Army Reserve), assigned to the 94th Infantry Division; and 5th Howitzer Battalion, 5th Artillery (Army Reserve), assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea. Additional decorations include two Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations: the first is embroidered KOREA; the second is embroidered DEFENSE OF KOREA.

Today, the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery stands ready and vigilant to strategically deploy to any theater in the world and provide air and missile defense to critical assets in support of 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command.

Lieutenant Colonel Shawn H. Geib

LTC Geib is a native of Medina, Ohio. He entered the United States Army through the Youngstown State University, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in January 2000. Prior to his current assignment to 5-5 ADA, he served as the USCENTCOM, CCJ3-C-TAMD Branch Chief overseeing Airand Missile Defense operations throughout the CENTCOM area of responsibility.

His previous assignments and deployments include multiple platoon leader positions, culminating as the Battery Executive Officer assigned to D/4-3 ADA in Kitzingen, Germany from 2000-2003. During that time he deployed to Kosovo (KFOR 4B) from 2002-2003. From 2004 through 2006 he was assigned to 2-44 ADA where he served as the Battalion Logistics Officer and as a Battery Commander. He deployed his battery to Operation Iraqi Freedom and upon redeployment was reassigned to the 100th Missile Defense Brigade in Colorado Springs, CO from 2006-2008. His duties included Current Operation Officer and Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Crewmember. From 2008-2009, Shawn was reassigned to a Military Transition Team serving as the Fires and Effects Advisor assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom embedded with the 4th Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement. In 2010 he was reassigned to U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, where he served as the HHC Commander until 2012. After completing Intermediate Level Education (ILE) at the Naval War College in June of 2013, Geib was reassigned as the 108th ADA BDE Air Defense Artillery Fires Coordination Officer then served as the 1-7 ADA Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer from 2014-2015. He deployed in support of USCENTCOM contingency operations to Jordan in 2014-2015 and then took responsibility as the 108th ADA BDE Deputy Commander from 2015-2016.

LTC Geib’s military education includes the Air Defense Officer Basic Course, Air Defense Captain’s Career Course, the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Operator’s Course, the Space Operations Officer Qualification Course (FA40), the Military Transition Team Advisor course, ILE atthe Naval War College, and Joint Professional Military Education Level II(JPMEII).

LTC Geib’s civilian education includes a Bachelors degree from Youngstown State University in Criminal Justice, a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University, and a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

LTC Geib’s military awards include the Bronze Star (1OLC), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (OLC), the Parachutist Badge, the AirAssault Badge, and the Space Badge.

LTC Geib is married tothe former Kristina Johnson of Grafton, Ohio. They have a son Colton - age 17, and a daughter Raegan -age 13.

Command Sergeant Major Kelly Hart

CSM Kelly Hart hails from a small town in Southeastern Ohio named McConnelsville. He was born on April 23, 1977 and graduated from Morgan High School in 1995. He enlisted into the Army in October 1996 and went to basic training at Fort Sill, OK. After BCT, he attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Bliss, TX where he was awarded the MOS 14R (Bradley Linebacker Crewmember.

After completion of his training he was sent overseas where he was assigned to 4-3 ADA in Kitzingen, Germany. CSM Hart was then assigned to 1/3 ACR at Fort Carson, CO for three years where he also completed a short tour to Bosnia for six months. After that, he went to Fort Riley, where he was with C 1-4 ADA and deployed to Iraq from 2003 to 2004 as a Bradley Commander. Upon returning from Iraq, CSM Hart was reclassified to the MOS 14J and assigned to the 32d AAMDC for six months before heading to Ohio for recruiting duty. As a Detailed Recruiter, CSM Hart worked in both the Massillon and Canton Ohio recruiting stations. After recruiting command, CSM Hart moved his family overseas to Germany with JTAGS Alpha Detachment.

While overseas, he was the Detachment Sergeant for both the CENTCOM and Germany sites for 36 months. CSM Hart was then assigned as a Brigade Equal Opportunity Advisor for the 31st ADA Brigade out of Fort Sill, OK for 24 months. CSM Hart then served 24 months as the First Sergeant for 1st Space Company (JTAGS), and seven months as the 1st Space Brigade HHC First Sergeant in Colorado Springs, CO. CSM Hart then went on to the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, TX for 10 months. CSM Hart’s current assignment is with 5-5 ADA BN.

CSM Hart’s military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, the Senior Leader Course, Army Recruiting Course, JTAGS Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, Combatives Level 1, Equal Opportunity Advisors Course, SHARP Course, Space 200, and a graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 68. He has an Associate in Applied Science – Admin/Management Studies and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College.

CSM Hart’s awards and decorations include; Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (silver, 1 loop), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon ( Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), NATO Medal, Valorous Unit Award (1 OLC), Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, the German Armed Forces Badge (Gold), the Senior Space Badge, the Recruiter Ring, and is an active member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. He has also been awarded the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, the Order of St. Dominic and the Norwegian Foot March (Bronze).

CSM Hart is married to Jennifer Hart from Colorado Springs and they have two children — Jordyn and Kaden.

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