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 Troy C. Bucher

LTC Bucher enlisted in the Army in 1989 and deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm with his first unit of assignment, 2-52 ADA BN (HAWK). After serving as an enlisted Soldier in three different occupational specialties, he commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1998 as an Air Defense Artillery Officer.

Upon completion of the Officer Basic Course, LTC Bucher served as an Avenger Platoon Leader, a Linebacker Platoon Leader and then the Assistant Regimental Air Defense Officer in 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Car

LTC Bucher next served as the Brigade Adjutant for the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss, Texas, assisting in re-stationing the unit to its current home in Korea. He then returned to Fort Carson, Colorado, to command the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment’s Air Defense Artillery Battery. LTC Bucher deployed his battery to Iraq in 2005, serving in Baghdad, Sinjar and Tal Afar before returning and deactivating as the last heavy SHORAD battery in the US Army in 2006.

LTC Bucher assumed his second commanded of Alpha Company, 3-11 Infantry Battalion (OCS), at Fort Benning, Georgia, and commissioned more than 800 officers from 2006-2008. From 2008-2011, LTC Bucher served as the operations officer and an instructor at the Defence Against Terrorism Center of Excellence in Ankara, Turkey, training and educating officers from Allied and Partnership for Peace nations in anti-terrorism and convoy security procedures.

After completing Command and General Staff College, LTC Bucher was assigned to the 30th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 2012, where he served as the Battalion Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, and later as the Brigade Deputy Commanding Officer. In 2014, LTC Bucher moved to the Fires Battle Lab at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he planned and executed experiments as the Air and Missile Defense Experimentation and Wargaming Officer.

Selected for duty as a Professor of Military Science, LTC Bucher was assigned to Oklahoma State University from 2015-2017, where he supervised the education and training of the university’s 120 Cadets.

On June 1st, 2017, LTC Bucher assumed command of the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.

LTC Bucher’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4), the Army Commendation Medal (5), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (6), and the Combat Action Badge.

LTC Bucher is married to the former Ms. Rachel Harris, a native of Ryan, Oklahoma, and has three children. His oldest son, Dylan, serves in the U.S. Navy. LTC Bucher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cameron University and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Fiction from Seton Hill University.

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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