428th Field Artillery Brigade "First And Always!"
The 428th Field Artillery Brigade trains and educates Soldiers, Marines, and international partners in Field Artillery and Fire Support core competencies and values based leadership and conduct as a member of the profession of arms in order to provide capable and confident leaders and artillery men and women to the operational force.
Colonel Jeffrey D. Buck
Colonel Jeffrey D. Buck is a native of North Platte, NE. He enlisted in the Army as a 13E, Cannon Fire Direction Specialist from 1990-1993 before entering the Green to Gold program. He is a 1995 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Kearney where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery.
COL Buck’s commands include the 25th FA Detachment (Target Acquisition), HHS/3-7 Field Artillery, and 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery all in the 25th Infantry Division. He has served in Field Artillery staff positions including tours as Battalion Fire Support Officer, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea; Brigade Fire Support Officer, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA; Executive Officer and Operations Officer, 3rd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA.
Additional staff and developmental assignments include service as Aide de Camp to the Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Pacific; Observer-Controller, Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA; Observer-Coach-Trainer, Mission Command Training Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS; and Chief of Congressional Operations Division, Office of the Chief Legislative Liaison. COL Buck’s most recent assignment was as the Director, G3/5/7, United States Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill.
He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Webster University, and a Masters degree in National Security Studies from the United States Army War College. His military education includes the Field Artillery Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College.
COL Buck is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. His awards and decorations include the two awards of the Bronze Star Medal, seven Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
COL Buck is married to the former Michelle Kahele of Honolulu, HI. They have two children Trevor (13) and Cody (11).
Command Sergeant Major Gerry J. German
CSM Gerry J. German is a native of Tallahassee, FL. He joined the United States Army on October 2, 1991. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His previous duty positions include COLT Team Chief, Company Fire Support NCO, Company and Battalion Fire Support Trainer, Battalion Fire Support NCO, Brigade Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Battalion Command Sergeant Major.
His previous assignments include 6th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, Germany; 4th Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, Fort Riley, KS; 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery, Fort Hood, TX; 1st Battalion 15th Field Artillery, Camp Casey Korea; 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Fort Hood, TX; Operations Group (SCORPION/COBRA TEAM), National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA; 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Battalion; 3rd BDE, 3rd Infantry Div.; 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, Fort Benning, GA; 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery, Fort Polk, LA and 2nd Battalion, 306th Field Artillery, Fort Stewart, GA. CSM German has served on three deployments in Iraqi and one in Afghanistan.
His military education includes Basic Leaders Course (BLC), Advance Leader Course (ALC), Senior Leader Course (SLC), Joint Firepower Course, Battle Staff Course, First Sergeant Course, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, and the Command Sergeants Major Course. He has earned an Associate of Arts in Business Administration from Grantham University and Bachelor of Professional Studies in Business and Management from Excelsior College.
CSM German’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3rd Award), Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Army Commendation Medal (6th Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Good Conduct Medal (9th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Noncommissioned Officer Ribbon (5th award), NATO Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. CSM German also awarded the Order of Saint Barbara and a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. CSM German’s daughter Chennette (24) is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University.
Mr. Greg Marcum
In this capacity serves as the Deputy to a Commander. Provides direction and personally supervises the Brigade Staff and other organizations. Keeps the Commander informed of all aspects of the Brigade’s functions. Exercises a very high degree of initiative and independent judgment in performing duties. Supervises and manages all the Brigade operations in the absence of the Commander.
Constituted 19 July 1944 in the Army of the United States as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 428th Field Artillery Group.
Activated 25 August 1944 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Inactivated 30 September 1945 in Italy.
Allotted 29 October 1946 to the Organized Reserves.
Activated 14 November 1946 at Lafayette, Indiana.
Organized Reserves re-designated 25 March 1948 as the Organized Reserve Corps; re-designated 9 July 1952 as the Army Reserve.
Location changed 22 August 1949 to Gary, Indiana.
Inactivated 4 December 1950 at Gary, Indiana.
Re-designated 24 November 1967 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 428th Artillery Group.
Activated 31 January 1968 at South Bend, Indiana.
Re-designated 1 September 1971 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 428th Field Artillery Group.
Re-designated 1 June 1978 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 428th Field Artillery Brigade.
Inactivated 15 September 1996 at South Bend, Indiana.
Transferred 18 August 2006 to the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command.
Headquarters activated 7 December 2006 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.