The 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment, prepares for expeditionary employment; on order deploys to any area of operations ready to provide accurate, timely, and decisive rocket and missile fires in support of Unified Land Operations.

LTC Andrew Hercik

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew M. Hercik is a native of Wadsworth, OH, and a graduate of Ohio University, where he received his commission in 2001 as a Field Artillery officer.

LTC Hercik’s first assignment was as a Company Fire Support Officer, Battery Fire Direction Officer and Executive Officer in 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82d Airborne Division where he deployed to Al Fallujah, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He returned to the 82nd Airborne Division, where he again deployed to the Diyala Province of Iraq as the Fire Support Officer for 5th Squadron, 73d Cavalry (Airborne), and later to Baghdad Iraq as the commander of Able Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, and subsequently commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company 3d BCT, 82d Airborne Division. Following battery command, he was assigned as the Fire Support Officer for 3d Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

LTC Hercik returned to Fort Bragg and was assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps staff, where he deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as the Chief of Future Operations for U.S. Forces Afghanistan. He later served as the Battalion S3 for 3d Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment and Deputy Commanding Officer for the 82d Airborne Division Artillery.

Following his assignment to Fort Bragg, LTC Hercik was assigned to Alaskan Command as the Deputy Current Operations Chief, and Future Operations Land Planner. While in Alaska, he deployed to San Juan, Puerto Rico in support of Hurricane Maria relief efforts.

LTC Hercik holds a master’s degree from Webster University, and is a graduate of the Field Artillery Basic and Career Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the USMC Joint Terminal Attack Controller course.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), and Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He is authorized the Combat Action Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge.

LTC Hercik is married to the former Deanna Goldberg of Fayetteville, North Carolina. They have three children, Josh (25), Brian (7), and Callie (5).

1-14th Welcome Letter

CSM Paul V. Larsen

Command Sgt. Maj. Paul V. Larsen is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah and entered the Army on July 9, 1991. He attended basic training and advanced individual training as a Multiple Launch Rocket Systems crewmember at Fort Sill, Okla. His stateside assignments include Fort Sill; Fort Bliss, Texas; and as an Army recruiter, in Antioch, Cali. His overseas assignments include two tours in Germany: with the 1st Armored Division and the 7th Army Training Center, and two tours in the Republic of Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division. He is also a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Larsen’s leadership positions include ammunition section chief, launcher section chief, MLRS platoon sergeant, observer controller/trainer, first sergeant, battalion command sergeant major, Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate sergeant major and senior observer coach-trainer. His military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, First Sergeant Course, Sergeants Major Academy, Recruiting Station Commander Course, Hazardous Material Handling Course, Combat Life Saver Course, Army Recruiter Course, Army Retention Course, Unit Drug and Alcohol Coordinator Course, and Army Combative Course (Level 1). He is working on a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

Larsen’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with six oak leaf clusters (OLC)), Army Commendation Medal (with four OLC), Army Achievement Medal (with six OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th award), National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze star), Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Recruiters Gold Badge with two sapphires, Drivers Mechanic Wheels badge and the Combat Action Badge.

Larsen is married with three children who reside in Lawton-Fort Sill area. He was inducted into the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara in October 2002 and inducted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club in January 1997.

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1-14th FAR Unit History

Constituted on July 1, 1916 in the regular Army as the 14th Field Artillery Regiment, the unit was organized June 1, 1917 at Fort Sill, Okla. The unit was redesignated Jan. 8, 1942 as the 14th Armored Field Artillery Battalion and saw action in World War II. In 1944, the battalion was part of the allied amphibious assault at Normandy and the subsequent drive across northern France, the Rhineland, the Ardennes-Alsace and central Europe.

On Feb. 15, 1969 the battalion was reassigned to the 23rd Infantry Division and placed into action in Vietnam where it participated in numerous campaigns to include the 1968 and 1969 Tet Counteroffensives.

In May 1993, Fort Hood, Texas became its home for a short period before it was relocated to Fort Sill and activated on June 7, 1996 as part of the 214th Field Artillery Brigade, III Corps Artillery. From the beginning of the Global War on Terror, the 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery has continued its proud tradition of service to our Nation.

On Mar. 20, 2003, the battalion deployed to Iraq and was attached to the 41st Field Artillery Brigade as part of Task Force Bullet.

In 2006, the battalion’s firing batteries trained on the use of the Q36 and Q37 fire-finder radar systems, after which they deployed on three target acquisition missions to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006-2008 in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

In July 2007, the battalion received the 578th Forward Support Company to provide support to the battalion during high-intensity operations.

In March 2008, the battalion received the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), which gave the battalion the ability to rapidly deploy and deliver precision-guided fires.

In April 2013 to January 2014 the battalion deployed to the United Arab Emirates in support of both Operations Spartan Shield and Enduring Freedom.

In 2015, the battalion was reassigned to the 75th Field Artillery Brigade, III Corps Artillery. The unit deployed two firing batteries to separate locations to provide surface-to-surface precision fires in the Central Command area of operations in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve.

Today, the battalion stands ready as III Corps' only HIMARS-equipped battalion supported by a highly skilled forward support company ready to conduct rapid deployment and provide lethal precision and area fires around the world.