1-62 ADA Battalion Commander

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LTC Curran D. Chidester was commissioned in 1998 after completing the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. His first assignment was as a Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle Platoon Leader in the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, at Camp Hovey, Korea.

From 2000-2002, LTC Chidester served as a Battery Executive Officer and Assistant Battalion S3 in the 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery, 25th Infantry (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. From 2003-2005, he served as the Battalion S4 then commanded Alpha Battery, 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas and in Baghdad, Iraq during OIF 2.

From 2005-2008, LTC Chidester served as an instructor for the Air Defense Artillery Captain’s Career Course, Fort Bliss, Texas.

From 2009-2010, he served as the Deputy Chief of Operations for the 32nd AAMDC at Fort Bliss, Texas.

From 2010-2012 he served as the Battalion Executive Officer for the 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery at Fort Bliss, Texas, and deployed to Bahrain in May 2011.

In May 2012, he was assigned as an Air Defense Artillery Assignment Officer at Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky. In April 2014 until April 2015, he assumed the duties of the Chief of Active Component Distribution Branch.

On 05 June 2015, he assumed command of 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas

LTC Chidester’s military schools include the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Airborne School, the Mechanized Leaders Course, the U.S. Army Level I and II Combatives Courses, the Joint Fire Power Course, the Space Operations Course, the Total Army Instructor Training Course, the Command and Staff Service School, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He has a Master of Arts in Leadership Management from Webster University.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), the Valorous Unit Award, the Basic Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.