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HHB/2-20th FA


Warriors

UNIT MISSION:


On Order, HHB/2-20th FA conducts rapid deployment to any operational environment to command and control accurate, timely, and decisive fires in support of unified land operations.
















Command

Captain Danesh P. Kateli



Captain Danesh P. Kateli was born and raised in Bombay, India. His home of record is Orlando, Florida. He has served for more than 17 year Active Duty Service. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Georgia on 8 May 2008, while earning the Commandants List. He is a graduate of Excelsior College, New York with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts.

Upon completion and earning the Commandants List for the Basic Officer Leader Course III, Captain Kateli was assigned to 1-5 Cavalry, 2nd BDE, 1 CD, where he served as a Company Fire Support Officer. He deployed to Iraq on a 12 month rotation, serving as a company FSO and Company Intelligence Support Team Officer In-Charge (OIC) for 6 months and then as a Platoon Leader for 3-82 Field Artillery. During this tenure his platoon was one of the first to achieve Environmental Policing; a phenomenon never facilitated in MND-North.

Later he served as the Battalion S-2 officer for a few months before heading over to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for the Captains Career Course (CCC). He graduated CCC on 30 June 2011. In August 2011, CPT Kateli was assigned to 3-393 Field Artillery, 479 Field Artillery Brigade as the Range Team OIC. While assigned there, he was appointed as Battalion Executive Officer, Battalion S-4 and Battalion Maintenance Officer, while concurrently training over 5000 mobilized Reserve and National Guardsmen in support of Overseas Contingency Operations. He was later assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, 41st Fires Brigade as the Assistant Operations Officer before assuming Command of that Battery.

Captain Kateli’s military schools include the Airborne School, Basic Officer Leadership Course II, Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Paladin Commanders Course, the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course, Tactical Information Operations Course, and the Joint Firepower Course. CPT Kateli’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (8 OLC) the Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the coveted Recruiter Ring.

Captain Kateli has two children, who are his pride and joy.

 

First Sergeant Hickman



A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, First Sergeant Hickman entered basic training followed by advanced individual training for 13f fire support specialist at Fort Sill, OK, on 01 Feb. 1995. His assignments have included 3rd BN, 6th FA, Fort Drum, NY; 2nd BN 82nd FA, Fort Hood, TX; 4th BN 11th FA, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; AIT instructor at 1st BN 30th FA, Fort Sill, OK; division TOC NCO at HHC, 2nd in division, camp red cloud, Korea; troop fire support NCO and squadron targeting NCO at 1st SQN 71st CAV, Fort Drum, NY; battalion fire support NCO at 2nd BN 22nd INF, Fort Drum, NY; and senior observer controller/trainer and operations NCOIC at 3rd BN 393rd FA, First Army Division West, Fort Hood, TX.

His overseas tours include Kuwait, Alaska, Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

1SG Hickman’s awards include 1 bronze star medal, 2 meritorious service medals, 4 army commendation medals, 3 army achievement medals, 6 army good conduct medals, 2 national defense service medals, 1 Korean defense service medal; 1 armed forces expeditionary medal, 1 Afghanistan campaign medal, 1 Iraq campaign medal, 1 global war on terrorism service medal, 1 non-commissioned officer professional development ribbon (3), 1 army service ribbon, 1 overseas service ribbon (4), 1 NATO medal, 1 joint meritorious unit award, 2 meritorious unit commendation awards, 1 army superior unit award, German armed forces marksmanship proficiency badge-bronze, combat action badge, air assault badge, army driver’s badge-wheel.

1SG Hickman’s military schools include small arms master gunner course, sharp course, battle staff NCO course, observer controller academy, senior leaders course, joint firepower observer course, advanced leaders course, army basic instructor training, warrior leaders course, air assault course, and jungle warfare course.

1SG Hickman is married and they have one daughter. He also has four children.