Steel Squadron Commander

LTC Francis

Lt. Col Alric L. Francis was commissioned in December 1995 as a Field Artillery Officer at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  Lt. Col Francis’s military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Field Artillery Captains Career Course, the Combined Arms and Staff Service School and Command and General Staff Officers Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.


Lt. Col Francis’ initial assignment was with the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas where he served as a Platoon Fire Direction Officer, Company Fire Support Officer, Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and BN Intelligence Officer with 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment.  In 1998, he deployed as platoon leader (SFOR 4) to Bosnia.  In 2000, he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Stewart, GA.  He served as an AFSCOORD for the Division HQ and deployed to Bosnia with the DIV HQ as part of SFOR 8/9.  In March 2002 he was assigned to 1st Battalion 41st Field Artillery Regiment as the Battalion Operations Officer and then deployed in 2003 to Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 before taking command of Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment.  In 2004, He took command of Alpha Battery 1st Battalion 76th Field Artillery Regiment and deployed in support of OIF 3.  In 2005 he took command of Delta Battery 1st Battalion 76th Field Artillery Regiment.  In 2006 , Lt. Col Francis was assigned to the Total Army Personnel Command (PERSCOM) in Alexandria, Virginia, where he served as the Field Artillery Branch Captain’s and Majors Assignment’s Officer.  In 2008, Lt. Col Francis served in a fellowship at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  In 2009 he joined the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, GA, where he served as the Brigade FSO, Brigade Planner, 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Executive Officer and the 3rd Brigade Executive Officer.  He immediately deployed with the brigade headquarters to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the transition to Operation New Dawn.  In 2012, Lt. Col Francis was assigned as the Special Assistant to the Director Army Staff at the Pentagon.


Lt. Col Francis’ awards include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), and the Combat Action Badge.