402d Field Artillery Brigade Commander
COL Carolyn Birchfield was born in Frankfurt, Germany. She attended the University of Colorado where she received her degree in Political Science and was commissioned in 1989.
Following the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, she served as a Platoon Leader and Battery Executive Officer with the 8th Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, located in Giebelstadt, Germany. While serving as the Executive Officer, she deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Upon the unit's deactivation, she moved to Ansbach, Germany to serve as a Tactical Director with the 6th Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery. After returning to the United States and attending the Advanced Course, she deployed to Southwest Asia to join the 2nd Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery as a Tactical Director in support of Operation Determined Resolve V. Following her return, her next assignment was as the Battalion S4 where she deployed to Korea, helping to establish a permanent presence on the peninsula. While in command of E
Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, her battery
deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and served in
support of the 2d Battalion, 1st Air
Defense Artillery. Following battery command, she was
assigned to the Space and Missile Defense Command, Battle
Lab, in Colorado Springs where she earned her Master's
degree in Space Systems Management from Webster
University. She then
spent a year in Korea as the Brigade Air Defense Officer for
the 6th Cavalry Brigade located at Camp
Following attendance at the Command and General Staff College, COL Birchfield was assigned as the Assistant Division Air Defense Officer and Battalion S3 for the 1st Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Wiesbaden, Germany. She deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2. Returning from Germany, she was assigned to the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade while it was still located at Ft. Bliss. She served as the Battalion Executive Officer for 3rd Battalion, 2d Air Defense Artillery, the Brigade Operations Officer, the Deputy Commander and, finally, as the 3-2 ADA Battalion Commander. While in command, the Battalion deployed to Korea for a one year mission beginning in April 2008 returning in May 2009 to Ft. Bliss with subsequent relocation to Ft. Sill as part of the BRAC movement. Following Battalion command, she served as the Air Defense Branch Chief as part of Human Resources Command prior to its move to Ft. Knox. Following her stint at HRC, she attended the National War College earning a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. She recently returned from a tour to the Middle East serving as the Deputy Area Air Defense Commander OIC for the 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command located forward at Al Udeid, Airbase in Qatar.
Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster,) the Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLCs,) the Army Commendation Medal (3 OLCs,) the Army Achievement Medal (4 OLCs,) the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Kuwaiti Defense Service Medal and the Southwest Asia Service Medal. Her badges include the Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.