On behalf of Soldiers and Families of the 1st Armored Division Artillery, I would like to welcome you and your family to our team – the "Iron Steel" unit. You are joining a unit that is disciplined, filled with esprit de corps, lives the Army values, believes in themselves and their leaders and consistently performs its missions to a higher standard. This unit affords many opportunities and challenges to develop yourself and your career and I know you will find your assignment in the DIVARTY to be both professionally and personally rewarding.

The unit, located in new facilities on East Fort Bliss, is currently focused on RESET (build) operations, training, and preparing for combat. In the coming months, the unit will build on our foundation, receiving more Soldiers and more equipment. We will steadily improve upon our unique capabilities as a vital member of the 1st Armored Division's combined arms team.

Fort Bliss is one of the Army's premier power projection platforms. You are fortunate to be assigned to such a dynamic post that is at the forefront of the Army's transformation. The heart of the growing Fort Bliss community, Freedom Crossing, is unique for a military installation. In addition to shops and restaurants, Freedom Crossing also features a 10-screen, stadium seating, first-run movie theatre called the Grand Theatre. At Freedom Crossing, you will also find shaded patios, an outdoor fireplace, an interactive fountain, and a covered children's play area

If you have not been contacted by a sponsor, please let us know. Your chain of command and/or your sponsor will assist you in any way we can.  The Fort Bliss website is an excellent source of information about the Fort Bliss and El Paso communities. The 1AD DIVARTY also has a unit Facebook page, which will provide you useful information. I look forward to working for and with you. Again, welcome to Fort Bliss and the 1 AD DIVARTY.

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Commander - COL James M. CollinsCOL COLLINS DIVARTY CMD Photo.jpg
Colonel James Collins was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer through ROTC at The Citadel in 1997. As a lieutenant, he served as a Company Fire Support Officer, Battery Fire Direction Officer, and Battalion Fire Direction Officer, 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division. Following the Field Artillery Officer Advance Course, he served as Battalion S2 and Battalion Fire Support Officer, 4th Battalion 27th Field Artillery, 1st Armored Division. In 2003, COL Collins assumed command of Bravo Battery, 4th Battalion 27th Field Artillery, 1st Armored Division and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon completion of command, COL Collins was assigned to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center where he served as Task Force Fire Support Observer/Controller, Firing Battery Observer/Controller, and Brigade Fire Support Observer/Controller.

Following graduation from the Air Command and Staff College, COL Collins served as the Brigade Fire Support Officer, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team; Battalion Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 84th Field Artillery; and Brigade Operations Officer, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. During this time, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon redeployment, COL Collins attended the United Kingdom’s Advance Command and Staff College.

In 2014, COL Collins assumed command of 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. During this time, he deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Upon relinquishing command, he was assigned to the Army Human Resources Command as the Field Artillery Branch Chief, Officer Personnel Management Division.

COL Collins’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Meritorious Unit Citation and the Army Superior Unit Award. He has earned the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

Command Sergeant Major - CSM Jeane-Pierre AlcedoCSM ALCEDO DIVARTY Photo.jpg
Command Sergeant Major Jean-Pierre Alcedo entered the Army and conducted One Station Unit Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty of 13B, Cannon Crew Member.

CSM Alcedo’s assignments include Advance Party to Ammo Truck Driver, A Battery, 1-17th Battalion, Field Artillery, Fort Sill; Section Gunner, 1-15th FA, Camp Casey, Korea; Advance Party to Section Chief, A Btry, 3-319th (AIRBORNE) BN FAR, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; S3 Operation NCO, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 82nd Division Artillery (AIRBORNE) FAR, Fort Bragg; Senior Drill Sergeant, A Btry, 1-22nd BN FA, Fort Sill; Platoon Sergeant to First Sergeant, C BTRY, 1-321 (AIRBORNE) BN FA, Fort Bragg; First Sergeant, HHB, 3-27 BN FA, Camp Casey; Operation Sergeant, 1-319th (AIRBORNE) BN FAR, Fort Bragg; First Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd (AIRBORNE) Division, Fort Bragg; First Sergeant, HHB, 18th FIRES Brigade, Fort Bragg; Student at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss; G3 Operation Sergeant Major, 7th Army Training Command, Grafenwӧhr, Germany; and the Battalion Command Sergeant Major, 4-319th AFAR, Grafenwӧhr.

CSM Alcedo has deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Iraq and Afghanistan, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

CSM Alcedo’s military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, the Advance Noncommissioned Officer Course, the Drill Sergeant School, Airborne School, the Jump Master Course, the First Sergeant Course and Class 66 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. He is also the recipient of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.

CSM Alcedo’s awards and decorations include, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (9 OLC), the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Campaign Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal (7th award), the Drill Sergeant Badge, the Airborne Badge (Master Parachutist), and the Combat Action Badge.

CSM Alcedo is a graduate of Excelsior College with a bachelor’s degree in Science-Liberal Arts and is continuing a master’s degree in Business and Management with the University of Maryland University College.