Portrait of the Battalion Commander





Lt. Col. Justin R. Howe is a native of Irwin, Pennsylvania. In 1998, he graduated from The Citadel with a bachelor of science in business degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery.

Upon completion of the Officer Basic Course, Howe was assigned to 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Camp Casey, Korea, where he served as a Bradley stinger fighting vehicle platoon leader. In 2000, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, New York where he served as the early warning platoon leader and Headquarters and Headquarters Battery executive officer. He was then assigned to Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division (Light) where he deployed to the countries of Kosovo as the assistant Division G3 Air and to Afghanistan as a battle captain.

After completion of the Air Defense Captains Career Course, he served as the battalion S1 for 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He later served as the battery commander for Delta Battery, 2-44 ADA.

Howe next served as the assistant professor of Military Science at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Howe then moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to serve as the S3 for 2nd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery Regiment and subsequently the S3 and DCO for 6th ADA Bde.

Following completion of his tour at Fort Sill, Howe was stationed in Kuwait as the executive officer to the ARCENT DCG where he worked alongside. After a year, he returned to Fort Knox, Kentucky, to serve as an assignment officer for the Air Defense Artillery Branch. He most recently finished his third year at the Army Human Resource Command as the Active Component distribution chief.

Howe's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (V-Device, three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO (Kosovo) Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the German Army Proficiency Badge (Gold). He is a graduate of Air Assault School, Airborne School, and Ranger School. He also earned the Combat Action Badge during operations in Iraq.