Brigadier General Andrew D. Preston
Brigadier General Andrew D. Preston was commissioned as a Field Artillery officer upon graduation from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School, Class 3-92 on 12 June 1992, Fort Benning, Georgia. His first unit assignment was as a Company Fire Support Officer in 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
His subsequent duty assignments were: Battery Fire Direction Officer and Battery Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Aide de Camp to the CG, XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Assistant S3, 214th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Battery Commander of both C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery and Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 214th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Harvard/DCSOPS Fellow at Cambridge, Massachusetts; Strategic Plans Officer, DAMO-SSW (War Plans Division), Army G-3, the Pentagon; 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii with three operational deployments to Iraq, as the Division Plans Officer (CJTF-76, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM), Battalion Executive Officer in 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, Executive Officer, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Operation IRAQI FREEDOM), and Contingency Plans Officer in J35, United States Pacific Command; Commander, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, 25th Infantry Division (Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN); Commander, 214th Fires Brigade and 4th Division Artillery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Chief of Staff 25th Infantry Division, Hawaii; Director, Chief of Staff of the Army's Coordination Group, the Pentagon; Deputy Commanding General (Support), 25th Infantry Division, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, United States Army Pacific, Chief of Staff, United States Army Pacific; 55th Commandant of the Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
His civilian and military education include a Bachelor of Science, University of Oklahoma; Master of Public Administration, Harvard University; Master of Military Arts and Sciences, United States Army Command and General Staff College; Senior Service College Fellowship, Scowcroft Institute, Texas A&M University; Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia; Ranger School, Fort Benning, Georgia; Jumpmaster Course; Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Field Artillery Career Course, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Combined Arms Services and Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit w/3 OLC, Bronze Star w/2 OLC, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/3 OLC, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/2 OLC, Army Achievement Medal w/3 OLC, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star Iraq Campaign Medal w/4 Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 9, Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/OLC, Meritorious Unit Commendation w/OLC, Army Staff Identification Badge, Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge.