Brigadier General Andrew D. Preston
Brigadier General Andrew W. "Andy" Preston was commissioned as a Field Artillery officer after graduating from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School, Class 3-92 on 12 June 1992, Fort Benning, Georgia, and then attended the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. 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.
Subsequent duty assignments were: Battery Fire Direction Officer and Battery Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment; Aide de Camp to the CG, XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Assistant S3, 214th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, then Battery Commander of both C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery and Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 214th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Harvard/DCSOPS Fellow at Cambridge, Massachusetts, and then Strategic Plans Officer, DAMO-SSW (War Plans Division), Army G3 at the Pentagon; Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; 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, and as Battalion 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, Army's Coordination Group, Pentagon; Deputy Commanding General (Support), 25th Infantry Division and then Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, United States Army Pacific and as 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; and Master of Military Arts and Sciences, United States Army Command and General Staff College. BG Preston also attended a Senior Service College Fellowship at the Scowcroft Institute, Texas A&M University.
His military wards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit w/3 OLC, Silver Star Medal 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, Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ OLC, Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ OLC, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal w/ OLC, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army Commendation Medal-Combat, Iraq Campaign Medal-5 Campaigns, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 9, Army Staff Identification Badge, Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge.