COL Edward J. O'Neill
108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade
COL Edward J. O’Neill was commissioned in 1989 as a Second Lieutenant in Air Defense Artillery after graduating from Kent State University. After attending the Air Defense Artillery Basic Course in 1990, he was assigned to the C Battery, 6th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, 1st Armored Division, Schwabach, Germany, where he served as Chaparral / Stinger Platoon Leader during Operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM and Battery Executive Officer. Restationed in 1991, he served as Bradley Fighting Vehicle (Stinger) Platoon Leader and Battery Executive Officer for A Battery, 5th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, 1st Armored Division, Wackernheim, Germany. In 1993-94, LTC O’Neill graduated the Air Defense Artillery Advanced Course and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Riley, Kansas serving as Assistant Division Air Defense Artillery Officer and Battalion S-4. In 1995, he was reassigned to the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky serving as Assistant Operations Officer (S3) and commanding Delta Battery (Destroyers), 2-44 ADA from January 1996 to June 1997.
Following command, he was assigned to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), Fort Polk, Louisiana serving as Task Force and Brigade ADA Observer Controller from 1997-1999. Selected as a Joint Chiefs of Staff Intern, he was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon to serve as Army Intern to the Deputy Secretary from 1999-2000. In 2000, he served as Aide de Camp to the Commanding General, U.S. Space and Missile Defense Command, Arlington, Virginia. From 2001-2003, he attended the Command and General Staff Course and School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) followed by reassignment in 2003 to the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Assigned to G3 Plans, he deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan in 2004 and served as Chief, Future Plans, CJ35, Combined Joint Task Force-76 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Returning in 2005, he served as the Battalion Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery and Battalion Operations Officer, Special Troops Battalion (STB), 25th Infantry Division. He served as Deputy Chief of Plans, 94th AAMDC from 2006-2007. From 01 June 2007 to 17 June 2009, LTC O’Neill commanded the 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (Regiment) in Okinawa, Japan. Following command, he served as Chief, AMD Integration Cell, Fires Center of Excellence from 2009-2010. Upon graduating from the U.S. Army War College in 2011, he returned to Fort Sill to serve as TCM-AAMDC.
Colonel O’Neill holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Kent State University, a Master’s Degree in Military History from Louisiana State University, a Master’s Degree in Operational Arts and Science from the Command and General Staff College, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal (4OLC). He has also earned the Parachutist and Air Assault Badges and Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.