Colonel Charles D. Mills
5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment
Colonel Charles D. Mills is a native of Charleston, SC, and a 1991 graduate of Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. He is an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from South Carolina State University and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Field Artillery. His command and staff assignments have been in Fort Sill, Fort Bliss, Germany, South Korea, and Iraq.
Colonel Mills' duty positions include: Company Fire Support Officer, Fire Direction Officer, Battalion Fire Support Officer, and Assistant Brigade Fire Support Officer in 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery; Gunnery Instructor; Battalion Fire Direction Officer and Headquarters Battery Commander in 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery; Brigade S3 Liaison Officer, 212th Field Artillery Brigade; Operations Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Human Resources Command; Division Plans Officer, 2ID; Battalion Operations Officer, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery; Senior Analyst, Commander's Initiatives Group at United States Forces Korea; and Chief of Operations, 3rd Battlefield Coordination Detachment-Korea. Colonel Mills commanded 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division. He also served as the Chief of Doctrine in the Directorate of Training and Doctrine at the Fires Center of Excellence and most recently as the Deputy Chief of the Combined Joint Fires Element, United States Forces Korea.
Colonel Mills' military education includes: Airborne School, the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Field Artillery Basic Instructor Training Course, Command & Staff Service School, M109A6 Paladin Commander's Course, Army Force Management School, Command and General Staff College, and the School of Advanced Military Studies where he received a Masters in Military Arts and Science. Colonel Mills is also a graduate of the Army War College, where he received a Masters in Strategic Studies. His civilian education includes a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Troy University, Troy Alabama.
His military awards include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal and the Iraqi Campaign Medal.
Colonel Mills has two sons.
As the senior liaison unit for the Commander, United States Army Forces (ARFOR) operating in the Pacific theater to the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) for the United States Pacific Command, the 5th BCD facilitates the integration of air power with ARFOR ground operations through the coordination of air support and the exchange of operational and intelligence information. The BCD ensures that the JFACC and 613th Air Operations Center (AOC), Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, are aware of the ARFOR Commander's intent, scheme of maneuver, and requirements for air support.