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Standing-up the Fires Center of Excellence.

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Fort Sill Fort Sill, U.S. military reservation, Comanche co., SW Okla., 4 mi (6.4 km) N of Lawton; est. 1869 by Gen. Philip Sheridan. A 95,000-acre (38,445-hectare) field artillery and missile base, it is the home of the U.S. Army Artillery and Missile Center.  marked another milestone on the Base Realignment and Closure Base Realignment and Closure (or BRAC) is a process of the United States federal government directed at the administration and operation of the Armed Forces, used by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and Congress to close excess military installations and realign  highway. During the month of June, the duties of the chief of the field artillery and commandant of the FA School transferred from Major General Peter M. Vangjel to Brigadier General Ross Ridge. Also during June, Major General Howard B. Bromberg transferred authority of the duties of chief of the air defense artillery Weapons and equipment for actively combating air targets from the ground. Also called ADA.  and commandant of the ADA Ada, city, United States
Ada (ā`ə), city (1990 pop. 15,820), seat of Pontotoc co., S central Okla.; inc. 1904. It is a large cattle market and the center of a rich oil and ranch area.
 School to Brigadier General Roger F. Mathews.

Ridge had been assistant commandant of the Field Artillery School; Vangjel had been commandant and Fort Sill commander. Bromberg was commandant of the ADA school and commander of Fort Bliss Fort Bliss, U.S. army post, 1,122,500 acres (454,300 hectares), W Tex., E of El Paso; est. 1849 and named for Col. William Bliss, Gen. Zachary Taylor's adjutant in the Mexican War. Originally strategically located near the only ice-free pass through the Rocky Mts. , Texas. Mathews recently transferred from Commander of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Army Air and Missile Defense Command is a subordinate unit of the United States Army Forces Command. Mission
Strategic deployment of combat-ready air and missile defense units to theatre commands. One command is assigned per theater army.
, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. These transfers of authority are related to moving the Air Defense School here from Fort Bliss to prepare for the evolution of the FA and ADA Centers into the Fires Center of Excellence.



Under the new arrangement, the commandants will be responsible for their respective schools and will be the branches' chief proponents in the Army. They also will supervise the respective branch training curriculum for the NCO NCO
noncommissioned officer

NCO noncommissioned officer

NCO n abbr (Mil) (= noncommissioned officer) → Uffz. 
 Academy. "Our future lies in the professional education of our officers and NCOs," Ridge said at the FA TOA TOA Trials of Atlantis (game)
TOA Time Of Arrival
TOA Top of the Atmosphere
TOA Transfer Of Authority
TOA Table of Authorities (legal documents)
TOA Terms Of Agreement
TOA Transfer of Assets

The current restructuring is just the beginning of laying the foundation needed to make sure future leaders have the knowledge needed to succeed in the myriad of missions placed before them, Ridge said.

The NCO Academy, as well as Basic Training, will be under the supervision of the Fires Center of Excellence staff. The Fires Center will integrate the systems and resources of the FA and ADA, including personnel, and is charged with finding the necessary resources to complete all missions and tasks.

Field artillery. During his tenure from September 2007 as the chief of FA and commandant, Vangjel addressed many challenges facing the FA during an era of persistent conflict. Realizing the FA was de grading in its core competencies, he charged the school leadership with redesigning current courses and designing new courses to "re-Red" the Artillery.

"Our field artillerymen are the perfect prototypes for getting it done, despite risking skills atrophy," said Vangjel at the FA TOA ceremony. "We are turning that around."

He also, along with MG Howard B. Bromberg, chief of ADA, accomplished the collocation of the FA and ADA schools and centers to create the Fire Center of Excellence. Vangjel remains the commander of Fort Sill until this summer when he will take command of Third Army, U.S. Army Central.

Vangjel has served as the Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, F-3/5/7, in Washington, DC. Vangjel, commissioned through the University of New Hampshire New Hampshire, one of the New England states of the NE United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts (S), Vermont, with the Connecticut R. forming the boundary (W), the Canadian province of Quebec (NW), and Maine and a short strip of the Atlantic Ocean (E).  Reserve Officer Training Corps, has commanded units at every level from battery to corps artillery encompassing several weapons systems in the FA arsenal.

He has served on multiple operational deployments, including Operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Kosovo and Operations Iraqi Freedom I and II. His staff assignments include tours at the Pentagon on both the Joint and Army staffs. He holds two master's degrees, one in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National Defense University, Washington, D.C., and one in Administration from Central Michigan University Central Michigan University, at Mount Pleasant, Mich.; coeducational; est. 1892 as a normal school, became Central State Teachers College in 1927, achieved university status in 1959. The university maintains a forest that is used for botanical and biological research.  in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Before assuming his new duties as chief of FA and commandant of the FA School, Ridge served as the chief of staff, Strategic Effects Directorate, Multi-National Force, Iraq. He also served in the Republic of Korea as the executive officer to the commander, U.N. Command/ Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces, Korea; chief of staff of the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud Camp Red Cloud (commonly referred to as CRC) is a United States Army camp located in the city of Uijeongbu, between Seoul and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The installation was named after Medal of Honor recipient Corporal (CPL) Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. ; and as the commander of the 2nd Infantry Division Artillery at Camp Stanley.

Ridge served as the deputy commander for Operations Group, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.; commander of 2-8 FA, attached to the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division; and as the chief, Lethal/Nonlethal Effects Branch within the Training and Doctrine Command Brigade Coordination Cell responsible for the Army's new Stryker brigade combat team The brigade combat team (BCT) is the basic deployable unit of maneuver in the US Army. A brigade combat team consists of one combat arms branched maneuver brigade, and its attached support and fire units. , at Fort Lewis, Wash.

He also served with the Joint Interagency Task Force--West in Alameda, Calif., where he was forward deployed to Bangkok, Thailand, as the officer-in-charge, U.S. Pacific Command Counternarcotics Forward Detachment responsible for U.S. Department of Defense counter-drug support for Southeast Asia.


He deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy Operation Uphold Democracy (September 19, 1994 – March 31, 1995) began in September 1994 with the deployment of the U.S. led multinational force in Haiti. This force was made up primarily of members of the 3rd Special Forces Group. , where he served as the Brigade Civil-Military Officer for Port-au-Prince.

Ridge has a master's degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a master's degree in Strategy from the U.S. Army War College The United States Army War College is a United States Army school located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on the 500 acre (2 km²) campus of the historic Carlisle Barracks, a military post dating back to the 1770s. , Carlisle Barracks, Parnitz, Pa.

Air defense artillery. Bromberg was the chief of ADA and commandant of the ADA School since January 2008. In addition to the moving of ADA School to Fort Sill and standing up the Fires Center of Excellence with Vangjel, he and his staff developed a vision and campaign plan for the ADA's future. His continuous communications with the ADA community cemented the knowledge and understanding of what moving to Fort Sill means to them and the ADA's future.

Previously, Bromberg was the chief of staff for U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base Offutt Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 1,907 acres (772 hectares), E Neb., S of Omaha; est. 1896 as Fort Crook, an army base. Converted to an airbase in the early 1900s and renamed in 1924, it is the headquarters of the Strategic Command, the successor to , Nebraska. He has served as the deputy director, Force Protection and Director, Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organization, J-8, the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C.

Bromberg was the commanding general of the 32nd Army Air Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, Texas with duties as the deputy area air defense commander, Coalition Force Air Component Command and Operation Enduring Freedom, Saudi Arabia; deputy area air defense commander, Joint Forces Air Component Command and Operation Noble Eagle Operation Noble Eagle is the U.S. military operational designator to the military's efforts in the War on Terrorism that were carried out on US soil. The operation began September 14, 2001, in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, and continues to the time of this writing. , Fort Bliss; deputy area air defense commander, Coalition Force Air Component Command, Kuwait; and deputy area air defense commander, Coalition Force Air Component Command, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq.

He also has served as the operations officer for the Defense Branch, J3, the Joint Staff, in Washington, DC; the deputy commanding general, USAADASCH USAADASCH United States Army Air Defense Artillery School  and Fort Bliss; and the commander, 11th ADA Brigade at Fort Bliss. He will remain the Commanding General of Fort Bliss, focusing on the post's growth and the readiness of the Forces Command units assigned there.

In addition to his new duties as chief of Air Defense Artillery and commandant of the Air Defense Artillery School, Mathews will oversee the move of the ADA School units, personnel and equipment to Fort Sill.


Previously, Mathews served as the commanding general, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. He also served as deputy commanding general for Operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/ Army Forces Strategic Command, Peterson Air Force Base Peterson Air Force Base (Peterson AFB) is a base of the United States Air Force located at Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. Peterson AFB is home to US Northern Command, NORAD, Air Force Space Command, Army Space Command, the 21st Space Wing (host unit) , Colo.; assistant commandant/deputy commander, U.S. Army ADA Center and Fort Bliss, Texas; and chief of staff, 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss.

He has served as the commander of 69th ADA Brigade, V Corps, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; and deputy commander, U.S. Patriot Joint Task Force, Operation Iraqi Freedom; joint air defense operations/planner, Joint Warfighting Center, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Va.

He also served as commander, 4th Battalion, 3rd ADA, 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized mech·a·nize  
tr.v. mech·a·nized, mech·a·niz·ing, mech·a·niz·es
1. To equip with machinery: mechanize a factory.

), U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany and Operation Joint Guard, Bosnia-Herzegovina; and operations officer, later deputy, operations branch, later chief, Operations Division, later deputy director, J-3/5, Joint Task Force 6, Fort Bliss, Texas. He holds a master's in Administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
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