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11th Air Defense Artillery Weapons and equipment for actively combating air targets from the ground. Also called ADA.  Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas, Imperial


The 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, also known as the Imperial Brigade, is proud be the largest air defense brigade in the Army. The 11th ADA Brigade is composed of a brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB HHB Headquarters Battery
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), four Patriot battalions, 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery and 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery. Of the four battalions, 2-43 ADA and 5-52 ADA have Avenger batteries incorporated making them air and missile defense (AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, A major manufacturer of semiconductor devices including x86-compatible CPUs, embedded processors, flash memories, programmable logic devices and networking chips. ) battalions. The Imperial BDE See Borland Database Engine.  also boasts the title of being the only Air Defense Artillery brigade in the world to have two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), formerly Theater High Altitude Area Defense, is a United States Army project to develop a system to shoot down short- and medium-range ballistic missiles over a theater or region by ramming them with interceptor missiles.  (THAAD THAAD Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (formerly Theater High Altitude Area Defense)
THAAD Theater High Altitude Area Defense (now Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense) 
) batteries, A Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery and A Battery, 4th Air Defense Artillery. A third THAAD battery is scheduled for activation in October 2012, D Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery.

Of the four battalions, at least one is forward deployed at all times. Currently, 5-52 ADA is deployed and will soon be replaced by 1-43 ADA. The 3-43 ADA just entered the train-ready phase and 2-43 ADA recently came out of the reset phase and took over as the test battalion from 3-43 ADA. This constant rotation of deploying battalions keeps the brigade in all phases of the Army Forces Generation. In addition to the rotational deployments, a significant portion of the 11th ADA BDE HHB is currently deployed. This rotational requirement is shared by other CONUS based Air Defense brigades to provide theater air and missile defense command and control in the Central Command area of responsibility. The brigade is also tasked with the Department of the Army test mission for air defense systems. These tests may come in the form of software tests, live-fire missions, or complete testing of new weapons systems. The THAAD batteries handle dual roles of training for future deployments, in which the THAAD system will be integrated with the Patriot system, and testing of new weapon systems. One thing is certain, 'The Sun Never Sets on the 11th ADA Imperial Brigade.'

A Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery, Gunslingers

A Battery, 2nd Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) is one of only two batteries in the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery to support the THAAD weapons system. Located at Fort Bliss, Texas, A-2 THAAD completed their first Table VIII gunnery certification in November 2011. This included reconnaissance, selection, occupation of position (RSOP RSOP Resultant Set of Policy (Microsoft)
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), march order and emplacement (MO&E), and air battle management certifications. The Soldiers of A-2 THAAD excelled at the challenges placed before them and demonstrated their confidence and knowledge of the THAAD weapon system.


Following the successful Table VIII certification, A-2 THAAD completed the first ever THAAD mission readiness exercise (MRE MRE
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). This evaluation involved bringing evaluators from the 11th Imperial Brigade and multiple external agencies to confirm that the battery was fully capable of deploying the THAAD system and conducting sustained operations in an austere environment. In addition, the unit completed the first ever THAAD Operational Readiness Exercises, developed from procedures currently used by deployed air defense units around the world.

Currently, A-2 THAAD is continuing to refine the procedures used by the THAAD system and demonstrating the worth and potential of this new and expansive capability. Soldiers of A-2 THAAD will continue to improve and maintain proficiency in support of THAAD's wartime mission to defend combatant commanders' critical assets against short and medium range ballistic missile threats.

A Battery, 4th Air Defense Artillery, Grave Diggers

Feb. 9, 2012, was a historic day, as it marked the conditional material release of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapons systems to the Army. The A-4 Battalion secured, maintained, and operated the equipment since 2008, before it officially became the Army's property. However, there were numerous tasks that required successful completion before the Army could assume ownership of the newest ballistic missile defense system Noun 1. missile defense system - naval weaponry providing a defense system
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. The 2011 flight test (FTT-12) in Hawaii was the culminating event that proved THAAD's operational capability. The Soldiers of A-4 ADA (THAAD) were key players at the FTT-12 ensuring a successful conditional material release.

Materiel release holds a tremendous amount of meaning for those Soldiers, who have served in A-4 for a long time. A-4 Soldiers, who have worked to develop the battery, are now seeing it as a fully functioning unit.


In October 2011, A-4's THAAD interceptors were pitted against two short-range ballistic missiles over the Pacific Ocean. It was a historic moment, a battle of extreme speeds at very high altitudes in which THAAD ultimately won.

Flight THAAD Test 12 was quite an accomplishment but further testing must go on. After all, THAAD has only been integrated into an Army unit since 2008, and hasn't had much of an opportunity to coordinate Fires with external units. A-4's next challenge comes in September, when they will work alongside Patriot and Aegis systems to complete a more advanced flight test in the Marshall Islands. The A-4 Soldiers are excited to participate in such an exercise.

A-4 ADA has accomplished more than most four-year-old units, and we are working every day to make THAAD the premier missile defense weapon system. The battery has met the standard in both training and testing, and it will continue testing until March 1, 2013. A-4 will then assume the THAAD prepare-to-deploy mission. The Soldiers of A-4 brought this weapon system where it is today, and with their continued motivation and hard work, they will bring THAAD to the next level.

1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, Cobra Strike

The 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, has had a busy year focusing on its core competency after relinquishing the Patriot test mission. After several Table VIII certifications and gunneries, range densities, and Standardized Patriot Engagement Assessment of Readiness (EAR), the battalion had its eyes set on its upcoming deployment to the Central Command (CENTCOM CENTCOM US Central Command
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) area of responsibility. Fiscal year (FY) 2012 began with M16, M320, M2, and M9 ranges. Following the ranges, the Cobra Strike Battalion conducted their organizational readiness exercise familiarization. All of this training was conducted at the McGregor Range Complex. The most recent training exercise, held July 2012, was the Table VIII certification and gunnery. Soldiers are graded on numerous tasks which include: performing unit-level maintenance, reconnaissance selection and occupation of position, march-order and emplacement, missile reload, and air battle management. These tasks are tested to ensure Soldiers are proficient in all of their core competencies. The unit spent countless hours training for this certification and for the upcoming standardized Patriot EAR in August, and mission readiness exercise in September. During all of this training, Soldiers throughout the unit accomplished a number of other achievements. For example, E Company won the FY11 Chief of Staff of the Army's Supply Excellence Award for the Supply Support Activity (SSA (Serial Storage Architecture) A fault tolerant peripheral interface from IBM that transfers data at 80 and 160 Mbytes/sec. SSA uses SCSI commands, allowing existing software to drive SSA peripherals, which are typically disk drives. ) level IV category. Headquarters and Headquarters Battery Soldier, PFC PFC
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 Ahmed Diallo, won the Fort Bliss Combatives Tournament in his weight class. This is an example of how the unit is ready to carry out its mission, execute it violently and meet all challenges along the way.



2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, Strength and Honor

The 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Missile Defense received the Meritorious Unit Citation
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 on June 25, 2012, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service from Jan. 10-16, 2012, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The battalion demonstrated outstanding professional skills, knowledge, and leadership in the successful deployment and redeployment of more than 640 Soldiers to the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR AOR

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) in support of the battalion's first operational deployment since 2008. The unit successfully deployed and provided air and missile defense capabilities across Southwest Asia.

Upon redeployment to Fort Bliss, Texas, in January 2012, the battalion entered the reset phase of the ARFORGEN ARFORGEN Army Force Generation (US DoD)  cycle and became the 11th ADA BDE's red cycle unit. Additionally during this phase, the unit performed commendably during the 11th Brigade Organizational Inspection and acted as OPFOR OPFOR Opposing Force
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 during the 1st Armor Division's Exercise Iron Focus. In July 2012, the battalion transitioned from the reset phase to the train-ready phase where the Warrior Battalion has been preparing to assume the Patriot Test Battalion mission.

3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, The Legion Battalion

The 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, spent the past year with a primary focus of executing the Department of the Army test mission to integrate new software into the Patriot force. Spread out across multiple states with a plethora of varying mission requirements, the Legion Battalion was successful in accomplishing the test mission, titled Operation Mud Spike, culminating in a Patriot live-fire at White Sands Missile Range White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), formerly known as the White Sands Proving Grounds, is a rocket range in New Mexico operated by the United States Army. The range covers an area of almost 3,200 mi² (8 287 km²), approximately three times the size of Rhode Island, making it  (WSMR WSMR White Sands Missile Range ), N.M., that validated the new software build.


The battalion completed a convoy of over 100 kilometers to the WSMR ranges and successfully completed multiple live-Fires. In addition, the battalion completed multiple additional test missions spanning from an integration test at Wallops Island, Va., to new equipment training for Soldiers learning how to use the new modern man station. Next, the Legionnaires had a hasty three-month block of time to successfully conduct Table VIII gunnery certifications for all crews to be prepared for the most demanding portion of the test mission; the Limited User Test.

This phase of the mission included a three-month simulation-based test, utilizing 60 personnel at WSMR conducting multiple air battles daily. The final and culminating test mission was the missile flight test, where the battalion successfully shot down multiple targets, ultimately validating the software upgrade and completing the test mission requirement.

The Legion Battalion is currently working hard to prepare for its next mission: Operation Centurian Spike. The Legion has outlined all of its objectives and checkmarks to complete prior to the execution of our deployment to Southwest Asia. The battalion is also making Family care a high priority, and has multiple functions and events planned to bring our Soldiers and Families closer together. The Soldiers and leaders of the 3-43 Legion Battalion are very excited for the road ahead and are working extremely hard to accomplish all missions at hand. 'Send the Legion!'

5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, The Fighting Deuce

Soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 52nd Air and Missile Defense, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, The Fighting Deuce, deployed to the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) in December 2011, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The battalion was responsible for defending the CENTCOM AOR and U.S. strategic interests against tactical ballistic missiles and human threats throughout Southwest Asia. The battalion is currently the only air and missile defense unit within the CENTCOM AOR that operates as a split-based formation across two countries. The battalion also deployed a Sentinel radar platoon in October 2011, from E Battery, 5-52 ADA to Afghanistan, in support of the 1st Infantry Division's mission in RC-East. The Sentinel platoon provided a redundant and more robust sensor coverage plan that allowed the joint task force commander to maintain 100 percent coverage of the RC-E/Pakistan border. The Sentinel platoon recently completed their nine-month deployment and redeployed back to Fort Bliss, Texas. The battalion's Avenger battery, E 5-52, began its deactivation in September 2012.

In March 2012, the battalion finished the digitalization digitalization /dig·i·tal·iza·tion/ (dij?i-tal-i-za´shun) the administration of digitalis or one of its glycosides in a dosage schedule designed to produce and then maintain optimal therapeutic concentrations of its cardiotonic  of all battery command posts (BCPs) and both battalion tactical operations centers (TOCs) in the AOR. Thousands of pages of documents were digitized and are now instantly accessible through the use of a share-drive system. This allows data to be updated and pushed to the fire units in real-time, allowing operators and commanders to make rapid decisions based on the immediate status of equipment.

The battalion is currently in the deployment phase of the Army Force Generation process and is preparing for the reset phase upon redeployment in 1st quarter of fiscal year 2013.


31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Ready and Vigilant

3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery, Lethal Strike

The 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery continues to enhance their warfighting capabilities by emphasizing maintenance, recertifying Patriot crews, and participating in a European Command (EUCOM EUCOM European Command (USEUCOM)
EUCOM European Union Forces
) Air and Missile Defense exercise. The 3-2 ADA also provided assistance to 4th Battalion, 3rd ADA with their rail load operations and other deployment tasks, ensuring their sister battalion was ready to deploy.

The 3-2 ADA is in the process of fielding new equipment and stands ready to provide air and missile defense in any environment.


4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, I Yield Not, I Strike

The 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery recently deployed to the Middle East, where they provide air and missile defense to strategic assets.

Soldiers from 4-3 ADA had the distinction of earning one gold and three silver 'Blackjack' awards during their most recent Standardized Patriot Engagement Assessment of Readiness (SPEAR) event; they also had the highest SPEAR score within the AAMDC in the last seven years. The 4-3 ADA completed a mission readiness exercise and numerous training exercises to prepare themselves for their current deployment in support of Central Command (CENTCOM).

5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Dragon Slayers

The 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery is focused on training and preparation for conversion to an Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC IFPC Integrated Flight Propulsion Control (JSF)
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). Avenger crews from 5-5 ADA recently conducted their Table VIII certifications on their weapons system, followed by the deployment of the battalion to Yuma, Ariz., in order to conduct a joint Air and Missile Defense Cumulative Training Event and Avenger live-fire exercises.


Soldiers from 5-5 ADA are also very active in their community, helping provide low-income Families in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord civilian community with homes through the Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity, nonprofit ecumenical Christian organization that enables low-income people to own affordable, livable housing. Headquartered in Americus, Ga., it was founded in 1976 by businessman Millard Fuller and his wife.  program.

32nd 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 Bliss, Texas, Blackjack

The 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Blackjack, is a theater-level air and missile defense command headquarters with the mission to rapidly deploy forces worldwide to provide joint and combined/coalition air and missile defense (AMD) protection to critical assets and support regional security operations in support of combatant commanders. The 32nd AAMDC serves as the Forces Command (FORSCOM FORSCOM United States Army Forces Command ) executive agent for all theater AMD operations and force management, and executes training and readiness authority for four CONUS-based air and missile defense brigades and 13 battalions stationed at six different installations.

Warfighting readiness is the command's number one priority. Its Soldiers are forward-deployed to five different countries in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The 32nd AAMDC headquarters maintains a coordination element in forward headquarters in both the Army Central Command and Air Force Central Command to facilitate planning and execution of joint and combined air and missile defense operations. A brigade headquarters and three battalions, consisting of approximately 2,000 Soldiers, continue to provide air and missile defense for critical U.S. and partner nation assets to deter aggression and enhance regional security and cooperation in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The 11th ADA Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas, played an integral part in providing missile defense assets to our allies and combatant commanders. Soldiers from A-4 ADA took part in the October 2012 Flight Test Integrated (FTI FTI Free thyroxine index, see there ) 01 theater ballistic missile test, the most complex missile defense flight test ever attempted. Working in conjunction with Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Sailors aboard the USS USS
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 Fitzgerald, and Airmen from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center, they were successful in engaging five ballistic missile and cruise missile targets simultaneously. An integrated air and ballistic missile defense architecture used numerous sensors and missile defense systems to engage multiple targets at the same time. The 1-43 ADA Battalion deployed to the CENTCOM AOR and replaced 5-52 ADA Battalion after their year-long deployment. D-2 ADA Battery, the third Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery in the Army's arsenal, activated in a ceremony held October 24th, and is stationed at Fort Bliss.

The 31st ADA Brigade, Fort Sill, Okla., had a busy year with battalions deploying to the Middle East, taking part in training exercises, and others preparing conversions for updated equipment. The 4-3 ADA Battalion recently deployed to the Middle East. They earned one gold and three silver Blackjack awards during their most recent Standardized Patriot Engagement Assessment of Readiness (SPEAR) event; they also had the highest SPEAR score within the AAMDC in the last seven years. The 3-2 ADA Battalion was selected to deploy in January 2013 to support NATO's mission in Turkey. The 5-5 ADA Battalion focused on training and preparation for conversion to an Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC). Avenger crews from 5-5 recently conducted their Table VIII certifications on their weapons system, followed by the deployment of the battalion to Yuma, Ariz. in order to conduct a joint Air and Missile Defense Cumulative Training Event and Avenger live-fire exercises.

The 108th ADA Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C., conducted multiple brigade and battalion level emergency deployment readiness exercises to test the ability of its units to respond to a prepare to deploy order (PTDO PTDO Prepare To Deploy Order
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) mission. In January 2012, the 1-7 ADA Battalion successfully executed their Mission Rehearsal Exercise at Fort Bragg then deployed the battalion headquarters, two Patriot batteries and a maintenance element forward to the CENTCOM AOR. The brigade conducted a rehearsal of GRF GRF Graph (File Name Extension)
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 capabilities with B/2-44 augmented by E/3-4 Airborne insertion capability supporting 2/82 at JRTC JRTC Joint Readiness Training Center (Fort Polk, LA, USA)  13-01. The 3-4 ADA Battalion hosted Sky Striker Week with an incredible turn out from veterans with more than 120 officers and NCOs, who regimentally affiliated with 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment.

The 69th ADA Brigade stands proudly at Fort Hood, Texas, offering tremendous combat power to the 32nd AAMDC. The 4-5 AMD Battalion returned from Kuwait in November 2012 while E/4-5 ADA still remains deployed in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF OEF Operation Enduring Freedom (US government response to September 11, 2001 terrorism attacks)
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) and Tactical Command System (TCS (Transportation Control System) A widely used integrated information system for railroad transportation developed by the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was later implemented by Union Pacific when the companies merged. ) crews from 1-44 ADA Battalion participated FTI-01, the largest, most complex missile defense flight test ever attempted. The test was historic in its use of the THAAD system, which successfully intercepted its first medium-range ballistic missile A ballistic missile with a range capability from about 600 to 1,500 nautical miles.  in history. In the coming year, 69th ADA Brigade forces will continue to 'Guard the Skies' against all TBMs and ABTs, and will continue to take care of its Soldiers and Families, preparing them for upcoming missions in an ever-changing battlefield.

The Blackjack Team is trained and stands ready to deploy and execute joint and combined air and missile defense operations anywhere in the world. Its Soldiers continue to shape the future of the air and missile defense force by enhancing the strength of the command and by incorporating and mastering new technologies.

108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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, Spartans

The 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade demonstrated outstanding professional skill, knowledge, and leadership in the successful deployment and redeployment of more than 2,000 Soldiers to the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) in support of the unit's first operational deployment since Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. The unit successfully deployed and assumed command and control of three forward deployed Patriot battalion headquarters providing air and missile defense across Southwest Asia. The officers, non-commissioned officers (NCO)s, and Soldiers of the 108th ADA BDE defended critical assets within the CENTCOM AOR against tactical ballistic missiles and air breathing threats, while protecting U.S. strategic interests throughout the Arabian region.

The 108th ADA BDE (Detachment) served as the senior forward deployed air defense headquarters in the CENTCOM AOR. The 108th ADA BDE's (Detachment) staff worked in conjunction with joint and coalition mission partners from the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing A wing or wing slice placed under the administrative control of an air and space expeditionary task force or air and space task force by Department of the Air Force orders for a joint operation. Also called AEW. See also air and space expeditionary task force.  (AEW), 380th AEW, U.S. Army Central (USARCENT USARCENT United States Army Forces, Central Command ), U.S. Navy Central (USNAVCENT USNAVCENT United States Naval Forces, Central Command (US DoD) ), U.S. Air Force Central (USAFCENT), and host nation air defense forces to provide a seamless air defense network and mission specific support operations.

The officers, NCOs, and Soldiers of the 108th ADA BDE expertly executed air and missile defense operations within the CENTCOM AOR in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. The brigade is currently in the reset phase of Army Force Generation and will enter train-ready at the end of the year in preparation of future operations.

94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Sea Dragons

Located on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, Fort Shafter is home and headquarters of the U.S. Army Pacific Command. The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, known as the Sea Dragons, is one of several theater-enabling commands located on Fort Shafter. The 94th AAMDC's mission is to conduct theater strategic and operational-level air and missile defense planning, coordination and synchronization throughout the United States Pacific Command The United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), led by the Commander, Pacific Command (CDRUSPACOM), is the supreme military authority for the various branches of the Armed Forces of the United States serving within its area of responsibility (AOR).  (USPACOM USPACOM United States Pacific Command ). In this role, the 94th AAMDC commands and controls air and missile defense units, serves as theater Army air and missile defense coordinator, and performs the functions of deputy area air defense commander for multiple joint operations areas.

As advancements in threat missile technology increase and proliferate throughout the theater, so does the warfighting capability of the 94th AAMDC. Through joint, multilateral and combined ballistic missile defense exercises, in support of the USARPAC USARPAC United States Army, Pacific
USARPAC United States Army, Pacific Command (US DoD) 
 Theater Security Cooperation Program, the 94th AAMDC continues to expand and build partnership capacity across the Pacific theater to ensure U.S. forces, allies and partners are trained and ready to defeat the current and future air and missile threat.

The 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery, Snake Eyes, is the tip of the spear for the 94th AAMDC and stands ready to conduct air and missile defense of critical assets in Okinawa, Japan. The 1-1 ADA joined the 94th AAMDC on Aug. 16, 2006, after relocating from Fort Bliss, Texas, to Kadena Air Base “Kadena” redirects here. For other uses, see Kadena (disambiguation).

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, Okinawa. Since its arrival, 1-1 ADA has been in close partnership with Japanese self defense forces, enhancing the ballistic missile defense of Japan and participates in bilateral training exercises with the 18th Wing Air Force Command that ultimately enhances their readiness level.


Another key asset to the mission of the 94th AAMDC, also stationed in Japan, is the AN/TPY-2 radar site located in Shariki, Japan. The establishment of this unit in 2006 marked the first new military installation to open in Japan since the end of WWII WWII
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. Manned by a small contingent of military personnel and civilian contractors, this radar system provides early warning and detection of potential North Korean missile launches as part of the USPACOM missile early warning architecture.

Essential to the success of the Army ground fight in a joint operating environment, the 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment is the ARFOR ARFOR Army Forces  or land component commander's liaison to the Joint Forces Air Component Commander (13th US Air Force). The mission of the 5th BCD is to facilitate the synchronization of air and Army ground operations within the Pacific Command area of responsibility (AOR) through the coordination of air support and the exchange of operational and intelligence information. Although operationally linked to USARPAC, the 5th BCD has an administrative control (ADCON ADCON Administrative Control
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) relationship with the 94th AAMDC. This relationship is an important one and representative of ways in which the Field Artillery and Air Defense Artillery branches can work together.

Over the past year, the 94th AAMDC has continuously trained for its wartime mission by participating in more than 12 joint, combined and bilateral exercises with other branches of the U.S. armed forces, and allied and partner countries, to include more than 30 joint theater air missile defense command and control, asset management and system development exercises with the 613th Air Operations Center See: tactical air control center. . In total, the 94th AAMDC has trained, equipped and deployed more than 300 Soldiers worldwide in support of overseas contingency operations and exercises.

Most recently, the 94th AAMDC along with Soldiers from 32nd AAMDC, the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, and the Missile Defense Agency successfully conducted the largest, most complex missile defense flight test ever attempted resulting in the simultaneous engagement of five ballistic missile and cruise missile targets. The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3), manned by 1-1 ADA, simultaneously destroyed a short-range ballistic missile A ballistic missile with a range capability up to about 600 nautical miles. Also called SRBM.  and a low-flying cruise missile target over water.

Today, forward stationed missile defense units in the Pacific theater stand as the 'First line of Defense' against an ever-increasing ballistic missile threat through regional and theater-level exercises, and building partnership capacity with allies and partners, the Sea Dragons of the 94th AAMDC stand combat ready with an expeditionary mindset ready to execute contingency operations at any time.


1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery, Okinawa, Japan, Snake Eyes

The 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery, Snake Eyes, is the tip of the spear for the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command and stands ready to conduct air and missile defense of critical assets in Okinawa, Japan. The 1-1 ADA joined the 94th AAMDC on Aug. 16, 2006, after relocating from Fort Bliss, Texas, to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.

This past year, the accomplishments and milestones that the Soldiers of 1-1 ADA achieved resonated with the spirit of joint and bilateral integration. Most importantly, the battalion continued to demonstrate audacious operational flexibility and outstanding command and control during contingency operations in the Pacific. Furthermore, 1-1 ADA deployed a minimum engagement package (MEP) in support of Flight Test Integrated (FTI-01), the largest and most complex joint-integrated, multi-tier live-fire ballistic missile defense test in history. Additionally, this past April, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade and 1-1 ADA integrated under Training Readiness Authority (TRA) as a way to enhance the battalion's lethality.

Development of a single team for the defense of Okinawa continued to strengthen this year through 1-1 ADA's participation in multiple local operational readiness exercises with the largest combat wing in the U.S. Air Force, the 18th Wing Shoguns. These exercises proved that seamless integration and communication can be conducted with not only the Air Force, but also with the Marine Corps, by way of the Marine Air and Control Squadron-4. The 1-1 ADA continued to develop a bilateral relationship with Japanese host nation elements through operational training and also by sending Air Defense Artillery fire control officers to the Japanese Direction Center to further develop the ability to control airspace and engage airborne targets across the island. 'First Among Equals!'

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35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Osan Air Base Osan Air Base (K-55), is a United States Air Force facility located 4.7 mi SW of Osan-Ni, 40 mi S of Seoul, South Korea. The base is the home of the Pacific Air Forces 51st Fighter Wing, and a number of tenant units, including the headquarters for Seventh Air Force. , Republic of Korea, Dragon Brigade

During 2012, the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Dragons, continued its armistice mission of providing theater air and missile defense of Combined Forces Command (CFC CFC

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 in order to enable CFC to execute sortie generation and build combat power in defense of the Korean peninsula.

Dragon Soldiers participated in numerous training missions across the peninsula, including the annual Key Resolve and Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises in March and August respectively, and numerous battalion and brigade field-training exercises. These exercises increase the brigade's ability to put 'steel on target' and conduct combined operations with our ROK counterparts.

The Dragon Brigade increased its lethality and overall capabilities by participating in a robust recapitalization (RECAP) program, upgrading many of its Patriot systems, PAC3 missiles, and support equipment. Additionally, the brigade successfully fielded 28 Patriot training simulators, the Reconfigurable Table-Top Training (RT3) system. These devices will allow the brigade to increase our combat readiness by standardizing training, increasing the number of systems available to train, and provide an environment conducive to learning.

The brigade successfully assumed training readiness authority (TRA) over 1-1 ADA Battalion, located on the Japanese island of Okinawa. Additionally, the 94th AAMDC now provides TRA over the Dragon Brigade. These relationships are already paying big dividends by synchronizing air and missile defense efforts in the Pacific Command area of responsibility.

The brigade continues to execute numerous initiatives with our ROK hosts. Soldiers spend many hours teaching English to both students and ROK Soldiers/officers. Additionally, the brigade is working closely with the 2nd ROK AD Brigade on the Peninsula Missile Defenders of the Year initiative to increase military-to-military engagements and lethality on the peninsula.

Along with our ROK partners, the 35th ADA Brigade remains vigilant and ready to 'Fight Tonight.'

'Ready in Defense ... Always!'

10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Rhine Ordnance Barracks Germany, European Defenders

As the 357th Air and Missile Defense Command began fiscal year 2012, its many responsibilities within U.S. European Command were tempered with the realization that it would be transformed into the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, a theater-level Army Air and Missile Defense Command.

The unit has long been entrusted with numerous operational plans and exercises, theater security cooperation efforts, and supporting ongoing ballistic missile defense operations in the EUCOM area of responsibility.

From an organizational standpoint, the unit made the formal transition of being re-flagged from the 357th Air and Missile Defense Detachment to the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command on Oct. 17, 2011, establishing its headquarters in Kaiserslautern, Germany. This re-designation signified the unit's mission of fulfilling the doctrinal, theater-level, air and missile defense roles within the European Command (EUCOM) and U.S. Army Europe. In addition to an organic battalion, the 10th AAMDC also consists of the 11th and 13th Missile Defense Detachments. As it assumed the many responsibilities of an AAMDC, the need to execute assigned tactical functions remains of paramount importance, especially when considering the absence of an organic air defense brigade in Europe.


The 10th AAMDD performed its many assigned missions throughout the year while faced with a EUCOM directed prepare-to-deploy order. Another big-ticket item looming will be Austere Challenge 2012 (AC12), which is certain to be a defining moment for the command. Constant training and numerous Patriot gunnery certifications have prepared Soldiers, equipment and processes for the success needed in high op-tempo environments, such as AC12.

Over most of the last three years, much of the organizations operational involvement included training, manning, and operating the AN/TPY-2 radar at Site 512 and the associated operations center at Ramstein Air Base, Germany (providing a real-world early warning, not only to our allied partners, but also to other EUCOM elements on a daily basis). These efforts are spearheaded by the command's newly activated 13th MSD.

Operational efforts increased as the command planned and implemented the assets needed for phasing-in the European Phased Adaptive Approach. To help make this a reality, the command maintains operational control over the recently established 11th Missile Defense Detachment, which stood up October 2011. Elements of the 11th MD-D deployed to sites within Europe, maintaining rotating United States Army United States Army

Major branch of the U.S. military forces, charged with preserving peace and security and defending the nation. The first regular U.S. fighting force, the Continental Army, was organized by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775, to supplement local
 Europe augmentation to maintain radar operations. The 11th and 13th Detachments' missions have showcased EUCOM's ongoing theater-wide ballistic missile defense commitment.

The hard work and dedication of the Soldiers in the command did not go unnoticed in defense or civilian circles. During the last year, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment achieved excellence in multiple areas. A Battery, 5-7 ADA was recognized for its professionalism and performance in the supply and deployment realm, earning a Department of the Army Deployment Excellence Award. D Battery, 5-7 ADA won the prestigious Knox Award, honoring the best Air Defense Artillery battery in the U.S. Army. Finally, Service Company, 5-7 ADA was awarded the Supply Excellence Award for a third consecutive year and will go on to represent USAREUR USAREUR
United States Army, Europe
 in the HQDA HQDA Headquarters, Department of the Army  Supply Excellence Award competition.

Throughout the last year, elements of the 10th AAMDC have seized every opportunity to partner with British and German forces at training events, with participants citing joint and multinational seminars as instrumental in better understanding allied personnel, equipment and processes. During Operation Rhine Venture, hosted by the 10th AAMDC for the British Royal Army Air Defense Artillery School, systems capabilities information was exchanged between the two armies, helping to foster greater theater security cooperation.

From the daunting task of standing up a new command to winning multiple awards, all while conducting and supporting critical operations throughout the United States European Command The U.S. European Command (EUCOM) is a Unified Combatant Command of the United States military, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. Its area of responsibility covers 21 million square miles and 92 countries and territories, including Europe, Turkey, Greenland, the former  theater of operations, the skills and capabilities of the 10th AAMDC have been proven throughout FY12 by the skill and dedication of our Air Defenders. The 10th AAMDC stands prepared for the challenges and opportunities FY13 will bring and stands ready to continue its mission as the US Army's Air Missile Defense Command in Europe living the motto - 'European Defenders!'

30th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Heart of the Branch

After re-designating the 6th Brigade to the 30th ADA Brigade in spring 2012, the brigade postures itself to meet the demands of the Army of 2020 and the needs of the Air Defense Artillery force of today. Future programs of instruction (POIs) will be completed and nested under the Army Learning Model (ALM) 2015: brigade initiatives to date have included an increase of practical exercises in our courses, pursuit of immersive training devices and digital applications, mentorship programs, audience response systems, and barracks computer labs to facilitate continued learning outside of the classroom. The brigade will use this year, leading up to accreditation, to look hard at academic systems and training and continue the progress made the last several years at Fort Sill, Okla. The goals of these internal and external evaluations are directed at reinforcing our number one priority: providing the Army with the best trained and most well-prepared air defense Soldiers and leaders we can. In August 2012, the brigade broke ground on a new multi-million dollar Theater High Altitude Area defense (THAAD) facility at Fort Sill. The facility construction is scheduled to be complete in April 2014 - in time to begin reception and installation of THAAD Training Aids, Devices, Simulators and Simulations (TADSS TADSS Training Aids, Devices, Simulators and Simulations
TADSS Tactical Automatic Digital Switching System
) and tactical equipment for new Instructor training and certification. Meanwhile, our Soldiers are working cooperatively with DOTD to posture the brigade to provide the highest quality indirect fire protect capability training, dedicated to sharing their experiences training C-RAM Soldiers for the last six years in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

It's the 30th ADA Brigade's commitment to continue to provide the force with highly trained warriors while simultaneously meeting our requirements to prepare for the future.

1st Battalion, 56th Air Defense Artillery, Spartans

The Spartan Battalion proudly graduated more than 230 leaders in the air defense force in 2012. From the most junior platoon leader to the senior warrant officers in the branch, 1st Battalion, 56th Air Defense Artillery continues to instill pride and a commitment to excellence. The Basic Officer Leader Course continued to refine field training with each iteration; the newest officers in the branch hone their leadership skills during warrior-focused combat scenarios using simulations interwoven in·ter·weave  
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1. To weave together.

2. To blend together; intermix.

 with air defense planning and air battle simulations. ADA Captains Career students now gain a historical perspective by assisting in the planning and conduct of staff rides covering the Battle of Westport The Battle of Westport, sometimes referred to as the "Gettysburg of Missouri," was fought on October 23 1864, in present-day Kansas City, Missouri, during the American Civil War. U.S. Army forces under Major General Samuel R.  at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Furthermore, the Battle of Wanat virtual staff ride provides a glimpse of the battlefield using computer based 3-D models to facilitate discussion and gain valuable lessons. In 2012, 22 officers attended Patriot Top Gun, the premier air defense course in the branch, with seven earning the title of 'Top Gun.' The Air Defense Fire Control Officer Course graduated 25 officers to effectively and confidently coordinate air defense Fires and coordinate airspace in a joint environment. At the end 2012, the battalion piloted a new curriculum guided by the concepts of Midgrade Learning Continuum 2015, focusing on leader development and air and missile defense planning. 'Night Hides Not!'

2nd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery, Kodiak

The 2nd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery, conducted training for military occupational skills 14G, 14H and 14S to develop and prepare our Initial Entry Training (IET) and transition Soldiers for their follow-on assignment while cultivating the physical fitness and life-skills required of a member of the Profession of Arms. The Kodiak Battalion also trained the next generation of C4I subject matter experts in the 140A Officer Basic and Advanced Courses and conducted both air defense airspace management/brigade aviation element (ADAM/BAE) and Avenger Master Gunner Courses. The battalion's counter-rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) executed training and certification for both U.S. and allied units, and the battalion continued to field the Army's first Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS JLENS Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System ) battery, currently going through Early User Test (EUT) at Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah. Setting the standard in both mission accomplishment and support to the community, the battalion sponsored the Great Plains Region Special Olympics for the third straight year. This year more than 500 Special Olympians competed in more than 20 events that were supported by hundreds of volunteers from across the brigade, the post and the community. Through the selfless volunteerism of our Soldiers from donating time at the local homeless shelter to donating blood to the Oklahoma Blood Institute, the men and women of the Kodiak Battalion played a huge role in supporting the Lawton-Fort Sill community and the ADA branch.

3rd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery, Bruiser

The 3rd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery, Bruiser Battal ion, continues to produce highly trained Patriot Air and Missile Defense Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Soldiers, warrant officers, and students from allied nations. The purpose of the Bruiser Battalion mission is to build the tactical, technical, and warrior skills required to contribute immediately to the first unit of assignment in the operating force. As part of this mission, the battalion began a new initiative for AIT Soldier Structured Self-Development Level I, producing more than 145 AIT Soldiers with SSD-1 completed prior to graduation and lauded by the Sergeant Major of the Army. The battalion's Patriot Master Gunner (PMG) Course continues to produce Patriot subject matter experts in the contemporary operating environment (COE), engagement control station (ECS See eComStation. ) operations, information coordination central (ICC) operations, battery gunnery, and communications link architecture. PMG graduates return to Forces Command (FORSCOM) in critical positions within battery, battalion, and brigade formations. The battalion is maintaining partnership with the community through support for local humanitarian construction projects (Habitat for Humanity, Veterans Home) and the annual "United Way Day of Caring," making a real impact to Lawton-Fort Sill.


I Battery, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment An armored cavalry regiment (ACR) is a regiment of the United States Army or United States National Guard organized for the specific purposes of reconnaissance, surveillance, and security. , Fort Irwin, California

I Battery, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment is the only Stinger-pure unit remaining in the U.S. Army, and the only battery subordinate to an armored cavalry regiment. As the only Air Defense Artillery unit at Fort Irwin, Calif., The battery continues to support the National Training Center (NTC) in replicating an insurgency for units deploying to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and recently a 'near peer' opposing force for units training in conventional warfare. In 2012, they had two decisive ('Force on Force') rotations, three Afghan National Security Force (ANSF ANSF Afghanistan National Security Forces ) rotations, and five OEF replication rotations. As the Army trains to strengthen its core competencies, I Battery is essential to enforcing the survivability of Army aviation and the U.S. Air Force against 'near peer' Man-portable Air Defense (MANPAD Noun 1. MANPAD - a man-portable surface-to-air missile
SAM, surface-to-air missile - a guided missile fired from land or shipboard against an airborne target
) systems and surface-to-air missile threats.

During two decisive action rotations at the NTC Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) Battlefield, I Battery Soldiers engaged and destroyed more than 20 rotary wing aircraft, as well as many fixed wing and unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS) assets through the use of Stingers, replicating enemy Surface-to-Air-18 (SA-18) Systems. Although ANSF and OEF rotations rarely involve air defense missions, I Battery Soldiers demonstrate their lethality and effectiveness with other Soldier skills, by performing urban defense, ambushes, COP attacks, and replicating local populations.

Air Defenders in I Battery are all Military Occupational Specialty A Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) is a job classification in use in the United States Army and Marine Corps. The occupational specialty system uses a system of letters and numbers to identify general and specific jobs of military personnel.  14S. Many are straight out of Advanced Individual Training. For 10 rotations a year, these Soldiers work 21-days straight while training the rotational unit. During the two months not filled by rotational operations, the battery performs gunnery. At Camp Pendleton, Calif., members of the Marine 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD LAAD Low Altitude Air Defense
LAAD Littoral Area Air Defense (Navy)
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LAAD Low Altitude Active Deceleration
) Battalion support their gunnery through use of the Stinger Simulation Dome, a semiannual requirement. During both January and December 2012, I Battery conducted annual Stinger live-fire Exercises at the Fort Irwin Training area.
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