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ADA ONLINE — NOVEMBER 2012

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MG Oliver D. Street III speaks at the 1974 inactivation of the 1st Region Army Air Defense Command (ARADCOM) at Stewart Air Force Base, New York. 

MAJOR GENERAL (RETIRED) OLIVER D. STREET III REMEMBERED
25 AUGUST 1925 – 26 NOVEMBER 2012
Major General (Retired) Oliver D. Street III, 87, died peacefully at home on Monday, 26 November 2012. 
General Street was a decorated Vietnam veteran and a truly notable air defense leader in the 1960 through 1980 era that defined the young Air Defense Artillery branch.  Many today, are unaware that it was Street, who brought the Patriot Program to production in 1980. To read more ...

 

ONCE A SOLDIER, A SOLDIER FOR LIFE
US ARMY'S VETERANS DAY VIDEO MESSAGE
(Provided by the Office, Chief of Public Affairs)

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE !


  

MISSILE DEFENSE TARGETS FIVE SIMULTANEOUSLY
KITV-TV/25 OCTOBER 2012

At left, the Director, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Lt. Gen. Patrick J. O'Reilly, congratulates 1st Lt. Alexander Hayes for becoming the first commissioned officer to fire a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Missile during Flight Test Integration-01 (FTI-01) from Kwajalein Atoll.

Honolulu, Hawaii – The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said the agency along with U.S. Army Soldiers, Navy Sailors and Airmen successfully conducted the largest, most complex missile defense flight test ever attempted resulting in the simultaneous engagement of five ballistic missile. Above the Director of MDA congratulates 1st Lt. Alexander Hayes for being the first commissioned officer to fire a THAAD missile. To read more ...

32D ARMY AIR AND MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND PRESS RELEASE
CG 12-004 /25 October 2012
Soldiers from A Battery, 4th Air Defense Artillery (Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense [THAAD]), 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade launch a THAAD interceptor from Meck Island to engage a ballistic missile target during a historic joint training exercise on 24 October 2012. (Photo courtesy of the Missile Defense Agency.)
Honolulu, Hawaii – Soldiers from A Battery, 4th Air Defense Artillery (THAAD), 11th ADA Brigade took part in a joint training exercise synchronizing their Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system with multiple other missile defense systems during a live-fire demonstration conducted on 24 October 2012, at the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll/Reagan Test Site, Hickam Air Force Base (Hawaii), and surrounding areas in the western Pacific. To read more about this historic exercise, click on the hyperlinked photo above.


CHARLIE BATTERY “COLD STEEL” LEADING THE WAY
Article and photos by 1st Lt. Damond J. Henderson

Capt. Peter A. Lawall, commander of Charlie Battery, 5-52 Air Defense Artillery (C/5-52 ADA), 11th ADA Brigade, conducts daily leader huddles to discuss battery policy, scheduled training and future projects.

CENTCON - During a deployment, it is tempting to fall into a set routine and let the days pass by with minimal effort; not the Soldiers of Charlie Battery, 5th Battalion, 52d Air Defense Artillery (C/5-52 ADA). To find out what they do with their time  …

 

 AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY
ARMY HUMAN RESOURCES COMMAND NEWSLETTER
(Issue 8/Fall-October 2012)
To read the latest news in the personnel arena, click on the photo below.

ADA Staff at HRC, Fort Knox, KY. 


6-52 ADA REDEFINES AIR AND MISSILE DEFENSE TRAINING
THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
Article and photos by Spc Issac Castleberry, 6-52 ADA Public Affairs Office
Above, Soldiers assigned to the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery (6-52 ADA) Regiment work to raise one of the antennas on their Antenna Mass Group (AMG). Prepping and raising the antennas are only one out of the many steps crewmembers are required to accomplish to properly emplace their equipment. (Photos by Spc. Issac Castleberry, 6-52 ADA PAO.)
Soldiers assigned to the 6th Battalion, 52d Air Defense Artillery (6-52 ADA) Regiment has,  what seem like the year's best new video game, but actually represents training that could be  the difference between life and death. Read more on the new Reconfigurable Table Top Trainer (RT-3) ...

 

ADA MASTER SERGEANT WINS AIR FORCE GOLF TOURNAMENT
By Capt Edward A. Ellingson, 35th ADA Brigade Public Affairs Officer
To the left, Master Sgt. Jonathan M. Schein, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade receives the winner’s trophy from Mr. Pak Song Pae, the Lakes at Osan Golf Course assistant manager. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Alejandro A. Espitia, C Battery, 6th Battalion, 52d Air Defense Artillery Regiment.)
OSAN AIR BASE, ROK – Click on the hyperlinked photo of Master Sgt. Jonathan M. Schein, a member of the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and read about his personal Army versus Air Force battle and victory on the Osan Air Base Golf Course.

 

 III CORPS COMMANDER & 32d AAMDC CG VISIT PATRIOT SITE
By Sgt. Maria L. Kappell, 69th ADA Brigade Public Affairs Office
Commander of the 69th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade, Col. Randall A. McIntire, gives the III Corps Commander & Fort Hood Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell, Jr., a tour of the brigade’s Patriot field training site on 11 September 2012. (Photo by Sgt. Ange Desinor, 69th ADA Public Affairs)     Brig. Gen. James Dickinson, the Commander of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Bliss, shakes the hand of Sgt. 1st Class Alice Andrews, a food service specialist in 69th ADA, here Sept. 11. (Army photo by Sgt. Ange Desinor, 69th ADA Public Affairs)
FORT HOOD, Texas — Troops from the 69th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade welcomed both the III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell, Jr. and the Commanding General of the 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), Brig. Gen James H. Dickinson during separate visits, as they visited their Patriot sites on 11 September 2012. To read more on his visit and view additional photos ...

SOLDIERS SHED TEARS FOR TRAINING
Courtesy of the 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office, Kunsan Air Base 
At left, members of A/2-1 ADA remove their masks and recite their social security number while in the gas chamber to experience how tear gas can affect them. (U.S. Army photos/Sergeant Jose Ramirez)
Kunsan Air Base, ROK – Members of Alpha Battery, 2d Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (A/2-1 ADA) Regiment learned a most important lesson while conducting training through a gas chamber — ensure the proper fit and seal of your gas mask — it could mean the difference between survival and annihilation!  To see more photos and read about their practical exercise ...

AIR DEFENDERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Article by Sgt. Ange Desinor with photos by Sgt. Maria L. Kappell,
69th ADA Brigade Public Affairs Team
On 20 September 2012, volunteer Soldiers and spouses from the 69th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade traveled to the Ronald McDonald House in Austin, Texas, to lend a hand for “Make a Difference Day.”
AUSTIN, Texas – In the early morning hours of 20 September 2012, volunteer Soldiers and spouses from the 69th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade traveled to the Ronald McDonald House in Austin to get a head start on “Make a Difference Day.” To read more ...

 

 LOCAL OHIO NEWS SERVICES COVER THE RETURN OF 2-174 ADA FROM THEIR MISSION IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION
(Click on each separate photo below to read each article and view more photos.)

2-174th ADA, OHARNG, Soldiers Humbled by Homecoming. (Photos by Treveor Jones, Zanesville Times Recorder) Soldiers from the 2d Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery (2-174 ADA) Regiment of the Ohio Army National Guard (OHARNG) return home from the National Capital Region (NCR) Task Force Tecumseh mission. 
SOLDIERS HUMBLED BY HOMECOMING          TF TECUMSEH WECOMED HOME
   Courtesy of Zanesville Times Recorder            Courtesy of Morgan County (Ohio) Herald

 

ADA SOLDIERS PERFECT RAIL LOADING TECHNIQUES
Article and photos by Sgt. Nathan Akridge, 31st ADA Brigade Public Affairs Office
At right, Soldiers from 4-3 ADA use chains to secure their vehicle to a rail road car during rail load operations on 20 August 2012 at Fort Sill, Okla. 
FORT SILL, Okla. – Soldiers from the "I Strike" 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery (4-3 ADA) took the first step in ensuring their equipment's arrival overseas by conducting rail load operations. Although the battalion spent three days loading more than 150 vehicles onto rail cars, the planning began six months earlier. To read more ...

FIRST WAVE OF 4-5 ADA AIR DEFENDERS
RETURN FROM SWA DEPLOYMENT
Article and photos by Sgt. Maria L. Kappell, 69th ADA Brigade Public Affairs Team
 Soldiers from 4-5 ADA quickly fill out paperwork to in-processes back to Fort Hood at the Killeen/Fort Hood Regional Airport on 25 September 2012, so they could celebrate their return from a Southwest Asia deployment with family and friends.
 To read about the return of Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery (4-5 ADA) Regiment, 69th ADA Brigade, and see touching reunion photos ...
 

SKYSTRIKER WEEK
Article and photos by Capt. Ebony J. Malloy, 108th ADA Brigade Public Affairs Officer
 The “Skystriker” batteries assigned to, and former Soldiers affiliated with, the 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery (3-4 ADA) Regiment competed for the Command Sgt. Maj. James D. Blankenbecler Cup. The cup is named in honor of the highest ranking Air Defense Artillery (ADA) noncommissioned officer (NCO) killed in combat operations. At the time of his death in 2003, Blankenbecler served as the senior enlisted advisor for 1-44 ADA in Iraq. The winner was determined by the highest cumulative score.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery (3-4 ADA) Regiment of the 108th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade conducted their annual “Skystriker Week” Competition at Fort Bragg from the 24th through the 26th of September 2012. Skystriker Week is a three-day competition filled with numerous skill-required, physically-taxing and fun events intended to boost esprit de corps and foster unit camaraderie among the Soldiers throughout the Skystriker Battalion. To read how the event went and see how it was captured in photos, click on the trophy photo above.

 

 HISTORY LESSON: STUDENTS LEARN FROM WWII WEAPON
(The Cannoneer/13 September 2012)
Mr. Cris Elliott, living historian, explains the gun system on a World War II M16 half-track to Air and Missisle Defense (AMD) crewmember students outside Patterson Hall on 10 September 2012.
FORT SILL, Okla. – Some of the Army's youngest air warriors received a history lesson on 10 September 2012 at Fort Sill about an air defense weapons system used by their grandfathers.
To learn more, click on the photo above.

 

AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY REGIMENTAL
COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR RETIRES
Article by Sgt. 1st Class Melinda I. L. Alvey, OCADA, USAADASCH
CSM James T. Carr, ADA Regimental CSM Retires on 24 August 2012.
Command Sgt. Maj. James T. Carr Sr. retired with 31 years of active service in the U.S. Army on 24 August 2012 at Fort Sill, Okla. Carr served the last three years of his career as the Air Defense Artillery Regimental Command Sgt. Maj. with the Air Defense Artillery School. To read more about his military career and plans for the future ...

FORT SILL SOLDIERS TAKE PART IN ADA REGIMENTAL RUN
Article and photos by Sgt. Nathan Akridge, 31st ADA Brigade Public Affairs Office
Command Sgt. Maj. James T. Carr Sr., the Air Defense Artillery (ADA) regimental command sergeant major and senior enlisted adviser for the ADA School, and key leaders show their morale and motivation following Carr’s farewell run held at Fort Sill, Okla.
FORT SILL, Okla. – There are many ways to bid farewell and say thank you to a departing leader, but the Air Defense Artillery (ADA) family at Fort Sill, Okla., decided to go the traditional route. A regimental run to honor Command Sgt. Maj. James T. Carr Sr., the ADA regimental command sergeant major and senior enlisted adviser for the ADA School, and acknowledge all he has done for the ADA community was held here. To read more, click on the photo above.

 

SKYSTRIKER WEEK:  AIR DEFENSE UNIT CELEBRATES HERITAGE
Henry Cunningham, Fayetteville Observer
Above, Retired Brig. Gen. Robert Woods (blue suit) and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Locklear (center) assist in the dedication of the LTC Pruitt Memorial Field on Monday, 24 September 2012, to kick off Skystriker Week at Fort Bragg. (Photo by Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez, Staff)
FORT BRAGG, N.C. – It was one of the rare times in the Army where a decision was made by a majority vote. The question – do you want your company commanders and first sergeants to run a relay race of 100 yards or 300 yards? To read about the outcome and learn about some of the 3d Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artilley's (3-4 ADA's) past,  ...

 

 BATTALION DONATES COMPUTER TO SUWON ORPHANAGE
Article and photos by Spc Issac Castleberry, 6-52 ADA, 35th ADA Brigade Public Affairs Office
Soldiers from the 6the Battalion, 52d Air Defense Artillery donate a computer to the House of Dreams Orphanage in Suwon. 
SUWON, ROK — American Soldiers of Fox Company, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery (6-52 ADA) donated a new computer to the House of Dreams Orphanage in Suwon. After a long day of learning and various actives, children from the House of Dreams Orphanage came home to a surprise in the form of a new computer. To read more about 6-52 ADA's contribution and visit ...

 11TH ADA "FIGHTING DEUCE" SOLDIERS RETURN FROM OEF DEPLOYMENT
Article and photos by Sgt Terence Ewings, 24th Press Camp Headquarters
Soldiers from E Battery, 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery (E/5-52 ADA) Regiment, 11th ADA Brigade, disembark from an aircraft on 23 August 2012, at the Departure/Arrival Airfield Control Group (DAACG) on Biggs Army Airfield, Texas, after completing a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
FORT BLISS, Texas - After a yearlong deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan, troopers from E Battery, 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery (E/5-52 ADA) Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade returned home to Fort Bliss. To read about their homecoming reunion and view touching photos, click on the hyperlinked photo above.

 

SOLDIER OUTREACH SERVES DIFFERENT ARMY
(The Cannoneer/6 September 2012)

Lawton, Okla., -- A group of nine Fort Sill Advanced Individual Training (AIT) students assigned to B Battery, 2d Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery (B/2-6 ADA) Regiment volunteered as food servers at the Salvation Army Community Services Center in downtown Lawton on 27 August 2012. The Soldiers volunteered as part of the battery’s monthly community service project which feeds homeless, indigent and low-income people at the center.
To read more about their selfless service ...

 108th ADA BRIGADE DISTRIBUTES SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO
SOLDIERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS
Article and photos by Capt. Ebony J. Malloy, 108th ADA Brigade Public Affair Officer

Col. Sean Gainey and CSM Harold Lincoln, (Cdr & CSM of 108th ADA Bde) are pictured with Melissa Baxter (FRSA); Tara Peifer (HHB FRG), with son Chance & daughter Savannah Peifer; Nicole Martuszewski (1-7 ADA FRSA), with daughters Abigail and Ally Martuszewski; Roxanne Rushbrook (HHB/1-7 ADA FRG), with daughters Natasha Montoya and Kyra Rushbrooke; Lori Ritchie (E/3-4 ADA FRG); Jessica Showalter (A/1-7 ADA FRG); Jenni Osbourne (HHB/108th ADA FRG Co-Leader) with son Gunnar Osbourne; and Chantal House (FRG Treasurer, B/3-4 ADA).

FORT BRAGG, NC – Soldiers, Family members and Family Readiness Group (FRG) personnel gathered to conduct the 108th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade annual school supply distribution on 14 August 2012. The annual school supply drive is coordinated through Operation Home Front and Dollar Tree stores. This is the third year that the brigade has participated in Operation Home Front. To read more and view more photos ...

“NFL Tour” (Ashely Lewis, Tessa Cannon, Eddie Kennison, Anthony Parish and John Karney) and 4-5 ADA Soldiers.   “NFL Tour” (Ashely Lewis, Tessa Cannon, Eddie Kennison, Anthony Parish and John Karney) and Soldiers from 4-5 ADA.

NFL TOUR VISITS WITH AIR DEFENDERS
From the "Renegade" Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery (4-5 ADA) Regiment, 69th ADA Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas, would like to thank the members of the “NFL Tour” (Ashely Lewis, Tessa Cannon, Eddie Kennison, Anthony Parish and John Karney) for taking the time to visit them. To see larger view of above photos click on title above.

 

 FORT HOOD PLATOON SERGEANT LEADS IN SOFTBALL
Article by Sgt. Ange Desinor,  photos by Spc. Molimau Ti’a,  69th ADA Public Affairs Office
Staff Sgt. Joseph Alvarez rounds third base and sprints toward home plate, just before sliding in safe on an in-the-park home run during the BOSS softball tournament on 17 August 2012. “
FORT HOOD, Texas – He wipes the sweat off his forehead and pushes his glasses toward his face before he sets himself in the batter’s box. When he gets ready to hit the ball, he positions himself, taps his bat on the edge of the plate, relaxes his nerves, and clears his mind with an exhale. He then raises his bat and concentrates on the object coming toward him ... To find out what happens next to this fine athlete, Staff Sgt. Joseph Alverez, a member of the 69th ADA Brigade ...

"IMPERIAL" BRIGADE CHANGES COMMAND
(Fort Bliss Monitor/31 August 2012)
Article by Capt. Jason Koontz, 11th ADA Brigade Public Affairs Officer
Col. Reginald R. Davis, outgoing commander of 11th ADA Brigade, welcomes Maj. Gen. Gary H. Cheek, deputy commanding general of Third Army, U.S. Army Central, Coalition Forces Land Component Command, to the 11th ADA Bde. Change of command Aug. 27 in Southwest Asia. (Photo by Capt. Jason Koontz, 11th ADA Bde. Public Affairs.)
SOUTHWEST ASIA – The 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade held a change of command in an undisclosed location on 27 August 2012, in which Col. Reginald R. Davis relinquished command to Col. Clement S. Coward Jr. Davis has been in command of the brigade for the past two years and has developed a special bond with the unit. Prior to the ceremony, Brig. Gen. James H. Dickinson, commander of 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, presented the Legion of Merit to Davis in recognition of his hard work, dedication and sacrifice. To read more ...

THAAD WELCOMES NEW COMMANDER
(Fort Bliss, Monitor/17 August 2012)
Article by Sgt. Todd Robinson, 11th ADA Brigade Public Affairs Office
From left, Capt. Benjamin Mayhew, incoming commander of A Battery, 2nd ADA Regiment (THAAD), receives the battery guidon from Lt. Col. Pablo Batista, the 11th ADA Bde’s deputy commanding officer, after being passed to him by outgoing commander Capt. Stephen Rachamim. In the background, Battery 1st Sgt. Daniel Parker awaits the return of the guidon at the 16 August 2012 change of command held at Fort Bliss, TX.( Photo by Sgt. Todd Robinson, 11th ADA Bde. Public Affairs)
FORT BLISS, Texas – Capt. Benjamin Mayhew assumed command of A Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment (Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense), 11th ADA Brigade, during a change of command on Patriot Field here on 16 August 2012. Mayhew assumed command from Capt. Stephen Rachamim during the ceremonial passing of the battery guidon. To read more, click on the hyper-linked photo above.

 

108th ADA BRIGADE SAFETY DAY
Article by Capt. Ebony J. Malloy, 108th ADA Brigade Public Affairs Office
A Soldier from the 108th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade is buckled in and reaches for her Frisbee (mock) steering wheel as she prepares to go down the vehicle simulator that will allow her to feel the sensation of being in a car crash at 10 miles per hour during the brigades safety day at the newly built complex at Fort Bragg on 30 August 2012.
 FORT BRAGG, NC – The 108th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade held its quarterly Safety Day on 30 August 2012. The Soldiers went through a day of training which consisted of multiple stations; providing critical information that could deeply impact the lives of Soldiers and Families on and off post. To read more, click on the photo above.

 

SIMULATOR HELPS ADA STUDENTS TRAIN FOR FIGHT
(www.army.mil/5 July 2012) — Article by Ben Sherman, Fort Sill
The Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti Hall Mission Simulation Center was dedicated on 19 August 2011, at Fort Sill, Okla. The center provides training in a virtual environment. Sgt. 1st Class Monti, an artilleryman, was killed in action on 21 June 2006, while trying to rescue a wounded Soldier in Afghanistan. Monti was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on 17 September 2009.
Air defenders at Fort Sill, Okla., now have a new Patriot missile system simulator. Students began using the Cognitive Air Defense Training Systems (CAD-TS) last month at the Jared C. Monti Hall Mission Simulation Center. To read more ...

 

 FOUNDER OF MISSILE DEFENSE ADVOCACY ALLIANCE VISITS
1-1 ADA SOLDIERS
Article and photos by 1st Lt. Aaron Devig, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery
Members of Delta Battery, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (D/1-1 ADA), take time out of training to pose with Mr. Riki Ellison, Founder and Chair of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA) on 8 June 2012 at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.
Kadena Air Base, Okinawa - On 8 June 2012, Mr. Riki Ellison visited the Soldiers, NCOs and Officers of the 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (1-1 ADA) located on Kadena Air Base. Mr. Ellison is the chairman and founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, a non-profit organization that seeks to educate the general public and foster support for the continued testing, development and deployment of missile defense systems to protect our country and allies.

 

 

 

IN THE NEWS

WESTERN EFFORTS ON SYRIA SHIFTING
(The Telegraph/7 November 2012)

http://www.macon.com/2012/11/07/2240412/uk-to-talk-directly-with-syrias.html

WESTERN EFFORTS ON SYRIA SHIFTING
 (San Jose Mercury News/7 November 2012)

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21946886/uk-talk-directly-syrias-rebel-fightersWESTERN EFFORTS ON SYRIA SHIFTING
(The Seattle Times/7 November 2012)

 http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2019622537_apsyriadiplomacy.html

 

TURKEY:  PATRIOT MISSILES DISCUSSED FOR SYRIA
(cnsnews.com/7 November 2012)

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/turkey-patriot-missiles-discussed-syria

 

OBAMA RE-ELECTION SIGNALS NEW PHASE IN SYRIA WAR
(TIME World/7 November 2012)

http://world.time.com/2012/11/07/turkey-patriot-missiles-discussed-for-syria/

 

RUSSIAN FM SAYS SYRIA INSURGENTS HAVE 50 STINGER MISSILES
(PRESS TV/7 November 2012)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/06/270796/syria-insurgents-have-50-stingers-lavrov/

 

US CLEARS SALE OF THAAD SYSTEM TO UAE, QATAR
(Reuters/7 November 2012)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/06/us-lockheed-missiles-mideast-idUSBRE8A507J20121106

 

DoD ANNOUNCES PROPOSED $7.6 BILLION THAAD
SALE TO QATAR, UAE
(
INSIDEDEFENSE.COM/6 November 2012)
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of possible Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system sales to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Under the terms of the proposed sale to Qatar, the country would buy two THAAD fire units and associated equipment and support. Additionally, Qatar would also purchase "12 THAAD launchers, 150 THAAD interceptors, two THAAD fire control and communications, two AN/TPY-2 THAAD radars, and one early warning radar (EWR)," as well as maintenance kits and other equipment and services, the statement adds. In a separate statement released today, DSCA announced a proposed sale of 48 THAAD missiles, associated equipment and support to the UAE.
 

PERSIAN GULF STATES SPEED UP U.S. MISSILE SHIELD
(UPI.com - Security Industry/ i October 2012)
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- As tensions swell in the Persian Gulf, the United States is pressing its fractious Arab allies to accelerate efforts to establish an integrated missile defense network to counter the threat of Iran's growing ballistic arsenal.
That would add considerable weight to U.S. anti-missile defenses in the region, recently reinforced, in any conflict with the Islamic Republic.
 

LOCKHEED’S PAC-3 INTERCEPTOR DESTROYS “ENEMY”
MISSILE IN ARMY TEST
(AL.COM/7 September 2012) — Article by Kenneth Kesner, The HuntsvilleTimes
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Lockheed Martin's Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) missile
destroyed a tactical ballistic missile target in a recent test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

PAC-3 SUCCESSFUL IN COMPLEX BALLISTIC MISSILE INTERCEPT TEST
(Defense-Update/29 August 2012)
Lockheed Martin’s Patriot Advanced Capabilities-3 (PAC-3) Missile successfully destroyed a tactical ballistic missile (TBM) target today at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., in an Operational Test conducted by the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command. The test involved three incoming targets; two Patriot-As-A-Target TBMs and one MQM-107 drone.

CONGRESS MUST CLEAN UP MEADS MESS
(The Hill: Congress Blog/ 7 September 2012)
By Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Donald Koehler - 09/07/12 01:53 PM ET
“BOOM! Whoosh!” Awesome doesn’t begin to describe the teeth-rattling thunder of a Patriot missile going supersonic right over your skull as it races to intercept an incoming enemy missile, successfully I might add. I’m a Patriot fan. It protected Mrs. Koehler’s only son and helped return him from two major theater wars in the Persian Gulf, one in 1991 and the other in 2003. Both times whilst staging in Kuwait anticipating the invasion of Iraq. Patriot wasn’t new in 1991 and it’s still frontline in 2012.
That’s quite a run.


JLENS PROGRESS, SUCCESS BEG QUESTIONS ON FUNDING
(Second Line of Defense/30 September 2012) — Article by Brian Searcy
Given the technical and operational success of JLENS in recent months, the fact that the Army has completed training of the required Army technicians to operate the system, and the escalating threats we face around the world, it’s puzzling why the Pentagon continues to seek the re-programming of $40 million in JLENS funding for other non-specific programs.

 US ARMY, NAVY DEMONSTRATE JLENS' ABILITY TO DEFEAT
ANTI-SHIP CRUISE MISSILES
(PRNWire/21 September 2012)
 WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. – A recent U.S. Army and Navy test proved the Raytheon Company’s Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) can integrate with defensive systems currently in the U.S. Navy's inventory to provide, for the first time, overland cruise missile defense from the sea.

ANTIQUATED ARMY AIR DEFENSES WOULD HOBBLE
JOINT FORCES IN THE PACIFIC
(defpro.news/10 September 2012)
Army leaders have already figured out that one way in which they might make an important contribution to joint capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region is by providing air and missile defenses. Ground-based defenses against manned and unmanned aircraft are an Army specialty, and the Army has led national missile defense efforts since the Nike-Hercules program was begun in the 1950s. Patriot has served the joint force well for decades, but …

LIGHTNING AIR DEFENDERS PASS DIVISION WEST TEST
TO PROTECT SKIES OVER NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION
(Dvids/5 October 2012) – Article by Capt. Kevin Lockett, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West
WHITE SANDS MISSLE RANGE, N.M. – About 200 Florida Army National Guard soldiers are now standing watch over the skies of the Washington, D.C., and its surrounding area, having recently passed a seven month training and testing process that has led to their support of Operation Noble Eagle. The Florida Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 265th Air Defense Artillery Regiment – also known as Task Force Lightning – will work with other DoD agencies to shield the National Capital Region from airborne threats for a year-long air defense mission.