Air Defense Artillery (ADA)
Air Defense Artillery (ADA) is America's 911 Force, which is committed to the "Fight, the Force and the Future." As an air defender, you will defend the American homeland against long-range ballistic missiles, terrorist aerial strikes, and shield deployed U.S. forces. Theater missile defense has become a prerequisite to U.S. military intervention, since allied countries routinely demand the deployment of U.S. Air Defense Artillery forces to protect their citizens and infrastructure from retaliatory missile strikes, before allowing other U.S. forces to use their country's airfields, airspace, or debarkation facilities.
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The ADA Transformation
Even today, the ADA Soldiers remain fully engaged in defending our allies valuable assets and infarstruture all over the world. ADA Soldiers crew Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) systems to counter indirect-fire attacks on forward operating bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. ADA Soldiers assigned to Air Defense Airspace Management (ADAM) Cells manage the airspace above the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan, coordinating comabt air support missions with friendly rocket, motar and artillery fire missions. At home, Europe and across the Pacific, ADA Soldiers who operate newly fielded Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and combat-proven Patriot and Avenger systems stand ready to defend deployed US forces, allies and host population centers against air and missile attack anywhere around the globe. Army National Guard ADA units defend the National Capital Region against potential terrorist aerial attacks and operate Ground-Based Interceptors in Alaska and California to defend America against long-range ballistic missile strikes.
Meanwhile, ADA continues to evolve to defeat the diverse air and missile threat anticipated in the early part of the 21st century. The Patriot system is gradually being updated to continue its current threat mission. ADA’s air and missile defense systems are fully integrated into America’s Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), the BMD “system of systems” is a network of ground-based, sea-based and airborne missile defense forces and technologies. The BMD system is rapidly becoming international as it integrates air and missile defense forces from allied and friendly nations. As an Air Defender assigned to a theater air and missile defense battery, battalion, brigade or command, you will lead Soldiers tasked to defend deployed U.S. forces, allied and friendly forces, and host population centers against air and missile attacks.
Your First Duty Assignment
The BRAC realignment of the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School is completed and is now located at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, along with the Field Artillery School. Together they make up the Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE). This move is similar to the Armor School's move from Fort Knox, Kentucky, to Fort Benning, Georgia; where it was combined with the Infantry School to establish the Maneuver Center of Excellence. The dispersion of the ADA force greatly enhances assignment opportunities for ADA officers. As a new commissioned ADA lieutenant you will attend the ADA Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC B), located at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon graduation, you could be assigned to either an Avenger/Patriot battery, a Sentinel Radar detachment or a Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) battery defending forward operating bases from indirect fire attacks.