ADA ONLINE — DECEMBER 2012
Kathleen M. Doyle ~ Editor-in-Chief
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CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMY'S HOLIDAY MESSAGE TO THE FORCE
21 December 2012
To the Soldiers, Civilians and Leaders of the U.S. Army,
As we close 2012 and all Americans enjoy their holiday season, I want to thank all of you for your sacrifice,
discipline, and dedication to the security of our nation. Because of you, all Americans and many others
around the world will be able to peacefully enjoy this wonderful time of year.
To those who will not be able to spend the holidays with their families, our thoughts and prayers will be with
you. I am truly humbled and honored to serve in your ranks - we are indebted to you for your service and
The strength of our Nation is our Army; the strength of our Army is our Soldiers; the strength of our Soldiers
is our Families; and this is what makes us Army Strong!
Raymond T. Odierno
General, 38th Chief of Staff
United States Army
4-5 ADA PARTICIPATES IN "TELL ME A STORY" EVENT
Maj. Matthew Mercadante of the 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery (4-5 ADA) Regiment, 69th ADA Brigade, reads "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" to children from the battalion during the "Tell Me a Story" event at the Oveta Culp Center at Fort Hood, Texas, on 20 December 2012. The event was put together by the unit and the Parent-to-Parent Program, which encourages child literacy.
(Photo by Sgt. Maria Kappell, 69th ADA Brigade Public Affairs)
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF, ARMY
GENERAL OFFICER ANNOUNCEMENT
Dated: 13 December 2012
The Secretary of the Defense Leon E. Panetta has announced that the President has nominated
the following Army Competitive Category Colonel for promotion to the rank of brigadier general:
Colonel Donald G. Fryc (AD)
Commandant, U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School
United States Army Fires Center of Excellence
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
2012 FIRES CENTER OF EXCELLENCE COMMANDER'S
SAINT BARBARA'S DAY MESSAGE
Maj. Gen James M. McDonald
To read Maj. Gen. McDonald's Saint Barabara's Day message, click on the facsimile of the message above.
MEADS SUCCESSFULLY INTERCEPTS AIR-BREATHING TARGET AT WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE
(MEADS International, Inc. Press Release/29 November 2012)
ORLANDO/MUNICH/ROME, 29 November 2012 – The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) detected, tracked, intercepted and destroyed an air-breathing target in its first-ever intercept flight test today at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The test achieved all criteria for success. The MEADS test configuration included a networked MEADS battle manager, lightweight launcher firing a PAC-3 MSE Certified Missile Round and a 360-degree MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR), which tracked the MQM-107 target and guided the missile to a successful intercept.
To read the complete press release, click on the center hyperlinked photo above.
To read the 6 December 2012 Fort Bliss Monitor article on the launch ...
"SKYSTRIKERS" FIND INSPIRATION FOR THEIR FUTURE BY EMPHASIZING THEIR HERITAGE
Article by Capt.Will D. Andrews, 3-4 ADA Logistics Officer, and photos by
Sgt. 1st Class Lin Hurd currently serves as a Platoon Sergeant for E/3-4 ADA.
The 3d Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery (3-4 ADA) Regiment has a history unlike any other. With more battle streamers than any other Air Defense Artillery battalion in the Army, 3-4 ADA places an emphasis on teaching its Soldiers about its rich heritage. The training begins upon reception into the unit, when leaders explain to new Soldiers the relationship between the fish hook and bundled wheat on the 4th Regiment’s crest, and the unique shape of the Union’s line at Gettysburg and the courageous fight to survive and win on the deadly wheat fields of Gettysburg. On 30 November 2012, 21 Skystriker had a chance to visit those hallowed grounds and get in touch with thri heritage personally. To read about their educational opportunity ...
'COBRA STRIKE' BATTALION CASES ITS COLORS FOR DEPLOYMENT TO SOUTHWEST ASIA
(Fort Bliss, Monitor/6 December 2012) http://fbmonitor.com/?p=17393
Article and photos by Sgt. Jacoby M. Davis, 32d AAMDC Public Affairs Office
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery (1-43 ADA) Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade, held a ceremony Nov. 27, 2012, at Sgt. Joshua W. Soto Physical Fitness Center at East Fort Bliss to case their battalion colors in preparation for deployment to Southwest Asia. To read more about the ceremony ...
'YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS' and 'TEXAS NAVY ADMIRAL' AWARDS PRESENTED TO ADA SPOUSES
(Fort Bliss Monitor/6 December 2012) http://fbmonitor.com/?p=17308
Article and photo by Staff Sgt. Norman Llamas, 11th ADA Brigade Public Affairs Office
Capt. Rita C. Rosales, commander, A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery (A/2-43 ADA) Regiment presents the “Yellow Rose of Texas” and the Texas Navy Admiral award to 31 spouses within her unit at an awards ceremony held at the Family Resiliency Center, on 20 November 2012. The award is present by the Texas Governor’s Office, and it recognizes women for their significant contributions to Texas. To read more about the presentation, click on the Monitor hyperlink above or ...
REFLECTIONS OF AN ARMY CONGRESSIONAL FELLOW
Article by Maj. Timothy P. Meadors, Army Congressional Fellowship Program Manager with the Office, Chief Legislative Liaison (OCLL)
Ever consider providing your military expertise to and learn from working in a Congressional environment?
Do you have something to offer that provides for the greater good?
Have you ever wanted to complete your political education with a Master’s degree funded by someone other than yourself?
If so, read MAJ Tim Meadors’ article, he is someone who did just that and is in a position to assist you in finding out if you qualify to follow the same path and how to get started. The program is open to both officers and NCOs. Aapplication deadline is 31 January 2013, if you're interested in knowing more …
BATTALION IN ALASKA BENEFITS FROM RESILIENCY TRAINING
(The Redstone Rocket/28 November 2012)
Article by Capt. Michael Odgers, SMDC/ARSTRAT
FORT GREELY, Alaska – The 49th Missile Defense Battalion kicked off the beginning of their two-day (15-16 November 2012) Resiliency Training with a spiritual luncheon at the Community Activity Center on Fort Greely. For the Army, fall begins a new training year and a renewed focus on required training. One of those required training programs is resiliency. The program, that teaches the six core competencies – Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, Optimism, Mental Agility, Strengths of Character and Connection – will significantly increase one’s ability to cope with life’s stress. To read more ...
2-1 ADA REINFORCES THE SOLDIER FAMILY CONCEPT
Article and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Jason L. Kennedy, 2-1 ADA Public Affairs Office
CAMP CARROLL, Rebuplic of Korea—The 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment (2-1 ADA) hosted their quarterly Strong Bonds event at the Dragon Hill Lodge in Yongsan. The event was divided into two different groups—single and married. Approximately 30 single Soldiers and Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army (KATUSA) participated in interactive training on how to better communicate with others through the use of personality inventories, group discussions, and team building exercises. A total of 17 married Soldiers and Family training focused on how to better understand the different thought processes of men and women. To read more …
MEET YOUR MENTOR PART 1: THE CONSTANT MOTIVATOR
(dvids/15 November 2012)
Article and photos by Staff Sgt. Jes Smith, 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
FORT BLISS, Texas – The hours are long and the pay is nonexistent, but those who volunteer to mentor children, always seem to answer with, ‘the reward far exceeds the sacrifice.’ One of those mentors is Sgt. 1st Class Howard J. Baity, an observer/ controller trainer with the 1st Training Support Battalion, 362nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, 1st Army Division West, and he has been a volunteer coach in the local area for the past seven years. To read more about Baity, click on the hyperlinked photo or …
RAM WARN BRINGS CURRENT EQUIPMENT INTO THE FUTURE
(dvids/16 November 2012)
Article and photos by Sgt. Candice Harrison, 24th Press Camp Headquarters, Fort Bliss, Texas
McGREGOR RANGE, N.M. – Soldiers from Air Defense Airspace Management (ADAM)/Brigade Aviation Element (BAE), Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 1st Armored Division, assessed the Rocket, Artillery and Mortar Warning (RAM Warn) system here during Network Integration Evaluation 13.1. Throughout the five-week evaluation, RAM Warn and other equipment were gauged on different aspects, including ease of use and reliability. To learn more ...
2-1 ADA CONDUCTS MASS CASUALTY MEDICAL EVACUATION EXERCISE
Article by Sgt. 1st Class Jason L. Kennedy, 2d Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Public Affairs Office
CAMP CARROLL, Republic of Korea — On 23 October 2012, 26 junior Soldiers (and first time helicopter flyers) from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (2-1 ADA) Regiment – the “Guardian” battalion – took part in a Mass Casualty Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Training Exercise. UH-60 Blackhawk crewmembers from Charlie Company, 3-2nd General Support Aviation Brigade (C/3-2 GSAB) flew from their home station at Camp Humphreys to provide important life-saving training to inexperienced Soldiers. To read more ...
2-1 ADA MISSILES UP ANTENNAS DOWN
The 2-1 ADA Battalion, a part of the 35th ADA Brigade, conducts a brigade-wide training exercise.
Sgt. Matt Waymire takes us to a new training location for the battalion.
To view the video ...
4-5 ADA COMES HOME
FORT HOOD, Texas – For the first time in a long while, all of the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade’s battalions are home at Fort Hood, Texas. Welcome home and “hooah” for a job well done!
2-1 ADA PRESENTS BEST UNIT AWARDS FOR 2012
Article and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Jason L. Kennedy, 1-2 ADA Public Affairs Office
CAMP CARROLL, Republic of Korea —The 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (2-1 ADA) Regiment concluded its Best Unit Competition for 4th quarter fiscal year 2012 (4QFY12) and FY12. The purpose of the competition was to foster a healthy competitive environment while promoting esprit de corps; moreover, the individual batteries/companies had to simultaneously work towards improving their unit warfighting capabilities. To read more about the competition and find out who the winners were …
MISSION REHEARSAL EXERCISE
Article by Cpt. Steven Modugno, 69th ADA Brigade Public Affairs
The mission rehearsal exercise (MRE), orchestrated by officers and noncommissioned officers (NCOs) from the 32nd Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), Fort Bliss, Texas, was meant to simulate real-world conditions and possible scenarios that may take place while Soldiers from the 69th ADA Brigade are deployed. To read more and find out how they did ...
SERVING WITH HONOR
Submitted by Sgt. Maj. Micheal L. Leach with photos by Spc. James A trabert, HHB/1-7 ADA
Southwest Asia – Spc. Della Pugh (far right both photos), a Chaplain’s Assistant from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB), 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (HHB/1-7 ADA) Regiment serves on the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing’s (AEW's) Honor Guard. Spc. Pugh is the first and only Soldier to serve on the 380th AEW’s honor guard. The try outs for the honor guard are very tough and demanding but Spc. Pugh showed that she has what it takes to be a part of this prestigious group.
“Being a part of the 380th AEWs Honor Guard team is a blessing. I have learned so much since I became a member of this great team,” said Pugh. The Airmen carry and care for our nations colors while honorably serving the United States of America in Southwest Asia.
Flight Test Integrated-01
Article by First Lieutenant David M. Wren, Alpha Battery Executive Officer, 1-1 ADA
OKINAWA, Japan – Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (A/1-1 ADA) located on Kadena Air Base, participated in the largest and most complex integrated, multi-tier ballistic missile defense exercise in history known as Flight Test Integrated-01 (FTI-01) from August to November 2012. This joint enterprise between the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) demonstrated the capability of regional ballistic missile defense systems’ abilities to defeat a raid of up to five simultaneous threats. To read more and view more photos …
SOLDIERS USE TERROR TACTICS ON CHILDREN:
Echo Battery, 5-52 ADA Create “Haunted House” at Local Middle School
Article and photos by by Staff Sgt. Brandon Little, 32d AAMDC Public Affairs
EL PASO, Texas – Most school libraries are filled with books to help nurture the blossoming minds of students; but with a little TLC (tender loving care) from some volunteers, this treasure chest of knowledge was completely transformed into a room that oozes fear and dread from every crevice. Soldiers from Echo Battery, 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery (E/5-52 ADA) Regiment frightened students, and probably a few parents and faculty members, at H.E. Charles Middle School by constructing and operating a haunted house during the school’s annual Fall Festival held Saturday (27 October 2012). To read more of this chilling article ...
AIR FORCES CENTRAL COMMAND CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT
VISITS AIR DEFENDERS OF 1-7 ADA BATTALION
Submitted by Sgt. Maj. Micheal L. Leach, 1-7 ADA, and photo by Spc. James A. Trabert, HHB/1-7 ADA
SOUTHWEST ASIA – The Air Force Central Command Senior Enlisted Advisor, Chief Master Sgt. Robert Sealey visited the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (1-7 ADA) Regiment during his visit with Airmen of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW). Chief Master Sgt. Sealey received a briefing on force protection operations and the Patriot weapons system during his visit. He emphasized the critical importance of force protection to secure the safety of our Soldiers and Airmen while being photographed with the 1-7 ADA Battalions Force Protection Section.
AIR DEFENDER AT THE TIP OF THE SPEAR IN AFGHANISTAN
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Maj. Chunka A. Smith, an air defender and Security Transition Team chief for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), engages in a discussion with Afghan and Pakistani religious scholars during an operation within the province on 24 October 2012. The discussion was based on what they share in common as men and men of faith and agreed they all wanted the same thing while sharing the same principals. (Courtesy Photo)
IN THE NEWS
DUTCH TROOPS “LACK EXPERIENCE” ON PATRIOT MISSILES IN TURKEY
(Yahoo News [Blog]/19 Dec. 2012) By Anthony Deutsch/Reuters
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Some of the Dutch troops due to man Patriot missile batteries on Turkey's border with Syria are inadequately trained in the weapon systems, largely due to spending cuts, a trade union official said on Wednesday. To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above.
PARTS FOR PATRIOT MISSILE BATTERIES ARRIVE IN TURKEY
(RT/19 Dec.2012) By RT
Parts for the Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries Ankara requested from NATO have started to arrive in Turkey. They were accompanied by 39 German technicians, who will maintain the system. To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above.
PATRIOT SYSTEM STILL WORKS FOR U.S. MODERN CLASSICS’ ENDURING WORTH
(Washington Times/19 Dec. 2012) By Philip Schreier
Everything old is new again. Today, as Congress considers ways to rein in spending at the Defense Department, it’s worth noting that some weapons systems have proved their utility over the years, and, with modernization, just keep getting better. … The Patriot missile system first deployed in the 1980s but still making headlines today, is a product of American innovation, and serves as a powerful example of a classic weapon system that has improved with modernization. To read the complete article; click on the hyperlinked title above.
PATRIOT MISSILE PARTS ARRIVE IN TURKEY: Elements of the Batteries Are Being Aimed At Syria
(U.S. News & World Report/19 Dec 2012) By Paul D. Shinkman
Parts for the much talked-about Patriot missiles arrived in Turkey on Tuesday, a spokesman for the country says. NATO countries have pledged a total of six Patriot missile batteries and hundreds of troops in a support role. To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above.
BUNDESWEHR PREP TEAM IN TURKEY AHEAD OF PATRIOT DEPLOYMENT
(Deutsche Welle/ 18 Dec. 2012)
Bundeswehr prep team in Turkey ahead of Patriot deployment. An advanced military team from Germany's Bundeswehr is in Turkey ahead of the planned deployment of Patriot missiles along the Turkish-Syrian border. The first missiles are scheduled to arrive ... To read the complete article; click on the hyperlinked title above.
RUSSIAN MILITARY EXPERTS SAY THE US PATRIOT MISSILES ON THE SYRIAN BORDER ARE ACTUALLY POINTED AT IRAN
(Business Insider/17 Dec. 2012) By Sergei Strokan and Yelena Chernenko/Kommersant, WorldCrunch
Russia is categorically opposed to the Turkey’s installation of Patriot anti-aircraft missiles along its border with Syria. Most have assumed that the Moscow's opposition was driven by its friendship with embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But Russian military experts tell Kommersant that Moscow is actually concerned that the missiles will be used in military action against Iran. To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above.
IRAN WARNS PATRIOT MISSILES IN TURKEY COULD LEAD TO WWIII
(Reuters/ 16 Dec. 2012) By Dominic Evans
Iran's army chief of staff, General Hassan Firouzabadi, warned NATO on Saturday that stationing Patriot anti-missile batteries on Turkey's border with Syria was setting the stage for a world war. "Each one of these Patriots is a black mark on the world map, and is meant to cause a world war," Firouzabadi said, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency. "They are making plans for a world war and this is very dangerous for the future of humanity and for the future of Europe itself." To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above.
U.S. TO SEND TROOPS, PATRIOT MISSILES TO TURKEY
TURKEY SEEKS NATO DEPLOYMENT OF PATRIOT MISSILES ON SYRIA BORDER
US TO SEND 400 TROOPS AND PATRIOT MISSILES TO SYRIAN BORDER
TURKEY’S BID TO LEAD THE ARAB WORLD MEETS ISRAEL HEAD ON
AFTER TEST FAILURE, US WARNS IRAN OVER DEFENSIVE MISSILES
SYRIA AND IRAN DOMINOS LEAD TO WORLD WAR
IRAN WARNS AGAINST US TAKING LEAD IN ARAB PROTESTS
PATRIOT GAMES: POLAND PLAYOING ON RUSSIA’S VERVES OVER MISSILES
RUSSIA NOW WANTS MISSILES TO TARGET US NUCLEAR SHIELD IN EUROPE
‘US USING IRAN AS EXCUSE TO BOOST MILITARY BUDGET’
EHUD BARAK WARNS IRAN OF POSSIBLE ISRAELI STRIKE ON NUCLEAR FACILITIES
IRAN SAYS COULD TARGET TURKEY MISSILE SHIELD
AHMADINEJAD ‘SHUNS’ TURKEY AFTER IRAN’S TOP BRASS WARNS AGAINST PATRIOTS
PANETTA SIGNS ORDER TO SEND PATRIOT MISSILES TO TURKEY TO HELP DEFEND AGAINST SYRIA
FoxNews.com/14 December 2012
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey - The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said Friday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed a deployment order en route to Turkey from Afghanistan calling for 400 U.S. soldiers to operate two batteries of Patriots at undisclosed locations in Turkey, Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters flying with Panetta. Germany and the Netherlands have already agreed to provide two batteries of the U.S.-built defense systems and send up to 400 German and 360 Dutch troops to man them, bringing the total number of Patriot batteries slated for Turkey to six. To read the entire article, click on the hyperlinked title above or read the other articles listed below (hyperlinked titles).
Pentagon to Send Patriot Missiles, 400 Troops to Turkey to Help NATO Defense Against Syria (The Associated Press/ 14 December 2012) By Robert Burns
U.S. to Send 2 Missile Units to Turkey to Deter Syrians (New York Times/13 Dec 2012) By Eric Schmitt and Michael R. Gordon
US to Send Patriot Missile Batteries to Turkey (Voice of America/14 Dec 2012) By Michael Lipin
Panetta Signs Order to Send Patriot Missiles, U.S. Troops to Turkey (CBS News/14 Dec 2012)
U.S. Defense Chief Orders Patriot Missile to Turkey (Chicago Tribune (Reuters)/14 Dec 2012)
Syria- Turkey Conflict: Leon Panetta Reportedly Signs Order to Send Missiles, Personnel to Turkey (Huffington Post/14 Dec 2012) By Robert Burns
US Sending Patriot Surface-to-Air Missiles to Turkey – Reports (RT/14 December 2012)
SYRIA USES SCUD MISSILES IN EFFORT TO PUSH BACK REBELS
(The New York Times/12 Dec. 2012) By Michael R. Gordon and Eric Schmitt
WASHINGTON — President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have resorted to firing ballistic missiles at rebel fighters inside Syria, Obama administration officials said Wednesday, escalating a nearly two-year-old civil war as the government struggles to slow the momentum of a gaining insurgency. To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above.
NKOREANS DANCE IN THE STREETS TO CELEBRATE 1ST SATELLITE; US DEMANDS CONSEQUENCES FOR LAUNCH
(Washington Post /11December 2012, Updated 12 Dec 2012) By Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea — In Pyongyang, North Koreans clinked beer mugs and danced in the streets to celebrate the country’s first satellite in space. In Washington, Seoul and Tokyo, leaders pushed for consequences for Wednesday’s successful rocket launch, widely seen as a test that takes the country one step closer to being capable of lobbing nuclear bombs over the Pacific. To read more, click on the hyperlinked title above.
PUNISHMENT SANCTION OPTIONS FOR NORTH KOREA IF ROCKET LAUNCHED
(Herald Sun/11 Dec 2012) By Giles Hewitt
With North Korea seemingly intent on going ahead with its planned rocket launch, the international community must decide how it can punish a country that has proved largely impervious to past sanctions. To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above.
NORTH KOREA FIRES A LONG-RANGE ROCKET
(Washington Post/11 December 2012) By Chico Harlan
TOKYO — North Korea on Wednesday (12/12/2012 International dateline) successfully fired a long-range rocket carrying a satellite into orbit, an outside aerospace monitoring organization said, a major advance in the authoritarian nation’s weapons program. Though the Unha-3 rocket did not carry a warhead, it relied on technology similar to that of a long-range missile, leading Washington, Seoul and Tokyo to describe the launch as a de facto missile test that violated U.N. Security Council resolutions. To read more, click on the hyperlinked title above.
JAPAN ORDERS MILITARY TO SHOOT DOWN NORTH KOREAN MISSILE
(Examiner.com/8 Dec. 2012) By Kevin Brent, Arlington Foreign Policy Examiner
The Japanese government has ordered its military forces to shoot down North Korea’s test missile should any part of the missile threaten to fall into Japanese territory. In accordance with those orders the Japanese Self Defense Force (JSDF) has deployed Patriot missile batteries around Tokyo, on the island of Okinawa and at other points in Japan which face toward the North Korean launch site. To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above.
GERMANS OK PATRIOT MISSILES TO DEFEND TURKEY
(npr/6 December 2012) By the Associated Press
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet on Thursday approved sending German Patriot air defense missiles to Turkey to protect the NATO member against possible attacks from Syria, in a major step toward a possible Western military role in the Syrian conflict. To read more, click on the hyperlinked title above.
JAPAN DEPLOYS PATRIOT MISSILES TO COMBAT NORTH KOREA ROCKET THREAT
(Reuters/6 December 2012)
TOKYO, Japan – The Japanese Navy has delivered surface-to-air missile systems in order to battle a perceived threat arising from the planned North Korean rocket launch, Kyodo news announced. Two Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) batteries have arrived to the island of Ishigaki, some 400 kilometers southwest of Okinawa. Sources say, Patriots will also be deployed on Okinawa. To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above.
NATO MOVES TOWARD DEPLOYMENT ON SYRIA BORDER
(Houston Chronicle/6 December 2012) Article by Ben Hubbard, Associated Press
The possibility of enforcing a no-fly zone in Syria, where rebel fighters would be protected from attacks by the government’s air force, has been on the table for some time despite NATO’s reluctance to intervene in the Syrian conflict without a mandate from the UN Security Council. An official said that any missile deployment might happen under a "NATO umbrella," although NATO maintains it will not intervene without a clear UN mandate. The Patriot misile deployment is only one of several scenarios being considered, and official said. To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above.
CONTRACTOR POURS SLAB FOR FORT SILL’S ADA PARK
(The Lawton Constitution/1 Dec. 2012)
An Oklahoma City contractor began pouring concrete slabs Friday (30 Nov. 2012) for what will be the Air Defense Artillery (ADA) counterpart to Fort Sill's Field Artillery Park. The ADA Park will be located just inside Key Gate, east of the new Constitution Park, southeast of the Field Artillery Museum and immediately north of the future site of the ADA Museum, according to ADA Museum Director Jonathan Bernstein. The park will serve to showcase ADA history and equipment. To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above.
ARMS AND MANPADS: SYRIAN REBELS GET ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILES
(The Guardian/28 Nov. 2012) Julian Borger
Just as the clamor for supplying the Syrian opposition with sophisticated new weapons looked to be reaching a tipping point in the Gulf and the west, the rebels have clearly got hold of some arms of their own. A video of a government gunship being brought down by a missile outside Aleppo, a first for the rebels, emerged at the same time as European diplomats agreed to change the terms of the EU arms embargo on Syria. According to one estimate, there are still 600 Stinger missiles, the US equivalent to the SA-7, unaccounted for from the CIA-backed mujahedeen war against ... To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above.
AIRCRAFT IDENTIFICATION ENTERS NEW ERA
(defense-aerospace.com/16 November 2012)
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – A new era in aircraft recognition is on the horizon with the projected first flight of the Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system aboard an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet expected this winter. Mode 5 IFF provides the warfighter with positive, secure and reliable line-of-sight identification of friendly air and surface platforms. This system is projected to improve situational awareness while reducing the chances of friendly fire incidents and enemy disruption of IFF functions, said Christina Hall, deputy program manager for PMA-213’s Combat Identification program. To read more, click on the hyperlinked title above.
NEW ISRAELI ANTI-MISSILE SYSTEM GETS READY
TEL AVIV, Israel – The U.S. is cutting its weapons budget, Germany is cutting half its Patriot missiles and the cost of maintaining specific missiles for different targets is very high. The price of one of Raytheon's PAC-3 model Patriots is about $5 million and is believed that Israel’s David’s Sling Interceptors will be capable of doing much more than the Patriot, better and for less money. To find out more, click on the highlighted title above. To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above.
US, ISRAEL WRAP UP MAJOR JOINT MISSILE DRILL
(Al Arabiya News/14 November 2012)
Israeli and U.S. troops have wrapped up a major missile defense exercise hailed as their largest-ever joint aerial military operation. Austere Challenge 2012, a large-scale air defense exercise that included both field training and command post simulations, involved some 3,500 personnel from the U.S. European Command (US EUCOM) and 1,000 Israeli troops. To read more about the exercise, click on the hyperlinked title above.
ISRAEL COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL TEST OF U.S. PATRIOT MISSILES
(WorldTribune.com/13 November 2012)
Israel fired four Patriot missiles on Monday as part of the joint U.S.-Israeli drill Austere Challenge 2012, set to end in coming days. The Patriot batteries are scheduled to be used again on Tuesday, and to fire at decoy missiles and aircraft. To read more, click on the hyperlinked title above.
LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED MALCOLM BALDRIGE NATIONAL QUALITY AWARD
(Huntsville Times-AL.com/14 November 2012) Article by Martin Swant
The U.S. Dept. of Commerce has named Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control its 2012 winner of the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award. To read this article, click on the hyperlinked title above or click on the following hyperlinked title FOUR U.S. ORGANIZATIONS HONORED WITH 2012 BALRIGE NATIONAL QUALITY AWARD (Quality Magazine/14 November 2012) to read more.
TURKEY SEEKS NATO DEPLOYMENT OF PATRIOT MISILES ON SYRIA BORDER
(Reuters/7 November 2012)
The possibility of enforcing a no-fly zone in Syria, where rebel fighters would be protected from attacks by the government’s air force, has been on the table for some time despite NATO’s reluctance to intervene in the Syrian conflict without a mandate from the UN Security Council. The official said that any missile deployment might happen under a "NATO umbrella," although NATO maintains it will not intervene without a clear UN mandate. The Patriot missile deployment is only one of several scenarios currently being considered, the official said.
The possibility of enforcing a no-fly zone in Syria, where rebel fighters would be protected from attacks by the government’s air force, has been on the table for some time despite NATO’s reluctance to intervene in the Syrian conflict without a mandate from the UN Security Council. An official said that any missile deployment might happen under a "NATO umbrella," although NATO maintains it will not intervene without a clear UN mandate. The Patriot missile deployment is only one of several scenarios being considered, the official said. To read more, click on the hyperlinked title above.
(Technology Today 2012 Issue 2/18 October 2012)
Since Patriot production began, more than 200 Patriot fire units have been delivered to 12 nations around the world, including the U.S. and five NATO nations. The growing list of partners includes the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Taiwan, Greece, Spain, Korea and the United Arab Emirates. An international industry team of more than 4,000 suppliers and subcontractors support the Patriot air and missile defense system. To read more on the history, modernization and future of Patriot, click on the hyperlinked title above.
LOST & FOUND
and STILL WORTH POSTING
1-1 ADA TRIBUTE VIDEO
Spc. Tim J. Swan of the 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (1-1 ADA), Okinawa, Japan, produced a tribute video of the unit in memory of Pvt. 1st Class Michael W. Shipman Jr, 19, who was tragically killed in a training accident on 13 November 2009. To view the video ...
SOUTHWEST ASIA'S PATRIOT MISSILE - AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY
(Original video publish date 10 March 2012)
The U. S. Army supports more than ground defenses. TSgt. Lisa Carlson explains how this mission partner also provides "air" defense to Southwest Asia. To view the video ...
TASK FORCE 5-52 ADA AND THE LOST CONVOY:
AN EXAMPLE OF BATTLEFIELD COOPERATION AND SURVIVAL
Article transcribed and photos by Maj. Enrique T. Vasquez, former Air Defense Artillery Officer
This article is a narrative compiled by Maj. Enrique T. Vasquez from a verbal account by 1st Lt. Kristen Lewis of the 703rd Main Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division during the opening days of Operation Iraqi Freedom at Camp Doha, Kuwait, in May 2003.
The accounting concerns a lost convoy similar to the 507th Maintenance Company and it begins on [24 March 2003] the night after the ambush of the 507th. However, unlike the 507th this convoy is intercepted by Task Force 5th Battalion, 52 Air Defense Artillery (5-52 ADA) Regiment and escorted to safety. The Task Force (TF) 5-52 Commander, Lt. Col. Joseph Fischetti made the critical decision to escort the lost convoy even though there was some risk. The story comes to light, when Lt. Lewis visits Camp Doha to drop off a copy of her diary in the mail and to make a laundry run, when she noticed several Soldier’s wearing the Christmas Tree patch of the famed 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC). Lt. Lewis, then asked the Soldiers to point her to an air defense officer so she could tell her story.