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ADA ONLINE — FEBRUARY 2013
Kathleen M. Doyle ~ Editor-in-Chief

We look forward to publicly recognizing great Air Defense Artillery units and Soldiers, and are anxious to publish your submissions.  To assist you in getting started, or just to help you over the speed bumps, we have developed the ADA Online ~ Writers' and Photographers' Guide to assist you.

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RAYTHEON’S JLENS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES SERIES OF TESTS
(with video)
(AL.com/ 19 February 2013)
Article by Leada Gore

Raytheon's JLENS recently demonstrated the capability to detect ballistic missiles shortly after launch. A JLENS system, referred to as an orbit, consists of two tethered, 74-meter aerostats connected to mobile mooring stations, and communications and processing groups. (Contributed photo/Raytheon Company)

The Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, known as JLENS, has completed a series of tests showing its capability to detect and track tactical ballistic missile surrogates.

At tests held at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the Raytheon-manufactured JLENS detected and tracked four ballistic missile surrogates during the boost phase. The JLENS X-Band radar tracked two rockets fired in quick succession and two individually fired ballistic missile surrogates. The missiles flew in a path similar to ones enemy tactical ballistic missiles might fly in combat situations.

Raytheon officials said the tests met all objectives.

In separate tests, JLENS demonstrated additional capabilities when it enabled Patriot and Standard Missile-6 intercepts of cruise missile surrogates. JLENS also completed two developmental tests showing the ability to stay aloft for long durations.
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PATRIOT MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM KEEPS WATCH ON SYRIA - VIDEO
(Youtube.com/17 February 2013)

A Patriot missile battery sits on an overlook at a Turkish army base at Gaziantep, Turkey, Feb. 4, 2013. The U.S. Patriot batteries are there to to deter potential incursions by Syrian forces as Syria continues a two-year civil war. (DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett.)

GAZIANTEP, Turkey – Six batteries of U.S. made, but NATO-backed, missile defense systems have been set up in southeastern Turkey to protect against aerial attacks from war-torn Syria. Since January, U.S. Soldiers are maintaining Patriot Missiles stationed at a Turkish military base outside Gaziantep. The city is 50 kilometers from Syria, where an increasingly bloody civil war has killed at least 70,000 people.Turkey's government asked NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) for the missiles.

The two U.S. missile batteries here are staffed by 400 soldiers. Each battery includes six launchers carrying a total of 48 missiles. Germany and the Netherlands each have sent two similar batteries to Turkey.

Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Charles Branson said when the system's radar detects a potential threat, the information is sent to NATO commanders. In seconds, they make the decision on whether to respond. NATO says the missiles are for defensive purposes only. So far, none has been fired.

Battery Commander Capt. Leslie Dembeck said the team nevertheless must still keep up its skills. "It does give us the option to go into a training phase where we can do a simulation scenario where we would interact with the threats," said Dembeck.

Although team members are far from home, they are committed to the mission, said 1st Lt. Mary Jocelyn.

To see the video …

 

69th ADA BRIGADE DINING FACILITY AWARDED FOR EDUCATION EXCELLENCE
Article and photo by Sgt. Maria L. Kappell, 69th ADA Brigade Public Affairs

Master Sgt. Norma Dealcala and Sgt. 1st Class Robin Propes accept the Excellence in Education Hood Hero Award on behalf of the 69th ADA Brigade's Patriot Inn Dining Facility on 12 February 2013 at Fort Hood, Texas.

FORT HOOD, Texas—The Patriot Inn Dining Facility was presented with the Hood Hero Award for unit education excellence at Club Hood on 12 February 2013. The Hood Hero Award ceremony is held quarterly to honor exceptional individuals who strive to make Fort Hood, known as the “The Great Place,” a great home for Soldiers and their Families, said the Deputy Commanding General of III Corps Brig. Gen. James Richardson. All of the awardees at the ceremony demonstrate care and commitment to those who serve, whether they are military or civilian, Richardson added. To read the complete article ...

 

AIR DEFENSE ARTILERY MUSEUM EXPANDS HOURS

FORT SILL, Okla. — Curator Jonathan Bernstein says the Air Defense Artillery Museum has expanded its hours and is now open four days a week. The Air Defense Artillery (ADA) artifacts moved to Fort Sill, Okla., from Fort Bliss, Texas, three years ago, and have been housed in a facility with sporadic and limited viewing hours. Now, the museum has a new temporary home in a historic hangar built in 1932 at Henry Post Army Airfield on Gruber Road, Fort Sill. The new hours of operation and days are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Upon entering Key Gate, continue driving west on Sheridan Road, turn left at Geronimo Road, and proceed south until you reach the control tower. The museum is in the hangar immediately east of the control tower.

 The mission of the museum is to preserve the history of the Army and the Air Defense Artillery branch. A permanent site for the museum is being developed at Fort Sill.
Group tours are available, to arrange one call (580) 442-0424 or email jonathan.a.bernstein.civ@mail.mil .

 

 TRADOC COMMANDER'S PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAY SAFETY MESSAGE

TRADOC Commander, General Robert W. Cone's Presidents Day Holiday Message for 2013. 

 

DRAGONS STAY ON THE GRID
Article and photo by Spc. Shawn Denham, 35th ADA Brigade Public Affairs Office

The Joint Network Node (JNN) system stands outside the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade’s operations center during a field exercise at Osan Air Base on 6 February 2013.The satellite dish and its accompanying equipment allow an entire range of telecommunications for battlefield use when land-based systems are offline.

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea – Communications is the vital lifeline during combat. Without communications the Army would lose its situational awareness and ability to operate effectively on the battlefield. The 35th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade, assisted by Company A, 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB) located at Camp Humphreys, conducted a joint network node (JNN) field exercise at Osan Air Base, on 5 through 8 February 2013. The exercise focused on routing the Dragon Brigade's entire telecommunications activities through a satellite dish. To read more ...

THE 3D BATTALION, 6TH AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY’S “BRUISER NATION” CONDUCTS THE FIRST COMBINED EVALUATION EXERCISE WITH U.S. AND UAE PATRIOT STUDENTS
Article by 1 Lt. Ryan Zimmerman, B/3-6 ADA’s Executive Officer

After successfully completing the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 14T, Patriot Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer Course, both the U.S. and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Soldiers shared the graduation stage together as they were awarded their diplomas by the Assistant Commandant Col. Christopher L. Spillman. 

FORT SILL, Okla. – Building partnership capacity is an integral part of reinforcing the commitment and resolve of establishing lasting relationships with our international partners.  Recently, the Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE), U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School’s (USAADASCH’s) 3d Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery (3-6 ADA) Patriot training battalion planned and executed the first combined capstone exercise (CAPEX) with U.S. and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Soldiers. The CAPEX is the culminating certification exercise for Soldiers being trained and awarded the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 14T, Patriot Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer. To read more about the CAPEX and the graduation ...

 

LIVE FIRE IN KUWAIT
Article by Capt. Michael Savageau, 4-3 ADA, 31st ADA Brigade

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait- Soldiers of the 4th Battalion 3rd Air Defense Artillery (4-3 ADA) Regiment, the “I Strike” battalion, conducted a remote live-fire exercise this month with their Kuwaiti host nation partners.

When the Kuwaiti Military conducts a live fire-exercise they have the option of requesting U.S. support – and they did.  For the I Strike Soldiers, this was a unique opportunity to interact with their Kuwaiti counterparts and continue to develop and foster an enduring partnership.
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SILL SOLDIERS EARN PRAISE IN TURKEY
(Lawton Constitution/6 February 2013)
Article by Cheryl Pellerin

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter speaks to troops as he arrives at a Turkish army base at Gaziantep, Turkey, Feb. 4, 2013. Carter came to see Patriot missile batteries installed with the help of U.S. forces to provide air defense support to Turkey amid concerns about cross-border shelling from Syria. (Photo by Glenn Fawcett/Department of Defense)

GAZIANTEP, TURKEY -- On his first official visit to Turkey as Deputy Defense Secretary, Ashton B. Carter traveled to Gaziantep near the Syrian border to check out the first of two U.S. Patriot missile batteries to be there. At the missile launch site, Carter spoke with about 18 soldiers who operate the site, and then spoke with 80 more in a small theater near the site. They’re assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, home based at Fort Sill, Okla.

    

“I’m so pleased that two days ago you rolled all the way in from Incirlik with all this fantastic equipment,” Carter told the troops. “Your country is watching and the world is watching and what they see is this magnificent performance,” he added. “The good people of Gaziantep see it and the good people of Turkey see it and the good people of the Middle East see it and your country sees it. And you know what? The bad guys see it too. When you place your next call," the deputy secretary said, "whether it's to a spouse or your mom and dad, kids, if you have them, ... tell them that you were thanked today by the leadership of your department, the leadership of your country, for what you're doing here."  To read the complete article ...

 

69TH ADA BRIGADE ACCEPTS TRANSFER OF AUTHORITY
Article and photos by Capt. Steven Modugno, 69th ADA Brigade Public Affairs Officer

Deputy Commanding Officer of the Third Army/U.S. Army Forces, Central Command (ARCENT), Maj. Gen. Gary Cheek, and Commanding General of the 32nd Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), Brig. Gen. James H. Dickinson, pose with the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade’s Command Team at the reception following the TOA ceremony on 1 February 2013.     Col. Randal A. McIntire and Command Sgt. Maj. William K. Maddox unfurl the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Colors, the unit’s legacy and history, at the Transfer of Authority (TOA) ceremony in Southwest Asia, on 1 February 2013.

SOUTHWEST ASIA—The 69th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade and the 11th ADA Brigade held a Transfer of Authority (TOA) ceremony Friday, 1 February 2013. The 11th ADA Brigade relinquished authority for the ground-based air and missile defense (AMD) mission within the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility to the 69th ADA Brigade, also known as the  “Lightning Brigade.”

The indoor ceremony was attended by many senior-level officers and noncommissioned officers (NCOs) from throughout the joint fires community including the Deputy Commanding Officer of the Third Army/U.S. Army Forces, Central Command (ARCENT), Maj. Gen. Gary Cheek, and the Commanding General of the 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), Brig. Gen. James H. Dickinson. 

The TOA ceremony is a longstanding Army tradition that signifies a new unit taking over full responsibility for a mission from the previous unit.  The Col. Randall A. McIntire, the 69th ADA Brigade Commander, Col. Randall A. McIntire, shared his belief that the Soldiers taking over were ready to “Guard the Skies”.

As the 69th ADA Brigade Colors were uncased, symbolic of the mission being shouldered by the new unit, Col. McIntire said, “We have a proud legacy of service, sacrifice, and duty.  We will only add to that during this deployment.”

The ceremony concluded with the singing of the Air Defense Artillery and Army song.  Both were sung with vitality and with enthusiasm.

After a long deployment, the 11th ADA Brigade is heading home.

As for the 69th ADA Brigade, they stand ready to face the future challenges heading in their direction.

HHB, 32D AAMDC KICKS OFF “SISTERS-IN-ARMS” PROGRAM
Article by Staff Sgt. Brandon Little, 32d AAMDC Public Affairs

Sgt. Maj. Nyeedra Edwards (far left), human resources sergeant major for the 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), provides guidance to two junior human resources Soldiers during a mentoring session held in the personnel section of 32d AAMDC. Edwards is also a senior member of Headquarter and Headquarters Battery (HHB), 32d AAMDC’s Sisters-in-Arms (SIA) Program.  (Photo by Sgt. Jacoby Davis, 32d AAMDC Public Affairs Office.)

FORT BLISS, Texas – Sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender discrimination are just some of the injustices that women in the military have faced for decades. Over the years, many women were able to persevere through these adversities to reach ranks and positions that paved the way for others to succeed; however, a great number of women were never afforded the opportunity to reach their full potential due to toxic working environments.

The military has tried to combat this through providing various training programs and other resources; one recently introduced program is geared toward helping enhance the avenues of mentorship and communication from senior female officers and noncommissioned officers (NCOs) to junior female officers and Soldiers.

Dozens of Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB), 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) came together to express their thoughts and expectations for the battery’s Sisters-in-Arms (SIA) Program during a closed door forum held on 1 February 2013. To read the complete article ...


ENDING THE DIRECT GROUND COMBAT EXCLUSION RULE FOR FEMALE SOLDIERS

ENDING THE DIRECT GROUND COMBAT EXCLUSION RULE FOR FEMALE SOLDIERS 

 

THE IMPLICATIONS OF BEING FORWARD-STATIONED
Article and photos by 1st Lt. Sam Williams, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery

Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery’s (A/1-1 ADA’s) fire control platoon works on their speed at conducting March Order and Emplacement Drills to ensure movement readiness at a moment’s notice.

The 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (1-1 ADA) located in Okinawa, Japan, has been a forward-stationed Patriot Battalion since late 2006. Being forward-stationed has allowed the Soldiers and Officers of the Battalion many unique opportunities and skill-sets their (Continental/Contiguous United States) CONUS counterparts do not.  The Battalion is leading the “Fires World” through joint and bilateral operations in the Pacific region. Furthermore, the existence of real air and missile defense (AMD) threats in the region mandates a higher operating/operations tempo (OPTEMPO) as well as, a more intense dedication to maintenance. ** One benefit of being forward-stationed is the ability to participate in joint and bilateral operations in the region.
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FAMILIES PREPARE FOR RETURN OF IMPERIAL BRIGADE
Article by Staff Sgt. Brandon Little, 32d AAMDC Public Affairs Office

During a meeting on 24 January 2013, members of the Family Readiness Group (FRG) of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB), 11th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade, work on personalizing posters to wave at their returning loved ones.

FORT BLISS, Texas – For many units, redeployment can be as stressful as preparing to deploy when it comes to training replacements, shipping equipment and Soldier readiness; so trying to keep family members informed about changes could prove to be difficult.

However, the services of a family readiness group (FRG) and a family readiness support assistant (FRSA) can be useful to stabilize the home front, provide information to families, and even organize fun family events during these nerve-racking instances. ** Dozens of family members and friends of deployed Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB), 11th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade, attended a unique FRG meeting here on 24 January 2013, to help them through this upcoming redeployment.
To read more and view more photos …

 

US SETTING UP PATRIOT MISSILES NEAR TURKISH-SYRIAN BORDER
(Stars and Stripes/31 January 2013)
Article by John Vandiver, with photos by Michael Abrams, both of the Stars and Stripes


American Soldiers set up equipment at a Turkish army base in Gaziantep, early Thursday (31 January 2013) afternoon. A convoy carrying Patriot missile launchers and other equipment arrived at the base later in the day.

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Hours before a convoy of trucks was slated to arrive at the Turkish army base here, U.S. Army Maj. Ryan Schrock faced a logistical challenge. Nearly 100 trucks carrying everything from water and Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) to multimillion-dollar Patriot missiles needed a place to unload, but there were few good options.

“This is bad,” Schrock said Thursday as he surveyed a muddy, makeshift road. “I’m in a single lane here. We’re going to bottleneck.”

Schrock and his Turkish counterpart scouted out an alternate route, improvising on a military post not accustomed to the heavy equipment that comes with a Patriot missile defense system. To read the entire article and view more photos ...

 

US PATRIOT DEPLOYMENT IN TURKEY MIRED IN BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE
(Stars and Stripes/30 January 2013)
Article by John Vandiver, and photos by Michael Abrams, both members of the Stars and Stripes

Vehicles belonging to 3-2 ADA stand ready to roll at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, on 30 January 2013. When all formalities are settled, the Patriot missile battery will set up in Gaziantep, Turkey.

INCIRLIK, Turkey — U.S. Patriot missile batteries deployed as part of the NATO mission to protect Turkey from a possible missile strike from Syria remain inactive in connection with a bureaucratic logjam, according to U.S. officials.

We’ve been pushing,” said Rep. Rob Wittman (R.-Va.),in an interview Wednesday during a congressional delegation visit at Incirlik Air Base.

There is no dispute over the NATO mission itself, but the delay is due to Turkish bureaucratic red tape, Wittman said. He along with others in his delegation met with Turkish President Abdullah Gül and other government officials in an effort to prod action.
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"TIME SENSITIVE MATERIAL"

GREEN TO GOLD HIP POCKET SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Each year unit commanders are provided the opportunity to award hip-pocket scholarships to deserving Soldiers who they believe have the potential of contributing more to the Army as an officer.

Last year the total number of scholarships awarded was 51 out of the 113 available. There are many possible reasons for the low participation number; however, to take full advantage and acknowledge deserving candidates this year letters explaining the program and the requirements was sent to your major commands in late September 2012. More detailed information on the program is available in a Memorandum of Instruction; located at http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/enlisted-soldiers/pocket-scholarship.html.

The deadline to submit applications for this program is 1 April 2013. Commanders’ support of this program is highly encouraged.
Thanks in advance for the quality applications we know you will submit.

Your Hip Pocket Scholarship point of contact is Ms. Gloria Pringle, DSN 464-6937,(502) 624-6937, or by email at gloria.pringle@usacc.army.mil.

 

31st ADA BRIGADE TRAINS FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF CBRN ATTACKS
Article and photos by Staff Sgt. Nathan Akridge, 31st ADA Brigade Public Affairs Office

Soldiers from HHB/31st ADA Brigade slip into their Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) suits during the HHB CBRN training event held on 15 January 2013 at Fort Sill.

FORT SILL, Oklahoma  “GAS, GAS, GAS!” These are three words that no Soldier wants to hear on the battlefield, but with more countries possessing chemical weapons, the threat of a chemical agent attack is ever present. Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB), 31st Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade recently conducted chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) survival training. For the HHB leadership, the purpose of the training was quite clear.

“With the threats we face as air defenders in today's world, our Soldiers have to be up on their life-saving skills,” said 1st Sgt. Robert Bedford, HHB/31st ADA Brigade’s first sergeant. “And if you feel like I do, donning a protective mask in less than 9 seconds is one of those skills,” he added.
To read more and view additional photos ...

 AIR DEFENDERS VALIDATE MISSION READINESS THROUGH EXERCISE
Article by Capt. Jay Colloton with photos by 1st Lt. Roderick Cooper, both from HHB/1-62 ADA

 Capt. David “Action” Jackson, the fire direction center officer-in-charge (OIC), conducts an after action review (AAR) with 1st Lt. Stephanie Torrealba, a tactical control officer, after her operational readiness evaluation as part of the 1st Battalion, 62 Air Defense Artillery’s mission readiness exercise (MRE).
Capt. David “Action” Jackson, the fire direction center officer-in-charge (OIC), conducts an after action review (AAR) with 1st Lt. Stephanie Torrealba, a tactical control officer, after her operational readiness evaluation as part of the 1st Battalion, 62 Air Defense Artillery’s mission readiness exercise (MRE).

FORT HOOD, Texas -- “Attention in the TOC, scuds on scope!” hollers the battle captain, informing the battalion staff of in-bound enemy ballistic missiles.  Immediately, the Soldiers working in the 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery (1-62 ADA) Regiment’s tactical operations center (TOC) dropped everything and focused on the air picture prominently displayed. The troops watch as the tactical ballistic missiles approach their defended assets, getting nervous as the high-speed incoming missiles get closer and closer to their location.
To read what happened and see more photos ...

2-1 ADA HOSTS AREA IV’S ANNUAL NCO INDUCTION CEREMONY
Article and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Jason L. Kennedy, 2-1 ADA Public AffairsSgt. William Courtney assigned to HHB/2-1 ADA raises his right hand while receiving “The Charge of the Noncommissioned Officer” during Area IV’s Annual NCO Induction Ceremony held at Camp Carroll.  Courtney is one of fifty-two newly inducted NCOs inducted into the NCO Corps on 17 January 2013.

CAMP CARROLL, Republic of Korea “No one is more professional than I,” were the words that echoed throughout the theater at Camp Carroll during Area IV’s Annual Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Induction Ceremony on 17 January 2013. This year’s ceremony was hosted by the 2d Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (2-1 ADA) Regiment located at Camp Carroll. Five units from Area IV participated in the event by sponsoring a total of fifty-two junior NCOs and Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army (KATUSAs).
To find out what other units participated, see many more photos and read the entire article ...

 

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NEWSLETTERS

CENTER FOR ARMY LESSONS LEARNED (CALL) FIRES NEWSLETTER
February 2013 – CALL FIRES NEWSLETTER

Respectfully request your response to a two question survey.
1.  Do you find these monthly newsletters helpful with tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP); lessons learned observations; after action articles; and other Fires related materials?
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Please send your response to
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Thank you!

Welcome to the February 2013 edition of the CALL FIRES Newsletter, highlighted in this edition of the newsletter is “Sledgehammer” Decisive Action Training at the National Training Center (NTC) Newsletter (CALL #13-03), 5 November 2012. This compilation of after action articles focuses on preparing Soldiers to conduct offensive, defensive, or stability operations anywhere in the world and in the most austere environments. Included in this newsletter are lessons learned, such as air-ground integration, airspace coordination, rehearsals, fire support coordination and deconfliction, clearance of fires, non-lethal fires, massing fires, close air support, close combat aviation, Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP), and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Other topics include:

Marine Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) 12.1 After Action Review (AAR) for the period May 2012 – November 2012

Fire Center of Excellence (FCoE) Division/Corps (DIV/CORPS) Fires Warfighting Forum (CALL Extract), 8 January 2013

25th Combat Aviation Brigade: Targeting in Afghanistan, CW3 Shannon Mowery, 1 November 2012

TC 3-09.8 Field Artillery Gunnery Final Electronic File (FEF), 26 October 2012

Leader’s Guide to the Switchblade Lethal Aerial Munition (LAM)

Joint Air Ground Integration Cell (JAGIC) Update, 31 Jan 2013

Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) Development and Assessment Validation Book,
Fires Development Forward, 15 October 2012

Battlefield Forensics: Dynamic Adaptation of a Company-Level Task Force (TF), CPT Victor R. Morris,
November – December 2012 FIRES Magazine

Air Combat Command and Control (C2) of Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Planning and Execution,
20 September 2012 Briefing

Lessons Learned Program Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), 4 December 2012

Plus links to additional relevant ADA and FA information as well as dates for upcoming Fires Defense Connect Online (DCO)
and/or Video Teleconference (VTC) forums.  To read the complete newsletter ...

 

FIRES BULLETIN 2012 RED BOOK/JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 ISSUE


 

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LOST & FOUND AND STILL
WORTH READING

 

A-4 (THAAD) TRAINS FOR AND COMPLETES GUNNERY TABLES
Article by Sgt. Jacoby M. Davis, 32d AAMDC Public Affairs Office

Soldiers from A Battery, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (A-4 ADA [THAAD]) conduct a field training exercise. (Courtesy photo.) 

FORT BLISS, Texas – Soldiers from A Battery, 4th Air Defense Artillery Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense Regiment
(A-4 ADA [THAAD]), 11th ADA Brigade, spent several days training at McGregor Range, N.M., preparing their THAAD
system for gunnery Table VIII Certification on 31 January 2013.
To read the entire article ...

or go to : 
http://fbmonitor.com/?p=18554 to access it through the Fort Bliss Monitor.

 

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IN THE NEWS

 

JLENS DEMONSTRATES TACTICAL BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE CAPABILITIES
(SEAPOWER/19 February 2013)
Article by Richard G. Burgess, Managing Editor

ARLINGTON, Va. – A Raytheon-built aerostat-mounted radar system has successfully demonstrated an ability to track surrogate tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs) during their ascent phase. The Joint Land-Attack Cruise-Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) — a system including a pair of aerotstatic balloons bearing radar systems — tracked four missiles during a two-day test period in December at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M., said Mark Rose, JLENS program director for Raytheon, during a 19 February 2013 conference call with reporters.
(To read the full article, click on the hyperlinked title above.)

 

BLIMPS TO BOLSTER WASHINGTON’S AIR SHIELD IN TEST
(The Washington Post/11 February 2013)
Article by Jim Wolf, Reuters

A pair of big, blimp-like crafts, moored to the ground and flying as high as 10,000 feet, are to be added to a high-tech shield designed to protect Washington D.C. from air attack, at least for a while. The bulbous, helium-filled aerostats known as Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS — each is 243 feet long, more than three-quarters the length of a football field — are to be stitched into existing defenses as part of a test of new technology ordered by the Defense Department.
(To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above.)

BAE SYSTEM'S SEEKER PERFORMS SUCCESSFULLY IN HISTORIC INTEGRATED LIVE-FIRE MISSILE DEFENSE TEST
(Newsroom/7 February2013)
Issued by Karen Spiller, BAE Systems

NASHUA, New Hampshire — BAE Systems’ Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) infrared imaging seeker successfully engaged a medium-range ballistic missile target recently in the largest, most complex missile defense test in U.S. history. The THAAD weapon system acquired a medium-range missile that was launched from a C-17 aircraft during the 2012 test conducted by the Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin, the THAAD prime contractor and systems integrator. With this test, BAE Systems’ THAAD seeker has now successfully engaged short- and medium-range ballistic missile targets.
(To read the entire article, click on the hyperlinked title above.)

PENTAGON TO EXTEND CERTAIN BENEFITS TO SAME-SEX SPOUSES
(National Security/5 February 2013)
Article by Ernesto Londono

The Pentagon has decided to extend new benefits to the spouses of gay personnel, according to officials and people notified about the decision, responding to the increasingly vocal appeals of same-sex couples in the military.

The new benefits may include housing privileges, access to base recreational facilities and joint duty assignments for uniformed couples, but legal experts say the Pentagon is unlikely to find a way to offer health-care coverage and more than 100 other spousal benefits while the Defense of Marriage Act — which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman — remains in effect.

Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said the department has been conducting a “deliberative and comprehensive review of the possibility of extending eligibility for benefits, when legally permitted, to same-sex domestic partners.” She noted that the Defense Department already grants some benefits to same-sex spouses, mainly relating to troop deaths and other emergencies.
(To read the entire article, click on the hyperlinked title above.)


U.S. ACTIVATES PATRIOT MISSILES ON TURKEY BORDER
(Reuters/5 February 2013)   VIDEO
The U.S. military says the first of two missile batteries it has deployed along Turkey's border with Syria is now operational. Lindsey Parietti reports. (To view the video, click on the hyperlinked title above.)


US PATRIOT MISSILE BATTERY IN TURKEY COMES UNDER NATO COMMAND
(Stars and Stripes/5 February 2013)
Article by John Vandiver

STUTTGART, Germany — A U.S. Patriot missile battery now up and running near Turkey’s border with Syria fell under NATO command and control Tuesday, bringing the alliance’s effort to bolster Turkish air defenses one step closer to becoming fully operational, U.S. military officials said. Currently, five of six Patriot batteries belonging to Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S. are operating in Turkey as part of an effort to protect Turkish airspace from a potential missile strike from neighboring Syria.
(To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above.)


FIRST U.S. PATRIOT BATTERY GOES LIVE IN TURKEY
(Global Security Newswire/5 February 2013)
Article by Rachel Oswald, Global Security Newswire

WASHINGTON -- NATO on Tuesday announced that the first of two Patriot anti-missile units deployed by the United States is now live in Turkey, where it is participating in a broader alliance effort to safeguard the nation from feared missile strikes by neighboring Syria.

"Earlier this morning we activated the first of our two Patriot batteries to help protect the more than one and a half million people living in and around Gaziantep city," 10th U.S. Army Air and Missile Defense Command Col. Steve Richmond said in released comments. The sixth and final Patriot unit is expected to begin operating no later than the middle of February, he said.
(To read more, click on the hyperlinked title above.)


CARTER VISITS TURKISH DEFENSE LEADERS, US PATRIOT BATTERY TROOPS
(Department of Defense/4 February 2013)
 Article by Cheryl Pellerin

ANKARA, Turkey – On his first official visit to this prosperous capital as deputy defense secretary, Ashton B. Carter spent the day with Turkish defense leaders, then traveled southeast to Gaziantep near the Syrian border to examine the first of two U.S Patriot misile batteries.
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U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM MEADS PROGRAM WOULD CAUSE 'ECONOMIC DAMAGE:' DEFENSE MINISTERS
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Article by Ann Roosevelt, Defense Daily

Defense Ministers from Germany and Italy sent a strongly worded letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expressing their “grave concerns” about U.S. withdrawal from the tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program. The president has signed U.S. defense-authorization act that prohibits funding MEADS. The U.S. defense-appropriations bill still awaits Congressional action.

While thanking Panetta for supporting the program, they letter said: “If the U.S. does not fulfill its funding commitment for 2013, Germany and Italy would need to interpret this as a unilateral withdrawal,” the letter said. Under the Memorandum of Agreement among the three companies, Germany and Italy “expect formal notification of the US intent to withdraw from the MoU (while funding up to the effective date of the withdrawal).”

The ministers also pointed out wider implications of such a U.S. withdrawal: the United States would appear to be an unreliable NATO member, and a withdrawal would set a bad precedent for future international cooperative programs. One result would be to reconsider multilateral cooperation in the context of NATO’s SMART Defense initiative.
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GERMANY, ITALY PROTEST AT U.S. AXING OF MISSILE DEFENSE FUNDING
(Reuters/2 February 2013)
Reporting by Sabine Siebold, writing by Adrian Croft; Editing by Jason Webb

MUNICH - Germany and Italy have told the United States they expect it to fulfill its obligations after the U.S. Congress blocked funding for a missile defense program involving the three countries, Germany said on Saturday.

A defense bill passed by Congress in December prohibited a final U.S. payment of $400.9 million for development of the Medium Extended Air and Missile Defense System, known as MEADS, which is being developed by Lockheed Martin with partners in Italy and Germany. U.S. lawmakers said Washington has no plans to produce the system.

"I expect the United States to stick to their word and fulfill the MEADS contract," German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters at the Munich security conference.

He said that, together with the Italian defense minister, he had sent a "pretty tough" letter to U.S. authorities driving this point home.
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