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ADA ONLINE — JANUARY 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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ADA MOURNS THE LOSS OF COLONEL RICHARD E. WHITE
14 August 1967 – 24 January 2013

Colonel Richard Edward White

Article by Kathleen M. Doyle, Editor, ADA Online and photo by Brandi M. Dearmon, Marketing Specialist

 It is with deepest sorrow that we pass along the sad news of the passing of one of Air Defense Artillery’s most highly decorated and exceptional officers, Colonel Richard E. White, on 24 January 2013. At the time of his passing, Col. White was a member of the faculty of the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.

A charismatic leader, Col. White’s mettle was tested often. Testaments to his achievements are the four Bronze Stars he was awarded, but more so a testament to his leadership, was the dedication of his Soldiers. Their utmost confidence in following his orders and direction both in and out of combat situations signified their trust.  For memorial service information and to read the entire article ...

FORT BLISS AIR DEFENSE UNIT HITS THE MARK
(Las Cruces Sun News/25 January 2013)
Article by David Burge and photos by
Victor Calzada,
El Paso Times

Brig. Gen. James H. Dickinson, commander of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), congratulated members of Alpha Battery, 4th ADA (THAAD) on 24 January 2013 for participation in a past (October 2012) successful THAAD live-fire exercise in the Marshall Islands.

Brig. Gen. James H. Dickinson, commander of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC),
congratulated members of Alpha Battery, 4th ADA (THAAD) on 24 January 2013 for participation in a past
(October 2012) successful THAAD live-fire exercise in the Marshall Islands.

An air defense unit from Fort Bliss, Texas, made history back in October. Last week, it got the reward. ** In October 2012, members of Alpha Battery, 4th Air Defense Artillery (A-4 ADA), Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), used the weapon system to shoot down a medium-range ballistic missile during a joint exercise in the Marshall Islands. ** It was the first time the THAAD system, which is designed to shoot down missiles both inside and outside the atmosphere, had shot down this type of missile. ** The unit is part of the 11th ADA Brigade and the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), both headquartered at Fort Bliss. ** Brig. Gen. James H. Dickinson, commander of the 32nd AAMDC, visited the 100-member battery last week to recognize its place in Army and air defense history. He also presented fourteen medals to soldiers in the unit who performed particularly well during the test. To read more ...

  

"TIME SENSITIVE MATERIAL"


TRANSFERABILITY OF EDUCATION BENEFITS AND
THE QUALITATIVE SERVICE PROGRAM
Attention All Service Members

The Inspector General of the Army sent out a note this week pertaining to the transfer of education benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill and those being considered under the Qualitative Service Program (QSP) process. It is important to get the word out on the streets because of the short suspense.

An appropriate MILPER message will follow, but given the short timeline we need you to help get the word out to noncommissioned officers (NCOs) who were considered by the Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) command sergeant major (CSM)/sergeant major (SGM) or sergeant first class (SFC) QSP boards which convened in October and November 2012 and were selected for release in the next month. If these Soldiers were considering transferring their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to Family, they need to do so before the QSP list is approved on 31 January 2013.  The act of transferring the benefit comes with an active duty service obligation. After 31 January 2013, by law, those who are identified to retire through QSP cannot begin a transfer to Family members.

If this applies to you, and you desire to make the transfer, visit the Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) web-page at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect to complete and submit a transfer request no later than 31 January if they have not done so yet.

For more information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill, regular Army Soldiers should contact their servicing career counselor or installation/post retention office if they have questions.

 

 AIR DEFENDERS BID FAMILIES FAREWELL
Article by Sgt. Maria Kappell, 69th ADA Brigade

At left, Sgt. 1st Class Paul Gahl, the forward Headquarters and Headquarters Battery first sergeant, rounds up the troops and ushers them to board the bus that will take them from the Lightning Ranch, and begin their nine-month deployment to the Central Command area of operations in Southwest Asia.

FORT HOOD, Texas –Soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB) of the 69th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade were given a heart-felt sendoff by their Families and comrades within the unit at the "Lightning Ranch" (the Fort Hood ADA complex) on 17 January 2013.

The Soldiers in HHB/69th ADA left their Families behind at "The Great Place" (endearing name for Fort Hood) to assume command and control of several Patriot batteries located throughout the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations and Southwest Asia.  The unit will play an important role in the protection of military members from various countries and branches of military services while protecting critical sites and assets. To read the complete article and view more photos ...

 

KADENA COMMANDER VISITS AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY SOLDIERS
(Kadena Air Base Website/15 January 2013)

Kadena Air Base Commander visits 1-1 ADA on 14 Jan 2013 on Okinawa, Japan.

Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan – U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Matt Molloy, 18th Wing commander, speaks with Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (1-1 ADA) Regiment on 14 January 2013. The Patriot battalion's vision is that they are trained, ready to fight and win on the modern battlefield; a cohesive, team-oriented unit comprised of professional warriors. Molloy visited the 1-1 ADA to meet the Soldiers and familiarize himself with their various sites across the base. He will also be a speaker at their St. Barbara's Day Ball on 25 January 2013, which is held annually to celebrate St. Barbara, the patron saint of artillerymen, promote camaraderie and recognize those who have served the unit. (Above) Brig. Gen. Molloy is briefed by 1-1 ADA's Commander, Lt. Col. Joseph McCallion Jr., while Capt. Thomas E. Watts and Sgt. Roger K. Euller stand ready to answer questions. (Below) Brig. Gen. Molloy addresses several enlisted Soldiers asigned to 1-1 ADA, while Lt. Col. McCallion looks on. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Malia Jenkins.)

Kadena Air Base Commander visits 1-1 ADA on 14 Jan 2013 on Okinawa, Japan.

 

"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.

 

MISSILE DEFENDERS RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE BY MDAA
Article by Capt. Will D. Andrews, S4 of 3-4 ADA, and MDAA’s 2011 U.S. Army Missile Defender of the Year
Photographs courtesy of Tisara Photo.

MDAA's 2012 Missile Defenders of the Year

Effective missile defense requires precision, excellence, and leadership. All three filled the banquet hall of the Lorien Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, on 11 January 2013 during the third annual Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA) Missile Defender of the Year ceremony.

Individuals from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Army National Guard were recognized for their exceptional achievements during 2012. And the winners are ...

 

A-4 ADA (THAAD) HOLDS CHANGE OF COMMAND
(Fort Bliss Monitor/10 January 2013)
Article and photographs by Staff Sgt. Norman Llamas, 11th ADA Brigade Public Affairs
 

 Capt. Cesar Torres, incoming commander, A-4 Air Defense Artillery Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (A-4 ADA [THAAD]), salutes Lt. Col. Mike Solis, commander, 2nd Battalion, 43rd ADA (2-43 ADA), 11th ADA Brigade, and acting deputy commanding officer for the brigade, after having taken command of A-4 ADA (THAAD) during a formal change of command ceremony held at the unit’s motor pool on 13 December 2012.

Capt. Cesar Torres assumed command of A-4 Air Defense Artillery Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (A-4 ADA [THAAD]), 11th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade, at a formal change of command ceremony held at the battery’s motor pool on 13 December 2012.
To read the entire article and see additional photos, click on the hyperlinked title above or ...

 

U.S. ARMY EUROPE FORCES DEPLOY IN SUPPORT
OF NATO MISSILE DEFENSE
(www.Army.mil/10 January 2013)
Article by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, U.S. Army Europe

 U.S. Air Force personnel load a medium tactical vehicle from U.S. Army Europe's 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) onto a C-5 Galaxy transport plane at Ramstein Air Base, Germany on 8 January 2013. The load-up was part of the 10th AAMDC's deployment to Turkey, along with other USAREUR, Army and multinational forces, in support of NATO operations.

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (9 January 2013) -- Soldiers from U.S. Army Europe's 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) and 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, along with members of the 32nd AAMDC from Fort Bliss, Texas, are deploying to Turkey in support of NATO missile defense operations. To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above, or ...
 

BG GENTRY TOURS 35th ADA BRIGADE'S FUTURE HOME
Article and photographs by Spc. Shawn Denham, 35th ADA Brigade Public Affairs Office

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Libby; Brig. Gen. Chris Gentry, deputy commanding general of sustainment for Eighth Army; and Col. Eric Sanchez, 35th ADA Brigade commander  tour the new 35th ADA Brigade facilities at Osan Air Base, on 10 January 2013.  An exterior view of the soon-to-be home of the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade (ADA), digitally captured on 28 December 2012.

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea  – After seven years of occupying multiple locations across Osan Air Base, the 35th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade ‘Dragons’ are consolidating into a central location in a brand new office building. The new building will replace the original staff offices, intended as temporary facilities, constructed out of modified freight containers and smaller structures. To read more ...

 

2012 JAMES A. SHIPTON AWARD WINNER
CAPTAIN KYLE L. KIRKPATRICK
Article by Kathleen M. Doyle, Editor, ADA Online

Commander, A-4 ADA (JLENS), CPT Kyle L. Kirkpatrick, 2012 winner of the Shipton Award.

The Shipton Award, named after Brigadier General James A. Shipton, recognizes an Air Defense Artillery professional for outstanding individual thought and innovation that results in significant contributions to, or the enhancement of the Air Defense Artillery's warfighting capabilities, morale, readiness or maintenance. The 2012 Shipton award winner is Captain Kyle Luther Kirkpatrick, commander of Alpha Battery, 3d Air Defense Artillery (ADA), the first Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Elevated-Netted Sensor (JLENS) system battery (A-3 ADA [JLENS]), Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah, who scored well above his peers in each of the rated criteria.

Captain Kirkpatrick has been described by his superiors as smart, aggressive, articulate, mentally and physically tough, an effective trainer, a crafty tactician and an outstanding officer and leader. His unique ability to apply the elements of mission command at the tactical level is what allows him to be an exemplary battery commander. To read more ...
 

 

AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY ~ KNOX AWARD WINNER
Article by Mr. Bobby Jones, US Army Air Defense Artillery School, Strategic Communications

A Battery, 4th Battalion, 3d Air Defense Artillery Regiment 2012 ADA Knox Award Winners

Congratulations to the Soldiers, Noncommissioned Officer (NCOs) and Officers of A Battery, 4th Battalion, 3d Air Defense Artillery (A/4-3 ADA) Regiment for being selected the 2012 ADA Knox Award winners. The award is named for Major General Henry A. Knox the first Chief of Artillery, and is presented annually in recognition of the Army's most outstanding Air Defense Active Component (AC) battery for superb mission accomplishment and overall unit excellence.

A/4-3 ADA will be featured in an upcoming FIRES Professional Bulletin (PB-644) and be recognized during the Fires Conference
held at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in May 2013. To read more ...

 

AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY ~ HAMILTON AWARD WINNER
B Battery, 2d Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery
Article by Mr. Bobby Jones, US Army Air Defense Artillery School, Strategic Communications

2-174 ADA, Ohio Army National Guard returns from NCR mission.

The Hamilton Award is named after American Statesman and Continental Army Artilleryman Alexander Hamilton and recognizes the best Army National Guard (ARNG) a
ir and missile defense battery of the year for superb mission accomplishment and overall unit excellence. The 2012 award winner is B Battery, 2d Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery (B/1-174 ADA), 174th ADA Brigade headquartered in McConnelsville, Ohio.

The battery was rated on tactical proficiency, operational readiness, safety and other indicators or examples of excellence such as community service. Through the execution of a variety missions B/2-174 ADA proved to be an agile, adaptable and decisive force that serves as a benchmark of the ADA and Fires community.  The battery’s actions contributed significantly to the legacy of the branch, the Army National Guard and the Nation.
To read more ...

 

SEAHAWKS SALUTE THE MILITARY
Camp Carroll Overseas Finds Connection to Home with "Camp Carroll" and the Seattle Seahawks
(Seahawks Website/29 December 2012)
Article by Tony Drovetto, Digital Content Coordinator

 Soldiers assigned to 2-1 ADA, 35th ADA Brigade at Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea, show their support of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. ( Dec 2012 )
Five thousand, two hundred and fifteen miles separate “Camp Carroll” at 12 Seahawks Way in Renton, Wash., the home of Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks, from “Camp Carroll” located in the Republic of Korea, and home to the Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (2-1 ADA) Regiment, 35th ADA Brigade – a Patriot missile unit known as the Guardian Battalion. The Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (2-1 ADA) Regiment, 35th ADA Brigade, a Patriot missile unit stationed at Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea, finds a connection to home with "Camp Carroll" and the Seattle Seahawks. To read more ...

 

AIR DEFENDER GET SPECIAL GLIMPSE OF CHRISTMAS WHITE HOUSE
Article by 2nd Lt. Jonathan R. Craig, D Battery, 3d Battalion, 4th ADA

2nd Lt. Jonathan R. Craig and family. Craig is assigned to D/3-4 ADA, 108th ADA Bde, Fort Bragg, NC.     White House Christmas Tree December 2012.

2nd Lt. Jonathan R. Craig, a Patriot Launcher Platoon Leader assigned to Delta Battery, 3d Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery
(D/3-4 ADA) Regiment reflects on his Armed Forces YMCA sponsored visit to the White House Christmas Tour  on 21 December 2012. The theme was “Joy to All” and was displayed throughout the White House paying tribute to Military Families.  Craig was accompanied by his wife and daughter. To read the article ...
 

ARCENT COMMANDER VISITS THE "NO FEAR " BATTALION

Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, Army Central Command (ARCENT) commander,  talks to Staff Sgt. Howard R. Clifford and Sgt. Shantelle J. Campbell of Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (C/1-7 ADA). Photo by Sgt. Maj. Micheal L. Leach, 1-7 ADA. 

Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, Army Central Command (ARCENT) commander,  talks to Staff Sgt. Howard R. Clifford and Sgt. Shantelle J. Campbell of Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (C/1-7 ADA).

Submission and photo by Sgt. Maj. Micheal L. Leach, 1-7 ADA.
SOUTHWEST ASIA –
Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, the U.S. Army Forces, U.S. Central Command (ARCENT) commanding general took time out of his busy schedule to pay a visit the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (1-7 ADA) Regiment. Lt. Gen. Brooks spent several hours with the battalion engaging with Soldiers and command team, answering questions on everything from possible changes to the Army physical fitness training (APFT) uniform, to how he envisions the ARCENT mission evolving over the coming years. Brooks made special references to Soldiers and leaders on the importance of incorporating all five pillars of “Comprehensive Soldier Fitness” (social, emotional, family, spiritual and physical) into their daily lives. The commanding general completed his visit by having dinner with the command and battalion staff of the "No Fear" team.

 

“NO FEAR” SOLDIERS TRAIN TO “FEAR NO”
MEDICAL ENCOUNTER!
Submitted by Sgt. Maj. Micheal L. Leach, 1-7 ADA

Members of the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (1-7 ADA) Regiment, Sgt. Michael Nyre and Spc. Omar Burgos attend to Staff Sgt. (P) Lynn Aldrich on the stretcher. (Photo by Sgt. Maj. Micheal L. Leach, 1-7 ADA)  Sgt. 1st Class Shane Sanders, the 1-7 ADA Regiment’s medical noncommissioned officer-in-charge (NCOIC), explains to the Combat Lifesaver (CLS) Course students, the importance of preparing an injured Soldier for transport prior to placing them on a litter. (Photo by Sgt. Maj. Micheal L. Leach, 1-7 ADA)  Sgt. Kurt Kenske (standing center) CLS instructor, watches Spc. Victor Calhoun (left) and Pfc. David Medrano evaluate a casualty prior to securing them on the back board and litter for transport. Spc. Omar Burgos (far left, C/1-7 ADA) looks on. (Photo by Sgt. Maj. Micheal L. Leach, 1-7 ADA)Left: Members of the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (1-7 ADA) Regiment, Sgt. Michael Nyre and Spc. Omar Burgos attend to Staff Sgt. (P) Lynn Aldrich on the stretcher. Center: Sgt. 1st Class Shane Sanders, the 1-7 ADA Regiment’s medical noncommissioned officer-in-charge (NCOIC), explains to the Combat Lifesaver (CLS) Course students, the importance of preparing an injured Soldier for transport prior to placing them on a litter. Right: Sgt. Kurt Kenske (standing center) CLS instructor, watches Spc. Victor Calhoun (left) and Pfc. David Medrano evaluate a casualty prior to securing them on the back board and litter for transport. Spc. Omar Burgos (far left, C/1-7 ADA) looks on. (Photos by Sgt. Maj. Micheal L. Leach, 1-7 ADA)

Southwest Asia – Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (1-7 ADA) attended the No Fear Combat Lifesaver (CLS) Course recently (December 2012). The Soldiers experienced challenging and realistic training from day one with classroom instruction, open and closed book tests and interactive scenarios allowing them to demonstrate medical skills learned throughout the three week period. The Battalion Medical Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge (NCOIC) Sgt. 1st Class Shane Sander worked with the battery’s leadership to ensure that the Soldiers received the best training possible with the goal of exceeding the standards. There were 24 Soldiers, who successfully graduated from the CLS Course and are prepared to assist the combat medics of the battalion in treating and caring for the Soldiers and Airmen they work with on a daily basis.

 

KEEPING 'EM COOL
Submitted by Sgt. Maj. Micheal L. Leach, 1-7 ADA

Left: Spc. Christopher J. Bennett, an MOS 91B (Mechanic), assigned to Echo Battery, 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (E/1-7 ADA) Regiment operates a crane on the back of the HEMETT Wrecker lifting a Environmental Contol Unit (ECU) and passing it on to Spc. Jermey T. Hall, an MOS 14T (Patriot Launcer Crewmember) assigned to HHB/1-7 ADA and Pfc. Kai A. Barnes an MOS 91E (Welder) also assigned to E/1-7 ADA (photo on the right)  to intsall it on the top of an Information Corridination Centeral (ICC) Shelter. (Photos by Spc. James A. Trabert, 1-7 ADA)   Left: Spc. Christopher J. Bennett, an MOS 91B (Mechanic), assigned to Echo Battery, 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (E/1-7 ADA) Regiment operates a crane on the back of the HEMETT Wrecker lifting a Environmental Contol Unit (ECU) and passing it on to Spc. Jermey T. Hall, an MOS 14T (Patriot Launcer Crewmember) assigned to HHB/1-7 ADA and Pfc. Kai A. Barnes an MOS 91E (Welder) also assigned to E/1-7 ADA (photo on the right)  to intsall it on the top of an Information Corridination Centeral (ICC) Shelter. (Photos by Spc. James A. Trabert, 1-7 ADA)
At left, Spc. Christopher J. Bennett, a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 91B (Mechanic), assigned to Echo Battery, 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (E/1-7 ADA) Regiment operates a crane on the back of the HEMETT Wrecker lifting a Environmental Contol Unit (ECU) and passing it on to Spc. Jermey T. Hall, an MOS 14T (Patriot Launcer Crewmember) assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB), 1-7 ADA and Pfc. Kai A. Barnes an MOS 91E (Welder) also assigned to E/1-7 ADA (photo on the right)  to intall it on the top of an Information Corridination Centeral (ICC) Shelter. (Photos by Spc. James A. Trabert, 1-7 ADA)

SOUTHWEST ASIA –
Spending over 24 hours a day in a command and control shelter can call for some very long days …. especially when the air conditioner is not working properly in temperatures up to 110 plus degrees!  But thanks to Spc. Christopher Bennett, Spc. Jeremy Hall and Pfc. Kai Barnes, these maintainers ensure that if and when it does happen, their battle buddies do not have to endure it for long periods of times. What’s interesting though is that their battle buddy, Pfc. Kendrick Nettles, the actual Military Occupational Specialty 91C (Air Condition Repair Specialist), is on a rest and recuperation (R&R) leave. However, before he left, he crossed  trained them to take care of any issues that might arise while he was gone and he must have been a great instructor, because they have.  Tenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, these maintainers stand ready to answer the call to “keep em cool!”

 

2012 PENINSULAR MISSILE DEFENDERS OF THE YEAR
Article by Capt. Edward Ellingson with photos by Spc. Shawn Denham, both from the 35th ADA Brigade Public Affairs Office

2012 Peninsula Missile Defenders of the Year awards banquet sign

YONGSAN, Republic of Korea – On 9 November 2012, a banquet was held to honor the peninsula’s best crews determined by the inaugural Peninsula Missile Defender of the Year Competition. The competition included teams from both the U.S. Army and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Air Force. Individuals competed to be the best in missile defense crew drills, as well as, core-Soldier skills such as rifle marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and a physical fitness test. Contestants were also required to take a written exam to assess their knowledge.
To read the complete article and view the supporting photographs ...

 

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CENTER FOR ARMY LESSONS LEARNED (CALL) FIRES NEWSLETTER 

JANUARY 2013 – CALL FIRES NEWSLETTER

Highlighted in this month's newsletter are the new Air Defense Airspace Management (ADAM)/Brigade Aviation Element (BAE) Battle Drills, approved on 15 November 2012 by the Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE), Directorate of Training Development (DOTD). The Battle Drills cover early warning procedures for indirect fire, sense and warn, hostile aircraft, and tactical ballistic missiles. It also covers airspace control procedures for immediate fires, immediate close air support, immediate close combat attack, air medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), downed aircraft/unmanned aircraft system, personnel recovery, and mass casualty. These Battle Drills provide the task, condition, standards, composite risk management information, task steps and measures, equipment and materials lists, supporting and prerequisite individual tasks, supporting and prerequisite collective tasks, references, training setup, glossary, acronyms and abbreviations.
Other topics include: 

Collective Training of Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Fires and Maneuver Soldiers through Walk   and Shoot Exercises

Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) Trends (Fires Extract) 3rd and 4th Quarter FY 2012

U.S. Marine Corps Rolling Thunder 1-13 After Action Report, 3 Dec 2012

A View of the Current Artillery Fight in Afghanistan: Battery Level Leadership (BLL) in the Near Future, Nov-Dec 2012 FIRES Magazine

National Training Center (NTC) Decisive Action (DA) Rotation 13-02 Senior Leader Observations

ADA Battalion Maintenance Standing Operating Procedures, 1 June 2011

Precision Fires Unit Program Brief

JRTC Rotation 12-04 Fires Observations

BCT FA BN’s Lessons Learned Briefing from NTC (DA) Rotation 13-02, 10 Dec 2012

JRTC Rotation 13-01 Observations, 3 Dec 2012

Observations from Mixed Howitzer Employment: M777 & M119; Sep 2011- Jul 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 articles ...

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IN THE NEWS

PENTAGON TO REMOVE BAN ON WOMEN IN COMBAT
(The Washington Post- National Security/ 23 January 2013)
Article by Ernesto Londoño

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has decided to allow women to serve in combat roles, a watershed policy shift that follows years of calls for a fully inclusive military. Panetta and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, are expected to formally announce the change Thursday, Pentagon officials said. The Army, Marines and other services will then develop plans to open jobs in ground combat units, such as the infantry, to women.
(To read the complete article, click on the hyper-linked title above.)

 

TOP ARMY LEADERS ISSUE COMMAND INTENT FOR FISCAL RISK MITIGATION
(Defense Daily/17 January 2013) Login required.
Article by Ann Roosevelt

The top civilian and military Army leaders yesterday issued their “command intent” and immediate, but reversible, actions for risk mitigation in the face of fiscal uncertainty. The Jan. 16 memo from Army Secretary John McHugh and chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno follows guidance to the services by the deputy Secretary of Defense authorizing immediate steps to reduce expenditures.

“Given the magnitude of our budgetary uncertainty, the Army must act now to reduce our expenditure rate and mitigate budget execution risks in order to avoid even more serious future fiscal shortfalls,” the memo said.

McHugh and Odierno direct that Army Materiel Command plan to cancel third and fourth quarter depot maintenance and reset orders and contracts not directly supporting units deployed to a theater or entering the Force Generation available pool. Specific actions won’t be taken until 13 February 2013.

Also immediately, the leaders direct an immediate Army-wide civilian hiring freeze. Temporary employees will be terminated and term appointments will not be extended. The service is considering civilian furloughs.
(To read the complete article, click on the hyper-linked title above.)


NATO PATRIOT MISILES ON THEIR WAY TO TURKEY: Turkish People Take Action Against Deployment
(Liberation News/17 January 2013)
Article by Taylor Goel

On Jan. 10, the Communist Party of Turkey launched a new campaign against the deployment of Patriot missile batteries in Turkey. Members of TKP have set up a tent in a park in downtown Ankara to gather signatures against the deployment of Patriot missiles and NATO intervention in Syria. They will be on a symbolic and non-stop guard duty until Jan. 20 which is the expected date of arrival for the missiles. The petitioning campaign appropriately named “Stand guard against Patriot Missiles” has been received with great interest and support by the people of Ankara.
(To read the complete article, click on the hyper-linked title above.)

SUBMIT YOUR MEMORABILIA FOR THE MFC MUSEUM
(MFC News – 1/16/2013)

The display case shelves in the Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) main lobby in Orlando, Fla., may look empty now, but they will soon tell the 100-year story of Lockheed Martin’s history. The new lobby museum will showcase Lockheed Martin collections employees have acquired over the years, and all MFC employees have an opportunity to contribute.

"The new collection display will represent a commitment on the part of the company to invest in both our past and future," said Steve Rocca, senior Mechanical Laboratories manager. "It makes us all proud of the significant impact the company has had upon the local community, the country and throughout the world."

Steve and his team have already begun a collection of materials that have been acquired throughout the years, but they are looking for your help to give a full view of the Lockheed Martin story. To submit your Lockheed Martin memorabilia for the display, contact John Owen at (407) 356-5224 or Kate Vilches at (407) 356-2052.
(To read the complete article, click on the hyper-linked title above.)


AIRBORNE SENSOR SYSTEM FOILS SIMULATED IED ATTACK
(GCN/15 January 2013)
Article by John Breeden II

JLENS usually is part of a missile defense network, but this week it made news for being able to reliably track targets on the ground. As part of the testing, Raytheon employees snuck onto roads within the zone that the JLENS was patrolling, attempting to plant simulated roadside bombs without being detected. According to the company, they were spotted using electro-optical and infrared sensors mounted on the aerostat, and video of what they were doing was passed on to operators.
(To read the complete article, click on the hyper-linked title above.)

 

ON LOOMING DEFENSE CUTS, IS IT TIME TO START BARGAINING DOWN?
(Human Events/10 January 2013)
Article by Hope Hodge

While the pending $1 trillion in across-the-board discretionary spending cuts to domestic programs and defense was the subject of numerous Capitol Hill hearings, rallies and think tank events prior to the Nov. 6 election, the topic proved not to hold the sway with voters that many conservatives hoped it would. Tellingly, some defense hawks already have begun to anticipate some degree of cutback as unavoidable, and to propose practical and reasoned solutions.

Moreover, the new deadline for sequestration—the word for automatic spending cuts agreed to in the Budget Control Act of 2011—will coincide with the coming debt ceiling crisis, which may again push what some are calling a “devastating” package of cuts out of the political spotlight. How debilitating these cutbacks will be for defense may be determined in part by how thoughtfully they are implemented.
(To read the complete article, click on the hyper-linked title above.)


SMDC TEAM IS RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR SUCCESS( www.army.mil /9 January 2013)
Article by Jason B. Cutshaw

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC)/Army Forces Strategic (ARSTRAT) Command Team (George Welch, Kathy Gotto, Rachel Howard, Brian Hunter, Cody Brezinski, Lynn Troy, Garet Fields, John Troy, Kurt Sramek and Keith Ashcraft) that provided support to a recent successful test of the NATO Medium Extended Air Defense Systems (MEADS) at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., was recognized for their efforts.

The USASMDC/ARSTRAT team provided target support for the NATO MEADS, which is a next-generation, ground-mobile air and missile defense system that incorporates 360-degree radars, netted and distributed battle management, easily transportable launchers and the hit-to-kill Patriot Advanced Capabilities (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement Missile. The system combines battlefield protection with flexibility to protect forces and critical assets against tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, unmanned-aerial vehicles and aircraft.
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MEADS FUTURE UNCLEAR AFTER US CONGRESS BARS FUNDING IN FY13
(International Defence Review/ 9 January 2013) Login required.
Article by Daniel Wasserbly

The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program faces an uncertain future after US President Barack Obama, on 2 January, signed into law a defense budget authorization bill that, among other things, bars the Pentagon from funding the tri-national effort. Congress' funding authorization rejected the US Department of Defense's (DoD's) $401 million request for its share of the project ... Many US lawmakers disapproved of funding the project after the Pentagon announced it did not plan to procure full MEADS systems. However, if the US does not fund its share of the effort in FY13, it is unclear as to which, if any, MEADS components or technology the Pentagon could select for further development or fielding. Failure to fund the effort would place the three countries in uncharted territory as the US has never unilaterally withdrawn from such a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
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DUTCH PATRIOT MISSILES DEPART FOR TURKEY
(NTI-Global Security Newswire/7 January 2013)

The Netherlands on Monday began moving two Patriot batteries to Turkey, where they will form part of NATO's defense of its member nation against ballistic missiles and other threats from Syria, the Associated Press reported. The Dutch, U.S., and German militaries are each providing two Patriot units for the NATO mission in Turkey. More than 1,000 troops from the three countries are slated to staff the batteries for the duration of their deployment.
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US PATRIOT MISSILES BEGIN ARRIVING IN TURKEY
(Defense News/6 January 2013)
Article by Fulya Ozerkan, Agence France-Presse 

IZMIR, Turkey — The U.S. deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey began Jan. 5 to help the country defend itself against any threat from neighboring Syria which is in the throes of a deadly 21-month civil war. The deployment comes as violence rages across Turkey’s southern border, with the United Nations estimating that at least 60,000 people have been killed in Syria since the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad erupted in March 2011. 

The deployment started early this morning into Incirlik Air Base in southeastern Turkey. “Several aircraft landed very early this morning with the advance party personnel from 3-2 Air Defense Artillery (ADA) — the Patriot unit — arriving as well,” Peter Woodmansee, missile defense chief of the U.S. European Command, told AFP. 

U.S. military personnel and equipment began arriving Jan. 4 at Incirlik to support NATO Patriot batteries being deployed at Ankara’s request. The United States will transport some 400 troops to Turkey in the coming days to operate two Patriot batteries, the Stuttgart, Germany-based U.S. European Command said in a statement Jan. 4. Additional equipment will arrive by sea later in January.
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THE GERMAN ARMED FORCES PROFICIENCY BADGE COMPETITION RETURNS TO USARPAC
Article by Sgt. Louis C. Lamar 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs


U.S. Army Pacific Command (USARPAC) Soldiers participated in the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB) Competition. Pictured are the awardees.

SCHOFILED BARRACKS, Hawaii – More than 200 Soldiers from various units assigned within the U.S. Army Pacific Command (USARPAC) participated in the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB) Competition held at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, during the 5 through 7 November 2012 contest. To read the entire article and view more photos …

 

6-52 ADA INDUCTS SOLDIERS INTO THE NCO RANKS
Article and photographs by Spc. Issac Castleberry, 6-52 ADA Public Affairs Office, and
Contributing Writer 1st Lt. Andre Clayburn, 6-52 ADA S-3 Operations

6-52 ADA NCO Corps inductees, 12 Oct 2012, Cpl. Young Joo Baek,HHB/6-52 ADA; Sgt. William E. Haydu Jr., HHB/35th ADA Bde; Cpl. Jeffrey Holdener, A/6-52 ADA; Sgt. Christopher J. Jones, C/6-52 ADA; Cpl. Dustin B. Maddox, C/6-52 ADA; Sgt. Craig J. Moton, HHB/6-52 ADA; Sgt. Marcus D. Desoto, F/6-52 ADA; Sgt. Carl G. Odfalk Jr., A/6-52 ADA; Sgt. Jason R. Garber, A/6-52 ADA; Sgt. Ryan W. Roberts, HHB/6-52 ADA; Sgt. Rachel M. Gehret, HHB/6-52 ADA; Sgt.Gregory Rowdy Jr., HHB/6-52 ADA; and Sgt. Zoe S. Hay, HHB/35th ADA Bde

Suwon, Republic of Korea – On 12 October 2012, the 6th Battalion 52nd Air Defense Artillery (6-52 ADA) Regiment conducted their first Noncommissioned Officers(NCO) Induction Ceremony; a U.S Army traditional commemoration of Soldiers being acknowledged by promotion after having demonstrated the leadership abilities and fulfilling the requirements for advancement to the NCO Corps.

Over 600 Iron Horse Soldiers were mesmerized and cajoled as they watched Staff Sgt. Sloan Uys, the 35th ADA Brigade NCO of the Quarter, slowly walk in cadence to the steady sound of bagpipes down the aisle of the auditorium, demonstrating the "4th Watch," a time-honored tradition where a Soldier marches through the inspiring induction "door" to assume the duties of a noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Army. To read the complete article and view more photos ...

 

CENTER FOR ARMY LESSONS LEARNED (CALL) FIRES NEWSLETTERS

DECEMBER 2012 – CENTER FOR ARMY LESSONS LEARNED (CALL) FIRES NEWSLETTER
Highlighted in this Newsletter is the new ATP 3-09.32 Multi-Service Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for the Joint Application of Firepower, dated 30 Nov 2012. Known as JFIRE, it is a pocket-sized, quick-reference guide for requesting fire support in accordance with approved joint tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP). JFIRE contains calls for fire, a format for joint air strike requests, close air support (CAS) coordination and planning procedures, communications architecture, and weapons data.
Other topics include:

London 2012 Olympic Games Air Security Plan (ASP) employing ground based air defense (GBAD) in England for the first time since the end of World War II

National Training Center (NTC) Decisive Action (DA) Rotation “Red Book” 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 15 February 2012

U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) 12.1 Deployment After Action Review (AAR) (CALL Fires Extract) Fire Support Personnel, 16 Aug 2012

National Training Center (NTC) Fires Trends and Observations, 3rd Quarter 2012

Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) Exercise 11-01 and 11-02 and NTC Rehearsal Rotation, Threat unmanned aircraft system (UAS) Impact Recap

JRTC Best Practices – Counterinsurgency (COIN)-Focused Fire Support Rehearsal Script

Fire for Effect: Field Artillery and Close Air Support in the U.S. Army, Mr. John J. McGrath, Combat Studies Institute

Marine Corps Dec 2011-May 2012 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Post-Deployment AAR (Center for Army Lessons Learned {CALL} Fires Extract) 12 Sep 2012

Training at the Afghan Field Artillery (FA) Training Center and Coalition Artillery Civilian Casualty (CIVCAS)
Mitigation - An amalgamation of techniques

Common Operating Environment (COE v1) - An Overview for Air Defense Senior Leaders

The Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Series: VOL III - USAFE Headquarters

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.

 

NOVEMBER 2012 – CENTER FOR ARMY LESSONS LEARNED (CALL) FIRES NEWSLETTER
Highlighted in this Newsletter is fire support in deep operations. You are the Division Fire Support Coordinator (FSCOORD) and have just received a warning order to prepare the fire support coordination plan for deep operations. What actions do you take? What are the staffing requirements? You have never done anything like this before because for the past ten years you have either been deployed or preparing for deployment in a counterinsurgency operational environment with your focus and training being non-traditional artillery missions. The eight deep operations items are provided to assist your preparations for planning and employing fire support in deep operations. Other topics include:

TF Hawk Deep Operations Coordination Cell

Fires Support Extract, 3ID (M) 2003 OEF AAR

Field Artillery OIF Lessons Learned, V Corps, 11 Jan – 15 May 2003

DOCC -Sustaining Corps Deep Operations Proficiency, May-June 2001 Field Artillery Magazine

DOCC Operations in JTF Kuwait, Jan-Feb 2000 Field Artillery Magazine

Fighting Deep with Joint Fires, April 2003

FM 3-09 Fire Support, Nov 2011

Fire Support Coordination Measures Briefing, Feb 2012

Air Defense Airspace Management/Brigade Aviation Element (ADAM/BAE) Observations from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)

Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP) for Fires

CALL Handbook 11-99, MDMP, March 2011

Commander’s MDMP Battlebook

A Guide to the MDMP for Brigade and Battalion Staffs

The Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP) in the Direst Support (DS) Artillery

An Artillerization of the Military Decision-Making Process

MDMP for the DS Artillery - what’s New in FM 3-09.21

FM 3-01, U.S. Army Air and Missile Defense Operations

FM 3-01.50, Air Defense and Airspace Management Cell Operations

Consolidated Fire Support Certification

U. S. Army Counter - Unmanned Aircraft System Concept of Operations, FCoE, 28 Aug 2012

Lean Manufacturing Principles Improving the Targeting Process

Integrated Air and Missile Defense Center (IAMDC) Patriot Hawk Integration Exercise 12-09 AAR

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.

94th AAMDC PARTICIPATES IN HISTORIC MISSILE DEFENSE FLIGHT TEST
Article by Sgt. 1st Class Karry L. James, 94th AAMDC Public Affairs Office

 On 24 October 2012, the most complex missile defense flight test (FTI-01) ever attempted in history was successfully conducted by Soldiers assigned to the 94th AAMDC, 32nd AAMDC, Sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald, Airmen from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) at various locations throughout the Pacific

Fort Shafter, Hawaii — It’s a typical scene, Soldiers are at the ready with their weapons, palms sweaty hoping for a chance to prove themselves worthy of being called a warrior.  But, this is no ordinary battlefield. The Soldiers hold no rifle; however, with the click of a mouse they can release a momentous weapon that is much more powerful than a rifle. The Soldiers of the 94th Army Air Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) are sitting at their respective computer screens ready, in anticipation of the order to launch a missile that will defend our positions against the enemies’ rockets.

For this day, the event was just a test. The targets were both launched and intercepted by us to ensure that our ballistic missile defenses are ready, reliable and capable under realistic operational conditions.

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5TH ARMORED BRIGADE PREPARES TO TRAIN
NORTH DAKOTA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD ADA UNIT FOR NCR MISSION
(US Army Official Website/20 November 2012)
Article by Sgt. 1st Class Cecil Bundage, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West and
photos by Master Sgt. Randall Roland, 1-362 ADA, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West

Soldiers of the North Dakota Army National Guard's (ARNG’s) 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery (1-188 ADA) Regiment conduct missile reload procedures as part of their initial assessment by the 5th Armored Brigade's Task Force (TF) Renegade in Grand Forks, North Dakota. TF Renegade is training the ARNG Soldiers to assist in the protection of the National Capital Region (NCR) in support of Operation Noble Eagle.

GRAND FORKS, North Dakota -- Trainers from Division West's 5th Armored Brigade have been tasked to ensure a North Dakota Army National Guard (NDARNG) unit is ready to defend the nation's capital. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery (1-188 ADA) Regiment were recently assessed by members of the 1-362 ADA, Task Force (TF) Renegade, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West. The initial assessment is the first event in a long list of readiness exercises and evaluations that occur over a 12-month period to prepare these Soldiers for a major role in the defense of the National Capital Region (NCR) in support of Operation Noble Eagle.

During their deployment, 1-188 ADA Soldiers will work alongside other state and Department of Defense (DoD) agencies to prevent airborne threats from entering the NCR. To read more …

OCTOBER 2012 – CENTER FOR ARMY LESSONS LEARNED (CALL) FIRES NEWSLETTER
If you have ever experienced a flat tire on your civilian or military vehicle, do you remember your deflated feelings? What if it was the valve stem – the one on your M119 howitzer? Highlighted in this Newsletter is what one battery did to fix this problem and prevent it from recurring! Other topics include:

Other highlights of the Newsletter, which are now linked via Fires Net, include: 

An Assessment of the Fire Support in Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF)-1

A Joint Air Ground Integration Cell (JAGIC) Update

1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery’s Stinger Live-Fire Exercise

Master’s Thesis: Timely Effects: Organic Surface Fires and Airspace Doctrine in the 21st Century Joint Fight

Master’s Thesis: Measuring the Effectiveness of the Continental (CONUS) Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Command and Control (C2) System

Defense of the Cannons

Regimental Combat Team (RCT) 5, 1st Marine Division (Forward) Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) After Action Review (AAR)

Stryker Symposium Field Artillery (FA) Update

Combat Training Center (CTC) Trends Update

Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) Direct and Indirect Fires Planning Guide

Joint and Combined Integration of U.S. Fires and Airspace Management

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.

2 OCTOBER 2012 – CENTER FOR ARMY LESSONS LEARNED (CALL) RAPID ADAPTATION MESSAGE
The CALL Fires Team frequently produces Rapid Adaptation Messages highlighting topics it deems worthy of sharing with the Fires Community. The attached Afghan National Army FIRES References message is a compilation of ANA Fires references with some in Dari. The links are in the Fires Net Army Professional Forum to which will be added, as received, additional references to include those we can find in Dari and Pashtu. If you have other AFA Fires references please send them to any of the CALL Fires Team members listed at the bottom of the attached message. Topics included in this message are:

201st and 203rd Corps ANA Artillery Redbook, 31 July 2012 (English)

Fire Support Handbook, Call for Fire (English and Dari)

D-30’s XO Handbook (English and Dari)

Afghanistan Field Artillery Technical Operator’s Manual (English)  

ANA 6-50 - Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for the Field Artillery Cannon Kandak, Afghanistan (English)

Normal Terrain Tabular Firing Tables for the 122-MM Howitzer Model-30 (D-30) 

Fire Command Standards (English and Dari)

Index of Trainee Handouts (English and Dari)

Gunnery Briefing (English and Dari)

6000 mil Target Grid, OF Fan, and Protractor (English and Dari)

ANA ARTEP Mission Training Plan, Field Artillery Kandak, D-30 (English)

Rapid Fire Table for the D-30 Howitzer (English and Dari)

Findings and Summary Suggestions for Operation of ANA Artillery Using the D-30 Howitzer (English)

Priorities of Work: Guns and FDC (English and Dari)

Fires Bulletin Article: ANA Artillery: training the trainer (English)

201st and 203rd Corps Mortar Training Support Package, 5 September 2012 (English)

94TH AAMDC NCO MOTIVATES SOLDIERS TO STAY FIT
Article by, Sgt. Louis C. Lamar, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

 Army Physical Fitness Remedial Training Program

FORT SHAFTER, HAWAII – Physical fitness has always been a top priority for the United States military. Ensuring that all Soldiers stay physically fit and meet of all the standards for height and weight in accordance with Army Regulation 600-9 (AR 600-9, The Army Weight Control Program),  is not only a task for first line supervisors to manage, but the personal responsibility of each individual Soldier to meet. -- The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s (AAMDC) Army Physical Fitness Remedial Training Program helps Soldiers that fail to meet the standards for physical readiness and weight control. To read the complete article ...
 

 

PICTORIAL OF 1-7 ADA FIELD TRAINING EXERCISE
Provided by Capt. Ebony J. Malloy, 108th ADA Brigade Public Affairs
(17-21 September 2012)

A Soldier from the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (1-7 ADA) Regiment, 108th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade, interacts with mock Middle Eastern locals in a remote area to establish and promote peace and security throughout the region while participating in a field training exercise (FTX) at Fort Bragg, N.C. in September 2012. (US Army photo.)    A Soldier assigned to 1-7 ADA carefully monitors his sector of fire as he pulls security for the battalion's area of operation during a 1-7 ADA FTX at Fort Bragg. (US Army photo.)  Two 1-7 ADA Soldiers stopped a man who they suspected was an insurgent in their area of operations during a field training exercise on Fort Bragg, in September 2012. (US Army photo.)

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