ADA MOURNS THE LOSS OF COLONEL RICHARD E. WHITE
14 August 1967 – 24 January 2013
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.
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
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, 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.)
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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
The Hamilton Award is named after American Statesman and Continental Army Artilleryman Alexander Hamilton and recognizes the best Army National Guard (ARNG) air 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
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, 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).
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”
Submitted 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
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
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 ...
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 ...