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Office, Chief of Air Defense Artillery (OCADA)

OCADA manages the personnel lifecycles for Air Defense Artillery (ADA) active and reserve component officers, warrant officers, and enlisted Soldiers; conducts branch marketing initiatives; and publishes the ADA Magazine in an effort to maintain the quality and health of ADA military occupational specialists (MOSs) and areas of concentration (AOCs) while improving the overall image of the branch and fostering espirit de corps. Components of OCADA include the Personnel Development Division (PDD) and the Branch Marketing Division (i.e. ADA News Online, ADA portion of the Fires Magazine).

Personnel Development Division (PDD)

PDD acts as the principal staff element to execute the Chief of ADA branch proponent responsibilities as specified in Army Regulation 600-3. It also serves as the point of contact to gather and evaluate data, identify issues and initiatives, coordinate actions, and recommend personnel life-cycle management function policy changes for active and reserve component ADA officers, warrant officers and enlisted soldiers. For more information, call (580) 558-4017 or DSN 495-4017 or to send an email.

Lifecycles Management

Officer, Warrant Officer, and Enlisted Program Management

ADA Regimental Program (AKO login*) 

Branch Marketing Division

The primary goal of Branch Marketing is to project a diversified image of ADA throughout the Army and civilian communities. Focus is targeted on improving the accession of high-quality future ADA officers and increasing recruiting and retention in the enlisted section. Branch Marketing strives to demonstrate that ADA is the leading branch for technological challenges while affording its personnel the opportunities for exciting and rewarding careers. Marketing venues vary from campus visits, ROTC/USMA camps and open houses to websites and DVDs. Emphasis is placed on creating an overall positive ADA experience. Continually evolving, we understand that it is crucial to develop new and innovative ways to motivate and promote ADA to future and current personnel. For more information, call (580) 558-4017 or DSN 495-4017 or to send an email.

  • Order a FREE ACU Blackberry Pouch, Highlighter, Car Decal or ADA Mousepad : Active Duty only. One item per request. Offer available to Air Defense Soldiers. Include your full name, contact address and telephone number.
  • Order ADA posters: Various 11x17 ADA posters. Include your name, address and telephone number.
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  • Request Supplies or Media Support from Branch Marketing: Support normally provided within 1-2 business days upon submitting request form Download Supply Request Form / Media Form
  • The Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Branch released its new application (App) US Army Air Defender, the App, developed as a recruiting tool for ADA, simulates the progression of an ADA officer from entry level to general officer. US Army Air Defender provides the gamer with a brief tutorial, and starts him/her out as a second lieutenant (2LT). As a 2LT, the gamer will conduct training daily to become eligible for promotion.  After completing prescribed tasks and missions at every level, players can be promoted through the ranks to Brigadier General (the highest level). Throughout the application, players will learn about ADA weapon systems, assignments, organizations, and history. Click here to download the new ADA app 

ADA Online 

ADA Online provides Air Defenders with an up-to-date perspective on what is happening in and around the ADA arena. If you are interested in submitting an article/photo, all submissions should meet requirements as set in the Writer’s/Photographer’s Guide.

  • Links to Air and Missile Defense articles form news media websites.
  • Original, historical and human-interest articles; press releases, notices of conventions, symposiums, meetings, reunions, contest and anything else that might be of interest to Air Defenders.
  • Links to other helpful areas that contain information of specific interest to the branch such as distributive learning, directories, photo galleries, magazine archive, ADA in action series and other US government websites.

FIRES Magazine

The Fires Magazine, a bimonthly publication, replaced the ADA Magazine and Field Artillery (FA) magazine as part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) initiative (BRAC mandated that the ADA school combine with the FA School to establish a Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. This move will be similar to the Armor School's move from Fort Knox, Kentucky, to Fort Benning, Georgia; where it was combined with the Infantry School to establish the Maneuver Center of Excellence. This combination does not neither of the branches put places them under one organization). Fires is used to transmit professional news; analyses of developments; keep personnel up-to-date on changing roles/missions and evolving tactics, techniques and procedures; while serving as a forum for debate on topics and issues that affect the FA and ADA communities.

Reaching more than 65,000 artillerymen, Fires disseminates professional knowledge about FA and ADA progress and development; cultivating a common understanding of the power, limitations and application of joint fires, both lethal and nonlethal; and fosters joint fires interdependency among the armed services. Additionally, Fires fosters a spirit of unity and esprit de corps by forging a bond among active duty, reserve, guardsmen and retired ADA Soldiers. Fires is used to cultivate the understanding of and interoperability between FA and ADA units - all of which contribute to the good of both branches, the Army, joint forces and our nation.