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ADA ONLINE
July 2011

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3-2 ADA CrestLTC Branson3rd BATTALION, 2nd AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY REGIMENT,
31st AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY BRIGADE
CHANGE OF COMMAND
By Kathleen M. Doyle
(Posted 29 July 2011)

Today (29 July 2011), in the early morning heat, on the grounds of the Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Polo Field, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Shana E. Peck relinquished command of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery (3-2 ADA) Regiment to LTC Charles E. Branson.

LTC Branson comes to 3-2 ADA from the Human Resources Command (HRC) at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he served as the Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Branch Chief. LTC Branson brings with him the knowledge and expertise of staffing the branch for success, as well as, being a seasoned veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a leader he let actions speak louder than words and was awarded the Silver Star for actions at Objective Jenkins during the initial invasion of Iraq. We are confident he will live up to the motto "Lethal Strike!"

LTC Peck will continue to represent ADA in her new assignment with the Combined Arms Center as a Senior Instructor at Hurlburt Air Field, Florida. We wish her well and continued success.

CEREMONY HONORS RETIRING 32d AAMDC
COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR AND WELCOMES THE NEW
32d AAMDC Troops
By Staff Sergeant Brandon Little
Photographs by Specialist Jacoby Davis

(Posted 29 July 2011)

The 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) held a Change
ofResponsibility Ceremony on 26 July 2011, to farewell the unit’s outgoing Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Richard S. Clem and welcome the incoming senior enlisted advisor for the command, CSM James N. Ross at Memorial Circle on Fort Bliss, Texas.
 

(To read the complete article and see more photographs,
click on the linked photo above.)

 

BG Heidi V. BrownBG Roger F. MathewsArmy Seal Emblem

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF, ARMY
GENERAL OFFICER ANNOUNCEMENT
Dated: 27 July 2011

(Posted 27 July 2011)

The Secretary of Defense, Leon E. Panetta, announced today that the President of the United States has made the following nominations:

Army Brigadier General Heidi V. Brown has been nominated for appointment to the rank of Major General. Brigadier General Brown is currently serving as the Director of Integration, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, U.S. Army Washington, DC.

Army Brigadier General Roger F. Mathews
has been nominated for appointment to the rank of Major General. Brigadier General Mathews is currently serving  as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific, Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE AIR DEFENSE COMMUNITY!
 
HUMAN RESOURCES COMMAND (HRC) NEWSLETTER
ISSUE 3 ~ SUMMER 2011
(Posted 27 July 2011)

Did you know that the Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Branch Managers at the Human Resources Command (HRC) have a newsletter?
They do, and it's filled with information critical to a successful career as an ADA officer. The career managers offer you proven advice to assist you with minor and major career decisions.
These tools are at your finger tips and just a mouse click away.
You can access the latest edition right here by clicking on the link embedded in the photograph below.
We are working to establish a dedicated hyperlink, that will be accessible from a link the left column of ADA Online so you can easily access future and past issues ... keep checking back with us!

 Officer Personnel Management Division Personnel
Human Resources Command's (HRC) Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Branch, Officer Personnel Management Division (OPMD) managers pose for a farewell photo outside the Lieutenant General Timothy J. Maude Complex at the Human Resources Command Center of Excellence (HRCoE), Fort Knox, Kentucky. Standing on the back row,  from left to right:  Miss Carol Gallaway, Major (MAJ) Michelle J. Bravo, Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. Branson, MAJ(P) John L. Dawber, Chief Warrant Four (CW4) Andrew Newbrough and  Mister David Hairston. Kneeling on the bottom row, left to right:  Captain (CPT) Eric Soler, CPT Rosanna Clemente and CPT Darius Randolph. (LTC Branson, MAJ Bravo and CPT Randolph have all moved on to new assignments.)
FIRES CENTER OF EXCELLENCE WELCOMES
NEW CHIEF OF STAFF

COLONEL BRIAN P. DUNN

By Kathleen M. Doyle and photographs by James W. Wall Jr.
(Posted 26 July 2011)
COL DUNN ADDRESSES AUDIENCE
COL Dunn and MG HalversonCOL Dunn Speaks with Civilian Aide to Secy  Army, Bill Burgess
(Above) Colonel (COL) Brian P. Dunn becomes the Chief of Staff for the Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, on 26 July 2006. (Lower left) 26 July 2011 - COL Dunn and Major General David D. Halverson stand at attention during the Reveille Ceremony in COL Dunn's honor as the new Chief of Staff of the FCoE. (Lower right) Colonel Dunn talks with Mr. Bill Burgess, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, prior to the Reveille Ceremony welcoming him to his new position as the Chief of Staff of the Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE).

Fort Sill, OK - At 0900 this morning (26 July 2011) Soldiers, family and friends gathered in front of McNair Hall, to witness the official assumption of position/responsibility of the newest Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE) Chief of Staff. Colonel (COL) Brian P. Dunn and his family were welcomed amid cannon fire, band music and congratulations from well wishers at a  Reveille Ceremony in his honor. The Dunn's recently returned from the Republic of Korea where he was the Commander of the 35th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade. Colonel Dunn is filling the position previously held by COL Daniel L. Karbler the newest Commandant of the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School.

Major General David D. Halverson the Commanding General of the FCoE jokingly quipped with Colonel Dunn about offering him an easy position, "... all you have to do Brian, is control a bunch of Colonels, take care of the budget and me!"

Upon taking the podium, Colonel Dunn remarked that he and his wife, along with his "overly excited boys," have been embraced by the Fort Sill and Lawton community and already feel like part of the family.



COL Dunn and Sons
(Above) A Father's Work is Never Dunn - COL Dunn seats his sons prior to the start of the Reveille Ceremony in his honor on 26 July 2011.  (Below) Mrs. Jennifer Dunn and sons look on proudly as COL Dunn addresses the crowd from the podium.
Mrs Dunn & Sons

USARPAC HONORS DEPUTY COMMANDING GENERAL WITH FLYING “V” CEREMONY

By Cashmere Jefferson
(Posted 20 July 2011)
Flying V

Brigadier General (BG) Jeffery L. Underhill, Commander, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) hosted a Flying “V” ceremony on 18 July 2011, to honor and welcome BG Roger F. Mathews, Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) on 18 July 2011 at Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

 The Flying “V” Ceremony traditionally welcomes or honors senior Army officials when they assume duties or depart from an Army command and refers to the way the colors are posted during the ceremony, which is V-shaped.

“Leading the largest service component in the Army is no easy task; however, we are excited to have a general officer of your caliber in this command,” said Underhill. “We are looking forward to everything that USARPAC is poised to do and accomplish during your time here.”

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Brigadier General Roger F. Mathews (left) and Brigadier General Jeffery L. Underhill address the audience at the Flying "V" Ceremony on 18 July 2011 at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

Happy to be back in the ranks of USARPAC, Mathews said he is honored to be serving and working with the Soldiers, Civilians, Families and other military services.

“To USARPAC, you have an absolutely outstanding reputation and I am proud to provide whatever leadership and support I can provide to you,” said Mathews. “I will dedicate 100 percent of my commitment to ensure our Soldiers, Families and Civilians have the support that they need.”

General Mathews, whose recent assignment was Commandant of the U.S. Army Air Defense School, U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, became the Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific on 29 May.


(To read the complete article click on the title above.)

1-44 ADA BSFVPAIR OF ARTILLERY PIECES ARRIVE AT FORT SILL MUSEUM
(Lawton Constitution/07-14-2011)
(Posted 15 July 2011)
The M7 Bradley Fire Support Vehicle (BFIST) and the M6 Linebacker, also known as the Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle (BSFV), rolled into Fort Sill, Oklahoma, yesterday (13 July 2011).

(To find out more about these specific pieces of history and read author Mitch Meador's  complete article click
here or on the title above.)

SPC Johnathan WoodfieldSFC Arron S. Barnes
(Top left) Specialist Johnathan P Woodfield from A Battery, 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery (A/4-3 ADA) Regiment, 31st ADA Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, runs 2-miles during the physical fitness portion of the competition on 28 June 2011 at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sergeant Normal Llamas) (Top right)  Sergeant First Class Arron S. Barnes from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 31st ADA Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, completes pushups during the physical fitness portion of the event at Veterans Field, Fort Hood, Texas as part of the 2011 III Corps NCO of the Year and Soldier of the Year Best Warrior Competition on 28 June 2011. (U.S. Army photo by SPC David Hauk)

SILL SOLDIER EARNS III CORPS HONORS
(Posted 14 July 2011)

The III Corps 2011 Best Warrior Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year and Soldier of the Year honors both went to Soldiers assigned to the 31st Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Sergeant First Class (SFC) Arron S. Barnes, a Patriot radar technician (CMF 94), was selected as the III Corps NCO of the Year and Specialist (SPC) Jonathan P. Woodfield, assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3rd ADA (4-3 ADA) Regiment, 31st ADA Brigade was chosen as the III Corps Soldier of the Year.

The competition took place during the last week of June at Fort Hood, Texas. The competitors, four NCOs and four Soldiers, had been deemed the elite by their respective installations and branches. The winners, SFC Barnes and SPC Woodfield,  will go on to compete in the U.S. Army Forces Command Best Warrior Competition in a few weeks.

(To find out what they had to do to win the titles and to read Specialist Sharmain Burch's  complete article click here,  on the title above or read it in the Fort Sill Cannoneer at http://www.swoknews.com/main.asp?SectionID=22 .)

General Peter W. Chiarelli, VCS of the ArmyArmy Tests Smartphones For Battle
(USA Today/07-14-2011)
(Posted 14 July 2011)

The Army is experimenting with off-the-shelf smartphones that are expected to assist Soldiers in combat to receive real-time images of movements both hostile and friendly troops.General Peter W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, said that the instant, relatively cheap technology has shown great promise for Soldiers.

(To read the complete USA Today article by Tom Vanden Brook, click here or on the photo of General Chiarelli.)
2011-0704 LTC Richard Harrison, 3-4 ADA Commander

SKYSTRIKER FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION:  235 Years in the Making
By Captain Cody E. Wellman
(Posted 29 July 2011)

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- The time was 2355 hours. Several hundred Soldiers and Airmen were gathered in front of the Wing Headquarters preparing for the upcoming Fourth of July festivities. At 0000 hours, 4 July 2011, a female Airman, possessing a voice that silenced an entire installation, sang America the Beautiful.  At 0001 hours, the 24-hour Base Olympics began, starting with a 10-kilometer run.

The 380th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) organized an Olympic-sized event to celebrate the country's 235th birthday; the event would encompass a 24-hours period and would include events such as a 10-Kilometer (10K) Run Relay, 200-Meter (200m) Swim Relay, 1600-Meter (1600m) Run Relay, a 40- and 50-Yard Dash, a Long Jump, Tug of War, Bench Press/Strong Man Competition, and a Regatta Boat Race. Also included in the day’s events were single-elimination tournaments in dodge ball, volleyball, and basketball.

(Click on the photograph (above) of Lieutenant Colonel Richard Harrison, Commander of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery (3-4 ADA), to read the complete account of this victorious day for the Soldiers of 3-4 ADA.)

PFC Janette Ellis, E/3-4, ADA 12 May 2011ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS
(Literally)

(Posted 12 July 2011)
Article by Captain William Gooding

There are few “firsts” left in this world for any one individual to accomplish. You can break an existing record with perseverance but to accomplish a first is rare, especially for a woman.

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross, Annie Londonderry was the first female to bicycle around the world, Carrie Underwood was the first female to win the AMC award twice and on 12 May 2011 Private First Class (PFC) Janette Ellis became the first female in the history of the world to jump the Stinger Missile Jump Pack (SMJP).

PFC Ellis’ hard work and dedication to the family of paratroopers was proven to the entire airborne community and world, when she exited a C-130 Hercules aircraft at 1,200 feet. The Stinger Missile is a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile that is strapped to the paratrooper’s body along with all of their tactical equipment.

(To read Captain Gooding's full article and learn more about
PFC Ellis, click on the photo to the left.)

AIRMEN, SOLDIERS TRAIN TO MAINTAIN SKILLS
U.S. Air Force WebSite, by Master Sergeant Chance Babin/6-27-2011
(Posted to ADA Online -- 12 July 2011)

3-4 ADA Perdsonnel Train with the Air Force
Soldiers ( l-to-r: Specialist Jamar R. Morgan, Sergeant Domenic M. Viccari and Private First Class Clark J. Ladd) assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery (3-4 ADA) Regiment cordon the initial perimeter in response to a simulated unexploded ordnance on
23 June 2011, in Southwest Asia. The members of 3-4 ADA trained alongside Airmen from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) as part of a joint emergency response exercise to ensure 380th AEW and mission partner readiness.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sergeant (MSG) Chance Babin)


SOUTHWEST ASIA -- In the culmination of weeks of training, Airmen from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) and Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery (3-4 ADA) Regiment conducted a joint emergency response exercise on 23 June.

"When we got here we wanted to make sure we are ready to react to any situation," said Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Lee Rodriguez, from the 3-4 ADA. "To better prepare ourselves for real world scenarios, we've been working in small blocks with the Air Force, leading up to this exercise."

Sergeant Rodriguez said this exercise was developed using real-world events that could impact operations on Army sites.


(To read the complete article click on either photograph or the article title above.)

Air Force & Army Train Together
SSG Michael Dart  (U.S. Air Force) gets a report from Army SSG Brandon Combs on a simulated unexploded ordnance during a training exercise on 23 June 2011, in Southwest Asia. The exercise incorporated Army and Air Force personnel ranging and was designed to prepare 380th AEW members and mission partners for real world scenarios. SSG Dart is a 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordinance team leader and SSGCombs is assigned to 3-4 ADA.
(U.S. Air Force photo/MSG Chance Babin)

KIM JONG-UN ASCENT INCREASES ‘MISCALCULATIONS’ ODDS,
THURMAN SAYS

 (Bloomberg/28 June 2011)

The inexperience and youth of North Korea’s heir-apparent Kim Jong-un “increase the likelihood of miscalculation” with South Korea and the U.S., according to the nominee for top U.S. general there. “Although little is known of the son, there is no evidence to suggest his decision-making will differ significantly from his father or that his strategic priorities will change,” Army General James Thurman said in written answers to the Senate Armed Services Committee today. Thurman in his written statement disclosed that South Korea and the U.S. still do not have an integrated, “layered” air defense of overlapping missile systems needed to intercept North Korean missiles during different flight paths.

(To read more on what General Thurman had to say, click on the title above.)
THAAD COMES OFF THE LINE
(Strategy Page/27 June 2011)

The U.S. Army recently received its first two production models of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile missiles. Last year, the army conducted another successful test firing of THAAD, demonstrating the system's ability to hit targets closer to the ground, and to share data with Patriot anti-missile systems. THAAD entered service in 2008, with pre-production missiles for use in further testing. Two years ago, the Army formed its second THAAD anti-ballistic missile (ABM) battery. The Army will form two more THAAD batteries over the next year.

(To read the entire article, click on the hyperlinked title above.)

JUST SAY NO TO MEADS
(Huffington Post/6 June 2011)

MEADS - No Hits All Misses

As the United States government is tightening its belt; some examples of ways to do it stand out more than others. The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) is over budget, 10 years late and needs another $804 million to complete its next phase. But, although the cost is a bit like loose change found in the couch by Pentagon standards, they should be finding a way to finally end the MEADS program.Although America and its allies have a long and productive history of cooperation in defense and weapons systems, it's just as important that we learn when to end them. Such is the case with MEADS.

(Read what former Deputy National Security Advisor for Communications and Global Outreach, Mark Pfeifle, has to say on the subject by clicking on the hyperlinked artwork above.)

NEXT-GENERATION AIR DEFENSE:
NO HITS AND ALL MISSES

(National Defense Magazine/
16 May 2011)

For anyone curious about the dark side of weapons procurement programs, look no further than the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS). MEADS – in development since 1999 by Germany, Italy and the United States – was conceived as a mobile air defense system designed to replace the aging Patriot. The United States has been responsible for funding 58 percent of the developmental costs, with Germany covering 25 percent and Italy the remaining 17 percent. More than a decade and $3 billion later, MEADS International, the prime contractor, says it needs more time and money to complete the development. But the Pentagon decided to pull the plug -- cancellation of MEADS is very controversial because DoD says it must continue to spend $804 million over the next two years to avoid penalties.

(To read the entire article, click on the hyperlinked title above.)
   
POKING FUN THE ADA WAY

The following cartoons are provided for your enjoyment by Sergeant Erin M. Smith, assigned to the 6th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. You can also enjoy the cartoons on the 6th ADA Brigade Facebook site.
Thank you, SGT Smith for sharing them with us!
 
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