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November 2011

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John E. PeningtonJOHN E. PENINGTON
12 June 1953 – 16 November 2011

John Penington, one of Air Defense Artillery’s (ADA’s) most familiar background faces and strongest advocate, passed away on 16 November 2011 after a short but devastating battle with cancer. Not all Air Defenders are born such, and some like John, didn’t even serve within the ADA branch while on active duty, which in itself is why his rise to the position of Deputy Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School (USAADASCH), Fort Bliss, Texas, and his reputation as being an advocate and honest broker for Air Defense Artillery was so remarkable. He was admired and respected by all who knew him and his thoughts and recommendations were often sought at the highest levels.

John Penington was born on 12 June 1953 in St. Joseph, Missouri. He joined the Army in 1973 and served in a variety positions including Army Club Manager of the Buedingen Officers Club in Germany, the William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC) Officers Club and the Fort Bliss Golf Course Club House.

Upon his retirement from the Army in 1985 John entered Federal Civil Service at Fort Bliss where he served for over 20 years. His civil service career took him from personnel actions, budget, manpower/structure and culminated as the Deputy Assistant Commandant of USAADASCH. Although John worked diligently to fairly facilitate the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Committee mandated move of USAADASCH from Fort Bliss to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he made the personal decision to retire in lieu of moving. This did not however, keep him from ensuring that air defenders, both military and civilian, were given every entitlement/benefit due them, nor denied any leeway required to make the move as easy as possible. John Penington acted as the ADA honest-broker when working on the new School design and requirements for the newly forming Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE). As the voice of reason and calm, John Penington provided Brigadier General Heidi V. Brown’s (then Colonel Brown) the Assistant Commandant, the benefit of his wisdom, expertise and managements skills in facilitating the smooth transition.

Following his retirement from Civil Service in 2010, John embarked on his third career as an Air Defense training expert for the Northrop Grumman Corporation in their Technical Services Division. John had an incredible love of life and people, and people loved and respected him in return. Always remaining fair and compassionate in both his public and private life. John's personal interests took him in a variety of different directions. He was a licensed hot air balloon pilot, the President of the El Paso German Shepherd Dog Club, the former President of the Onate Trail Dog Fanciers Association and had numerous other hobbies that included camping, fishing, down-hill skiing and world travel.

John is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Ellen, his daughter Angela Cole; sons John Penington, Jr. and Steven Penington; Mother Alice Penington, his sisters Judy Evans, Tina Bonwell, Jan Chambers, and Terri Jo Strother and his grandchildren Evelyn Penington and Luke Davis. Our condolences to the family, John will be deeply missed by the Air Defense Community.

John was laid to rest on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery following a service that was held at Center Chapel Number One, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Anyone wishing to leave a condolence message for the family can do so at the online Kaster Maxon & Futrell Funeral Home Guest Book at the following link: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=John-Penington&lc=4034&pid=154721585&mid=4894340

TEAM BLISS SAINT BARBARA’S DAY:
Continuing a Fires Community Tradition

Article by Staff Sergeant (SSG) Brandon Little
32d Army Air And Missile Defense Command, Public Affairs 32d AAMDC St Barb's Ball Color Guard
The color guard for the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) hosted Saint Barbara’s Day Ball held on 18 November 2011, at the Fort Bliss Centennial Club, posts the colors to formally begin the evening’s event.  The color guard was comprised of Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 32d AAMDC; 11th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade; and the 212th Fires Brigade.
(Photo by Specialist [SPC] Jacoby Davis, 32d AAMDC, Public Affairs.)


FORT BLISS, Texas – Every year, across the Army, Field Artillery (FA) and Air Defense Artillery (ADA) units make time in their busy schedules to celebrate a time honored tradition called Saint Barbara’s Day.  In honor of Saint Barbara, the Patron Saint of the Artillery (FA & ADA), Soldiers and spouses of the Fires community came together to celebrate their glorious Artillery history; the recent successes of Fires units; and the extraordinary contributions of a select group of Fires Soldiers and their spouses.

On 18 November 2011, the 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) hosted a world-class Saint Barbara’s Day Ball for the Team Bliss Field Artillery and Air Defense Artillery Soldiers and spouses at the Fort Bliss Centennial Club.  Truly a Fires Community event, attendees included more than 700 ADA and FA leaders from the 1st Armored Division, the 32d AAMDC, the 212th Fires Brigade, the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, the Brigade Modernization Command, Joint Task Force - North, the 5th Armored Brigade, retirees and the great civilian supporters from the El Paso Community.

“This is a very special, very unique event,” said Brigadier General (BG) John G. Rossi, Commander, 32d AAMDC. “This is the first time that we’ve really been able to get the entire [Team Bliss] Fires community together. We’re here tonight to do a couple of things; one is to have some fun but also to reestablish this important tradition.”

BG Rossi recognized past Team Bliss leaders who were the driving force behind the development of Fort Bliss and the Air Defense branch. “If you look at the head table, here are some of the people who helped build Team Bliss,” he said. “They are former commanders and command sergeants major … I really appreciate the fact that they took the time out of their busy schedules to be here tonight.”

In past years, when Fort Bliss was the home of the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Center, Saint Barbara’s Day ceremonies were primarily ADA focused.  However, with the relocation of the ADA School to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the recent activation of the 212th Fires Brigade, the 2011 Team Bliss Saint Barbara’s Day Ball was a true combined Fires event.  For their strong support of their first of many Team Bliss Saint Barbara Day celebrations, BG Rossi gave special thanks to the 212th Fires Brigade, commanded by Colonel (COL) David Hamilton.


Fallen Commrade Table- 32d AAMDC St Barb's 2011
SSG Michael Huddleston, a Soldier assigned to the 212th Fires Brigade, lights a candle at the
“Fallen Comrade Table” during the 32
nd AAMDC hosted Saint Barbara’s Day Ball held on 18 November
2011, at the Fort Bliss Centennial.
(Photo by SPC Jacoby Davis, 32d AAMDC, Public Affairs.)


The evening began with individual induction ceremonies held by Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB), 32d AAMDC; 11th ADA Brigade; and the 212th Fires Brigade.   These units recognized by induction more than 100 exceptional Soldiers and spouses into the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara and the Order of Molly Pitcher.  These elite orders only induct service members and spouses who have made significant contributions toward the betterment of the Fires branches.

“It’s a great honor to have been selected,” said Lieutenant Colonel Will McCauley, Commander, 72nd Brigade Support Battalion. “I’ve been providing direct support to the Fires community for most of my career as a logistician. It’s a great honor to receive this award and be part of the Fires community”

Sergeant Major (SGM) Nyeedra Edwards, human resources sergeant major for the 32d AAMDC, was also a unique inductee for the Order of Molly Pitcher. “As a Soldier and spouse of a Field Artilleryman, I am truly humbled by my induction into the Order of Molly Pitcher,” said Edwards. “I've had the distinct pleasure of supporting the Field Artillery Community for the past eleven years and being recognized on this magnitude is very rewarding.”

Once dinner was complete, BG Rossi introduced the evening’s guest speaker,
Lieutenant General (LTG) Richard P. Formica, Commander, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC)/ Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT)  and Joint Functional Component Command – Integrated Missile Defense (JFCC-IMD).

LTG Formica Inducts COL Hamilton 212th Fires Bde
Special guest and key speaker Lieutenant General Richard P. Formica, Commander, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense/Army Forces Strategic Command and Joint Functional Component Command – Integrated Missile Defense, congratulates Colonel David Hamilton, Commander, 212th Fires Brigades, upon his induction into the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara during the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) hosted Saint Barbara’s Day Ball held at the Fort Bliss, Texas, Centennial Club on 18 November 2011.
(Photo by SSG Brandon Little, 32d AAMDC, Public Affairs).


Formica stated that while the senior leadership of the Army is making the hard decisions regarding its future, there are three things we can do to make a difference: focus on unit readiness, inculcate the notion of selfless service, and shape the future fires force.

“Whatever the strategic decisions are, the units that remain in the structure must be manned, trained, equipped, and well led,” said LTG Formica. When discussing selfless service, he said “We all came in the Army for different reasons, but we stayed when we discovered the satisfaction that comes with being a part of something bigger than ourselves.”

Formica also talked about the synergy developing between the Air Defense and Field Artillery branches.  His insightful remarks highlighted the exciting things going on throughout the Fires community.

Several distinguished individuals were inducted into the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara and Order of Molly Pitcher personally by LTG Formica. COL Hamilton was inducted into the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara; while Lucille Pittard, wife of Fort Bliss Commander Major General Dana Pittard, and Millie Woods were inducted into the Order of Molly Pitcher.  Ms. Woods is an active supporter of the military and Fort Bliss community, organizing military appreciation weekends in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

Dancing into the late hours of the evening illustrated that the Team Bliss Saint Barbara’s Day Ball was an enormous success.

 

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ADA Sends Display to West Point
Article by First Lieutenant Justin Carter, photographs by Private First Class Kyle Gorman

Three Paratroopers from Echo Battery, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 4th Air Defense Artillery (E/3-4 ADA) Regiment participated in the United States Military Academy Branch Orientation “Beat Air Force Week” from 31 October through 4 November 2011.  First Lieutenant (1LT) Justin Carter (Platoon Leader) and his Top Gun Avenger team, Sergeant (SGT) Octavio Araujo (Team Chief), Corporal (CPL) Rudy Montejano (Team Chief), Private First Class (PFC) Kyle Gorman (Gunner), familiarized the cadets with the Avenger weapon system and its capabilities.  Additionally, they explained the importance of Air Defense Artillery (ADA) and why they, as future officers, should consider a career in ADA.

The cadets and cadre were astonished with the presentation, and consistently inquired about being a platoon leader and opportunities for advancement. Sending these Avenger experts and their platoon leader added significant value to the interaction with the cadets and ensured questions were answered in reference to becoming an Army officer; ADA platoon leader duties and responsibilities; Soldiers’ expectations of their leaders; and the components and capabilities of the weapon system.

The Avenger team also had the opportunity to be a part of the Army-Air Force game pep rally.  This provided the cadets more time to ask individual questions and get some hands-on familiarization with the Avenger weapon system.  The ADA Avenger Team interacted with over 300 cadets, possibly impacting the branch decision of many promising future officers.
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ADA SUPPORTERS CHEER ON ARMY AT
AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Photographs by Brandi Dearmon

ADA CAV GUIDON
Army Vs AF PackedJUMBOTRON
Army and Air Force play to a packed stadium at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado in November 2011.
COL DeAntona & LTC Tucker Army Vs AFThe Game
LEFT -- Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Ronald L. Tucker Jr. (left), the Director of the Office, Chief of Air Defense Artillery (OCADA), U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School (USAADASCH) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Colonel Joseph P. DeAntona, Brigade Tactical Officer at the United States
Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York, provided valuable Air Defense Artillery (ADA) information to cadets interested in becoming an ADA officer during the Army/Air Force game in November 2011 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. RIGHT -- Army is maneuvering to stop a potential Air Force scoring assault.
USMA Cheer Squad & Brandi Dearmon (OCADA)USMA Cheerleaders & LTC Ron Tucker (OCADA)
The United States Military Academy Cheer Squad with OCADA fans. OCADA's Marketing Specialist, Brandi Dearmon, is fourth from the left in the left photo and LTC Ron Tucker, Director of OCADA, is fourth from the left in the right photo.
Army Supporters (2011 Army vs AF)
LTC Ron Tucker (fourth from the left), poses with other potential future air defenders and Army fans during the Army/Air Force game in Colorado Springs.


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11th ADA Bde Turkey Bowl Team
A group photograph of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade’s flag football team after defeating the 212th Fires Brigade in the annual Fort Bliss Turkey Bowl held at Stout Field on 16 November 2011
(Photograph by Staff Sergeant Brandon Little, 32d AAMDC Public Affair Office.)


OFFICERS COME TOGETHER TO CONTINUE
FORT BLISS TRADITION:
‘Imperial Brigade’ Carves Up ‘Gunstone’
Defense in Turkey Bowl

Article by Staff Sgt. Brandon Little
32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) Public Affairs Office


Officers and Warrant Officers from the 11th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade handily defeated their counterparts from the 212th Fires Brigade, 20 to 0, during the annual Fort Bliss Turkey Bowl, which was held at Stout Field on 16 November 2011.

Amazingly, this traditional flag football matchup - which kept supporters of both units, literally on their feet - almost never happened.

“It’s been a tradition on Fort Bliss for a long, long time; I can remember it ever since I was a lieutenant,” said the 32d Army Air and Missile Defense (AAMDC) Chief of Staff, Colonel (COL) Daniel P.  Sauter III. “This year, [due to other operations] we weren’t planning on doing it, but he [Brigadier General John G. Rossi, Commanding General 32d AAMDC] said ‘it would be great for esprit de corps, and great for the Fires community.”

Even though the event was short notice, neither team had difficulty finding participants for this historic competition.

“Once we sent a note out, we were able to get quite a few of our officers who are athletes, and want-to-be athletes, as well,” said COL Reginald Davis, 11th ADA Brigade Commander. “I think it’s a pretty good group of folks who came out.”

“We had about 24 hours [to prepare] for this game … our approach was to work on what we thought was important; which is building our team, having our [Soldiers] work together, and have some fun,” said COL David Hamilton, the 212th Fires Brigade Commander. “At the end of the day, again, it’s about working together, having fun and hopefully coming out with a victory.”
Turkey Bowl Pass
While trying to evade the defense, Second Lieutenant Lindon Bond, assistant operations officer for the 72nd Brigade Support Battalion, scans the field for an open receiver during the Fort Bliss annual Turkey Bowl played on 16 November 2011 at Stout Field, Fort Bliss, Texas.  (Photograph by CPT. Traun Moore, 212th Fires Brigade Public Affairs Officer.)

The game began with the “Imperial Brigade” striking first, thanks to a touchdown pass by Captain (CPT) Benjamin Anom, Commander, B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 43rd ADA (B/3-43 ADA) Regiment. After several strong defensive stands by both teams, the 11th ADA Brigade once again found themselves in the end zone thanks to a touchdown reception by CPT Corey Anderson, an operations officer assigned to 1-43 ADA. As the first half came to a close, “Gunstone” found itself with a two-touchdown deficiency, but they had a strategy to get back into the game.

“We’d actually like to get some first downs,” said Hamilton I think after we get a couple of first downs, then we can focus on getting touchdowns.”

“We’re doing well,” said Davis. “We punched it in on our first drive and we’re holding fast, as far as defense is concerned.”

Defense was the predominant force at the beginning of the second half, as both offenses had no success getting close to the end zone. CPT Dominick Falcon, a defensive back for the Imperial Brigade, recorded the game’s first sack along with an interception a few drives later. In the end, the 11th ADA Brigade’s offense proved to be too much for 212th Fires Brigade’s defense as they reached the end zone for the third and final time.

Turkey Bowl Run
 CPT Corey Anderson, an operations officer for 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, tries to out run two defenders from the 212th Fires Brigade on 16 November 2011, during the annual Fort Bliss Turkey Bowl played on Stout Field, Fort Bliss, Texas. (Photograph by Specialist Jacoby Davis, 32d AAMDC Public Affair Office.)

Both teams met in the center of the field after the final whistle was blown, and in a show of great sportsmanship, shook hands and congratulated each other with “good game.”

“This was our first Turkey Bowl, and I think it’s a great tradition,” said Hamilton. “I think it’s a great opportunity for units that don’t really do much training with each other to come out on a field like this, in a competitive but friendly setting, and have some fun. I think we’ll look forward to doing this every year.”

CEREMONY COMMEMORATES FALLEN GERMAN POWs
Article by Staff Sergeant Thaddius S. Dawkins II, 49th Public Affairs Detachment.
Photographs by Specialist Paul A. Holston, XVIII Airborn Corps Public Affairs Office

108th ADA Bde Colors
Soldiers from the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade (ADA) present the colors for the German memorial ceremony at the Fort Bragg Main Post Cemetery on 2 November 2011. The ceremony commemorated and recognized eight German Soldiers who died while they were prisoners of war (POWs) during World War II.

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina -- German Soldiers, U.S. Paratroopers and special guests observed a special memorial on 2 November 2011, at the Main Post Cemetery commemorating eight German Soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country during World War II while prisoners of war (POWs).
The service started with the presentation of the colors by Soldiers from the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, followed by a speech from guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Christoph Boecker, the German Army Liaison Officer attached to the XVIII Airborne Corps.

“During the month of November, people all over Germany pause each year to remember and honor our Soldiers,” said Boecker. “The main reason that we are gathered here today is to pause for the fallen Soldiers, especially the eight Germans resting here with their fellow Americans.”

Boecker said this was the 10th year German Soldiers have been remembered at the post cemetery.
"It [the observation] is always necessary, it’s not dependent on what country it is, it is just about the Soldiers and their comrades. These Soldiers were fighting for freedom and peace,” he said.

After his speech, the German Soldiers presented a wreath in front of the colors of both American and German flags, paying respects to those who sacrificed their lives for the flag draped over the decoration.

Laying a Wreath - German POWs, 108th ADA Bde
Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Boecker, the German Army Liaison for Fort Bragg, lays down a wreath in remembrance of the eight German Soldiers that died during World War II while POWs.

“If you look at where we are now, compared to where we were in the past, they are one of our strongest allies now,” said Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Dale Blosser, the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command CSM. “We need to support them because we’re allies, brothers in arms, serving side-by-side with them throughout the world, supporting the same search for peace and democracy.”

“We wanted to participate and show our respects as well, to these fallen soldiers,” said Sergeant Leroy Bradley III, a Patriot fire control enhanced operator assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (1-7 ADA) Regiment, 108th ADA Brigade. “It was a wonderful ceremony.”

“It is good that we are reminded to commemorate these soldiers,” said Boecker. “Memorials such as this are opportunities to honor those who died whether from the past or the present. We must never forget them.”


108th ADA Bde Memorial for German POWs

Soldiers from the 108th ADA Brigade post the colors during a memorial ceremony at the Fort Bragg Main Cemetery for the eight German Soldiers who died while POWs during World War II on 2 November 2011.

THE FIRST ADAM-BAE CLASS GRADUATES
Article and photograph by  James Brabenec
(Fort Sill Cannoneer/10 November 2011)


ADAM-BAEIn today’s increasingly complex battle space, the Fires and Aviation Centers of Excellence (FCoEs) developed a course to train teams of airspace command and control experts ready to inform and advise brigade combat team (BCT) commanders when called upon.

Twenty-four officers, warrant officers and enlisted Soldiers graduated from the three-week Air Defense Airspace Management (ADAM), Brigade Aviation Element (BAE) Course on 4 November 2011 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, preparing them for duties in Afghanistan.


(To read the complete article, click on the link embedded in the photo below.)


(Left) Warrant Officer George C. Laqua and Specialist Dennis Ramos work through the capstone exercise for the Air Defense Airspace Management (ADAM), Brigade Aviation Element (BAE). The course readies airspace command and control experts to advise brigade combat team (BCT) commanders.
ST Barbara's Message

HUMAN RESOURCES COMMAND (HRC) NEWSLETTER
ISSUE 4 ~ Fall 2011

(Posted 16 November 2011)

Looking for the latest news on Air Defense Artillery (ADA) officer career development?
Well, you came to the right place. Your branch managers assigned to the Office of Personnel Management Division (OPMD), Human Resources Command (HRC) at Fort Knox, Kentucky, are providing you with the latest and greatest by way of a quarterly newsletter.

The newsletter is filled with information on assignments, retirements, deployments, the fiscal year 2013 (FY13) battalion command centralized selection board, centralized selection list (CSL), promotion boards, tech blogs, officer evaluation report changes, insider information, hot topics, and much more.

These tools are at your finger tips and just a mouse click away.
You can access the latest edition here by clicking on the embedded link in the photograph below.

OPMD - HRC
Human Resources Command's (HRC) Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Branch, Officer Personnel Management Division (OPMD) managers pose for a photo outside the Lieutenant General Timothy J. Maude Complex at the Human Resources Command Center of Excellence (HRCoE) at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Standing back row,  from left to right:  Ms. Rosalyn Ellis, Major (MAJ) Daphne Dixon-Reed, MAJ Scott Dellinger, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Thomas Nguyen, LTC John L. Dawber, Mrs. Carol Gallaway and  Mr. David Hairston. Kneeling front row, left to right:  Captain (CPT) Crowther, CPT Eric Soler, CPT Rosanna Clemente and Chief Warrant Officer4 Chris Wehmeier.
1-7 ADA New Home
Above, the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment formation is lead by the Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Colonel David R. Baxter, and Battalion Command Sergeant Major Gerardo Dominguez, in front of the new 1-7 ADA Battalion HQ building on 21 October 2011.

NO FEAR HAS NEW HOME

Article by Captain Jamie A. Davis, photograph by Corporal Jennifer Allstrom
(Posted 17 November 2011)

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina -- Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (1-7 ADA) Regiment recently relocated to their permanent location on Fort Bragg this fall. A storied unit, 1-7 ADA is part of the 108th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade and the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC). The battalion displays 35 battle streamers for campaigns ranging from the North African desert and the plains of Europe during World War II, to the deserts of Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Storm and more recently for supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF).

Known as the “No Fear” battalion, they have completed the transition to include the movement and establishment of the new Unit Battery Operation Facilities, Battalion Headquarters (HQ) and the Soldier’s barracks.  All facilities are within walking distance of each other and have been specifically designed for the air and missile defense (AMD) mission assigned to 1-7 ADA by U.S. Forces Command (FORSCOM). The complex includes large motor pools for Patriot equipment, four-story barracks and battery offices located next to each other with more individually assigned storage facilities and extra offices in a separate building. The Battalion HQ is an impressive two-story building that provides the staff the much needed space required for planning and conducting its daily missions.

The Soldiers have been excited about the change and are especially keen to the private rooms in the barracks. Specialist (SPC) Alyssa Nicholson, a Patriot Fire Control Operator, has been with 1-7 ADA since September 2008. Assigned to Charlie Battery, 1-7 ADA (C/1-7 ADA), SPC Nicholson is thrilled with the changes it brought to her. “The barracks are nice; it’s always nice to have more privacy. We are all looking forward to having our own space and storing our TA-50 in our wall lockers at the new COFs [company operations facility].”

The joy of the new complex is shared throughout the ranks as Captain (CPT) Christopher Miller, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB)/1-7 ADA Commander, explains the best improvements in his eyes. “The most obvious is the motor pool and size of the maintenance bays. It is necessary to have the space in order to maneuver the weapons system safely as well as the area to conduct necessary maintenance on the equipment. Much of our equipment requires specific tool sets. Having the required space facilitates this need and shortens the amount of time equipment is off line.”

The “No Fear” battalion is by all accounts glad to finally have a home. The battalion had moved from Fort Bliss to Fort Bragg in early 2008 after a deployment to Korea as part of the base realignment plan. Setting up shop in its temporary location on Ardennes Road, “No Fear” Soldiers then deployed in support of OEF. With Soldiers currently training for an upcoming deployment they conducted the much anticipated Unit move this fall.

CPT Miller, a “No Fear” officer since 2006, had seen the various layouts for the batteries in previous years and is impressed with the current complex. “Having the Commanders situated so close, sets the stage for more dynamic planning as we construct our courses of action for upcoming training events.”

The 1-7 ADA’s Command Sergeant Major (CSM), Gerardo Dominguez is pleased to hear the endorsements of the new complex. A major planner of the new facilities since the early stages in 2007, CSM Dominguez is elated with the new complex and is confident that the complex will assist 1-7 ADA in accomplishing their mission more efficiently.

When asked whether he thinks the move increased morale, he said, “Absolutely! We have much better facilities here than at our old location, better offices, motor pool and living areas. Morale will continue to improve as more buildings are completed, such as the new dining facility; morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) facilities; a new gym and the 108th ADA Brigade Headquarters. My own personal favorite part is that the brigade is in one area. It is a good thing to be right next to each other in terms of safety, accountability and space. This complex was designed for Patriot equipment. We can conduct March Order & Emplacement Drills here where we couldn’t at our old location due to space.”

The nickname of “No Fear” is derived from the Battalion motto, “Nullius Pavet Occursum,” translated from its Latin form to mean he who fears no encounter. The Soldiers truly live up to this motto, and now have a first rate facility to match their reputation as a first class Air Defense Artillery battalion.

Captain Jamie A. Davis, the author, is currently assigned as the S2 for the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (1-7 ADA) Regiment. The photograph was taken by Corporal Jennifer Allstron, assigned to HHB/1-7 ADA as a Patriot Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer (Military Occupational Specialty [MOS] 14T).

CALL FIRES - NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER
Provided by Lieutenant Colonel Will Johnson,
Fires Team Chief, CALL, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas


Attached for your review is the November 2011 edition of the Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) Fires Newsletter. I just returned from Iraq, where I had the opportunity to talk to folks in the fight about lethal and non-lethal issues that concern us, and you will see excerpts from some of those discussions here.  We have also attached the recently published Joint Fires Observer Handbook for the Maneuver Commander and staff. This Handbook discusses the support and certification of this critical asset in the brigade combat teams (BCTs).

This month's issue continues to highlight the most current Fires tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs), trends and products emerging from the Fires Warfighting Community. It also reflects discussions we have had with units in the field, the combat training centers (CTCs), military career transition program (MCTPs), and the centers of excellence (CoEs).

From the CALL Fires Team, we thank you for your continued interest in our products and services, and invite your questions or requests for information (RFIs)....

Articles and products in the November 2011 issue that may be
of interest to you are:

Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) Handbook 12-02: Joint Fires Observer for the Maneuver Commander and Staffs, October 2011
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Fires Brigade Warfighting Forum, 18 Oct 2011
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The United States Army Field Artillery School White Paper Fires Brigade Roles, Missions
and Functions, 26 September 2011
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National Training Center (NTC) Air Defense and Airspace Management (ADAM)/Brigade Aviation
Element (BAE) and Aviation (AVN) Liaison Officer (LNO) Training Objectives, Focus Areas, and Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Air Ground Integrations Lessons Learned, 2011-Part 1, 19 October 2011
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Task Force (TF) Rakkasan: CALL Handbook  BCT Fire Effects Coordination Cell (FECC) Comments,
7 October 2011
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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Integrated Operations in Support of Regional Command Southwest (RC [SW]), 4 October 2011
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The United States Army Field Artillery Commandant's Newsletter 01-12: October 2011
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Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Lessons Learned Newsletter: 04-11

(To read the November issue in its entirety, click here or on the title above.)

To read past editions of the CALL Fires Newsletter
click on the individually hyperlinked months below.

CALL FIRES - MAY 2011          CALL FIRES - JUNE 2011

CALL FIRES - JULY 2011                    CALL FIRES - AUGUST 2011


CALL FIRES - SEPTEMBER 2011          CALL FIRES - OCTOBER 2011

2D BATTALION, 1ST AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY REGIMENT SOLDIERS TRAIN IN ANTI-TERRORISM MEASURES
By Second Lieutenant Foss Davis
ANTI-TERRORISM TRNG 2-1 ADA
Sergeant Robert Navarro of D Battery, 2d Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment, briefs his vehicle search team before conducting force protection measures at Camp Carroll, South Korea on 27 September 2011.  Despite being air defenders, Navarro feels that anti-terrorism and force protection are skills he and his team need to maintain.

CAMP CARROLL, South Korea -- Soldiers from D Battery, 2d Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (D/2-1 ADA) Regiment conducted quick reaction force training at Camp Carroll, as part of a quarterly force protection level exercise.  The twelve-Soldier team conducted vehicle searches and occupied defensive positions at one of the post’s vehicle entry gates on 27 September 2011.

The exercise was not because of a change in the designated force protection level, but rather a quarterly training event aimed at keeping force protection and anti-terrorism skills sharp.  Anti-terrorism and force-protection tactics are quite different from 2-1 ADA’s wartime mission of providing defense from North Korean ballistic missiles to strategic assets, but these skills are important for all Soldiers according to Captain Larry Summers, the 2-1 ADA intelligence officer.

“These training events are necessary,” Summers said, “in case of an inclement situation regarding Camp Carroll posturing against force-protective measures.”

Although the exercise only lasted a few hours, Soldiers who participated felt that the event was quality training and practice for skills they must maintain.

“This is good training for everyone who hasn’t done this outside of AIT [Advanced Individual Training] yet,” said Sergeant Robert Navarro, team leader for the vehicle search team.

Navarro lead his team as they conducted 20 percent vehicle checks of inbound traffic.

“This is a great opportunity to train in an environment that isn’t quite so hostile yet,” Navarro said, “the Soldiers can get some safe practice in before they might have to do this for real.”

Private Tyler Draves served on Navarro’s team and provided over-watch while the vehicles were searched. 

“I’ve never done this kind of training in a line unit before,” Draves said,  “I think it’s important to do this because even though we’re air defense, that doesn’t mean we won’t be asked to do something else in the future.”

U.S. ARMY EUROPE FOOD SERVICE SPECIALIST
EARNS ARMY AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE FIELD KITCHEN DESIGN

By Specialist Joshua Leonard
(WWW.ARMY.MIL/28 October 2011)
SPC Shaunta Cain 5-7 ADA
Specialist (SPC) Shaunta Cain assigned to B Battery, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (B/5-7 ADA) Regiment displays her design for a streamlined Army field kitchen. The design earned SPC Cain an Army Food Advisor Innovation Award.


KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Most Soldiers can tell you from personal experience what it's like to live on Meals Ready to Eat (MRE's) and which ones are their favorite. Most would probably agree that the monotony of eating them for days on end makes them crave something more.

SPC Shaunta Cain, a food service specialist from B/5-7 ADA, is helping the Army cook up that "something more."

(To read what that might be, click on the photo to the left and read SPC Leonard's complete article.)
ENGAGEMENT FROM  HAWAII
By Kathleen M. Doyle

THAAD Test ShotA Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile is launched at a short-range ballistic missile target on 5 October 2011, during a test at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii.
(Photo provided by the Missile Defense Agency)


A ballistic missile defense system successfully intercepted two targets during a test from the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) located on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The test took place just before 8 p.m. local time Tuesday (4 Oct 2011). The Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) System, which is designed to destroy ballistic missiles, intercepted two ballistic missile targets simultaneously.

The tests were conducted by the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and members of the PMRF. The military says a ballistic missile defense system has successfully intercepted two targets during a test near Hawaii.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said it was the first operational test and evaluation of THAAD and that during the test, the system engaged and simultaneously intercepted two short-range ballistic missiles. The first THAAD missile intercepted an air-launched short-range ballistic missile target, while the second THAAD missile intercepted a sea-launched short-range ballistic missile target.

In this photo provided by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor missile is launched during the system's first operational test, Tuesday, 4 October 2011, at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The agency says that during the test, the system engaged and simultaneously intercepted two short range ballistic missiles. Officials will review data gathered from the test to evaluate the effectiveness of the system.


To read more articles on this subject, click on the links below.

THAAD MISSILE DOWNS TARGET ( Security Industry UPI.com/6 October 2011)

LOCKHEED: HARDEST MISSILE TEST A SUCCESS (Aviation Week/6 October 2011)

THAAD MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM SUCCESSFULLY INTERCEPTS 2 DIFFERENT TARGETS
(World Tribune.com/7October 2011)

MULTI-INTERCEPT TEST SUCCESSFUL FOR THAAD (HIS Jane’s/10 October 2011)



AIR DEFENDERS VISIT U.S. ARMY MATERIEL
SUPPORT CENTER-KOREA

Photographs by First Lieutenant Casey Harrell, 35th ADA Brigade Public Affair Officer.

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea -- The 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Commander, Colonel (COL) Eric Sanchez visits the United States Army Materiel Support Center-Korea (USAMSC-K) on 7 October 2011 at Camp Carroll.  During the event, COL John P. Chadbourne, USAMSC-K Commander, and his staff provide COL Sanchez with an internal look at how their maintenance sections provide sustainment-level and backup field-level ground maintenance support to Army units in Korea.

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AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY TRAINS AT ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE
By Mitch Meador
(Lawton Constitution/27 October 2011)

Training on Altus Air Force Base (Altus, Oklahoma), in 71-degree weather is a walk in the park for two Patriot missile batteries from Fort Sill (Oklahoma) that have been out in the field for much of an excruciatingly hot summer. Alpha and Bravo Batteries, 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery (A and B/4-3 ADA) Regiment, sent a small reconnaissance unit to Altus with the main body of approximately 250 Soldiers following for a five-day training event designed to test communications between multiple battery sites and dispersed equipment. Their communications were with C and D/4-3 ADA back at Fort Sill. Bravo Battery Commander Captain Travis Tripp said that 4-3 ADA had been extremely busy for the past six months, basically spending at least two consecutive weeks of each month in the field.

To read more on the exercise at Altus and other exercises 4-3 ADA has been involved in
 click on the photo below.
4-3 ADA Trains at Altus
A C-17 flies overhead while Soldiers of the 4th Battalion 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment exercise battle drills simulating real-world emplacements downrange. 

2-1 AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY BATTALION CELEBRATES UNIT STRENGTH DURING DINNING OUT
By Second Lieutenant Foss Davis, 2-1 ADA Public Affairs Office

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Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) J. Michael Rose Jr. tastes the ceremonial grog, surrounded by many attendees at the 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (2-1 ADA) Regimental Ball, held in Deagu, South Korea on 23 September 2011.  The evening’s grog ceremony was described by LTC Rose as being the, “grog ceremony to beat them all!”

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The 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (2-1 ADA) Regiment, hosted a unit ball for the Soldiers and their family members at the EXCO Hotel in Deagu, South Korea, on Friday, 23 September 2011.

The ball consisted of both a formal and informal portion recognizing Army tradition and providing Soldiers the opportunity to relax.  After an informal cocktail hour, Soldiers were asked to find their seats and participate in the traditional toasts.  A brief unit history was then read by Specialist (SPC) Dallas Holloway, a petroleum supply specialist and the night’s master of ceremonies.  Following a poignant slideshow tribute in recognition of the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, dinner was served.

“I think the formal and the social events balanced out perfectly, neither was too long or overshadowed the other,” Holloway said.

The evening’s guest speaker was Colonel (COL) Eric Sanchez, Commander, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.  He gave a speech that highlighted 2-1 ADA’s recent accomplishments. Following the speech, the unit conducted a grog ceremony with heavy audience participation.  With each Solder that came forward to add an ingredient from their battery, more and more seats emptied as attendees got up and crowded around the bowl to get a better view.  By the time the grog was deemed “safe for human consumption,” most of the audience was up and cheering the toasters.  “I’ve never seen a grog ceremony where half the battalion got up like that,” said Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) J. Michael (JM) Rose Jr., Commander, 2-1 ADA, during his closing comments.

The event was held in order to provide 2-1 ADA Soldiers an evening of fun and the opportunity to enjoy the company of their fellow Soldiers in a social setting.

“What I liked about the ball is that it was a chance to put work aside for a night and do something besides work,” said Private First Class (PFC) Dontavious Grier, a unit supply specialist assigned to 2-1 ADA.  “It helped me to realize that we should spend more time with each other outside of work.  These are people I really want to know outside of work,” Grier said, “This really was a great night.  I had a lot of fun hanging out with the people I work with and I thought the September 11th tribute was important to have this time year.”
“ASSASSINS” EXPERIENCE REALISTIC TRAINING
AS THEY NEAR DEPLOYMENT

Article by Captain Angel J. Rios-Pelati
5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regiment, Air and Missile Defense (AMD)

Assassins MRE
Several Soldiers from A Battery, 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment (Air and Missile Defense) react to a training scenario during a mission rehearsal exercise (MRE) from 19 through 30 September 2011.


Many challenges face Soldiers when deployed in a foreign country; cultural awareness, language barriers and reacting to situations on the battlefield are just a few of these challenges.

The Soldiers of A Battery, 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery (A/5-52 ADA) Regiment (AMD)
start the engines of their humvees and put on their Kevlar helmets, body armor and eye protection in preparation for the long day ahead. Danger is hidden somewhere in the sky and on the ground; but the Alpha “Assassin” Soldiers are ready.

This scene played out time and again as the “
Fighting Deuce” battalion spent 19 through 30 September 2011 completing a mission rehearsal exercise (MRE) to prepare for its deployment to Southwest Asia this summer.  Approximately 81 “Assassin” Soldiers trained in many different fields of expertise -- including basic Soldier skills, field medical tasks, and maintaining and operating AMD vehicles.

“This mission rehearsal exercise provides post-mobilization training to units preparing for deployment supporting overseas contingency operations,” said Captain (CPT) Angel J. Rios-Pelati, commander of
A Battery. “Part of our challenge is not only developing training plans based on the latest and most current theater tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) and lessons learned, but also replicating the most realistic operational environment possible for deploying Soldiers.”

During the exercise, several different scenarios were thrust at the Soldiers and they had to react in “real-time.”

“Each scenario created was planned internally without the Soldiers knowing the timeline,” CPT Rios-Pelati said. “The intent of ‘chaos confusion’ will better prepare Soldiers to have a quick reaction time.”

The use of in country role players, Rios said, allows Soldiers to overcome obstacles like language barriers and cultural sensitivity they may face downrange.

The meat and potatoes of the exercise were daily scenarios that required Soldiers to perform tasks such as air defense operations; dealing with local government and contractors; gathering intelligence; and conducting ground security operations.

"The ground security exercises challenged Soldiers to work with locals contractors to establish good relationships while gathering information about possible insurgents," said Sergeant (SGT) Joseph Segura, a fire control assistant platoon sergeant.

Comparing the training to his own previous 12-month deployment to Southwest Asia, SGT Segura said the exercise was very realistic. The addition of international role-players to portray Middle Eastern citizens boosted the exercise’s realism. These actors were placed in as contractors during scenarios where Soldiers must interact with local citizens just as they would while deployed.

“Being able to engage with the local citizens and leaders during training provides valuable skills that pay off during deployment,” said SGT Segura.

“Working with the role-players helps Soldiers understand that the unit’s missions are about protecting our host nation and building good relations, not just about kicking down doors,” added SGT Jerry Choet.

“More than 80 military and civilian personnel from across the 11
th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade supported the training, to include highly-trained observer/controllers to oversee the different training scenarios and provide command and control”, said CPT Rios-Pelati.

For Specialist (SPC) John Johnson, also with A/5-52 ADA and on his first deployment, interacting with the role-players gave him a better understanding of the cultural and language barrier he would face.

“These scenarios and having to communicate with the role-players is giving me a better insight on what I might face in a few weeks,” SPC Johnson said, after the second scenario was finished. “They [role-players] made it seem so real; with how the women were fully covered to the local market place created … I definitely feel more prepared now.”

“During the conduct of our hot-washes and formal [after action review], Soldiers of
Alpha Battery constantly commented on the training realism provided by the role-players; how their expectations of training were exceeded; and how better prepared they believe they will be when interacting with the local populace in the Southwest Asia,” Johnson concluded.

"Bringing members of many different organizations together to assist in the training helps Soldiers feel more confident about their upcoming deployment," said Segura.

It was a cold month in the field and the hours were long, but the Soldiers of
A Battery wrapped up their exercise one step closer to a successful deployment.

SOLDIERS MEET OKLAHOMA STATE FOOTBALL
PLAYERS AND SHARE VALUES

Article by Major Jay Taylor with photographs by Sergeant Tara L. Cook
31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade Public Affairs


"Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time," said General George S. Patton.

This famous quotation is prominently posted in the offensive line team room at Oklahoma State University(OSU) and 35 Soldiers from Fort Sill, Oklahoma,  experienced how OSU football players applied that particular military maxim to daily practice.

The Soldiers, from the 31st Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade, traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma,  to spend the day with the Cowboy football team on 27 September 2011. While there, they explored the similarities of leadership, core values and team building between Army units and college football.

OSU 's Coach Mike Gundy & SGT Brower, 31st ADA Bde
OSU Receiver & CSM Joseph
At left -- OSU Cowboy’s Head Coach, Mike Gundy, signs a football for long-time fan, Sergeant (SGT) Robert T. Brower. SGT Brower is also the current 31st Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the Quarter. At right --
OSU wide receiver Justin Blackmon and CSM Kenneth Joseph take time for a photo just after 31st ADA Soldiers had the opportunity to sit in on one of their Special Teams meetings.

The Soldiers spent the day at Boone Pickens Stadium touring the facilities, joining players during team meetings and watching a team practice. The OSU players and Soldiers ended the day with dinner at the Cowboy training table.

Mike Gundy, OSU’s head football coach, spoke to the players and Soldiers during a team meeting, stressing the importance of discipline and leadership.

CSM Joseph at OSU
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Kenneth Joseph provides Oklahoma State University (OSU) football players with words of motivation and reminds defensive backs to maintain a “no-fly” zone just as he has for the past 22 years.

Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Kenneth Joseph, the top enlisted Soldier for the brigade, led the Soldiers in reciting the Warrior Ethos, which received a “hooah” from the players and coaches.

"A football player and a Soldier share the same standard of discipline and getting our individual jobs done to create a winning team," said Joseph. "This is a great opportunity for our Soldiers to see that and have an appreciation that enforcing standards is required in any successful organization."

"They were able to talk about their accountability to each other and their training," said Gundy. "If they [Soldiers] have a missed assignment, it's a bad thing compared to what we have."

The Soldiers broke into small groups to shadow the players as they went through their practice session and quickly recognized familiar processes for the improvement of performance.

"Watching the team, I could see the similarity between what I do and what they do," said Private First Class (PFC) Lindsey Claunch, a Patriot crew member from C Battery, 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery (C/4-3 ADA) Regiment. "They talked about their mistakes but didn't dwell on them. They learned from them and moved on."

The air defenders got a rare opportunity to get an inside look at the OSU football program and enjoyed the VIP treatment. Staff Sergeant (SSG) Scott Smith, an assistant operations sergeant for the brigade and Oklahoma native, seized the chance to visit the campus.

"My parents are Cowboy football season ticket holders, but I get them most Saturdays," said Smith. "This facility is amazing and shows that the OSU football program has a great future. It's been a lot of fun visiting today and getting an inside look at the program."


The idea for the event was sparked after a recent visit to OSU by Major General (MG) David Halverson, Commanding General of the Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, and Riki Ellison, a three-time Super Bowl champion. Ellison is the founder and chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building public support for the development of missile defense systems.

"One of our biggest goals is to inspire Soldiers and show them the gratitude they deserve for the things they do every day," said Ellison. "The OSU Cowboys are a championship-level football team and inviting [Soldiers] to be a part of that team is a way to show them [Soldiers] just how important their role is since they do not get the recognition they deserve, we have the ability to do this."

OSU and the 31st ADA Brigade are planning future events, which pleases Claunch, who is also an Oklahoma native. She wants the team to come to Fort Sill to show the Cowboys what her team does.

"I am from Newcastle and watched Justin Blackmon tear us up on the football field. He comes from a military family and was very appreciative of us. He made time to talk to us and made us feel very welcome. I would like them to see what we do at Fort Sill."

The Cowboys next game is Saturday against Kansas. CSM Joseph hopes to see the Cowboy defensive backs enforce a "no-fly zone" against the Jayhawks the same as he has spent his 22 years of service doing.

READY AND VIGILANT CONDUCTS PATRIOT LIVE-FIRE
Article and photograph by Major Jay Taylor
31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Public Affairs

The 31st Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade, “Ready and Vigilant,” was tasked to conduct a live-fire exercise in support the Patriot Field Surveillance Program (FSP) with the firing of twelve Patriot Advanced Capabilities-2 (PAC-2) missiles on 30 July 2011 at McGregor Range, New Mexico.

The Brigade leadership seized upon this rare opportunity as a chance to grow professional, multi-skilled and adaptive leaders who could conduct a deployment exercise in addition to firing live missiles. It would also serve as an occasion to validate recently qualified sections of 4-3 ADA to ensure home station training is as effective and efficient as possible. For the brigade staff, it provided an opportunity to design and develop effective battle staff procedures with the unique prospect of putting those procedures into practice. The deployment of the Brigade from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to McGregor Range would also validate individual Soldier and unit readiness.

The plan was designed to complete the mission in four-phases. On 19 June 2011, with the publication of the brigade operations order, phase one, preparation, began. Phase one required elements from 4-3 ADA and Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB), 31st ADA Brigade to begin preparations immediately to include individual planning to facilitate the deployment and live fire.

Phase two (movement), commenced on 20 July when personnel and equipment departed from Fort Sill. More than 155 Soldiers in 65 vehicles would complete the more than 600 mile movement to New Mexico in three separate segmented movements. By the 27 July 2011, all personnel and equipment were in place at McGregor Range and prepared to conduct the live-fire exercise.
On 30 July 2011, the brigade transitioned to phase three (live fire), of the operation as final preparations and checks were made and airspace de-confliction was completed.

Firing was scheduled to begin at 1000 hours and be complete by 1400. In all, 12 missiles were fired. Eight were fired from three launchers assigned to 4-3 ADA, two by elements of 1-7 ADA (108th ADA Brigade from Fort Bragg, North Carolina) and four by elements of the German Air Force Air Defense Center.

The 31st ADA Brigade conducted command and control functions to ensure all the actions of participating units were coordinated and safely conducted.

Upon completion of the live fire, phase four, (redeployment operations) began as the Brigade returns to Fort Sill. The 31st ADA Brigade completed movement back to Fort Sill on 14 August 2011, where they conducted recovery operations, refined and updated tactics, techniques and procedures, and submitted collected missile data to Lower Tier Project Office (LTPO).

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108th OPENS NEW DINING FACILITY ON NEW COMPLEX
Article and photographs by Sergeant Eddie Smith
108th Air Defense Artillery Public Affairs Office

108th DFAC Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on 19 October 2011 commemorating the grand opening of the 108th Spartan Dining Facility (DFAC) located in the new brigade complex. Prior to using this new DFAC, the 108th was sharing a facility with other units on Smoke Bomb Hill. The brigade will now have a facility they can call their own.

“Today’s opening of the 108th ADA DFAC signifies a new chapter in Spartan Brigade’s history, as we transition to our new brigade complex,” said Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Curtis King, 108th ADA Brigade Deputy Commanding Officer.

“The one thing about this new DFAC is that it’s going to be a place Soldiers can call home,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) Sharita Booth, Spartan DFAC’s Officer-in-Charge (OIC). “The cooks are going to show their pride around the facility.”

The Soldiers that are on a calorie-restricted diet will have access to healthy choices and caloric information for use in making good choices.

“We will have a display everyday with calorie cards showing the amount of calories in the food being served,” said Master Sergeant (MSG) Francis Simmons, Spartan DFAC’s Noncommissioned OIC. “The food is going to be within nutritional standards. We’re looking to have a specialty menu; and to cater to observance days by serving food from different ethnic backgrounds. This will give Soldiers a variety of things to choose from”.


The first meal served at the Grand Opening of the new DFAC was a Prayer Breakfast for the 108th Soldiers. In addition to the wonderfully delicious breakfast served, the Soldiers had musical entertainment, and Chaplain, LTC Ron Leininger, guest speaker from Womack Hospital, delivered a powerful message about teamwork.

“Cooks work long and hard hours to get the DFAC up and running, excited and motivated”, said Simmons. “We’re looking for maximum participation and support so we are able to provide the best quality of food service to the 108th ADA Spartan Brigade.”

“The 108th ADA food service team did an outstanding job preparing the facility and today’s meal continuing to provide outstanding service for our Soldiers,” said King. The 108th ADA Spartan Dining Facility’s hours of operation are scheduled for Monday through Friday, 0730 to 0900 for breakfast, 1130 to 1300 for lunch and 1630 to 1800 for dinner. Saturday and Sunday breakfast is scheduled for 0800 to 0930, lunch is scheduled for 1200 to 1300 and dinner is scheduled from 1600 to 1730 hours.

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OozlefinchPOKING 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!

ADA Online would be proud to showcase the works of other artists or cartoonist that would like to submit their work for publication. Please keep in mind that the artwork should have an ADA specific theme or of interest to ADA Soldiers.
To submit photos, artwork or cartoons contact ADA Online by clicking here!
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