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January 2012
Kathleen M. Doyle, Editor-in-Chief

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NORMAL, AL— Alabama A&M University and ROTC cadets on campus are mourning the death of one of their leaders.  Sergeant Major (SGM) (Retired) Randall Williams died Wednesday, February 1 during physical training.  He was 49 years old.

SGM Williams was a native of Brooklyn, New York, who rose through the ranks from Private to Sergeant Major, serving in Air Defense Artillery units throughout his career; and completing several overseas and combat tours.

A viewing for SGM Williams is scheduled for Friday, 3 February,  from 4-6 p.m. at Royal Funeral Home on Oakwood Avenue in Huntsville, Alabama.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 4, at 10 a.m. in the Ernest L. Knight Center on the Alabama A&M University campus. He will be buried in New York.

The Air Defense Artillery community is also saddened at the loss and expresses their condolences to the family.

SGT Ashleigh Berg and Dr. Jill Biden94TH AAMDC SOLDIER CHOSEN

Article by Sergeant Louis Lamar, 94th AAMDC Public Affairs

Above Sergeant Ashleigh E. Berg (right) a Malibu, California, native and the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Commanding General, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), was selected to escort Dr. Jill Biden, one of America’s most influential women and spouse of the Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., to the State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, 24 January 2012.
(Photographer unknown.)

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — Instead of watching the State of the Union Address on television like everyone else, Sergeant (SGT) Ashleigh Berg, an Executive Administrative Assistant to the Commanding General of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), was chosen to escort Dr. Jill Biden, one of America’s most influential women, there on Tuesday, 24 January 2012.

“I first met Dr. Biden in July 2010 while deployed to Camp Victory, Iraq,” said SGT Berg. “I was one of the eleven female soldiers chosen to eat lunch with her on her visit there.”

Berg was also one of the few people that were selected to sit in the First Lady’s, Box during the State of the Union Address.

2012-0124 SGT Ashleigh E. Berg, 94th AAMDC
First lady Michelle Obama and guests applaud during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, 24 January 2012. Front row, from left are, Jackie Bray, Obama, retired Captain Mark Kelly, Jill Biden, Sergeant Ashleigh Berg, Hiroyuki Fujita, Richard Cordray, and Sara Ferguson. Second row, from left are, Eric Schneiderman, Juan Jose Redin, Debbie Bosanek, Laurene Powell Jobs, Alicia Boler-Davis, and Colonel Ginger Wallace. (AP photo by Susan Walsh.)
Even the First Lady needs a shoulder once in awhile.
Even the First Lady, Michelle Obama, need a shoulder to lean on once in awhile. On 24 January 2012, Sergeant Ashleigh E. Berg lent Mrs. Obama hers while she was making her way to her seat to listen to her husband, President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP photo/photographer unknown.)

When asked how she was able to get a “VIP” invite Berg said, “Dr. Biden remembered me from her trip to Camp Victory because we share the same passion for high heel shoes and she promised to maintain contact with us after her trip from Iraq.”

When Berg was first given the news that she would be attending the State of the Union Address, and with such esteemed company, she was really excited to be going there and felt really comfortable since she met Dr. Biden before.

“The speech was amazing,” said SGT Berg. “It related to service members and the military pulling troops out of Afghanistan. That part really touched me since my husband just deployed there.”When asked if she was nervous Berg said, “Not really, I was just nervous about the flight there.”

Sergeants Ashleigh E. and Matthew L. Berg.“My most memorable part of the night was reuniting with Dr. Biden since seeing her in Iraq and talking about our passion for shoe shopping,” said Berg. “Another moment was when Dr. Biden asked how my husband was doing and told me to tell him happy birthday. That really meant a lot to me because she actually remembered his birthday and since he recently deployed to Afghanistan last week,” said Berg.

“During my trip I also met President Obama and the First Lady,” said SGT Berg. “They presented me with a presidential coin from the White House.”

To the left are Sergeants
Ashleigh E. and Matthew L. Berg.
(Photo by Staff Sergeant John H. Johnson, 94
th AAMDC Public Affairs.)

2012-0124 SSG Courtney Johnson, E/4-5 ADA inducted into SAMC
Lieutenant General (LTG) Donald M. Campbell Jr., Commander, III Corps and Fort Hood, presents Staff Sergeant (SSG) Courtney A. Jackson, an Avenger repairman and platoon sergeant assigned to E Battery, 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery (E/4-5 ADA) Regiment, with an Army Commendation Medal during a Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) induction ceremony held at the Phantom Warrior Center at Fort Hood, Texas, on 24 January 2012.

Article and photos by Sergeant Maria L. Kappell, 69th Air Defense Artillery Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas – Staff Sergeant (SSG) Courtney A. Jackson, a platoon sergeant assigned to E Battery, 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery (E/4-5 ADA) Regiment, was one of several noncommissioned officers (NCOs) inducted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) at the Phantom Warrior Center on 24 January 2012.

The SAMC is an exclusive U.S. Army organization for NCOs whose leadership achievements go above and beyond average expectations. The members of this club must possess a genuine and in-depth passion for the welfare, training and development of their Soldiers and their Soldiers’ families.

SSG Jackson, an Avenger repairman, encompasses those qualities and made it through the rigorous process of being inducted into the club.

SSG Jackson, from Riviera Beach, Florida, began his military service in August 2000. He has been deployed to Iraq, stationed in Korea, and held a multitude of job positions from shop foreman to drill sergeant. Not only has Jackson completed an array of military qualifications - including Air Assault, Airborne and Drill Sergeant - he also earned an associate’s degree from Columbia College of Missouri and plans on continuing his education to complete his bachelor’s degree in Human Resources.

SSG Jackson signed into the battalion in November 2009 and two months later, he was told by a senior NCO to get his packet together for the SAMC Board.

“Needless to say, I didn’t make it, but it started a bit of motivation and sparked my interest to complete a challenge that only 10 percent of NCOs will ever get … and that was to be inducted into the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club,” Jackson said.

He [Jackson] kept studying and preparing himself. After a few cheering words from other senior NCOs, and a few more tries, Lieutenant General (LTG) Donald M. Campbell Jr., Commanding General III Corps and Fort Hood, hung the prestigious club’s medallion suspended by a powder-blue ribbon around Jackson’s neck.

“This is a big deal,” LTG Campbell said in a speech given to the inductees during the ceremony. “Wear that [medallion] proudly.”

According to SSG Jackson, to become a member of the SAMC, “You have to want to live, eat and sleep taking care of Soldiers.”

Throughout his career, Jackson has had many opportunities to work with Soldiers from all walks of life. The first time he was held responsible for more than 10 Soldiers was at Camp Casey, Korea, as a squad leader. Working with so many Soldiers was a learning experience that would serve him well in the years to come, said Jackson.

During the induction ceremony, each inductee was introduced to the audience by one of their subordinates, and then they were individually congratulated by LTG Campbell and Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Arthur L. Coleman Jr., CSM, III Corps and Fort Hood.

General Campbell then
left the newest members of the Fort Hood SAMC with one final thought.

“Always be the noncommissioned officer these Soldiers spoke about today,” Campbell said.

As the motto of the SAMC says, “You lead from the front!” This is what Jackson and the rest of the inductees have done and will strive to continue doing.

2012-0124 SSG Johnson (E/4-5 ADA) & LTC Campbell (Cdr, IIICorps) at SAMC Induction
LTG Donald M. Campbell Jr., Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood, congratulates
SSG Courtney A. Jackson from E/4-5 ADA and other SAMC inductees after a ceremony held at the
Phantom Warrior Center on 24 January 2012.

Provided by Lieutenant Colonel Will Johnson,
Fires Team Chief, CALL, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Attached for your review is the January 2012 edition of the CALL Fires Newsletter.  We continue to focus on areas where units in theater and the combat training centers (CTCs), military career transition program (MCTPs), and the centers of excellence (CoEs) have identified issues with how we fight, as well as unique tactic, techniques and procedures (TTPs) for addressing them (Battalion Mortars in Full Spectrum Operations);  we also have provided our  next addition of providing fire support in Unified Land Operations (ULO) with our rehearsals segment, with current TTPs from the Wolf Team at the National Training Center (NTC) and 2/1 ID.

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 January 2012 issue that may be
of interest to you are:

Battalion Mortars in Full Spectrum Operations
Rehearsals – Ensuring Mission Success
Cyclic Planning
ADA Brigade Smart Book

Integrated Air and Missile Defense Center (IAMDC) Falcon Shield 2 (FS2) After Action Report (AAR)
10th Mountain Division Deployment, September 2010-September 2011, Lessons Learned
2nd Battalion 9th Marines AAR, Mojave Viper 1-12 (7 Oct – 4 Nov 2011) AAR

Air Ground Integration (AGI) Communications, December 2011
Links to other Newsletters, publications and information sites
ADA and FA DCO Forum topics and dates

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BG John G. Rossi, Cdr, 32d AAMDC 2012-01COMMANDER 32d AAMDC

By 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

The Department of Defense announced Monday that Brigadier General (BG) John G. Rossi, Commander, 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), was nominated by the President for promotion to the rank of major general.

BG Rossi, a native of Long Island, New York, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1983 and was commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery officer.

He assumed command of the 32d AAMDC in March 2011 after serving as the Deputy Commanding General (Fires and Effects) for III Corps while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. General Rossi commands a unit that consists of approximately 10,000 Soldiers in four brigades and 13 battalions located on six different installations in the continental United States. They are the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade located here; the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade located at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade located at Fort Hood, Texas; the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, located at Fort Lewis-McCord, Washington; and the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

His awards and decorations include
the Legion of Merit with four oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with an oak leaf cluster and the Air Assault Badge.

No assignment change has been announced with the promotion nomination.


Monday, 7 May 2012 (Evening)
The Foundry ~ Knoxville, Tennessee

C Battery, 1st Battalion 44th Air Defense Artillery
SGT Mitchell W. Stout (Artist Rendering)
The award was presented for acts of heroism
on 12 March 1970
at the Battle of Khe Gio, Vietnam

Points of contact for reservations or more information are:
Joleen Dewald at
info@evtma.org or by phone at (865) 633-8337 and
Joe R. Alexander at
or by phone at (865) 986-4647.

(Sunshine State News/25  January 2012)
By Jim Turner

Standing between a UH-70 Black Hawk and UH-72 Lakota as part of Florida National Guard Day in the courtyard of the Capitol, Govenor Rick Scott helped announce a “commitment” to returning service members that is beyond the numerous thanks and resolutions combat veterans often receive when returning home.

The announcement came a couple of hours after the state Senate approved a bill that would give a $10,000 tax credit to companies that hire Florida National Guardsmen.

(To read the complete article, click on the hyperlinked title above or the photo below.)

Florida National Guard Soldiers from the 265th Air Defense Artillery  Regiment, return home to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport from supporting Operation Nobel Eagle in the National Capitol Region.
(Photo by Master Sergeant Thomas Kielbasa.)

2012-0120 B/4-5 ADA Combat Patch ~ ~
At left:  Specialist (SPC) Nicholas Caton assigned to B Battery, 4
th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery (B/4-5 ADA) Regiment, receives his combat patch in Southwest Asia on 20 January 2012.
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By Specialist Chad King, B Battery, 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On 20 January 2012, 81 Soldiers assigned to Bravo Battery, 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery (B/4-5 ADA) Regiment, gathered to receive their combat patches at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

The Soldiers of B/4-5 ADA, deployed to Southwest Asia in November 2011 with a mission to conduct theater air and missile defense (AMD) operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

A combat patch, also known as right shoulder sleeve insignia, is traditionally an embroidered patch containing a unique formation created with symbolism alluding to the unit's formation. The 69th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade patch consists of two comets circling each other. The comets allude to flight trajectory and swiftness.  The black disc in the comets signifies cannon balls.  The comets are placed in a defensive posture referring to the unit's mission and resemble the Arabic number sixty-nine.

As the Soldiers of Bravo Battery stood in formation before Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) William McKnight (Commander, 4-5 ADA), it was collectively understood they were a part of something important.

Ready for the ceremony, platoon sergeants and platoon leaders made their way through the ranks placing combat patches on the right arms of their Soldiers. The ceremony signified that the men and women of B/4-5 ADA had joined a proud tradition of American Soldiers that have served their country overseas during wartime.
2012-0120 B/4-5 ADA, SPC Caton and CW2 Martinez~ ~
At right:  SPC Nicholas Caton, salutes Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thomas Martinez from B/4-5 ADA, after receiving his combat patch in Southwest Asia.
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LTC McKnight addressed his troops stating, “The Soldiers of Bravo Battery should be proud of themselves for being a part of the 1 percent that volunteered to put on the uniform during a time of war.”

“Many Soldiers can go their entire careers and not be bestowed the honor of a combat patch,” said Corporal (CPL) Quincy Baumeister, an air defender assigned to
B/4-5 ADA.

This is the first deployment for many of the Soldiers in Bravo Battery. For all the Soldiers of B/4-5 ADA, the 20th of January will be remembered as a special day – the  day they were recognized as part of a highly trained force that serve this country in its global mission to protect freedom and America’s interests overseas.


(Defence Talk/11 January 2012)
By Air Force News Agency

The 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron (EACS) provides command and control capabilities through real-time radar surveillance that allows Airmen to coordinate the movement of aircraft in their battlespace, but they cannot do the mission alone. They work closely with the airborne warning and control system Airmen stationed at the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing as well as Soldiers from the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade who monitor the sky and man the Patriot batteries in defense of the region.
(To read the entire article click on the hyper-linked title above.)
MG Heidi V Brown 2012-0113 Promotion
Army Major General Heidi V. Brown (center) following her promotion during a ceremony at Redstone
Arsenal, Alabama, on 13 January 2012. The promotion ceremony was officiated by Lieutenant General
Patrick J. O’Reilly, Director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), at her left and Lieutenant General
Robert P. Lennox, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8 U.S. Army. (MDA Photo)

Brigadier General Heidi V. Brown Promoted to
Rank of Army Major General

(MDA News Release/13 January 2012)

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama -- Army Brigadier General (BG) Heidi V. Brown was promoted to the rank of Major General (MG) during a ceremony on 13 January 2012 at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Lieutenant General (LTG) Patrick J. O’Reilly, Director, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and LTG Robert P. Lennox, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8 U.S. Army, officiated at the ceremony.

MG Brown is the Director for Test , MDA, and is responsible for planning, programming, budgeting, staffing, and managing a comprehensive Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) test program. The BMDS will protect our homeland, soldiers, allies and friends against all types of ballistic missiles in all phases of flight.

Brown, a native of El Paso, Texas, is a 1981 graduate of the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York. Over the course of her military career, she has served in a variety of command and staff positions in the Air Defense Artillery branch, including Commander, 31st Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade, III Corps; Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Air Defense Center and Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army Air Defense School at Fort Bliss, Texas; Deputy Commanding General (Sustainment) at Fort Lewis, Deputy Commanding General (Sustainment), Multi National Corps - Iraq; and most recently, Director of Integration, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G8. As Commander of the 31st ADA Brigade, MG Brown was the first woman to command and lead an ADA brigade into combat and has the added distinction of being the first female general in the Air Defense Artillery branch.

(To read this complete article or to read other articles covering MG Brown’s promotion and career,
click on the hyperlinked title above or the additional linked sites below.)


(Defpro.new/16 January 2012)

(El Paso Times/29 December 2011)

Two-Star Flag for MG Brown 2012-0113

Unfurling of the two star general officer flag for newly promoted Army Major General Heidi V.
Brown during her promotion ceremony at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Von Braun Complex at
Redstone Arsenal on 13 January 2012. General Brown is currently the Director of Test for MDA.
(MDA Photo)


By 2nd Lieutenant Jean P. Tomte, 10th AAMDC Public Affairs Officer

RHINE ORDNANCE BARRACKS, Germany — Captain (CPT) Brent Johnson assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB), 10th Army and Air Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), never gave it a second thought after registering in a bone marrow donor drive. Seven years later, he was notified that he was a preliminary match to someone he had never met and who was in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.  Suddenly he was presented with an opportunity to save a life.

For the bone marrow procedure to be successful, it is essential that the donor perfectly matches the recipient, he explained.  Blood tests are conducted to ensure there will be a suitable genetic match. The donor’s healthy cells are then infiltrated into the patient’s blood stream where bone marrow will regenerate.

CPT Johnson was contacted by the C.W. Bill Young/Department of Defense Marrow Donor Center and asked to provide a blood sample to determine if he was a perfect match for a recipient.

CPT Brent Johnson, 10th AAMDC Donates Bone Marrow
Captain Brent Johnson, a Soldier assigned to the 10th
US Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) one hour (13 October 2011) after donating bone marrow for transplantation to a 14-year old boy from Sweden with severe aplastic anemia at Georgetown University Hospital.

“It is a humbling experience to help somebody out – when you know you are directly helping somebody,” said Johnson.

“I went to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center for a blood test. A couple weeks later a lady from C.W. Bill Young called me and said, ‘Congratulations, you are the perfect match.’ The recipient is a 14-year-old boy from Sweden,” said Johnson.  “He suffered from severe aplastic anemia” -- a blood disorder in which the body's bone marrow does not make enough new blood cells.

“In the back of my mind, I was just thinking about changing someone’s life who never had a chance to play sports; someone who has been stuck in the hospital; and someone who could not hang out with friends,” Johnson said when asked if he was concerned about the surgery.

“When Brent said he was going to do this I wasn’t surprised, it was something that fit his personality,” said his former Commander, Colonel (COL) Anthony English.   “That’s just him, that’s his personality.   Everything he did was for someone else.  It made my heart feel good.  He’s just a great young leader.”

COL English, currently the Deputy G3 Operations Officer for U.S. Army Europe, pointed toward the Army values.

“He came to me and said that he had registered as a bone marrow donor and that he was a match and that he was going to go through with it,” English continued.  “When you think about it, a decision like that reflects on the Army Values perfectly.  It’s personal courage.”

Serving as English’s adjutant when the unit was the 357th Air Missile Defense Detachment (AAMD-D), Johnson didn’t necessarily look at it that way.

“It is a humbling experience to help somebody out, when you know you are directly helping somebody,” said Johnson.

“Although he knew it would be uncomfortable, all he cared about was doing the right thing and changing someone’s life,” said Sergeant First Class (SFC) Malcolm Mickler, Johnson’s non-commissioned officer in charge (NCOIC).

The procedure, which involves the removal of bone marrow from the hip bone via two syringes, while painful didn’t require Johnson to lose much work or time.

“I arrived at Georgetown University a week before the procedure.  They removed a pint of my blood and returned it to me during the procedure.   After the procedure I had a day of recovery and then flew back to Germany the next day,” he said.  He arrived back in Europe on a Saturday and was back at work on Monday.

Would he do it again?

“Of yeah definitely, it wasn’t that bad.   I went into it thinking it was going to be the worst pain of my life.  But really, it wasn’t that bad,” he said.

Multi-Role Anti-Armor, Anti-Personnel Weapon


 (Defence Talks/10 January 2012)
By Army News Service

The U.S. Army Soldiers in Afghanistan are now firing an 84mm, reusable, recoilless shoulder-fired conventional weapon able to destroy enemy targets hidden behind rocks, trees and buildings , service officials said.

The weapon, called the Multi-Role Anti-Armor, Anti-Personnel Weapons System, known as the Carl-Gustaf, was ordered by the Army in response to an Operational Needs Statement from Afghanistan.

(To read the complete article and learn more about the new weapon, click on the hyperlinked title above.)

(Defence Talks/7 January 2012)
By American Forces Press Service

Service members who suffer mild traumatic brain injuries in combat and then struggle with depression, irritability, alcohol abuse and similar problems after they return home most likely are experiencing post-traumatic stress, rather than brain injury symptoms, according to a new study.

(To read the full article and learn more about the
study, click on the hyperlinked title above.)

Stress A Shadow of a Soldier
(Strategy Page/11 January 2012)

The U.S. Army has finally, after over a decade of development, and no orders, cancelled its Surface-Launched Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (SLAMRAAM) antiaircraft missile system. The U.S. defense budget is being cut, and those items lower on the "must have" list are being eliminated. Some $3 billion has been spent on SLAMRAAM so far, and it would cost another $12 billion to put it into production.

For SLAMRAAM there is another problem. Put simply, in the U.S. military, ground-based air defense systems get no respect. It took two decades to develop the current Patriot system, and most of the money the system received since it entered service in 1984, has gone for developing an anti-missile capability. The "problem" is that American warplanes have controlled the skies for over sixty years, and U.S. ground forces have not felt compelled to spend a lot on anti-aircraft systems.

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


By First Lieutenant David R. Endter,
E Battery, 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regiment, 69th ADA Brigade

Staff Sergeant (SSG) Timothy Reed assigned to Echo Battery, 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery
(E/1-44 ADA) Regiment, briefs Brigadier General (BG) Dean J. Milner, Deputy Commanding General,
III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas, on the Avenger Weapon System, and how to engage the Avenger’s M3P
.50-caliber machine gun. BG Milner was able to fire the M3P and successfully downed an aerial target
at E/1-44 ADA’s Table VIII certification on 9 December 2011.

FORT HOOD, Texas – The Soldiers of Echo Battery, 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery (E/1-44 ADA) Regiment come together twice a year to compete against each other for the bragging rights of being the “Battery Top Gun” during their M3P .50-caliber machine gun Table VIII Gunnery Certification. This year, however, the Soldiers had an unexpected challenger who brought his “A-Game.”

Brigadier General Dean J. Milner, a Canadian General Officer and the Deputy Commanding General of Fort Hood and III Corps, paid a visit to the “Executioners” to see firsthand what the short-range air defense (SHORAD) Soldiers do to guard the skies.

The exercise took place at Sugarloaf Multi-Use Range on Fort Hood in early December. The Soldiers came out to train and engage a myriad of situations to test their skills with the Avenger’s secondary weapon system, the .50 caliber M3P machine gun.
  Scenarios included engaging moving ground targets, enemies in the open, and stationary vehicle targets, but the engagements that most of the Soldiers looked forward to were the remotely piloted vehicular targets (RPVTs).

RPVTs are propeller driven aircraft that resemble unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). During exercises and gunnery, they are flown by civilian contractors employed by Griffin Aerospace from Madison, Alabama, each time M3P gunnery takes place. The RPVTs fly out to an estimated one kilometer distance and is then engaged by the Avenger. A certain number of hits must be obtained on the aircraft for the engagement to be considered a “go.” However, the ultimate goal is to actually bring the aircraft down.

When BG Milner arrived at Sugarloaf to observe the training, he wanted to experience what Soldiers go through when they execute their aerial engagement scenario. Under the supervision and direction of SSG Timothy Reed an E/1-44 ADA Master Gunner, the range came to a halt and the Canadian General climbed into the turret. The start up of double stroke engines started to fill the air, and then the whine of an active RPVT took to the sky. Reed allowed the new gunner to familiarize himself with the equipment and shoot a few rounds into a burm a couple hundred meters in front of the firing point. Once comfortable, General Milner began to rotate the turret to start tracking his target. The RPVT came out of a banked turned and started on a course directly toward the Avenger. BG Milner saw his target through the forward looking infrared radar and waited for authorization from his team chief.

“Wait for it … wait for it … FIRE,” exclaimed Reed. The M3P sent a barrage of rounds at the aerial target. A sputter from the engine was heard and the aircraft took a nosedive. Onlookers cheered as the RPVT slammed into the ground – a confirmed kill.

“He was easy to work with.
  He paid attention, followed instructions, and that’s how he got the kill,” SSG Reed remarked, evaluating the performance of the deputy commanding general.

Per gunner tradition, a team was sent out to retrieve the downed aircraft. As with all downed aerial targets, the propeller and engine were salvaged and presented to the gunner who brought it down, BG Milner, in congratulations of an outstanding job and as a memento of his accomplishment.

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Christopher Boyles, E/1-44 ADA, signs the propeller from the aerial target that
BG Milner successfully engaged and destroyed at E/1-44 ADA’s Table VIII Gunnery certification on
9 December 2011. SFC Boyles is an Avenger Master Gunner and helped supervise BG Milner as he fired
the Avenger’s M3P weapon system.

“It was great to have BG Milner come out to visit us,” said First Lieutenant (1LT) Peter Sceusa, the officer in charge of running the M3P Gunnery and a platoon leader assigned to E/1-44 ADA. “We aren’t a very highly visible weapon system and not many people know who we are or what we do.  To have the Deputy Commanding General from III Corps come out to not only see us, but actually do what an Avenger crewmember does – I feel adds perspective to what SHORAD [short-range air defense] is, and how it can continue to benefit the Army.”

At the end of the exercise BG Milner visited with Soldiers, civilian contractors and other participants who made the range firing a success. Following BG Milner’s departure, Echo Battery continued on with their mission. When all was said and done, Echo Battery Executioners were happy to report that it was a mission accomplished.

The gunnery is a vital part in training for E/1-44 ADA, and was one of the benchmarks in preparations for Operation Nimbus II. In the spring of 2012, the Avenger battery will be working with Joint Task Force North and the U.S Border Patrol in Arizona assisting with halting drug trafficking from Mexico into the United States.

From right to left: Colonel Randall A. McIntire, 69th ADA Brigade Commander; SFC Christopher Boyles, E/1-44 ADA; BG Dean J. Milner, III Corps Deputy Commanding General; SSG Timothy Reed, E/1-44 ADA; SFC Founia Springer, E/1-44 ADA First Sergeant; Captain Michael Dail, E/1-44 ADA Battery Commander. BG Milner visited E/1-44 ADA’s Table VIII Gunnery on 9 December 2011 and successfully engaged and downed the remote piloted vehicular target (RPVT). E/1-44 ADA’s Gunnery certification is a benchmark in preparing for participation in Operation Nimbus II held to begin this Spring (2012) in Arizona. Operation Nimbus II is an exercise that supports the United States Border Patrol deter illegal drug trafficking from Mexico into the United States.

(FrontPage Magazine/9 January 2012)
Posted By Kerry Patton

On 19 January 1991, during the first Gulf War, the United States sent Patriot Missiles and a contingent of US service members into Israel on temporary assignment. This was the least we could have done for Israel as they vowed not to retaliate again Iraq’s SCUD missile attacks. Never have U.S. forces found a permanent home inside the Holy Land—until today. Twenty years later, the United States committed to a permanent presence in Israel ...

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

About the Author: Kerry Patton is the co-founder of the
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Article by Captain Ron Gooding,
3rd Battalion (Airborne), 4th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regiment

It was 0600, the early December morning frost coated the ground of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery (3-4 ADA) Regiment’s new Skystriker Field.  The Challenge was out! Echo and Service Batteries were playing the Annual Holiday Bowl against the rest of the battalion in a bragging rights game that has been a standing tradition since Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Richard Harrison was the Battalion’s Executive Officer as is Major (MAJ) Harrison.  The player’s steamed breath was blowing from their nostrils as Echo and HHB started the game in the crisp 26 degree air. Master Sergeant (MSG) Plotnick, First Sergeant (1SG) Toms and Captain (CPT) Gooding officiated over the game as HHB scored the first drive of the game.  The celebration from HHB was quickly dampened as Echo quickly turned the game around to a 14-to-7 lead to end the first half.
3-4 ADA Holiday Bowl
With tensions high and Service Battery taking the field in Echo’s place facing a compilation team from the mixed Batteries, the Service Battery team pulled into a 21-to-14 lead when all of a sudden a van pulled onto the field.  With micro-phone in hand, Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Paris A. Williams began his role in the ultimate holiday gift to the Battalion, set up by Mrs. Shelby Roller, the Battalion’s Family Readiness Staff Assistant.
WWE MARK HENRY Heavy Weight Champion
With CSM Williams distracting the players by yelling in his microphone for someone to get the van off the playing field, CPT Gooding took his cue to initiate his role in the Battalion’s gift to the Soldiers.  CPT Gooding entered the van, concealed by its tinted windows and sets the gift giving in motion. The van began to shake and rock and out stepped the  World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) Heavy Weight Champion and title holder of the “World’s Most Powerful Body-Slam” Mark Henry, brandishing his Title Belt. Excited shouts took the place of the grumbling from Soldiers who were disgruntled at the game interruption “OH SNAP! It’s Mark Henry!”
WWE Divas with 3-4 ADA Soldiers
A mad rush of Soldiers resembling a tidal wave surrounded the champ and more shouts and exclamations arose as more WWE Super Stars emerged from the van. The 3-4 ADA Soldiers were being given a “Holiday Tribute to the Troops” greeting from Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett, and Divas Oxana, Aaron Borne and Alicia Fox.  One of the Soldiers was seen crying and stated that he couldn’t believe that these Super Stars would do this for us [Soldiers].  As Soldiers greeted the wrestlers, a second van approached and out stepped the world-famous John Cena, accompanied by the beautiful Beth Phoenix.

WWE John Cena and Beth Phoenix with 3-4 ADA Soldiers
3-4 ADA Soldiers received an hour visit of greetings, autographs and pictures by the WWE Super Stars. The Stars were  given a hearty welcome to Fort Bragg on TV with a battalion sized element yelling Welcome to Fort Bragg, Home of the Airborne, By Daring Deeds!”
WWE Super Star John Cena with 3-4 ADA SoldiersWelcome to Fort Bragg, Home of the Airborne, By Daring Deeds!
The Soldiers were well deserving of this event.  Over the past year, they had been holding the Battalion together through a daunting operational tempo (OPTEMPO) with three Batteries deployed to the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).  They had maintained their units and came through an organizational readiness inspection, a battalion location move and while relocating their motor pool.  At the same time, the Patriot Batteries accomplished their Patriot Table VIII certifications and field training exercises while the Echo Battery “Executioners” performed their Avenger Table X missile live-fire and supported the Global Reaction Force with the 82nd Airborne Division, all the while maintaining a 72-hour ready to deploy status.

The gratitude they felt toward the WWE Super Stars could not be expressed in words alone; it had to be seen on each smiling face of every Soldier and in the proud look of each and every wrestler.

Merry Christmas from the Soldiers of 3-4 ADA and the WWE Super Sytars
Well done SKYSTRIKERS! Merry Christmas from LTC Harrison, CSM Williams, MAJ Henke, Shelby Roller
and the rest of the 3-4 ADA Battalion Staff.

To John Cena, Mark Henry, Beth Phoenix, Dolph Ziggler, Alicia Fox, Wade Barrett, Oxana and Aaron Borne, thank you for supporting our Soldiers.

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The following vintage cartoons are by Colonel Bob Matlick (Circa 1972)
provided for your enjoyment.

Slide Presentation - Matlick Cartoon

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To view the Air Defense Artillery School's entry for the 2011 football game, click the logo below, once the webpage is loaded, go to the second video down.

Army vs Navy


Monday, 7 May 2012
The Foundrey ~ Knoxville, TN
(See "Save the Date"
in the center section.)

14-18 May 2012
at Fort Sill, OK
Hosted by the Fires Center
of Excellence (FCoE)

(More information to follow.)

1 June - 23 August 2012
at Air Defense Artillery (ADA
Units Worldwide
for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and U.S. Military Academy (USMA) Cadets

Units, have you requested your cadets (ROTC/USMA) yet?

15 - 18 July 2012
at the U.S. Military Academy
(USMA), West Point, NY
for U.S. Military Academy
(USMA) Cadets

Are you supporting?

8, 16 & 25 July 2012
at Fort Lewis-McCord, WA, for
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and U.S. Military Academy (USMA) Cadets

Are you supporting?

(links & addresses below)

National Archives & Records Administration
Washington, DC 20408

US Army Military History
ATTN: Reference Branch
Carlisle Barracks, PA 17013 

US Army Center of Military History
103 Third Avenue
Fort McNair, DC 20319

The American War Library

The National Personnel Records Center Military Personnel Records

9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132

Note: A fire in 1973 destroyed about 20 million individual Army & Air Force records; therefore, the info might not be or only partially available.

Air Defense Artillery
Command Historian
Mr. David Christensen
Building 730, Schimmelpfenning Road (Snow Hall), Room 255
Fort Sill, OK 73503-4520

or  david.christensen@us.army.mil

For United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
For VA assistance and information, click on the emblem above.

For information pertaining specifically to health issues go to http://www.publichealth.va.gov/

Veterans of Foreign Wars
To view webpage click on emblem above.

American Legion
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Veterans Home Loan

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