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

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We look forward to publicly recognizing great ADA units and Soldiers
and are anxious to publish your submissions! To assist you in getting started,
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The Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Branch released its new application (App), US Army Air Defender, on 30 March 2012.  The App, developed as a recruiting tool for ADA, simulates the progression of an ADA officer from entry level to general officer. US Army Air Defender provides the gamer with a brief tutorial, and starts him/her out as a second lieutenant (2LT). As a 2LT the gamer will conduct training daily to become eligible for promotion.  After completing prescribed tasks and missions at every level, players can be promoted through the ranks to Brigadier General (the highest level).  Throughout the application, players will learn about ADA weapon systems, assignments, organizations, and history.

US Army Air Defender
is available for download on the web at www.usarmyairdefender.com, the iTunes Store, and Android Store. Players can also purchase items for use in an ADA mini-game and receive awards.

Players will be assigned a unique code that they can use to recruit other players, building their own unit organization from a squad all the way up to an Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC).

A monthly drawing will be held and players can win an ADA T-shirt and water bottle.  The more a gamer plays, the more entries they will receive for the drawings.

The Air Defense Artillery Branch continues to grow within the Army and remains on the cutting edge of technology.
The application was developed by D2 TEAM-Sim.

To access click on hyperlinked site page below.


(Space War: Missile Defense/30 March 2012)
By Staff Writers

Raytheon's modernized Patriot Air and Missile Defense System successfully fired two Patriot Advanced Capabilities-3 (PAC-3) missiles to engage a tactical ballistic missile (TBM), marking the first time PAC-3 missiles had been fired from one of the new-production Patriot systems. ...

To read the complete article, click on the linked title above.
Article by Sergeants First Class Arthur Jones and Michael Perry
Patriot Master Gunner Class 001-12 Graduates 27 March 2012
Back row left to right are  SFC Richard A. McChesney (Instructor), SSG Brett Eason,   SFC Matthew H. Crabtree, SSG William M. Norton, SSG Michael R. Ferguson, SFC John D. Ebbs, SSG Terrence E. Washington, SSG Amos J. Spurgeon, Mr. Christopher L. Haag (Instructor). Front row from left to right are SSG Barry T. Crossman (Class Mentor), SSG Robert T. Brower,  SFC Michael J. Perry, SFC Patrick L. Edenburn, SSG Luis A. Flores, SFC Arthur V. Jones,  SSG Clayton C. Skubis, SSG Joshua B. Permenter.

The graduation of 14 Noncommissioned Officer (NCOs) attending the Patriot Master Gunners Course Class 001-12 took place on Tuesday, 27 March 2012. The graduates will return to their units as Patriot Master Gunners. Over the last 10 weeks, these Soldiers received comprehensive training on the Patriot Missile System and all of its components.  Of particular note, is the fact that Class 001-12 had the highest graduation average at 93.3 percent of any previous Patriot Master Gunner Course graduating class since its inception in April 2004.

The Patriot Master Gunner course is designed to produce subject matter experts, encompassing topics such as the contemporary operating environment(COE), engagement control station (ECS) and information coordination central (ICC) operations, battery gunnery, and communications link architecture.  Students must also prepare two briefings on gunnery training strategy and air breathing threats (ABT)/tactical ballistic missile (TBM) defense design.  All Students must achieve an 80 percent or higher on all evaluations, failure to maintain or exceed these standards will be cause for academic dismissal. Written exams are closed book and no notes, unlike other Army schools.

“This was the hardest class I have taken since I’ve been in the Army.” stated Staff Sergeant (SSG) William M. Norton, one of the Patriot Master Gunner graduates.

This is the 23rd Patriot Master Gunner (PMG) Course.  Since the class’ inception, the wealth of knowledge that the PMG receives directly translates into a combat multiplier at the battery, battalion and brigade level.  Patriot Master Gunners provide their commander with the foundation of understanding on how and why a unit needs to train in order to achieve table certification and ultimately deploy, fight, and win.
Provided by Lieutenant Colonel Will Johnson,
Fires Team Chief, CALL, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Attached for your review is the March 2012 edition of the CALL Fires Newsletter.  Highlighted in this newsletter is a report by FA Colonel Gene Meredith, Chief of Field Artillery Concepts, FCoE, discussing some of the FA employment issues related to the absence of a Force FA HQ. Additionally, in response to interest from the ADA community, there are two articles pertaining to the employment and maintenance of the Sentinel Radar. CALL Fires Team also welcomes Major Reyes, who will serve as an ADA Analyst until the start of her ILE Course in August.  Below are a number of other topics addressed based on trends and hot topics within the Fires Community.

First we'd like to take this opportunity to welcome Air Defense Artillery Major Lisa Reyes, to the CALL team, specifically in the long-range air and missile defense lessons learned arena.

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

Absence of CJTF FFA HQ and its Holistic Impact on Excalibur and IDF Employment in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Airspace Control, Final Draft - FM 3-52, 19 January 2012
Sentinel Radar, AN/AMPQ-64, and the Improved Sentinel Radar, AN/MPQ-64F1, Maintenance
Employing Sentinel Radar
Military Decision Making Process (MDMP)
Counter-Mortar Tactic, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs)
Scalable Fire Support for Limited Warfare
Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE) Warfighters Forums
USMA - Fires Extracts from Regimental Combat Team 8 (RCT-8) After Action Review (AAR) for OEF
Mission Command Training Program (MCTP) Fires Warfighting Function (WfF) Working Group Update
ADA and FA DCO Forum topics and dates

(To read the March 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





(Issue 5/Spring-March 2012)
HRC ADA Branch Team - March 2012
 Human Resources Command's (HRC) Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Branch, Officer Personnel Management Division (OPMD) managers pose for a photo at the Lieutenant General Timothy J. Maude Complex at the Human Resources Command Center of Excellence (HRCoE) at Fort Knox, Kentucky, (back row, from left-to-right) Ms. Rosalyn Ellis, Major Daphne Dixon-Reed, Major Scott Dellinger, Lieutenant Colonel(P) Thomas Nguyen, Mr. David Hairston, Ms. Carol Gallaway, (front row, left-to-right) Captain(P) Ron Crowther, Major Rosanna Clemente, Captain(P) Eric Soler, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chris L. Wehmeier.

As an Air Defense Artillery (ADA) officer, you're not going to want to miss this edition of the Human Resources Command (HRC) ADA Branch Newsletter.

From the desk of the Branch Chief, Lieutenant Colonel (P) Thomas Nguyen you will hear the latest developments on promotions boards, changes in HRC personnel manning and projected HRC site visits.

Our new Lieutenant Colonel and Majors Assignments Officer,  Major Scott Dellinger, will enlighten you on permanent change of station (PCS) expectation, making yourself more competitive for promotion, official email, the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), retirement and separation requirements, the Senior Service College Board, key and developmental (KD) assignment, intermediate level education (ILE), and outlines the major's glide-path. 

There is an article by the Field Grade Technician, Mr. David Hairston, on board scrubs and the importance of your  DA photo and transcripts.

Ms. Carol Gallaway, the Company Grade Technician, talks to lieutenants about the captains (CPTs) board and to CPTs about keeping their files updated.

Major Ro Clemente, writes from the Senior Captains Desk about broadening opportunities by means of available scholarships and military education/programs. She tries to dispel the confusion among officers about Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS), the Expanded Graduate School Program (EGSP) and Graduate School for Active Duty Service Obligation (GrADSO), as well as gives you the guidelines to determine whether you are eligible.

From the Captain's Desk, Captain (P) Eric Soler, clues junior captains in on reduced deployment opportunities, the privileges of command and other command opportunities. Captain Soler also warns about substandard performance implications, provides guidelines for the FY12 captains promotion board, decisions to make if selected for captain, and what happens if not selected for promotion.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) Chris L. Wehmeier the ADA Warrant Officer Assignment Officer, provides valuable advice on professional military education, the new Officer Evaluation Report (OER), the importance of your DA photo, EFMP and introduces MILPER Message 12-042 concerning the next warrant officer promotion board.

Major Daphne Dixon-Reed at the Reserve Component Desk, talks about how "Big Army" views career broadening, deployments, promotions and board trends.

Captain (P) Ron Crowther, the Future Readiness Officer, discusses requests for Orders (RFOs) and PCS orders, the FY12 Captain's board and file statistics, and the FY12 Major's Promotion Board results.



Article by Second Lieutenant Jean P. Tomte and photographs by Sergeant Megan Boyer, 10th AAMDC Public Affairs
10th AAMDC Color Guard for 2012 Saint Barbara's Ball
The 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) Color Guard posed for photographs before the Saint Barbara’s Ball held at the Ramstein Officers’ Club on 15 March 2012.

RHINE ORDNANCE BARRACKS, GERMANY – Soldiers and Spouses from the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) and the 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment (BCD) were invited to enjoy the Saint Barbara’s Day Ball on Thursday, 15 March 2012 at the Ramstein Air Base Officers’ Club.

The Saint Barbara’s Ball is an annual tradition celebrated Armywide by both Field Artillery (FA) and Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Soldiers. For many young Soldiers and their Spouses, it was the first time they attended a military ball, so it was important to them to have fun and enjoy the evening.

“It is important to take time and honor those who have served our country and branch admirably,” said Sergeant Major (SGM) Manuel Mirabal. When asked why this event was important, SGM Mirabal replied “It is important to maintain the heritage and traditions of the Field Artillery and Air Defense Artillery for future Soldiers.”

The focal point of the evening was inducting Soldiers and Spouses that had demonstrated exemplary performance into the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara and the Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher respectively.

10th AAMDC Spouses were awarded the Molly Pitcher medallion on 15 March 2012
Spouses who were nominated and deemed worthy were inducted into the Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher and received the Molly Pitcher medallion during the 10th AAMDC Saint Barbara’s Ball held on at the Ramstein Officers’ Club on 15 March 2012.

Molly Pitcher’s legacy can be traced to the American Revolutionary War. The name itself was a nickname given to Mary Ludwig Hays for her efforts in support Soldiers engaged in battle.

Today the Molly Pitcher award is presented to spouses who have selflessly volunteered and made great contributions to air defenders and artillerymen across the world.

Among the awardees was Mrs. Lori Sweazey.  Mrs. Sweazey is the 10th AAMDC Family Readiness Group (FRG) Support Assistant. “It was surreal for me. I do what I do because of what our Soldiers do for me on a daily basis.”

A rare treat at formal events, both the German and U.S. national anthems were sung by Major (MAJ) Scott Hollander, 10th AAMDC Assistant Chief of Staff, G1.

MG Boozer uest Speaker for the 10th AAMDC Saint Barbara's Day Ball
Major General James C. Boozer was the guest speaker for the 10th AAMDC Saint Barbara’s Ball
held on 15 March 2012 at the Ramstein Officers’ Club.

Major General (MG) James C. Boozer, the Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff of U.S. Army Europe congratulated the Soldiers and Family members for their hard work while serving within the command.

MG Boozer said, "It is really exciting to see two distinct branches coming together here tonight.” General Boozer went on to explain, "One of the first things that absolutely knocked me out of my seat was the partnership that we have with our Air Force brothers. It is unlike anything I have ever seen in my 32 years of service.”

“The planning took several months,” said First Lieutenant (1LT) Matthew Cole, a Unit Movement Officer. “It was challenging, but at the end when you see everything flow together as planned, when you see Soldiers and Spouses having a great time, for me that’s how you know you have accomplished your mission.”

Army Seal EmblemMG James M. McDonald New FCoE CommanderOFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF, ARMY
Dated: 16 March 2012

The Chief of Staff of the Army, has announced the following officer assignment:

Major General James M. McDonald, Commanding General, United States Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, Fort Knox, Kentucky to the position of Commanding General, United States Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, date to be determined.

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2012 MG David D. Halverson
Dated: 9 March 2012

The Secretary of Defense, Leon E. Panetta, announced today that the President of the United States has nominated Major General David D. Halverson for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.  General  Halverson is currently serving as Commanding General, U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

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Article and photo by Specialist Isaac Castleberry, 6th Battalion, 52d Air Defense Artillery Public Affairs, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

SEOSAN AIRBASE (Training Area), South Korea – Living overseas, away from loved ones, presents a unique hardship that many service members may face at one time or another during their military careers – couple that, with the lack of outside communication and care packages, due to multiple field training exercises and you have a recipe for morale deterioration. But on 27 March 2012, the Soldiers of Alpha Battery, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery (A/6-52 ADA) Regiment received a special gift as Captain (CPT) Lonnie Williams, the Battalion S-1 Officer-in-Charge (OIC), and clerks from the Battalion mailroom worked to boost morale by holding Suwon’s first ever mobile postal mission.

“This was no easy feat. It took a lot of hard work, planning, and coordinating between units to transport the mail to and from the field site, but in the end it was all worth it to let Soldiers know there is no end to what the unit would do to boost their morale,” said CPT Williams.

CPT Williams, who engineered the program, spoke on the reasoning behind the idea. Williams said, “I thought it’ll be something new for the S-1 shop and mailroom to boost the morale of Soldiers. We know that mail from loved ones is one of the biggest morale boosters in the military, and Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Timothy Hockenberry agreed this would be a memorable event for the Soldiers.”

Leaders’ predictions on the impact the mail would have on Soldiers couldn't have been any more accurate. As Soldiers received their packages, they showed a slew of appreciative expressions.

6-52 ADA Postal Mission

Private First Class (PFC) Shawn Mullings, 19, of Norfolk, Virginia, may be new to the Army but he knows the overall importance mail plays in a Soldier’s life. Mullings said, “I think mail delivered to the field is great for Soldiers’ morale. Even starting at basic it would always lift your spirits to receive mail."

Sergeant (SGT) Tamilyn Mendiola of Hilo, Hawaii, was both shocked and amazed as she opened her care package. Mendiola said, “I never expected my package to be brought to the field site. Seeing this care package made my whole week. I was truly surprised."

So whether it's behind the counter in a garrison mailroom or in a field environment, Soldiers of the Iron Horse Battalion can train easier knowing their mail will arrive safely.

The program took place during 6-52 ADA’s External Evaluation, a week-long field exercise designed to bring outside evaluators into the Battalion to provide feedback and share training tips.

CPT Williams and the Iron Horse Mailroom Team would also like to extend their appreciation to F/6-52 ADA, for their support with the mobile postal mission.

Article and photos by Specialist Jacoby M. Davis
1LT Welch explains THAAD to General Rodriquez, FORSCOM Commander
First Lieutenant Jason Welch, launcher platoon leader, A/2 ADA (THAAD) explains the concept of a missile intercept to General David M. Rodriguez, FORSCOM Commander, during his visit to the A/2 ADA (THAAD) Motor pool on 13 March 2012 at Fort Bliss.

, Texas – The Commanding General for U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), General David M. Rodriguez, visited the 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) on 13 March 2012 to examine one of the Army’s newest air defense capabilities, the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System, here at Fort Bliss.

General Rodriguez’s visit afforded him the opportunity to get a closer look at the Army’s newest and most advanced missile defense capability,” said Brigadier General (BG) John G. Rossi, Commander, 32d AAMDC. “More importantly, he took the time to meet and shake the hands of the Soldiers that are trained and prepared to deploy and operate this system.”
General David M. Rodriguez, Commander of United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), is briefed on the Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) launcher operations by a Soldier from A Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery (A/2 ADA) Regiment (THAAD) during a visit to A/2 ADA (THAAD) on 13 March 2012 at Fort Bliss, Texas.

General Rodriguez started his tour by meeting the command’s senior leadership and continued with briefings from Soldiers at the A Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery (A/2ADA) Regiment (THAAD) motor pool.

“His visit really helped the young Soldiers understand the importance of their role,” said First Lieutenant (1LT) Jason Welch, launcher platoon leader, A/2 ADA (THAAD). “Even I feel a sense of pride in being able to explain to him what we do and how it works.”

The Soldiers of A/2 ADA (THAAD) briefed General Rodriguez on the technical concepts of THAAD, and the battery commander discussed future plans for the unit with him.

“The [FORSCOM] CG was very impressed with the professionalism, knowledge and maturity of the THAAD Soldiers,” said Captain (CPT) Steven M. Rachamim, Commander, A/2 ADA (THAAD). “He was very optimistic about the unit's ability to integrate with other U.S. and coalition forces, and employ the THAAD system for its intended purpose as a defensive capability.”

As part of his visit, General Rodriguez presented the FORSCOM Supply Excellence Award to E Battery, 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery (E/1-43 ADA) Regiment. The Supply Excellence Award recognizes units and organizations at all levels for meritorious achievements in supply operations.

“It means a great deal to the Soldiers that the FORSCOM commander presented the Supply Excellence Award,” said CPT Celina Pargo, Commander, E/1-43 ADA. “This shows that all of their hard work definitely did not go unnoticed.”
CPT Celine Pargo E/1-43 ADA receives supply award.
General David M. Rodriguez, FORSCOM Commander, presents the Award for Supply Excellence (1st Runner Up) to Captain Celina Pargo, E/3-43 ADA, during a ceremony held on 13 March2012 at the A/2 ADA (THAAD) motor pool.

“The day-to-day operations that this unit accomplishes are pretty amazing,” said Rodriguez. “What you are doing here is hugely important in regards to what we are doing all over the world and is probably a lot more critical than what you can imagine.”

THAAD integrates with and complements the capabilities of joint air and missile defense (AMD) systems to provide multi-tier defenses to the warfighter.

1-1 ADA Benefit 5K Run Begins
Participants of the 1st Annual Great East Japan Earthquake 5K Run begin the run in front of Risner Gym at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, on 11 March 2012. Runners braved dreary weather and the threat of rain in support of the fundraiser. Money raised went to the Japanese Red Cross Society.


Article by First Lieutenant Rufino Farias, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment

On Saturday, 10 March 2012, even gray clouds and the threat of rain could not stop American and Japanese Service Members and their Families from coming together for the 1st Annual Great East Japan Earthquake 5K Run, in support of recovery operations from the tsunami and earthquake that devastated parts of Japan last year, on 11 March 2011.

The Echo Battery, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (E/1-1 ADA) Regiment Crusaders, stationed at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, helped coordinate this memorable event in honor of the partnership between the American and Japanese communities.  More importantly, the run honored those lost in the tragic Sendai earthquake and tsunami, and to pay tribute to the heroic efforts of the Japanese and American volunteers who brought aid to areas affected by the natural disasters. The humanitarian aid and disaster relief operation was a joint American and Japanese response to the overwhelming devastation of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami and subsequent aftershocks to Northern Japan.

“This is a good opportunity to remember the tragedy that happened and remember the people who were lost,” said Kazunari Tanaka, a foreign liaison with the Southwestern Composite Air Division, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, referring to the 5K run.

In photo below left, Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Norimitsu Ando of the Japanese 6th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Group, poses with others from his unit who participated in the 1st Annual Great East Japan Earthquake 5K Run on 11 March 2012 at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. In photo below right, Captain (CPT) Sara Avitia, Commander, Echo Battery, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (E/1-1 ADA)Regiment, and her Japanese interpreter welcome the participants to the 1st Annual Great East Japan Earthquake 5K Run.
E/1-1 ADA's CPT Avitia at the first Great East Japan Earthquake 5K RunCSM Ando Japanese 6th ADA Group 1st Annual Great East Japan Earthquake 5K Run on 11 March 2012 at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.

Participants, ranging in ages from a few months old to over 65 years old, came together at Kadena Air Base’s Risner Gym to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS).  More than 345 runners, who represented service members from the United States Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army, as well as their Japanese counterparts and family members, participated, attended and donated to show their support.

First Lieutenant (1LT) Sung-Yong David Kim, a service member who answered the call to provide aid during Operation Tomodachi immediately following the disaster, and planned the benefit run, said, “Today’s run holds a special place in my heart due to my participation in the relief efforts last year.”

Warm sentiments from participants like Kim, and the generous donations of supporters helped collect over $2900.00, making the run a complete success.

The groups were divided by age and the categories were designated as 19 years old and below; ages 20 through 39; and ages 40 and above. Each category awarded three winning positions – first, second and third – for both male and female runners, based on official finish line times.

The following are the list of winners by category with their run times.

The female winners for the 19 and below category are Tiffany Walker (20:51), Allie Reichenberg (21:55) and Kai Wheeler (31:34). The male winners for the 19 and below category are Wren Renquist (22:24), Guy Renquist (23:03) and Michael Hussey (24:51).

The female winners for the 20 through 39 category are Megan Palmer (19:20), Haley Cash (22:49) and Mayra Canizales (24:05). The male winners for the 20 through 39 category are Francisco Ramirez (18:02), Kenn Thomas (18:33) and Joshua Miller (18:40).

The female winners for the 40 and above category are Tomiko Iwaki (26:32), Theresa Ewadinger (28:39) and Marcia Hashman (30:50). The male winners for the 40 and above category are Michihiko Nishiyaya (17:59), Greg Paris (19:17) and Mauryce Conner (20:15).

According to their official website
www.jrc.org, the JRCS has assisted the victims of the Northern Japan earthquake by providing medical care, relief counseling, and temporary shelters for the displaced victims.  The donations raised on Saturday’s 5K run will contribute to the good work supplied by the JRCS and provided another successful demonstration of the friendship between two long-standing partners, the United States and Japanese militaries.

  First Lieutenant (1LT) Rufino Farias Jr. is assigned to Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (B/1-1 ADA) Regiment as the executive officer. He has served as a fire control platoon leader and battery trainer.  Lieutenant Farias is prior service and his military education includes: Officer Candidate School, Basic Officer Leadership Course, Basic Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault Course and has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Article by Second Lieutenant Jean P. Tomte and photo by Sergeant Megan Boyer,
10th Army Air and Missile Defense Public Affairs

Kaiserslautern, Germany — Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA), Raymond F. Chandler, visited troops from the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (5-7 ADA) Regiment and their parent organization, the 10th U.S. Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) on 8 March 2012 while in Germany.

During his visit with Delta Battery, 5-7 ADA (D/5-7 ADA), SMA Chandler observed the battery performing a march order and emplacement drill. D/5-7 ADA had won the prestigious Knox Award for the best Active Army Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Battery for fiscal year 2011. After witnessing the drill, SMA Chandler presented his personal coin to selected Delta Battery Soldiers for their outstanding performance.

Later, Chandler also talked to Soldiers about near term and future changes that will affect everyone. He emphasized retention, self-development, and required adjustments regarding the size of the Army.

SMA Raymond Chandler 2012 Visits 5-7 ADA.
Sergeant Major of the Army, Raymond Chandler III, shakes hands with Soldiers from Delta Battery, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment on 8 March 2012 at Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Kaiserslautern, Germany.

“We are looking for the best qualified people. The things you have to focus on are character and commitment,” said SMA Chandler. He recommended Soldiers remain dedicated and conscientious, and said that what the Army is trying to do is enforce its standards.

“You are a Soldier in the U.S. Army, that’s why I trust you, and I need you to trust your senior leaders in the Army to make some important decisions,” Chandler said. “I appreciate everything you do, I also appreciate the fact that many of you came in after September 11th, your service and sacrifice over these last ten years inspire me to do a good job every day. – Army Strong!” 

By Kathleen M. Doyle, Editor, ADA Online
To the left, Colonel (Promotable) Daniel L. Karbler points to the electronic scoreboard that captured his perfect game on 16 March 2012at the Twin Oaks Bowling Center, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

In the time honored tradition of Stonehurlers, Archers, Catapulters, Rocketeers and Gunners, currently known as Artillerymen,  the Commandant of the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School (USAADASCH), Colonel (COL) Promotable Daniel L. Karbler, showed the young warriors (second lieutenants) of the Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC) Class 01-12, that by setting a sphere-like apparatus in motion one could accomplish great things.  Much like hitting a missile with a missile to curtail catastrophic damage and destruction, the senior ADA officer at the Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, delivered an unrehearsed message no one expected, to include himself.

On Thursday, 16 February 2012, approximately 40 BOLC students from Class 01-12 and the class instructor, Captain (CPT) John R. Trahan, gathered at the Twin Oaks Bowling Center to participate in the Senior Mentors Program hosted by the Class 01-12 senior mentor, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Ronald L. Tucker.  After a presentation by LTC Tucker on the Army Career Tracker and the new ADA Smartphone Application, U.S. Army Air Defender, the group engaged in some social competition.

The lieutenants, mentors and cadre were divided up between ten lanes and commenced bowling for relaxation, camaraderie and bragging rights.  As the event was recounted, the program’s director, COL Karbler, who was assigned to a specific lane and team, would bowl his frame and then move to the other lanes to converse with as many BOLC lieutenants as he could before he was required to return to his lane and bowl his next frame. COL Karbler’s discussions focused on the Army profession and Army life. Since he could only stay long enough to complete one game, his mission was to talk to each individual before he had to leave.

COL Karbler would bowl and converse, bowl and converse, without paying much attention to what his score was. Somewhere around the 8th frame, his teammates brought to his attention that thus far he had bowled a strike in each frame and was possibly on his way to bowling a perfect 300 game. The pressure was on – here’s where being a leader and setting the example really comes into play. As a mentor, COL Karbler couldn’t just talk-the-talk; he was under pressure to walk-the-walk.

With each new strike, more eyes focused on his game. By the 9th frame all BOLC bowling had come to a halt – he bowled another strike! Now, all of the lanes came to a halt to witness the 10th frame. The first ball of the 10th – a Strike, the second ball – another Strike! The whole bowling alley became silent … could the Commandant do it? The lieutenants stood with phones in hand waiting to capture the launch and aftermath of the shot heard around Fort Sill.

KABLAM -- without a teeter the pins hit the ground like falling debris from a missile intercept. Flashes of light from the cameras exploded in the area and loud cheers and exclamations of success resounded in the building. The senior leader had shown the new lieutenants that once trained and with a bit of experience one can accomplish great things. BOLC Class 01-12 had just witnessed a rare lifetime event, a perfect game of 300.

          Sidenote: Colonel Karbler, as a young cadet attending the U. S. Military Academy at West Point,
was the captain of his class bowling team and remains an avid bowler.

All photographs were taken by Photos taken by Sergeant Erin M. Smith, U.S. Army
6th ADA Bde Reenlistment of SSG Maria Lopez
Captain Yania Bates, Commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB), 6th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, administers the Oath of Reenlistment to Staff Sergeant (SSG) Maria E. Lopez on 8 March 2012 at the First-to-Fire Stinger Statue in front of the 6th ADA Brigade headquarters building. Witnessing the reenlistment ceremony were the Regimental Command Sergeant Major (CSM) James T. Carr Sr., 6th ADA Brigade Commander Colonel William M. Stacey, and 6th ADA Brigade CSM Ronald C. Cowan, as well as fellow Soldiers and coworkers. SSG Lopez reenlisted for an indefinite term and appreciates the opportunity to continue to serve.
SSG Lopez Reenlistment-1  SSG Lopez Reenlistment-2  SSG Lopez Reenlistment-3  SSG Lopez Reenlistment-4
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SGT Side & Theroux Reup

Sergeant (SGT) Christopher R. Side and SGT Nathan C. Theroux, assigned to the 6th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, reenlisted on 8 March 2012. The reenlisted ceremony took place in the office of the Commandant of the Air Defense Artillery School (USAADASCH) and the Oath of Reenlistment was presided over by the Commandant, Colonel (Promotable) Daniel L. Karbler (center right). SGT Side and SGT Theroux work in the Command Group for the ADA School. CSM James T. Carr Sr. (far left) was happy to see these “future command sergeant majors,” choose to reup!

SGT Side & Theroux Reenlist

Article and photo by Specialist Shawn Denham, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Public Affairs

Osan Airbase, South Korea – The cooperation between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and American forces helps provide the people of South Korea with security. Korean and American forces work together to aid the overall goal of peace in the Pacific for both countries.

General James Thurman, Commander of United States Forces Korea (USFK), visited Soldiers assigned to the 35th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade here on 1 March 2012.

ROK General Kwon, Oh Sung, Deputy Commander of the Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command, also visited with General Thurman during the presentation. The visit allowed General Thurman to recognize some outstanding Soldiers and their contributions to the CFC mission in Korea.

“What you're doing down here and all across the peninsula is absolutely essential to the defense of the Republic of Korea,” said Thurman. “I can't over-state that, we're in a period of great uncertainty, so I'm counting on you.”
General Thurman Visiits 35th ADA Bde
Commander, United States Forces – Korea (USFK), General James Thurman, talks to Soldiers of the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Osan Airbase, Korea, on 1 March 2012. General Thurman awarded coins to outstanding Soldiers for their contributions to the USFK mission.

Soldiers of the 35th ADA Brigade provide aerial defense to
South Korea through the use of the Patriot Missile System, weapons designed to track and intersect incoming enemy fire. A number of Soldiers within the brigade were selected by their command for acknowledgment of their contributions to the mission in South Korea.

General Thurman awarded coins and spoke with each Soldier, thanking them for the job they were doing and encouraging them to continue their outstanding performance.

“I [received a coin] because I continue to work when others don't,” said Private First Class (PFC) Bryanna Vacchiano, a signal support system specialist with the 35th ADA . “I believe that without [communications] you can't do what we do. Communications help the 35th ADA track missiles, both friendly and enemy, wherever they are,” said Vacchiano.

“I do a lot of things for the brigade,” said Sergeant (SGT) William Johnson, a computer specialist with the 35th ADA Brigade, who also received a coin. “I helped designed the brigade web page and 6-52nd ADA's web page among other things.”

Johnson said another of his job descriptions is Knowledge Management Officer, facilitating how people receive information during a time of war, whether through phone, internet or by other means.

After the ceremony, General Thurman made a short speech, focusing on the importance of the 35th ADA Brigade and their contribution to the security of the people of South Korea.

“Just know that this Soldier here appreciates what you are doing,” said General Thurman.

About the Author/Photographer: Specialist Shawn Denham is a 2009 graduate of the Defense Information School (DINFOS), and deployed to Afghanistan (2010-2011) with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as a print journalist. He continued to serve with the 101st Airborne until early 2012, when he was reassigned to his current position as a Public Affairs Specialist with the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Public Affairs Office in Osan, South Korea.


Article by Captain Jeremy Tennent, and photographs by Korean Augmentation to the United States Army (KATUSA) Private First Class Kim Hyun-ki, both assigned to the 6th Battalion, 52d Air Defense Artillery Regiment Public Affairs


SUWON, South Korea
– The weather didn’t put a chill on the competitive spirit of the 6th Battalion, 52d Air Defense Artillery (6-52 ADA) Regiment, as they played host to a Key Resolve Victory Party with guests of honor from Korean units across the Peninsula on 10 March 2012.

The day began with a festival of food and six different competitive tournaments complete with the coveted “Iron Horse” trophies that represent bragging rights among the Battalion.

“I’d like to thank all the Korean units and the Soldiers for coming here,” said Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) William E. Darne. “The Key Resolve exercise is a symbol of the strong alliance between our two nations that has existed for over 60 years.”

In addition to the 6-52d ADA Soldiers, representatives from the 510th ADA (a short-range air defense Republic of Korea [ROK] Army unit) from Anyang, the 10th Fighter Wing ROKAF (Suwon Airbase) and the Special Weapons and Tactics Group ROK Army (SWTG) from Kwangju all arrived at Suwon ready to compete.

Also among the guests of honor were representatives from the Korean National Police, People to People International, the Korean American Friendship Association, and the Korean American Youth Alliance.

The Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Center of Suwon contributed greatly to the event by hosting the “Paul Bunyan Winter Olympics,” for Soldiers not playing in the tournaments. Competitions included a biathlon with oversized tricycles and a paintball shoot, and scooter races around the battalion area. They also provided bouncy castles for the kids and pugil sticks for the adults.

In an upset win, Captain Park Sang Hak of the SWTG defeated Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) John Shafer to win the pool (billiards) championship.  The 10th Fighter Wing, Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), playing on their home field in Suwon, fielded the winning soccer team. In the traditional Korean sport of jok-gu, similar to tennis but played with a soccer ball, the SWTG took home the trophy.


Private First Class (PFC) Joshua Demers and Specialist (SPC) Kenneth Fair scooped up the tennis championship for Headquarters Battery (HHB/6-52 ADA). The highly competitive basketball tournament ran into overtime, with A/6-52 ADA collecting the trophy after a hard fought competition.

The final event, a tug of war hosted by the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) Program, has come to represent the spirit of friendly rivalry among the units assembled. The 510th ADA using superior technique, defeated the combined might of 6-52d ADA in order to claim the trophy.

BOSS President SPC Kevin Gonzalez, was pleased with the day. “It was a lot of fun, and it was great to see the soldiers having a good time.”

The day concluded with a performance by the MWR band Absolute, hosted in the
Suwon Community Army Center.


Article by Specialist Isaac Castleberry and photographs by Korean Augmentation to
the United States Army (KATUSA)
Private First Class Kim Hyun-ki, 6-52d Air Defense Artillery Public Affairs

SUWON, South Korea – 9 March 2012 – Tax season usually marks a time when lives stands still, as people put normal priorities on the back burner, and frantically file their income taxes. But this season, the Soldiers of the 6
th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery (6-52 ADA ) Regiment have a number that’s important to them. That number is 306.  To the “Iron Horse” Battalion, 306 is the numbers of man-hours their Soldiers saved because of the generosity of Camp Humphrey’s tax professionals.

First Sergeant (1SG) Earnest Dade, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB) 1SG, highlighted some key points on why it is essential for leaders to be resourceful in every aspect of Soldier care.

1SG Dade said, “Suwon Air Base doesn’t have the necessary resources or the enjoyable amenities that bigger installations have, so it’s our job, as leaders, to take appropriate actions to ensure Soldiers’ needs are being taken care of.
  In this case it’s Soldiers’ taxes.  This may seem like a tedious task to a lot of people but, to us, it’s greatly appreciated because this has a tremendous impact on Soldier morale and our mission readiness.”

Through networking, the Iron Horse Battalion was able to coordinate with the Camp Humphreys Tax Team to designate dedicated time from their busy schedules to provide assistance to 6-52 ADA Soldiers with their income tax preparation and filing needs.

Sergeant (SGT) Wade Conklin, 23, of Cincinnatus, New York, who helped set up the computers that the Humphrey Tax Team used, was grateful that leadership could bring these assets down to take care of Soldiers.

6-52 ADA Tax Assistance 6-52 ADA Tax Assistance-2

Conklin said, “It’s great for soldiers to have assets come to them especially when you’re dealing with things such as taxes.
  My hope for the next tax season is that more Soldiers utilize this asset so they can get their personal business taken care of in a timely manner and then get them back in the fight.”

The leaders are not the only ones deeply appreciative of the tax team coming to Suwon; Soldiers who took advantage of the opportunity are grateful too.
  Private First Class (PFC) Anna Dehoyos, 23, from Corpus Christi, Texas, took full advantage of this free service and was happy that she didn’t have to travel to Camp Humphrey or do her taxes online.

Dehoyos said, “Having them come to us was a real convenience for me and several other Soldiers.  I really didn’t want to make that long journey to Camp Humphreys then have to make the same journey back to Suwon, especially when I have work to do.  And I sure didn’t want to do them online myself because you never know what could go wrong.  So it gives me peace of mind knowing my taxes are done, and they were done by people who are trained to do so.”

Battalion Executive Officer Major (MAJ) Cecilia Shaw would like to thank the following people for their selfless service: Captain (CPT) Stephen Altizer, SGT Vanessa Escalera, PFC Lee Thao, PFC Amanda Higgins, and Private (PV2) Cody Nelson for assisting the Soldiers of Suwon with completing and filing their taxes.


(Kaiserslautern American/9 March 2012)
Article by Second Lieutenant Jean P. Tomte and photos by Sergeant Megan Boyer,
10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Public Affairs

The roads were slippery and icy, the temperature was below freezing, but it didn't distract the Soldiers from the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) from completing their Air Defense Artillery (ADA) field training exercise. As these Soldiers achieved their main goal: conducting air defense operations and , most importantly, preparing for any contingency mission as directed by U.S. Army Europe (USAEUR), they gained a sense of confidence in themselves and each other. ...

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Soldiers assigned to the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) set up their tent on 7 February 2012 in Baumholder, Germany.

Beyond duty

Specialist Kannesha Nept, a supply sergeant assigned to the 2d Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is being recognized her volunteer efforts with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarksville.

Article by Specialist Michael Vanpool, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

FORT CAMPBELL, Kentucky -- Specialist (SPC) Kannesha Nept starts out every weekend with a plan. Dinner, games and laughter with friends top her list. This may sound typical of many Soldiers, but its meaning is anything but! Dinners are with her "Little Sister" from the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program of America. Games are at a local convalescent homes. And laughs are shared all around and with many.

Selfless Service goes beyond the uniform for SPC Nept from Georgiana, Alabama. She not only volunteers her time, but encourages her "Battle Buddies" to do the same. ...

(To read the complete article and find out more on what you can do for your community, click on the hyperlinked photo or title above.)

On 17 November 2011, the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) successfully completed its first flight test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The test demonstrated an unprecedented over-the-shoulder launch of the PAC-3 MSE missile against a simulated target attacking from behind. It required a unique sideways maneuver, demonstrating a 360-degree capability. The missile executed a planned self-destruct sequence at the end of the mission after successfully engaging the simulated threat.


( MEADS International Press Release/Cleared for release 29 February 2012)

ORLANDO/MUNICH/ROME, 17 November 2011 – The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) successfully completed its first flight test today at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The Patriot Advanced Capabilities-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) MEADS Certified Missile Round was employed during the test along with the MEADS lightweight launcher and battle manager.  The test demonstrated an unprecedented over-the-shoulder launch of the MSE missile against a simulated target attacking from behind.  It required a unique sideways maneuver, demonstrating a 360-degree capability.  The missile executed a planned self-destruct sequence at the end of the mission after successfully engaging the simulated threat. ...
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( MEADS International Press Release/Cleared for release 22 February 2012)

ORLANDO/MUNICH/ROME, February 22, 2012 – Lockheed Martin has begun integration testing on the third completed Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) battle manager at its facility in Huntsville, Alabama.  Integration testing on the third battle manager will continue throughout 2012 in support of a ballistic missile intercept test planned at White Sands Missile Range in 2013. Two other battle managers are already supporting system testing at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base in Italy and Orlando, Florida. The MEADS battle manager controls an advanced network-centric open architecture that allows any combination of sensors and launchers to be organized into a single air and missile defense battle element. Through a capability called plug-and-fight, sensors, shooters or other battle managers act as nodes on the network. From the MEADS battle manager, a commander can add or subtract nodes as the situation dictates without shutting down the system. ...
(To read the complete press release, click on the hyperlinked title of this article above.)


Photos by Staff Sergeant Brandon Little,
32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs Office
BG Rossi, Commander 32d AAMDC leads 11th ADA Bde Soldier in the Oath of Reenlistment.
Brigadier General John G. Rossi, Commander of 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), leads nearly three dozen Soldiers assigned to 11th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade in the Oath of Enlistment during a mass reenlistment ceremony held Monday, 5 March 2012, at the Fort Bliss and 1st Armored Division Museum.
MSG Gabriel Jaramillo,  Gets Commander's Award for Rentention Excellence
Master Sergeant (MSG) Gabriel Jaramillo, senior career counselor for 11th ADA Brigade, poses with the leadership of 32d AAMDC and 11th ADA Brigade while holding the Commander’s Award for Retention Excellence after a mass reenlistment ceremony on 5 March 2012 at the Fort Bliss and 1st Armored Division Museum. The award was presented to the 11th ADA Brigade for achieving 100 percent of their assigned retention mission for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012. (From left to right Command Sergeant Major [CSM] James N. Ross, CSM, 32d AAMDC; Colonel Reginald R. Davis, Commander 11th ADA Brigade; MSG Gabriel Jaramillo; CSM Byron E. Ferguson, 11th ADA Brigade CSM and BG John G. Rossi.)

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SUNNYVALE, California – Brigadier General John G. Rossi, 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) Commanding General, poses with leaders from Lockheed  Martin's Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAD)program at their headquarters in Sunnyvale.  From left to right:  Todd Roy, Chief Scientist; Kathleen Cronin, THAAD Business Development; Duke Williams, Vice President of THAAD Missile Program; BG Rossi; Captain Ryan Brence, Aide-de-camp; Rick Reginato, THAAD Chief Engineer; and Shirley Gray-Lewis, Director of THAAD Business Development. General Rossi toured the facilities and received briefings regarding THAAD capabilities, growth, and test results. The 32d AAMDC maintains training and readiness authority of two THAAD batteries assigned to the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade located at Fort Bliss, Texas.

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

FORT HOOD, Texas – A mass reenlistment of 24 Soldiers from the 69th Air Defense Artillery (ADA)  Brigade took place at Soldier Field, Fort Hood, on 2 March 2012. Lieutenant General (LTG) Donald M. Campbell, Jr., the Commanding General of III Corps and Fort Hood, reenlisted the Soldiers and gave thanks to their families during the mass reenlistment ceremony. Reenlisting Soldier ranks were diverse – from specialist through first sergeant. Their dedication to the Army team and their outstanding Soldier attributes proved them qualified to continue serving, despite the downsizing of the military force.
2012-0302 LTG Campbell, Cdr III Corps & Ft Hood Reenlists 69th ADA Brigade Soldiers
Above, LTG Donald M. Campbell, Jr., III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General, delivers the
Oath of Reenlistment to 24 Soldiers from the 69th ADA Brigade on 2 March 2012. In addition to
reenlisting the Soldiers, family members were presented a certificate of appreciation, expressing the
gratitude the unit has for the families support and sacrifices they have shown and made for the troops.

2012-0302 LTG Campbell, Cdr III Corps & Ft Hood Reenlists 69th ADA Brigade Soldiers
Above, LTG Donald M. Campbell, Jr., shakes the hand of Gabrielle Johnson, the son of Staff Sergeant
Jaruis Johnson, during a mass reenlistment ceremony at Fort Hood on 2 March 2012. Johnson is an
Avenger crewmember assigned to the 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th ADA Brigade.
SGT Mitchell W. Stout (Artist Rendering)File:Armymoh.jpg

24 February 1950 – 12 March 1970

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


of C Battery, 1st Battalion 44th Air Defense Artillery was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for acts of heroism he displayed 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 joealexander278@gmail.com or by phone at (865) 986-4647.

(UPI.com/9 March 2012)

The U.S. Army's first Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery has received all hardware and components for full operation.

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(Armed Services Committee/6 March 2012)

The Strategic Forces Subcommittee held a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for Missile Defense. Chairman Michael Turner made the following remarks ... "Since entering office, the Obama Administration has demonstrated a lack of interest in, and support for, missile defense - specifically, the defense of the United States. In its first budget submission to the Congress, President Obama slashed $1.16 billion out of the missile defense budget, more than a ten percent reduction, in a single year. ..."

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(U.S. Department of Defense/ American Forces Press Service/8 March 2012)
By Cheryl Pellerin

Technical challenges remain for the complex ballistic missile defense system designed to protect the United States and its allies, but the capability is crucial to the nation’s defense posture, experts told a congressional panel this week.
Bradley H. Roberts, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy, Army Lieutenant General Patrick O'Reilly, Director of the Defense Department’s Missile Defense Agency, and other experts testified on 6 March 2012 before the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on strategic forces.

Since 1999, the United States has invested more than $90 billion in missile defense. The fiscal 2013 budget request for missile defense is $7.75 billion. Roberts said the missile defense strategy balances the need to defend the homeland with the need to address regional threats overseas to U.S. forces, allies and partners, and he described the plan to bolster both.

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Dated: 29 February 2012

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta has announced
that the President has nominated:

Lieutenant General Robert P. Lennox, United States Army, for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as Principal Deputy Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. He is currently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, US Army, Washington, D.C.

Dated: 18 February 2012

The following Army National Guard General Officer has been confirmed by the Senate for Federal recognition in the next higher grade.

Brigadier General Glenn A. Bramhall, Deputy Commanding General, 263d United States Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Army National Guard, Anderson, South Carolina, and Air Defense Artillery Deputy Commanding General – Army National Guard, Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Oklahoma for promotion to the rank of major general.


Completed your military service obligation?

Looking for something to do while transitioning to a civilian career?

Today's your lucky day!
Consider the New York Army National Guard.

Immediate openings in the 42d Infantry Division (ID) are available for former ADA Officers.

The 42d ID is headquartered in Troy (near Albany) with elements in Buffalo and on Staten Island

Career progression opportunities available through Lieutenant Colonel.


Contact Major Mike Alfano at mike.alfano@us.army.mil or (518) 229-0589.


1LT Carleigh Vollbrecht
1-1 ADA
KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – In 2006, the 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (1-1 ADA) Regiment was permanently stationed on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, in order to provide air and missile defense (AMD) to key assets in the Pacific area of responsibility (AOR). In January 2012, the battalion implemented a lifecycle process to increase the operational readiness of the Battalion.

The purpose of the lifecycle process is to increase readiness by designating a Patriot firing battery as a mission battery poised and ready to assume the directed alert state while allowing other fire units to carry on gunnery certification, maintenance, and support.  The lifecycle works as a rotation through these four important focus areas in addition to a battalion collective training event; a complete cycle lasts six months, thus allowing for two rotations per year.

As a forward stationed unit, the “Snake Eyes” Battalion faces unique challenges balancing the requirements of the unit’s mission with a two- to three-year family accompanied assignment.  A constant state of alert for an extended period of time would burn out the Soldiers and their Families, possibly encouraging complacency when a threat materializes.   By having a one month rotation as mission battery each Patriot firing battery will have enough down time to avoid burn out, provide scheduling predictability to Soldiers and their Families, and most importantly, maintain the combat readiness of the battalion.

Mission battery trains continuously in daily tactical operations which include communications checks, passing reports, radar monitoring, and maintenance.  At the same time, battalion evaluation teams conduct operational readiness evaluations (OREs) to assess the combat readiness of each key piece of equipment. 
The OREs enable the mission battery to simulate a tactical environment in order to assess the operational readiness of the crews maintaining the Patriot system and evaluate the battery’s ability to react to changes in tactical posture. Once the ORE is complete the crew is placed on a recall, which allows 1-1 ADA to be ready to provide air and missile defense for defended assets rapidly.

Patriot gunnery certification is a training evaluation process that validates whether a unit can collectively execute a mission.  The process of certification begins with a maintenance check of an emplaced operational battery; once their maintenance is validated, the evaluation team issues March Order. The battery moves to another site, emplaces, and assumes the mission.

To assume the mission the unit must regain communications, ensure all equipment is operational, and assume the proper defensive posture.  An air battle simulating an overwhelming enemy attack then ensues, designed to push the operating crew to their limits.  Following a successful battery movement and air battle, a challenging written test is proctored to ensure the crew has the proper knowledge of system operation and threats.

Maintenance is a vital key to increase the battalion’s readiness and reliability of the equipment, therefore an entire month is dedicated to deep maintenance Special attention and time must also be paid to corrosion prevention, given the proximity to the ocean.  Patriot equipment is not designed for Okinawa’s high humidity which averages 75 percent, causing corrosion and the need to replace parts that do not normally require replacement. While maintenance is preformed throughout the lifecycle, this month provides time for a prioritized drill down and then verified check of all system functions- from radar services to container load plans to re-signing of property hand receipts, no maintenance stone is left unturned.

Support is the final link to the lifecycle.  The supporting battery takes on tasks, allowing for Soldiers in the mission, certification, or maintenance cycles to focus on their current mission. The support battery’s primary task is to provide the certification battery with air battle support.  Another internal tasking would be the execution of small arms ranges.

1-1 ADA's lifecycle process allows the battalion to effectively provide AMD of the AOR while maintaining gunnery certification standards and high levels of maintenance. The battalion's readiness has increased, commanders have more predictability to schedule training, and Soldiers are now able to better plan their time spent with Families.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

(Part I was published in February’s  ADA Online.)
Article  and photos by Sergeant Eddie R. Smith, 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Public Affairs

Above and from left to right: Specialist (SPC) Cody Cormier, SPC Benjamin Davis, SPC Kevin Sepulveda, SPC Teshonda Getties, Private First Class (PFC) Ashlee Krehel and Sergeant (SGT) Dwan Venning members of the 108th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade are all smiles as they show off their Dr. Seuss apparel.

FORT BRAGG, North Caroline – Soldiers from 108th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade returned to Gordon Elementary School on 2 March 2012, to celebrate Theodore Seuss Geizel known to all children as Dr. Seuss.

In May 1997, the National Education Association (NEA) established National Read Across America Day.  Members of the association decided that the annual event would be most exciting to kids of all ages if it took place on the birthday of the beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss. Read Across America is intended to further
motivate and teach children about the importance of reading.

Pamela Bailey, the school’s librarian, worked with Soldiers from the 108th ADA Brigade for the second time during a book reading event and was truly appreciative of their service. She helped the Soldiers get into character by supplying them with Dr. Seuss top hats and ties.

“This is a great partnership program we have,” Bailey said. “I had a great time working with the Soldiers and I am looking forward to future engagements with the Soldiers of the Spartans Brigade.”

Soldiers made their way through the school reading to a number of classes; covering all grade levels from kindergarten to fifth grade. The Soldiers also engaged in other activities with the children such as making Dr. Seuss top hats out of construction paper and making green slime out of glue and water to represent the meal from one of Dr. Seuss’ most popular books, “Green Eggs and Ham.”

The Soldiers also ate lunch with the students. They agree that their day was well spent – a morning of book reading, followed by an afternoon lunch with the kids. The day proved to be fun for the students and Soldiers. Specialist (SPC) Teshonda Getties, a Soldier assigned to the 108th ADA Brigade, believes that it was the Soldiers who actually got the most out of the experience.

“The kids enjoyed it, but I enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer again,” Getties said.

SPC Tasonda Getties eagerly reads one of the many Dr. Seuss books to students at Gordon elementary School on 2 March 2012.

For other Soldiers, the event would be their first community service experience. SPC Shane Wheeler another Soldier assigned to the 108th ADA Brigade was grateful to be a part of the event and volunteer his time.

“This was definitely something I was happy to do. I look forward to volunteering in the future,” said Wheeler.

Although many children who attend Gordon Elementary School come from military families, the Adopt-A-School partnership allows interaction between Soldiers and students who do not have a military background. The program also enables students to gain a better understanding of how important it is for service members to give back to the community.


Article and photograph by Sergeant Eddie R. Smith,
108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Public Affairs

Sergeant (SGT) Angelo Stevens is assisting a student by taking measurements with a yardstick for the basketball toss event of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) competition.

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina, 24 February 2012 – Soldiers from the 108th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade judged the Navy Area Six Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Academic, Athletic, and Drill Competition at Gray’s Creek High School.

Teams of cadets from fourteen schools in North and South Carolina area competed in the national physical fitness and academic competition. This annual competition is an assessment that helps determine which schools in the region has the most distinguished cadets.

With scorecards, measuring tape and rulers in hand, the Soldiers evaluated teams of junior cadets who competed in a variety of events which took place in the school’s gymnasium. The events included the basketball toss, standing long jump, sit-ups and pushups in cadence.

Judging the 600 cadets was not an easy task for the Soldiers the 108th ADA brigade.

Specialist (SPC) Richard Jenkins, a volunteer judge from the 108th ADA Brigade enjoyed taking on the responsibility. “At first it was very overwhelming due to the amount of cadets that were competing. I had to ensure that I remained focused so my scoring would be fair and accurate for the cadets. I definitely enjoyed doing this and I can see myself coming back again,” said Jenkins.

The first event was the basketball toss which measured the cadet’s upper body strength. The cadets had to throw a basketball from one side of the gym to the other. To judge this event, the Soldiers measured the distance from where the cadets threw the basketball to where it landed.

“Not only did you have to be quick with the math, but with your reflexes as well because basketballs were flying everywhere,” said Sergeant (SGT) Danielle Carnicom, another volunteer judge assigned to the 108thADA Brigade.

The JROTC program was very appreciative of the 108th ADA Soldiers efforts and dedication in coming out to help judge the competition.

“We could not have done this without the support of the Soldiers,” said Commander Griffin Jones, Area 6 Manager of the North and South Carolina JROTC programs. “The hardest task was finding good judges that could come out and help with the competition, the most critical element,” said Jones.

Soldiers from the 108th ADA Brigade were honored to take part in the competition. The 108th ADA Brigade Headquarters first sergeant (1SG), 1SG Randy B. Gray also aided with the judging of events. “One cadet completed 349 sit-ups during the competition without stopping, unbelievable! I probably would not have believed it myself but I was the one who counted the repetitions,” said 1SG Gray.

“I think it’s great that we had the opportunity to give back to the community and those who support us.” “It allows the Soldiers to make a difference in the community in their own way,” said Gray.

An academic exam was also an event in the competition. The victors of the competition will advance to the National Athletic, Academic and Drill Championship held in Pensacola, Florida.

Article by Second Lieutenant Jean P. Tomte and photos by Sergeant Megan Boyer, 10th U.S. Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs
5-7 ADA's SFC Elsner act as mentor to Vogelweh students.
Above, Sergeant First Class (SFC) Leslie Elsner, a volunteer from 5-7 ADA, assists three students from
Vogelweh Elementary School, Kaiserslautern, Germany, in English on 3 February 2012.

RHINE ORDNANCE BARRACKS, Germany  -- On 3 February 2012, nineteen Soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (5-7 ADA), 10th U.S. Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) reached out to support Vogelweh Elementary School with special events, activities and educational mentoring. This renewed pledge is a continuation of a community outreach program that was initiated on 11 November 2011.

“The School Sponsorship program helps strengthen the community relationship and shows how Soldiers want to give back to the community,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) Arnulfo Rios from Palestine, Texas. Rios is assigned to 5-7 ADA as an air and missile defense (AMD) systems tactician/technician. He also serves as the School Sponsorship liaison, responsible for managing the volunteers in the program.

“I feel that having five daughters of my own, helps me with patience and understanding,” said Rios “Once the teacher is focused on one group, I reinforce what the teacher already taught to the other group” Rios usually volunteers one hour a day, three times a week.

Volunteering is a great way to devote your time, and skills to your community while helping others. In this case, the Soldiers from 5-7 ADA volunteer because they want to make a difference and most importantly be a positive role model for the children of the community.

The Vogelweh School Principal, Jane Page, has requested tutoring help for students in the subjects of Math and Reading. Additionally, service members structure practical exercise games; assist with supervision during recess and lunch; and monitor traffic control during prescribed school hours.

“I am hoping this will be a start of a wonderful partnership with a very supportive unit,” said Page. “Lieutenant Colonel [LTC] Philip G. Labasi Jr., Commander of 5-7 ADA met with me on numerous occasions to see how the program was going; to me it shows great command support.”

Even thought the unit faces a complex mission, they still manage to send Soldiers on a regular basis.

“The battalion can give back to the community while providing our Soldiers the opportunity to become better rounded professionals,” said LTC Labasi.

Most children were perceptive and astute while interacting with Sergeant First Class (SFC) Leslie Elsner from Marion, North Dakota. SFC Elsner, an assistant to the battalion electronic missile maintenance officer said, “It is interesting to hear the points of view from the kids on the stories they read.”

“It helps me improve my ability to volunteer in the community and giving back,” said Sergeant (SGT) Aaron Gillette from Depauville, New York. SGT Gillette is a squad leader with Delta Battery 5-7 ADA (D/5-7 ADA). When asked what was personally interesting about the program, Gillette replied, “I know I am helping the children to better their proficiency in reading and taking tests.”

“As a leader and a dad, it has helped me to better understand children and to learn more creative ways to teach them,” said SGT Dennis Brock from Fort Wayne, Indiana.  SGT Brock serves as a tactical director assistant for the Patriot Information Coordination Central (ICC). “Giving kids the motivation and the tools to succeed and watching them learn and grow is what drives me every day,” added Brock.

“Children perform better academically when someone cares,” said LTC Labasi. “Whenever someone expresses interest in what kids are doing, it increases their performance.”

Article by Captain Ebony J. Malloy, 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Public Affairs

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina – Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery (3-4 ADA) Regiment conducted an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (EDRE) from 27 February through 6 March 2012.  Although, 3-4 ADA is currently deployed, the remaining batteries shipped equipment to their sister unit, 1-7 ADA to support air and missile defense (AMD) operations in the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility. An EDRE is designed to exercise the movement plans of a unit to deploy to an overseas theater of operations. The EDRE was also conducted to analyze the battalion’s ability to deploy within 96 hours of notification.

The training took place at the Spartan Brigade Complex and Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group area on Pope Army Airfield. To complete the training the units had to undergo multiple rehearsals along with battery and battalion unit loading area control center (ULACC) operations. Furthermore, the training included an “alert recall” and equipment readiness validations. In a real-world scenario units would receive a no-notice order to deploy.

Captain (CPT) Joshua Aeschliman, 3-4 ADA rear detachment operations officer, stated “the battalion performed superbly, they made it through all inspections with first time go’s and loaded all aircraft with no accidents or delays.”

The battalion has never completed an EDRE to this extent since its transition to the Patriot Air Defense System. The exercise involved the movement of equipment from both Alpha and Bravo Batteries.

CPT Aeschliman also spoke about what made the training successful. “It took excellent preparation and effort by the Soldiers in these units to push 30 pieces of rolling stock by air and 22 pieces by sea,” he said. “We are not allotted many opportunities to conduct this type of training and it is invaluable to be able to physically load aircraft for future deployments,” said Aeschliman.

3-4 ADA EDRE - 2
Above, Soldiers from 3-4 ADA are awaiting loading instructions from the Arrival/Departure Control Group personnel at Pope Airfield on 6 March 2012.
(Photo by [CPT] Captain Ebony J. Malloy, 108th ADA Brigade Public Affairs.)

3-4 ADA EDRE - 1
Above, Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery (3-4 ADA) Regiment drive their equipment into the motor pool bay for inspection at the 108th ADA Brigade complex on 27 February 2012. (Photo by Sergeant Eddie R. Smith, 108th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade Public Affairs.)
3-4 ADA EDRE - 3
Above, Soldiers from 3-4 ADA are awaiting loading instructions from Arrival/Departure Control Group personnel at Pope Airfield on 6 March 2012.
(Photo by CPT Ebony J. Malloy, 108th ADA Brigade Public Affairs.)
3-4 ADA EDRE - 4
Above, Soldiers from 3-4 ADA are loading their equipment on the back of a C-17 aircraft at Pope Airfield on 6 March 2012. (Photo by CPT Ebony J. Malloy, 108th ADA Brigade Public Affairs.)
3-4 ADA EDRE - 5
 Above, Arrival/Departure Control Group personnel successfully secure 3-4 ADA’s equipment in a C-17 aircraft using multiple hooks, chains, and fastening clamps at Pope Airfield. (Photo by CPT Ebony J. Malloy, 108th ADA Brigade Public Affairs.)


Congratulations to Staff Sergeant (SSG) Robert T. Brower II, who was named the Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE) 2011 Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year on 1 February 2012 at a ceremony held at the Patriot Club, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  SSG Brower, 25, born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and is assigned to Delta Battery, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery (D/3-2 ADA) Regiment, 31st ADA Brigade.

Congratulations also to Sergeant (SGT) Jonathan P. Woodfield, who was named the FCoE 2011 Soldier of the Year on 1 February 2012 at the Patriot Club, Fort Sill. SGT Woodfield, 22, originally from Naugatuck, Connecticut, is assigned to A/4-3rd ADA, 31st ADA Brigade. SGT Woodfield competed and won the title as a Corporal and was promoted shortly after being selected.

SSG Brower and SGT Woodfield are exemplary Soldiers and air defenders representing the Air Defense Artillery branch, the FCoE, Fort Sill and the Army in the best possible light. Last year, SGT Woodfield won the coveted title of III Corps Soldier of the Year. We wish them well as they go on to the III Corps NCO and Soldier of the Year competition at Fort Hood, Texas, this summer.



Article and photo by Specialist Isaac Castleberry, 6th Battalion, 52d Air Defense Artillery Public Affairs

IHIC 6-52 ADA, CSM Hockenberry
Above, Staff Sergeant (SSG) Juan Monares teaches the new Air Defenders how to
successfully integrate during the Iron Horse Indoctrination Course (IHIC).

SUWON, South Korea – Unit continuity is a goal that units across the Korean peninsula strive for, but sometimes find hard to achieve. Soldiers of the 6th Battalion 52nd Air Defense Artillery (6-52 ADA) know how to properly integrate Soldiers into their respective gaining units.

This task is accomplished by a course designed and engineered by Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Timothy Hockenberry, and is called the Iron Horse Indoctrination Course (IHIC).

IHIC is a two-week indoctrination course in which Soldiers, new to the battalion, can receive the required courses necessary to become productive to their respective unit and also become mission ready.

CSM Hockenberry described IHIC as, “A program to fully integrate and train Soldiers to their unit, ready to conduct his or her war time mission. IHIC was my idea of encompassing all the in-processing requirements and training needed to be a Soldier here in Korea in a one-stop, resourced and leader involved process.  This course has been a force multiplier for us by cutting down on the 90-to-180 days the Soldiers usually has to become crew certified, to 30-to-60 days.  And this is one program that will not go away, but will only continue to get better.”

Ultimately, as with every new program, Soldiers must receive the support and approval from the Army leadership.  Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) William Darne, 6-52 ADA’s Battalion Commander, fully supports the idea of IHIC.

LTC Darne said, “The IHIC program is an absolutely essential part of this Battalion’s ability to receive and in-process our Soldiers. The Iron Horse Indoctrination Course allows us to ‘baseline’ all our Soldiers upon arrival from 1RC. IHIC is one of the programs we are very proud of here in the Iron Horse Battalion and we truly feel it enables us to be ready to fight tonight if necessary!”

Such expression of gratitude from such a prominent figure in the Battalion shows great respect for CSM Hockenberry and his forward thinking efforts in creating the IHIC. However, the success of an idea, is only as great as its execution.

Staff Sergeant (SSG) Juan Monares, 32, of Brenham, Texas, has been entrusted to run the IHIC program.  Monares said, “I think it’s a great opportunity to be able to run such a well-thought out program.  It also gives me the ability to interact with Soldiers and become their first impression to the Battalion.”

Another unique aspect of the IHIC program is its ability to assist in the integration of new Soldiers with the Korean Peninsula, the Korean culture and the history and pride of the “Iron Horse” Battalion.  Through this education Soldiers know what it takes – to make it – in Korea as part of the “Iron Horse” Battalion.

Private First Class (PFC) Kristin Chapa, 20, from Houston, Texas, went through the IHIC and shared the lessons she learned.  Chapa said, “IHIC helped me meet new people.  It also gave me the opportunity to learn some interesting facts about Korean Nationals and the Korean culture. I gained knowledge on the historic and present significances of the “Iron Horse” Battalion. The skills and education I learned in IHIC have given me enough confidence to make it through a year in Korea and also ensure that all my mission essential training is taken care of and I’m ready to fight tonight.”

PFC Chapa also noted that, “One of the biggest factors in helping me through this year in Korea was the fact that my leadership took the time to review my wish list we had to write in IHIC and set-up a way for me to achieve my goals. I think that’s a positive aspect in helping young Soldiers develop.”

IHIC is always improving and evolving to fit the needs of the Army, Korea, or unit specific training requirements.  Input is always welcomed and procedures are reviewed every 90 days by CSM Hockenberry and discussed with senior leaders.

Article by Second Lieutenant Joel Podbereski, I Battery, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and U.S. Army photographs by civilian contractor Casey Slusser
SGT Charles Gray, I/1-11 ACR, fires Stinger missile Jan 2012 at NTC.
U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) Charles Gary, I Battery, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (I/1-11 ACR), fires the FIM-92 Stinger Missile at an Outlaw drone.  The Stinger is a man-portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile.

FORT IRWIN, California – It isn’t every day that you get to rain fiery steel, carbon fiber and wood fragments down from the skies from the convenience of a shoulder-fired missile launcher. Soldiers from I Battery, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (I/1-11 ACR) conducted a Stinger live-fire exercise at the National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, California on 31 January 2012.

The gunnery consisted of basic and intermediate gunnery qualification tables.  Annually, I/1-11 ACR undergoes a rigorous series of advanced gunnery certifications that train Stinger Man-Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) Soldiers on all facets of the weapon system.

These tables included performing the 13 critical checks that ensure a properly functional Stinger weapon system. For training it is comprised of the launch tube and grip stock assembly. The training also includes learning how to prepare for missile employment during a “red air” (hostiles in the area) situation, simulated fire in a high-tech dome facility and actual live-fire.  Tables I through X instills short-range air defense (SHORAD) Soldiers with confidence and prepares them in combat readiness for the Stinger MANPADS weapon system.

Make no mistake; Tables I through X certification requires more than just understanding and mission readiness.  This is a competition to see who in I Battery, is the best at his craft and who will be granted the rare opportunity to savor the experience of expending a live Stinger missile against a moving aerial target. This year 36 teams competed for the chance to fire a missile, 12 skilled and fortunate teams received that honor.

Indians Playing Nice with the Cowboys

I/1-11 ACR is the only Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Battery at Fort Irwin and the last of the Stinger MANPADS batteries in the United States Army.  The ADA Battery is co-located with Infantry companies and Armor Troops within the 1-11 ACR, also known as “Ironhorse.”  I Battery served as cavalry scouts during decisive action training rotations, providing “shoot-down” teams to support light Infantry and protect from aerial attacks during conventional rotations. I Battery Soldiers even work with tracked insurgency-replication vehicles, to complement mechanized infantry and armor units alike.

I/1-11 ACR is not only a unit that replicates roles of insurgent and host nation security forces alike up to ten months each year, but is dedicated to proper training, employment, and combat readiness for Stinger MANPADS until 2018, when the Stinger missile systems are purported to be replaced.  To better understand the rigors, and the glory, of firing a Stinger missile, it’s important to know what the various tables are.

All Laid Out on the Tables: A Basic Breakdown

The Basic Gunnery Tables:  Table I involves the 13 critical checks to help Soldiers gain an initial functional understanding of the Stinger MANPADS weapon system, including the grip stock, launch tube, and missile storage. Table II involves visually recognizing aircraft knowledge testing and understanding how to load codes that identify friend from foe. Table III is Crew Member Certification, meaning that the Stinger team has a full working comprehension of Tables I and II, together. These tables are tested monthly.

The Intermediate Gunnery Tables:  Tables IV through VIII comprise the intermediate tables. Table IV involves using the Tracking Head Trainer (THT) and the Stinger Tactical Proficiency Trainer (STPT) to teach air defenders how to track aerial targets, to help acquire them. Table V involves crew drills, providing hands-on practice with such tasks as learning to quickly dismount and set up two MANPADS for firing in a red air scenario, prepping the missiles to ready rounds and proper care and disposal of misfires. Table VI is the Crew Certifications, where the Stinger teams bring the skills from table IV and V together.  Tables IV through VI are tested quarterly.  Table VII and VIII involve the Simulator Dome, which I Battery had used at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Camp Pendleton, California, respectively.  Teams must track potential targets, identify them as friendly or hostile, and successfully shoot down four of five simulated moving targets, against both rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. These tables are conducted semi-annually.

The Advanced Gunnery Tables:  Tables IX and X involve air defenders in the field. Table IX is the rehearsal for live-fire.  Tracking is practiced at this table until ADA Soldiers establish confidence and competence.  The three ‘pit’ areas are walked through and explained in detail, along with all methods for conducting preparatory checks, tracking, firing the missile and proper dud and misfire procedures. Table X is the actual live-fire versus a real-time, moving drone.  It involves movements as a team – first to the “ammo holding area,” where the 13 critical checks are conducted and the grip-stock is mounted. The team chief (TC) also takes the battery cooling unit, a power-source which heats to over 400 degrees after a missile is fired, and the weapon with missile is placed on the team’s truck.  The team then moves to the “tracking pit,” where they use a mounted weapon system to establish tracking capabilities and moves mounted to the “firing pit.” The team then dismounts and prepares the Stinger for firing against their drone. Twelve Teams from I Battery made it here; and one excelled among them – the “Top Gun” team.

The Power of a “Top Gun”

Every Stinger team is comprised of two Soldiers – the TC and gunner. All Stinger teams must certify on Tables I through VIII. However, only the 12 highest scoring teams (evaluated as a pair), based on a combination of first time “GOs” and the highest overall grades scored in Tables 1 through VIII – are allowed to certify on Tables IX and X. Then there is the coveted Top Gun distinction, the very best of the best of all competing teams, the result of exacting standards.

According to I/1-11 ACR’s Avenger Master Gunner, Staff Sergeant (SSG) Kenyadle Hemphill, “The standards for Top Gun is to receive all first time GOs on Tables I through VIII. If there is more than one team with all first time GOs, then it will be decided by the highest average composite score from the TC’s and gunner’s scores on visual aircraft recognition (VACR), general knowledge, and Improved Moving Target Simulator.”

Sergeant (SGT) Christopher M. Fraser and Private 2d Class (PV2) Matthew Eubanks of I Battery, 1st Platoon, are the Top Gun Team for 2012.  They attribute their success to their leadership granting more time to study and prep than in prior competitions. They unanimously agreed that hands-on training was easier to learn than VACR and general knowledge.  They preach the power of, “practice, practice, practice – it builds confidence.”

If it Ain’t Constraining - We Ain’t Training
NTC provides an operational environment that few ADA units experience.  There is a delicate balancing act for air defenders at Fort Irwin.  We are honored to train deploying Soldiers.  We enjoy getting to step outside our branch, military occupational specialty (MOS), fulfill roles, and receive training not generally offered to other air defenders. The blessings come with challenges, and I Battery meets and overcomes them. To bring these challenges to light; I’ve spoken with I Battery’s trainers – the senior noncommissioned officers (NCOs) – some of whom have served in the ADA SHORAD community for over 15 years.

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Raul Gasca, a lifelong Stinger NCO, talked about some of the challenges that Soldiers and trainers face.

“The only real challenge is working around the rotation and tasking schedules. Other than that there really are no challenges from outside the unit, only ourselves who as leaders, need to better manage our time with optimal planning and execution of our Soldiers’ MOS training.  Improved planning and coordination are the keys to this.”

SFC Gasca expands on how to mitigate the problems by making sure that leaders, “(take) initiative; pre-plan and take advantage of the times when we have nothing otherwise planned for our Soldiers to do.” At the NTC, units will on occasion receive a “White Week,” around rotations, where units can capitalize on any training to sustain basic Soldier skills and MOS proficiency.

Another challenge is maintaining Avenger proficiency in a MANPADS unit, to ensure MOS 14S, Avenger Crewmember, Soldiers stay trained on their primary weapon system.  To facilitate the training, I/1-11 ACR received an A-1 Avenger (a humvee with a mounted turret with two Stinger pods capable of firing four fire-and-forget infrared/ultraviolet guided missiles in rapid succession), with the possibility of receiving more. Other concerns involve receiving enough training time in the Simulator Dome for Table VIII, requiring more equipment such as field handling trainers (FHTs) (three are temporarily on loan through the generosity of the U.S. Marine Corps from Camp Pendleton) and tracking head trainers (THTs) – to allow more teams to concurrently train on crew drills throughout the year. The hope remains that more equipment can be acquired and that more proactive planning will improve the process further.

The NCOs of I/1-11 ACR aren’t daunted; they persist and overcome with a “can-do” approach to training whenever the opportunity permits; an approach continually nurtured and promoted by the command climate.

Building a New Foundation
Beyond the equipment and the training, there is the junior enlisted Soldier – the front-line air defender – who, always a Soldier is directly immersed in the experience of Tables I through X certification.  Only a handful of seasoned NCOs are assigned to I/1-11 ACR, the remainder of the battery is predominately junior enlisted Soldiers.  For many of the enlisted Soldiers, this is their first duty station after advanced individual training (AIT), and their first introduction to the active Army.

SSG Daniel A. Bermann and Private First Class (PFC) Patricia M. Paulin make up one of the 12 live-fire teams.  SSG Bermann is a rarity, in that most Stinger teams are formed from two junior enlisted Soldiers – with a specialist (SPC) or PFC as the TC.  The usual team formation is par for the course at Fort Irwin, where Soldiers straight out of AIT are shaped into leaders out of necessity.

Captain (CPT) Joseph E. McCarthy, Commander of I/1-11 ACR said, “We expect a lot out of our junior Soldiers.  MANPADS by nature is the only U.S. Air Defense system without higher echelon control, where the TC is the engagement authority.  Leadership and competence are essential to the protection of the maneuver force.  In I Battery, a young specialist leading an ambush against the rotational training unit (RTU) or destroying a RTU aircraft is commonplace.  Due to the operational requirements and small unit insurgency replication, Soldiers straight out of AIT are immersed into an environment where they learn quickly to lead their peers and competence is expected.”

SSG Bermann’s team mentioned that Crew Drill Table VI was the hardest to prepare for; it was also the sole certification tables that his team did not achieve a first-time GO on.

As an NCO, SSG Bermann mentioned that, “NCO duties [can] present training and practice challenges as a team.”

The teams explained that while there was a month of preparation time, due to obligations, the team was only able to practice together for four days with limited equipment. They are determined to spend more time with crew drill practice for the next competition.

First through Twelfth to Fire
Twenty-four professional Air Defense Artillery Soldiers were allowed the rare privilege of conducting the live-fire exercise on 31 January 2012 – which is a fine way to wrap up the first month of New Year!  These 12 teams help carry on a tradition of dismounted SHORAD by showcasing their skills to visiting dignitaries from Fort Irwin and Fort Sill – home of ADA.

In six short months, these teams and all those who desire to fire a missile next year will compete for Table I through VIII Gunnery Certifications.  From timed ruck-march races, to an extra-competitive Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), to getting those coveted first-time GOs, the air defenders of I/1-11 ACR will continue to be the first, and the last, to fire the Stinger MANPADS, continuing this SHORAD tradition for the United States Army.
CSM Carr presents PFC Payne I/1-11 ACR with a coin.
Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regimental Command Sergeant Major (CSM) James T. Carr Sr., presents Private First Class (PFC) Zachariah Payne, I Battery, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, with an ADA coin, along with 11 other Stinger gunners participating in a Top Gun competition during Tables IX and X certification at the National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, California on 31 January 2012.


Article and photo by Captain Jeremy Tennent, 6th Battalion, 52d Air Defense Artillery Public Affairs, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

SUWON AIRBASE, South Korea – The senior non-commissioned officer (NCO) in the Korean Theater of Operations, Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Anthony W. Mahoney,  spent a day (1 March 2012) with the Iron Horse Soldiers of the 6th Battalion, 52d Air Defense Artillery (6-52 ADA) that defend the Suwon Airbase airstrip against ballistic missile threats.
CSM Anthony W. Mahoney Senior NCO USFK 2012-0301
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Anthony W. Mahoney, United States Forces Korea (USFK) Senior Enlisted Leader, and CSM Timothy D. Hockenberry, CSM for the 6
th Battalion-52d Air Defense Artillery (6-52 ADA) Regiment during a 6-52 ADA mission brief at Suwon Airbase, South Korea on 1 March 2012.

The senior enlisted leader in theater, CSM Mahoney said, “I am the senior NCO, but I’m not the oldest,” during opening remarks following a luncheon hosted by the senior 6-52 ADA NCO, Battalion CSM Timothy D. Hockenberry. CSM Mahoney continued by imparting some of his experiences to the assembled Soldiers. “There are only three reasons for not doing what you’re supposed to,” he said. “Either you don’t know, can’t because of lack of resources, or you just don’t want to. The first two the Army can fix. The last one is up to you Soldiers to buy into what we are saying.”

To recognize an example of young Soldiers who typify the Army and its values, CSM Mahoney presented Private (PVT) Jazma Foskin of Miami, Florida, and PVT Alexandria James of Bainbridge, Georgia, each with a USFK coin. PVTs Foskin and James are Iron Horse chefs, who recently won the Brigade Chef of the Quarter Board. They were thrilled to be honored by CSM Mahoney.

“It’s totally awesome,” said Foskin afterwards.

James agreed, “This is the second coin I’ve ever gotten and I’m really happy!”
CSM Mahoney Coins PVTs Jazma Foskin and Alexandria James 6-52 ADA Chefs on 1 March 2012
CSM Mahoney presents Privates Alexandria James and
Jazma Foskin with a USFK coin.

CSM Mahoney then toured the airbase and came away with a greater understanding of the Patriot missile system and the Soldiers that operate it. He also answered questions ranging from the impact of the drawdown to the curfew policy imposed this past year.

“I tell you,” said Mahoney, “You have a great unit out here and I intend to bring General Thurman (USFK Commander) down here and show you to him.”
1SG Thurman Booth escorts CSM Mahoney around the 6-52 ADA area at Suwon Airbase on 1 March 2012.

 First Sergeant (1SG) Thurman Booth shows off the B Battery (B/6-52 ADA) tactical site to CSM Mahoney
during his 1 March 2012 visit to Suwon Airbase.


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