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ARMY AIR DEFENDER APP NOW
AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
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
The Air Defense Artillery Branch continues to grow
within the Army and remains on the cutting edge of
The application was developed by D2 TEAM-Sim.
FIRES SEMINAR WEBSITES UP & RUNNING
To access click on
hyperlinked site page below.
NEW-PRODUCTION PATRIOT LAUNCHES
PAC-3 MISSILE IN FLIGHT TEST
(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.
PATRIOT MASTER GUNNER
CLASS 001-12 GRADUATES
Article by Sergeants First Class Arthur Jones and
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.
CALL FIRES -
Provided by Lieutenant Colonel Will
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
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
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
read the March issue in its entirety,
click here or
on the title above.)
To read past editions of the CALL
click on the individually hyperlinked months below.
CALL FIRES - MAY 2011
CALL FIRES - JUNE 2011
CALL FIRES - JULY 2011
CALL FIRES - AUGUST 2011
CALL FIRES - SEPTEMBER 2011 CALL FIRES
- OCTOBER 2011
CALL FIRES - NOVEMBER 2011
CALL FIRES - DECEMBER 2011
CALL FIRES - JANUARY 2012
CALL FIRES - FEBRUARY 2012
AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY
HRC BRANCH NEWSLETTER
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.
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
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.
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AND MORE CLICK ON THE HYPERLINKED PHOTO ABOVE.
10TH ARMY AIR AND MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND AND
19TH BATTLEFIELD COORDINATION DETACHMENT COME TOGETHER
AT THE 2012 SAINT BARBARA’S DAY BALL
Article by Second Lieutenant Jean P. Tomte
and photographs by Sergeant Megan Boyer, 10th AAMDC
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Major General James C.
Boozer was the guest speaker for the 10th AAMDC Saint
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
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
“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.”
OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF, ARMY
GENERAL OFFICER ANNOUNCEMENT
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.
~ ~ ~
OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF, ARMY
GENERAL OFFICER ANNOUNCEMENT
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,
~ ~ ~
CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY COMMUNITY!
MOBILE POSTAL MISSION BOOSTS
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
“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
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
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
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
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.
COMMANDER VISITS 32d AAMDC
Article and photos by
Specialist Jacoby M. Davis
Jason Welch, launcher platoon leader, A/2 ADA (THAAD)
explains the concept of a missile intercept to General
David M. Rodriguez, FORSCOM
during his visit to the A/2 ADA (THAAD) Motor pool on 13
March 2012 at Fort Bliss.
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.
Rodriguez’s visit afforded him the opportunity to get a
closer look at the Army’s newest and most advanced
missile defense capability,”
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,
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
“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
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)
“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.
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.
SUPPORTING RECOVERY OPERATIONS FROM
THE GREAT EAST JAPAN EARTHQUAKE
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
“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.
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
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
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 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
SERGEANT MAJOR OF THE ARMY
10TH ARMY AIR AND MISSILE DEFENSE
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.
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,
“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!”
ADA COMMANDANT DEMONSTRATES SKILL WITH PERFECT GAME
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,
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
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
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
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,
the captain of his class bowling team and remains an
All photographs were taken by
Photos taken by Sergeant Erin M. Smith,
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
Click on the individual
thumbnails above to see them at full size.
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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!
USFK COMMANDER VISITS 35th
AWARDS COINS TO
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
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
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
“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.”
Commander, United States Forces – Korea
(USFK), General James Thurman, talks to Soldiers of the
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
“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.
DEFENSE UNIT VICTORY PARTY
HIGHLIGHTS STRONG ALLIANCES WITH
REPUBLIC OF KOREA (ROK) PARTNERS
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
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
“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
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
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.
USAG HUMPHREYS TAX TEAM SUPPORTS
SUWON-BASED AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY UNIT
Specialist Isaac Castleberry and photographs by
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 6th
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
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.
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.
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
Dehoyos said, “Having them come to us
was a real convenience for me and several other
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
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.
10TH AAMDC CONDUCTS
FIELD TRAINING EXERCISE
(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
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. ...
(To read the rest of the article, click on the
hyperlinked photo or on in the title above.)
Soldiers assigned to
the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC)
set up their tent on 7 February 2012 in Baumholder,
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
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
SUCCESSFUL FIRST FLIGHT TEST
AT WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, NEW MEXICO
( 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
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 photo above.)
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THIRD MEADS BATTLE MANAGER ARRIVES IN
HUNTSVILLE FOR INTEGRATION TESTING
( 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.
(To read the complete press release, click on
the hyperlinked title of this article above.)
MASS REENLISTMENT CEREMONY
Photos by Staff Sergeant Brandon Little,
32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs
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.
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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69th ADA REENLISTS 24
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.
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
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.
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
crewmember assigned to the 1st Battalion, 44th Air
Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th ADA Brigade.
SAVE THE DATE ANNOUNCEMENT
MEDAL OF HONOR RECEIPIENT
SERGEANT MITCHELL W. STOUT
24 February 1950 – 12 March 1970
On Monday, 7 May 2012 (Evening)
The Foundry ~ Knoxville, Tennessee
HOSTED BY THE
EAST TENNESSEE VETERANS MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION
SERGEANT MITCHELL W. STOUT
C Battery, 1st Battalion 44th Air Defense Artillery was
posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for acts of heroism
on 12 March 1970
at the Battle of
Khe Gio, Vietnam
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LOCKHEED DELIVERS THAAD MISSILE
(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.
(To read the complete article
click on the hyperlinked title above.)
FISCAL YEAR 2013 NATIONAL MISSILE
DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST FOR
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.
(To read the complete article,
click on the hyperlinked title above.)
EXPERTS TESTIFY ON DoD MISSILE DEFENSE
of Defense/ American Forces Press
Service/8 March 2012)
By Cheryl Pellerin
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
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
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.
the complete article click on the
hyperlinked title above.)
OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF, ARMY
GENERAL OFFICER ANNOUNCEMENT
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,
OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF, ARMY
GENERAL OFFICER ANNOUNCEMENT
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
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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
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.
SOLDIERS GIVE BACK TO ELEMENTARY
STUDENTS (Part II):
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
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
“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.
108th ADA SOLDIERS
LOCAL JROTC COMPETITION
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
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
“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
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.
DEFENSE ARTILLERY SOLDIERS PLEDGE EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP
WITH VOGELWEH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Article by Second Lieutenant Jean P. Tomte and photos by
Sergeant Megan Boyer, 10th U.S. Army Air and Missile
Defense Command Public Affairs
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
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
“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
PREPARES UNIT FOR MISSION
by Captain Ebony J. Malloy, 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Public
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.
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.)
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
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
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.)
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.)
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE NAMES TWO AIR DEFENDERS
AS 2011 NCO
AND SOLDIER OF THE YEAR
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
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.
AIR DEFENSE UNIT EMPHASIZES
NEW SOLDIER INTEGRATION
Article and photo by Specialist
Isaac Castleberry, 6th Battalion, 52d Air
Defense Artillery Public Affairs
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
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
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
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.
IT’S ALL IN THE
RETICLE OF THE BEHOLDER
Article by Second Lieutenant Joel
Podbereski, I Battery, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry
Regiment and U.S. Army photographs by civilian contractor
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
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
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.
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
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
Sergeant First Class (SFC) Raul Gasca, a lifelong Stinger
NCO, talked about some of the challenges that Soldiers and
“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
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.
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
COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR VISITS
SUWON AIR DEFENSE UNIT
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.
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Anthony W. Mahoney,
United States Forces Korea (USFK) Senior Enlisted
Leader, and CSM Timothy D. Hockenberry, CSM for the 6th
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 presents Privates Alexandria James and
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.”
First Sergeant (1SG) Thurman Booth shows
off the B Battery (B/6-52 ADA) tactical site to CSM
during his 1 March 2012 visit to Suwon Airbase.
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MITCHELL W. STOUT
Monday, 7 May 2012
The Foundrey ~ Knoxville, TN
(See "Save the Date"
in the center section.)
14-18 May 2012
at Fort Sill, OK
Hosted by the Fires Center
of Excellence (FCoE)
information, see the link in the center section
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2012 CADET TROOP LEADERSHIP TRAINING (CTLT)
1 June - 23 August 2012
at Air Defense Artillery (ADA
for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and
U.S. Military Academy (USMA) Cadets
Units, have you requested your cadets
2012 WARRIOR FORGE (WF)
8, 16 & 25 July 2012
at Fort Lewis-McCord, WA, for
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and U.S.
Military Academy (USMA) Cadets