The 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment traces its lineage back to its inception on 14 July 1798, as Captain James Read’s company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers. For almost 200 years, the Battalion has existed in various forms, having been reorganized, re-designated, and utilized in campaigns across the continental U.S., Panama, and the Philippine Islands.
The Battalion is credited with actions in numerous conflicts, including the war of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War and World War II. On 16 October 1996, the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment (PATRIOT) was reactivated at Fort Bliss, Texas. This activation made the 31st ADA Brigade, the first corps Air Defense Artillery Brigade to have two PATRIOT Battalions, equal to one-fifth of the Army’s PATRIOT forces. While at Fort Bliss, Texas, the 3-2 ADA Battalion deployed to Southwest Asia in February 1999 in support of Operation Desert Eagle and again in February 2002 in support of Operation Iraq Freedom.
The Battalion also supported the Department of Homeland Security’s counter narcotics mission in Washington state from June thru July 2005, providing radar coverage between the U.S. and Canadian border. Immediately following, the Battalion was selected to provide the security force for Operation Bright Star in Egypt from August to October 2005. In June 2008, the 3-2 ADA Battalion deployed to South Korea and immediately assumed its defensive positions at Suwon and Osan Air Bases. Upon its mission completion in South Korea and the Battalion’s return to Fort Bliss, the Battalion executed a unit change of station to Fort Sill, uncasing the Battalion colors on 16 July 2009. After a brief reset period, the 3-2 ADA Battalion began training, and assumed the contingency expeditionary force mission by 1 January 2010. In March 2010, the Battalion received its order to deploy to the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Within three months, the Battalion trained, certified, conducted rail load operations for its equipment, and in June 2010 departed personnel from Fort Sill to the CENTCOM AOR. In July 2010, the Battalion assumed the mission to deter and, if necessary, defeat air and missile attacks against defended assets in two separate countries within the CENTCOM area of responsibility; dividing the Battalion into two separate task forces. While deployed, the Battalion maintained continuous air and missile defense coverage of all critical assets, participated in numerous joint and coalition exercises, built lasting relationships with host nation security forces, volunteered thousands of hours in community outreach, and improved the survivability and living conditions of their assigned locations. On 6 July 2011, the 3-2 ADA Battalion, again uncased its colors at Fort Sill, Oklahoma to signify the end to another mission. Upon receipt of orders to deploy to Turkey to defend from Syrian Ballistic Missiles, the “Lethal Strike!” Battalion again cased colors on 2 January 2013 and deployed three Batteries to Gaziantep, Turkey.
The 3rd Battalion, 2nd ADA Regiment has always and will continue to bring the fight to its adversaries, defending the skies with Lethal Fires!!