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!!

LTC Matthew Dalton

LTC Matthew Dalton was raised in Portland, Connecticut. LTC Dalton graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont in 1996 and received an Army ROTC commission in the Air Defense Artillery branch. He is married to his wife Bree from Brooklyn, New York; they have four daughters, Kayla (19), Abigail (15), Jane (6), and Natalie (3). His civilian education includes a Masters in Leadership University of Texas, El Paso in 2005, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Norwich University in 1996.
His military education consists of the Joint and Combined Warfighting School, 2012, Naval War College, Command and Staff, 2012, Advanced Military Transition Team, 2006, U.S. Army Combatives Level 3, 200, Total Army Instructor Training Course, 2003, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, 2001, Air Defense Artillery Officer Advanced Course, 2001, Joint Firepower Control Course, 1999, Airborne School, 1997, and the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, 1997.
LTC Dalton’s military assignments include: Division Chief, Iran Division, Middle East/Africa Regional Center, Defense Intelligence Agency, D.C. (2014-2015) Branch Chief, North & West Africa, Middle East/Africa Regional Center, Defense Intelligence Agency, D.C. (2013-2014) Libya Analyst, North Africa, Middle East/Africa Regional Center, Defense Intelligence Agency, D.C. (2012- 2013) Brigade S3, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, TX (May 2010- Jul 2011) Battalion S3, 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, Fort Bliss, TX (FWD QA/KU 2009-10) (Feb 2008- Apr 2010) Staff Officer, DOTD-LD, Fort Bliss, TX (Mar 2007- Jan 2008) S3/XO Advisor, Military Transition Team, Multi National Corps- Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq (Feb 2006-Feb 2007) Captain’s Career Course Chief, HHB, 6th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, TX (Jun 2005- Dec 2005) Captain’s Career Course Instructor, HHB, 6th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, TX (Jul 2003- May 2005) Commander, A Battery, 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, Camp Casey, Korea (Aug 2001 – May 2003) Fire Support Officer, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, CA (Apr 1999- Oct 2000) Assistant S3, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, CA (Oct 1998- Mar 1999) Platoon Leader, ADA Battery, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, CA (Sep 1997- Oct 1998). LTC Dalton has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
His military awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal (OLC), Purple Heart, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (OLC), Air Force Commendation, Army Achievement Medal (OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Basic Parachute Badge.

Command Sgt. Maj. Gary E. Plotnick

Command Sgt. Maj. Gary E. Plotnick hails from the state of Pennsylvania. He completed One Station Unit Training as a 12C, bridge crewmember at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. in 1988. He transitioned to the Air Defense branch as a 14S following a 15 month break in service in 1993. He served in every leadership position from Avenger/Stinger team chief to command sergeant major. He attended the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy and graduated from Class 63. He participated in Operations Desert Shield and Storm, Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

His military schooling includes all required Noncommissioned Officer Education System courses, Battle Staff course, Airborne School, Jumpmaster Course and Air Movement Operations course. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism-Expeditionary and Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, as well as the Combat Action and Master Parachutist badges. He is a member of the Order of Saint Barbara and the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

He is married to his wife Kenya and they have two children.