31st AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY - "READY AND VIGILANT"
The mission of the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade is to prepare Soldiers and units for combat and take care of Soldiers and their families."
BRIGADE LEADERSHIP / HISTORY
Kevin Ciocca grew up in New Jersey, the seventh and youngest child of a career Noncommissioned Officer. He received his commissioned through OCS in 1992.
He has held several leadership and staff positions including: Flight Commander, 4th Space Warning Squadron (USAF); Tactical Director and Assistant S3, 2-43 Air Defense Artillery (deployed for Operation Southern Watch); Fire Direction Center OIC, 108th ADA (deployed for Operation Desert Fox); Battery Commander, 2-43 ADA; Air and Missile Defense Officer, Coalition Joint Task Force-Kuwait; Missile Defense Officer, Space and Missile Defense Command (deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom); Fire Direction Center OIC, 31st ADA; Executive and Operations Officer, 1-1 ADA (initially at Fort Bliss, Texas and then Okinawa, Japan); Leader Division Branch Chief, U.S. Army ADA School, Fort Bliss; and Chief of Current Operations, 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command.
He later commanded 5-7 ADA, Kaiserslautern, Germany from 2009 until 2011, which included several U.S. European Command Theater Security Cooperation missions in both Israel and Poland. His most recent operational assignment was as Deputy Commander for NATO’s Regional Support Command in Kabul, Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. COL Ciocca has been the Air Defense Artillery School’s Assistant Commandant since July of 2013.
He holds a BS in Engineering (Lehigh University), an MS in Management (Troy State University), and an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies (Naval War College). His military education includes the Air Defense Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Air Force Undergraduate Space Training Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the Naval War College.
Military decorations and awards include: the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, NATO Medal, Air Force Space and Missile Operations Badge, and Parachutist Badge.
Colonel Ciocca and his wife Becky, an elementary schoolteacher, have two daughters: Emily and Julia.
Command Sergeant Major Hockenberry hails from Buzzards Bay, MA. He enlisted into the military in 1987 from Wareham, MA. He attended basic and advanced individual training at Fort Bliss, Texas where he obtained the PMOS 16R, Vulcan Crewmember.
Throughout his military service he has served in many leadership positions. His prior assignments before Command Sergeant Major of the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade include: Command Sergeant Major 30th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, OK; Command Sergeant Major 6th BN, 52nd AMD, Suwon, Korea; Operations Sergeant Major 5-5 ADA, Fort Lewis, WA; First Sergeant B/3-4 ADAR,82d ABN Div; First Sergeant, HHB, 5-52 ADA, Fort Bliss, TX; Rear Detachment First Sergeant, B/3-4 ADAR, 82d ABN Div; Platoon Sergeant, 1/B/3-4 ADAR, 82d ABN Div; Senior Drill Sergeant, A/1-56 ADA, Fort Bliss, TX; Stinger Section Sergeant, Arctic Stinger Platoon, 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade (Airborne), Fort Wainwright, AK; BDE C2 Observer Controller, JOINT READINESS TRAINING CENTER (Airborne), Fort Polk, LA; Stinger Section Sergeant, 3/B/3-62 ADA, Fort Drum, NY; Vulcan Squad Leader, 1/A/5-62 ADA, Fort Bliss, TX; Vulcan Squad Leader, 1/B/5-5 ADA, Camp Hovey, Korea; Vulcan Squad Leader, 3/B/2-62 ADA, Fort Ord, CA.
Command Sergeant Major Hockenberry is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (class 58), United States Army First Sergeant Course; Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course; Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course; Primary Leadership Development Course; United States Army Infantry School Basic Airborne Course; United States Army Infantry School Advanced Airborne (Jump Master) Course; United States Army Infantry School Pathfinder Course; United States Army Infantry School Drill Sergeant Course; United States Army Infantry School Master Fitness Course; 7th INFANTRY DIVISION Air Assault Course; 10th MOUNTAIN DIVISION Rappel Master Course; United States Army Mountain Warfare School (Summer and Winter). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Troy University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Leadership from the University of Texas at El Paso.
His military awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (6-OLC); Army Accommodation Medal (5-OLC); Army Achievement Medal (13-OLC); Good Conduct Medal (9th Award); National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Bronze Star, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Medal with Bronze Star, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4); United Nations Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Korea Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; Multinational Forces Observers Medal, Army Superior Unit Award; Presidential Unit Citation; Joint Meritorious Service Medal; Combat Action Badge; Master Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, and the Royal Thai Army Paratrooper Wings (JUMPMASTER). His combat tours include Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom), Somalia (Operation Restore Hope), and Panama (Operation Golden Pheasant and Just Cause). He also participated in the initial push into Haiti (Operation Uphold Democracy).
He has been married 12 years to the former Lauren Baker of Wallington, NJ. He has two sons, Brandon 16 years old (whom resides in California) and Mason 12 years old, and two daughters Makayla 22 years old (who also serves in the Army stationed at Fort Sill, OK) and Madison 11 years old.
The 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade was constituted on January 1, 1918, in the National Army as Headquarters, 31st Heavy Artillery Brigade, Coast Artillery Corps at Key West, Fla. but would see numerous name changes over the lifetime of the unit. The unit rapidly transitioned into World War I where the brigade earned four battle streamers for participation in the campaigns Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, Meuse-Argonne, and Champagne 1918.
The unit was demobilized at Fort Lewis, Wash. June 30, 1921. The brigade was reconstituted October 14, 1936 in the regular Army as Headquarters, 31st Coast Artillery Brigade and was later designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 31st Coast Artillery Brigade. In November 1942 the brigade was activated as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 31st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade as part of the coastal air defense stationed at Camp Haan, Cali. and was later deployed to the European Theater where it participated in and earned three more battle streamers for campaigns in Rome-Arno, Southern France, and the Rhineland. On June 30, 1946, the brigade was deactivated at Laned-Sebold, Germany. This unit would encounter numerous activations and inactivations over the years to come to include a 1946 inactivation in Germany, reactivation in 1948 at Fort Bliss, Tex. and in 1958 was reorganized as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 31st Artillery Brigade.
The unit would be inactivated in 1960 at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. and then reactivated in 1961 at Lockport Air Force Station, N.Y. In response to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the brigade formed with nine Hercules and Hawk battalions defending southern Florida from attack by Cuba and the Soviet Union. The brigade was designated under its present name on March 15, 1972, and after one final inactivation in 1979 at Homestead Air Force Base in Fla., the brigade would be reactivated again on April 1, 1988, at Fort Hood, Tex. to support III Corps. In February, 1996, the brigade once again received movement orders, this time to Fort Bliss, Tex. 31st ADA underwent a BRAC-directed move from Fort Bliss, Tex. to Fort Sill, Okla. in July of 2008.
In August of 2009, the brigade deployed approximately 50 Soldiers from the Headquarters Battery to Qatar for one year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and returned its Soldiers home safely in July of 2010. The brigade also deployed a battalion, 3rd Battalion 2nd Air Defense Artillery, to Southwest Asia in March 2010, returning them home safely in 2011. Currently, 31st has two units deployed worldwide in defense of our nation. 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment is deployed to Kuwait for a year to support our allies abroad, while 3-2 ADA has rewritten ADA history by deploying to Turkey, establishing two Patriot missile batteries to help defend the region from possible air and missile threats that may occur as a result of the ongoing civil war in Syria. The brigade consists of a Headquarters and Headquarters Battery; 3-2 ADA Battalion (Patriot), 4-3 ADA Battalion (Patriot), Fort Sill, Okla. and 5-5 ADA Battalion (AMD), Fort Lewis, Washington. On order, the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade deploys to a Theater of Operations in support of the 32nd AAMDC, conducts decisive air and missile defense operations, and redeploys.
Unit Citations Include:
Meritorious Unit Citation Award
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