31st AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY - "READY AND VIGILANT"

Our Mission-
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
COL Janice Chen

Janice Chen was born in Kansas, and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from Cornell University and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery Branch through the U.S. Army ROTC program.

She has served in several leadership and staff positions to include: Chief of the Air and Missile Defense Division for the Combined Force Command and the U.S. Forces Korea (2014-2016), Deputy Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2011-2013), Missile Defense Policy Chief, Joint Staff J-5 (2010-2011) and Patriot Battalion Commander of the 1st Battalion (PATRIOT), 43rd Air Defense Artillery (2008-2010), deployed to Kuwait and Qatar. She served as the Branch Chief of Joint Studies and Analysis at the Joint Staff J8 Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (2006-2008), Battalion Executive Officer and Operations Officer for 2d Battalion (PATRIOT), 1st Air Defense Artillery, which was initially stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas and later was re-stationed to Gwangju, Korea (2004-2006) and Deputy Chief of Active Defense, 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, TX (2003-2004).

Company grade assignments include PAC-3 Requirements Officer at the Directorate of Combat Developments (Fort Bliss, TX), PATRIOT Battalion Operations Center/ Fire Direct Section OIC / Battery Commander (Germany), and HAWK Platoon Leader (Fort Lewis, WA).

She holds a B.S. degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, a Master’s in Business Administration and a Masters in Strategic Studies. Her military education includes U.S. Army War College (during which she completed the National Security Policy Program), Joint Forces Staff College, and U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Her decorations include the Department of State Superior Honor Award, Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.

Command Sgt. Maj. Chad A. McNeish hails from Zanesville, Ohio and joined the Army in November 1991. He attended Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Bliss, Texas as a Patriot Missile crewman.

During his career he has held every leadership position from squad leader to command sergeant major. His assignments include squad leader, C Battery, 6-43 ADA, Ansbach, Germany; squad leader, B Battery, 4-43 ADA, Fort Hood, Texas; squad leader, C Battery, 1-43 ADA, Osan AB, Korea; platoon sergeant, B Battery, 1-1 ADA, Fort Bliss; platoon sergeant, A and C Battery, 3-2 ADA, Fort Bliss; senior career advisor (14E/14T) U.S. Army Human Resource Command, Alexandria, Va.; first sergeant, A Battery and Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3-2 ADA, Fort Bliss; operations sergeant major, 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss; operations sergeant major, 5-7 ADA in Kaiserslautern, Germany; command sergeant major, 2-43 ADA (Patriot), Fort Bliss; and he is currently serving as the 31st ADA Brigade command sergeant major.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with five oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with two OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (with nine OLC), the Air Assault Badge and the Driver’s Badge. McNeish is also a member of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club as well as being a member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, a FORSCOM MG Aubrey “Red” Newman award winner and a General of the Army Omar Bradley Leadership Award winner.

He is a graduate of all levels of the Army Noncommissioned Officer Education System to include the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 60, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from National-Louis University in Chicago, as well as a master’s degree in leadership studies from the University of Texas at El Paso.

He is married to the former Monica Vasquez of San Jose, Ca. and together they have three children; Julian, Olivia and Sofia.

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

ARTICLES

5-5 ADA Assumes New Mission

By 1st Lt. Danni Sanford , Capt. Aaron Devig

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade, completed their transfer of authority to the 2nd Battalion.....read story

4-3 ADA Holds Town Hall to Educate and Inform

By Capt. Corey Robertson

FORT SILL, Okla.- As 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade officially assumed their role as a global response force in.....read story

Soldiers Learn Importance of Value Added

By Capt. Corey Robertson

FORT SILL, Okla. - As the Army begins to draw down, Soldiers are finding it harder and harder to re-enlist. While retention can prove difficult.....read story

Training the tip of the SPEAR

By Capt. Corey Robertson

FORT SILL, Okla- Recently, 4th Battalion 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade completed their Standardized Patriot Evaluation.....read story

Giving Back

By Capt. Corey Robertson

FORT SILL, Okla- On September 5th, Soldiers from 4th Battalion 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade got to see the fruits .....read story

Mission Readiness

By Capt. Corey Robertson

FORT SILL, Okla- Recently, 4th Battalion 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade completed their Standardized Patriot Evaluation .....read story

Soldier and Family Readiness

By Capt. Corey Robertson

FORT SILL, Okla. -- "The strength of our nation is our Army, the strength of our Army is our Soldiers, the strength of our Soldiers is our Families, this is what makes us.....read story

5-5 Air Defense Artillery Battalion conducts Mission Readiness Exercise

By Capt. Corey Robertson

FORT SILL, Okla.- 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade completed their mission readiness here last week. .....read story

FCoE Tenant Career Counselor of the Year

By Capt. Corey Robertson

FORT SILL, Okla. – With the U.S. Army currently drawing down on Soldiers across.... read story

Spouses Tour

SSG Nathan Akridge

FORT SILL, Okla. – The U.S. Army constantly adapts and changes to meet the needs of.... read story

Move, Shoot and Communicate – Patriot Style

Capt. Corey W. Robertson, 31st ADA BDE PAO

FORT SILL, Okla.- 4th Battalion 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 31st ADA Brigade, recently.... read story

4-3rd ADA Air Load Training

Capt. Corey Robertson, 31st ADA PAO

FORT SILL, Okla.- 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 31st ADA Brigade, trained.... read story

Battalion conducts SHARP stand-up

By Staff Sgt. Alberto Marcillo, 3-2nd ADA

FORT SILL, Okla- Combating sexual assault and harassment in our ranks is a top priority.... read story

5-5 ADA Color Casing

Sgt. Quanesha Deloach, 17th Fires Brigade PAO

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Soldiers with 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, 31st ADA Brigade... read story