ADA ONLINE | OCTOBER 2013
IN THIS ISSUE

FORT CAMPBELL LIFELINERS COMPETE TO BE BEST STINGER
Fort Campbell, KY – Teams of soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery (2-44 ADA) Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), competed in six events from 30 September – 3 October 2013, at Fort Campbell. The competition was an opportunity for the soldiers to demonstrate their skills and win recognition as the best...Read More »

69TH ADA COMPLETES MISSION IN SOUTHWEST ASIA
Fort Hood, Texas – After nine months deployed overseas in Southwest Asia, the Soldiers of the 69th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (HHD) returned home on 11 October 2013 after successfully “Guarding the Skies” throughout five countries in the US Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations (AO).The 69th ADA Brigade was the right unit, at the right place, and at the right time, said Col. Brian W. Gibson, the brigade’s...Read More »

31ST AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY TRANSFER OF AUTHORITY
Southwest Asia – The U.S. Army conducts multiple events and ceremonies that are rich in history and symbolism. One such ceremony was held on 7 October 2013, symbolizing the transfer of authority (TOA) within the U.S. Army Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) between the 69th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade Headquarters stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and the 31st ADA Brigade stationed at Fort Sill, Okla. To signify the transfer of authority in the AOR the outgoing brigade command team from 69th ADA Brigade formally “cased” their colors until they returned to their home station whereas 31st ADA Brigade formally “uncased” their...Read More »

FOX COMPANY, 1-44 ADA RECEIVES SUPPLY EXCELLENCE AWARD
Kuwait, Southwest Asia – The Supply Support Activities (SSA) Platoon of Foxtrot Company, 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery (F/1-44 ADA) Regiment, 69th ADA Brigade, was awarded the prestigious Department of the Army Supply Excellence Award for fiscal year 2013. The Department of the Army Supply Excellence Award is presented annually to the best and most qualified SSA in the entire Army. The SSA’s accomplishments stood out above all others competing for the award. The most notable achievement was earning the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Supply Excellence Award for fiscal year 2012. The SSA installed a “Help Desk” and created a library containing pictures and National Stock Numbers (NSN) to assist customers when...Read More »

“STRIKE FIRST” BATTALION ASSUMES WATCH OVER THE SKIES
Kuwait – There is a certain time during a deployment when two units come together to prepare for a transition. For the 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery (4-3 ADA) Regiment, 31st ADA Brigade there is the anticipation of packing up and heading home to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, after a year-long mission. For 1-44 ADA, 69th ADA Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas, it is the excitement of assuming the theater mission and continuing to defend the skies over Southwest Asia. In October after months of training and certifications, 1-44 ADA assumed its role within the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The battalion’s deployment to Southwest Asia was accelerated due to the ever increasing role of air defense in support of the operation. Through proper training, intense dedication and genuine hard work, the “Strike First” battalion...Read More »

SOLDIERS AND FAMILIES SURVIVE UNIT’S ZOMBIE RUN
Fort Hood, Texas — Soldiers and families outran the zombie apocalypse that plagued the Lightning Ranch here on 26 October 2013. The 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery (4-5 ADA) Regiment hosted the unit’s first ever Zombie Run to help replenish the Family Readiness Group (FRG) funds for the upcoming holiday season. The event was open to soldiers and families throughout the 69th ADA Brigade. The event had a large turnout, and the fact that it was for all ages and all ranks made it a great family event, said Lt. Col. Bill Dowling, the 4-5 ADA commander....Read More »

AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE – OCTOBER 2013
Kaiserslautern, Germany – Being recognized by fellow soldiers or unit leadership for a job well done frequently does wonders for morale. If an entire company is singled-out for outstanding service, however, by an authority like the Department of the Army, it’s usually a good indicator that proficiency and excellence are emphasized throughout the whole organization, in this case the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC). Soldiers from Alpha and Charlie Batteries, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (A and C/5-7 ADA) Regiment, 10th AAMDC recently earned Army-level honors in this year’s Chief of Staff, Army Combined Logistics Excellence Awards (CLEAs). The CLEA features three program categories: the Army Award for Maintenance, the Deployment Excellence Award and the Supply Excellence Award. All winning units had previously...Read More »

AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY ASSOCIATION ADA WALK OF FAME BRICK CAMPAIGN
Dear Members and Supporters of Air Defense Artillery: The Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Walk of Fame that surrounds the First to Fire statue (now located in front of the 30th ADA Brigade headquarters at Fort Sill, Oklahoma), is populated by bricks purchased by soldiers and civilians just like you. These historical markers represent air defenders past and present both military and civilian; government, corporate, city and state partners; ADA units; family members; friends; and significant moments in history. The Air Defense Artillery Association (ADAA) Walk of Fame Brick Campaign provides you with an opportunity to commemorate your contribution to the branch; pay tribute to an outstanding soldier, leader or mentor; and honor a battle buddy or loved one by purchasing a brick (or multiple bricks). The bricks are professionally finished and installed (in groups of no less than 150 due to budgetary restrictions) as an addition to the current Walk of Fame...Read More »

AIR DEFENDERS PRACTICE IN FRONT OF CAMERA
Suwon Air Base, Republic of Korea – From October 21 through 26, 2013, “Iron Horse” Soldiers assigned to the 6th Battalion, 52 Air Defense Artillery (6-52 ADA) Regiment, engaged in mock interviews with individuals impersonating media journalists on how to tell the Army story. The practice sessions helped them to articulate their thoughts and conquer any camera...Read More »

IRON HORSE AIR DEFENDERS TRAIN WITH ROK COUNTERPARTS
Suwon Air Base, Republic of Korea – Soldiers from the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery (6-52 ADA) Regiment, took to the field as part of the 35th ADA Brigade’s annual field training exercise (FTX) beginning on 20th and running through 25 October 2013 at locations across the Republic of Korea (ROK). The U.S./ROK alliance was highlighted as the “Iron Horse” battalion conducted several training events with their Korean counterparts. A Battery, 6-52 ADA (A/6-52 ADA) worked hand in hand with the ROK Air Force’s 20th Fighter Wing on Seosan Air Base, while a ROK Air Force chemical unit practiced operational decontamination with D/6-52 ADA at Osan Air Base. Command Sgt. Maj. Rodric Ellseberry, 6-52 ADA command sergeant major, shared a traditional Korean dinner with the leadership of the 157th Fighter Squadron of the ROK Air Force 20th Fighter Wing, he listened to Lt. Col. Chu, Kyo-Jin, commander of the 157th Fighter Squadron address...Read More »

DRAGONS TRAIN TO “FIGHT TONIGHT” WITH ANNUAL EXERCISE
Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea – The 35th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade conducted their annual field training exercise (FTX) across the Republic of Korea from 20 through 25 October 2013. Dragon Brigade elements from across the peninsula took part in this regularly scheduled exercise, designed to ensure the brigade is trained and ready to serve alongside joint U.S. forces, as well as our Republic of Korea (ROK) and other allied nations’ militaries. The FTX started with early-morning movements of the brigade’s subordinate units, the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery (6-52 ADA) Regiment and the 2-1 ADA Regiment. Once at their respective tactical operations locations, the air defenders emplaced their Patriot missile systems and practiced their ...Read More »

MISSILE RELOAD COMPETITION
Southwest Asia – The best of the best from Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery (B/1-62 ADA) Regiment, also known as the “Bonecrushers,” were invited out for a friendly reload competition with their host nation’s counterparts last October (2013). “Working alongside our host-nation’s military was a great experience, we had a blast watching our everyday operations being put to use by foreign country soldiers,” said Spc. Dustin Woods. Soldiers from the host nation welcomed the American soldiers with a tour of their Patriot site and explained some of the small differences between their equipment and ours. “The host-nation soldiers used our training...Read More »

HEROES HELPING HEROES
SOUTHWEST ASIA – Last October (2013), service members from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines came together for a five kilometer (5K) run to help raise funds and awareness for Heart Heroes Inc. The event sponsored by “Team Hyperion” of the 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery (1-43 ADA) Regiment was able to raise more than $2,700 for the Heart Heroes organization which provides “superhero” capes for children being treated for congenital heart defects. The inspiration for the fundraiser came from a news report that had aired on “NBC Nightly News” the segment was about Heart Heroes. It featured Tandi Rasmussen from the state of New York, the mother of a 6-year-old boy named Dylan, who had received one of the capes as he faces his own...Read More »