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The 3rd BATTALION, 2nd AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY REGIMENT

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!!

3-2 ADA LEADERSHIP
LTC Lourdes A. Costas

LTC Lourdes Costas is a native of Sumter, South Carolina. LTC Costas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a concentration in Black History and African American Studies from the University of South Carolina. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Texas, El Paso. She received her commission through Army ROTC from the University of South Carolina in 2002 and was branched in the Air Defense Artillery.

Upon graduation from the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, LTC Costas was assigned to 2nd Battalion 1st, Air Defense Artillery, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss, Texas, where she served as a Support and Maintenance Platoon Leader. In 2005, LTC Costas was assigned to 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade Fort Bliss, Texas, where she served as the battalion Assistant Operations Officer.

In 2006 LTC Costas attended the Air Defense Artillery Captain’s Career Course at Fort Bliss, Texas and upon graduation was assigned to 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss, Texas. She completed a short tour in Qatar in support of the Doha Asian Games serving as an 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Liaison Officer. In 2007, she assumed battery command of Delta Battery/1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, and deployed to Camp Carroll Republic of Korea (RoK) as part of a one year Battalion Temporary Change of Station. Upon redeployment from the RoK, LTC Costas assumed battery command of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery/1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment and executed a BRAC move to Fort Hood, Texas, in 2008.

LTC Costas deployed with a Headquarters Detachment from 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in support of OEF in 2010 where she served as the forward deployed Brigade Assistant Operations Officer and Future Plans Operations Officer. While deployed, LTC Costas was selected to serve as an Air Defense Artillery Captain’s Career Course Instructor and upon redeployment immediately reported to 1st Battalion, 56th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 30th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In January of 2012, LTC Costas was selected to serve as the 1st Battalion, 56th Air Defense Artillery Regiment Operations Officer and the Battalion Executive Officer. In 2013, LTC Costas attended the Command and General Staff Officer School class 14-01 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. After graduation she was assigned to 1st Battalion, 62d Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas, and served as the Battalion Operations Officer. In 2015, LTC Costas became the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Operations Officer. In June of 2016, LTC Costas was assigned to the Joint Staff as the Joint Staff J7 Missile Defense Exercise Planner, the Ballistic Missile Defense Training and Education Group Executive Secretariat, and the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Advisor to the Joint Staff J7. Her military education includes; the Joint Combined Warfighting School (JCWS) at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, Command and General Staff College class 14-01 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Air Defense Artillery Captain’s Career Course and Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course both at Fort Bliss, Texas, Army Basic Instructors Course and Small Group Instructor Trainer Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, and Joint Planners Course.

LTC Costas’ awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and Parachutist Badge. She is also a recipient of the Honorable Order of St. Barbara.

LTC Costas is married to MAJ Rob Ferryman and has three children, Stephen (22), John Calvin (14), and Hank (5).

Command Sgt. Maj. Rowley

CSM Kellen C. Rowley is a native of Rochester, NY and graduated from Penfield High School in June of 1999, later entering the United States Army on 25 April 2002. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, SC and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Bliss, TX, where he was awarded the MOS of 14E: Patriot Fire Control Operator/Maintainer.

CSM Rowley has served in various positions to include: Fires Center of Excellence G-33, Fort Sill, OK; First Sergeant, 3-6 ADA Air and Missile Defense Test Detachment, White Sands Missile Range, NM; First Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery and B Battery 6-52 ADA, Suwon AB, Republic of Korea, Tactical Non-Commissioned Officer, 2nd Regiment, United States Corps of Cadets, West Point, NY; Battalion Master Evaluator, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery 5-7 ADA, Kaiserslautern Germany; Fire Control Platoon Sergeant, C Battery 5-7 ADA, Kaiserslautern, Germany; Fire Control Platoon Sergeant and Master Gunner D Battery 3-4 ADAR, Fort Bragg, NC; Senior Engagement Controller, D Battery 1-44 AMD, Fort Bliss, TX; and Engagement Controller E Battery 5-52 ADA, Fort Bliss, TX. CSM Rowley has also served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and supported overseas missions in Israel, Poland and Kuwait. He currently serves as the Command Sergeant Major of 3-2 ADA.

CSM Rowley's military education includes WLC, ALC and SLC, Patriot Master Gunner Course, MAJIC, Master Resilience Trainer, Battle Staff NCO Course, Unit Prevention Leader, HAZMAT, Combat Lifesaver Course, and Combatives Level 1 Course. He is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Course (Class 68), and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso.

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (4th OLC) Army Commendation Medal (2nd OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4th OLC), Good Conduct Medal (5th award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3) and Driver's Badge (Wheeled). He has been a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Association since 2007 and is a member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.

CSM Rowley is married to his wife Doris Rowley and they have three sons, Holden, Ezra and Levi.

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