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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 Pedro Camacho

A Guam native, Lieutenant Colonel Pedro A. Camacho was commissioned in 1999 as a Second Lieutenant in Air Defense Artillery after graduating from the University of Guam.

He attended the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course in 1999 and following completion, was assigned to the 5th Battalion (Patriot), 7th Air Defense Artillery, 69th ADA Brigade, Babenhausen, Germany, where he served as a Headquarters Platoon Leader, Fire Control Platoon Leader, and Battery Executive Officer. While assigned as a Fire Control Platoon Leader, he deployed his platoon to Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait from 1999-2000 in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH.

In 2002-2003, LTC Camacho graduated from the Air Defense Artillery Advanced Officer Course and Combined Arms and Services Staff School and was assigned to 4th Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas to serve as a Patriot Weapons Track Mentor. In 2003, he was assigned to the 11th ADA Brigade to serve as a Brigade Assistant S3 Operations Officer and Tactical Director followed by subsequent assignment to the 5th Battalion, 52th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th ADA Brigade, to command Charlie Battery (Chieftains), 5-52 ADA from December 2003 to June 2005.

Following command, he was assigned to the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), Fort Shafter, Hawaii where he served as the initial Secretary General Staff, followed by subsequent G3 Deputy Operations Chief, and G3 Plans and Exercise Officer from 2005-2011. While assigned to the G3 Plans and Exercise, he deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2008 and served as Task Force Anzio Civil Military Operations Officer, Combined Joint Task Force-101 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. From 2011-2012, he attended the Army Command and General Staff Course followed by assignment to the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina to serve as the Assistant Brigade Operations Officer and Brigade Operations Officer from 2012-2015. While assigned as the Brigade Operations Officer, he deployed his Brigade Headquarters to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar from 2014-2015 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. From March 2015 to April 2017, LTC Camacho was assigned to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, J6, Deputy Director C5I, Joint Deployable Analysis Team (JDAT), to serve as the Joint IAMD Project Officer and Analyst for the JDAT with specialized expertise and operational experience in Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Operations. From May 2017 to the present, LTC Camacho is assigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, as the Commander to the premier 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment "Lethal Strike Battalion", 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade.

LTC Camacho’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon with numerical 4, NATO Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Meritorious Unit Award. He has earned the Parachutist Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Silver, and the Joint Staff Service Badge.

LTC Camacho and his wife, Reajean, are happily married for 18 years and have three children, Piatra, Paige, and Pedro.

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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