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U.S. Army rebuilding Short-Range Air Defense

 

U.S. ArmyFort Sill, OK – The United States Army is now standing up short-range air defense units, known as SHORAD battalions, and offering a five-week pilot Stinger course for Soldiers in maneuver units.

It’s part of a critical effort to defend maneuver units against the threat of aircraft, drones and cruise missiles, said Col. Mark A. Holler, commandant of the Air Defense Artillery School at Fort Sill.

Most of the SHORAD battalions in the active component were deactivated a decade ago because the U.S. Army needed this force structure to grow maneuver brigade combat teams for counter-insurgency operations, Holler said.

In the Stinger Dome, Staff Sgt. Ivan Peralta guides Sgt. 1st Class Arianna Cook as she aims a shoulder-fired Stinger missile at an enemy helicopter projected on the circular wall of the simulation center. A five-week class in the Man-Portable Air Defense System, or MANPADS, is being taught to infantry and armor Soldiers in a stop-gap effort to protect maneuver units from enemy aircraft, drones and cruise missiles. (Gary Sheftick)

In the Stinger Dome, Staff Sgt. Ivan Peralta guides Sgt. 1st Class Arianna Cook as she aims a shoulder-fired Stinger missile at an enemy helicopter projected on the circular wall of the simulation center. A five-week class in the Man-Portable Air Defense System, or MANPADS, is being taught to infantry and armor Soldiers in a stop-gap effort to protect maneuver units from enemy aircraft, drones and cruise missiles. (Gary Sheftick)

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101st Airborne Division: Pfc. Ryan Carpenter

 

40th Public Affairs Detachment, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On this week’s edition of Meet your Army, the 40th PAD shines a light on:

Pfc. Ryan Carpenter, 24, grew up in Harrodsburg, KY, and followed his older brother’s footsteps into the Army, after trying college for a few years.

He majored in business administration at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

“I started out studying business, and I don’t know what made me choose that,” Carpenter said. “It was not my cup of tea.”

Once he realized that college was not for him, Carpenter said he talked it over with his wife and they began to see the Army as a realistic career move.

Pfc. Ryan Carpenter. (Pfc. Lynnwood Thomas, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Pfc. Ryan Carpenter. (Pfc. Lynnwood Thomas, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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101st Airborne Division 44th Air Defense Artillery readies, retrains Soldiers for Fires Integrated Mission

 

Written by Marie Berberea
Fort Sill Public Affairs

U.S. ArmyFort Sill, OK – In recent weeks, the fields of Fort Sill were peppered with the typical sounds made by counter rocket artillery mortar. However, the unit conducting C-RAM were preparing for an atypical mission.

Soldiers in 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery are deploying to serve as a total fires integrated package under a field artillery division, 101st Airborne Division, with a field artillery battery attached to them.

“The C-RAM mission is expanding. Our formation was not big enough to encompass all the mission requirements for that. [Forces Command] recently attached a field artillery battery out of Fort Carson to us to make up the difference in what we need,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Schrock, 2-44th ADA commander.

A Soldier in 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery performs a maintenance check during a mission rehearsal exercise at Thompson Hill Range Complex Feb. 8th. (Marie Berberea, Fort Sill Public Affairs)

A Soldier in 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery performs a maintenance check during a mission rehearsal exercise at Thompson Hill Range Complex Feb. 8th. (Marie Berberea, Fort Sill Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne ‘Strike Fear’ Soldiers conduct C-RAM exercise at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – The Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment “Strike Fear,” assigned to 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., conducted a counter rocket, artillery and mortar live fire exercise, November 3rd-9th.

The C-RAM exercise, which ‘Strike Fear’ Soldiers conducted for the first time at Fort Campbell, is normally conducted at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, according to Capt. Christina Quimby.

Spc. Alexander Jones, a field artillery firefinder radar operator with Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, assigned to 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., checks the ammo on the Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System, Nov. 8, 2017, during the battalion’s live fire exercise on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Alexes Anderson/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

Spc. Alexander Jones, a field artillery firefinder radar operator with Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, assigned to 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., checks the ammo on the Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System, Nov. 8, 2017, during the battalion’s live fire exercise on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Alexes Anderson/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Soldiers train Ohio Guardsmen on Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System

 

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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Fort Campbell, KY – When Ohio National Guard Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment needed training on the Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System for their upcoming deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, they turned to the active duty subject matter experts at 2nd Bn, 44th ADA Regt.

Assets from 2nd Bn. 44th ADA Regt., 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div. trained 46 Ohio National Guardsmen on the LPWS, here, September 7th-8th and September 13th-16th.

Clopton Myles, a field engineer with 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., conducts training on the Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System for Ohio National Guard Soldiers from 2nd Bn., 174th ADA Regt., Sept. 16, 2016 on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (2nd Lt. Christopher Quillin)

Clopton Myles, a field engineer with 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., conducts training on the Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System for Ohio National Guard Soldiers from 2nd Bn., 174th ADA Regt., Sept. 16, 2016 on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (2nd Lt. Christopher Quillin)

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Fort Campbell’s 320th Field Artillery Regiment one of first units to use new Precision Guidance Kit

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Company C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a live fire range at training area 23 at Fort Campbell, August 21st.

The range was significant in that it utilized an innovative and revolutionary tool that is up-and-coming in the field artillery world – the Precision Guidance Kit.

The PGK is a global position system with proximity and point detonating fusing functions for high explosive projectiles frequently used by field artillery units in the Army.

An M109A6 howitzer sits ready to fire utilizing the Precision Guidance Kit during a live-fire range held by Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) here, Aug. 21, 2015. The 1st Bn., 320th FAR is one of the first field artillery units in the Army to field this new and innovative technology. (1st Lt. Alexander M. Dibiasie, Company C, 1st Bn., 320th FAR, DIVARTY, 101st Airborne Division)

An M109A6 howitzer sits ready to fire utilizing the Precision Guidance Kit during a live-fire range held by Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) here, Aug. 21, 2015. The 1st Bn., 320th FAR is one of the first field artillery units in the Army to field this new and innovative technology. (1st Lt. Alexander M. Dibiasie, Company C, 1st Bn., 320th FAR, DIVARTY, 101st Airborne Division)

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Fort Campbell’s 320th Field Artillery Regiment shoots with confidence

 

Written by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – The soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a battalion-size confidence shoot January 31st at Firing Point 32A here.

This was the battalion’s first time firing their howitzers since returning from their deployment to Afghanistan July 2013 and receiving their guns from reset.

Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire their M777A2 155mm Howitzer during their battalion’s confidence shoot Jan. 31 at Firing Point 32A here. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich)

Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire their M777A2 155mm Howitzer during their battalion’s confidence shoot Jan. 31 at Firing Point 32A here. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment cases it’s colors

 

Written by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), cased their battalion colors in a ceremony January 10th, 2014, at Fort Campbell, KY The color casing ceremony symbolizes a unit is ready for movement and it serves as a prelude to deployment.

The unit held the ceremony in the Lozada Physical Fitness Center on Fort Campbell. During the ceremony 2-44th ADA’s command team of Lt. Col. Timothy Shaffer and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Brown furled the battalion colors, then sheathed them in a case.

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Brown, the senior enlisted adviser of the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (left), and Lt. Col. Timothy Shaffer, commander of the 2-44th ADA, case the battalion’s colors Jan. 10 at Fort Campbell, KY. The act symbolizes the unit is ready for deployment and, when 2-44th ADA deploys later this year, it will be the battalion’s sixth deployment since 2003. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Brown, the senior enlisted adviser of the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (left), and Lt. Col. Timothy Shaffer, commander of the 2-44th ADA, case the battalion’s colors Jan. 10 at Fort Campbell, KY. The act symbolizes the unit is ready for deployment and, when 2-44th ADA deploys later this year, it will be the battalion’s sixth deployment since 2003. (Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell ‘Strike Fear’ soldiers complete their mission readiness exercise

 

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101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Sill, OK – The soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a mission readiness exercise from December 4th-17th, at the Thompson Hill training complex in Fort Sill, OK.

The training, which was the first time a battalion-sized unit incorporated all of its digital systems at the training complex, prepared the battalion for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

Soldiers from Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), transport ammunition for the Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System Dec. 16, at Fort Sill, OK. The LPWS intercepts incoming indirect fire using 20 mm rounds. (1st Lt. Lee-Ann Craig, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment)

Soldiers from Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), transport ammunition for the Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System Dec. 16, at Fort Sill, OK. The LPWS intercepts incoming indirect fire using 20 mm rounds. (1st Lt. Lee-Ann Craig, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment)

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Fort Campbell 101st Sustainment Soldier has close bond with Brother

 

Written by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Twin brothers as children normally do everything together; they share each other’s dreams as well as plan what they want to be when they grow up, then as adults some slowly grow apart while others maintain their strong brotherly bond.

Capt. Matthew N. Mayor, brigade logistics and operations officer with 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner and Capt. Mark E. Mayor, brigade intelligence and current operations officer with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division “Black Jack Brigade”, identical twin brothers hailing from Kenosha, WI, have always been very close and inseparable.

Capt. Matthew N. Mayor, brigade S-3 operations officer with Task Force Lifeliner and Capt. Mark E. Mayor, brigade S-2 current operations officer with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division “Black Jack Brigade”, both identical twin brothers hailing from Kenosha, WI, stand side by side during their deployment at Bagram Air Field in Parwan province, Afghanistan, June 28, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Capt. Matthew N. Mayor, brigade S-3 operations officer with Task Force Lifeliner and Capt. Mark E. Mayor, brigade S-2 current operations officer with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division “Black Jack Brigade”, both identical twin brothers hailing from Kenosha, WI, stand side by side during their deployment at Bagram Air Field in Parwan province, Afghanistan, June 28, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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