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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 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 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment soldiers return from Afghanistan

 

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, supported by the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, returned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and uncased their battalion colors October 30th signifying the end of a successful mission.

In addition to the air defenders from the battalion’s headquarters and Battery A, approximately 20 members of the 72nd Veterinary Detachment, 86th Combat Support Hospital, returned home as well.

Lt. Col. Timothy Shaffer (left), the battalion commander and native of Pontiac, Ill., and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Brown (right), the battalion’s senior enlisted adviser and native of Fort Riley, Kan., uncase the battalion colors after returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan Oct. 30 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The battalion supported Operation Enduring Freedom by providing counter-rocket, artillery and mortar attacks capabilities to coalition forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart)

Lt. Col. Timothy Shaffer (left), the battalion commander and native of Pontiac, Ill., and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Brown (right), the battalion’s senior enlisted adviser and native of Fort Riley, Kan., uncase the battalion colors after returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan Oct. 30 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The battalion supported Operation Enduring Freedom by providing counter-rocket, artillery and mortar attacks capabilities to coalition forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart)

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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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