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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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Fort Campbell Lifeliners compete to be best Stinger

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Teams of soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), competed in six events September 30th – October 3rd, at Fort Campbell. The competition was an opportunity for the soldiers to demonstrate their skills and win recognition as the best Stinger missile or Sentinel radar team in the battalion.

“The best Stinger competition just takes what you know and puts it against what everyone else knows basically,” said Spc. John Rickel, an Avenger crew member with Battery C “Hell Fighters,” 2-44th ADA and one half of the winning best Stinger missile team. “You have your major categories, your crew drills, physical abilities and you’re just seeing who’s the best.”

Sgt. Gregory Brookes, an Avenger team chief from Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), carries approximately 80 pounds of gear including a Stinger missile simulator during the last stretch of a 12-mile road march Oct. 3, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The road march was the last event in a competition to determine the best Stinger missile team in the battalion. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Sgt. Gregory Brookes, an Avenger team chief from Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), carries approximately 80 pounds of gear including a Stinger missile simulator during the last stretch of a 12-mile road march Oct. 3, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The road march was the last event in a competition to determine the best Stinger missile team in the battalion. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade Air Defenders go head to head for Best Stinger

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – This summer, the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment will send some of their soldiers to live-fire a Stinger missile.

The Avenger gun trucks crews of 2-44 ADA are competing for an opportunity to shoot the missile by holding a “Best Stinger” competition that will test the crews on their air defense knowledge and execution.

Pfc. Shawn Bandy, a gunner with B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, and Spc. Arturo Gonzalez, a team chief with B Battery, load .50-caliber ammunition during a crew drill, April 3rd. The two air defenders are competing to be the 2-44 ADA’s Best Stinger. The competition measures the two-man teams based on physical fitness, crew drills and air defense knowledge. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Pfc. Shawn Bandy, a gunner with B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, and Spc. Arturo Gonzalez, a team chief with B Battery, load .50-caliber ammunition during a crew drill, April 3rd. The two air defenders are competing to be the 2-44 ADA’s Best Stinger. The competition measures the two-man teams based on physical fitness, crew drills and air defense knowledge. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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101st Air Defense Artillery Battalion conducts live fire training

 

The 2-44th “Strike Fear” Air Defense Artillery Battalion conducted Live Fire Training last Tuesday

Fort CampbellFor the military, training is a deadly serious matter: the mission is, as they say, job one. That’s why when the men of the 2-44th “Strike Fear” Air Defense Artillery Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade needed to re-certify their gunners’ abilities with the Avenger weapons system; it became an entire unit operation involving the command staff, security teams, gunners, supply clerks, cooks, and medics.

Recent snows had turned the gravel range roads into a muddy mess dotted with puddles and gaping potholes. That made our little convoy of media undergo an ordeal of our own while driving back to the remote range.

Arriving at the location of the training, we were halted at a barbed wire check point manned by armed sentries. They radioed our arrival to their command team, and after a short wait, they moved the barbed wire, and we were allowed to pass.

Soldiers of the 2-44th “Strike Fear” Air Defense Artillery Battalion ready their weapon for firing

Soldiers of the 2-44th “Strike Fear” Air Defense Artillery Battalion ready their weapon for firing

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“Strike Fear” Battalion to conduct Avenger Missile System Live Fire Training

 

Fort CampbellSoldiers with the 2-44th Air Defense Artillery Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, are preparing for their Avenger Gunnery Certification Training.

In addition to the live fire exercise, 2-44th ADA support Soldiers will also train on their various duties, including cooks, medics and communication support teams conducting their field exercises.

As with other battalions within the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 2-44th ADA constantly trains to provide support to the various missions of the Global War on Terrorism.

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