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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 Sustainment Brigade “Strike Fear” Battalion Changes Command

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, Families and friends of 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., gathered, June 21st, at the division parade field for a change of command ceremony.

During the ceremony, Lt. Col. James C. Reese, outgoing commander, relinquished command of the Strike Fear Battalion to Lt. Col. Ryan L. Schrock, incoming commander.

Lt. Col. James Reese, outgoing commander of the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, assigned to the 108th ADA Bridge, and attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., looks at the audience, June 21, 2017, during his speech during the battalion’s change of command ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. James Reese, outgoing commander of the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, assigned to the 108th ADA Bridge, and attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., looks at the audience, June 21, 2017, during his speech during the battalion’s change of command ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Strike Fear battalion conducts FTX

 

Written by 1st Lt. Cristian Cristurean
2-44 ADA, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY – The 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 108th ADA Brigade, attached to 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., conducted a battalion field training exercise from May 11th-19th.

The FTX ensured Soldiers of Battery B, 2nd Bn., 44th ADA Regt. certified on Table X, Indirect Fire Protection Capability, to ensure emplacement of the land-based phalanx weapon system occurred in the allotted time while also establishing sensor and warning protection for future IFPC missions.

Medics with HHB, 2nd Bn., 44th ADA Regt. conduct training to guarantee all medics are efficient in performing casualty care May 15, 2017, at Range 44A on Fort Campbell, KY. (U.S. Army photo by 1LT Christian R. Cristurean)

Medics with HHB, 2nd Bn., 44th ADA Regt. conduct training to guarantee all medics are efficient in performing casualty care May 15, 2017, at Range 44A on Fort Campbell, KY. (U.S. Army photo by 1LT Christian R. Cristurean)

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101st Sustainment ‘Strike Fear’ battalion hosts college cadets

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Leaders of 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment “Strike Fear” hosted 27 senior cadets from Wheaton College, Illinois, February 24th during a visit here.

The experience provided real-world experience for the cadets to understand their roles and responsibilities upon commissioning later this spring.

Lt. Col. James C. Reese, the battalion commander for 2nd Bn. 44th ADA Regt., part of 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., coordinated the event.

Leaders from 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., set the pace during a run with 27 cadets from Wheaton College during a visit to Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 24, 2017. (SPC Raymond L. Sanchez)

Leaders from 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., set the pace during a run with 27 cadets from Wheaton College during a visit to Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 24, 2017. (SPC Raymond L. Sanchez)

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Competition breeds excellence in Fort Campbell Strike Fear Soldiers

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY –  Two Soldiers were named Soldier and noncommissioned officer of the quarter for the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, August 13th, after completing a week long competition known as Strike Fear Week on Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Sgt. Lonnie Francis, a Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Bn. “Strike Fear,” took home the title NCO of the quarter while Spc. Triston Figueroa, also a Soldier with HHB, won Soldier of the quarter.

Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, stand at attention for a photo after finishing the board, the last event in 2nd Battalion’s Strike Fear Week competition, Aug. 13, 2015, at 2nd Battalion’s headquarters Fort Campbell, Ky. Soldiers competed in Strike Fear Week to be named the battalion’s Soldier and noncommissioned officer of the quarter. (Spc. Joseph Green, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, stand at attention for a photo after finishing the board, the last event in 2nd Battalion’s Strike Fear Week competition, Aug. 13, 2015, at 2nd Battalion’s headquarters Fort Campbell, Ky. Soldiers competed in Strike Fear Week to be named the battalion’s Soldier and noncommissioned officer of the quarter. (Spc. Joseph Green, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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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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101st Sustainment Brigade Air Defenders get back to roots

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Batteries of the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, went to the range this week for their Table VIII certifications on their Avenger gun trucks.

At the ranges, the soldiers shot their M3P machine guns, mounted on their Avengers, at ground and aerial targets.

Soldiers with C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, look in at the remote forward-looking infrared receiver, which fires the M3P machine gun away from the truck. The Avenger batteries of the 2-44 Battalion went to the range this week to certify on their weapons by shooting ground and aerial targets from the turret and remotely. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Soldiers with C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, look in at the remote forward-looking infrared receiver, which fires the M3P machine gun away from the truck. The Avenger batteries of the 2-44 Battalion went to the range this week to certify on their weapons by shooting ground and aerial targets from the turret and remotely. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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‘Strike Fear’ prepares to deploy to Afghanistan

 

by Sgt 1st Class Pete Mayes, 101st Sustainment Brigade

The day has finally arrived.

The colors have been cased, and the rapid-fire training is complete. Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, are now heading to Afghanistan Friday for their upcoming deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The months leading up to Tuesday’s casing have been quite eventful for the unit. The battalion was slated to be de-activated this September, but have since been extended until 2017. They’re suddenly preparing to play a crucial role in helping prepare Afghanistan security forces take the next step in taking care of themselves.

2-44th Air Defense Artillery Battalion Commander LTC Thomas Nguyen cases the colors as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The battalion had been scheduled to de-activate for nearly five years before being re-activated earlier this year. - Photo by Capt. Shannon Clark | 2-44th Ada

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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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