32nd AAMDC’s senior leadership visits units in Southwest Asia
Spc. Jacoby M. Davis,
32nd AAMDC Public Affairs:
Brig. Gen. John G. Rossi, commanding general of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, conducted a regularly scheduled assessment of warfighting readiness and welfare of Soldiers in Southwest Asia May 12 through 23. The visit included meetings with key joint and partner air and missile defense leaders in the region to discuss the threat, readiness and emerging Army air and missile defense technologies and capabilities.
“We continue to provide trained and ready air and missile defense forces to support combatant commanders worldwide,” said Rossi. “There is no better symbol of our Nation’s commitment to regional security than our deployed air and missile defense Soldiers and units.”
Col. Daniel Hirsch, assistant chief of staff for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, Testing and Operational Integration with 32nd AAMDC and subject-matter expert on the new capabilities, accompanied the command team to help facilitate the discussion.
“Because 32nd AAMDC commands the only THAAD batteries in our Army, we must be able to rapidly deploy and integrate this new capability to support COCOM [combatant commander] requirements worldwide,” said Hirsch. “THAAD is unique in that it has the ability to engage ballistic missile threats both inside and outside the atmosphere. It complements both Army Patriot and Navy Aegis weapon systems to defeat an array of diverse missile threats.”
The trip closed with 32nd AAMDC’s commanding general hosting a planning and tactics seminar in preparation for 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade’s deployment to the region. The seminar, which was a rehearsal of concept drill, provided clarity and common understanding to the brigade commander’s mission in theater.
“Our mission is clearly focused on deterring hostile actions in the region and helping to improve regional air and missile defense capabilities,” said Col. Reginald P. Davis, commander of 11th ADA Bde. “We fully understand our mission coming into this region, and my Soldiers are trained to be the best at what they do.”
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