‘Bulldawgs’ put to the test
1st Lt. Joseph Spracklen,
5th Bn., 52nd AMD:
SOUTHWEST ASIA – The “Bulldawgs” of B Battery, 5th Battalion, 52nd Air and Missile Defense, welcomed Brig. Gen. James H. Dickinson, the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command commander, to the unit’s Patriot missile site Aug. 29.
Col. Reginald Davis, outgoing 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade commander, joined Col. Clement Coward, the incoming 11th ADA Bde. commander, and Lt. Col. Javier Soria, commander of 5th Bn., 52nd AMD, for the visit.
The tour was designed to provide Dickinson with an initial assessment of the battery as a firing unit, and it was an opportunity to stress the importance of the current mission to the Bulldawg team. The attendees were given a full tour of the site, including a sand table orientation, a mission brief at the command post, a tour of the engagement control station and a walk-through of all of the maintenance sections.
“It was great for us to prove to our division commander firsthand that we are focused and able to execute our mission at any time,” said 1st Lt. Brant Crandall, the battery’s fire control platoon leader.
“He can have confidence knowing that the Bravo Battery Bulldawgs will react quickly and correctly to any threat,” said Crandall.
During his visit, Dickinson also took time to reward two Bulldawg Soldiers for their outstanding performance. Sgt. Talon Slead, a force protection crew chief, and Spc. Cory Hull, a tactical control assistant, both received coins of excellence in recognition of their hard work while deployed.
The battery has conducted numerous tours and consider events such as these to be excellent opportunities to showcase their expertise and demonstrate the professionalism of the air defense artillery branch.
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