DVIDS – News – The 164th ADA takes over the authority of the 174th ADA for air defense MCE


ANSBACH, Germany (October 19, 2021) – The 164th Air Defense Artillery Brigade (ADA) assumed the authority of the 174th ADA Air Defense Mission Command Element in a ceremony on October 18 at the Katterbach fitness center.

The 174th ADA, from the Ohio National Guard, arrived in Ansbach nine months ago as a mission command element in support of the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) as part of the US Army Europe-Africa (USAREUR-AF) air defense force allocated at the regional level. The unit was previously in Ansbach in 2018. The 164th ADA was in Ansbach previously in 2019 and left in 2020.

“It’s hard to believe we’ve been here nine months,” said Col. James Mccandless, 174th ADA commander. “Our success is directly attributed to the exceptional leadership and accomplishments of battalions and batteries in focusing on mission accomplishment. “

While in Europe, the brigade’s tactical command post led a 1,500 km tactical march through Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia in support of Defender-Europe 21. They also oversaw the deployment to the US Central Command area of ​​operations of their subordinate battalion. , 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (5-7 ADAR) in support of Operation Allies Refuge, the evacuation of citizens from Afghanistan.

Due to the integration of the 174th ADA during Exercise Saber Guardian, the 5-7 ADAR was able to conduct the first Patriot live fire via the Dismount Patriot Information and Coordination Central (DPICC) outside the range US Army White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The brigade also oversaw the commissioning of the new Stryker M-SHORAD (Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense) vehicle to their subordinate battalion, 5-4 ADAR and subsequent development of the M-SHORAD firing tables.

“We enjoy the air defense artillery mission. We couldn’t do what we need to do in this theater without it, ”said Major-General Joe Jarrard, USAREUR-AF deputy commanding general who presided over the ceremony for the brigadier. General Gregory Brady who was unable to attend. “What you are doing for the US Army Europe-Africa in this theater is very, very important.”

The rotation of the air defense artillery brigade enables the 10th AAMDC to improve professional relations and partnerships with NATO partners and allies and improve overall coordination in times of crisis. The Army National Guard brigades deploy to Europe for nine-month rotations as part of the regional forces of the European Deterrence Initiative and are based primarily in Germany, the unit supports various missions on the European theater as needed during their rotation. These rotations are not part of Atlantic Resolve rotations, but often support Atlantic Resolve missions.

“The 174th ADA completed its mission and did a great job. We are ready to succeed and we look forward to this mission, ”said Colonel Patrick Thompson, commander of the 164th ADA. “Your training in Florida and Texas has given you (the soldiers) the confidence and expertise to command and control to operate in the European Command area of ​​operations. I look forward to leading the command team and making sure we support all of our subordinate units. ”

Date taken: 10.19.2021
Date posted: 20.10.2021 06:43
Story ID: 407596
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