94th AAMDC briefs McHugh

| July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Brig. Gen. Daniel Karbler (right), commander, 94th AAMDC, welcomes Secretary of the Army John McHugh to the 613th AOC for a brief on mission and capabilities, July 16. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Karry James, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. Daniel Karbler (right), commander, 94th AAMDC, welcomes Secretary of the Army John McHugh to the 613th AOC for a brief on mission and capabilities, July 16. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Karry James, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

Sgt. Louis Lamar
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — With the U.S. Army’s growing strategic role in the Pacific region, Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, July 16, where he was briefed on the unit’s successful deployment to Guam of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD).

“The men and women of the 94th AAMDC provide our nation and the region with a critical strategic capability,” McHugh said. “Their efforts strengthen our defenses for American citizens in the U.S. territory of Guam and U.S. forces stationed there.”

Brig. Gen. Daniel Karbler, the 94th AAMDC commanding general, briefed McHugh on the 94th AAMDC’s role in supporting the rebalance in the Pacific.

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Capt. Stephen Mercer (left), a sensor manager for the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, gives an interactive overview of the 94th AAMDC's mission and capabilities to Secretary of the Army John McHugh (second from left) at the 613th Air and Operations Center, here, July 16. (Photo by Sgt. Louis Lamar, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Capt. Stephen Mercer (left), a sensor manager for the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, gives an interactive overview of the 94th AAMDC’s mission and capabilities to Secretary of the Army John McHugh (second from left) at the 613th Air and Operations Center, here, July 16. (Photo by Sgt. Louis Lamar, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

“THAAD is an example of the type of mobile, relocatable missile defense capability that makes it possible to move assets from one region to another in time of crisis, which is important to our national military strategy,” McHugh said.

Capt. Stephen Mercer, sensor manager, provided an interactive overview of the mission of the sensor management cell. The 94th AAMDC cell is located within the Air Force’s 613th Air Operations Center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“The sensor management cell is an integral element of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense cell within the Air and Space Operations Center. On a day-to-day basis, we pull crew shifts 24 hours, seven days a week, and our noncommissioned officers are widely recognized as subject matter experts on ballistic missile defense for the entire theater,” said Mercer.

Earlier this year, McHugh noted the Army’s leadership in missile defense during Congressional testimony on the President’s 2013 U.S. Army Budget Request meeting.

“As we develop jointly into our new (national defense) strategy, the Army has expertise in those missile defense platforms, and if we can fulfill an expanded role in that mission, that would be something that we would want to pursue very anxiously,” McHugh said.

The 94th AAMDC continues to expand and build partnership capacity across the Pacific theater to ensure U.S. forces and allies are trained and ready to defeat the current and future air and missile threat.

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