YIR: Sea Dragons build rapport with allies, ready for missions

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
A THAAD interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test conducted by Missile Defense Agency, Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and USARPAC.

A THAAD interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test conducted by Missile Defense Agency, Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and USARPAC.

94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command
Public Affairs

Over the past year, the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command “Sea Dragons” demonstrated the critical interoperability of air missile defense assets.

In doing so, they forged and strengthened partnerships with America’s allies in the Pacific region as they continued to train their Soldiers in preparation for wartime missions and traditional garrison operations.

The Dragons also instituted programs to build bonds within the unit that mentor and foster cohesion and fellowship, and increased rapport with local communities by participating in outreach programs.

The 94th AAMDC participated in more than 15 joint, combined and bilateral exercises with other branches of the U.S. armed forces, allies and partner countries, to include more than 32 joint-theater air missile defense command and control, asset management and system development exercises, with the 613th Air Operations Center and the 607th Air and Space Operations Center.

By continuously working closely with its allies and partners in the Pacific, 94th AAMDC helped to build capacity and solidarity of missile defense within the Pacific Command’s area of operations.

Its lead role in the nation’s effort to rebalance military efforts to the Asia-Pacific increased tremendously in 2013. 94th AAMDC stood up Task Force Talon, the first ever forward deployed Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) unit at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam. All eyes were certainly on the command and fires community, making 94th AAMDC a central figure in local and national headlines.

During the summer, the 94th AAMDC and Soldiers from 25th Infantry Division, 32nd AAMDC, 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion and the Missile Defense Agency successfully conducted Flight Test Operational 01, the second largest, most complex missile defense flight test ever attempted, resulting in the successful engagement of two medium-range ballistic missiles targets over water. This live-fire test proved the Mission Essential Task List of the A-2 THAAD battery.

The command also bid aloha to its new senior enlisted leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Finis Dodson, Oct. 31. Dodson has served at all enlisted levels of air defense and continues to sustain momentum in the 94th AAMDC.

The command established the “Sea Dragon Sisters In Arms” female mentorship program, a program to connect senior and junior females, so they can reach out to one another due to the limited number of women in the unit.

The program accomplished a host of events and endeavors, including increasing cultural awareness, conducting Rape and Aggression Defense training, supporting the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk” and hosting quarterly off-duty events.

The 94th AAMDC assisted in outreach programs by volunteering to participate in several events at Linapuni Elementary. 94th AAMDC Soldiers also made individual contributions, including reaching out to Soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder and saving a couple trapped after a crash.

The command is slated to move its headquarters from Fort Shafter to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. It’s currently assigned to U. S. Army-Pacific in direct support of U.S. Pacific Air Force. This move will unify efforts and mission command for integrated air missile defense efforts, providing greater access to the same domains and engagement opportunities with the 613th Air Force and further enabling its direct support relationship with PACAF.

The Sea Dragons of the 94th AAMDC stand as the first line of defense against an ever-increasing ballistic missile threat.

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