Sea Dragons impress in Valiant Shield

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Capt. Samuel Horwitz, commnander, Btry. C, 1-1st ADA , briefs the 94th AAMDC command team on the unit's overall success during Valiant Shield 2014.

Capt. Samuel Horwitz, commnander, Btry. C, 1-1st ADA , briefs the 94th AAMDC command team on the unit’s overall success during Valiant Shield 2014.


Sgt. 1st Class Jaquetta Gooden
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs


ANDERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — The senior leadership team of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command conducted a site visit, here, Sept. 21, during exercise Valiant Shield 2014.

Brig. Gen. Eric Sanchez and Command Sgt. Maj. Finnis Dodson toured the 94th AAMDC Planning and Control System site and received a back brief highlighting the overall success and the challenges that were faced during the war-gaming exercise.

“Seeing these capabilities that we use in our day-to-day operations in the Air Operations Center being integrated into this joint exercise for the first time … enhances our warfighting skills in a combat environment,” said Sanchez.

The system supports air defense operations and allows the 94th to consolidate and coordinate with all the Army air defense assets in the region.

“This impressive technology enables the joint services to work together, to sharpen our collective ability to provide organized command and control and data links needed by our joint partners, and to respond to any contingency where it matters, when it matters,” said Capt. Lee C. Humphrey, battle captain, 94th AAMDC.

The command team also visited the Patriot missile site manned by Battery C, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment, and received a brief highlighting the accomplishments at Valiant Shield.

“The experience and lessons learned is unbelievable,” explained Sanchez. “We have captured things that we can improve on in the future, along with some things that we will sustain, as well.”

Both units were faced with multiple challenges throughout the exercise, enabling the Soldiers to gain experience in a joint environment and bring back the knowledge to their commands.

“Without the support of our Marine and Air Force counterparts, we wouldn’t have had the success that we have had while here in Guam,” said Lt. Col. Benjamin Ogden, commander, Btry. C, 1-1st ADA. “It was also great for the CG to see all that the Soldiers have accomplished while here at Valiant Shield. We are not a unit that generally deploys, and their ability to rapidly deploy our capabilities and integrate quickly into the joint environment speaks volumes.”

The 94th AAMDC and 1-1st ADA are the first Army units to participate in Valiant Shield, noted Sanchez. They now join the other services in the annual joint exercise.

Valiant Shield 2014

It’s the largest biennial exercise to focus on the integration of joint training bringing together an estimated 18,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.

Valiant Shield helps the U.S. in continuing to develop regional and global power projection capabilities that provide a full range of options to succeed in defense of its interests and those of its allies and partners around the world.


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