2015 provides 10 years of IAMD excellence for 94th AAMDC

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor is launched from Wake Island during a test conducted Nov. 1. During the test, the THAAD system successfully intercepted two air-launched ballistic missile targets. (Photo by Ben Listerman, Missile Defense Agency)

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor is launched from Wake Island during a test conducted Nov. 1. During the test, the THAAD system successfully intercepted two air-launched ballistic missile targets. (Photo by Ben Listerman, Missile Defense Agency)

Maj. Troy Frey
94th Army and Air Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — The 10-year anniversary since the activation of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Headquarters at Fort Shafter was marked Oct. 18.

The “Sea Dragons” have provided a decade of integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) excellence in the Pacific, and continue to set the standard for air and missile defense in the Army.

Over the past year, the 94th AAMDC shared air and missile defense expertise and the profession of arms ethos to its joint partners and crucial integrated missile defense allies.

U.S. Army Sgt. Nadine Gonzalez and Spc. Christina Williams, with 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, U.S. Army Pacific, lead an exercise dance class about shapes, May 15, 2015, during field day at Linapuni Elementary School at Honolulu, Hawaii. The field day, an annual event, is an activity and fitness based day to help teach important fitness life lessons in a fun and innovative way. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. Nadine Gonzalez and Spc. Christina Williams, with 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, U.S. Army-Pacific, lead an exercise dance class about shapes, May 15, 2015, during field day at Linapuni Elementary School at Honolulu, Hawaii. The field day, an annual event, is an activity and fitness based day to help teach important fitness life lessons in a fun and innovative way. (Photo by Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

The 94th AAMDC Soldiers fostered partnerships with the local communities, other Army units, sister services and its allied nations. These relationships were strengthened while still finding innovative ways to build resiliency within the Sea Dragon ranks.

The year started with the 94th AAMDC headquarters relocating to the Pacific Air Force Headquarters Building, here, allowing the command to better integrate with the Pacific Air Force and the 613th Air Operations Center (the unit is assigned to United States Army Pacific and directly supports the Pacific Air Force).

The Sea Dragons hosted several high-level military officials, including then-Chief of Staff of the Army Gen Raymond T. Odierno; Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Daniel B. Allyn; Debra S. Wada, assistant secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs); and the special assistant to the director of the Army staff, office of the chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, Jr.

All of the visitors received an overview on the significance of integrated air and missile defense, and learned how the 94th AAMDC provides joint and combined theater air and missile defense to meet operational plan requirements and support the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific area of responsibility.

The command continued to train for its wartime mission by participating in multiple joint, combined and trilateral exercises with other branches of the U.S. armed forces and our allied nations.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joe Chacon (left), Staff Sgt. Robert Field (center), and Sgt. Thomas O’Neal IV (right), the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s Best Sensor Manager Crew were recognized as the Pacific Theater Air and Missile Defenders of the Year for the Army during a ceremony in Waikiki, Hawaii on Sept. 26, 2015. The three-man crew are part of the 14th Missile Defense Battery, 94th AAMDC and handle the sensor management duties for the Army/Navy transportable radar surveillance (AN/TPY-2) radars located in Kyogamisaki, Japan. (Courtesy Photo)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joe Chacon (left), Staff Sgt. Robert Field (center), and Sgt. Thomas O’Neal IV (right), the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s Best Sensor Manager Crew, were recognized as the Pacific Theater Air and Missile Defenders of the Year for the Army during a ceremony in Waikiki, Hawaii on Sept. 26, 2015. The three-man crew is part of the 14th Missile Defense Battery, 94th AAMDC, and handles the sensor management duties for the Army/Navy transportable radar surveillance (AN/TPY-2) radars located in Kyogamisaki, Japan. (Courtesy photo)

Training exercises included the U.S. and Japan forces four-day Fleet Synthetic Training joint exercise, the Republic of Korea annual combined and joint command post exercises Key Resolve and Ulchi Freedom Guardian, and home-station training exercises on the air and missile defense planning control system.

The 94th AAMDC welcomed new commanders for each of its subordinate units, which include the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery located, here; Task Force Talon located on Guam; the 1st battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment located on Okinawa, Japan; the 10th Missile Defense Battery located at Shariki, Japan; and the 14th Missile Defense Battery located at Kyogamisaki, Japan.

The Association of the U.S. Army once again sponsored the Land Power in the Pacific Symposium and Exposition, May 19-21, in Waikiki. Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez, AAMDC commander, chaired the “Air and Missile Defense Forum” panel, which focused on IAMD in a multilateral environment in the Asia-Pacific region.

The inaugural Pacific Theater Air and Missile Defender of the Year Ceremony held on Sept. 26 in Waikiki, recognized outstanding air defenders from throughout the Pacific theater. The winners for the Army were the 94th AAMDC’s best sensor manager crew of Staff Sgt. Joe Chacon, Staff Sgt. Robert Field and Sgt. Thomas O’Neal IV.

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched from a THAAD battery located on Wake Island, during Flight Test Operational (FTO)-02 Event 2a, conducted Nov. 1, 2015. During the test, the THAAD system successfully intercepted two air-launched ballistic missile targets. (Missile Defense Agency Photo by Ben Listerman)

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched from a THAAD battery located on Wake Island, during Flight Test Operational (FTO)-02 Event 2a, conducted Nov. 1, 2015. During the test, the THAAD system successfully intercepted two air-launched ballistic missile targets. (Photo by Ben Listerman, Missile Defense Agency)

On Oct. 31, the Sea Dragons assisted in the validation of a layered ballistic missile defense concept in a missile defense test, designated Flight Test Operational-02 Event 2a, a highly complex operational test of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), with a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery successfully engaging multiple targets cued by a family of sensors.

The 94th AAMDC commander’s top priority is to emphasize the importance of the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program. This year, the Sea Dragons started a quarterly SHARP board to recognize the officers, noncommissioned officers and Soldiers who best represent the Army Values and who are willing to “Take a Stand” against sexual harassment and sexual assault.

The Sea Dragons built resiliency through other events, like the two-day workshops on Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, the 9/11 prayer breakfast featuring Command Sgt. Maj. Lambert, USARPAC’s senior enlisted adviser, as the guest speaker.

Lt. Col. Gina Thomas, the deputy automations officer with the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, prepares information for the brief to the commanding general, Nov. 9, during the air and missile defense planning control system training exercise at Helemano Military Reservation, Hawaii. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Gina Thomas, the deputy automations officer with the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, prepares information for the brief to the commanding general, Nov. 9, during the air and missile defense planning control system training exercise at Helemano Military Reservation, Hawaii. (Photo by Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

The Soldiers of the 94th continued to volunteer in local communities and collaborate with local schools, like Linapuni Elementary School, Honolulu, as well as other schools forward in Guam and Japan. The 94th AAMDC also hosted the Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage observance at Fort Shafter, highlighting the contributions of the Asian-Pacific Islander culture to the U.S. and armed forces.

The Sea Dragons ended the year by holding their Winter Leader’s Summit and hosting the annual St. Barbara’s Day Ball, which featured retired Maj Gen Roger F. Matthews, former 94th AAMDC commander and USARPAC deputy commanding general, as the guest speaker.

The Sea Dragons of the 94th AAMDC are the “First line of Defense” against an ever-increasing ballistic missile threat and remain “Focused Forward” to execute contingency operations at any time.

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