94th AAMDC’s priorities include theater security cooperation

| December 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from Battery C, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command take a "selfie" with Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey during his visit on April 5, 2016. to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. The visit by Dailey consisted of an open forum discussion with Soldiers followed by a demonstration of Patriot missile reload operations by Patriot crews of Battery D, 1-1 ADA. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Forecki, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command)

Soldiers from Battery C, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command take a “selfie” with Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey during his visit on April 5, 2016. to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. The visit by Dailey consisted of an open forum discussion with Soldiers followed by a demonstration of Patriot missile reload operations by Patriot crews of Battery D, 1-1 ADA. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Forecki, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command)

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

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — The 94th Army Air and Missile Command continues to provide joint and combined theater air and missile defense in order to meet operations plan requirements and support the rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.

94th AAMDC Soldiers sustained partnerships with local communities, other Army units, sister services and our allied nations. These relationships were strengthened while the Sea Dragons remained integrated at every level to build a resilient, cohesive team.

The 94th AAMDC commander’s top priorities are readiness, transition to war and theater security cooperation (TSC).

Over the past year, the 94th AAMDC has been highly productive, as it’s improved our integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) during an increasing operational tempo (OPTEMPO) across all mission areas, to include real-world operations, TSC operations, AN/TPY-2 radar and terminal high altitude area defense (THAAD) permanent stationing, and exercise planning and execution.

The Sea Dragon Team codified a comprehensive strategy in the newly developed 94th AAMDC Campaign Plan, which serves as a road map on our way ahead for IAMD in the Pacific.

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Sean A. Gainey, the new commander of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, accepts the unit's colors from Gen. Robert B. Brown, the commander of the U.S. Army Pacific, during a change of command ceremony, Aug. 5, 2016, at historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The passing of the colors represents the trust and confidence in the new commander's leadership and commitment to care for the organization's colors and what they represent. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Sean A. Gainey, the new commander of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, accepts the unit’s colors from Gen. Robert B. Brown, the commander of the U.S. Army Pacific, during a change of command ceremony, Aug. 5, 2016, at historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The passing of the colors represents the trust and confidence in the new commander’s leadership and commitment to care for the organization’s colors and what they represent. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

The Sea Dragons maintained their mission readiness by participating in multiple joint, combined and trilateral exercises, such as Balikatan, Keen Edge, Keen Sword, Key Resolve, Ulchi Freedom Guardian and Pacific Sentry with other branches of the U.S. armed forces, as well as with allied and partner countries.

For the first time, Sea Dragon Soldiers participated in Balikatan where they taught the fundamentals of air defense to the Philippine army, March 31-April 15.

The year started with the 94th AAMDC holding a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance, where the theme was “A Day On, Not a Day Off!” Soldiers expanded their commitment to the community by pairing with Pearl Harbor Elementary School during the American Heart Association’s national event, Jump Rope for Heart.

The ready and resilient team (RT2) for the 94th AAMDC provided applied suicide intervention skills training for trainers (ASIST T4T) during a five-day workshop, which certified personnel from units across the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

Students from Linapuni Elementary School perform push-ups with the Soldiers of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command after being invited to participate in the demonstration of the ArmyÕs Physical Readiness Training program at the Linapuni Elementary School Field Day. Soldiers from the 94th AAMDC participated in the Sixth Annual Linapuni Elementary School Field Day on May 20, 2016, as part of the U.S. Army Hawaii School Partnership Program, at the Linapuni Elementary School in Honolulu, Hawaii. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Troy S. Frey, 94th AAMDC Public Affairs)

Students from Linapuni Elementary School perform push-ups with the Soldiers of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command after being invited to participate in the demonstration of the Army’s Physical Readiness Training program at the Linapuni Elementary School Field Day. Soldiers from the 94th AAMDC participated in the 6th Annual Linapuni Elementary School Field Day on May 20, 2016, as part of the U.S. Army Hawaii School Partnership Program, at the Linapuni Elementary School in Honolulu, Hawaii. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Troy S. Frey, 94th AAMDC Public Affairs)

The RT2 also held quarterly prayer breakfasts and sponsored a public proclamation reading and scavenger hunt to emphasize the importance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM), to show that sexual assault and sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the Sea Dragon ohana.

The Sea Dragons were host to the Honorable Eric K. Fanning, Secretary of the Army, and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey. Both were able to speak with Soldiers and see firsthand the reason the 94th AAMDC is the lead in integrated air and missile defense.

The 94th AAMDC bid aloha to a new command team. The new command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Foley, assumed responsibility for the 94th AAMDC on May 16, and Brig. Gen Sean A. Gainey was welcomed as the new commander during a change of command ceremony, Aug. 5. Both grew up in military families and have extensive experience in the Army air defense community.

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The Association of the U.S. Army sponsored the fourth annual Land Power in the Pacific Symposium and Exposition, May 24-26, in Waikiki. This year the Sea Dragons presented a panel of experts that highlighted the joint and combined area air defense commander’s roles and responsibilities, the global and theater aspects of air and missile defense, and some of the academic and material solutions to missile threats.

The 94th AAMDC hosted the 2016 Worldwide AAMDC Intelligence Symposium, which brought all the intelligence agencies together that work within the air defense community. There was also an officer exchange between the 94th AAMDC and the 16th Air Land Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery.

The 94th AAMDC is working with Australia to build a recognized officer exchange program, which is meant to foster and enhance collaborative efforts between the two nations.

The Soldiers of the 94th participated in the Sixth Annual Linapuni Elementary School Field Day as part of the U.S. Army Hawaii School Partnership Program, while also maintaining strong bonds with partner schools forward in Guam and Japan.

Intelligence professionals from the U.S. Army and Air Force were recognized for excellence during the 94th AAMDC’s first joint service component Knowlton Award recognition ceremony on Nov. 22.

The Sea Dragons ended the year by holding their Winter Leader’s Summit and hosting the annual St. Barbara’s Day Ball, which featured Vice Adm. James D. Syring, the current director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), as the guest speaker. This year’s ball also marked the first time that members from joint services were inducted into the Order of St. Barbara, an honorary society of Army and Marine Corps artillerymen/women.

The Soldiers of the 94th AAMDC remain the “First Line of Defense” against an ever-increasing ballistic missile threat. The Sea Dragons are proud to be part of the premier Army Air and Missile Defense Command capable of quickly transitioning to war while remaining “Focused Forward” to execute our combat mission at any time.

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