Air Defense Artillery

Yakima Training Center

About

Originally 160,000 acres was leased by the Army from 1942-1946 for use primarily as an anti-aircraft artillery range, in 1951 the Army purchases 261,000 acres for a permanent training area capable of support large-scale training operations. In 1987 the training area was enlarged to its current size of about 327,000 acres, and is used for training exercises large and small by all branches of the military.

Mission Statement: 
Yakima Training Center supports tough, realistic, combined arms, joint, and coalition forces training for U.S. and allied military units in order to enhance unit readiness by maintaining maneuver areas and range complexes capable of meeting all of today’ s and all future training requirements. Supports mobilization and post mobilization training for Reserve Component forces.
Nearest City: 
Yakima
State: 
WA
Country: 
US

Fort Bliss

About

Fort Bliss was originally established at its current location in 1893, and was used briefly by John J. Pershing to secure the US-Mexico border during the Mexican Revolution. During World War I, Fort Bliss was primarily used to train cavalry troops, but during World War II the advancement of artillery and aviation technology led Fort Bliss to be used to train anti-aircraft gunners, as well as research on the latest technology of the time - rockets.

During the Cold War, Fort Bliss and the adjacent White Sands Missile Range grew, as the need for missiles in order to counter the Soviet threat grew.

Currently Fort Bliss houses the 1st Armored Division, in addition to the Air Defense Artillery Units. Fort Bliss encompasses an area of 1,700 square miles, and is used as a training area by all branches of the military.

Mission Statement: 
Team Bliss trains, sustains, mobilizes, and deploys members of the joint team to conduct global, full spectrum operations in support of the national military strategy, while providing for the well-being of the regional military community.
Home to
Primary Units: 
32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command
6th Air Defense Artillery Brigade
11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade
31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade
35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade
Schools: 
Sergeants Major Academy
Nearest City: 
El Paso
State: 
TX
Country: 
US

Bethany Beach Anti Aircraft Artillery Station

Home to
Primary Units: 
193rd Regiment (RTI)
Nearest City: 
Bethany Beach
State: 
DE
Country: 
US

Letterkenny Army Depot

About

Established in 1942, Letterkenny Army Depot was used to store and ship ammunition, parts, and supplies during World War II. During the war Letterkenny Depot moved more than 3 million tons of supplies and was one of the largest depots of its kind. After the war Letterkenny was used to either store or destroy much of the ammunition that returned from overseas, and in 1954 became a permanent Army depot.

Today Letterkenny Army Depot is used to maintain, modify, and store tactical missiles and ammunition, and is under the control of the US Army Aviation and Missile Command (AAMC).

Mission Statement: 
Deliver superior maintenance, manufacturing, logistics, life cycle support and service worldwide to the Joint Warfighter and our Allies.
Home to
Primary Units: 
Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Air Defense and Tactical Missile Systems
Communications and Electronics Command
Missile Command Liaison Office
Defense Contract Management Area Operations
U.S. Army Materiel Command Management Engineering Activity
Nearest City: 
Chambersburg
State: 
PA
Country: 
US

Fort Sill

About

Fort Sill is a major U.S. Army installation located in southwest Oklahoma. It was originally founded to protect settlers in Texas from raids by the plains Indian tribes. Soldiers from famous units like the 7th Cavalry (led by Col. George A. Custer) and the 10th Cavalry (known as the Buffalo Soldiers) used Fort Sill during the Indian Wars. Geronimo, Kiowa Chief Satanta, and Comanche Chief Quanah Parker are among the famous Native American leaders buried there.

Mission Statement: 
The Fires Center of Excellence trains, educates and develops Soldiers and leaders; creates and develops capabilities; engages, collaborates and partners with stakeholders; sustains and provides a fires force to support the joint warfighting commander across the spectrum of operations in the joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environments.
Home to
Primary Units: 
31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade
75th Fires Brigade and the 214th Fires Brigade
Schools: 
Basic Combat Training (BCT)
United States Army Field Artillery School
United States Army Air Defense Artillery School
International Student Division, Field Artillery School
Basic Officer Leaders Course
Fort Sill NCO Academy
Offices: 
Fires Center of Excellence
Nearest City: 
Lawton
State: 
OK
Country: 
US

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Redstone Arsenal

About

Established in 1941, shortly before entering World War II, Redstone Arsenal was used to manufacture chemical weapons, incendiary devices, tear gas, and small rockets. In 1949 Redstone Arsenal became the home of the US Army Ordnance Rocket Center, and used research and scientists brought from Germany to quickly test and begin work on ballistic missiles. Research on ballistic missiles has been a major part of Redstone Arsenal's work, at various times Redstone has housed the Ordnance Guided Missile School, the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, the Army Ordnance Missile Command, and the Army Missile Command.

Today Redstone Arsenal is still at the forefront of missile research, housing the Missile Defense Agency, Missile and Space Intelligence Center, and the Marshall Space Flight Center, which is NASA's field center for propulsion development.

Mission Statement: 
Continuously provide high quality, effective, and efficient installation operations support and quality of life programs to all of Team Redstone.
Home to
Primary Units: 
Missile Defense Agency
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command
Schools: 
Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School
Nearest City: 
Huntsville
State: 
AL
Country: 
US
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