2-43 ADA "Warriors"

2-43 ADA "Warriors" This is the OFFICIAL page of 2-43 ADA, a PATRIOT pure Air Defense Artillery Battalion stationed at Fort Bliss, TX.

Campaign Participation: - WWI (St. Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne; Lorraine 1918) - WWII (Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Central Europe; Central Pacific; Guadalcanal; Northern Solomons; New Guinea; Bismarck Archipelago; Leyte (with arrowhead); Luzon) - Korean War (UN Defensive; UN Offensive; CCF Intervention; First UN Counteroffensive; CCF Spring Offensive; UN Summer-Fall Offensive; Second Korean Winter; Korea; Summer-Fall 1952; Third Korean Winter; Korea, Summer 1953) - Southwest Asia (Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait; Cease-Fire) - War on Terrorism (Campaigns to be Determined)

11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade
07/19/2019

11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade

Today, the Imperial Brigade celebrates the time honored tradition of inducting Non-Commissioned Officers into the elite NCO corps during the NCO Induction Ceremony at Soldiers Hall. Guest Speaker, Col. Issac Gipson left inspiring words for NCO’s to lead and set the example for their Soldiers. 54 Imperial NCO’s then accepted the charge of the NCO, led by Command Sgt. Maj. James Brazill, to confirm their status and obligation as a leader. Congratulations to the Inductees! #BeImperial
1-43 ADA "Cobra Strike" Battalion 2-43 ADA "Warriors" 3-43 ADA "The Legion"
5-52 ADA "Team Deuce", 11th ADA "Imperial" BDE 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command HHB, 11th ADA BDE

HHB Soul Seekers, 2-43 ADA BN
07/16/2019

HHB Soul Seekers, 2-43 ADA BN

Friday, 12 July 2019, was a bittersweet day for the Soulseeker family as it was the last day for CPT Seth J. Kadavy as Soulseeker 6. The battery wishes him and his family all the best and we appreciate all he has done for us to make us one of the most formidable batteries in 32nd AAMDC.

The Soulseekers also welcomed our new commander, CPT Vu L. Nguyen, and we are excited to continue to excel under his leadership.

32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command
07/10/2019

32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command

Today has been a special day for the Warrant Officers Corp as they celebrated their 101st birthday. The Warrant Officer Cohort Commemoration started off on Imperial Field at 6:30 a.m. with a three-mile run / one mile walk. The family members added a special touch to the celebration as they strived on right beside their loved ones, just like they always do. Thanks to all the spouses and children who serve right along with us.

32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command
07/10/2019

32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command

This special day didn’t end with the run. The 101st Warrant Officer (WO) Birthday Commemoration Ceremony was then held at the Centennial Club as the guest speaker, retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Nathaniel Jones, spoke about the tradition of ADA and the WO Corp.

Nathaniel Jones was the first WO in the United States Army to earn a certification from the United States Army War College in Strategic Leadership and in Strategy and Defense Policy Development.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 David Jones, the command chief warrant for 32d AAMDC, presented Nathaniel Jones with a small token of appreciation.

From there, Nathaniel Jones and the youngest and oldest WO carried on the tradition as they cut the cake to continue on the celebration.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Eric Maule, the chief warrant officer of the air defense branch, conducted a special tribute to Chief Warrant Officer 4 David Armijo, who is in the MEB process from a warrior transition unit.

Today, WO’s from 32d AAMDC helped make this birthday a memorable celebration that will not be forgotten.

11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade
07/10/2019

11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade

The Imperial Brigade hosted a High Horsepower & Motorcycle awareness safety stand down on June 28, 2019 for Soldiers who have vehicles that produce 350+ horsepower and who drive a motorcycle. The main objective of this stand down was to inform Soldiers and leaders on how to be overall safer while operating their vehicles. Subject matter experts went over things such as proper maintenance, operations, preventative maintenance and personal protective gear for motorcycle riders. The event concluded with a cruise around Fort Bliss which gave the car and motorcycle enthusiasts a chance to show off their rides.

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Delta Battery, 2-43 ADA BN
07/10/2019

Delta Battery, 2-43 ADA BN

Back to the basics... Check ride time because ADGT VIIIs are around the corner!!

#dragonsleadtheway #wegiveemhell

32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command
06/28/2019

32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command

Congratulations to our #BlackJackWarrior19 winners!

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Frank Konya, 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade, warrant officer of the year.

2nd Lt. Dan Kotnik, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, officer of the year.

Staff Sgt. Kevin Mauney, 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, career counselor of the year.

Sgt. Joselito Reyes, 11th ADA BDE, noncommissioned officer of the year.

Pfc. Julio Salaman, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Soldier of the year.

We look forward to seeing Mauney, Reyes, and Salaman representing the 32d AAMDC at the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Best Warrior Competition.

(Photos By Sgt. La'Shawna Custom, 32d AAMDC Public Affairs)

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Our very own 2LT Kotnik from Delta Battery, 2-43 ADA BN!!
06/28/2019

Our very own 2LT Kotnik from Delta Battery, 2-43 ADA BN!!

Meet 2nd Lt. Daniel Kotnik from 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, who initially saved his battle buddy Pfc. Spellman Gammie, from a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense attack.

“No one knows how CBRN lanes are going to go,” said Kotnik. “It is the true wild card out of all the trained events.”

Kotnik shared the same experience as Gammie as he gasped CS gas before donning his mask. He saw Gammie sprint pass him and collapse to the ground.
“I was thinking, ‘Oh, he must have got a mouth full of gas too,’” Kotnik explained. “Then I stopped and looked at him and said, ‘wow he does not have a mask on at all.’”

Kotnik dragged Gammie threw the sand to safety.

“I could see his face glistening with sweat as snout dripped down his nose while he gasped for air,” Kotnik added.

Another teammate came over to help Kotnik with Gammie. The team successfully accomplished their mission and everyone survived.

“My teammates during this competition are good,” said 2nd Lt. Mitchell Conway from 31st ADA BDE. “When I come up with a decision and ask for everyone’s input, my team always have something good to add.”

“The BlackJack Warrior Competition is very competitive,” said Sgt. Tajuan Dutrieuille from 32d AAMDC. “It brings out the best in Soldiers by being able to measure themselves up against other Soldiers who are the best in their brigades.”

“This competition makes everyone better and builds comradery,” Dutrieuille concluded. “The events are tough. By going through them together, we build a bond that we will have throughout our military careers.

(Story by Sgt. La'Shawna Custom, 32d AAMDC Public Affairs)

(Photos by Sgt. Hector Leon Velazquez, 32d AAMDC)

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Today the Warriors participated in a Virtual Staff Ride. It was a great professional development for all Soldiers. The V...
06/27/2019

Today the Warriors participated in a Virtual Staff Ride. It was a great professional development for all Soldiers. The Virtual Staff Ride was based on convoys that have transpired in Iraq that were both good and bad and the lessons learned. #WarriorsLearn #WarriorsWin #TrainToFight #SimplyImperial 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade

Upon the safe return of the Warriors from Tobruq Legacy, COL Gipson (the 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade Commander) held an ...
06/27/2019

Upon the safe return of the Warriors from Tobruq Legacy, COL Gipson (the 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade Commander) held an official Award Ceremony to recognize the Soldiers who were “Simply Imperial” during the exercise. #TrainToFight #SimplyImperial

11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade A/2-43 ADA Bravo 2-43 ADA Charlie Battery 2-43 ADA "Crusaders" Delta Battery, 2-43 ADA BN Ec...
06/25/2019

11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade A/2-43 ADA Bravo 2-43 ADA Charlie Battery 2-43 ADA "Crusaders" Delta Battery, 2-43 ADA BN Echo Company 2-43 ADA A-2 THAAD “Gunslingers” HHB Soul Seekers, 2-43 ADA BN

For the month of June the rest of the Warrior Battalion conducted a FTX! Here is all the action you might have missed !!
06/25/2019

For the month of June the rest of the Warrior Battalion conducted a FTX! Here is all the action you might have missed !!

Soldiers from 2d Battalion, 43d Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, survived Operation Dragon Slayer, a field training exercise at McGregor Range Complex validating battalion’s ability to rapidly deploy, occupy a tactical site and sustain and defend their area of responsibility.

(By Sgt. La’Shawna Custom, 32d AAMDC Public Affairs)

32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command
06/25/2019

32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command

Meet Staff Sgt. Ferdinand Gutierrez, a patriot launching station enhanced operator/maintainer for Charlie Battery, 2d Battalion, 43d Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.

He represents the launcher platoon and he means business!

HOMETOWN: Teresa, Philippines

HOBBIES: Driving on dirt roads, grilling on nice days, playing pool and basketball.

FAVORITE ARMY VALUE: Respect

“I believe you have to treat people with respect,” said Gutierrez. “You get what you give.”

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Los Angeles Lakers

INTERESTING FACT: “I’m not mechanically inclined,” Gutierrez said laughing. “But I love old vehicles. They are sturdy.”

Thanks for sharing Gutierrez, hope you enjoyed your first interview.

(By Sgt. La’Shawna Custom, 32d AAMDC Public Affairs)

32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command
06/25/2019

32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command

Let's welcome 2-43 ADA "Warriors" back from Poland. These warriors successfully completed the Tobruq Legacy Exercise.

11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade

Yesterday was a special day for A/2-43 ADA. They were recognized as the “Best Battery” in the 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigad...
06/25/2019

Yesterday was a special day for A/2-43 ADA. They were recognized as the “Best Battery” in the 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade. They had many outstanding Soldiers and Officers getting recognized for their dedications and excellences during the last new comers brief. SPC Odom was named the Imperial Soldier of April. SPC Odom and CW2 Konya won the Imperial Brigade competitions in their respective categories and representing at the blackjack competition this week. Alpha also had a soldier get recognized for participating in the monthly EO competition. Alpha is just an outstanding Battery! Keep it up!
#ProudToBeWarriors #WarriorsWin #SimplyImperial

The Warriors that participated in the TOLY 2019 exercise returned safely back to Fort Bliss, TX. They were greeted by th...
06/25/2019

The Warriors that participated in the TOLY 2019 exercise returned safely back to Fort Bliss, TX. They were greeted by their Leadership and Family. It is always hard to be away from home, but it makes it worth it when you have love and support awaiting you. #WarriorsReturnHome #TOLY2019 #SimplyImperial 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade

After the conclusion of the TOLY 2019 exercise, the 2-43 ADA BN Commander, LTC Carina L. Kelley held a ceremony to hand ...
06/25/2019

After the conclusion of the TOLY 2019 exercise, the 2-43 ADA BN Commander, LTC Carina L. Kelley held a ceremony to hand out the Tobruq Legacy patches and give each individual a job well done hand shake. This has been a wonderful experience for the Warrior Battalion. Not only have we gained more knowledge in Air Defense, but we have also grown closer as a unit and know we can rely on one another to accomplish any mission! #WarriorsAlwaysWinning #TrainToFight #SimplyImperial 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade

The Polish Military hosted the Tobruq Legacy 2019 Closing Ceremony on June 14, officially ending the exercise. The exerc...
06/25/2019

The Polish Military hosted the Tobruq Legacy 2019 Closing Ceremony on June 14, officially ending the exercise. The exercise was a total of four days. During the span of that time there was a lot learned and gained as people and subject matter experts. The Warriors were honored to get the opportunity to train with host nation partners, air defenders and allies!! #TOLY2019 #WarriorsWin #SimplyImperial 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade

On 13 JULY 2019 the TOLY 2019 exercise came to an end. But the work did not. The Warriors packed up their equipment and ...
06/24/2019

On 13 JULY 2019 the TOLY 2019 exercise came to an end. But the work did not. The Warriors packed up their equipment and cleaned it in order to send it back to Fort Bliss. #WarriorsWork#WarriorsWin #TOLY2019

Warriors always show up to win! #SimplyImperial
06/20/2019

Warriors always show up to win! #SimplyImperial

Ustka Range, Poland— Tobruq Legacy Distinguished Visitor Day included a Multi-national Short Range Air Defense live fire marking the end of the exercise on June 18. Outstanding job done by the Warrior Battalion, our allies and partners! #TraintoFight #BattleReady

Congrats to SFC Rushbrook on his retirement from the Army. He has been a vital member of the Warrior Battalion for the l...
06/19/2019

Congrats to SFC Rushbrook on his retirement from the Army. He has been a vital member of the Warrior Battalion for the last three years and to the Army for over 20 years. #OnceAWarrior #AlwaysAWarrior

We cannot begin to express how thankful we are to have had the privilege to learn from, and serve along side with SFC Rushbrook. His outstanding leadership and commitment to our development has significantly impacted our lives and careers. Thank you for so much!

#onceadragonalwaysadragon

A highlight from TOLY 2019 was when the Warriors  participated in Sports Day with our Polish counterparts. Friendly comp...
06/18/2019

A highlight from TOLY 2019 was when the Warriors participated in Sports Day with our Polish counterparts. Friendly competition is always fun! The sporting events were Football ⚽️ 🏈 (both American and European version) and strongest man competition. We ended the day by the lake with some delicious local food. #WarriorsPlay #WarriorsHaveFun #WarriorsWin 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade

06/14/2019

Happy 244th Birthday to the U.S. Army! 🇺🇸

June 14, 1775 is when the Second Continental Congress formed the Continental Army under the command of General George Washington to unite the 13 colonies in their fight against British forces.

What is our Army like today? Today’s Army has a uniformed force of about 1 million with some 180,000 soldiers deployed in more than 140 countries at any given time. Making the U.S Army the second largest employer in the U.S.

Thanks to all the Soldiers past, present and future. The Army wouldn’t be anything without those who sacrifice their lives for our great Nation.

Great time working with fellow Air Defenders from Bravo 5-7 ADA, "Bounty Hunters" for Tobruq Legacy! One Team, One Fight...
06/13/2019

Great time working with fellow Air Defenders from Bravo 5-7 ADA, "Bounty Hunters" for Tobruq Legacy! One Team, One Fight! #FirstToFire #TOLY2019 #NATO 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery

The Bounty Hunter team accomplished our mission supporting Tobruq Legacy 19 in Poland, where we exercised interoperability and trained with fellow air defenders, Partners and Allies. The team worked hard throughout the past two weeks and demonstrated excellence. Hunt ‘em Down! #TOLY2019 #WeAreNATO #StrongerTogether #NoFear #EuropeanDefenders

On 12 JUN 2019, our very own Imperial 6, COL Gipson, and Imperial 7, CSM Brazil came for a site tour of Warrior Base. Th...
06/13/2019

On 12 JUN 2019, our very own Imperial 6, COL Gipson, and Imperial 7, CSM Brazil came for a site tour of Warrior Base. They were greeted at the ECP which is where the site visit began. From there they were taken to the Mayor Cell, where 1LT Polanco and 1LT Holt briefed the site and maintenance plan. COL Gipson and CSM Brazill attended the 0900 BUB where each staff section briefed what they did for the last 12 hours. They then toured the Medics tent and received a brief on their training, medical care and equipment abilities. The final stop of the tour was in the DPICC and SBADOC. At the end of the visit, COL Gipson presented 7 Soldiers with awards for executing this kind of exercise at such a high level of excellence. The Warrior Battalion sets the standard for how an Air Defense Battalion should work with NATO partner and fellow Air Defenders in this level of an exercise. Proud to be Warriors. Always Imperial. 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade

BG Stefan Mordacz, the Polish A&D director came for a site visit of Warrior Base on 6 JUN 2019. 1LT Polanco, began the t...
06/13/2019

BG Stefan Mordacz, the Polish A&D director came for a site visit of Warrior Base on 6 JUN 2019. 1LT Polanco, began the tour with her detailed sand table brief. He was then escorted by LTC Carina L. Kelley, the 2-43 ADA BN CDR to the secured SBAdoc location. He received the DPICC brief by 1LT Hartzell who is the FDC OIC. The final brief was of the TOC, he was educated on the SBADOC operations by CPT Kadavy who is the current S3. The visit ended with BG Mordacz presenting LTC Kelley a plaque in appreciation of 2-43 ADA BN’s participation and hard work during Tobruq Legacy.

06/09/2019

NCOs of the Warrior Base reciting the NCO creed

The NCOs of Warrior Base conducted a 5 mile march in full kit in honor of NCO month. #TOLY2019 #WarriorsWin #BeImperial ...
06/09/2019

The NCOs of Warrior Base conducted a 5 mile march in full kit in honor of NCO month. #TOLY2019 #WarriorsWin #BeImperial 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade

2-43 ADA BN participated in a Joint CBRN exercise with the Polish Armed Forces. The exercise consisted of equipment deco...
06/09/2019

2-43 ADA BN participated in a Joint CBRN exercise with the Polish Armed Forces. The exercise consisted of equipment decontamination, personnel decontamination, as well as medical support and decontamination. It is always a great day to be a Warrior!

Yesterday, we had LTC Justin Logan and CSM Quinnus Caldwell come to Warrior Base to visit their Battery, Bravo 5-7 ADA, ...
06/08/2019

Yesterday, we had LTC Justin Logan and CSM Quinnus Caldwell come to Warrior Base to visit their Battery, Bravo 5-7 ADA, "Bounty Hunters" who are working with us for the Tobruq Legacy exercise. We gave the Command Team of 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery a site tour and at each station an overview of our capabilities. It is always a win for the Warriors when we get the opportunity to work with other great Air Defenders ! 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade

Keep up the great work, Delta Battery, 2-43 ADA BN!!
06/07/2019

Keep up the great work, Delta Battery, 2-43 ADA BN!!

Reload Crew 2 for the win! After many hours of training, our mighty Dragons successfully certified today on GMT Reload. First in the BN!! Good job team: SGT Baker, PFC Smith, PFC Cacace, PFC Arviso and PFC Lacombe 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻

#deltadragonsleadtheway #giveemhell

Setting up our site for Tobruq Legacy exercise was not an easy task. Here is all the hard work that was put into making ...
06/07/2019

Setting up our site for Tobruq Legacy exercise was not an easy task. Here is all the hard work that was put into making our site Simply Imperial 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade

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