1st Battalion - 188th Air Defense Artillery (HVY) (MSCS)
The 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery, was originally constituted 4 May 1989 in the North Dakota Army National Guard as the 188th Air Defense Artillery, a parent regiment under the United States Army Regimental System with Headquarters at Grand Forks. It organized on 1 October 1988 to consist of the 1st Battalion.
The 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery, was the only National Guard Air Defense Artillery Battalion in the U.S. to "Roundout" an active duty Army Division. It was the girst National Guard Air Defense Artillery Battalion to live-fire the Vulcan and the only National Guard Air Defense Artillery Battalion in the U.S. utilizing the Vulcan & Forward Area Alert Radar.
The unit conducted the first cold weather tests on the Vulcan Air Defense System and the battalion fired the first Stinger Missile ever in Alaska. It also fired the first Reprogramable Micro-Processor Stinger Missile ever fired by a National Guard unit.
The unit out shot the active duty units during its annual training in 1990. It established the first Airborne Program in North Dakota and completed the first Airborne Jump in North Dakota. It was also the first North Dakota National Guard Battalion to participate at the Joint Readiness Training Center and the first North Dakota unit to get the Small Unit Support Vehicle.
The unit hit all targets with Stinger Missile during its '93, '96 and '97 live-fire exercises and placed in the top percentage at the Leap Fest Paratrooper Competition.
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