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3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment

The 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment is a patriot-equipped air defense artillery battalion assigned to the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade and based at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

The 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery traces its lineage back to its inception on 14 July 1798, as Captain James Read's Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers. For almost 200 years, the Battalion existed in various forms, having been recognized, redesignated, and utilized in campaigns across the continental United States, Panama, and the Philippine Islands. The unit was credited with actions in numerous conflicts, including the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War and World War II.

On 16 October 1996, 3-2nd Air Defense Artillery was reactivated at Fort Bliss, Texas. The activation made the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade the first Corps Air Defense Brigade to have two Patriot-equipped battalions, equal to one-fifth of the Army's Patriot forces at that time. Later, in February 1999, 3-2nd Air Defense Artillery deployed to Southwest Asia, quickly and aggressively reacting to several real Scud missile launches. The deployment was part of our national commitment to provide Air and Missile Defense to the region. Time and again, the Battalion deployed in order to support our national defense strategy. Deployments included Operation Desert Eagle (1999), and providing coverage for coalition forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Battalion certified its units during its Mission Rehearsal Exercise, prior to deploying in February 2002. Upon redeploying to Fort Bliss, 3-2nd Air Defense Artillery assisted in the deployment of 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade to Southwest Asia to support the war in Iraq, simultaneously assuming the duties of the 31st Air Defense Artillery Rear Detachment.

While performing Brigade Rear Detachment operations, the Battalion executed a Force Deterrent Option mission by posturing 2 Minimum Engagement Packages ready to deploy. One of the accomplishments was the certification of the C/5-5th Air Defense Artillery on the Counter Rocket Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) weapons system in preparation for deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery also supported the Department of Homeland Security's counter-narcotics mission in Washington from June 2005 to July 2005 by providing radar coverage between the US-Canadian borders. The Battalion was then selected to be the security force for Operation Bright Star from August 2005 to October 2005, where they deployed to various sites across Egypt to include Jiyanklis, Agami, Mubarak Military City, and Alexandria. The Battalion was also instrumental in augmenting its former sister battalion, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery, during the latter's reflagging to 4th Battalion, 5th Air and Missile Defense.

31st Air Defense Artillery and its subordinate units, including 3-2nd Air Defense Artillery, underwent a BRAC-directed move from Fort Bliss, Texas to Fort Sill, Oklahoma in July 2008.

In January 2013, elements of 3-2nd Air Defense Artillery deployed to Turkey in support of Operation Anatolian Protector to bolster Turkish air defenses in response to a potential Syrian threat.

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