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The purpose of this manual is to provide guidance for the Stinger team in support of air defense operations. It is also written to support the training of individuals to function as members of a Stinger team.

When skilled individuals are molded into efficient, smooth-functioning teams, their capability to accomplish assigned missions is greatly increased. The effectiveness of Stinger varies directly with the individual skills of each team member and the collective proficiency of each team. The key to both is training.

This manual focuses on the techniques and procedures used by the Stinger team to engage and destroy hostile targets.

FM 44-18-1 consists of two parts:

Part I describes the Stinger system and tells how to use the weapon to shoot down aircraft. This part also describes how the team operates in combat.

Part II discusses the means and methods of training soldiers to operate the system.

This manual should be used with the system technical manual (TM 9-1425-429-12) which tells how the system functions and how to maintain it. Information found in the technical manual, such as that on maintenance and emergency destruction procedures, is not repeated in this manual.

This is a companion manual to FM 44-18, which tells how Stinger will be employed at the platoon and section levels, along with other air defense artillery (ADA) weapons, as an integral part of the combined arms team.

The tactical doctrine and procedures contained in FM 44-18 will be of little use if the Stinger team cannot effectively engage enemy aircraft. It does little good to have the Stinger team properly positioned unless the team chief and the gunner, working together, can engage and kill an enemy aircraft when called upon to do so. This requires training in engagement procedures, as outlined in this field manual.

The material contained in this field manual is applicable to both nuclear and nonnuclear warfare without modification.

Checklists shown in Chapter 17, are recommended checklist formats. Those shown are samples for your guidance.

Users of FM 44-18-1 are encouraged to submit recommended changes or specific comments to improve the publication. Comments should be keyed to the specific page and line of text in which the change is recommended. Reasons should be provided for each comment to insure understanding and complete evaluation. Comments should be prepared on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) and forwarded directly to:

US Army Air Defense Artillery School
Fort Bliss, Texas 79916-7155.

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