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100th Missile Defense Brigade (GMD)

U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command and the Colorado Army National Guard activated the nation's first ground-based Midcourse Defense Brigade Oct. 16, 2003.

The brigade will operate the first part of the integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System, which, in concert with sister services, is designed to protect the nation from accidental or intentional limited ballistic missile attacks. It will be manned both by Colorado Army National Guard and active-component soldiers.

The brigade will provide expertise to Northern Command's command and control operations from the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center.

Another component of the brigade, the Alaska Army National Guard Missile Defense Space Battalion, will be activated in December. That component will provide operational control over ground-based interceptors located in Alaska.

The brigade headquarters, near Peterson Air Force Base, will staff 90 people - 77 members of the Army Guard and 13 members of the active Army.



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