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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 344-09
May 18, 2009

Army Air Defense Unit to Activate at Fort Sill

            The Department of the Army announced today the planned activation of the 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment (Patriot) at Fort Sill, Okla. This stationing action represents an increase of 603 military authorizations at Fort Sill and no change in civilian authorizations.  This stationing action will be completed by Oct. 17, 2010. 
 
            4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment provides high to medium altitude air defense of ground combat forces and high value assets against cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles /unmanned combat aerial vehicles, and rotary and fixed wing aircraft. 
 
            This stationing action is part of integrated force structure changes that support the Army’s transformation requirements. This initiative supports and provides Combatant Commanders with forces at a higher level of readiness. 
 
            For more information on this unit activation contact Lt. Col. Lee M. Packnett, (703) 614-2487 or Maj. Jimmie Cummings, (703) 697-3491, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Army.